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Jurors deadlock on corruption charges against Cahill

Former state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill called the outcome a “total vindication,” although charges are still pending.

A mistrial was declared in the case alleging the former treasurer used state funds to boost his gubernatorial run.

Brent Anderson is operations manager at a Wanxiang solar facility in Illinois.

A123 buyer quietly built presence

The Chinese company slated to buy Waltham battery maker A123 Systems has been a fixture in the US for two decades.

John Burbine stood with his lawyer, Bill Barabino (left), at his arraignment. Burbine pleaded not guilty.

CHARLIE MAHONEY FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Prosecutors trace grim trail of child sex abuse

Convicted sex ­offender John Burbine pleaded not guilty to 100 criminal counts related to abuse.

Western Mass. viewed as territory for fracking

Massachusetts may hold deposits of shale gas, raising the possibility of hydraulic fracturing for the state.

Four to leave Patrick’s cabinet

Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral will join the Patrick administration as the state’s public safety secretary.

The Nation

White population to lose majority status in 2043

By Hope Yen

The historic shift is already reshaping the nation’s schools, workforce, and electorate, and is redefining long-held notions of race.

University of Iowa adds gender identity questions

By Ryan J. Foley

The move hailed Wednesday by advocates hoping to improve the college experience for gays and lesbians.

Ex-Senate intern was sex offender

By Alicia A. Caldwell

Senator Robert Menendez employed as an unpaid intern in his Senate office an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender.

The World

Syria turns to Scuds vs. rebels

The fighting in Syria has reportedly claimed 40,000 lives. Above, a neighborhood in Damascus was bombed this week.

By Michael R. Gordon and Eric Schmitt

President Bashar Assad’s forces have resorted to firing ballistic missiles at rebel fighters inside Syria.

Russian activist may be sent to Siberia

FILE - This undated image shows Leonid Razvozzhayev speaking in an undisclosed location.

By Max Seddon

A jailed Russian opposition activist who claims he was kidnapped may be sent to Siberia as part of a 15-year-old investigation into the theft of 500 fur hats.

Srebrenica general guilty of genocide

By Marlise Simons

A former senior commander of the Bosnian Serb Army, Zdravko Tolimir, was convicted of genocide Wednesday and sentenced to life in prison.

Editorial & Opinion

EDWARD L. GLAESER

A better lure for cities

By Edward L. Glaeser

Eliminating the home mortgage interest deduction altogether would disproportionately harm high-cost, high-wage areas like Massachusetts.

Joan Vennochi

Weld is not the GOP’s best bet

Governor Bill Weld before addressing the Legislature in 1994.

By Joan Vennochi

The buzz about Weld reentering the political fray is a puzzle to anyone who thinks hard about it.

Juliette Kayyem

As it grows, Al Jazeera risks losing touch

By Juliette Kayyem

As democratic reform in the Middle East becomes more pervasive, Al Jazeera’s conservative monarchy ownership has become its Achilles’ heel.

Metro

Jurors deadlock on corruption charges against Cahill

Former state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill called the outcome a “total vindication,” although charges are still pending.

By Michael Levenson

A mistrial was declared in the case alleging the former treasurer used state funds to boost his gubernatorial run.

Prosecutors trace grim trail of child sex abuse

John Burbine stood with his lawyer, Bill Barabino (left), at his arraignment. Burbine pleaded not guilty.

By Peter Schworm

Convicted sex ­offender John Burbine pleaded not guilty to 100 criminal counts related to abuse.

Yvonne Abraham

Justice, but no end

By Yvonne Abraham

Justice has been served. The man who abused an autistic 15-year-old just went to prison. Now what?

More Stories

Bill has penalty for nations that bar deportation

By Maria Sacchetti and Bobby Caina Calvan

WESTMINSTER

Woman killed, child hurt in Westminster crash

By Travis Andersen

EAST BRIDGEWATER

Three-alarm fire strikes multifamily home

By Melissa M. Werthmann and Lauren Dezenski

Business

A123 buyer quietly built presence

Brent Anderson is operations manager at a Wanxiang solar facility in Illinois.

By Erin Ailworth

The Chinese company slated to buy Waltham battery maker A123 Systems has been a fixture in the US for two decades.

Tech Lab

In time for the holidays, the year’s best gadgets

The Google Nexus 7 is among the year’s best tablets.

By Hiawatha Bray

Of the dozens of consumer tech products Hiawatha Bray has tested in the past 12 months, here are the ones he’d consider buying as gifts.

Harvard Bioscience looks to spin out unit in $20m IPO

By Robert Weisman

Shares surged nearly 13 percent Wednesday after the life sciences tool maker disclosed plans to spin off its regenerative medicine device business through an initial public offering.

Obituaries

Michael Mercogliano of North End landmark Mike’s Pastry dies

Michael Mercogliano had presided over Mike’s Pastry on Hanover Street since its founding in 1946.

By Martine Powers and Chris Stuck-Girard

Mr. Mercogliano, 90, threw his support behind local charities, always saying yes when he was asked dozens of times per year for donations.

Reinhold Weege, creator, writer for ‘Night Court’ TV

By Daniel E. Slotnik

Mr. Weege, 62, wrote more than 100 episodes of the series, which had a less wholesome and more madcap sensibility than contemporary comedies.

Homer Warner, 90; used computers to diagnose illness

Dr. Warner with his first computer. He translated medical knowledge ­so that computers could assist working doctors.

By Bruce Weber

Mr. Warner began thinking of the cardiovascular system not as a doctor would but as an engineer would, considering it in terms of fluid mechanics.

Sports

Celtics 117, Mavericks 115 (2 OT)

Celtics have just enough to beat Mavericks

Paul Pierce scored 8 points in double overtime, including five free throws, and the Celtics outlasted Dallas, 117-115.

By Gary Washburn

Thanks to Paul Pierce’s 8 points in the 2d overtime, the Celtics outlasted Dallas and finally put together a winning streak.

Christopher L. Gasper

Celtics building for the playoffs

It’s look out below as Celtics forward Jeff Green throws down an alley-oop dunk from Rajon Rondo during the fourth quarter.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The Celtics should have a “please, pardon our appearance” sign on the parquet while they try to build a team equipped to dethrone the Miami Heat.

on football | Midweek Report

Tom Brady again proves why Patriots thrive

Tom Brady (12) showed his experience Monday night, Matt Schaub his lack of it.

By Greg A. Bedard

Brady’s performance, and Matt Schaub’s disappearing act, in the rout of the Texans showed why New England is perennially in contention.

G: Style

Right ideas for finding the right gifts

By Christopher Muther

Ideas are the key to a successful shopping expedition, and here are more than 35 of them to help you finish off your list.

Deck the halls (with something festive and new)

By Jaci Conry

Chances are you’ve been using the same holiday decorations for several years, even decades.

Make it a holly jolly hipster holiday

By Anna Marden

It can be challenging to shop for the hipster 20-something in your life.

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Book Reviews

5 books about ‘The Hobbit’

By Ethan Gilsdorf

Party Lines

Party Lines

Barbie as fashionista

By Christopher Muther

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Critic’s corner: Dec. 13

By Matthew Gilbert

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Boston-area events

By June Wulff

Boston-area events

By June Wulff

names

The Sinclair in Harvard Square finally opens doors

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘Top Chef’ contestant Kristen Kish from Barbara Lynch’s Stir

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Matt Damon and John Krasinski push ‘Promised Land’ at LACMA

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Donna Halper helped Rush gain their Fame

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Berkshire school benefits at Vogue event

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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‘Terminales’ wraps

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Robert Parish auctions off last championship ring

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Kenny Wormald leads dance class

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Locals in Screen Actors Guild nominations

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Globe North

Hanukkah at Aviv: Where children and seniors celebrate together

Residents watch as preschool teachers Jennifer Pomerantz (left) and Marcy Yellin led children in Hanukkah songs at the Aviv center.

By Steven A. Rosenberg

A Peabody assisted living center’s intergenerational programming philosophy serves the entire community while connecting young people with seniors.

Aviv Centers for Living in Peabody

Aviv Centers for Living in Peabody encourages activities that include senior residents and children that attend the preschool run by the North Suburban Jewish Community Center.

Medford

Water taxi dock plan proposed for Medford

Mayor Michael J. McGlynn says a water taxi service could boost Medford’s economy by ferrying passengers among docks on the Lower Mystic River, including Station Landing,

By Kathy McCabe

A water taxi proposal that would help link communities on the lower Mystic River has gained new momentum.

Globe South

Plymouth

Family is the secret to success of clothing business

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of running Pilgrim’s Progress Clothing in downtown Plymouth are (from left) matriarch Laura Brigida, daughter Joyce Whiting, longtime employee Renee Ferazzi, daughters Marie Whiting and Jayne Siever, and son Peter Brigida.

By Christine Legere

The Plymouth store’s success is as much about strength from family as it is business savvy.

Then and now: Plymouth by the numbers

Then and now: Plymouth by the number

Then and now: What people say

Buttner’s, a department store on Main Street, in the 1970s.

Then and now: What people say about Plymouth’s downtown and Pilgrim’s Progress Clothing.

Globe West

Is Framingham becoming a college town?

Jillian Donham headed inside O’Connell’s Pub. As the student population grows at Framingham State, more activity can be seen on campus and around town.

By Jaclyn Reiss

Framingham State University is seeing surging enrollment, resulting in increased economic activity as local businesses say many of their customers are students.

FSU by the numbers

By Jaclyn Reiss

Framingham State University by the numbers

Concussion education spreading among skiers, snowboarders

Night skiing at the Nashoba Valley ski area.

By Lisa Kocian

More ski areas are recommending helmet use, which is fast becoming the norm on trails and in terrain parks.