Special Reports

Best of 2012

Editor’s picks

The Globe has selected 10 stories from the newsroom that made an impact in 2012. Click the headlines below to read the stories.

Child porn investigation uncovers a web of evil (7/29) The image of a toddler clutching a stuffed rabbit was the beginning of a case that led from a Milford man to a serial abuser in the Netherlands, and beyond.

68 Blocks | Dreams cut short, dreams reborn in Bowdoin-Geneva (12/16) It’s a neighborhood known for trouble, but Bowdoin-Geneva is much more than that. A Globe team spent months there, listening and asking why violence persists where love and loyalty also run so strong.


Fenway Park is part of us all (4/1) In good moments, sad moments, and bad moments, the home of the Red Sox has special meaning to New Englanders.

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Brian McGrory | It’s greed to top all (4/13) Ted Kelly had a compensation package at Liberty Mutual of $50 million a year. To run an insurance company. It’s the clearest evidence yet of an unprecedented age of greed.

Justice in the Shadows | Many freed criminals avoid deportation, strike again (12/9) The vast and secretive US prison system for immigrants, stymied when it tries to deport some criminals, has quietly released thousands, including killers, a Globe investigation shows.

A deadly puzzle, and then a breakthrough (10/28) Physicians across the US faced mysterious and seemingly isolated cases that were part of a meningitis outbreak linked to a Framingham compounding pharmacy.

Ty Burr | Aurora tragedy must lead to deeper conversation (7/21) It might be time to talk about an entertainment culture that excels at selling violent power fantasies to people who feel powerless.


Political evolution of Mitt Romney (8/26) When considering his bookend appearances at the 1964 and 2012 GOP conventions, the question is not whether Mitt Romney has changed his outlook — he undeniably has — but why.

Grover Norquist, the emperor of no (5/31) How anti-tax crusader Norquist rose from Weston to Washington, all in the politics of no.

Little Caleigh was gone, and so was a family’s center (5/27) Two-year-old Caleigh Harrison vanished on a Rockport beach in April, apparently swept away with the tide. Grief, anger, and a thread of hope have defined her family’s life since.