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Every doctor told the Lacey family their son would die — except one

Pat and Dina Lacey had been parents for only a few months when doctors discovered a tumor in their new baby’s chest. Told to take their son home to die, they put their faith in a young doctor who wouldn’t accept death as the answer.

Dave Russo, owner of Giggles comedy club in Saugus, will host an event benefiting Globe Santa Dec. 14. Here’s he’s sorting some of the many gifts on their way to children.

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Comedy show will offer laughs aplenty

Dave Russo will host the fifth annual Globe Santa Comedy Night on Dec. 14 at Giggles in Saugus.

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Patriots fans shouldn’t fret too much about the loss of Rob Gronkowski.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

The Patriots are still Super Bowl bound, even without Gronk

Of course the Patriots are better with Rob Gronkowski, but take a good look at the rest of the AFC.

Bob Ryan

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/07/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/bob_ryan_20131020.jpg Mark Bavaro was Gronk before Gronk

The Danvers product earned a reputation as the best combination pass receiver/blocker at his position.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/04/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/wiggs_Richard_702743.jpg 100 gather to remember city youths lost to violence

The mood at Dorchester’s First Parish Church was a mix of celebration and somberness.

Portrait of a young woman eating. Isolated on white.

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Perspective | Magazine

Why do some people have willpower and others don’t?

We can strengthen it by rewriting our interior monologues about who we think we are.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/11/26/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/fitzsimmons_Bromfield1_met.jpg In central Mass. town, an effort to combat prejudice

Recent incidents at Harvard’s high school have officials thinking through all options on what can be done.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/03/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/627387100.jpg At least 25 still missing after Calif. fire

Officials said at least nine people died during a fire in a warehouse Friday in Oakland.

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A Green Party-backed campaign changed its strategy to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania’s presidential election.

A genuine effort to mend fences by Trump, Romney

Mitt Romney spoke to reporters after returning from a dinner with President-elect Donald Trump.

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The Trump transition team insists the former Mass. governor is a legit candidate for a Cabinet post. “He’s got real gravitas,” said one source.

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The president-elect again said he would slap a 35 percent tariff on companies who move jobs out of the country.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/11/30/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/EDLIFE_HARVARD_CLUBS_1.jpg At Harvard, no simple answer on final clubs

A Harvard College crackdown on all eight male final clubs, which are not formally part of the university, has pulled them from the shadows.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/03/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/boston_10Alarm1.jpg 10-alarm fire devastates Cambridge neighborhood

At least 60 residents were displaced by Saturday’s fast-moving blaze, which left blocks darkened and miraculously resulted in few injuries.

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Mental health and medical care were offered inside the War Memorial on Cambridge Street.

President-elect Donald Trump acknowledged the crowd in Ohio on Thursday.

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Yvonne Abraham

With hope comes action

For many who worship around here, hope has been in short supply lately.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/04/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/200_trump_baldwin-1474.jpg ‘SNL’ again pokes fun at Trump — and he responds

The president-elect made it known that Alec Baldwin’s portrayal continues to rub him the wrong way.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/03/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/wiggs_Salsa_702642.jpg ‘Salsa Shutdown’ protest at Downtown Crossing

Saturday afternoon shopping in Downtown Crossing took an unusual turn.

Kevin Cullen

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/04/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/cullen-2268.jpg Hey, here’s a crazy idea: Students, veterans need to talk

After the Hampshire College flag controversy, it’s time for some dialogue.

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The Desperate and the Dead: The ‘new asylums’

There may be no worse place for mentally ill people to receive treatment than prison, yet a growing number end up in the “new asylums.”

Opinion & Ideas

JEFF JACOBY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/02/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/jacoby-1724.jpg Two movies China desperately wants to hide

Two courageous Canadians want to shed light on the nation’s ghastliest atrocity.

Life sciences

STAT, a national publication from Boston Globe Media Partners, covers health, medicine, and life sciences.

Special reports

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/11/25/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/spotlight150x150-5331asdf-11556.jpg The Desperate and the Dead: The ‘new asylums’

There may be no worse place for mentally ill people to receive treatment than prison, yet a growing number end up in the “new asylums.”

The story behind 'Spotlight'

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“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.