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Surge in heroin overdoses puzzles health workers

Heroin overdoses rose last month in Mass., prompting health workers and police to scramble to curb the crisis.

Hudson wins Mass. snowfall jackpot

The 36-inch bounty prompted a tad of self-congratulation at Town Hall.

Yvonne Abraham

Sidewalk Sam, social activist

Bob Guillemin came to prominence at a time when a broken city desperately needed more magic.

Aaron Hernandez’s murder trial starts Thursday

It appears Hernandez’s lawyers are poised to blame Odin Lloyd’s death on a drug-impaired friend.

Mystery man who shoveled finish line is five-time Boston Marathon runner

The mysterious man who shoveled off the Boston Marathon Finish Line during Tuesday’s blizzard is a 25-year-old runner himself, who cleared the snow out of his love for the Marathon and the symbol of unity that the strip brings to the city.

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Water flooded the parking lot and buildings at the Chatham Fish Pier early Tuesday morning.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Nor’easter takes aim at coastal communities

The blizzard caused flooding and power outages, but less of the devastating damage that some had feared.

Thomas Farragher

Titletown USA? Get serious, Seattle

The city is caught up with its Seahawks 12th man mania — which is really a mania about itself.

Jurors’ names ruled public record, SJC says

The Supreme Judicial Court cited the longstanding rights of public access to court proceedings in its decision.

Carlos Ortiz is reported to be an associate of former Patriot Aaron Hernandez, charged in the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez prosecutors want to bar mention of PCP use at trial

Prosecutors want a judge to bar the expert witness who would testify about the effects of PCP on the brain.

Vermont House moves to ban plastic abrasive microbeads

The tiny plastic particles are often used in personal-care products like toothpaste and over-the-counter medications.

Aaron Hernandez on trial

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The former Patriots tight end is charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, whose body was found near Hernandez’s home.

US v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his now-deceased brother, Tamerlan, allegedly set off explosives at the Boston Marathon.

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.

Boston's 2024 Olympic bid

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Boston will compete with cities from around the world as it seeks to host the Summer Games in nine years.

Data desk

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Yes, we write software and design websites. But the New England economy chugged along for almost 400 years on the strength of other products.

Coverage of Thomas Menino

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

Globe Investigations

Special section

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Read recent stories and ongoing investigations from the Globe’s journalists.

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.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/25/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/BG_Moments_final2-7646.jpg Fourteen political moments of 2014

A mysterious fisherman. A geography blunder. A change of the guard at City Hall. Here’s a look at some of the top political moments of 2014.