Taking Names: Author Lehane offers unusual reward for lost pet

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Author Dennis Lehane is offering an unusual reward for the person who finds his family’s beloved missing beagle.

Mr. Lehane said he will name a character in his next book after whoever finds Tessa, who disappeared from the family’s home in Brookline, Mass., this week.

He said on his Facebook page that Tessa jumped a fence at the home, and even though she has been microchipped, she was not wearing her tags.

Mr. Lehane said Tessa is “smart, fast and immeasurably sweet.”

Mr. Lehane’s books include “Mystic River,” “Gone Baby Gone” and “Shutter Island.”

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Queen Elizabeth II hailed the holidays in a new dimension, delivering her Christmas message for the first time in 3-D.

In the annual prerecorded broadcast, the monarch paid tribute to the armed forces, “whose sense of duty takes them away from family and friends” over the holidays, and expressed gratitude for the outpouring of enthusiasm for her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The queen said she was struck by the “strength of fellowship and friendship” shown by well-wishers to mark her 60 years on the throne.

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