Shooter in NY deaths said he would attack police

The gunman in the killing of two New York police officers wrote on social media that he intended to attack officers, authorities said.

Governor Deval Patrick appeared with Justice Roderick Ireland after he was confirmed as the new Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court in December 2010.

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Patrick’s selections leave imprint on Mass. judiciary

Governor Patrick has appointed nearly half of the state’s 411 judges, creating along the way a substantially more diverse bench.

// School group doesn’t conduct criminal checks on referees

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association lags behind athletic groups in other states in screening officials.

// Clinton faces headwinds from liberals as Warren rises

Support by liberal groups toward Senator Elizabeth Warren puts pressure on Hillary Clinton to move further to the left.

Alysia Montano, Ghoncheh Ghavami, and Whitney Zelee.

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Nine women’s sports stories that deserved more attention

For every 2014 headline-maker, there are many less-heralded women in sports.

// Four sites eyed south of Boston for marijuana sales

Groups across Mass. are bidding for the final approvals they need to enter the state’s medical marijuana industry.

Yvonne Abraham

// Erasing regret, one dot at a time

This is where mistakes go to die. Or at least to cease proclaiming themselves publicly.

Margaret Burnham, a Northeastern University law professor, supervised a research project into several cases of white conductors in Atlanta killing unarmed black men without repercussions.

A distant mirror to our present pain

Northeastern University students are working to identify every racially linked murder in the South between 1930 and 1970.


// New York’s pro teams in a losing state of mind

After all these years of Boston arguing with New York over which city has the best teams, most of that thrill is gone.

Julian Edelman has nearly 1,000 yards receiving this season.

Patriots’ Julian Edelman, Kyle Arrington won’t play vs. Jets

The receiver didn’t travel with the team to New York for Sunday’s game.

President Kennedy’s letter to 8-year-old Michelle Rochon says he shares her concerns, not just for the fate of Santa but all people.

JFK letter reassuring girl about Santa is re-released

“You must not worry about Santa Claus,” Kennedy wrote to an 8-year-old, more than 50 years ago.

Leonard Cohen’s baritone has finally caught up with his doom and gloom persona.


Singing the praises of older voices

This year was flush with mature artists who released strong albums anchored by the wisdom and sophistication they bring to their singing.

Point guard Jameer Nelson has reached the playoffs in six of his 11 NBA seasons.

New Celtics trio is ready for the challenge

Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, and Brandan Wright were acquired in Thursday’s trade for Rajon Rondo.

“This is beloved material . . . you’d better not screw it up,” says Anna Kendrick, about her role in “Into the Woods.”


Anna Kendrick goes ‘Into the Woods’

How the Maine native came to play Cinderella in the star-studded Disney adaptation of the musical.

Coin-operated animatronic band at the Tinkertown Museum in Sandia Park.

Gems on the Turquoise Trail in New Mexico

Traversing the Turquoise Trail reveals a lot about this central region of New Mexico and the people who call it home.


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// The budget bill that keeps on giving

The $1.1 trillion budget bill captures the whole and entire holiday spirit, from naughty to nice.

The Big Picture

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2014 Year in Pictures: Part III

Photos from the last four months of 2014 depicting news events and daily life around the world.