Holiday joy is elusive in Ferguson

Thanksgiving is different this year for residents in Ferguson, Mo., a community roiled by cataclysmic events in recent days and weeks.

// Boston police used ‘soft approach’ with protesters

Police officials said they decided against an aggressive show of force in Tuesday’s protests, worried it would stoke anger.

// Charges scaled back for most in Boston protests

Dozens of demonstrators were arrested Tuesday night in Boston as part of protests in response to the Ferguson case.

Streets in front of the Paramount Theatre were wet Wednesday night.

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Storm brings snow, sleet on day before Thanksgiving

Snow accumulations ranged from more than 10 inches in Western Mass. to less than an inch in southeastern areas of the state.

Bill Cosby received a doctorate from UMass Amherst in 1977.

UMass Amherst cuts ties with Bill Cosby

The university joined a number of other colleges that have distanced themselves from the entertainer.

Yvonne Abraham

Hearty doses of gratitude

Gratitude makes you happier, healthier, wealthier, nicer and more popular, among other delightful things.

Tips to avoid holiday shopping stress

Want to minimize stress? Keep a positive attitude and carry snacks.

Barcelona’s Olympic makeover may hold lessons for Boston

While some cities aren’t seen as having realized long-lasting value in hosting the Olympics, Barcelona stands out as a success story.

The signing of Pablo Sandoval — and his Panda followers — is one thing Christopher L. Gasper is thankful for. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)


In sports, some reasons to give thanks

Red Sox acquisitions, college football playoffs, Tom Brady and Rajon Rondo — there’s a lot for a sports fan to be thankful for.

Santiago Martinez, Miasia Kemp, and Nia Richardson, hugged to stay warm during practice in Jamaica Plain Nov. 19.

English High brings back a tradition

English High’s marching band will perform Thanksgiving Day, the first performance by a marching band at a Boston public school in about four decades.

This Thanksgiving will be the final time Andover and Central Catholic meet on the holiday.

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Thanksgiving football preview: 20 facts about 20 big rivalries

There’s bragging rights, streaks, and even a league title on the line as traditional rivals play another round Thursday.

Globe Santa launches 59th season of giving

The annual drive helps finance gifts for thousands of children in 190 Eastern Massachusetts cities and towns.

Dr. Benjamin Ebert, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital,

Boston scientists find gene mutations that are a precursor of blood cancer

The mutations markedly increase the risk of blood cancer, an important step toward developing early detection and prevention strategies.

Thanksgiving cooking guide

How to cook Thanksgiving turkey

Ready to cook your turkey? Here are a few recipes that will help.

10 must-have Thanksgiving recipes

These holiday recipes can accompany the turkey Thursday or help with leftovers.


Stephen Crosby

// A data-driven understanding of gambling

A key feature of the 2011 gaming law was to establish a research plan.

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Nia Richardson, 16, of Roxbury, wets the reed of her saxophone as she prepares for practice in Jamaica Plain Nov. 19.

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English High’s marching band

The marching band at English High brings back a tradition that has been dormant at Boston public schools for about 40 years.