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Dr. Howard Weinstein, who leads Mass General’s Marathon team, has been barraged with bib requests.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Pledge requirements soar as runners vie for Marathon bibs

Heightened interest has prompted many charities to ask runners to raise more than the fund-raising minimums set by the BAA and John Hancock.

Senators can still block nominations without filibuster

Republicans still have options to freeze action on many judicial nominees.

David Reid, who said he lived on the streets for seven years, helped distribute space blankets in downtown Boston as the weather turned cold.

Space blankets are a gift of warmth for, from the homeless

A goal, organizers say, is to break down barriers between the homeless and the housed, between those who often suffer in the shadows and those able to aid them.

Ben Cohen: from ice cream man to Pentagon budget warrior

Ben Cohen, cofounder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream company, has opposed the F-35 jet, which may be based in Vermont near Burlington.

Associated Press photos/File

The Ben & Jerry’s mogul has embarked on a unique undertaking in the world of philanthropic entrepreneurs: combating what he considers bloated, wasteful Pentagon weapons programs.

Casino, gas tax increase repeals may make ballot

Voters next year may have the chance to repeal the state’s casino law and eliminate automatic gas tax hikes.

The Nation

Ben Cohen: from ice cream man to Pentagon budget warrior

Ben Cohen, cofounder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream company, has opposed the F-35 jet, which may be based in Vermont near Burlington.

By Bryan Bender

The Ben & Jerry’s mogul has embarked on a unique undertaking in the world of philanthropic entrepreneurs: combating what he considers bloated, wasteful Pentagon weapons programs.

Senators can still block nominations without filibuster

By Matt Viser

Republicans still have options to freeze action on many judicial nominees.

Medicaid changes strain doctors

Hector Flores, a primary care provider in East Los Angeles, treated Gloria Sanchez. More than a third of Flores’s patients are on Medicaid.

By Abby Goodnough

Medicaid for years has struggled with a shortage of doctors willing to accept its low reimbursement rates and red tape.

The World

China ups ante in airspace

By Christopher Bodeen

China said it sent warplanes into its newly declared maritime air defense zone days after the United States, South Korea, and Japan all sent flights through the airspace.

Iran plant set to be inspected

By Alan Cowell

The IAEA announced that Tehran had invited its inspectors to visit a heavy water production plant linked to the deal that was struck in Geneva five days ago.

Thailand leader seeks end to protests

Antigovernment protesters held a rally in front of the Royal Thai Police headquarters in Bangkok on Thursday.

By Thomas Fuller

Demonstrators continued their campaign to shut down government offices, cutting power Thursday to Bangkok’s police headquarters.

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Syrian troops gaining ground

By Albert Aji and Bassem Mroue

Suspect in US envoy killing arrested in Mali

By Baba Ahmed and Robbie Corey-Boulet

Bombings, attacks kill 29 in Iraq

By Sinan Salaheddin

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | Gary J. Bass

What a senator can do

Senator Edward Kennedy visited a refugee child suffering from malnutrition during his fact-finding mission in Calcutta, India, in August 1971.

By Gary J. Bass

After Edward Kennedy witnessed the effects of Pakistan’s crackdown on what is now Bangladesh, he was able to create pressure to keep President Nixon from giving military aid.

opinion | Kade Crockford and Gavi Wolfe

Don’t mine data from license plates

An automatic license plate reader camera was mounted on the back of a police cruiser in Chelsea.

By Kade Crockford and Gavi Wolfe

Police don’t use license plate readers only to catch lawbreakers; they keep the GPS data and feed it into various collections.

editorial

Google, PayPal rightly take lead in fighting abuses they enabled

Officials at various companies are working to hinder mug-shot websites, which often charge fees for photos to be removed even if the person was never convicted.

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letters | tensions flare over judicial nominee

Governor’s Council demonstrating its own unfitness

letters | tensions flare over judicial nominee

Given ADL ties, Patrick’s pick is wrong choice

letters | tensions flare over judicial nominee

Shameful to malign work on prisoner’s case

Metro

Casino, gas tax increase repeals may make ballot

Ted Dooley protested the state’s new automatically increasing gas tax in front of a Dorchester gas station in July. A 2014 ballot measure would revoke the increases.

By Michael Levenson

Voters next year may have the chance to repeal the state’s casino law and eliminate automatic gas tax hikes.

Pledge requirements soar as runners vie for Marathon bibs

Dr. Howard Weinstein, who leads Mass General’s Marathon team, has been barraged with bib requests.

By Beth Teitell

Heightened interest has prompted many charities to ask runners to raise more than the fund-raising minimums set by the BAA and John Hancock.

Space blankets are a gift of warmth for, from the homeless

David Reid, who said he lived on the streets for seven years, helped distribute space blankets in downtown Boston as the weather turned cold.

By Joseph P. Kahn

A goal, organizers say, is to break down barriers between the homeless and the housed, between those who often suffer in the shadows and those able to aid them.

Business

Financial services companies still strong in Massachusetts

Putnam Investments is one of the financial services companies that still has headquarters in Boston.

By Deirdre Fernandes

Banks, insurance companies, money managers, and brokerage firms account for $36 billion, or 9 percent, of the state’s economic output, according to a study released Friday.

Pickup services picking up at local grocers

Peapod employee Dan Mallard loaded groceries into the car for Amy Cochlin of Hull at the pickup station. Cochlin submitted the order online, and it was ready when she got there.

By Calvin Hennick

Some retailers have been combining online and in-store operations for years, but grocery chains have been slow to follow suit.

Shirley Leung

Casino law’s foes are still in the game

State Attorney General Martha Coakley dealt casino opponents a blow in September when her office ruled that repealing the state’s gambling law would be unconstitutional.

By Shirley Leung

To get on the ballot, Repeal the Casino Deal now needs to win over the Supreme Judicial Court. Does it have a shot? You bet.

Obituaries

Dr. Nancy K. Mello, 78; specialist in researching substance abuse

Dr. Mello wrote more than 400 articles; some were printed in The New England Journal of Medicine.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Mello cofounded the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center at McLean Hospital in 1974 with her husband, Dr. Jack H. Mendelson.

Jack Gardo, last survivor of crew that rescued JFK; at 87

Mr. Gardo’s PT-157 rescued survivors from PT-109, including a young commander named Jack Kennedy, after the boat’s mishap off the Solomon Islands in August 1943.

Jane Kean, 90; star of ‘The Honeymooners’ revival

By Gillian Flaccus

Ms. Kean’s big break came in 1966 when Gleason resurrected his hit show, expanding it to an hour and adding musical numbers.

Sports

SPORTS MEDIA

NFL Films tells Dr. Z’s story in his own words

By Chad Finn

The famed former football writer hasn’t been able to read or speak since a 2008 stroke, but he retains a sharp mind at 81 years old.

Kevin Faulk tries to help Stevan Ridley hang on, move on

After his latest fumble, against Denver Sunday night, Stevan Ridley (22) was downcast.

By Shalise Manza Young

Faulk, who had six fumbles in his second year in the league, is willing to offer advice to his former teammate.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

In Lynn, a simply classic 100th for English-Classical

Lynn English wide receiver Chris Lessard (14) grabs a touchdown pass with less than a minute left to tie the game. Lessard’s extra point would decide it. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Christopher L. Gasper

A storied Thanksgiving rivalry has a storybook ending — for victorious Lynn English, anyway.

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patriots notebook

For Patriots, December is usually a hot month

By Michael Whitmer

LIONS 40, PACKERS 10

Lions end Thanksgiving skid by dominating Packers

By Larry Lage

COWBOYS 31, RAIDERS 24

DeMarco Murray’s 3 TDs carry Cowboys

By Schuyler Dixon

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

After awful loss, Bruins get back to work at practice

By Barbara Matson

Ravens 22, Steelers 20

Ravens bolster playoff positioning

By David Ginsburg

THE BETTOR’S EDGE

Patriots getting heavy action — but not here

By Ed Ryan

Lynn English 13, Lynn Classical 12

Lynn English stuns Lynn Classical in 100th meeting

By Taylor Snow

Wellesley 22, Needham 6

In first Thanksgiving game, John Fadule leads Wellesley

By Eric Shulman

Xaverian 28, St. John’s Prep 22

A costly victory for Super Bowl-bound Xaverian

By Anthony Gulizia

Central Catholic 44, Andover 18

Central Catholic in command

By Patrick Bradley

Mansfield 14, Foxboro 7

No problems for Mansfield

By Michael Scandura

Plymouth North 39, Plymouth South 8

For Plymouth South, rest is the order of the day

By Stephen Sellner

Tewksbury 21, Wilmington 7

Tewksbury rolls with the hits in victory over Wilmington

By Jeff Powalisz

Dennis-Yarmouth 13, Nauset 0

Dennis-Yarmouth blanks Nauset in Chowder Bowl

By Zac Vierra

Bishop Fenwick 36, Pingree 27

Fenwick starters finish job

By Greg Joyce

Cohasset 20, Hull 0

Sensing the moment, Cohasset sinks Hull

By Andrew MacDougall

Natick 48, Framingham 13

Troy Flutie sets touchdown record

By Eric Russo

Bridgewater-Raynham 20, Brockton 6

B-R takes fight out of Brockton

By Tim Healey

BC High 27, Catholic Memorial 20

Last-second touchdown propels Eagles

By Craig Forde

Boston English 14, Boston Latin 12

English tops Latin for first time in 16 years

By Justin Rice

Brighton 12, O’Bryant 0

Brighton takes city honors, shuts out O’Bryant

By Ryan Butler

North Reading 42, Lynnfield 35

North Reading’s CJ McCarthy leads the way

By Lorenzo Recupero

St. Peter-Marian 19, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 7

St. John’s loses QB, loses game

By Jim Wilson

Malden 16, Medford 0

In 126th meeting, Malden shuts down Medford

By Nick French

UMass at Ohio | 2 p.m., No TV

UMass football staggers to the finish line

By Jeff Wagenheim

G: Arts & Movies

Music gift guide: Books

By Sarah Rodman

The Globe picks the most giftable music-related books of the holiday season, including “Music: The Definitive Visual History.”

MUSIC GIFT GUIDE | Our book pick

‘Beatles vs. Stones’ by John McMillian

By Sarah Rodman

This season admirers of both of the seminal British groups can dig into this lengthy examination of the eternal debate of the title.

Music gift guide: Holiday music

By James Reed and Sarah Rodman

A sampling of holiday-themed albums to enjoy this season.

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MUSIC GIFT GUIDE | Our holiday music pick

Mary J. Blige, ‘A Mary Christmas’

By James Reed

MUSIC GIFT GUIDE | Our reissue pick

The Velvet Underground, ‘White Light/White Heat’

By James Reed

Music gift guide: Reissues

By Sarah Rodman

Music gift guide: DVDs

By Sarah Rodman and James Reed

MUSIC GIFT GUIDE | Our dvd pick

‘Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts Volume 2’

By Jeremy Eichler

Music gift guide: Box sets

By Sarah Rodman

MUSIC GIFT GUIDE | Our box set pick

Dropkick Murphys, Vinyl Box Set

By Sarah Rodman

Classical Notes

Modern music, Bach find common ground in A Far Cry

By David Weininger

Movie Review

Lush ‘South Pacific’ lacks depth

By Peter Keough

Movie Review

Fellini homage is no ‘Beauty’

By Peter Keough

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff