How Logan landed direct flights from around the world

The Massachusetts Port Authority has added 17 nonstop international flights at Logan in recent years.

Mother saves 2-year-old from fire

A Southwick woman smashed the window of her 2-year-old’s room and saved the child’s life after a fire broke out in her home.

For six lucky families, Christmas elves bring kittens

New Hampshire SPCA staffers — dressed as elves — hand-delivered newly adopted pets to nearby families.

All I want for Christmas is less stuff

I long to be a minimalist, but instead, I live in a house jammed with things.

Pope Francis gave his traditional Christmas


Pope laments suffering of children around the world

In his Christmas Day speech, delivered in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis spoke of children who are ‘‘made objects of trade and trafficking.”

// Rain ends, but warmth continues

Temperatures in Boston just missed 60 degrees, which would have made today the warmest Christmas in 50 years.

New policy sidelines teachers at cost of $6m

More than 70 Boston public school teachers didn’t get classrooms under a change in hiring but must remain on the payroll.

Bartender Sean Frederick pours a Manhattan made with 10-year-old Henry McKenna whiskey at Citizen Public House.

Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

The truth about whiskey

When it comes to drinking, common misconceptions are easily resolved. For starters: All Scotch is whiskey, but not all whiskey is Scotch.

The One North of Boston apartment complex in Chelsea


Want to rent in Boston? Get a $50-an-hour job

It’s no secret that rents are astronomical around Boston. And the amount of money a person needs to make in order to afford those rents is truly eye-opening.

Moviegoers waited in long lines in Cambridge for the Christmas Day opening of the movie,

Crowds flock to Cambridge to see ‘The Interview’

By early afternoon, Apple Cinemas’ 1:30, 1:50, and 6:45 p.m. shows in Cambridge were all sold out.

// Chinese food picks for Christmas Day

Here’s a list of some restaurants that will be open on Dec. 25.

Prestley Blake stood in the foyer area of his $7.5 million replica of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

A Jefferson follower’s $7.5m declaration of admiration

A cofounder of the Friendly’s restaurant chain built a replica of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s famous home, in Connecticut.

Boston, MA 073114 Cambridge cab driver, Parmjit Singh (cq), Thursday, July 31 2014. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff) section: Business slug: 30uberexpenses reporter: Jack Newsham

Uber, Lyft save big by avoiding regulations

Drivers for Uber and companies like it are saving a lot of money by not being regulated like other vehicles-for-hire.

// Give more and get more under new state law

As the tax year comes to a close, state and nonprofit officials are pushing charitable tax credits.

Ring in the New Year with these First Night highlights

James Reed rounds up musical highlights from First Night programming, including Thalia Zedek Band, Dom Flemons, and others.


Hal Mayforth

// Tech the halls: Christmas in our digital age

Some traditions change.

The Big Picture

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Hands in the news

The hands in these photographs represent hope, communication, power, connection and longing.