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JFK letter reassuring young girl about Santa is re-released by Kennedy library

“You must not worry about Santa Claus,” President John F. Kennedy’s wrote to 8-year-old Michelle Rochon of Marine City, Michigan, on Oct. 28, 1961. “I talked with him yesterday and he is fine. He will be making his rounds again this Christmas.” Kennedy wrote the letter, re-released Friday by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, in response to Michelle’s fear that Santa would be killed by Russians conducting nuclear bomb testing at the North Pole.

Health Connector reaches out about enrollment deadline

Tuesday is the last day to apply and pay for health care coverage that begins Jan 1.

Drugs, guns, and cash seized from Springfield home

Police seized more than 12 pounds of drugs, two handguns, and $58,000 in cash from a Chase Avenue home, authorities said.

Snow expected in Eastern Mass. on Saturday

This afternoon and evening the Boston area will see some snow showers, and about an inch could accumulate.

N.H. high court rules for convict in 1971 murder

A man convicted of killing an 18-year-old woman more than 40 years ago can present DNA results to a court to determine if he should get a new trial, New Hampshire’s top court ruled.

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Ceremony honors those in Mass. who died without a home

The names of 98 homeless men and women were read aloud, and candles were lit in their honor at a Beacon Hill service.

From left, TD Garden president Amy Sweeney and Boston Bruins principal Charlie Jacobs gave a $2,000 check to Globe Santa and executive director Bill Connolly at Faneuil Hall.

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Gifts can aid dad’s ‘ray of hope’

The 21-year-old man recently gained permanent custody of his 2½-year-old son.

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Tsarnaev friend pleads guilty to heroin, gun charges

Stephen Silva pleaded guilty to possessing a gun similar to the one used by the bombing suspects to kill an MIT police officer.

Attorney Stephen J. Weymouth led his client Glenn A. Chin out of the Moakley courthouse after Chin was released on bail on Friday. Below, Barry J. Cadden after he was released.

NECC pharmacists are put under house arrest

Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin are accused of being responsible for dozens of deaths related to a 2012 meningitis outbreak.

Globe Santa

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Globe Santa delivers holiday gifts to local children in need.

Coverage of Thomas Menino

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Globe coverage of former Mayor Thomas Menino’s life and legacy.

Obituaries

“The power of nuclear weapons is a universal threat,” Dr. Linschitz said.

Henry Linschitz, 95; Manhattan Project scientist

He helped build atomic bombs that the US dropped on Japan, then tried to persuade people that nuclear war should never be repeated.

Thomas Farragher

Farragher is a Globe columnist and associate editor. He spent eight years as editor of the Spotlight Team. His columns appear Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The 2014 election

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Full Boston Globe coverage, results, and analysis of the 2014 midterm elections.

Boston homicide map

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Information about victims of homicides in Boston in 2014.

Data desk

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The Globe’s data team enhances stories with data through charts, maps, and interactive graphics.

Special Report: The Longest Road

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At 17, the shadow fell: a devastating diagnosis of mental illness. Trouble, hospital, home, into the depths again. Now, he aims to make his way back.

Capital

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November’s election swept in a bevy of new Beacon Hill denizens, from freshly minted legislators to top aides.

Arrest of Aaron Hernandez

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Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is charged with the murder of Dorchester man Odin Lloyd, whose body was found near Hernandez’s home.