Christmas in the City brings joy to homeless children

Children rushed into the Christmas in the City celebration Sunday.

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More than 4,400 children and about 2,000 parents took part in the event that features a holiday celebration of colossal scale.

Gwen Carr, Eric Garner's mother, and Esaw Garner, left, Garner's widow, attended a press conference denouncing the shooting deaths of two New York Police Department officers.

Protest leaders condemn shooting amid backlash

Civil rights leaders said the deaths of two officers in New York could derail the movement that has grown out of the deaths black men by police.

US may put North Korea back on terrorism list

The action could be part of a broad US government response to a cyberattack on Sony Pictures.

MBTA driver suspended after alleged confrontation

A veteran bus driver is suspended as officials investigate an alleged altercation between the driver and a passenger.

Jeff Prokos went through the process of having a tattoo removed by Rob Harris, who runs Disappearing Inc.

Yvonne Abraham

Erasing regret, one dot at a time

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

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A suspect was taken into custody after the early morning shooting, police said.

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.

12/21/14 East Rutherford, NJ: The Patriots Danny Amendola leaves Jets place kicker Nick Folk (2) in his wake on a second quarter kickoff return. The New England Patriots visited the New York Jets in a regular season NFL game at MetLife Stadium. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:Patriots(1)

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DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Do you feel better or worse about Patriots’ chances?

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

Patriots 17, Jets 16

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Jonas Gray’s fourth-quarter touchdown run lifted the Patriots over their AFC East rivals.

The Jets sacked Tom Brady four times Sunday.

Tom Brady says Patriots’ offense couldn’t find rhythm vs. Jets

New England totaled just 231 yards in its victory over New York and Brady was sacked four times.

Pedestrians walked down Main Street in Stockbridge.

Location, location, location

What is it like to live in Stockbridge?

The Stockbridge of today is more than a quintessential New England village.

Buzzsaw

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/girls14_60.jpg Ten TV episodes that stood out in 2014

When an episode rewards the scrutiny, it’s a thrill. Here are 10 of Matthew Gilbert’s favorites of the year.

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

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

Opinion

DANTE RAMOS

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

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.