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New curb on Brookline mental health hospital

State regulators have prohibited Arbour-HRI from admitting any patients, citing an immediate risk to patient safety and deteriorating conditions.

Secretary of State John Kerry with Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif.

How John Kerry opened a secret channel to Iran

Quiet diplomacy by the former Mass. senator and current secretary of state helped lead to a deal on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Mohegan Sun may join bid for Suffolk Downs casino

Mohegan has emerged as a leading contender to join a possible Suffolk Downs casino bid in Revere, said Mayor Dan Rizzo of Revere.

Students fill Sanders Theatre at Harvard for the popular introductory computer science class, CS50.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Computer science course fills seats, needs at Harvard

In just a few short years CS50, an introductory computer science class, has rocketed from being a middling course to one of the biggest on campus.

With 6-foot-9-inch defenseman Zdeno Chara leading the way, the Bruins have advanced to the Stanley Cup final twice in the last three seasons.

Zdeno Chara has blueprint for team leadership

The Bruins captain long ago learned what the Miami Dolphins failed to see: Even in pro sports, a healthy, respectful work culture is important.

The Nation

How John Kerry opened a secret channel to Iran

Secretary of State John Kerry with Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif.

By Bryan Bender

Quiet diplomacy by the former Mass. senator and current secretary of state helped lead to a deal on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Sandy Hook probe ends; motive still unknown

A knitted angel and a sign hung near a cemetery last December in Newtown, Conn. In a report Monday, Adam Lanza was described as having “mental health issues.”

By Joseph Berger and Marc Santora

An 11-month investigation added detail but could not determine a motive for the deadly rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Ohio school superintendent charged in rape case inquiry

Protesters gathered in front of the of the Jefferson County Courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio, in January. The special grand jury convened in Steubenville had investigated whether adults such as coaches or school administrators knew of the rape allegation but failed to report it as required by state law.

By Thomas J. Sheeran

An Ohio school superintendent, two coaches, and a principal were charged by a grand jury that investigated whether other laws were broken in the rape of a drunken 16-year-old girl.

The World

Rebels, Syria to hold direct talks early next year

The news was welcomed by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who called the talks a “mission of hope.”

By Nick Cumming-Bruce and Rick Gladstone

The Assad regime and Syrian opposition forces will convene for direct talks on Jan. 22, with a precise agenda unresolved.

Review of surveillance programs is biased, critics say

Five men with high-level security clearances and ties to President Obama will soon deliver a report that’s likely to reshape US government surveillance.

Typhoon Haiyan survivors fleeing to Manila

By Jim Gomez

More than 12,000 people displaced by the huge Nov. 8 storm in the Philippines have made it to the capital.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Alan Berger

Iran’s desperation, isolation led to deal

By Alan Berger

Contrary to the claims of some critics, the nuclear deal Iran has signed qualifies as a diplomatically disguised capitulation by the Islamic Republic.

PAUL MCMORROW

JPMorgan faces a $13b settlement but is still winning

By Paul McMorrow

JPMorgan, and other banks, have agreed to federal mortgage settlements, but they’ve also decreased how aggressively regulators can guard against the next housing implosion.

TOM KEANE

Should cars be taxed by the mile?

The Smart Fortwo smart car.

By Tom Keane

Oregon’s plan to replace its gas tax is creepy, but worth doing.

Metro

Mohegan Sun may join bid for Suffolk Downs casino

An aerial view of Suffolk Downs, which straddles the Boston-Revere border. Its owners are considering a casino that would be sited on the Revere portion of the property.

By Mark Arsenault

Mohegan has emerged as a leading contender to join a possible Suffolk Downs casino bid in Revere, said Mayor Dan Rizzo of Revere.

New curb on Brookline mental health hospital

Health officials took the unusual action Thursday against Arbour-HRI.

By Chelsea Conaboy

State regulators have prohibited Arbour-HRI from admitting any patients, citing an immediate risk to patient safety and deteriorating conditions.

State fires chemist after probe casts doubt on credentials

By Milton J. Valencia and John R. Ellement

Ousted state drug analyst Kate Corbett may have opened the door to new legal challenges after falsely testifying to her credentials in multiple court cases.

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Lantigua concedes Lawrence race

By Maria Sacchetti

Kevin Cullen

Finding the father she lost

By Kevin Cullen

Boston

Orient Heights T station reopening

By Matt Rocheleau

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt.

Program helps veterans in trouble

NEW BEDFORD

Two New Bedford men charged in weekend slaying

By Jasper Craven

Report prompts lockdown at Yale

By Derek J. Anderson and Jasper Craven

Business

Computer science course fills seats, needs at Harvard

Students fill Sanders Theatre at Harvard for the popular introductory computer science class, CS50.

By Michael B. Farrell

In just a few short years CS50, an introductory computer science class, has rocketed from being a middling course to one of the biggest on campus.

Governors seek more US funds for heating aid

By Erin Ailworth

Governor Patrick and governors from 13 other states called on Congress to provide another $700 million in heating assistance for low-income residents.

43 million traveling this year for Thanksgiving

By Katie Johnston

Of the more than 43 million Americans that will travel, 90 percent of them will be driving, according to AAA.

Obituaries

Merrell Williams Jr., 72; whistleblower who took on tobacco industry

By Bruce Schreiner

Mr. Williams, a one-time Kentucky paralegal, leaked internal documents exposing health risks and the addictiveness of cigarettes.

Bill Foulkes, Manchester United defender who survived 1958 plane crash

From left, Manchester United’s Denis Violet, Bill Foulkes, manager Matt Busby, Harry Gregg, Albert Scanlon, and Bobby Charlton visited Munich Airport a year after the crash.

By Rob Harris

Mr. Foulkes had a key role in the storied team’s recovery. He was 81.

Jerry Seeman, 77; ex-referee, NFL supervisor of officials

Mr. Seeman separated Raider Lyle Alzado (left) and Seahawk Ron Essink in 1983.

Mr. Seeman moved to the league office in 1991 and served 10 years as the supervisor of officials until his retirement.

Sports

Bruins 4, Penguins 3 (OT)

Bruins top Penguins with quick OT goal

Bruins defenseman Torey Krug scored just 34 seconds into overtime.

By Amalie Benjamin

Just 34 seconds into overtime, Torey Krug beat Marc-Andre Fleury, giving the Bruins their second consecutive overtime win.

Zdeno Chara has blueprint for team leadership

With 6-foot-9-inch defenseman Zdeno Chara leading the way, the Bruins have advanced to the Stanley Cup final twice in the last three seasons.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

The Bruins captain long ago learned what the Miami Dolphins failed to see: Even in pro sports, a healthy, respectful work culture is important.

Celtics 96, Bobcats 86

Gerald Wallace lifts Celtics over the Bobcats

Gerald Wallace tries to drive around Charlotte’s Anthony Tolliver, who has a piece of the Celtics forward’s jersey to slow him down.

By Gary Washburn

Wallace scored a season-high 17 points to lead the Celtics to their second straight win.

G: Living

Ivan Klima’s memoir of suffering and resilience

Klima’s oeuvre includes more than 30 novels, plays, and essay collections.

By Joseph P. Kahn

In his memoir “My Crazy Century,” Czech writer Ivan Klima provides a harrowing yet often uplifting account of living and working under totalitarian rule.

Frame by Frame

The ecstasy and terror of Titian’s ‘Europa’

By Sebastian Smee

“Europa” is the centerpiece of the Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Titian Room, and really of the whole museum.

Bookish | Matthew Gilbert

Smeshies are just human nature

By Matthew Gilbert

Word invention has reached a fever pitch in our culture, as neologisms and new “smeshies” seem to go viral on a daily basis.

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Book Review

‘The Longest Ride’ by Nicholas Sparks

By Linda Rosencrance

ALBUM REVIEW | POP

Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones, ‘Foreverly’

By Sarah Rodman

ALBUM REVIEW | POP

One Direction, ‘Midnight Memories’

By James Reed

ALBUM REVIEW | PSYCHEDELIC ROCK

Beachwood Sparks, ‘Desert Skies’

By Steve Morse

ALBUM REVIEW | POP

Milosh, ‘Jetlag’

By Ken Capobianco

ALBUM REVIEW | Rock

Shearwater, ‘Fellow Travelers’

By Marc Hirsh

Music Review

Discovery Ensemble explores gods and masters

By Matthew Guerrieri

Names

Actor Bronson Pinchot visits Kittredge House

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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In the meantime, Spacehog plays the Harp

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Comic Sarah Silverman’s shining moment

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Refs, reading, and writing with Bob Ryan

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Celebrities spotted here and there around town

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein