Walsh raised $1.5m in first year, setting high bar for rivals

Mayor Walsh is poised to break the annual fund-raising record for an incumbent Boston mayor.

At this moment, Ali Julia is the No. 1 ranked reviewer on Amazon.com.

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Mysterious Boston woman is top Amazon reviewer

“Ali Julia” is the nom de plume of a woman who has become a powerful figure, and something of an enigma.

Police offer advice to ride-share clients after sex assaults

Local authorities are warning people to be wary of those who may be posing as drivers for ride-sharing services like Uber.

Colbert Nation, you didn’t need to fear the Reaper after all.

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Stephen Colbert says goodbye to ‘The Colbert Report’

A singalong showpiece in the final episode may have featured more famous people in the same room than ever seen before.

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The Institute of Contemporary Art received 43 works of art by big-name artists such as Cindy Sherman and Amy Sillman.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

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Rondo is a unique talent, as evidenced by his 32 career triple-doubles. But too many people mistake unique for elite.

The Celtics were never going to maximize Rajon Rondo’s talents with their current roster.

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GARY WASHBURN I ON BASKETBALL

Celtics didn’t get enough in Rajon Rondo trade

While this day was inevitable, while we knew Rajon Rondo would not finish his career in Boston, we envisioned more in return.

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Anti-Castro ideologues are dying off, replaced by a generation more open to normalized relations with Cuba.

Dorchester resident Carla Sheffield (right) said her son was killed by Boston police in 2012.

Tempers flare at Roxbury meeting on police violence

The session turned tense when the audience began shouting about the deaths of family members at the hands of Boston police.

Shirley Leung

Third resort casino in Mass. is a risky bet

Even this pro-casino columnist is starting to worry about oversaturation.

Locals took a tour of the North 40 property over the summer.

Wellesley College to sell 46 undeveloped acres to town

The move will generate $35 million for campus improvements while protecting the land from large developments.

Holiday parties back in full swing, and then some

After years of scaling back, some companies are going over the top with aerialists, orchestras, and shopping sprees.

Globe Santa

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This year’s lineup included Dave Russo, Lenny Clarke, Tony V., Anthony Scibelli, Paul Gilligan, and Artie Januario.

Opinion

Richard N. Goodwin

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Lyndon Baines Johnson’s speechwriter reflects on the civil rights movement and its lessons for modern race relations.

The Big Picture

A protester takes shelter from smoke billowing around during protests on Aug. 13 against the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown in Freguson, Mo., by white police officer Darren Wilson.

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Best photos of 2014: Part II

Photographs from May-August on a range topics from around the world.