Ex-BC football player gets probation in attack

Craig “C.J.” Parsons admitted that he was one of two men who attacked a homeless man in Allston in January.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

N. Korea’s link to Internet goes dark

The loss of service came days after President Obama pledged the US would launch a “proportional response” to recent attacks.

State Representative Evandro C. Carvalho spoke, at Twelfth Baptist Church as a group of clergy and others called for calm between police and the community on Monday.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Boston-area clergy plead for peace in wake of shootings

About a dozen clergy sought to defuse ongoing tensions in the wake of the killings of two N.Y. police officers.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/22/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/460778928[1]--90x90.jpg De Blasio urges halt to protests until after funerals

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said debate over police tactics should be stopped until the funerals are held for two slain officers.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/22/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/kreiter_bomberincourt11_met[1]--90x90.jpg Tsarnaev lawyers want ‘supporters’ moved away from courthouse

The defense attorneys don’t want their client associated with the demonstrators’ “outrageous conspiracy theories.”

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/20/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/bryonhefner[1].jpg Rosenberg partner quits job after reassignment

The partner of incoming state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg had reportedly bragged of his influence, and his employer reassigned him to Florida.

Mike Powers, manager of the greater Boston postal district, looked through packages to be sent as part of Operation Santa at the Post Office annex in South Boston.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

At Operation Santa, working toward a bright Christmas for everyone

Volunteer donors in the postal service’s Operation Santa buy gifts for children and families in need.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21: Tight end Jeff Cumberland #85 of the New York Jets celebrates a touchdown in the second quarter against the New England Patriots during a game at MetLife Stadium on December 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Ben Volin | On football

Patriots got win, but they and the Jets seemed to reverse roles

The usually woeful Jets were well-prepared, while the usually sharp Patriots were rather sloppy.

Buzzsaw

Ten TV episodes that stood out in 2014

When an episode rewards the scrutiny, it’s a thrill. Here are 10 of Matthew Gilbert’s favorites of the year.

British Rock and Blues legend Joe Cocker performed in Switzerland in 2002.

Singer Joe Cocker dies at 70

Cocker, known for the songs “You Are So Beautiful” and his cover of the Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends,” died of lung cancer, his agent said.

An article from the Atlanta Daily World about the shooting of Madison Harris.

Ga. utility has no records of 1946 killings of black men

Northeastern University students have been looking into Jim Crow-era deaths at the hands of white streetcar conductors.

Reading on the backlit screen suppressed the sleep hormone melatonin and shifted the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle.

Do glowing screens keep you awake?

Researchers found reading on a backlit screen suppressed the sleep hormone melatonin and shifted the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle.

Emma Sulkowicz, a senior visual arts student at Columbia University, carried a mattress in protest of the university's lack of action after she reported being raped during her sophomore year.

Rape accusations follow Columbia student

When the university cleared the student, the alleged victim started a campaign to call attention to campus sexual assault.

T. Ross Kelly, an organic chemistry professor at Boston College, demonstrates a physics-related gizmo in his Chestnut Hill office, which is filled with toys and other curiosities that he uses to demonstrate scientific principles.

Science in Mind

For hands-on lessons, BC professor fills curious toy cabinet

T. Ross Kelly’s eccentric collection of science-themed toys and gizmos began with the purchase of a cheap soccer player figurine in Milan.

Through offseason shuffling, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz will remain in the regular spots in the lineup.

PETER ABRAHAM | BEAT WRITER’S NOTEBOOK

Red Sox’ roster shaping up to be competitive

For now, the roster as it stands today looks fairly close to what it could be come Opening Day.

Opinion

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/22/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/456001058.jpg ‘America’s mayor’ fans the flames

With his response to Saturday’s tragedy, Rudy Giuliani falls far from the respect and admiration he once owned.

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.