Patrick and Jess.

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Her decision, their life

A Boston Marathon survivor’s journey as she debates whether to live with pain or become a double-amputee. By Eric Moskowitz

There was a long line last week to buy cases of The Alchemist brewery’s Heady Topper at Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier.

Craft beer fans go to great lengths to buy top-rated brew

Craft beer is exploding, and Heady Topper and the Vermont town where it was born are at the movement’s liquid-gold center.

Nicole Bollerman’s teaching and generosity gave her third grade class at UP Academy Dorchester many reasons to smile.

Support for Dorchester teacher after ethics concerns over gifts

The teacher donated her essay prize winnings to her charter school and received a check and donations from Ellen DeGeneres.

thing tank

From #Deflategate to Madonna’s hacker

If it’s a trend, a clip, a comment, a moment, a meme, a tag, or a topic, it’s a thing.

Demonstrators gathered on the steps of the State House in Montpelier on Dec. 18 for a rally in favor of single-payer health care, following Governor Peter Shumlin’s decision to pull the plug on Vermont’s single-payer plan.

Glenn Russell/Burlington Free Press/AP

Costs derail Vermont’s dream of a single-payer health plan

A financial report that showed the cost of the program would nearly double the size of the state’s budget in the first year alone.

Raising the roof and adding on to the house created an attractive open-concept living space.

home of the week

Cape-style home with dramatic great room

Once a cottage, this Cohasset home was transformed by raising the roof 12 feet to create a space where metal, wood, and light dramatically collide.

Yvonne Abraham

Ensuring privacy in the mailbox

For some, the mailings sent out by health insurance companies after a doctor’s visit can be source of embarrassment – or of fear.

In Salinger’s corner of the world, stories to tell, stories to keep

Writer J. D. Salinger spent the last half of his life in Cornish, N.H., and Windsor, Vt., and, for visitors to these historic towns, it’s easy to see why.

Leading nonprofit jobs hold big perks

Many nonprofit heads are not only well-paid, but receive perks like housing allowances, club dues, and free travel for spouses.

NFL playoffs

Kevin Cullen

// Nobody comes up roses in latest NFL fiasco

For the NFL, this is an opportunity to pretend it cares more about the integrity of the game than its $45 billion net worth.

Bill Belichick said the Patriots conducted their own internal study this week about football preparation and air pressure.

Belichick ‘100 percent’ sure Patriots met NFL rules

New England’s coach flatly denied any wrongdoing and explained the team’s gameday football preparations.


// Belichick blinds NFL with science on Deflategate

Bill the Science Guy made an impassioned, entirely plausible and convincing case for why Deflategate is a bunch of hot air.

A snow shoveler crosses a street during a winter snowstorm in Cambridge, Massachusetts January 24, 2015. Up to 8 inches of snow is expected to fall over parts of the Northeast this weekend, and a wintry mix could make for a messy Monday morning commute in New York, Boston and other cities, the National Weather Service said on Friday. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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After first significant snowfall, another storm on tap for Monday

After the season’s first serious snowstorm left some areas with 9 inches, meteorologists say another storm is expected Monday evening.

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Apocalyptic trends might explain why pope is hurrying

Plus: African Catholics in the line of fire, and a Filipino cardinal’s star shines.

DES MOINES, IA - JANUARY 24: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks to guests at the Iowa Freedom Summit on January 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. The summit is hosting a group of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates to discuss core conservative principles ahead of the January 2016 Iowa Caucuses. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Palin criticizes Obama, immigration policy in Iowa

Sarah Palin called President Obama “an overgrown little boy” Saturday in a speech that caused a buzz on social media.



// US should foot part of the bill for Olympics

When an American city is selected, the Games should be considered a national event of sorts.

The Big Picture

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The Big Picture

Unrest in Yemen

The future for Yemen is uncertain after the president resigned this week following a rebel takeover of the country.

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