The peacemakers of 2014
As the year ends, a close look illuminates thousands of courageous men and women who work ceaselessly for the elusive hope of peace.
Newton should infuse new life into tired office park
A plan to develop the leafy Wells Avenue office park has run head-on into a common roadblock.
The actors help ‘Mozart’ rise above cliche
It is enormous fun watching Gael Garcia Bernal steal the show. The actor, currently starring in Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater,” makes Rodrigo into a thoroughly modern, market-friendly music celebrity who just happens to have the soul of an old-time poet.
Knitting through grief
All we can hope for is that even in the midst of a dark winter, we are — miraculously — wrapped in love.
Funkadelic, ‘First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate’
As if to make up for lost time, George Clinton and his updated Funkadelic return from a 33-year absence with a three-disc, 33-track jam session virtuosic despite its unevenness.
After slayings of NYC police officers, ‘America’s mayor’ fans the flames
With his response to Saturday’s tragedy, Rudy Giuliani falls far from the respect and admiration he once owned.
A welcome fresh start for Southie’s St. Patrick’s Day parade
Last week’s razor-thin vote ended a 20-year battle waged against the inclusion of gay groups by the parade organizers.
Disney’s ‘Worlds of Fantasy’ true to characters
While the skaters deliver, “Worlds of Fantasy” feels like a more modest version of Disney on Ice, that doesn’t have quite the wow factor we’ve come to expect.
The World of Raymond Chandler: In his Own Words edited by Barry Day
Barry Day’s new biography presents Raymond Chandler’s life as if he wrote the book himself, though the guy never wrote an autobiography or memoir. Day relies mostly on excerpts from the “hardboiled” fiction writer’s work for his portrait, along with material from Chandler’s interviews, letters, short stories, novels, and articles.
Critic’s Corner: Tuesday
A look at what’s on TV Tuesday, including “The Year: 2014” on ABC and “One Direction: The TV Special” on NBC.
Not everyone celebrates Christmas
“Hindus do not, Muslims do not, Jews do not (in fact, my ancestors were persecuted for centuries in the name of Christianity).” — Susie Davidson
Murder of officers was underplayed on Page One
“A 68-year-old story pandering to the current race hysteria received the choice location on the page.” — Jane Cowperthwaite and Jeff Alpert
Police murders much like terrorist attacks
“We keep using our military as a proxy for a world police force.” — Berge Tatian
Investment firm paying $35m to settle SEC charges
Federal regulators claimed F-Squared defrauded investors with false advertising about financial performance.
Before shooting two officers, N.Y. gunman bragged about his plans
The gunman boasted to two people about what he was about to do just moments before he opened fire on the officers.
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.
How the PERCEPT app works
Here is how a blind or visually impaired commuter would use the PERCEPT application to navigate the inside the Arlington MBTA station.
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.
With Dorchester teacher’s prize, the pupils win
UP Academy teacher Nicole Bollerman won books for her students and $150,000 for her school.
Caret’s legacy enlivens search for next UMass president
Robert Caret earned high marks for lobbying lawmakers to boost funding and for his advocacy of public education.