Tsarnaev appears in court for first time since 2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wore a shirt, dark sweater, and slacks during his appearance under tight security in US District Court.

Jane Flavell Collins/AP

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged Marathon bomber facing a trial that could lead to his execution, looked relaxed in court.

Opinion | Steve Almond

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/colbert150-1168.jpg With ‘Colbert,’ morality was just another form of entertainment

The rise of shows like “The Colbert Report” reflect our regression from capable citizens to passive consumers.

Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge, left, listens as guard Rajon Rondo speaks during Celtics basketball media day in Waltham, Mass., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Celtics’ Danny Ainge admits trade talk on the rise

The team president wouldn’t say if there was any truth to the reports of a potential Rajon Rondo deal with the Mavericks.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/serial150-3736.jpg True crime podcast ‘Serial’ comes to an end

Listeners have feared what they had also foreseen: that the show would have an ending, but not a resolution.

A worker removed a poster for the movie

Ty Burr

Canceling release of ‘The Interview’ the right decision?

In the grand Hollywood tradition, a studio has censored itself before someone else could do it for them.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/rathe_arthurtdemouals_biz01[1]-3897.jpg Arthur T. finally acquires a domain name of his own

The Tewksbury-based parent company of the Market Basket chain has long operated without a website.

A rendering of the $350 million Tremont Crossing project in Roxbury.

MassDOT ponders a move from downtown to Roxbury

The blockbuster deal would shake up the real estate markets in both neighborhoods.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/cadden150-7734.jpg Co-owner of pharmacy in deadly outbreak pleads not guilty

Barry Cadden faces a racketeering charge that includes allegations that he and another official murdered 25 people.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/obama150-7745.jpg Obama calls into Governor Patrick’s final monthly radio show

The president was identified as “Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville, calling in with a few complaints about the neighborhood.”

Father, son rescue 2 men from burning car in Lowell

After witnessing a fiery car crash, a father and son jumped out of their truck and pulled two men from the burning wreckage.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/ringling150-7723.jpg Ringling Bros. contests OSHA citation for hair-hanging accident

The Providence accident sent eight acrobats plummeting to the ground, severely injuring most of them.

Steward fined for refusing to turn over financial records

Steward Health Care has been slapped with a $5,000 fine for refusing to show certain documents to state officials.

Nathaniel Kibby.

Brutality alleged in N.H. teen’s kidnapping

The suspect is accused of sexually assaulting the girl repeatedly in indictments that recount a horrific ordeal for the teen.

Opinion | JOAN VENNOCHI

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Joan_Vennochi_150px-1170.jpg Can Aaron Hernandez beat the rap?

In January, the disgraced Patriots player will be back in the same news cycle as his old team.

Opinion

alex beam

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Alex_Beam_150px-1176.png Sorry, sorry, sorry

Where do recent apologies fall on the Contrived Contrition Index?

The Big Picture

A protester takes shelter from smoke billowing around during protests on Aug. 13 against the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown in Freguson, Mo., by white police officer Darren Wilson.

David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Associated Press

Best photos of 2014: Part II

Photographs from May-August on a range topics from around the world.