Adrian Walker

With Dorchester teacher’s prize, the pupils win

Nicole Bollerman’s teaching and generosity gave her third grade class at UP Academy Dorchester many reasons to smile.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

UP Academy teacher Nicole Bollerman won books for her students and $150,000 for her school.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-6898.jpg Do you feel better or worse about Patriots’ chances?

The Patriots did what was necessary to defeat the Jets, but Rex Ryan demonstrated how to attack New England.

Ben Volin | On football

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin122114PatsJets_spt50.jpg Offensive line obviously a problem area for Patriots

Anyone watching the game could tell: The Patriots’ offensive line was getting whipped by the Jets.

TOM KEANE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/tkeane-1156.png Jeb Bush should have Democrats worried

Voters in the middle will look for someone with whom they can feel comfortable.

Christina Rohrbacher bought potatoes from Chelmsford growers Phil Jones and Ashley Sacramo of Jones Farm at Mill No. 5.

Mill No. 5 becoming a hip haven in Lowell

Remaking downtown has been a mixed bag, but now a new complex with movies, markets, and musicians is drawing crowds.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/22/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/Was8880192.jpg ‘SNL,’ Chris Rock, and others joke about the Sony hacking

One would think comedy writers might be a wee bit skittish about the subject, but they are in the business of satire.

Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson and Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland.

television

For ‘Homeland’ finale, a change of pace

Recent episodes have been frenetic, but the season finale had a quieter tone.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/22/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/aaron150-7646.jpg Hernandez in court for final hearing before murder trial

The trial of Aaron Hernandez in Odin Lloyd’s shooting death could last up to 2½ months, prosecutors said.

Harvard Stadium would be one of the Boston-area college venues used for Olympic events.

David L. Ryan/Globe file

Transit a key in Boston’s 2024 Olympics bid

Local backers have begun exploring ways to use existing, temporary, and reusable venues close to mass transit stops.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/22/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/mourners150-1226.jpg After slayings of NYC officers, police across US on high alert

The slayings come at a tense time as police nationwide are being criticized following the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Andreas Solaro/AP

Crux

Pope gives thinly veiled critique of Vatican officials

Speaking to the Vatican’s upper echelon, Francis urged them to reject gossip, division, and building personal empires.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/11/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Advance/Images/12veterans01.jpg Unexpected words led to yes on parade

An overture from an organizer of South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade led to the acceptance of a gay veterans group.

Officer shoots at suspect who allegedly pointed gun at him

An officer fired several shots at a masked man who pulled a gun on him in Dorchester, but no one was hit, authorities said.

Opinion

JOHN E. SUNUNU

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/jsununu-1122.jpg Ted Cruz has gained attention but little else

To be effective, the Texas Republican needs to get other senators to work with him. They’d rather stick needles in their eyes.

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.