Walsh says schools, union agree to add learning time

The proposal would add 40 minutes of learning time to the school day at elementary and middle schools in Boston.

Quincy Medical Center closes its doors at midnight

The 24-hour emergency room will stay open until the end of 2015 after other services shut down.

‘The Interview’ makes $1 million theater debut

Despite on-demand availability, crowds still flocked to theaters to catch showings of ‘‘The Interview,’’ Thursday.

Opinion | Ira Jackson and Cathy Minehan

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If we kick the can down the road, we are only making things more difficult to resolve in the future.

The casket of Rafael Ramos arrived at Christ Tabernacle Church carried by a New York Police Department honor guard in the Queens borough of New York.

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Friends, family, colleagues pay respects to slain NYPD officer

The wife and two sons of Rafael Ramos have been joined by hundreds of uniformed officers at his wake.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/24/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/son150-7690.jpg After struggle with addiction, man cherishes life with son

Michael Griswold has embraced the hard and foreign work of fatherhood and the daily struggle of sobriety.

Stolen baby Jesus replaced by pig’s head ‘an outrage’

Haverhill officials are asking for the public’s help in finding whoever desecrated a church’s nativity scene.

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The amount of money a person needs to make in order to afford Boston rents is truly eye-opening.

Michael Keaton as Riggan in a scene from

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Ty Burr

Best movies of 2014 dealt with unpleasant people

The movies that seemed to matter most in 2014 concerned characters who are their own worst enemies.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton has been picked off 15 times (T-10 in the league).

Who will Patriots see in playoffs?

While the final qualifier and seeds for the AFC playoffs are not set, here’s a look at how the contenders shape up.

CHAD FINN | SPORTS MEDIA

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In recent weeks, Jenny Dell and Otis Livingston have shown troubling lapses in attribution and transparency.

Cheap Eats

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Cheap Eat critics roundup their favorite dishes of 2014.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/26/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/weird150-7602.jpg The weirdest New England stories of 2014

Here’s your guide to some of the region’s goofiest stories from the past 12 months.

Evan Horowitz | Year in review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/26/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/horowitz-075.jpg In 2014, many states experimented with marijuana laws

A look at the new policies implemented this year that eased penalties for marijuana use or made it available to medical patients.

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Judge George O’Toole has been described by those who know him as cool, calm, and totally objective in his courtroom.

Opinion

JOANNA WEISS

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We are stubbornly reluctant to confront our own mortality.

The Big Picture

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Seasonal lights

Around the world, nights look brighter this time of year and illuminations of all kinds help celebrate holidays or festivities.