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Connecticut elementary school shootings

20 children slaughtered in Conn. school shooting

Police told children to close their eyes so that they would not see blood and broken glass as they were led from the Sandy Hook Elementary School after a gunman opened fire Friday.

Shannon Hicks/Newtown Bee

Twenty children, some as young as 5, were killed Friday in a rampage at an elementary school. The shooter killed a total of 28 people, including his mother and himself.

Cuts to local governments hit economy

Since the recession ended in 2009, local governments have eliminated nearly 500,000 jobs, including 10,000 in Massachusetts.

The Nation

Both parties embrace Kerry for secretary of state

Senator John F. Kerry got into his car at Logan International Airport today without commenting on the possibility President Obama will tap him for secretary of state.

By Glen Johnson

President Obama could include Senator John F. Kerry in a slate of national security nominations as early as next week, according to those familiar with the process.

EPA to tighten soot rules by 20 percent across nation

By Juliet Eilperin

The move will force communities to improve air quality by the end of the decade.

Obama won’t go after marijuana use in 2 states

The federal government won’t go after recreational marijuana use in Washington and Colorado, where voters have legalized it.

The World

Panetta signs deployment order to aid Turkey

By THOM SHANKER

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta signed an official deployment order to help Turkey as its tensions intensify with Syria.

Canada’s high court upholds anti-terror law

The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled Friday that the country’s antiterror law is constitutional.

UN nuke agency: progress on Iran nuclear program

The UN said there is progress in long-stalled efforts to resume an inquiry of suspicions that Iran may be developing nuclear arms.

Editorial & Opinion

editorial

After Conn. massacre, despair must lead to action on gun control

In taking on the threat posed by disturbed, heavily armed individuals, this society needs far more restrictions on the weapons designed to kill.

JOAN VENNOCHI

Gun control: vile curse words

 A mother holds her daughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

By Joan Vennochi

“Gun control” isn’t an expletive. There must be a conversation about it because we need to do more to protect our children and ourselves.

editorial

Jenni Rivera: Crossing over

 Jenni Rivera died in a plane crash on Dec. 9 in Mexico.

One of the tragedies of her death is that English-speaking audiences, who would likely have gotten to know her better, never will have that chance.

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Nancy Gertner and Richard A. Gargiulo

Judging the judges in Mass.: Protect independence

By Nancy Gertner

Derrick Z. Jackson

A successful model for urban cycling in Portland, Ore.

By Derrick Z. Jackson

letters | HEIGHTENED DIALOGUE ON BIKE SAFETY

Needless death should not prompt us to blame the blameless

letters | HEIGHTENED DIALOGUE ON BIKE SAFETY

Time to try fresh solutions on bike safety

letters | HEIGHTENED DIALOGUE ON BIKE SAFETY

Cyclists have every right to ride — even in rush hour

letters | HEIGHTENED DIALOGUE ON BIKE SAFETY

There just isn’t enough room on streets for both cars, cyclists

Metro

Connecticut elementary school shootings

20 children slaughtered in Conn. school shooting

Police told children to close their eyes so that they would not see blood and broken glass as they were led from the Sandy Hook Elementary School after a gunman opened fire Friday.

By Mark Arsenault

Twenty children, some as young as 5, were killed Friday in a rampage at an elementary school. The shooter killed a total of 28 people, including his mother and himself.

‘Lives have been changed forever’ by Conn. massacre

Outside of Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church, those who could not fit into the church held a makeshift vigil.

By Martine Powers, Jaclyn Reiss and Matt Rocheleau

Newtown residents wondered how their hometown — with no warning — became the site of one of the worst mass killings in American history.

Adrian Walker

Newtown tragedy was unthinkable, preventable

By Adrian Walker

Every single one of these shooting rampages might have been prevented if getting hold of a gun in this country was as difficult as, say, getting a driver’s ­license.

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Democrats facing dilemma in holding Kerry Senate seat

By Frank Phillips and Michael Levenson

WELLESLEY

Two face drug charges after traffic stop in Wellesley

By Melissa M. Werthmann

Globe Santa

Illness, unemployment hit hard

By Christopher Tangney

Business

Cuts to local governments hit economy

Governor Deval Patrick has proposed trimming aid to cities and towns to help close a $540 million budget gap.

By Callum Borchers

Since the recession ended in 2009, local governments have eliminated nearly 500,000 jobs, including 10,000 in Massachusetts.

Ariad leukemia drug approved 3 months early

By Robert Weisman

Federal regulators approved a drug to treat two types of leukemia, allowing the Cambridge company to sell the medicine in the US.

Medway chainsaw artist saw TV as a way to boost business

Jesse Green (left) has been flooded with queries about new orders since his television show began airing last month.

By Katie Johnston

Jesse Green has been flooded with queries about new orders since his television show “American Chainsaw” began airing last month.

Obituaries

‘Fast draw’ entertainer Bob Munden, 70

Mr. Munden was a fast talker, a quick shot and an entertainer who dreamed up ways to do seemingly impossible gun tricks.

Kenneth Gee, 79; was business consultant, executive at Grossman's lumber company

KENNETH GEE

By Alli Knothe

Mr. Gee “had a great deal of insight into judging people’s abilities” and helped grow and plan the Grossman’s organization.

John Silva, 92; prepared first TV news copter

John Silva with actor Gregory Peck in the KTLA Telecopter used for an opening sequence of “The Big Country” in 1958.

By Paul Vitello

Emmy-award-winning Mr. Silva made the aerial shot possible in 1958, when he converted a helicopter into the first airborne television studio.

Sports

Deep feelings for 49ers’ Moss, Patriots

Randy Moss (front) has only two TDs with the 49ers, but he can still stretch the defense, as the Patriots are well aware.

By Michael Whitmer

From 2007-10, Randy Moss gave the Patriots a potent deep threat, something they haven’t had since trading him.

Rockets 101, Celtics 89

Celtics can’t stop Rockets in the second half

Courtney Lee of the Celtics defended James Harden, who had 21 points, five assists and five rebounds for the Rockets.

By Gary Washburn

The Celtics’ once-proud and pristine defense came apart in second half of a 101-89 loss to the Rockets.

Celtics notebook

Kevin Garnett, Kevin McHale embrace

Rockets coach Kevin McHale and Kevin Garnett embrace. McHale recently lost his daughter to lupus.

By Gary Washburn

Garnett and McHale, who recently lost his daughter to lupus, embraced for several moments after the Celtics’ loss Friday.

G: Family

Mass. colleges join food trucks trend

Hungry Hungry Husky food truck has served Northeastern University students on campus since November 2011.

By Jessica Teich

On-campus food programs are becoming part of a national trend of colleges launching their own food trucks.

From the Archives

From the Archives: Tyrannosaurus rex on the Charles

By Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite

The Museum of Science opened in 1951 and became very popular, expanding multiple times at Science Park during the next two decades. A variety of exhibits and attractions were added, and now about 1.5 million visitors per year walk through the comprehensive museum. It’s a good bet that motorists got a start as this truck bore down on them on April 10, 1972. The huge model of Tyrannosaurus rex was being transported from the studios of a New York sculptor to its new home at the museum’s newly constructed West Wing.

Critic’s Notebook

For Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a last dance with Donna Summer

Donna Summer performing in 2009. Her influence on music goes well beyond disco.

By Sarah Rodman

The Boston native, who died earlier this year, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after being passed over several times.

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99 Bottles

12 beers for Christmas

By Gary Dzen

Love Letters

The end of a marriage?

Bring the Family

Holiday laser light show

By Janice Page

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Music Review

Moments of joy with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

By David Weininger

Names

BU students having a ruff time as semester ends

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

South Shore native Stacy Poitras carves out a TV career

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Matt Vasquez a Sessions player at MFA

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

‘Memphis’ opens at the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

The New York Times discovers that Kevin Youkilis is Jewish

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Rabbi at White House for Hanukkah

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Scott Evans busted for allegedly trying to buy drugs

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein