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A $360,000 trip and other things you may have missed this week

An aerial view shows Shanghai's new financial district skyline along the Huang Pu river.


For many of us, Monday to Friday races by in a blur. We know it can be a struggle to delve beyond the big headlines and keep on top of all the interesting stories out there. We're here to lend a hand: In case you didn't see them the first time, a collection of stories you may have missed this week on

A $360,000 trip

Jim Tyrer, a Vancouver-based businessman, was on his way home from a business trip from China – one of several he makes each year – when he was escorted by officials to a holding room and barred from leaving the country. Find out why Chinese authorities held him, and why it cost him more than $360,000 in order to return to Canada.

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The astronaut's son

Canadians watched with awe as astronaut Chris Hadfield launched into space to begin a five-month mission earlier this week. But for his son Evan, the moment was exciting, but also terrifying. In his own words, Evan writes about what failure means in his dad's line of work, and how this latest assignment "scared the hell" out of him.

Build your own Globe

Think you've got what it takes to be a Globe and Mail editor? Try your hand at editing The Globe's front page by choosing your own lineup from a list of 2012's biggest stories.

Talking about sexual abuse

Most people know R.A. Dickey as the new pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. But Mr. Dickey is hoping to use his celebrity in the fight against sexual abuse, which he wrote about being the victim of in his memoir, Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball. In an interview with The Globe, he talks about why it was so important for him to open up about the experience.

Guide to giving

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