Globe Santa begins Year 62 of providing Yuletide joy to those who need it the most

Globe Santa is beginning its 62nd year, raising funds to provide Christmas gifts for thousands of children in need in eastern Massachusetts.

BOSTON ,MA 10 / 18 / 2012: Around the Mattapan area near the Mildred Middle School which went on lockdown as Boston Police search for coyote and did recover the animal. The coyote sen here by Flint street.( David L Ryan / Globe Staff Photo ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 19coyote

Here’s what to do if you encounter a coyote

Though coyote attacks around New England are rare, coyotes are not. Here’s how to ward them off.

Hassan Abdullahi of Springfield (left) embraced his wife, Barlin Yarow, as she arrived from Kenya at Logan Airport.

Amid Thanksgiving chaos at Logan, love is all around

Everywhere amid the noise and jostle in the terminals this week came happiness as long-separated loved ones reunited.

George Barr of the Leatherneck Honor Society played taps at an event marking the anniversary of JFK's assassination.

At his Brookline birthplace, JFK is remembered, 100 years later

John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s legacy was honored in a ceremony Wednesday, marking the end of a yearlong centennial celebration of the president’s birth.

Latest Metro headlines

Boston police arrest man for West Roxbury murder

A West Roxbury man, arrested Wednesday, will be charged with the murder a man who police said died from “undetermined traumatic injuries.”

Rhode Island’s ‘Buy Nothing Day’ stands in contrast to Black Friday

Those in need will be able to pick up a free coat around the state.

The Mayflower II is slowly coming back together

It’s smooth sailing on the $7.5 million replica of the Pilgrim ship.

Boston police search for trio who held up seven convenience stores this month

The men have robbed stores in several Boston neighborhoods — including Mattapan, Roxbury, and Roslindale — since early November.

Pickup truck crashes into parked cars, house in Burlington

Burlington police are investigating after a pickup truck crashed into parked vehicles and damaged a house Wednesday night, authorities said.

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Walker has been a columnist for the Metro section since 1998. His column appears Mondays and Fridays.

Investigations

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If you have been a victim or witnessed a hate incident, share your information here so we can investigate.

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.

More Metro headlines

Three ‘dangerous’ suspects sought by Transit Police for Sullivan Square armed robbery

Transit Police are looking for three “dangerous” men who allegedly robbed an Orange Line passenger at knife point and pummeled the victim in the face.

Framingham, MA., 03/28/17, State Police Major Kerry Gilpin became a trooper in part because her sister, Tracy Gilpin, was murdered in October 1986. The teenager left a party to buy cigarettes and disappeared. Now, 31 years later, the case remains unsolved. But the Gilpin family is hoping to draw attention to it again, in hopes that someone will come forward with information. Globe staff/Suzanne Kreiter

New State Police head picks her second-in-command

The new head of the Massachusetts State Police this week made her first appointments, including picking her second-in-command.

The rapidly growing race in the 3rd Congressional District: Here’s who is in so far

With Niki Tsongas retiring after a decade in the US House, the list of those seeking the Third Congressional District seat in 2018 is steadily growing -- as of this week, 13 hopefuls had emerged.

Juvenile charged with murder after slaying in Goffstown, N.H.

The arrest comes after an 18-year-old man was fatally shot in the chest late Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of an Ace Hardware store.

Maine sheriff admits to sending sexually explicit photo in uniform

The president of the Maine Sheriff’s Association has been ousted after a sexually explicit photograph of the sheriff in his office while in uniform surfaced.

Lottery

Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

Vandal uses ax to ruin 300 gallons of maple syrup in Vermont

Someone used an ax to cut holes into eight barrels of maple syrup in Vermont, causing about 300 gallons to leak onto the floor, police said.

Early or not, by 11:30 a.m., southbound traffic on Rt 93 was crawling.

Some slowdowns hit the roads ahead of Thanksgiving

There were significant slowdowns on the Mass. Pike in the central part of the state Wednesday evening.

New law clears way for bilingual teaching in Mass. public schools

The law overturns a 15-year-old ballot measure that supported English-only teaching.

Mark Jaquith of Stillman Quality Meats handed over a turkey to Bill Koss of Newton on Wednesday.

Things get frantic as Thanksgiving nears

At Boston Public Market around noon Wednesday, vendors bustled about as the crowds grew by the minute.

26-year-old man shot behind Randolph apartment complex

The shooting on Reed Street occurred shortly before 1:40 p.m. in a parking lot behind the residences, Randolph police said in a statement.

Police apprehend suspect in highway chase from Concord to Waltham

A breaking and entering suspect led police on a chase before being taken into custody Wednesday, authorities said.

“The United States can and should do far better,” Cardinal Seán O’Malley said.

Cardinal O’Malley warns of ‘dire consequences’ of ending TPS program for Haitians

Earlier this week, the Trump administration determined that conditions have improved in Haiti, putting Haitian immigrants’ status in question.

For a brief period this fall, all eyes were on Maine’s open race for governor next year to replace the headline-grabbing (and term-limited) Paul LePage.

Ground Game

Four New England races you should be paying attention to right now

Here in New England, there are several contests that promise to be highly entertaining and worth watching.

Two arrested in gun busts in Dorchester and Mattapan

Add the seizure of illegal weapons to the list of things Boston residents can be thankful for.

In 2014, the Lannone family of Whitman all volunteered together at the Pine Street Inn on Thanksgiving. From left: Anthony, Joe, Paulette, and Kasey Lannone.

Pine Street Inn to serve Thanksgiving meal to 2,000 guests, residents

Mayor Martin Walsh and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg will stop by around 10:30 a.m., as they do every year, to carve turkeys and interact with the guests.

Woman shot by hunter apparently aiming at deer in Hopkinton, N.H.

A woman riding her bike in New Hampshire was shot by a hunter who was aiming at a deer, authorities said.

“Afro Futurism/Breathe Life” mural, and artist Problak.

Take a look at this eye-popping art the city has put in the Grove Hall area

Five artists have been chosen to revitalize Grove Hall Business District with temporary art installations.

Rob Gronkowski, tight end for the New England Patriots, looks on.

Court dismisses case involving Gronk-based romance novel

A federal appeals court has spiked a couple’s case against companies that distributed an erotic book about a woman’s desire for Rob Gronkowski.

Boston, Ma- Nov. 22, 2017- Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff- Travel early or not by 11:30 AM southbound traffic on Rt 93 is crawling/

Here’s when to leave to avoid the worst of the Thanksgiving traffic, according to Waze

If you’re looking to avoid the traffic jams over the Thanksgiving holiday (and who isn’t?) this data can help you plan your trip.

92-year-old woman attacked, robbed outside her Quincy apartment

In a disappointing twist to the tale, police believe someone who helped her might actually have been connected to the crime.

Judy Place showed the wound she received when she was bitten by a coyote in the yard next to her mobile home in North Attleboro.

North Attleborough police shoot, kill coyote that attacked residents

A woman was in the middle of telling officers about a coyote when it suddenly appeared and attacked her.

It was rainy in Boston on Wednesday morning, but the weather is expected to dry out by Wednesday evening and stay dry, but cold, for Thanksgiving.

Chilly, dry Thanksgiving Day expected

The rain in Massachusetts is expected to end, from west to east, by Wednesday evening.

Police: Prostitution ring run out of senior living facility

Police in Pittsfield have arrested two men they say ran a prostitution ring out of an apartment at a senior living facility.

Boston, MA - 11/22/2017 Boston District fire Chief Joseph Casper on the scene of a 3 alarm fire 282 Hanover St. North End neighborhood of Boston. Double fatal fire. (John Cetrino for The Boston Globe)

PHOTOS: Boston fire battles three-alarm blaze that left two dead and three injured

Two men died early Wednesday after a three-alarm fire ripped through a five-story building in the North End due to the careless disposal of smoking material, according to Boston fire officials.

Boston native burns to death in San Diego

A Boston native who recently moved to San Diego burned to death in a field in Southern California last Friday, police said.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 22, the 326th day of 2017. There are 39 days left in the year.

Plymouth DA settles wrongful termination suit for $248,000 brought by former prosecutor

John E. Bradley Jr., who claimed he was fired because he did not contribute to DA Timothy Cruz’s re-election campaign in 2010, will receive $150,000 and his legal team $98,000, according to court papers.

Lynn man among 11 Hells Angels indicted in California

Christopher Ranieri, 49, a member of the Salem/Boston chapter of the Hells Angels, was charged with racketeering and and conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, prosecutors said.

Woods Hole marine institute aids search for missing Argentine sub

The US Navy told the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to divert the R/V Atlantis from a planned oceanographic mission in the south Atlantic to help search for the ARG San Juan.

Braintree suspect arrested in Dorchester man’s death

Thomas Frank Isaac, Jr., 21, of Braintree, will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of murder, armed home invasion, and armed robbery, authorities said.

Boston, MA - 11/21/17 - Sister Marie-Judith Dupuy (cq) gave a passionate defense of TPS. MIRA's 13th annual Thanksgiving luncheon at the State House was held the morning after the Trump administration decided to revoke the TPS status for more than 50,000 Haitians around the nation. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Cristela Guerra) Topic: (22SharedTable)

Haitian immigrants vow to continue fight for protected status

The Trump administration said it will end a humanitarian program that gives refuge to 59,000 Haitians left destitute after the horrific 2010 earthquake.

What’s open, closed on Thanksgiving

What’s open, closed on Thanksgiving.

Lottery

Lottery results from Tuesday drawings

New England news in brief

Westwood

Student’s lawyer doesn’t expect hate charges

The lawyer for a former Connecticut college student accused of smearing body fluids on her roommate's belongings said Tuesday that he doesn't expect authorities to file hate crime charges.

8/10/95--SOMERVILLE--SMALL CLAIMS COURT--Defendant Ronald Herisko of Palm Springs, CA, right, shows clerk magistrate Robert Ted Tomasone, center, unsatisfied autobody work done by plantiff Carlo Petrosillo of Petrosillo Brothers Auto Body in the parking lot of Somerville District Court./Lisd

Longtime Somerville court clerk Tomasone suspended amid investigation

The trial court suspended Tomasone without pay for two weeks over allegations that he had his secretary doing his personal business on court time.

Jack E. Robinson III ran against Edward M. Kennedy for US Senate in 2000.

Jack E. Robinson, frequent GOP candidate, found dead in Duxbury

Jack E. Robinson III was known for persistent and often colorful quests for major elective offices that frequently created distress for Massachusetts Republicans.

Boston, MA - 11/21/17 - Jeff Lentz (cq), of Bay City, Michigan, checks out Celtics gear at the Boston ProShop in TD Garden. He was in town visiting his brother.

Celtics bandwagon is growing as winning streak goes on

The Celtics’ season started with disaster, a devastating injury to Gordon Hayward. But the team has found an unexpected spark as it has won 16 straight, and green fever is building.

The area in South Portland, Maine, where tanker ships would connect to the pipeline.

Pipeline fight comes to a head in South Portland

A long-running battle over plans to pipe tar sands oil from Canada to Maine for export is nearing a pivotal moment.

6-year-old boy dies after Westwood crash

Edward “Eddie” Thomson “was a wonderful, loving friend and classmate and our community will miss him,” Westwood superintendent Emily Parks said Tuesday.