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2013: The year in review

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A message from Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory.

Editor’s picks for 2013

Ten memorable stories chosen by Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory.

Most popular stories of 2013

The top 25 most-read stories on in 2013.


2013 Bostonians of the Year

When bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, the crowds fled for safety. But a group of everyday people rushed in to offer whatever help they could.

// The best Boston Globe photos of 2013

The stories behind the Globe’s most memorable, touching, and sometimes horrific images.

The hits and misses of 2013 style

There are things that we adored about 2013, but when 2013 went bad, it went terribly bad. Here are the highs and the lows of the year in style.

File photos via AP, AFP/Getty Images, and Boston Public Library.


What we learned in 2013

From dashcams in Russia to the power of Black Twitter, here are some of the things we would never have known if not for 2013.

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// 2013 Boston restaurant awards

The awards reflect how the caliber of cooking in and around Boston has never been so great.

// Best Cheap Eats dishes of 2013

Cheap reviewers honor the wonderful food at little places offered inexpensively by hard-working folks.

// Top cookbooks of 2013 had singular focus

While books trading on their celebrity could be found, it was the more modest efforts that will shape the year’s lasting contribution to the cookbook genre.

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// 2013: The Year in Arts

A look back at the trends, successes, and letdowns in theater, video games, classical music, television, and more.

Globe Santa


Donate to the annual Globe program to benefit children in need.

Globe Investigations

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// Recent investigative reports

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

Theater & art in 2013

The new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion at Colby College Museum of Art opened this year in Waterville, Maine.

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Sanctuary, change on the museum scene in 2013

A transformative gift gets a showcase pavilion in Maine, a Worcester museum closes its doors, and a Boston artist’s courage facing mortal crisis puts everything in perspective.

The Boston Marathon bombings


Coverage of two blasts that shook the city, killing 3 and injuring at least 170, and the ensuing manhunt resulting in the death of a MIT police officer, the death of one suspect, and the capture of another.