Colbert exits with a singalong and a sleigh ride

Colbert Nation, you didn’t need to fear the Reaper after all.

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The singalong was fun in a who’s-who kind of way, and there were almost sentimental moments that met the need for closure.

In this Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 photo, Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Boston. The Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, Dec. 18, 2014, cutting ties with the last remnant of Boston's last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Rajon Rondo not as valuable as we were led to believe

Rondo is a unique talent, as evidenced by his 32 career triple-doubles. But too many people mistake unique for elite.

Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Celtics trade Rajon Rondo to Mavericks

The Celtics will trade the star guard to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for three players and two draft picks.

Phoenix Suns forward Anthony Tolliver (40) shoots against Dallas Mavericks forward Brandan Wright (34) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Dallas. The Suns won 118-106. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

GARY WASHBURN I ON BASKETBALL

Celtics didn’t get enough in Rajon Rondo trade

The Celtics got 8½ strong seasons from Rondo, but he was an ill-fitting piece for a team that is in rebuilding mode.

Mysterious Boston woman wields influence as Amazon’s top reviewer

Ali Julia has written more than 2,800 reviews, revealing much about her tastes. But she remains something of an enigma.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/greenhouse_19icagift-3_lifestyle.jpg Philanthropist Lee gives ICA $10 million gift of women’s art

The Institute of Contemporary Art received 43 works of art by big-name artists such as Cindy Sherman and Amy Sillman.

Governor Deval Patrick reacted with laughter as he took a surprise call from President Barack Obama on WGBH’s “Ask the Governor” radio show.

Obama calls into Patrick’s final monthly radio show

“Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville,” the caller said in his unmistakable, halting cadence.

Angel Perez, who supports President Obama, listened to former prisoner Rafael Dominguez disagree with the president’s  action in Miami on Thursday.

Nation’s shift on Cuba reveals generation gap

Anti-Castro ideologues are dying off, replaced by a generation more open to normalized relations with Cuba.

Companies in the US are already developing strategies to introduce their products and services to a market they have not been in for the better part of 50 years — if ever.

US companies assess a beachhead in Cuba

Companies are already developing strategies to introduce their products and services to the Cuban market.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh has already raised more than $1.5 million, campaign finance records show.

Mayor Walsh poised to set fund-raising record in his first year

He may be three years from an election, but the new mayor has vastly outraised any other elected official who lives in Boston.

Ride-share clients told to be alert

The warnings come after a spate of recent attacks, including several women who said they were assaulted after ordering an Uber.

Dorchester resident Carla Sheffield (right) said her son was killed by Boston police in 2012.

Tempers flare at Roxbury meeting on police violence

The session turned tense when the audience began shouting about the deaths of family members at the hands of Boston police.

Newcomers on Beacon Hill

November’s election swept in a bevy of new Beacon Hill denizens, from freshly minted legislators to top aides.

Locals took a tour of the North 40 property over the summer.

Wellesley College to sell 46 undeveloped acres to town

The move will generate $35 million for campus improvements while protecting the land from large developments.

Opinion

Richard N. Goodwin

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/f0482ce501474c68ab85bda48a213c5a-34d0be6e555a4f279c448708471e882d-0.jpg Lessons from the ’60s for Ferguson, Staten Island

Lyndon Baines Johnson’s speechwriter reflects on the civil rights movement and its lessons for modern race relations.

The Big Picture

A protester takes shelter from smoke billowing around during protests on Aug. 13 against the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown in Freguson, Mo., by white police officer Darren Wilson.

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Best photos of 2014: Part II

Photographs from May-August on a range topics from around the world.