Top things to do this season



Don’t look now, but Christmas is only nine days away. Luckily, you still have time to get in the spirit, whether you’re taking in a holiday show, visiting a sparkly light display, or baking something sweet at home.

A better Boston? The choice is ours





It’s been more than 40 years since our national image on race was defined by the school busing crisis — years of halting progress, steps forward and back. It is high time to break that pattern.



//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/13/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/kreiter_kenyattasavage4_splt.jpg The story of the only black man in a photo at a Red Sox game

Kenyatta Savage found himself featured on the front page of the Boston Globe as part of a story about racism in Boston.

Pamela Adlon in “Better Things.”

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The Year in Arts 2017

Matthew Gilbert’s favorite TV shows of 2017

Every year, it gets harder to select only 10 shows . . . so I’ve included a second 10.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/photo-11579.jpg Read the text messages at the center of the ESPN harassment complaint

The texts were sent between longtime anchor John Buccigross and Adrienne Lawrence, a former employee who filed a sexual harassment complaint this summer.

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 07: Third baseman Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles follows play against the New York Yankees in the seventh inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 7, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

Manny Machado should be the Red Sox’ primary target

He’s the game changer Boston’s lineup needs — though he’s likely headed for a record-setting contract.

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels watches warm ups prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/

BEN VOLIN | SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

Which NFL coaches will be coming and going this year?

We count a whopping 14 potential head coaching openings, and three potential GM openings.

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See a sport-by-sport rundown of the players of the year and top performers from the recently completed season.

A group of comics joined Globe Santa at a fund-raiser at Giggles Comedy Club in Saugus.

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Grandma wants special holiday for the grandson she’s raising

“I want him to be happy for Christmas this year as he should as a child,” she said.

Boston Herald has trio of new possible buyers

Jeff Magram, the Herald’s chief operating officer, confirmed in an e-mail to the Globe Friday night that three bidders have expressed interest in buying the tabloid.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/150.jpg Boston school officials reconsider new start times

The Boston school system announced Friday night it would reconsider the new school times for next fall amid immense parent opposition to the plan.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/StormTotalSnowWeb1.jpg Light snow expected Saturday in Western Mass. and Sunday night in Boston area

Areas in Central and Western Massahusetts may see a dusting of snow today. About an inch of snow is expected in the Boston area Sunday night into Monday morning.

Senator Susan Collins talked to reporters as she boarded the Capitol subway in Washington.

GROUND GAME

Maine’s Susan Collins is about to become more powerful in the Senate

The question of where Collins’s allegiances lie will become huge in Washington, as will the matter of whether she’s ripe for a switch to independent.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/horowitz-6334.jpg What this tax bill means for us in Massachusetts

Roughly 80 percent of residents will see their tax bills shrink next year, according to an analysis from the left-leaning Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

Evan Horowtiz | QUICK STUDY

The facts don’t justify panic over national debt

With interest rates low, and lending plentiful, there’s no need to get stressed about the national deficit. For the time being.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/14/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/omarosa-1stld-writethru-bc04d540-e023-11e7-8679-a9728984779c.jpg Black conservatives reel after Omarosa resigns

When the White House senior staff convened Friday for a regular briefing, there was not one black person among the roughly 30 people gathered.

JEFF JACOBY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/14/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/Jeff_Jacoby_150px-1147.jpg Social media turn us into the paparazzi of our own celebrity

The digital revolution’s impact on civil society and social interaction has been poisonous.

NAMES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/865228480-6027-U84835447796p--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg Matt Damon faces backlash after saying there’s a ‘spectrum’ when it comes to allegations of sexual misconduct

Alyssa Milano said Damon’s “spectrum” is like cancer — there are different stages of cancer, and some are more treatable than others. But it’s all cancer.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/WebGraphics/Sports/BostonGlobe.com/2016/01/20moresports/seasonticket_90.jpg The Season Ticket podcast

Guest host Chad Finn chats with NFL analyst and former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher.

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Opinion & Ideas

EDITORIAL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/13/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/AFP_V536Z.jpg Resources for victims of sexual misconduct

Victims of sexual misconduct are sometimes at a loss about where to turn for help — and that can hurt at a time when they most need aid or advice.

Newsletters

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Opinion columnist Michael Cohen takes a candid and no-holds-barred look at the current political moment. Sign up now.

Special reports

Magazine | A nonfiction novella

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/01/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/muck1105altimage-2940[1].jpg He put BSO on the map — then landed in a world of trouble

One hundred years ago, one of the world’s top conductors was ensnared in a scandal involving patriotism and sex. It almost toppled Boston’s famed orchestra.

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Confidential tips

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Do you know about wrongdoing that needs to be exposed? Call the Globe Spotlight team: 617-929-7483 or spotlight@globe.com.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/metoo%20biomedical%20science.jpg In wake of #MeToo, a new spotlight on harassment in biomedical science

Dr. Reshma Jagsi published a survey last year on harassment in the lab, and has found her research has gotten a second life.