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Mom asks Globe Santa to help disabled son caught in family turmoil

Caring for a child with significant disabilities is challenging under any circumstances — doing it as a single parent without adequate housing raises that challenge to new heights. Yet that’s precisely the position a young mother from a town north of Boston finds herself in, having been on her own since shortly after the birth of her 5-year-old son.

First Night Boston releases detailed schedule

The city’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration will showcase over 1,000 artists in 200 performances throughout Boston.

Couple arrested in Yarmouth on heroin charges

A couple were arrested in Yarmouth early Thursday morning after they were found in possession of more than a dozen grams of heroin, police said.

Political Happy Hour: December 18, 2014

Political Happy Hour: Obama on the line | When the most frugal pol wins | Hillary 2.0 | Miami, calm | Stuck in the muck

Talks break down between horsemen and Suffolk Downs owners

The sides were involved in negotiations for a deal that would have allowed racing to continue.

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After hearing the news from Washington, Ida Lopez, 79, took out a

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Local Cubans express hope for island nation

The news of thawed diplomatic relations brought optimistic and skeptical words from local Cuban-Americans.

Doctor in stem-cell probe sues Brigham, Harvard

Brigham and Women’s and Harvard Medical are investigating the conduct of a heart stem-cell scientist and his collaborator.

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A school’s pride, punishment

This is what great educators want, what we all want: Kids who feel passionately about what is wrong with the world.

Deanne Hamilton

Council reduces inmate’s sentence

Deanne Hamilton, 49, is the first person in Massachusetts to have a sentence commuted in 17 years.

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

Norman Bridwell told the Globe in 2004 the first Clifford the Big Red Dog book nearly did not get published.

Norman Bridwell, at 86, created ‘Clifford’ storybooks

Mr. Bridwell, of Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard, wrote and illustrated the series of “Clifford the Big Red Dog” children’s books.

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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Marty Walsh has been in the news nearly nonstop, but the others have largely disappeared from the public stage. Where’d they go?

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.