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Morning Brew: Boxing Day deal hunters, Fire at Harold the Jewellery Buyer, Check your flight to the East Coast, more headaches for the 407, Leafs win in Jersey

Apparently Boxing Day 2010 was a good one in Toronto, with some retailers speculating that increased spending over the holidays is a sign of an economy that's mostly recovered. Although there were some concerns that sales figures would be low this year, Moneris Soultions reported a 2% increase in the five weeks leading up to December 19 as well as 15 million transactions on the 23rd. If you're still looking to shop, remember that many sales extend for the entire week.

The building that houses Harold the Jewellery Buyer has suffered extensive damage after a fire broke out in the early hours this morning. Although investigators have yet to determine a cause, one can bet that foul play will be suspected given the fierce and troubled rivalry between the damaged store and Jack Berkovits' Easy Cash for Gold.

If you plan to fly anywhere along the North American East Coast today or tomorrow, it'd be best to check the status of your flight before heading off to the airport. A major winter storm is battering most of the coastal U.S. and Atlantic Canada is bracing for up to 30 centimetres of snow.

Has the 407 ever delivered on expectations? The Toronto Sun takes a look at the suburban toll highway and its latest disappointment, the cancellation of plans to extend the route to highway 115. This is actually one of the better articles I've read by the Sun in quite some time.

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