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Menino goes not quite home after hospitalization

After nearly eight weeks in two hospitals, Mayor Menino was taken to an elevator-equipped house on Beacon Hill.

Crackdown cuts crime in Southie

Police have arrested 222 people since the drug-related murder of a grandmother last April.

Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate minority leader, has not indicated a willingness to intervene in the crisis.

2 GOP senators call for fiscal cliff deal

Two Republican senators implored leaders to reach an agreement with the president when Congress returns Thursday.

Betty Abbott Sheinis wrote and illustrated “Rhoda’s Ocean’’ decades ago.

From the shadows, a dream and a book emerge

The publication of the children’s book “Rhoda’s Ocean” was the epilogue to a romance that lasted more than 60 years.

Preventing trolley crashes could cost up to $721 million.

Cost high for a Green Line anticrash system

The MBTA estimates it could cost as much as $721 million over nine years for a modern collision avoidance-system.

The Nation

2 GOP senators call for fiscal cliff deal

Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate minority leader, has not indicated a willingness to intervene in the crisis.

By Jonathan Weisman

Two Republican senators implored leaders to reach an agreement with the president when Congress returns Thursday.

NRA unwavering in opposition to new gun limits

Wayne LaPierre’s statement last week about armed guards in all schools was widely denounced.

By Eric Lichtblau

NRA leaders vowed to fight any gun restrictions introduced in Congress and said they did not want to be part of President Obama’s effort to reduce gun violence.

Hurricane Sandy’s impact on EPA sites unclear

The EPA conducted a handful of tests right after the storm, but could not provide details or locations of any recent testing when asked this week.

The World

Syrian airstrike kills scores in rebel-held town

Free Syrian Army fighters and residents carried bodies of people killed while waiting in line for bread in Halfaya Sunday.

By Ben Hubbard

A government airstrike on a bakery in a rebel-held town in Syria killed more than 60 people on Sunday, activists said.

Monti says he won’t run for Italian premier

Interim Prime Minister Mario Monti ruled out running in February elections but said he would consider leading the next government if political forces sharing his agenda requested it.

Evidence suggests N. Korea tested military rocket

South Korea said it found evidence suggesting a rocket launched earlier this month had military purposes and technological ties with Iran.

Editorial & Opinion

john e. sununu

A Senate built on trust

Senators Daniel Inouye, left, and Warren Rudman appeared on “Meet the Press” in Washington in 1987.

By John E. Sununu

Senators Daniel Inouye and Warren Rudman shared a friendship that was the type of bond that used to be quite common among US senators.

JULIETTE KAYYEM

The year in numbers

By Juliette Kayyem

A year in pictures may be compelling and beautiful, but the year in numbers gives a strong hint of what to anticipate in the year ahead.

james carroll

This Christmas, Nativity story takes on new meaning

By James Carroll

After the events in Newtown, the story of a vulnerable baby born in a manger has rarely resonated more powerfully than this Christmas Eve.

Metro

Menino goes not quite home after hospitalization

Mayor Thomas M. Menino left Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital after weeks spent in hospitals for ailments.

By Travis Andersen

After nearly eight weeks in two hospitals, Mayor Menino was taken to an elevator-equipped house on Beacon Hill.

Crackdown cuts crime in Southie

By Brian Ballou

Police have arrested 222 people since the drug-related murder of a grandmother last April.

From the shadows, a dream and a book emerge

Betty Abbott Sheinis wrote and illustrated “Rhoda’s Ocean’’ decades ago.

By David Filipov

The publication of the children’s book “Rhoda’s Ocean” was the epilogue to a romance that lasted more than 60 years.

Business ǀ Science

Gold particles could deliver cancer drugs

A longtime challenge has been delivering medicine in high enough doses to kill cancer cells while not harming the patient.

By Karen Weintraub

Cancer drugs would be carried into the body on tiny gold particles under a therapy being developed by the Waltham oncology unit of AstraZeneca­ and a Maryland company.

Brigham doctor turns to animals for ideas

By Karen Weintraub

Animal life is a big source of inspiration for Dr. Jeffrey Karp and his colleagues at the center on regenerative therapeutics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Businesses discover the dark side of apps

By Michael B. Farrell

The digital downloads might also be recording and selling your personal data, tracking your every step, and potentially sending spam to your contacts.

Obituaries

Nellie C. Yarborough, 87, pillar of her church, community

On Thursday nights, Bishop Yarborough served food to those who could not afford meals.

By Sarah N. Mattero

Bishop Nellie C. Yarborough nurtured by nature, her colleagues and family said, treating those she encountered as her own children.

Richard Adams, trailblazer for gay marriage rights; at 65

Richard Adams (left) filed the first federal lawsuit seeking gay marriage recognition after his partner, Tony Sullivan (right), was denied permanent US residency status.

By Andrew Dalton

Mr. Adams, who used both the altar and the courtroom to help begin the push for gay marriage four decades before it reached the center of the national consciousness, has died.

Ryan Freel, major leaguer plagued by head injuries

Mr. Freel thrilled fans with his all-out style, although it took a toll on his career.

By Jennifer Kay

Mr. Freel, a former baseball player known for his fearless play but whose career was cut short by head and other injuries, was found dead in Jacksonville, Fla. He was 36.

Sports

Patriots 23, Jaguars 16

Patriots barely able to beat lowly Jaguars

Patrick Chung intercepts the ball in front of teammate Steve Gregory and the Jaguars’ Justin Blackmon, sealing the game on its final play.

By Shalise Manza Young

After New England’s ugly win, Patriots QB Tom Brady unleashed an expletive-filled tirade on his teammates and was visibly frustrated at his press conference.

Christopher L. Gasper

Tom Brady knows time is running out for Patriots

Tom Brady isn’t pleased after throwing his second interception of the game, and he didn’t get much happier.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The QB’s postgame diatribe was a plea to his teammates not to squander a great opportunity, to play with more urgency and less lethargy.

on football

Despite problems, Patriots offense has time to rebound

Quarterback Tom Brady, under siege by a persistent Jaguars defensive line, was sacked three times and received a total of 12 hits Sunday.

By Greg A. Bedard

The Patriots’ offense will get some deserved heat after Sunday’s sloppy win, but it also deserves some space to get things clicking again.

G: Health

G Cover

Weighing the hepatitis C risk for baby boomers

Paul O’Hara (pictured in his Jamaica Plain home) underwent a grueling 11-month treatment for hepatitis C that included the drug Incivek. Treatment caused gastrointestinal trouble and paranoia. He lost 20 pounds of muscle, he said, but today the virus is undetectable in his body.

By Chelsea Conaboy

Millions may not know they are infected with the disease, but widespread testing is up for debate.

Book Review

‘The Holy or the Broken’ by Alan Light

ALAN LIGHT

By Eric Liebetrau

Light deconstructs Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah” and its mushrooming popularity.

2012’s best overlooked albums

By James Reed, Sarah Rodman and Michael Andor Brodeur

Try as we might, we simply can’t tell you about every single record that catches our ears each year.

More Stories

Music Review

Blue Heron revels in all its Christmas glory

By Matthew Guerrieri

Nutrition and you!

Drink wisely — and cut calories — over the holidays

By Joan Salge Blake

Health Answers

When do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

By Courtney Humphries

IN PRACTICE

When patients ‘divorce’ their doctors

By Dr. Suzanne Koven

Monday Night Television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

By Matthew Gilbert

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Patrick Wolff

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Names

Gala on calendar for Gaiman and Palmer

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Former Patriots visit Children’s Hospital

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Seth MacFarlane jokes about ‘Ted 2’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

‘House Across the Street’ gets a rough cut

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

In the end, they reveled in the moment

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein