This is the team we’d hoped Patriots would be

The Patriots have passed the regular-season test and it looks like they are well on their way to the Super Bowl this season.

11/23/14: Foxborough, MA: The Lions bench is powerless to stop the Patriots Danny Amendola (80) as he returns a second quarter punt 81 yards, which set up the second New England touchdown of the game. The New England Patriots hosted the Detroit Lions in a regular season NFL game at Gillette Stadium. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:Patriots-Lions (1)

Patriots 34, Lions 9

Patriots rout Lions for seventh straight victory

The Patriots had their way with the NFL’s No. 1 defense on Sunday and solidified their hold on the top seed in the AFC.

A breaching humpback whale in the Bay of Banderas at Punta Mita, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

Punta Mita deserves its golden admirers

These are the kind of beaches that are fuel for daydreams when your car slides into a gray snowbank in February.

Cambridge, MA., 11/14/14, Quick Bite on Cafe ArtScience in Kendall. The huckleberry lime creamsicle. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

quick bite

At Cafe ArtScience, experiments in flavor

At the laboratory of food and drink, you will find the likes of beef carpaccio with lobster, XO sauce, and truffles.

From left: Daniel Webster, John Quincy Adams, and William Seward.


Forefathers’ Day, the forgotten Pilgrim holiday

Before Thanksgiving, the Plymouth story offered American politicians the chance to look ahead, not just back.

location, location, location

What is it like to live in New Salem?

Dorothy Johnson has lived in New Salem for four decades, but she’s still considered a newbie.

13 New England students named Rhodes Scholars

Of the 32 American students named 2015 Rhodes Scholars, at least 13 have New England ties, including two from Harvard and three from MIT.

A Wellesley College student read a controversial poster on a bulletin board at the school’s campus center.

Ousted Hillel staff upsets Wellesley students

Wellesley College has abruptly removed its Hillel director and Jewish chaplain as part of a restructuring, angering Jewish students.

Cleveland police officer kills boy who had fake gun

Police said the officer fired twice after the 12-year-old boy pulled the replica gun from his waistband at a park.

Wild Ocean Aquaculture is co-owned by Matthew Moretti (center).

US waters create potential for shellfish farming

With federal waters opening up to aquaculture, shellfish farming may play a bigger role in the future of New England’s seafood industry.

Yvonne Abraham

It’s a Cosby world we live in

For the multiple women who came forward, it was their word against the beloved, sanctimonious Bill Cosby.

The unicorn statue, now freshly coated in gold and palladium, was returned to its post of more than 100 years.

Restored lion, unicorn returned to Old State House perch

The newly refurbished statues were successfully hoisted back to their perches Sunday with a new time capsule inside.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/01/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/05area401-001.jpg ‘Area Four’ residents live in the shadow of future

Growing prosperity in Kendall Square is doing little to lift up the low-income residents around it.