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Loose panels removed from Callahan Tunnel

A state highway crew removed 117 loose panels from the walls of the tunnel, following an emergency inspection after a panel fell into the roadway late last week.

Romario Accime and Jill Medvedow received an award on behalf of the ICA from Michelle Obama at the White House.

Steven E. Purcell

Student travels a rough road to White House

The story of 18-year-old Romario Accime is about poverty and chance, and it involves a public school that wouldn’t let him sink, and a rarefied museum.

The Rev. Ian Mevorach led congregants in a rendition of “Silent Night” during the inaugural service Monday.

YOON S. BYUN/GLOBE STAFF

Christmas arrives, and a church is born in Natick

Christmas Eve was the first official service for the Common Street Community Church, which had held eight weeks of informal gatherings.

Mary Ann Milano-Picardi and Joe Milano, co-owners of Ye Olde Union Oyster House in Boston, presented William Connolly with a $5,000 check for Globe Santa.

Globe Santa

Globe Santa, friends bring joy to many

This year, 49,147 children across 189 Mass. cities and towns will open Christmas gifts from Globe Santa, thanks to thousands of heartfelt donations.

The Nation

Four N.Y. firefighters shot responding to blaze

Police combed the area for the gunman, who was found about 5½ hours later dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

By Matt Flegenheimer

Four firefighters were shot — two fatally — after apparently being lured to an early morning blaze in Webster, N.Y.

561 children killed by guns in 5 years

Between 2006 and 2010, 561 children age 12 and under were killed by firearms, according to the FBI’s most recent Uniform Crime Reports.

3 held without bond in fatal Ind. house explosion

Monserrate Shirley faces murder charges after a gas blast leveled five homes in Indianapolis.

Three suspects were charged with rigging a house explosion that killed two neighbors and destroyed five houses.

The World

In Bethlehem, Palestinians celebrate new ‘birth’

Clergy gathered Monday in Bethlehem outside the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus,

By Dalia Nammari

Christians packed Manger Square in Bethlehem to celebrate the birth of Jesus as Palestinians celebrated the recent UN recognition of an independent state of Palestine.

Dakar mosque lit up for Christmas in Senegal

The Grande Mosquee, which dominates Dakar’s skyline, is aglow with holiday lights in a country where Christians and Muslims have coexisted peacefully.

US drone kills 2 Al Qaeda militants in Yemen

A US drone airstrike killed two Al Qaeda militants in a southern town, Yemeni officials said, the latest in a years-long offensive.

Editorial & Opinion

tim cockey

All I want for Christmas

By Tim Cockey

When it comes to gifts, how you receive them is important, even when the gift is something as simple as socks.

FARAH STOCKMAN

The crucial act of forgiveness

Robbie Parker carried his daughter, Madeline, 4, following funeral services for his 6-year old daughter Emilie Parker, a victim in the Newtown shootings.

By Farah Stockman

Christmas marks the birth of Jesus, who taught the importance of forgiveness for us — and each other. But the roots of forgiveness are universal.

paul mcmorrow

Seaport is rising, but not from tech

By Paul McMorrow

Goodwin Procter’s impending move from State Street to the Seaport District underscores the reality that long-time companies, not cutting-edge tech firms, are driving development there.

Metro

Loose panels removed from Callahan Tunnel

A sample of the corroded framework that held panels in the Callahan Tunnel.

By Eric Moskowitz

A state highway crew removed 117 loose panels from the walls of the tunnel, following an emergency inspection after a panel fell into the roadway late last week.

Christmas arrives, and a church is born in Natick

The Rev. Ian Mevorach led congregants in a rendition of “Silent Night” during the inaugural service Monday.

By Travis Andersen

Christmas Eve was the first official service for the Common Street Community Church, which had held eight weeks of informal gatherings.

Globe Santa

Globe Santa, friends bring joy to many

Mary Ann Milano-Picardi and Joe Milano, co-owners of Ye Olde Union Oyster House in Boston, presented William Connolly with a $5,000 check for Globe Santa.

By John Burke

This year, 49,147 children across 189 Mass. cities and towns will open Christmas gifts from Globe Santa, thanks to thousands of heartfelt donations.

More Stories

Kevin Cullen

Family looking for a place to stay

By Kevin Cullen

Lynn revels in Christmas Eve parade

By Melissa M. Werthmann

North Attleborough

North Attleborough student charged with school threats

By Melissa M. Werthmann

North Attleborough

Teen arraigned on charges of threatening to ‘shoot up school’

By Melissa M. Werthmann

Business

Cambridge firm’s cholesterol drug OK’d

By Callum Borchers

Aegerion Pharmaceuticals says it won FDA approval to treat a rare disorder that can raise cholesterol to life-threatening levels.

Panera Cares, nonprofit outpost of chain, to open soon

Panera Cares Community Cafe, a nonprofit outpost of the national bakery and sandwich chain, is set to open in Boston in January.

By Jenn Abelson

There are no prices at the Panera Cares Community Cafe near ­Government Center — just suggested donations and bins to leave money, if you can afford to.

Science toys safer, more fun, but do kids learn?

A Chemcraft kit from the mid-1950s.

By Jennifer A. Kingson

Today’s science kits lack the free-play style and sometimes dangerous materials of yore, but many argue that they can still spark a lifelong interest in science.

Obituaries

John P. Curran, 87; detective sought to help those in need

JOHN P. CURRAN

By Katherine Landergan

Mr. Curran, who served as a Boston police officer and detective for more than 35 years, died Dec. 16 in his Roslindale home.

Jack Klugman, star of ‘Odd Couple,’ dies at 90

Jack Klugman (right) won two Emmys for his role in “The Odd Couple,’’ where he played opposite his friend Tony Randall.

By Anthony McCartney

Mr. Klugman, the craggy-faced actor and who was loved by millions as the messy one in “The Odd Couple,” died Monday.

Sports

A wounded warrior’s inspiring comeback

Greg Reynolds served with the Army in Iraq but lost his arm in a horrific motorcycle accident in Swansea that left him suicidal.

By Stan Grossfeld

Army veteran Greg Reynolds may have lost his arm, but he doesn’t let that stop him from being a role model for others, as well as an amazing athlete.

Patriots still in the running for a playoff bye

When quarterback Matt Schaub (above) and his Texans lost Sunday, it kept the door to the AFC’s top seed ajar.

By Shalise Manza Young

With one week remaining in the season, the No. 1 slot in the AFC is unexpectedly very much in play for the Broncos and Patriots.

Celtics vs. Nets | Today at Noon

On the road, Celtics hope to find swagger

Celtics coach Doc Rivers says the Celtics have to collect more road victories to earn more respect from their opponents.

By Gary Washburn

The Green are no longer intimidating, but with four critical road games on tap, the Celtics realize that something has to change.

G: Living

G Cover

Our annual holiday card to readers, in verse

By Joseph P. Kahn

It’s time, in rhyme, for our holiday card to readers that looks back on 2012.

Frame by Frame

A work of enduring mysteries, memories

By Sebastian Smee

The “Seated Bodhisattva” statue at the MFA is very beautiful, very old (about 1,500 years), and very reassuring.

Movie Review

Tarantino blows up the spaghetti western in ‘Django Unchained’

Christoph Waltz (left) and Jamie Foxx in “Django Unchained,” written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

By Wesley Morris

Quentin Tarantino’s clear-eyed and completely out of its mind exploitation western refuses to cheapen the atrocity of its subject.

More Stories

Movie Review

Epic ‘Les Misérables’ runs out of steam

By Wesley Morris

Book Review

‘Antifragile’ by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

By Jesse Singal

Q & A

Defending civil liberties rarely a model union

By James H. Burnett III

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Tuesday Night Television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

By Matthew Gilbert

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Names

Miss Universe joins the Boston Pops

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Ryan Lochte, back in Boston, meets Ted

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Celtic proposal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Making all the nice moves for charity

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Billy Costa turns 60; Revs at the Langham

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein