Closing of Maine papermaker ends a way of life

Heather Hersey and other workers were greeted by a huge crowd of supporters on the mill’s last day.

Fred Field for the Globe

The 84-year-old Bucksport plant is the latest mill to fall victim to increased energy costs, global competition, and a decline in demand.

On Saturday, North Korea described the US claims that it was behind the Sony Pictures cyberattack as slander.

North Korea proposes joint probe with US over Sony hack

North Korea insisted that it was not behind a damaging cyberattack on Sony Pictures.

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.

AP/File (left)

Partner’s role at firm adds complications for Rosenberg

Stanley Rosenberg, the incoming state Senate president, has close ties to a public affairs firm through his partner, Bryon Hefner.

Rich Murphy and his brother are certain people will return to gold.

Gold is losing its shine for investors

A sharp decline in gold prices — from $1,900 an ounce in 2011 to $1,200 now — has left some companies struggling.

Some Boston College students said they fear the response by administrators runs the risk of chilling free speech on the campus.

Boston College protesters facing disciplinary action

Some face reprimand for a 60-person “die-in” because the demonstration was not properly permitted, officials said.

Boston, MA., 12/17/14, How to make your own Kcup…..studio shot. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

Hacked K-cups part of backlash over Keurig ‘2.0’ brewers

One of the most bizarre local business stories of 2014 involves hacking and coffeemakers.

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets hugs Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots after a game at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Patriots at Jets | Sunday, 1 p.m.

Keys to a Patriots victory over Jets

The Patriots and Jets clash for the second time this season and a victory would give New England a first-round playoff bye.

Gary Washburn | On basketball

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/ainge150-6824.jpg Celtics resurrection will take time and patience

The Celtics brass is going to have to find creative ways to usher in a new generation.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/11/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/89697e38c35d4c9abbd6bad88e21be49-89697e38c35d4c9abbd6bad88e21be49-0-13746.jpg Red Sox trade Will Middlebrooks to Padres

The Sox filled a need by acquiring veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan, an Andover High product.

ideas

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/01/29/BostonGlobe.com/Enterprise/Advance/Images/iceharvesting015-1837.jpg How a Mass. man invented the global ice market

An entrepreneur’s 1806 scheme to sell chunks of frozen New England ponds still shapes how we live.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/Boghosian_XmasCraigslist3_LIFE.jpg As a decoration loses its luster, some turn to Craigslist

Type “Christmas” into Craigslist’s Boston edition at this time of year, and thousands of items pop up.

The Northern Avenue Bridge is now closed.

City closes Northern Avenue Bridge in South Boston

The century-old span has for years been a pedestrian link between downtown and the South Boston Innovation District.

Study recommends state ‘carbon tax’ to fight climate change

A state report says hiking the price of petroleum products would force many to reduce the use of gas, oil, and fossil fuels.

Opinion

Michael A. Cohen

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/20/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/04534223.jpg Media overreach in Sony hack

By feasting at the trough of misbegotten gains, major outlets increased the pressure on Sony to cave.

The Big Picture

Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

2014 Year in Pictures: Part III

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