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‘Operation Serpent’ and other things you may have missed this week

Snakehead fish are in invasive species in North America.

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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

Gone fishin'

With razor teeth, an insatiable appetite for other fish, and the ability to slither up to half a kilometre on land, it's no wonder that buying or selling Asia's invasive 'snakehead' is banned in both Canada and the U.S. See how the investigation – named 'Operation Serpent' – into an international snakehead smuggling operation led U.S. and Canadian authorities to Markham's Pacific Mall.

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Ex-lawyers club

After the gruelling years of law school, then the all-nighters of her articling year, Marcia Walker was called to the bar…only to decide to toss out her law degree. Why did she do it?

Spy school

"Spies do it and so do terrorists," writes The Globe's Tu Thanh Ha. "So why not the head of the CIA?" The "it" in question is the "save-but-don't-send" method of sharing e-mail messages allegedly used by former CIA director David Petraeus and his mistress Paula Broadwell in order to avoid being detected. Here's how it works, and why it's not as foolproof as some may think.

Working hard or hardly working?

Does your office have an outdoor putting green? A games room complete with foosball table? A DJ booth? Take a tour of Google's new Toronto office, and see what you're missing out on.

The making of a bully

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What causes kids to become bullies? According to one Vancouver psychologist, parental attachment plays an important role – kids who have a healthy attachment to a dominant, nurturing adult are less likely to try to dominate their peers. And that doesn't just go for humans, he argues. See what other animals are prone to become bullies because of the way they're parented.

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National Food Reporter

Ann Hui is the national food reporter at The Globe and Mail. Previously, she worked as a national reporter and homepage editor for and an online editor in News. More


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