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Mayor Thomas Menino and Mayor-elect Martin Walsh attended Monday’s Copley Square tree lighting.

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Walsh learning the tricks of flipping the switch

As Martin Walsh prepares to take over at City Hall, he has made joint appearances with Mayor Thomas Menino to study the art of leading citizens in carols and countdowns.

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BAA officials selected 467 people who were “personally and profoundly impacted” by the bombings to receive the special bibs for the 2014 Marathon.

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She’s blond, claims English, Scottish, and Native American descent, and doesn’t speak Arabic, but Jennifer Grout is now a star thanks to “Arabs Got Talent.”

Problems continue to plague Mass. health marketplace

With three weeks left in the year, not one person has been fully enrolled in a health insurance plan through state’s insurance marketplace after it was revamped.

Mitt Romney, shown signing the Massachusetts health care bill in 2006, said during his presidential run that the state’s  reform wouldn’t work for the whole country.

David L Ryan/Globe staff/file

Was Mitt Romney right about US health overhaul?

Romney, President Obama’s opponent in the 2012 campaign, warned that Massachusetts’ groundbreaking health reform wouldn’t work for the country as a whole.

The Nation

Was Mitt Romney right about US health overhaul?

Mitt Romney, shown signing the Massachusetts health care bill in 2006, said during his presidential run that the state’s  reform wouldn’t work for the whole country.

By Tracy Jan

Romney, President Obama’s opponent in the 2012 campaign, warned that Massachusetts’ groundbreaking health reform wouldn’t work for the country as a whole.

Wind power gets eagle reprieve

Flying eagles behave like drivers texting on their cellphones; they don’t look up. As they scan below for food, they often don’t notice the turbine blades until it’s too late.

By Dina Cappiello

The Obama administration said will allow for 30 years the killing or injury of bald and golden eagles when they strike wind turbines without penalty.

Report disputes assertions about benefits of Vitamin D

By Makiko Kitamura

Vitamin D supplements do not help prevent chronic diseases unrelated to the bones, according to a review of published research.

The World

Mourning mixes with celebration of Mandela

South Africans wrote messages on a poster of Nelson Mandela displayed in the street outside his home in Soweto, Johannesburg.

By Nicholas Kulish, Lydia Polgreen and Alan Cowell

Outside Nelson Mandela’s former home in Soweto on Friday, crowds sang, chanted, and danced as people carried posters emblazoned with his famous quotations.

Kerry upbeat on Mideast peace pact

Secretary of State John Kerry picked up his notebook after answering questions from the media before his departure from Tel Aviv on Friday.

By Anne Gearan and William Booth

Secretary of State John Kerry claimed Friday that the prospect of achieving a long-elusive accord is mounting.

Central African Republic airport becomes refuge

By Krista Larson and Lori Hinnant

Thousands of Christian civilians sought refuge at an airport guarded by French soldiers Friday, fleeing from the mostly Muslim ex-rebels toting machetes and guns.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | David Goodman

In jail with Nelson Mandela

A stencil in Johannesburg depicts Nelson Mandela working in the Robben Island prison garden.

By David Goodman

A trip to an apartheid prison promised to show how Mandela could weave images of division and reconciliation into a seamless cloth.

opinion | Padraig O’Malley

‘Madiba’ helped bring peace to Northern Ireland

A mural depicting the former South African President Nelson Mandela was painted on a cooling tower in Soweto.

By Padraig O’Malley

Nelson Mandela was able to jump-start the process that led to the Good Friday agreement in 1998 after speaking with both sides the year before.

RENÉE LOTH

A ticket that leaves out Mass. voters

By Renée Loth

Private deals between candidates can be a perilous way to pick running mates in the gubernatorial race.

Metro

Problems continue to plague Mass. health marketplace

By Chelsea Conaboy

With three weeks left in the year, not one person has been fully enrolled in a health insurance plan through state’s insurance marketplace after it was revamped.

Non-Arabic speaker in finals of Arab talent contest

Jennifer Grout, shown in the “Arabs Got Talent” studio, will compete in the show’s finals on Saturday in Beirut. She says she does not speak Arabic, though she sings Arabic songs.

By James H. Burnett III

She’s blond, claims English, Scottish, and Native American descent, and doesn’t speak Arabic, but Jennifer Grout is now a star thanks to “Arabs Got Talent.”

Walsh learning the tricks of flipping the switch

Mayor Thomas Menino and Mayor-elect Martin Walsh attended Monday’s Copley Square tree lighting.

By Michael Levenson

As Martin Walsh prepares to take over at City Hall, he has made joint appearances with Mayor Thomas Menino to study the art of leading citizens in carols and countdowns.

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BOSTON

Tarek Mehanna seeks full appeals court hearing

By Milton J. Valencia

BOSTON

Two women are shot in Jamaica Plain

By Nicholas Jacques

globe santa

Brother wants a merry Christmas for sister, 1

By Christopher Tangney

Star Watch

Planets are predictable, but comets fool us

By Alan M. MacRobert

Business

Lowest jobless rate in 5 years raises chances of a Fed move

Job seekers at a career fair in New York in October 2012. More workers were hired than expected last month.

By Nelson D. Schwartz

The unemployment rate last month is the best reading since President Obama took office.

Menino asks Partners to nix Somerville move

Partners HealthCare would move 4,500 employees to the new Assembly Row development in Somerville if the move goes through.

By Robert Weisman

Mayor Menino is appealing to the health care chain’s board of directors, hoping it won’t take 4,500 jobs out of the city.

State will review Lahey, Winchester deal

By Robert Weisman

After an initial review, the Health Policy Commission ruled that the merger “raises the potential for Lahey to leverage higher prices” in the health care market north of Boston.

Obituaries

Edward Heffron, 90; part of the ‘Band of Brothers’

A paratrooper, Mr. Heffron and his comrades fought through some of World War II’s fiercest European battles.

Mr. Heffron’s service as a member of the US Army’s famed Easy Company was recounted in the renowned book and television miniseries.

Andro Linklater, 68; writer who reexamined American frontierism

Mr. Linklater also wrote a children’s book and several biographies.

By Paul Vitello

Mr. Linklater was a Scottish journalist and popular historian who was fascinated with the vast checkerboard orderliness of America’s former wilderness frontier.

William Stevenson, journalist, author, spy; at 89

Mr. Stevenson reported from New Delhi, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Uganda.

By William Yardley

Mr. Stevenson’s close ties with intelligence sources helped him write two best-selling books in the 1970s.

Sports

Mike Napoli, Red Sox agree on 2-year deal

Mike Napoli hit 23 homers and had 92 RBIs last season.

By Peter Abraham

The first baseman made it clear after the World Series that he wanted to stay with the Sox and on Friday reached a two-year, $32 million deal with the team.

US draws Germany, Ghana, Portugal in World Cup

In Costa Do Sauipe, Brazil, Sir Geoff Hurst, a former English soccer star, drew a ball. Former stars Cafu (Brazil), Zinedine Zidane (France), and Fabio Cannavaro (Italy) stood in the background.

By John Powers

The draw was the toughest for the US soccer team since the 1950 tournament, when the Americans were grouped with Spain, England, and Chile.

Celtics 106, Nuggets 98

Celtics start fast, crunch Nuggets

Avery Bradley dunked off a fast break late in the second quarter.

By Baxter Holmes

The Celtics showed that they might not surrender their spot atop the Atlantic Division standings anytime soon.

G: Family

Theaters hope to lure back customers with amenities

Kerri Donaghue, left, and Jack Hennessy, right, relax in all powered recliner seats at AMC Movie Theater in Braintree

By Ethan Gilsdorf

Offering ever greater levels of luxury amenities and exclusivity, theater owners hope to lure more customers away from their Netflix, movies on-demand, and giant HD TVs.

From the Archives

Snowy New England winters

By Thea Breite

December means winter, and it’s here, whether we like it or not.

Stage REview

‘I Love Lucy Live on Stage’ looks back with affection

From left: Kevin Remington (Fred), Joanna Daniels (Ethel), Sirena Irwin (Lucy), and Bill Mendieta (Ricky).

By Don Aucoin

The approach to the cumbersomely titled show relies primarily on a straightforward reproduction of the original, albeit delivered with an affectionate wink.