Patrick’s selections leave imprint on Mass. judiciary

Governor Patrick has appointed nearly half of the state’s 411 judges, creating along the way a substantially more diverse bench.

Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who shot in their patrol car Saturday.

Two New York police officers shot dead in their car

The gunman shot the officers without warning, and then committed suicide with the same gun, the authorities said.

Clinton faces headwinds from liberals as Warren rises

Liberal groups’ support for Senator Elizabeth Warren puts pressure on Hillary Clinton to move further to the left.

Senator Stanley Rosenberg’s close ties to a public affairs firm, through his partner, Bryon Hefner (right), add a layer of complexity to his attendance at events held by Regan Communications or any of its clients.

PR firm reassigns Rosenberg’s partner to Fla.

Incoming state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s partner has been criticized for his social medial activity.

// School group doesn’t conduct criminal checks on referees

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association lags behind athletic groups in other states in screening officials.

// Four sites eyed south of Boston for marijuana sales

Groups across Mass. are bidding for the final approvals they need to enter the state’s medical marijuana industry.

Kevin Cullen

A prodigal son, back after 23 years

After decades apart, William Wallace Scott Hudson and his family are now reunited, and everyone is grateful.

A distant mirror to our present pain

Northeastern University students are working to identify every racially linked murder in the South between 1930 and 1970.

Yvonne Abraham

// Erasing regret, one dot at a time

This is where mistakes go to die. Or at least to cease proclaiming themselves publicly.

2014 Bostonians of the Year

Market Basket workers showed perseverance and power

The grocery chain’s 25,000 employees highlighted that a company formula of low prices and good wages can succeed.


// New York’s pro teams in a losing state of mind

After all these years of Boston arguing with New York over which city has the best teams, most of that thrill is gone.

Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is one of a number of Cuban players who have defected in recent years.


Will MLB, Cuba be able to play ball?

It’s too early to know what type of relationship may develop in the wake of last week’s historic announcement.

Julian Edelman has nearly 1,000 yards receiving this season.

Patriots at Jets | 1 p.m. (CBS)

Julian Edelman, LeGarrette Blount, Kyle Arrington out vs. Jets

The Patriots will be without all three players for Sunday’s game in New Jersey.

john l. allen jr. | all things catholic

A great week for Pope Francis in American PR

The Vatican couldn’t have scripted a better week. Plus: The investigating nun and LCWR president speak on the nuns’ report.

“This is beloved material . . . you’d better not screw it up,” says Anna Kendrick, about her role in “Into the Woods.”


Anna Kendrick goes ‘Into the Woods’

How the Maine native came to play Cinderella in the star-studded Disney adaptation of the musical.

President Kennedy’s letter to 8-year-old Michelle Rochon says he shares her concerns, not just for the fate of Santa but all people.

JFK letter reassuring girl about Santa is re-released

“You must not worry about Santa Claus,” Kennedy wrote to an 8-year-old, more than 50 years ago.



// Rage against the scheduling machine

Relying on faceless algorithms makes it easier for employers to casually jerk workers around.

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2014 Year in Pictures: Part III

Photos from the last four months of 2014 depicting news events and daily life around the world.