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‘Dear Sugar’ ushers in a new era of podcasts at WBUR

WBUR enters the podcast game with “Dear Sugar Radio,” which focuses on frankly dispensed advice.

To Do list

It’s a Young Adult Christmas

Featuring a cast of more than 30 people, the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops presents Holiday Delights. In its sixth year, the family-friendly and festive event is directed by Gloucester’s Heidi Dallin and includes stories, songs, and dance as a young girl discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Dec. 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 20 and 21 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $6-$15. Gloucester Stage Company, 267 Main St., Gloucester. 978-281-4433.

TV Critic’s Corner for Friday, Dec. 19

Syfy, you are so weird — I mean silly — I mean campy. In the latest Syfy original, “Christmas Icetastrophe,” an explosive wave of ice crystals engulfs a small town. That sounds so very pretty — I mean scary — I mean stupid — I mean funny

Reflection for the Day

A daily thought to amuse, enlighten, or inspire

Obama to restore relations with Cuba

The decision to end half a century of estrangement between the US and Cuba followed 18 months of secret talks, and the freeing of captives on both sides.

Charges in pharmacy case indicate US sees crime ring

Federal prosecutors will have to show a pattern of crimes and an intent to commit crimes to prove their case, analysts said.

14 executives, staff charged in tainted drug case

The shuttered New England Compounding Center has been blamed for drugs that killed dozens in a 2012 meningitis outbreak.

Robert Caret leaving as president of UMass

Caret will become the next chancellor of the University of Maryland system, officials said.

Sony may set risky precedent by canceling ‘The Interview’

With its decision to not release “The Interview,” Sony may have emboldened other people bent on threats and intimidation.

Brutality alleged in N.H. teen’s kidnapping

The case of a teenage girl who vanished in October 2013 and resurfaced nine months later took a shocking turn Wednesday.

Victims of meningitis outbreak welcome criminal charges

“They deliberately sold a product that was tainted,” said a family member of a victim who died.

Can Aaron Hernandez beat the rap?

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

Best merch of 2014: What a music critic wants

Globe music critic James Reed rounds up the 10 most offbeat items he found for sale at concerts this year.

Delivery firms vow to avoid holiday delays

Companies are trying to avoid a repeat of last year’s debacle, when more than one million packages weren’t delivered in time for Christmas.

Mavericks considering making trade offer for Celtics’ Rajon Rondo

The veteran point guard would be a good fit on Western Conference contender.

Mitch McConnell wants to stop coal rules

Incoming Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Obama’s coal plant regulations.

Pakistan unites after assault

Pakistanis united in horror and grief at Tuesday’s assault, in which Taliban gunmen stormed the Army Public School and Degree College, killing 148 people.

Doctor in stem-cell probe sues Brigham, Harvard

Brigham and Women’s and Harvard Medical are investigating the conduct of a heart stem-cell scientist and his collaborator.

Pakistan school attack takes Taliban to a new level of atrocity

The extremist group is trying to match the Islamic State’s terror strategy.

At UPS, a delivery machine kicks into high gear

In 2013, UPS and FedEx were forced to apologize after an estimated 1 million packages were delivered later than promised.

Celtics have no problem with Magic

Six Celtics players scored in double figures, led by Brandon Bass with 18 points, in the win at TD Garden.

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