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Dashing to the show: Five big films open on Christmas Day

Once you have opened the presents, eaten a big meal and had your fill of football — and your out-of-town relatives — what else is there to do? Go to the movies, of course. Besides the much-discussed comedy “The Interview,” there are several much-anticipated films that open on Christmas Day. The Star has reviews of each by Robert W. Butler, Jon Niccum and Loey Lockerby.

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Secret Santa spreads cash and holiday joy to those in need

The anonymous benefactor known as Secret Santa dispatched his “elves” to hand out cash in Kansas City on Tuesday. The result was a succession of smiles from the recipients — and some tears of joy. Police Chief Darryl Forté participated for the first time. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp also participated.

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Chiefs’ Justin Houston on the brink of sacking NFL history

The linebacker recorded his NFL-leading 18th sack of the season at Pittsburgh. He enters Sunday’s regular-season finale against San Diego not only two shy of matching Thomas’ single-season team record 20 set in 1990, but he can become just the 10th player in NFL history with record 20 sacks in a season.

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Christmas in a children’s hospital? No better gift, couple says

Tara Jarvis and her pharmacist husband, Matt, are surprised and thankful that their almost 5-month-old daughter, Piper Grace Jarvis, who doctors and the couple were all but certain would be too congenitally sick to survive more than a few days, is not only alive but is so much on the mend that she is expected to go home from Children’s Mercy Hospital soon after the new year.

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For the holidays, give yourself the gift of brunch at Julep

Whatever you celebrate, this weekend is going to be busier than Black Friday. Everyone’s hanging out with friends and family. That means the brunch game is on. But while everyone is busy going to the usuals, The Star’s Jeneé Osterheldt has a new suggestion: Julep, Westport’s luxe little cocktail club and her favorite bar this year.

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Sony hack highlights widespread vulnerability to cyberterrorism

Sony Pictures’ tribulations over the past few weeks are a warning of the precarious state of the nation’s cyber security. This is serious business, and it’s in the public interest to get it sorted out. For too long, however, we’ve taken an unserious attitude toward this threat, as was evident in the prurient interest the media and the public took in Sony Pictures’ dirty laundry.
 
 

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