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Israel, Hamas accept cease-fire

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mohamed Amr of Egypt announced the cease-fire after talks in Cairo.

Khaled Elfiqi/European Pressphoto Agency

Under intense Egyptian and American pressure, Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas halted eight days of bloody conflict on Wednesday.

Sheila Burgess’s driving record was a major embarrassment to the Patrick administration.

Former highway safety chief quits state job

Sheila Burgess resigned as a state employee, three days after the Globe revealed that she had numerous infractions on her driving record.

Liliam Alvarez (left) became homeless after her husband died and she lost her job. Marion Davis, 71, cannot stay in a shelter because he uses an oxygen tank.

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Once-homeless seniors give their thanks

Older homeless people face a particular challenge: They tend to be beyond their employment years, and therefore less likely to find a way to support themselves.

Elizabeth Warren, though attacked at times as an enemy of free enterprise, was known to meet with financial executives during two previous appointed stints in Washington.

Financial sector wants ties to Elizabeth Warren

The financial services industry, Senator Scott Brown’s biggest donor group, has begun a careful and unlikely mission to thaw relations with the senator-elect.

Study links mammograms to overtreatment

The study’s controversial finding is sure to provoke more heated debate over the benefits of the screenings.

The Nation

Number of abortions in US dropped 5 percent

By Mike Stobbe

Abortions in the United States fell 5 percent during the recession and its aftermath in the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade.

Internal e-mails offer details on bin Laden burial

By Richard Lardner

Internal e-mails among US military officers indicate that no sailors watched Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea and that traditional Islamic procedures were followed.

US drought worsens after weeks of improvement

The worst US drought in decades has deepened again after more than a month of reports of improving conditions, scientists said.

The World

Israel, Hamas accept cease-fire

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mohamed Amr of Egypt announced the cease-fire after talks in Cairo.

By David D. Kirkpatrick and Jodi Rudoren

Under intense Egyptian and American pressure, Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas halted eight days of bloody conflict on Wednesday.

Rwanda leads rebels, UN report says

Police and civilians gathered for an M23 rally Wednesday in Goma, Congo, which the rebel group seized this week.

By Alexandra Olson and Peter Spielmann

The Rwandan military is commanding and supporting the rebel force that overtook a major city in eastern Congo this week.

Senior Libyan official assassinated, raising fears of postwar security

By Kareem Fahim

His death was the latest in a series of mysterious killings that have raised fears about the country’s precarious postwar security.

Editorial & Opinion

juliette kayyem

Israel’s Iron Dome

An Iron Dome launcher fired an interceptor rocket near the Israeli city of Ashkelon on Monday.

By Juliette Kayyem

The rocket defense system altered the dynamic between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and bought time for crucial negotiations.

Joan Vennochi

Mitt Romney loses the battle of ideas

By Joan Vennochi

Romney never told voters how the policies he embraced as a presidential candidate would be a path to jobs, opportunity, and independence.

Nicholas Burns

Giving thanks for the brighter future ahead

By Nicholas Burns

We live at a time of real promise, characterized by positive trends that could make the next few decades an era of remarkable human progress.

Metro

Former highway safety chief quits state job

Sheila Burgess’s driving record was a major embarrassment to the Patrick administration.

By Sean P. Murphy

Sheila Burgess resigned as a state employee, three days after the Globe revealed that she had numerous infractions on her driving record.

Once-homeless seniors give their thanks

Liliam Alvarez (left) became homeless after her husband died and she lost her job. Marion Davis, 71, cannot stay in a shelter because he uses an oxygen tank.

By David Filipov

Older homeless people face a particular challenge: They tend to be beyond their employment years, and therefore less likely to find a way to support themselves.

Financial sector wants ties to Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren, though attacked at times as an enemy of free enterprise, was known to meet with financial executives during two previous appointed stints in Washington.

By Noah Bierman

The financial services industry, Senator Scott Brown’s biggest donor group, has begun a careful and unlikely mission to thaw relations with the senator-elect.

Business

Mass. loosens ban on industry gifts to doctors

By Robert Weisman and Kay Lazar

The Public Health Council adopted regulations loosening a gift ban that is part of a state law restricting marketing by drug and medical device makers.

Tech Lab

A holiday banquet for gamers

Halo 4: $60, for Microsoft Xbox 360 video game console. It’s the best-looking, best-playing Halo game yet but lacks emotional resonance.

By Hiawatha Bray

Three video games offer the chance to annihilate digital terrorists, aliens, and even a fair number of British redcoats.

Walmart still battling fine in ’08 trampling

Worker Jdimytai Damour was trampled to death in 2008, moments after this Valley Stream, N.Y., Walmart opened for a doorbuster sale.

By Megan Woolhouse

The chain has spent millions to appeal a $7,000 penalty by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the Black Friday death of a Walmart worker.

Obituaries

Kaethe Peters, 98, longtime social worker, educator

KAETHE PETERS

By Kathleen McKenna

A fixture at museums and restaurants in and around Cambridge, Mrs. Peters spent years as an educator and a social worker.

TV chef Art Ginsburg, 81, was known as Mr. Food

Art Ginsburg, shown at a rehearsal in 2010, peaked in popularity in 2007, when he was seen on 168 television stations.

By J.M. Hirsh

Mr. Ginsburg, the delightfully dorky television chef, died at his home in Weston, Fla., Wednesday following a struggle with pancreatic cancer.

Elena Akhmilovskaya Donaldson, 55, top chess player

ELENA DONALDSON

By Bruce Weber

Ms. Donaldson, who was once ranked among the world’s top female players, died Sunday in Kirkland, Wash.

Sports

Patriots tend to feast in rematches with Jets

The Patriots just squeaked by in their last match up, 29-26 in overtime.

By Shalise Manza Young

Over the previous three years, the Patriots have struggled in the first meeting of the season with the Jets and fared far better in the second.

Dan Shaughnessy

Thanksgiving and football are inseparable

By Dan Shaughnessy

Football owns Thanksgiving — especially in Mass., where just about every high school plays its final regular-season game this morning.

Patriots Notebook

Patriots look for separation against the Jets

Patriots QB Tom Brady worries Rex Ryan.

By Michael Whitmer

With a three-game lead on everybody else in the AFC East, the Patriots have an opportunity to deliver what might be a knockout blow to the Jets.

G: Style

G Cover

Transforming into the Grinch

Boston Globe reporter Christopher Muther gets transformed into the Grinch.

By Christopher Muther

Christopher Muther gets a green makeover in honor of the musical stage version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”, which opens at the Wang Theatre on Friday.

The allure of the statistics field grows

Nate Silver, author of the political blog FiveThirtyEight.

By Beth Teitell

In the wake of Nate Silver’s spot-on predictions, the statistics field enjoys a post-election bump.

Bargain Bin

Boutiques hold Black Friday bonanzas

Laura Preshongis offering discounts on jewelry all day Friday.

By Ami Albernaz

Ami Albernaz runs down sales and specials at local stores and shops.

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Television Review

Spike and Mike: ‘Bad’ is good

By Sarah Rodman

Book Review

‘The $60,000 Dog: My Life With Animals’

By Vicki Constantine Croke

Boston-area To Do list

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Boston-area events

By June Wulff

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Names

Lending a hand for the holiday

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Locals awarded national, international honors

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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A visitor from the Middle East

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘Hunger Games’ actor is a Boston regular

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Globe North

Homeless to home for Thanksgiving

Diana Dinapoli sits at the table in the shared kitchen of her apartment building in Salem, where she will cook a holiday meal.

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald

The Massachusetts homeless population has grown by 10.2 percent since 2007 — the fifth-highest growth rate in the nation — to about 16,500, all waiting for the American Dream.  

Melrose

Melrose girls’ volleyball makes history with title

At game’s end, the Red Raiders reveled in becoming the first Melrose High girls’ team to win a state championship.

By Kathy Shiels Tully

Last Saturday, Melrose High won the Division 2 state title over Longmeadow to become the first girls’ team in school history to win a state crown.

Methuen box company to expand

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas was instrumental in negotiating a land deal for the Methuen company.

By John Laidler

Methuen box manufacturer Century Box plans to nearly double its workforce through an expansion it is undertaking with the help of local and state tax breaks.

Globe South

Cohasset football player, young fan inspire each other

As receiver Shane Haggerty looks on, Daniel Smith, shows off his football and jersey signed by Cohasset High players.

By Coryn Doncaster

Daniel Smith, who has a neuromuscular disorder called Nemaline Myopathy, has been befriended by Jake Herth, captain of the Cohasset High football team.

South

Five Thanksgiving Day football games to Watch

By Coryn Doncaster

Five Thanksgiving Day football games to watch in communities south of Boston.

South

Players of the Week, Top 10 football teams

By Craig Larson

Coryn Doncaster’s Top 10 football teams and Week 11 Slate from high school programs south of Boston.

Globe West

King Philip seniors persevered through tough times

King Phillip football players Fabio Cherant and Pat Lydon will play their last game Thursday.

By Phil Perry

On Thanksgiving morning, two seniors at King Philip Regional will play as a part of their football family for the final time.

Millis residents rally behind bandstand, playground

The bandstand, built in the 1930s, before it fell into disrepair. Volunteers hope to restore it this spring to its glory days.

By Lisa Kocian

While each project is distinct, they all seem to draw on a large dose of civic engagement and will add up to big changes for a small town.

West: 5 Games to Watch

By Phil Perry

Five high school football games to watch on Thanksgiving Day in communities west of Boston.