Boston police used ‘soft approach’ with protesters

Police officials said they decided against an aggressive show of force in Tuesday’s protests, worried it would stoke anger.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/27/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/thomas_johnson_ferguson1126005.jpg Holiday joy is elusive in Ferguson

Thanksgiving is different this year for residents in Ferguson, Mo., a community roiled by cataclysmic events in recent days and weeks.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/26/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/evans150-8054.jpg Most protesters see charges dismissed or downgraded

Dozens of demonstrators were arrested Tuesday night in Boston as part of protests in response to the Ferguson case.

Streets in front of the Paramount Theatre were wet Wednesday night.

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Storm brings snow, sleet on day before Thanksgiving

Snow accumulations ranged from more than 10 inches in Western Mass. to less than an inch in southeastern areas of the state.

Two pedestrians struck on Route 28 in Somerville

A woman and a man were badly injured in separate incidents, and authorities said the weather played a role in both.

UMass Amherst cuts ties with Bill Cosby

The university joined a number of other colleges that have distanced themselves from the entertainer.

English High brings back a tradition

English High’s marching band will perform Thanksgiving Day, the first performance by a marching band at a Boston public school in about four decades.

The signing of Pablo Sandoval — and his Panda followers — is one thing Christopher L. Gasper is thankful for. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

In sports, some reasons to give thanks

Red Sox acquisitions, college football playoffs, Tom Brady and Rajon Rondo — there’s a lot for a sports fan to be thankful for.

This Thanksgiving will be the final time Andover and Central Catholic meet on the holiday.

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Thanksgiving football preview: 20 facts about 20 big rivalries

There’s bragging rights, streaks, and even a league title on the line as traditional rivals play another round Thursday.

Dr. Benjamin Ebert, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital,

Boston scientists find gene mutations that are a precursor of blood cancer

The mutations markedly increase the risk of blood cancer, an important step toward developing early detection and prevention strategies.

The music gift guide

Whether you’ve got a rock, jazz, or hip-hop music fan on your list, there is something here for everyone.

For Pilgrim descendants, it’s much more than name dropping

Owner of historic Duxbury inn finds her place among members of Mayflower Society.

Thanksgiving cooking guide

How to cook Thanksgiving turkey

Ready to cook your turkey? Here are a few recipes that will help.

10 must-have Thanksgiving recipes

These holiday recipes can accompany the turkey Thursday or help with leftovers.

Opinion

Anthony A. Braga

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/26/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/chin112514Bostonfergusenprotests_met2.jpg Why Boston’s protests to Ferguson remained largely peaceful

There is an unusual reservoir of trust developed between the police and the city’s communities of color.

The Big Picture

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

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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.