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.

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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.

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What is it like to live in New Salem?

Dorothy Johnson has lived in New Salem for four decades, but she’s still considered a newbie.

President Barack Obama urged Congress to bring the immigration bill up for a vote while at a Las Vegas high school earlier this week.

Obama defends moves on immigration

The president shrugged off GOP criticism in a Sunday interview, saying it was important to focus deportation efforts on criminals.

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.

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.

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.

Yvonne Abraham

It’s a Cosby world we live in

For the multiple women who came forward, it was their word against the beloved, sanctimonious Bill Cosby.

The unicorn statue, now freshly coated in gold and palladium, was returned to its post of more than 100 years.

Restored lion, unicorn returned to Old State House perch

The newly refurbished statues were successfully hoisted back to their perches Sunday with a new time capsule inside.