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Adrian Walker

Merry Christmas, kids: Dorchester teacher donates six-figure prize winnings to her school

Nicole Bollerman, a teacher at UP Academy, donated her six-figure winnings in a contest to her school.

The story behind the decision to let gay veterans march in South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade

An overture from an organizer of South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade led to the acceptance of a gay veterans group.

Chelsea

Man severely burned in 2-alarm fire in Chelsea

A 49-year-old man was severely burned in a two-alarm fire on Essex Street in Chelsea on Sunday night.A 49-year-old man was severely burned in a two-alarm fire on Essex Street in Chelsea on Sunday night.

Baker team leaves Western Mass. wanting

Of the approximately 175 people named to Charlie Baker’s transition team, none hails from Berkshire, Hampshire, or Franklin counties, three of the state’s four westernmost counties -- all three of which voted for Baker’s opponent, Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley, in last month’s gubernatorial election.

Science in Mind

BC chemist’s toy collection beckons student to ponder: How does it work?

T. Ross Kelly’s eccentric collection of science-themed toys and gizmos began, innocuously enough, with the purchase of a cheap soccer player figurine in Milan about three decades ago.

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Jeff Prokos went through the process of having a tattoo removed by Rob Harris, who runs Disappearing Inc.

Yvonne Abraham

Erasing regret, one dot at a time

This is where mistakes go to die. Or at least to cease proclaiming themselves publicly.

Senator Stanley Rosenberg’s close ties to a public affairs firm, through his partner, Bryon Hefner (right), add a layer of complexity to his attendance at events held by Regan Communications or any of its clients.

Company reassigns partner of legislator

Bryon Hefner, who works for a prominent Boston PR firm and is the domestic partner of Stanley Rosenberg, has been reassigned out of state.

Volunteers Karen Dibella (left) and Raquel Cuellar helped the canvassing effort in the South End.

Health Connector reaches out about enrollment deadline

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

President Kennedy’s letter to 8-year-old Michelle Rochon says he shares her concerns, not just for the fate of Santa but all people.

JFK letter reassuring girl about Santa is re-released

“You must not worry about Santa Claus,” Kennedy wrote to an 8-year-old, more than 50 years ago.

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.

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.

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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.