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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

We’re Boston’s Dudley Square: Witnesses to a neighborhood’s rebirth

Renowned photographer Nicholas Nixon captures the people of a community long neglected but now on a rising tide of renewal.

Board games are back, and Boston’s a player

A Golden Age of tabletop games, from nerdy to mainstream, is afoot.

What dogs do for newspapers — and democracy

It’s quantifiable: Editors are suckers for cute pups. But we have a defense!

Quarry Street development returns to Quincy City Council

Avalon Bay Communities’ proposal to build a 398-unit residential development off Quarry Street in Quincy will return to the City Council.

Are modern guitars the best ever made?

A new book looks at modern complications for makers of handcrafted guitars.

Stalemate over fees leaves FiOS viewers without Fox 25

The owner of the Boston-area Fox affiliate and Verizon couldn’t reach a deal, leaving about 400,000 without the channel.

Demand soars for affordable housing in Boston area

A lottery for 73 rental vouchers for low-income families attracted 10,000 applicants, highlighting the rental crunch.

One-stop financial centers spreading throughout Eastern Mass.

The multiservice centers provide those in need with aid now, and advice for the future.

Probing the soul of a nation’s VPs

It took him three years, but Jules Witcover has every right to be pleased with his book.

Music Gift Guide: Box sets

A look at a few of the deluxe box sets vying for the attention of music fans this holiday season.

Various Artists, “The Art of McCartney”

A chat with producer Ralph Sall, who assembled a star-studded cast for the new tribute compilation “The Art of McCartney.”

Legal Sea Foods sued over tip policy

The lawsuits allege the restaurant chain forced servers and bartenders to share tips with workers who rolled silverware in napkins.

Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night

For many residents, Thanksgiving brought a moment to reunite with one another after an anxious week.

A bridge to somewhere: Tales of Thanksgiving

On a Wednesday in October, the tumbledown Long Island bridge was closed. And the lives of the homeless and addicts who sought refuge and recovery there were thrust into disarray. This was their first Thanksgiving off the island. Here are four portraits, of those seeking help, and those who give it.

‘Webrooming’ shoppers research online, then buy in stores

It’s the opposite of “showrooming” — where shoppers browse items in stores and then buy online — and has become a popular way to shop.

Fairmount Line will be a game-changer

Luring developers with transit has become a familiar tactic in the area.

Charlie Baker, Maura Healey share a basketball bond

The incoming governor and newly elected attorney general have at least one thing in common: Both played basketball for Harvard.

Sharon Robinson, ‘On Tour With Leonard Cohen’

A new photo book offers an intimate’s glance at veteran singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, through the eyes of a collaborator and tourmate.

Music Gift Guide: Books

A few books — including one on Peggy Lee’s musical life — vying for music fan’s attention this holiday season.

Worcester working to become a thriving college town

Although it boasts nine colleges, the city is more likely to conjure visions of its industrial past than as a higher education hub.

Newton teen’s journeys earn him ‘Traveler of the Year’ honor

Joe Foley, who travels the globe on his own, was recently named as one of 10 Travelers of the Year by National Geographic.

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