Transit a key in Boston’s 2024 Olympics bid

Local backers have begun exploring ways to use existing, temporary, and reusable venues close to mass transit stops.

Nicole Bollerman’s teaching and generosity gave her third grade class at UP Academy Dorchester many reasons to smile.

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Adrian Walker

With Dorchester teacher’s prize, the pupils win

UP Academy teacher Nicole Bollerman won books for her students and $150,000 for her school.

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The gunman boasted to two people about what he was about to do just moments before he opened fire on the officers.

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Boston Police Commissioner William Evans condemned Saturday’s execution-style shooting of two NYC police officers.

Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker talked with reporters outside the White House after meeting with US President Barack Obama on Dec. 5 in Washington, DC.

Baker team leaves Western Mass. wanting

Of the approximately 175 people named to Baker’s transition team, not a single one hails from Berkshire, Hampshire, or Franklin counties.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/11/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Advance/Images/12veterans01.jpg Unexpected words led to yes on parade

An overture from an organizer of South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade led to the acceptance of a gay veterans group.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/22/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Copy%20of%2004umassro-7712--90x90.jpg Caret’s legacy sets tone for UMass president search

Robert Caret earned high marks for lobbying lawmakers to boost funding and for his advocacy of public education.

Patriots 17, Jets 16 | DAN SHAUGHNESSY

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The Patriots did what was necessary to defeat the Jets, but Rex Ryan demonstrated how to attack New England.

Tom Brady turned away from pressure from Jets outside linebacker Calvin Pace in the second quarter.

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Ben Volin | On football

Offensive line obviously a problem area for Patriots

Anyone watching the game could tell: The Patriots’ offensive line was getting whipped by the Jets.

Loui Eriksson scored the game-winning goal in overtime.

Bruins 4, Sabres 3 | OT

Bruins rally for overtime win against Sabres

The Bruins scored late in the third period to tie the game and then in extra time to win it.

Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson and Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland.

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For ‘Homeland’ finale, a change of pace

Recent episodes have been frenetic, but the season finale had a quieter tone.

Christina Rohrbacher bought potatoes from Chelmsford growers Phil Jones and Ashley Sacramo of Jones Farm at Mill No. 5.

Mill No. 5 becoming a hip haven in Lowell

Remaking downtown has been a mixed bag, but now a new complex with movies, markets, and musicians is drawing crowds.

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An indoor navigation system will open new doors for the visually impaired at Boston-area MBTA stations.

globe santa

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“I am writing this letter to beg for help this Christmas season” wrote the mother of three boys from a city northwest of Boston.

Opinion

JOHN E. SUNUNU

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/jsununu-1122.jpg Ted Cruz has gained attention but little else

To be effective, the Texas Republican needs to get other senators to work with him. They’d rather stick needles in their eyes.

The Big Picture

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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.