Originally created 10/10/01

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Holiday stamps arrive Thursday

The Postal Service begins selling holiday stamps on Thursday. A Virgin and Child stamp features a detail from a painting by 15th-century Italian artist Lorenzo Costa. The Philadelphia Museum of Art owns the painting. A set of four Santa Claus stamps shows the jolly old elf carrying gifts. The stamps feature English and German chromolithograph images that date to the 1880s and 1920s. Updated 34-cent versions of last year's Hanukkah and Kwanzaa stamps go on sale Oct. 22. A new Thanksgiving stamp goes on sale Oct. 20.

'The West Wing' premiere to air

After last week's pause to reflect on current events, the delayed season premiere of The West Wing returns to the story of how President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) will handle a potentially difficult re-election campaign. The NBC drama airs at 9 on WAGT-TV (Channel 26).