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The road to the finish line

Along the way
Finish line
Epilogue

Texts and information by Jenna Russell, David Filipov, Steve Wilmsen, Patricia Wen, Geoff Edgers, David Abel, Michael Rezendes, Sarah Schweitzer, Steven A. Rosenberg

Chiqui Esteban, Javier Zarracina/Globe Staff

New app will help blind navigate MBTA stations

Trials are being conducted on PERCEPT, a smartphone application that uses audio directions to help the visually-impaired make their way through a T station.

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.

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 as they sat in their patrol car, authorities said.

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 story behind the decision to let gay veterans march in South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade

An overture from an organizer of South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade led to the acceptance of a gay veterans group.

Merry Christmas, kids: Dorchester teacher donates six-figure prize winnings to her school

Nicole Bollerman, a teacher at UP Academy, donated her six-figure winnings in a contest to 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.

Boston’s Olympic plan distinct among US cities

Boston’s bid would make extensive use of area college venues, unique among competing plans.

Police officers’ deaths acutely felt in Brooklyn

The pain left by the murders of two police officers could be felt throughout New York, but nowhere was the loss more acute than in Brooklyn.

CIA’s poisonous legacy starts with who we are

American officials, and the American people, know very well what the CIA is, and what it does.

On PBS’s ‘Sacred Journeys,’ a long walk with God

“Sacred Journeys With Bruce Feiler,” follows religious pilgrims to Lourdes, Jerusalem, the island home of a revered figure in Japanese Buddhism, and other devotional sites.

Obama considers returning North Korea to terror list

President Obama said he would “review” whether to return North Korea to the list of nations that sponsor terrorism.

Civil rights leaders fear backlash from killings of officers

Civil rights leaders expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Blue Heron performs contemplative seasonal program

An unlikely seasonal hit, early-music ensemble Blue Heron’s annual holiday concert reflects on more somber aspects of the season.

Politicians aren’t the only ones with knee-jerk reactions

Almost all of us are sandwich boards with slogans.

Former Cabinet official elected Tunisia’s new president

TUNIS — Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old Cabinet minister from previous regimes, won Sunday’s presidential runoff, according to exit polls, cementing his dominance in a country where his party already controls Parliament.

Sigma Conseil company’s exit polls, which have consistently matched official results in Tunisia, gave Essebsi 55.5 percent of the vote and his opponent Moncef Marzouki, the outgoing interim president, 44.5 percent.

Philippines have a welcome shift on climate change action

It took courage for the Philippines to bolt from an alliance of developing countries that balked at cuts to greenhouse emissions.

‘When Books Went to War’ by Molly Guptill Manning

During World War II, more than 120 million free books were distributed to American soldiers. Manning unfurls the history of this unprecendented project.

Baker team leaves Western Mass. wanting

Of the approximately 175 people named to Charlie Baker’s transition team, none hails from Berkshire, Hampshire, or Franklin counties, three of the state’s four westernmost counties -- all three of which voted for Baker’s opponent, Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley, in last month’s gubernatorial election.

Fugitive allegedly kills Florida police officer

MIAMI — A Tarpon Springs police officer was shot and killed early Sunday by a fugitive trying to evade a warrant, authorities said.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said police arrested 23-year-old Marco Antonio Parilla Jr. on suspicion of first-degree murder. The shooting does not appear to have any connection to the ambush killings of two New York police officers.

Romania’s new president sworn in with promise to fight corruption

Romania’s Parliament swore in a former mayor as the country’s new president after an election he called a triumph for democracy 25 years after communism ended.

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