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Hernandez in court for final hearing before murder trial

The trial of Aaron Hernandez in Odin Lloyd’s shooting death could last up to 2½ months, prosecutors said.

Live video: Aaron Hernandez in court for pre-trial hearing

The final court hearing before the former New England Patriots star’s murder case heads to trial is expected to focus on jury issues.

No chance for a white Christmas in Mass.

A rainy week is ahead, with temperatures rising as high as 60 degrees on Christmas Day.

Boston officer shoots at suspect who allegedly pointed gun at him

An officer fired several shots at a masked man who pulled a gun on him in Dorchester, but no one was hit, authorities said.

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Twins, 6, are focus of big brother’s Christmas solicitude

“I am writing this letter to beg for help this Christmas season” wrote the mother of three boys from a city northwest of Boston.

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Children rushed into the Christmas in the City celebration Sunday.

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Christmas in the City brings joy to homeless children

More than 4,400 children and about 2,000 parents took part in the event that features a holiday celebration of colossal scale.

Baker team leaves Western Mass. wanting

Of the approximately 175 people named to Baker’s transition team, not a single one hails from Berkshire, Hampshire, or Franklin counties.

Boston police pledge vigilance after slayings in NYC

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans condemned Saturday’s execution-style shooting of two NYC police officers.

T. Ross Kelly, an organic chemistry professor at Boston College, demonstrates a physics-related gizmo in his Chestnut Hill office, which is filled with toys and other curiosities that he uses to demonstrate scientific principles.

Science in Mind

For hands-on lessons, BC professor fills a curious toy cabinet

T. Ross Kelly’s eccentric collection of science-themed toys and gizmos began with the purchase of a cheap soccer player figurine in Milan.

Boston police investigated the scene of the stabbing.

One man killed, two injured in stabbing on Blue Hill Avenue

Three men were stabbed on Blue Hill Avenue, leaving one man in his 20s dead, according to police.

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

Ms. Rice-Davies (right) with actress Charlotte Blackledge, who played her in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Stephen Ward’’ that had a short-lived run in London.

Mandy Rice-Davies, 70; figure in sex scandal

The former nightclub dancer and model achieved notoriety in one of Britain’s most spectacular Cold War sex scandals.

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

Coverage

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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.