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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

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Renee Zellweger won’t be able to live down new look

Actresses like Zellweger pay a steep price for daring to make unpopular choices about their own appearances.

St. Petersburg’s fresh new face

Posh travel tastemakers have heaped big ol’ bear hugs on St. Petersburg this year.

Chasing Bayla

Biologist Michael Moore had waited all day — really, all his life — for the whale to surface, the suffering giant he thought he could save, that science had to save. It had come down to this.

2014 Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts

The Globe Magazine and The Commonwealth Institute honor organizations with impressive records of innovation and workplace diversity.

Silicon Valley vs. Boston: Is one friendlier to women?

In the race to create a startup hub welcoming to women, Boston may just have an advantage.

Couples go to extremes in wife-carrying contest

The men rocketed up a rugged obstacle course, navigating over boulders, traversing through mud, and wading through thigh-deep water.

5 things next governor should do for innovation economy

The next Mass. governor will need to create energy, jobs, new industries, and fast-growing firms beyond the Route 495 ring.

Why do female CEOs get fired more often than male ones?

The reason female CEOs get fired more often may lie in a term you’ve never heard: The Glass Cliff.

Can grown-ups find happiness at Universal’s Harry Potter world?

From the moment you enter the two Harry Potter lands in Universal’s Orlando theme parks, you are thoroughly enchanted.

Wonder Woman’s secret history and surprising lessons

Jill Lepore, Harvard history professor and New Yorker staff writer, on her new book, “The Secret History of Wonder Woman.” 

Want a say in government? Try voting!

Turnout in the September primaries was pitiful. That calls for drastic measures.

Double-barreled action from James Franco

New releases on disc include “Good People,” “Life of Crime,” and “WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete Series.”

Ranks of unenrolled voters grow in Boston’s suburbs

While the amount of unenrolled voters have grown, Democratic and Republican numbers have slipped.

Who rules hip-hop’s past?

Biggie or Kool Herc? As a cultural juggernaut hits middle age, two parallel visions emerge for what “classic” should mean.

Why it’s time to stop fearing OPEC

The cartel has far less power than we give it credit for, argues political scientist Jeff Colgan.

‘Mini Health Experience’ at Canyon Ranch Miami Beach

At the hotel and spa, guests can stick to their regular workout routines with an ocean view.

Zellweger and the proprietary pull of online celebrity

In the past few months we’ve seen stars called to answer for their appearance, which, more and more, we treat like our property.

Helping our daughters see the possibilities

The language we use and the examples girls see have a big impact on their career choice.

Xaverian Brothers High School joins other Catholic programs in adding middle grades

Xaverian Brothers High School isn’t what it used to be. For the first time in more than 50 years, the all-male Catholic prep school has expanded to include a new middle-grades program, adding young adolescents to the mix on its Westwood campus.

The school accepted its first seventh-grade class this year, under a plan to phase in the seventh- and eighth-grade program over two years.

In reaching down to the middle grades, Xaverian Brothers is embracing a model that is becoming more common among Catholic independent high schools. By this time next year, St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers will introduce a sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade program. St. Mary’s High School, in Lynn, added a sixth grade to its program three years ago.

Hingham history teacher given prestigious study opportunity

Hingham High School teacher Christina O’Connor will soon have the opportunity to watch her history lessons come to life as she tours the battlefields and war memorials of Europe.

O’Connor is one of 18 middle and high school teachers selected from a nationwide pool to participate in “Understanding Sacrifice,” a prestigious study program.

Play of the Week: Courtney Campo, North Quincy girls’ soccer

North Quincy High senior Courtney Campo describes her game-winning goal with 39 seconds left in Monday’s soccer match against host Middleboro.

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