This is the team we’d hoped Patriots would be

The Patriots have passed the regular-season test and it looks like they are well on their way to the Super Bowl this season.

11/23/14: Foxborough, MA: The Lions bench is powerless to stop the Patriots Danny Amendola (80) as he returns a second quarter punt 81 yards, which set up the second New England touchdown of the game. The New England Patriots hosted the Detroit Lions in a regular season NFL game at Gillette Stadium. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:Patriots-Lions (1)

Patriots 34, Lions 9

Patriots rout Lions for seventh straight victory

The Patriots had their way with the NFL’s No. 1 defense on Sunday and solidified their hold on the top seed in the AFC.

New video screens dominate the T’s updated operations control center near South Station.

Starts & Stops

Boston traffic website launches to help gridlock-weary commuters

A trio has teamed up to launch Traffic Hackers, aimed at helping Boston-area drivers find the best times to hit the road.

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The trick $3 gas plays on us

Lower prices at the pump have a way of making us feel suddenly rich. But don’t celebrate yet.

Dan Vassallo, of Peabody, Mass., gestures after winning the men's division of the Philadelphia Marathon with an unofficial time of 2:17:28, Sunday Nov. 23, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

Mass. man wins Philadelphia Marathon, qualifies for Olympic trials

Dan Vassallo of Peabody finished the race, which he also won in 2010, in 2:17:28.

A breaching humpback whale in the Bay of Banderas at Punta Mita, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

Punta Mita deserves its golden admirers

These are the kind of beaches that are fuel for daydreams when your car slides into a gray snowbank in February.

Charlie Baker taps Kristen Lepore for budget chief

Lepore, whose world spans both business and Beacon Hill, would be responsible for managing state coffers.

Chelsea Housing Authority seeks recovery of money

The agency has filed a lawsuit to force its former director and others to help make up for allegedly misappropriating funds.

A Wellesley College student read a controversial poster on a bulletin board at the school’s campus center.

Ousted Hillel staff upsets Wellesley students

Wellesley College has abruptly removed its Hillel director and Jewish chaplain in a restructuring, angering Jewish students.

13 New England students named Rhodes Scholars

Of the 32 American students named, at least 13 have New England ties, including two from Harvard and three from MIT.

A well-wisher placed a bouquet of flowers at a makeshift memorial Sunday where Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo.

Anxieties mount as Ferguson waits on grand jury

The grand jurors apparently need more time to deliberate on whether to charge Ferguson officer Darren Wilson with a crime.

Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Sen. Warren in Middle East for meetings, visit to Mass. troops

Warren is expected to meet with government officials, as well as military troops from Mass. serving in the region.

Cleveland police officer kills boy who had fake gun

Police said the officer fired twice after the 12-year-old boy pulled the replica gun from his waistband at a park.