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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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Women take on top posts at defense contractors

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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.

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.

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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.

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