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Friday: Ray Rice reinstated, vet spending, high-five by-law, and more...

After knocking his then-fiancée unconscious, NFL running back Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely by the league -- but today, a judge declared him free to play again...That 200 million dollars the government promised to spend on helping veterans with mental-health issues? Turns out it'll be spent over half a century...and in Peterborough, Ontario, crossing guards are not allowed to slap...
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After knocking his then-fiancée unconscious, NFL running back Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely by the league -- but today, a judge declared him free to play again...That 200 million dollars the government promised to spend on helping veterans with mental-health issues? Turns out it'll be spent over half a century...and in Peterborough, Ontario, crossing guards are not allowed to slap palms, or fist-bump, with schoolchildren.

Part One

Footballer Ray Rice reinstated into NFL
NFL player Ray Rice wins his appeal and is allowed to once again play professional football -- leaving one lawyer and advocate to question the message that decision sends to abused women.

Ebola adoption
A Canadian citizen is trapped in Sierra Leone, waiting -- and waiting -- for the federal government to issue the right travel documents to his adopted baby daughter.

Stuart Little painting
During the animated movie "Stuart Little", a Hungarian art expert suddenly becomes animated himself -- because he sees a long-lost painting on the wall.

Part Two

Harrassment follow: Michel-Gratton school
Last night, two former journalists told us about alleged sexual assault and harassment at the hands of Michel Gratton, a former Prime Minister press secretary in the 1980s. Then, we learnt about the Windsor, Ontario high school named after him.

High fiving by-law
If crossing guards defy the policy, they'll get a slap on the wrist. A metaphorical one, presumably -- because Peterborough, Ontario's policy bans them from high-fiving, fist-bumping, or otherwise slapping hands with kids.

Part Three

Veteran spending
Sean Bruyea read the fine print. And what he found was that the federal government's promised expenditure on veterans with mental-health problems wasn't a five- or six-year plan -- it was a 50-year plan.

BC dentist award
UBC Dentist David Sweet wins an award recognizing his years on the vanguard of a death-defying discipline: forensic dentistry.

Swiss cats and dogs
According to animal welfare advocates, it's Switzerland's dirty little Christmas tradition. They say that in certain rural areas of the country, people sometimes cook up and eat cats and dogs.

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