Adrian Walker

With Dorchester teacher’s prize, the pupils win

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

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

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

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-6898.jpg 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.

Ben Volin | On football

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin122114PatsJets_spt50.jpg Offensive line obviously a problem area for Patriots

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

TOM KEANE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/tkeane-1156.png Jeb Bush should have Democrats worried

Voters in the middle will look for someone with whom they can feel comfortable.

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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/22/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/mbta150-3565.jpg New app will help blind navigate MBTA stations

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

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

television

For ‘Homeland’ finale, a change of pace

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

Harvard Stadium would be one of the Boston-area college venues used for Olympic events.

David L. Ryan/Globe file

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.

Mourners embraced during a vigil near the spot where two New York police officers were killed.

After slayings of NYC officers, police across US on high alert

The slayings come at a tense time as police nationwide are being criticized following the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

//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.

Officer shoots at suspect who allegedly pointed gun at him

An officer fired several shots at a masked man who pulled a gun on him in Dorchester, but no one was hit, authorities said.

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

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

Tables

Dinner Lab launches in Boston

Dinner Lab is a national, members-only culinary pop-up that helps rising chefs gain exposure.

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.