Cash-strapped towns selling tax liens to for-profits

Consumer advocates are concerned that vulnerable property owners in Mass. are being hit with astronomical fees.

MBTA officials trumpet record ridership in October

The MBTA announced Friday that October 2014 saw the highest ridership in the MBTA’s history, with over 37 million passenger trips.

New storm dumps several inches of snow on Eastern Mass.

More than 3,000 homes and businesses were still without power following Wednesday’s pre-Thanksgiving nor’easter.

// Local shoppers line up, seeking best deals

Retailers opened their doors early Friday morning, welcoming shoppers who had waited in line for hours.

Shoppers waited in line to get their holiday shopping season going at the annual Black Friday sales event at the Sports Authority store in Greenfield, Wisconsin.

Black Friday shopping in full swing across the country

The crowds were thin early Friday morning in parts of the country, but traffic is expected to pick up throughout the day.

At top,  two College of the Holy Cross athletes headed to the school’s athletic center, with the city of Worcester in the background. Below, a sign pointed to some of the city’s wealth of higher education institutions.

Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

Worcester working to become a college town

Although it boasts nine colleges, the city is more likely to conjure visions of its industrial past than as a higher education hub.

Jenny Howell stands among snow-covered Christmas trees on her family-run Iowa farm.

Higher Christmas tree prices likely this year

Growers say they are relieved after six years of decreased demand and low prices put many out of business.

Sheryl Julian/Globe Staff

Make the most of Thanksgiving’s leftovers

Sharing a bounty of recipes, from pot pie to sandwiches, for day-after-Thanksgiving food.

McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I.

Some Red Sox owners poised to purchase PawSox

The sale price is not yet known, nor are the names of the owners purchasing the storied minor league franchise.

The Garden “Bull Gang” will be converting from basketball to hockey, not the other way around Jim Davis/Globe Staff

For Celtics and Bruins, a Friday switch at TD Garden

Traditionally, the Bruins have the afternoon slot and the Celtics the night game — but not this year.

High school football

High school football scoreboard

Catch all the scores from across the region as rivals met on the gridiron for the annual Thanksgiving games.

Dineen Duro and her son have been living in a Brighton motel for two years. Though winning a rental voucher is a long shot, she’s hoping for “a little bit of normalcy.”

Demand soars for affordable housing in Boston area

A lottery for 73 rental vouchers for low-income families attracted 10,000 applicants, highlighting the rental crunch.

J.J. Abrams, director of “Star Wars: Episode VII,” talked to fans from the movie set in the desert in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ teaser trailer is out

The movie is set 30 years after “Star Wars: Episode VI — The Return of the Jedi.”

The Fox 25 blackout for Verizon FIOS customers in Mass. meant that viewers could not see the Cowboys-Eagles game.

Stalemate over fees leaves FiOS viewers without Fox 25

The owner of the Boston-area Fox affiliate and Verizon couldn’t reach a deal, leaving about 400,000 without the channel.

Roger Berkowitz, President and CEO of Legal Sea Foods, rebutted the allegations the restaurant chain violated state wage laws by forcing servers and bartenders to share tips with workers who rolled silverware in napkins. (Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe)

Legal Sea Foods sued over tip policy

The lawsuits allege the restaurant chain forced servers and bartenders to share tips with workers who rolled silverware in napkins.


Michael P. Jeffries

// Ferguson must force us to face anti-blackness

It is about the debasement of black humanity and utter indifference to black suffering.

The Big Picture

Nia Richardson, 16, of Roxbury, wets the reed of her saxophone as she prepares for practice in Jamaica Plain Nov. 19.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

English High’s marching band

The marching band at English High brings back a tradition that has been dormant at Boston public schools for about 40 years.