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School police seek better tools to fight intruders

Some members of the Boston School Department’s police force believe they might be unprepared to respond to a mass shooting like the one in Newtown, Conn.

Brian Ventura feared being kicked out; that he did upset his parents.

For some students, holiday time is coming-out time, too

For many young people who move away for college, coming home for the holidays also means coming out to their families as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.

Beavers expanding range, making homes closer to people

The furry rodents are making a comeback throughout Mass., in large part because of a more-than-15-year ban on trapping them.

A teddy bear rested atop the snow-covered grave of 6-year-old Benjamin Andrew Wheeler in Newtown.

Adrees Latif /REUTERS

Heaviness marks holiday observances in Conn. town

Well-wishers from around the US arrived in Newtown on Christmas morning to mourn the victims gunned down on Dec. 14.

The Greatest Bar has installed a SceneTap app camera.

Privacy a worry as an app scans the bar scene

SceneTap uses facial detection technology to allow patrons outside to determine if the people inside a particular bar make the place worth visiting.

The Nation

Health care tax hikes for 2013 may be just start

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

New taxes will go into effect Jan. 1 on top earners and the health care industry to help finance President Obama’s health care overhaul.

D.C. hotels less busy for Obama’s 2d inauguration

Officials are expecting 600,000 to 800,000 visitors for President Obama’s second inauguration, far less than the 1.8 million people four years ago.

Calif. bans hunting bears with dogs

Josh Brones, president of the California Houndsmen for Conservation, walked his hunting dogs near his home in Wilton, Calif.

Hunting bears with hounds won’t be legal after Jan. 1, when California outlaws the use of dogs to hunt bobcats and bears.

The World

New constitution approved in Egypt

A woman cut another woman’s hair during a Cairo demonstration in protest of the Islamist-oriented constitution.

By Aya Batrawy

The official approval of Egypt’s disputed, Islamist-backed constitution held out little hope of stabilizing the country.

Kazakhstan military plane crashes, killing 27, including official

Kazakhstan’s acting border service chief was among 27 people killed in a military plane crash Tuesday near a southern city.

8 dead after Christmas Day fires in Philippines

At least eight people were killed in two Christmas Day fires near Manila, one of which left about 1,500 people homeless when it razed their shantytown.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Neal gabler

Abraham Lincoln and the fiscal cliff

A scene from the new film “Lincoln.”

By Neal Gabler

Could the 16th president’s tactics have solved today’s political stalemate? Probably not.

JEFF JACOBY

The endless presidential campaigns

Speculating about Marco Rubio already?

By Jeff Jacoby

Maybe voters wouldn’t get so weary of the quadrennial procession of politicians coveting the White House if that procession didn’t keep starting earlier and earlier.

editorial

In Bowdoin-Geneva, signs of hope amid economic isolation

A view from Bowdoin Street down Hendry Street.

The Dorchester neighborhood, which has suffered for years from crime and instability, has seen many ways in which residents are pushing back.

Metro

School police seek better tools to fight intruders

By Maria Cramer and James Vaznis

Some members of the Boston School Department’s police force believe they might be unprepared to respond to a mass shooting like the one in Newtown, Conn.

Beavers expanding range, making homes closer to people

A man and his dog strolled near beaver habitat in Millennium Park in West Roxbury.

By Beth Daley

The furry rodents are making a comeback throughout Mass., in large part because of a more-than-15-year ban on trapping them.

Transition can be tough for college transfer students

Anna Fedick is one of hundreds of college students who transferred in the past year.

By Melanie Dostis

Many transfer students say they feel neglected by school officials once they arrive, and often have a difficult time assimilating to a new campus.

Business

Biogen Idec to offset tax for gay staff

Amit Rakhit is currently taxed on his spouse’s health coverage.

By Katie Johnston

The biotech company will give added reimbursement to workers in same-sex marriages because they do not receive federal tax breaks on their health insurance.

2012 ads from area’s agencies hit but missed, too

Full Contact Advertising featured David Hasselhoff in a Cumberland Farms commercial.

By Brian Steinberg

The Globe sussed out this year’s hits and misses from local advertising agencies.

Bank of America to shutter four more branches

By Todd Wallack

The biggest bank in Mass. plans to shutter four more branches in the state in March, including one near Boston City Hall, the latest in a string of closings.

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Obituaries

Dr. Ronald Thiemann, 66; fostered religious literacy

DR. RONALD F. THIEMANN

By J.M. Lawrence

For the Harvard Divinity School professor, religious faith and intellectual rigor could live together — if not happily, then at least peacefully.

Charles Durning, 89; acclaimed character actor

Mr. Durning and Dustin Hoffman in “Tootsie.”

By Robert Berkvist

With his pugnacious features and imposing bulk, Mr. Durning was a familiar presence in American movies.

Joan Mulhern, 51, lawyer, staunch environmental supporter

JOAN MULHERN

By Matt Schudel

Ms. Mulhern, a forceful advocate for the environment who lobbied Congress and often rallied public support to sway lawmakers to her cause, died Dec. 18.

Sports

Celtics 93, Nets 76

Celtics shine in Christmas win

Kevin Garnett (right) left Brooklyn’s Deron Williams feeling rejected after this first-quarter block.

By Gary Washburn

With strong contributions from the bench, the Celtics ran away from the Nets in Brooklyn to jump above .500 and into a second-place tie.

Rookie Jared Sullinger comes up big for Celtics

Andray Blatche (right) and the Nets had their hands full with Jared Sullinger.

By Shira Springer

The Celtics power forward scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a breakout performance against the Nets.

Pair of young goalies have BU in right direction

BU first-year goaltenders Sean Maguire (left) and Matt O’Connor have been a splendid combination.

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

Boston University first-year goaltenders Sean Maguire and Matt O’Connor have been a splendid combination for the Terriers.

G: Food

A fresh look at favorite hors d’oeuvres

Eggplant bahn mi.

By Lisa Zwirn

Small plates and nibbles popular in restaurants can be ideal hors d’oeuvres for a New Year’s Eve party.

Recipe for tuna stuffed Peppadews

Tuna-stuffed Peppadews.

Recipe for tuna stuffed Peppadews.

Pork meatballs with sweet-and-sour cider glaze

Pork meatballs with sweet-and-sour glaze.

Recipe for pork meatballs with sweet-and-sour cider glaze.

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By the Glass

A bevy of bubbles to toast the new year

By Ellen Bhang

Sunday Supper

Start with braised pork shoulder, end with fried rice

By Karoline Boehm Goodnick

Dining Out

L’Impasto chef passionate about pasta

By Katie Johnston

Cheap Eats

Daddy Jones serves fine cocktails and Greek fare

By Catherine Smart

Cookbook Review

Food in ‘Jerusalem’ is stunning

By T. Susan Chang

Television Review

Kennedy Center honorees recognized

By Sarah Rodman

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

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Hot time at Winter Gala in Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Formal attire, festive fun at Winter Ball

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein