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+7 Richmonders wrap up shopping, decorating and office parties in the final week before Christmas. And by office parties, we mean calling in sick. 

-1 The City of Richmond issues a winter-related news release with such advice as “avoid overloading electrical outlets” and “wear mittens or gloves and a hat, preferably one that covers your ears.” And whatever you do, stay away from the Red Ryder carbine-action, 200-shot air rifle with a compass in the stock. You'll shoot your eye out. 

-2 In an interview speaking of his love and compassion for animals, Michael Vick says he'd like to own a pet dog again someday. Dogs begin dreaming about the chance to snuggle up with Vick and wrap their jaws around a nice juicy bone. 

-4 In a federal indictment, The Associated Press reports, a South Richmond home is targeted in connection with a wide-reaching, underground business selling counterfeit documents to illegal immigrants. In another sign of the globalization of our economy, the fake IDs were churned out by a sweat shop in China. 

+1 Famed jewelry retailer Tiffany & Co. says it will open in Stony Point Fashion Park next year, the T-D reports. With Schwarzschild Jewelers, that gives Richmond two little blue boxes, many happy women and lots of men with lighter wallets. 

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