‘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.
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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
US says NECC execs ran a crime ring
Federal prosecutors allege that the pharmacists who ran the New England Compounding Center essentially ran it like a criminal enterprise.
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.
Victims of meningitis outbreak welcome criminal charges
“They deliberately sold a product that was tainted,” said a family member of a victim who died.
Horrific details emerge in New Hampshire teen kidnap case
Nathaniel Kibby faces more than 200 charges, including sexual assault, for allegedly kidnapping a 14-year-old girl and imprisoning her for nine months.
UMass president Robert Caret to resign
Caret has been appointed to lead the University of Maryland system, officials in Maryland announced.
Owners of pharmacy tied to deadly outbreak arrested
Twelve others associated with the Framingham compounding pharmacy blamed in a 2012 meningitis outbreak were also arrested.
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.
Dallas Mavericks said to be interested in Rajon Rondo
The veteran point guard would be a good fit on Western Conference contender.
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.
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.
Stem cell scientist sues Harvard over misconduct investigation
One of Dr. Piero Anversa’s papers investigating the heart’s ability to regenerate itself was retracted earlier this year.
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 school attack takes Taliban to a new level of atrocity
The extremist group is trying to match the Islamic State’s terror strategy.
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.
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.