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68 Blocks: Life, death, hope: Part 4 of 5

Pushing back against the tide

Susan Young helped Tony find an apartment, getting him off the street and, she hopes, on the path to sobriety.

Mayhem has a kind of momentum; it can be exhausting to resist. In Bowdoin-Geneva, an anticrime effort flops. And Big Nate explodes. But the peace festival rocks, and a son in jail has started to pray.

President Barack Obama looked to the media as he walks to the Oval Office of the White House as he returns from greeting members of the staff, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington.

Obama’s fiscal offer gives his party pause

Democrats in Congress were unhappy to learn that President Obama may be willing to trim future Social Security payments as part of a budget deal.

“You can never leave out of that discussion [on investment decisions] how you are responsive to the values of the people of Massachusetts,” Mass. Treasurer Steve Grossman said.

Shootings in Connecticut

Mass. to review pension holdings in weapons firms

In the wake of the Newtown shootings, Mass. Treasurer Steve Grossman directed the state pension fund to review its investments in any companies in the firearms industry.

Kohl’s recently added digital shelf signs and price tags.

Bouncing holiday prices have buyers reeling

If you’re holding out for a Christmas Eve shopping spree on the theory discounts will be plentiful, think again.

Amy Delaney and daughter Kate, 11, baked cookies for a holiday party. The family has tired of the shopping whirl.

JOSH REYNOLDS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

18 percent of Americans take pass on holiday shopping

A new report reveals that nearly one in five Americans will do no holiday shopping at all this year.

The Nation

Obama’s fiscal offer gives his party pause

President Barack Obama looked to the media as he walks to the Oval Office of the White House as he returns from greeting members of the staff, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Washington.

By Christopher Rowland

Democrats in Congress were unhappy to learn that President Obama may be willing to trim future Social Security payments as part of a budget deal.

Schools reopen in Newtown, except Sandy Hook

Krista Rekos, the mother of Jessica Rekos, was hugged after the child’s funeral at St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, Conn.

By David Klepper

Newtown returned its students to their classrooms Tuesday for the first time since last week’s massacre and faced the agonizing task of laying others to rest.

22 face hazing charges after teen dies

Nearly two dozen fraternity members at Northern Illinois University were charged after a freshman was found dead following a night of drinking.

The World

US news crew is freed in Syria

Rebels tossed a poster of President Bashar Assad from a hospital in Syria Tuesday after a battle with government troops.

By Brian Stelter

Foreign correspondent Richard Engel of NBC News and three crew members were freed unharmed after five days in captivity in Syria.

Hague verdict frees Congolese rebel

Congolese ex-militia boss Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui smiled as he listened to the verdict on his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague Tuesday, accused of using child soldiers in a 2003 attack on a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo, killing 200 people. The ICC acquitted Ngudjolo of war crimes.

The acquittal of Mathieu Ngudjolo on charges of rape, murder and pillage was only the second verdict in the court’s 10 years and the first time it had cleared a suspect.

Queen Elizabeth II makes rare visit to Cabinet

Queen Elizabeth II is the first British monarch to attend a Cabinet meeting since George III in 1781.

Editorial & Opinion

joshua green

Expansion of Medicaid may prevent future tragedies

By Joshua Green

Though mainly thought of as a safety-net program for the poor, Medicaid provides about half of state mental-health budgets.

scot lehigh

In replacing Kerry: Take special care to be fair

By Scot Lehigh

If John Kerry becomes secretary of state, Governor Patrick should appoint an interim senator who pledges not to run for the job — which may be best for the Democrats.

jeff jacoby

Good laws will never abolish evil

By Jeff Jacoby

No regulation or reform can prevent all homicidal insanity, and still less can legislation guarantee universal integrity and decent character.

Metro

68 Blocks: Life, death, hope: Part 4 of 5

Pushing back against the tide

Susan Young helped Tony find an apartment, getting him off the street and, she hopes, on the path to sobriety.

By Globe Staff

Mayhem has a kind of momentum; it can be exhausting to resist. In Bowdoin-Geneva, an anticrime effort flops. And Big Nate explodes. But the peace festival rocks, and a son in jail has started to pray.

Gloucester charter school to close doors at year’s end

By James Vaznis

The trustees of the embattled Gloucester Community Arts Charter School voted to shut down one day before the state was expected to begin revoking its charter.

Tribe gets more time to pursue a casino

By Mark Arsenault

The state gambling commission has backed off a proposal to open Southeastern Massachusetts to commercial casino developers, in a win for the Mashpee Wampanoag.

More Stories

Brian McGrory

After Newtown shootings, now is time for change

By Brian McGrory

2 firefighters honored posthumously

By Melissa M. Werthmann

BOSTON

Racetrack, Caesars back Citi Center

By Mark Arsenault

BOSTON

Green Line train partially derails

By Travis Andersen

BOSTON

Man allegedly had six stolen guns

By Travis Andersen

BOSTON

Firearm seized after threat to student

By Melanie Dostis

LOWELL

Man charged with robbing Lowell bank

By Sarah N. Mattero

GLOBE SANTA

Single mothers wish for happiness

By Christopher Tangney

NOTEBOOK

Tata, the neighborhood volunteer

By Akilah Johnson

NOTEBOOK

Searching for Nadine

By Meghan Irons

NOTEBOOK

Sunday Mass

By Akilah Johnson

Dwayne Moore gets life for 4 slayings

By Maria Cramer and Brian Ballou

Business

Shootings in Connecticut

Mass. to review pension holdings in weapons firms

“You can never leave out of that discussion [on investment decisions] how you are responsive to the values of the people of Massachusetts,” Mass. Treasurer Steve Grossman said.

By Beth Healy

In the wake of the Newtown shootings, Mass. Treasurer Steve Grossman directed the state pension fund to review its investments in any companies in the firearms industry.

Bouncing holiday prices have buyers reeling

Kohl’s recently added digital shelf signs and price tags.

By Jenn Abelson

If you’re holding out for a Christmas Eve shopping spree on the theory discounts will be plentiful, think again.

Boston law firm, developer in waterfront deal

By Casey Ross

Goodwin Procter LLP is moving to the Fan Pier development on the South Boston Waterfront, where it will occupy a new 17-story office and hotel building.

Obituaries

Henry Colt Jr., 88; nonprofit fund-raiser

HENRY COLT JR.

By Bryan Marquard

With grace and courtesy, Mr. Colt spent nearly 35 years in development positions at Harvard, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Perkins School for the Blind.

Jack Hanlon, 96; actor for Buster Keaton, ‘Our Gang’ films

By Martin Griffith

As a precocious, freckle-faced youngster, Mr. Hanlon was a natural as a child actor from 1926 to 1933.

Forrest Shumway, 85; corporate white knight

Forrest N. Shumway, CEO of General Signal Corp.

By Ben Protess

Mr. Shumway embraced his reputation as a high-stakes takeover artist but shunned the hostile deals that long defined corporate culture.

Sports

Bulls 100, Celtics 89

Celtics outworked by the Bulls

The Celtics were standing still next to the Bulls’ Joakim Noah, who had a triple-double of 11 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists.

By Gary Washburn

The Celtics never figured out how to play defense for longer than 10 seconds, allowing the slower-tempo Bulls to feast on their slippage.

Dan Shaughnessy

Red Sox look like last-place team again

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington has added several new players, such as outfielder Shane Victorino.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The Red Sox have made some decent moves this offseason, but it’s hard to imagine them overtaking the Yankees, Blue Jays, Rays, or Orioles.

On football | Midweek Report

Patriots now know what to expect against 49ers

Patriots’ Rob Ninkovich, who had a solid game, had his eyes set on Colin Kaepernick.

By Greg A. Bedard

If the Patriots get another chance at the 49ers in the Super Bowl, you can bet they’ll be better prepared.

G: Food

From our cookie jar to yours

Bittersweet chocolate brownies.

By Sheryl Julian

We’ve written a new e-book featuring 20 cookie recipes. Here are five of our favorites, which we offer with good cheer.

Recipe for Suzanne Lombardi’s molasses-clove cookies

Molasses clove cookies.

Recipe for Suzanne Lombardi’s molasses-clove cookies.

Recipe for Alice Medrich’s chocolate-chip cookies

Chocolate-chip cookies.

Recipe for Alice Medrich’s chocolate-chip cookies.

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Galleries

Bernard Chaet retrospective at Alpha

By Cate McQuaid

Book Review

‘Life! Death! Prizes!’ by Stephen May

By Steve Almond

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Wednesday Night Television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

By Matthew Gilbert

Names

‘Santa Claude’ has jolly time reading to kids

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Is ‘Cheers’ getting an Irish accent?

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Channel 5’s David Brown announces departure

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Backbar celebrates its first anniversary

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Hospital has a Boston Pops holiday party

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Red Sox Foundation’s Meg Vaillancourt trading teams

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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