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Book sale problem:

not enough books

It's hard to hold a massive book sale if you're short on books.

That's the problem facing the annual Children's Hospital Book Market this year.

The annual fundraising sale is normally held in April, but organizers aren't scheduling the dates until they know for sure they'll have enough books to sell.

"It's a problem -- we're desperate for books," co-ordinator Carol Irving said Friday.

"We definitely need more."

This is the 54th year for the book market, which has raised more than $7 million to fund equipment and programs at the Children's Hospital, as well as pediatric research at the Manitoba Institute of Child Health.

Irving said books can be dropped off at any of the city's fire halls, Dufresne furniture stores or StorageVille sites.

The book market does not accept books that are musty or smoky or with torn covers, broken spines and missing or soiled pages.

As well, the book market doesn't accept textbooks older than five years, encyclopedias, Reader's Digest, or hardcover fiction or mysteries older than 15 years.

For more information, call 204-783-1125 or go to www.goodbear.mb.ca.

 

Charges in robbery

A 27-year-old man faces a long list of weapons charges for an August robbery in which one victim was grazed by a bullet.

Police made an arrest Wednesday.

Three men were confronted by three suspects on Aug. 16 around 12:45 a.m. in the area of Pearl Street and Notre Dame Avenue. One suspect pulled out a gun, and a 21-year-old man was grazed by a shot.

The suspect faces eight charges, including discharging a firearm with intent.

 

Assault charges laid

A 41-year-old man has been charged in connection with a sexual assault more than two years ago.

Winnipeg police said Friday the man, who is in custody, was charged with sexual assault on Wednesday.

Police said a 23-year-old woman was walking in the 300 block of Manitoba Avenue on Sept. 19, 2011, at about 1:50 p.m., when a man riding a bicycle began talking to her.

Police said the man suddenly grabbed the woman and forced her between two garages where she was sexually assaulted. The man then fled on the bicycle.

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 15, 2014 B2

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