Two New York police officers shot dead in their car

The gunman shot the officers without warning, prompting the police commissioner to say that “they were, quite simply, assassinated.”

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.

David L Ryan/Globe staff file

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.

Senator Stanley Rosenberg’s close ties to a public affairs firm, through his partner, Bryon Hefner (right), add a layer of complexity to his attendance at events held by Regan Communications or any of its clients.

PR firm reassigns Rosenberg’s partner to Fla.

Incoming state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s partner has been criticized for his social medial activity.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/davis_ref10_spts-7776--90x90.jpg School group doesn’t conduct criminal checks on referees

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/Warren-Clinton-V2.jpg Clinton faces headwinds from liberals as Warren rises

Liberal groups’ support for Senator Elizabeth Warren puts pressure on Hillary Clinton to move further to the left.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/0c70cd1e296742bab3efa5554f143426-be3355fdbf43420dba17b87c39b10d3e-7-2405-12097.jpg 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.

Kevin Cullen

A prodigal son, back after 23 years

After decades apart, William Wallace Scott Hudson and his family are now reunited, and everyone is grateful.

Yvonne Abraham

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/abraham-7780.jpg 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.

2014 Bostonians of the Year

Market Basket workers showed perseverance and power

The grocery chain’s 25,000 employees highlighted that a company formula of low prices and good wages can succeed.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-6833.jpg 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 at Jets | 1 p.m. (CBS)

Julian Edelman, LeGarrette Blount, Kyle Arrington out vs. Jets

The Patriots will be without all three players for Sunday’s game in New Jersey.

john l. allen jr. | all things catholic

A great week for Pope Francis in American PR

The Vatican couldn’t have scripted a better week. Plus: The investigating nun and LCWR president speak on the nuns’ report.

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

MOVIES

Anna Kendrick goes ‘Into the Woods’

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

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.

Drew, 2, of Lancaster made a pact with Globe Santa that they sealed with a high-five at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace last week.

Globe Santa

Caregiver’s child won’t be left out

“We get by from shopping at thrift stores, using the public library, playing outside, and attending free cultural events,” the mother wrote.

Opinion

DANTE RAMOS

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/dante_ramos-1175.jpg Rage against the scheduling machine

Relying on faceless algorithms makes it easier for employers to casually jerk workers around.

The Big Picture

Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

2014 Year in Pictures: Part III

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