Goodbye, Black Friday. Holiday bargain-shopping is now a month-long affair

The traditional holiday spending period has largely migrated earlier into November, away from traditional stores, and over to digital sales. 

// A cigarette left in a bedroom started a fire that led to two deaths

One of the two men killed in an early-morning fire on Hanover Street was a fixture in the North End, while the other was a 33-year-old Hamilton native.

Hassan Abdullahi of Springfield (left) embraced his wife, Barlin Yarow, as she arrived from Kenya at Logan Airport.

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Amid Thanksgiving chaos at Logan, love is all around

Everywhere amid the noise and jostle in the terminals this week came happiness as long-separated loved ones reunited.

// New law clears way for bilingual teaching in Mass. public schools

The law will allow schools to teach students in their native language. It overturns a 15-year-old ballot measure that supported English-only teaching.

Shirley Leung

// In the company of men, #MeToo is a tough topic

Missing from the seemingly daily allegations of sexual harassment against prominent men, well, are the voices of other men. That’s why I sought them out.

// A list of men accused of sexual misconduct

Multiple men in entertainment, media and politics have faced allegations of sexual misconduct.

// Thousands with warrants purged from gun sales database

Tens of thousands wanted by law enforcement have been removed this year from the FBI criminal background check database.

// New State Police head picks her second-in-command

The new head of the Massachusetts State Police this week made her first appointments, including picking her second-in-command.

December 16 1956 / fromthearchive / Globe staff photo by Paul J. Connell / Globe Santa attracts a crowd of people wanting to have pictures taken with him. This was the inaugural year of the Boston Globe Santa Claus Fund. The Boston Post started the Santa Fund in 1910. When the Post closed earlier this year, The Boston Globe with Mayor John Hynes continued the long tradition of providing Christmas toys for needy families.

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Globe Santa

For children in need, Globe Santa delivers

Globe Santa is beginning its 62nd year, raising funds to provide Christmas gifts for thousands of children in need in eastern Massachusetts.

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// Are auto inspections worth it?

The pollution-detection system has outlived its usefulness as the bulk of older, high-polluting cars have been fixed or junked.

Love Letters

// I’m married with kids but still pining for the one that got away

Twenty years after our breakup, I’m back in touch with my old boyfriend and feeling confused.

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How to cook the perfect Thanksgiving turkey

No matter how big or small the turkey is, cooking it seems daunting. We’ve taken the guess work out of the holiday centerpiece.

2017 Thanksgiving recipes

// Ten easy recipes to get you through Thanksgiving

Think of this as a new era in the kitchen. Cut down on how much you make this Thanksgiving and the time you spend making it. We’ve pared down classic recipes and given them all lots of flavor.


// Maybe we should eat geese instead of turkeys

Turkeys, the state’s official game bird, roost uneasily near the top of our national bird hierarchy. Our relationship with Canada geese is less complicated.

Renée Graham

// My long list of food aversions prompts raised eyebrows at holiday gatherings

For years I’ve felt pressure, even shame, about my food anxieties. I’m done with that.

// When did Thanksgiving become so stressful?

The pre-holiday scare machine can make you forget that we’re “celebrating” a holiday.

BOSTON ,MA 10 / 18 / 2012: Around the Mattapan area near the Mildred Middle School which went on lockdown as Boston Police search for coyote and did recover the animal. The coyote sen here by Flint street.( David L Ryan / Globe Staff Photo ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 19coyote

Here’s what to do if you encounter a coyote

Though coyote attacks around New England are rare, coyotes are not. Here’s how to ward them off.

Judy Place showed the wound she received when she was bitten by a coyote in the yard next to her mobile home in North Attleboro.

North Attleborough police shoot, kill coyote that attacked residents

A woman was in the middle of telling officers about a coyote when it suddenly appeared and attacked her.

Boston Celtics' Terry Rozier, second from right, and Marcus Morris (13) watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Miami. The Heat won 104-98. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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Heat 104, Celtics 98

Celtics’ winning streak comes to an end at 16 games

The Celtics rallied late but this time a double-digit deficit was too much to overcome.

// The Season Ticket podcast

Chris Gasper and Chad Finn respond to Hall of Famer Joe Morgan’s assertion that steroid users should be disqualified from baseball’s promised land.

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Foxborough, MA - 11/09/2017 - New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) at Patriots practice in Foxborough. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Jim McBride, Topic: 10Patriots Practice, LOID: 8.4.4973217.

Tom Brady misses practice and is listed with Achilles’ injury

Brady was among six Patriots starters who did not participate, as was Rob Gronkowski (illness).


// A lot of sports morsels on our plate at Thanksgiving

Here are some thoughts on the Patriots, the Baseball Hall of Fame, and other things to chew on.

// Needham native Aly Raisman proves ‘Fierce’ advocate for abuse survivors

The people come forward to Aly Raisman almost daily now. They see the Olympic medal winning gymnast and approach with a story to tell.


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//[1].jpg He put BSO on the map — then landed in a world of trouble

One hundred years ago, one of the world’s top conductors was ensnared in a scandal involving patriotism and sex. It almost toppled Boston’s famed orchestra.

Opinion & Ideas

OPINION | Audrey Jiajia Li

// Trump intervened with Xi on UCLA players. But what about human rights activists?

President Trump’s claim that he saved three UCLA players from years in prison seems bizarrely funny to the Chinese.

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Holiday Arts Preview

// The best of the arts this upcoming holiday season

’Tis the season for music, shows, and productions of all kinds, just in time for the holidays.


// A scrappy upstart in the pain pill business takes on Purdue Pharma

Collegium convinced top health insurers to cover only its product Xtampza — and not Purdue’s infamous OxyContin.


// Play the crossword

Puzzled? Keep trying and see if you can triumph.