Quiet amid the chaos: Like children across Bermuda, seven-year-old Chonlada Saetang-Smith of Pembroke Parish looked forward to a fun and peaceful Christmas. * Photo by Kageaki Smith.
Quiet amid the chaos: Like children across Bermuda, seven-year-old Chonlada Saetang-Smith of Pembroke Parish looked forward to a fun and peaceful Christmas. * Photo by Kageaki Smith.
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ISLAND ROCKED BY GUN VIOLENCE

The grief of loved ones became an all too common sight as three young men were shot dead in December: Kumi Harford, Garry Cann and Shane Minors.

Outrage and fear in the community was accompanied by a collective determination to end the bloodshed.

Police stepped up patrols and laws were toughened to make it easier for them to disperse gangs.

BURNS VICTIM BACK IN THE GROOVE

Dejon Simons, who suffered 90 per cent burns in a bike crash six years ago, shared plans to become a motivational speaker to young people. He also revealed he is due to become a dad in March.

SHIP'S TOO BIG FOR ST. GEORGE'S

We revealed that a cruise ship that was supposed to dock at St. George's next year will have to drop anchor out at sea because tests showed she is too big to get through Town Cut. This could dent local commerce as tendering to shore tends to result in few passengers disembarking.

CAHOWS VENTURE FAR FROM BERMUDA

A scientific study suggested our very own cahows fly much farther than previously thought in the breeding season, when they spend most of their time at sea. One tagged cahow ventured some 3,200 miles to the western coast of the British isles.

BANK CONFIRMS IT WILL SHED STAFF

The Bank of Bermuda confirmed to the Bermuda Sun that it planned to lay off more staff due to the economic downturn. No figures were given but the bank, which had let 14 people go in April, conceded it was facing challenging times.

SMUGGLER JAILED

Kershun Dublin, who tried tried to flood Bermuda with four guns, ammunition and $25,000 worth of cannabis, was jailed for 13 years.

FESTIVE CHEER: BA STRIKE IS OFF

Islanders had holiday plans thrown into chaos when British Airways' cabin crews in London threatened to strike. Legal moves by BA bosses thwarted the move and flights continued as planned.

CROWDS WELCOME SANTA CLAUS

Scores of adults and children got into the festive spirit to welcome Santa Claus to the City of Hamilton for his annual parade, which featured local dancers.

FIR TRADE

In a special feature we traced the journey of our Christmas trees, from their beginnings as tiny saplings in snowy Quebec through a road trip from Montreal to New Jersey and by ship to Bermuda.