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Egypt erupts over fear of edicts

Opponents of President Mohammed Morsi clashed with his supporters on a presidential edict that gave him unchecked authority.

Jolene Adams waited with son Elijah in a checkout line at Toys “R” Us in Framingham.

A day of giving thanks and getting bargains

Thanksgiving has largely defied the commercialization that has overwhelmed Christmas. But that tradition is fading fast as retailers have invoked new strategies.

A natural gas explosion rocked downtown Springfield Friday, injuring at least 18 people after leveling a downtown strip club, officials said. Two nearby buildings were also heavily damaged.

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Gas explosion levels Springfield strip club

A natural gas explosion rocked downtown Friday, injuring at least 18 people, officials said.

Israel developing next missile defense system with Raytheon

Israel has turned to engineers from Waltham-based Raytheon to help develop the next interceptor missile.

Blake Boston became a Web sensation when his photo as a teenager was posted online, followed quickly by ridicule.

Millis man savors his time as an Internet (punching) bag

After nearly two years as the butt of a persistent Internet joke, Blake Boston has come to embrace being Scumbag Steve. And now he is trying to capitalize on it.

The Nation

Israel developing next missile defense system with Raytheon

By Bryan Bender

Israel has turned to engineers from Waltham-based Raytheon to help develop the next interceptor missile.

House to consider limited GOP immigration bill

By Jim Abrams

The legislation that would expand visas for students and make it easier for green cards holders to bring their families to the US.

New Mexico woman dies when Fla. dive boat capsizes

By SUZETTE LABOY

A diver from New Mexico who died in a Thanksgiving Day boating accident was a manager at one of the nation’s leading research laboratories who was in Florida for a holiday dive trip with her nephew, authorities said Friday. An autopsy was planned Friday for Nina Poppelsdorf, 54, who was part of a group of about two dozen coming back from a dive outing Thursday when a large wave flipped over their 45-foot catamaran.

The World

Egypt erupts over fear of edicts

Riot police pushed backed protesters angry over decrees giving the president more power.

By Kareem Fahim

Opponents of President Mohammed Morsi clashed with his supporters on a presidential edict that gave him unchecked authority.

Confusion over cease-fire imperils some Gazans

AHamas police officer turned some Palestinians back near the border in southern Gaza Strip on Friday as crowds surged toward the fence.

By Isabel Kershner

Fighting Friday did not fracture the truce, but it did show the different messages Israelis and Palestinians were getting from their leaders.

Russian ex-defense minister’s confidant charged

Anatoly Serdyukov

An associate of a former Russian defense minister was placed under house arrest Friday on charges of defrauding the state.

Editorial & Opinion

editorial

After a near-miss with Sandy, more preparations are needed

Vice President Joe Biden and Hurricane Sandy

Massachusetts may not be so lucky next time. It needs to be ready—more than it was last month.

editorial

Jamaica Plain strikes a blow against reverse snobbery

Building barriers to sensible development is not the way to achieve vibrant neighborhoods.

Lawrence Harmon

Kids’ CSI: Evidence of a great idea

By Lawrence Harmon

Getting middle school kids interested in science is difficult. Science from Scientists battles this through dozens of classroom programs.

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Renée Loth

Micro units: Perfect pad, imperfect price

By Renée Loth

Editorial | DEFENSE FIRM CEOS

Women take on top posts at defense contractors

Letters | NEW TAXES FOR ROADS AND TRAINS?

Massachusetts facing a transit fiscal cliff

Letters | NEW TAXES FOR ROADS AND TRAINS?

Help MBTA, but don’t ignore needs outside Boston area

Letters | NEW TAXES FOR ROADS AND TRAINS?

Use new revenue to cut MBTA rail fares

Letters | NEW TAXES FOR ROADS AND TRAINS?

Better trains and buses will cut the state’s carbon emissions

Letters | NEW TAXES FOR ROADS AND TRAINS?

Burdens on transit riders are too heavy already

Metro

Millis man savors his time as an Internet (punching) bag

Blake Boston became a Web sensation when his photo as a teenager was posted online, followed quickly by ridicule.

By Billy Baker

After nearly two years as the butt of a persistent Internet joke, Blake Boston has come to embrace being Scumbag Steve. And now he is trying to capitalize on it.

Gas explosion levels Springfield strip club

A natural gas explosion rocked downtown Springfield Friday, injuring at least 18 people after leveling a downtown strip club, officials said. Two nearby buildings were also heavily damaged.

By Derek Anderson, Colin A. Young and Zachary T. Sampson

A natural gas explosion rocked downtown Friday, injuring at least 18 people, officials said.

Boston tree lighting gets the holidays started

Evan Theroux, 9, of Smithville, R.I., watched as confetti fell on the crowd at the Macy's tree lighting.

By Zachary T. Sampson

In Downtown Crossing, the holiday season began with the flick of a switch as Macy’s lit its behemoth Christmas tree.

Business

A day of giving thanks and getting bargains

Jolene Adams waited with son Elijah in a checkout line at Toys “R” Us in Framingham.

By Globe Staff

Thanksgiving has largely defied the commercialization that has overwhelmed Christmas. But that tradition is fading fast as retailers have invoked new strategies.

Fenway Triangle complex will offer offices, retail, housing

Developer Steve Samuels is behind the $325 million Fenway Triangle project at 1325 Boylston St.

By Casey Ross

Developer Steve Samuels is ready to break ground on his next Fenway project: a mixed-use office, residential, and retail complex on Boylston Street.

Eager Mass. shoppers cross the border to shop in N.H.

By Sarah Shemkus

Massachusetts prohibits most stores from opening on Thanksgiving, forcing shoppers to either wait until after midnight or drive to a neighboring state to score the best deals.

Obituaries

Daniel M. Keyes Jr., 93, District Court judge

DANIEL M. KEYES JR.

By Kathleen McKenna

Mr. Keyes, a District Court judge for many years, was a staunch Democrat and played behind-the-scenes roles in local, state, and national politics.

Vladka Meed, 90, weapons smuggler for Jewish resistance in Poland

Vladka Meed organized a Warsaw ghetto exhibit in 1973.

By Adam Bernstein

Mrs. Meed was a courier and weapons smuggler for the Jewish resistance in Poland during World War II who published a harrowing early chronicle of the Warsaw ghetto uprising.

Gail Harris, 81, last player to hit homer for NY Giants

GAIL HARRIS

Mr. Harris played for the New York Giants and the Detroit Tigers between 1955 and 1960.

Sports

Celtics 108, Thunder 100

Celtics stave off Thunder

The Celtics’ chances at victory really took off when Jason Terry nailed a late 3-pointer.

By Gary Washburn

Jason Terry sealed the win with a 3-pointer with 36.7 seconds left after the Thunder sliced a 14-point deficit to 3.

Patriots on record pace with latest run

Tom Brady and the Patriots have 190 points in their last four games, and again lead the NFL in scoring.

By Shalise Manza Young

Tom Brady and the Patriots have 190 points in their last four games, and again lead the NFL in scoring.

Brian Butterfield has Red Sox in his roots

Third base coach Brian Butterfield has traded in his Blue Jays uniform for a Red Sox jersey.

By Peter Abraham

The new Red Sox third base coach, who grew up in Maine, knows how demanding the town can be, and says he “can’t wait to experience” that.

G: Family

Dr. Rudy Tanzi, rock star of science

Dr. Rudy Tanzi heads Massachusetts General Hospital’s Genetics and Aging Research Unit and teaches neurology at Harvard Medical School

By Andrew Doerfler

Dr. Rudy Tanzi recorded organ tracks for Aerosmith’s new album, co-wrote the book “Super Brain,” and adapted it into an upcoming PBS special.

From the Archives

From Globe Archives: The Cocoanut Grove fire 70th anniversary

A match was lighted so that a missing light bulb could be replaced. The fire that raced across the ceiling would quickly spread to engulf the entire night club, Boston’s swanky Cocoanut Grove. Officials needed days to tally the dead, eventually reaching a shocking total of 492 victims, with many more injured. The tragedy led to changes nationally in fire safety codes and advanced the practice of treating burn victims. It remains the worst fire in Boston history.

99 Bottles

Perfect beers for holiday meals

Boulevard Harvest Dance Wheat Wine Style Ale

By Gary Dzen

Harpoon’s Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale and Boulevard Harvest Dance from Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing are two ideal beers for this time of heavy holiday meals.

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Book Review

‘Far From the Tree’ by Andrew Solomon

By Kate Tuttle

Bring the Family

Providence Children’s Museum

By Doug Most

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Patrick Wolff

Music Review

Zacharias and the BSO sway to a Beethoven ballet

By Jeffrey Gantz

Names

Krasinski brings ‘Promised Land’ screening to Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Dan Rea pays a visit to one of his biggest fans

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

French wine at the Chilton Club

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein