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GOP spurns Boehner tax bill

Speaker John Boehner did not harness his unruly House majority, cancelling a vote on a bill to ­extend tax cuts for most while letting rates rise on millionaires.

Former state chemist Annie Dookhan pleaded not guilty in Suffolk Superior Court on Thursday to 15 charges of mishandling and tainting drug evidence.

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Chemist’s e-mails show ties to prosecutors

Annie Dookhan, arraigned Thursday on 15 counts of altering drug evidence and obstructing justice, viewed herself as part of the prosecution team, the ­e-mails show.

Anna Adair, who received an injection made by a Bay State pharmacy, requires morphine to get out of bed.

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Tainted steroids found to cause spinal infections

The contaminated injections that caused a national meningitis outbreak are now causing a second wave of dangerous fungal infections.

The timing may be right for ex-governor William F. Weld.

Weld’s return to Boston brings speculation of a Senate run

Maybe the timing, so elusive in recent years, is right for former Massachusetts governor William F. Weld, who had longed to be senator.

Brian McGrory’s career has been mostly at the Globe.

Brian McGrory named Globe’s new editor

McGrory, a 23-year veteran of The Boston Globe who led groundbreaking coverage as local news editor and wrote award-winning columns, will become the next editor.

The Nation

GOP spurns Boehner tax bill

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, paused during a news conference on fiscal cliff on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday.

By Christopher Rowland and Bobby Caina Calvan

Speaker John Boehner did not harness his unruly House majority, cancelling a vote on a bill to ­extend tax cuts for most while letting rates rise on millionaires.

Diplomats can’t work in a cocoon, Kerry says

John Kerry

By Bryan Bender

Senator John F. Kerry on Thursday made an impassioned plea for the need for American diplomats to interact extensively with foreign populations, despite the security risks.

Reported sex assaults rise at military academies

By Lolita C. Baldor

Reports at the nation’s three military academies jumped by 23 percent, but data signaled victims’ reluctance to seek criminal investigations.

The World

Putin defends policy on Syria

In a press conference Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the US role in toppling Moammar Khadafy.

By David M. Herszenhorn and Nick Cumming-Bruce

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday strongly defended Russia’s implacable opposition to military intervention in Syria.

Putin defends self, hits US

By Vladimir Isachenkov

Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual marathon news conference, brushing off claims that he’s an authoritarian leader and lashing out at the United States.

Two days of talks with Taliban begin

By Scott Sayare and Matthew Rosenberg

The initiative exemplifies how little progress has been made in 2012 toward opening negotiations to end the war.

Editorial & Opinion

Scot Lehigh

Leading on guns: Warren in front of the issue

 Vice President Joe Biden, left, listens as President Obama announces Wednesday that Biden will lead an administrationwide effort to curb gun violence.

By Scot Lehigh

Elizabeth Warren has long endorsed a national ban on assault weapons. Scott Brown recently came out in favor. If you believe gun control is needed, you can count on Warren.

letters | CHALLENGES FOR PATRICK

Funding cuts for public health strike at heart of safeguards

Dr. Walter Willett writes: The dramatic reductions in funding of public health in Massachusetts over the last decade have eroded the state’s ability to monitor and safeguard our food, water, air, and drug supply and, at the same time, continue to provide the multitude of other functions necessary for the well-being of our population. Until we are willing to fund these efforts adequately, future epidemics and breakdowns should be expected.

Derrick Z. Jackson

Obama needs to channel an inner John Howard

 Vice President Joe Biden, left, listens as President Obama announces Wednesday that Biden will lead an administrationwide effort to curb gun violence.

By Derrick Z. Jackson

Former Australian prime minister John Howard passed gun legislation within a month of a massacre of 35 people. Obama must now take Howard’s path of leadership.

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editorial | BOSTON COMMON LIGHTS

Holiday lights: the more colors, the merrier

Carlo Rotella

Flying cars: Not just for escaping zombies

By Carlo Rotella

letters | CHALLENGES FOR PATRICK

A cover letter, of sorts, for State House role

letters | GUN RIGHTS: IMAGINING WHAT THE FOUNDERS THOUGHT

If it’s ‘original intent’ you seek, consider the musket

letters | GUN RIGHTS: IMAGINING WHAT THE FOUNDERS THOUGHT

Jefferson’s words reverberate

letters | GUN RIGHTS: IMAGINING WHAT THE FOUNDERS THOUGHT

NRA’s message undermines our society

Metro

Chemist’s e-mails show ties to prosecutors

Former state chemist Annie Dookhan pleaded not guilty in Suffolk Superior Court on Thursday to 15 charges of mishandling and tainting drug evidence.

By Andrea Estes and Scott Allen

Annie Dookhan, arraigned Thursday on 15 counts of altering drug evidence and obstructing justice, viewed herself as part of the prosecution team, the ­e-mails show.

Brian McGrory

A final column from Boston Globe columnist Brian McGrory

By Brian McGrory

You, Globe readers, showered Christmas in the City with nearly $100,000 and thousands of gifts, which partly explains the bittersweet feelings I have in leaving this column today.

Tainted steroids found to cause spinal infections

Anna Adair, who received an injection made by a Bay State pharmacy, requires morphine to get out of bed.

By Liz Kowalczyk

The contaminated injections that caused a national meningitis outbreak are now causing a second wave of dangerous fungal infections.

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Day-care provider in child sex case allowed to leave home

By Peter Schworm and John R. Ellement

Music Review

Jamey Johnson brings his own country to Royale

By Stuart Munro

Annie Dookhan pleads not guilty to charges in drug lab scandal

By Brian Ballou, John R. Ellement and Andrea Estes

Business

Brian McGrory named Globe’s new editor

Brian McGrory’s career has been mostly at the Globe.

By Casey Ross

McGrory, a 23-year veteran of The Boston Globe who led groundbreaking coverage as local news editor and wrote award-winning columns, will become the next editor.

Mass. jobless rate steady in November

By Chris Reidy and Erin Ailworth

The Massachusetts unemployment rate held steady at 6.6 percent in November, putting an end to a four-month streak of increases.

Battery Ventures plans move to Boston

By Michael B. Farrell

As start-up execs increasingly gravitate toward city blocks and not suburban office parks, so too are venture capital firms now flocking to Cambridge and Boston.

Obituaries

Jim Whalen, 69; tight end for Boston College and Boston Patriots

Jim Whalen played for the Boston Patriots from 1965-1969.

By Marvin Pave

Mr. Whalen never caught a pass while playing high school football, but his career took off at BC and he played 7 seasons of pro football.

C. Bruce Brown, father of Sen. Scott Brown

By Stephanie Ebbert

Mr. Brown, 75, was a Plum Island resident and former Newburyport city councilor.

Hal Schaefer, pianist, vocal coach for Monroe, Streisand

HAL SCHAEFER

By Matt Schudel

Mr. Schaefer, 87, worked with musical greats as a young man, performing in nightclubs alongside Duke Ellington.

Sports

Dougie Hamilton ready when Bruins are

Dougie Hamilton has added height and weight since June’s developmental camp.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

The Bruins’ highest-touted defenseman prospect in decades, Hamilton has been playing in Canada as he waits out the NHL lockout for his big chance.

Dan Shaughnessy

If the world ends, here’s what we’re losing

If the Mayan calendar is accurate and the world ends Friday, then it looks like the Red Sox sellout streak will never end.

By Dan Shaughnessy

If the Mayan calendar is accurate and the world ends Friday, then it looks like the Red Sox sellout streak will never end.

Justin Francis buoyed by recent surge

Like many undrafted players before him, defensive lineman Justin Francis has a role with the Patriots.

By Shalise Manza Young

A rookie who went undrafted, Francis has been playing an increasing role for the Patriots, and drawing rave reviews from Bill Belichick.

G: Arts & Movies

The apocalypse as a plotline

By Matthew Gilbert

Pop culture has been schooling us in the end of the world for eons, so if the world does end as some insist the Mayan calendar has predicted, no one can say we weren’t prepared.

Photography Review

‘Frank Gohlke: Miles and Miles of Things I’ve Never Seen’

Frank Gohlke’s “Unpacked, No. 1” (top) and “Ten Minutes in North Texas, No. 4” (above).

By Mark Feeney

The show, made up of 11 black and white diptychs, runs through Jan. 27 at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

A gift of free noontime concerts for office workers

Brian Clague of the Boston Copley Chamber Players performs at 125 High Street for lunch time crowd.

By James H. Burnett III

Every holiday season for the past 15 years, chamber musicians with the Copley Players have played free concerts in the lobbies of some of Boston’s busiest office buildings.

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Movie Review

Timing is off on a dull ‘Jack Reacher’

By Wesley Morris

Movie Review

‘Barbara’ is one film to watch

By Wesley Morris

Movie Review

‘Cirque du Soleil’ is better on stage

By Loren King

Scene & Heard

Donoso puts the thoughts of Carl Jung into song

By Luke O’Neil

Noisy Neighbors

Ruby Ridge, ‘Intent’

By Luke O’Neil

High Five

Mel Stiller at Jacob Wirth

By Sarah Rodman

Night Watch

Lovewhip’s Bootypocalypse at Midway Cafe

By Jessica Teich

Movie Stars

Movie Stars

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Dear Margo

Dear Margo column

Pop apocalypse

By Matthew Gilbert