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12/15/2013 | A Boston Globe investigation

The fall of the house of Tsarnaev

A five-month Globe investigation of the two suspects in the Marathon bombings and their deeply dysfunctional family.

Linda Pelletier with her daughter Justina at Boston Children’s Hospital, during one of her allowed weekly visits.

12/15/13 | First of two parts

A medical collision with a child in the middle

Justina Pelletier has a metabolic disease. Or does she? With her parents and Children’s Hospital deadlocked, she was placed in state custody.

Early start to TV ads war in midterm elections

Republicans are trying to use the controversy over the botched launch of President Obama’s health care law to lay the groundwork early in swing states.

The Nation

Early start to TV ads war in midterm elections

Ads such as this one by Americans for Prosperity appear to be having an impact in undermining support for Senator Kay Hagan, whose disapproval ratings have soared.

By Matt Viser

Republicans are trying to use the controversy over the botched launch of President Obama’s health care law to lay the groundwork early in swing states.

US may never know extent of Edward Snowden leaks

Edward Snowden further covered his tracks by logging into some classified systems using the passwords of other security agency employees.

By Mark Mazzetti and Michael S. Schmidt

US officials are unsure how much the former National Security Agency contractor extracted from classified government computers.

More could have been hurt in Colo. shooting

A sheriff’s deputy was outside Arapahoe High School on Saturday. A girl shot there Friday was in critical condition.

By Dan Elliott and P. Solomon Banda

The 18-year-old who wounded a fellow student before killing himself at a suburban Denver school had several weapons and extra ammunition.

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Mega Millions jackpot rises as nobody wins

By Jeff McMurray and Barbara Rodriguez

The World

China becomes 3d nation to soft-land probe on moon

Upon arrival after a 13-day journey from Earth, the lunar probe’s on-board camera took this picture of the moon.

By Chris Buckley

On Saturday, China’s unmanned Chang’e-3 probe settled onto the Bay of Rainbows, state-run television reported.

4 top Ukraine officials investigated over crackdown

By Maria Danilova

Authorities opened investigations against four top officials over the violent police response to a small antigovernment demonstration last month.

Body of Mandela returned to home province for burial

People waved a South African flag as the plane carrying Nelson Mandela’s casket passed.

By Lydia Polgreen

Nelson Mandela’s body arrived in Mthatha in his native Eastern Cape province Saturday ahead of a state funeral and burial Sunday.

Editorial & Opinion

JOANNA WEISS

Adoption families, online at a distance

By Joanna Weiss

A survey by the Donaldson Adoption Institute found that the Internet has led to huge changes in adoption circles, for better and worse.

TOM KEANE

Happy days are here again, and we can thank Obama

By Tom Keane

As 2013 ends and we turn the page to a new year, the US economy appears poised for a significant rebound.

JOAN VENNOCHI

The case against Stephen Crosby

By Joan Vennochi

The chairman of the gaming commission has a reputation for honesty, but he should have thought more about appearances.

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JEFF JACOBY

John Kerry is wrong on Iran

By Jeff Jacoby

letters | when businesses act on their beliefs

A free conscience does not give companies right to discriminate

letters | when businesses act on their beliefs

Employees should have choice of coverage

letters | when businesses act on their beliefs

Firm can’t hold sway when it’s workers’ dime

letters | when businesses act on their beliefs

Leftists love freedoms — until they bump up against their beliefs

letters | when businesses act on their beliefs

A big leap from corporate citizenship to workplace tyranny

letters | the toll road we’re headed down

Better yet, do away with tolls altogether

letters | the toll road we’re headed down

No more free ride: Put tolls at borders

letters | repurposing a power plant in Salem

Salem faces tough choices, so spare the rebuke

letters | repurposing a power plant in Salem

With cleanup costs in mix, they’ll take a new power plant

letters | repurposing a power plant in Salem

Bipartisan push is needed over carbon tax

Metro

12/15/13 | First of two parts

A medical collision with a child in the middle

Linda Pelletier with her daughter Justina at Boston Children’s Hospital, during one of her allowed weekly visits.

By Neil Swidey and Patricia Wen

Justina Pelletier has a metabolic disease. Or does she? With her parents and Children’s Hospital deadlocked, she was placed in state custody.

‘Sand wars’ come to New England coast

Large waves crashed over sand barriers, destroying the decks of homes along the beach on Plum Island during a storm last winter.

By Beth Daley

From Westerly, R.I., to Eliot, Maine, debates over who gets sand, who pays for it, and where it comes from are fast becoming some of the region’s most contentious oceanfront issues.

Walsh announces inauguration plans

Mayor-elect Martin Walsh.

By Jeremy C. Fox and Wesley Lowery

The four-day program surrounding Mayor-elect Martin Walsh’s inaugural is designed to engage all city residents while promoting community service.

Money & Careers

Workers’ skills aren’t matching available jobs

By Jay Fitzgerald

Unemployment remains vexingly high despite a slew of job openings. The reason? Workers often lack skills the new positions demand.

Innovation Economy

It’s not easy getting robots to act human

WildCat is a four-legged robot that can run at about 15 miles per hour. It is being developed by Boston Dynamics, a Waltham-based company acquired by Google on Friday.

By Scott Kirsner

At the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials, the world’s most sophisticated robots demonstrate their ability to operate in the real world.

Will your job be replaced by an app?

By Doug Handler

What worked in the past in the workplace is probably not a very good indicator of what will work in the future to get or retain a job.

Sports

Canucks 6, Bruins 2

Lethargic Bruins take beating from Canucks

Jarome Iginla had two fights in Saturday’s game, including this one with Ryan Kesler.

By Amalie Benjamin

In the end, the Bruins weren’t up to the challenge on the tail end of an exhausting and emotional week.

Christopher L. Gasper

NHL losing fight with hypocrisy

Shawn Thornton was hit with a 15-game suspension for knocking out Brooks Orpik during the Bruins-Penguins game on Dec. 7.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Even as it punishes Shawn Thornton for knocking out Brooks Orpik on the ice, the league needs to answer for the fighting culture it tacitly condones.

Easy to see Celtics’ Rajon Rondo as a coach

Rajon Rondo has spent this season on the sideline but he’s been deeply involved in how the Celtics operate under new coach Brad Stevens.

By Baxter Holmes

Those who understand the four-time All-Star best think the cerebral Celtics point guard has a bright future on the bench.

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Sunday Baseball Notes

Busy buildup cooled down Winter Meetings

By Nick Cafardo

Dan Shaughnessy

A trip to Miami usually no day at the beach

By Dan Shaughnessy

Patriots notebook

Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins ruled out for Sunday

By Shalise Manza Young

bruins notebook

Ryan Kesler says Brad Marchand has ‘no class’

By Amalie Benjamin

Sunday Basketball Notes

Magic’s Glen Davis embracing role as leader

By Gary Washburn

red sox notebook

Xander Bogaerts is at home playing shortstop

By Maureen Mullen

Sunday Hockey Notes

Disrespectful hits add unnecessary danger to NHL

By Fluto Shinzawa

Sunday Football Notes

Helmet hits causing more than just concussions

By Ben Volin

Bentley 4, BU 1

College hockey: Bentley pulls off upset

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

UMass 80, Northern Illinois 54

UMass routs Northern Illinois, improves to 9-0

By Jeff Wagenheim

Navy 34, Army 7

Navy quarterback eclipses touchdown milestone

By David Ginsburg

UNH 20, Southeastern Louisiana 17

QB Sean Goldrich leads Wildcats to FCS semifinals

Scouting report: Patriots at Dolphins, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Patriots’ keys to a victory over Dolphins

By Jim McBride

Ideas

Was Dickens’s Christmas Carol borrowed from Lowell’s mill girls?

A young Dickens, in a portrait made during his 1842 Boston visit.

By Kevin Hartnett

A new discovery by literary scholars highlights an unexpected inspiration.

Conservatives’ new enemy: Bikes

Ford is famously pro-car, and his strongest support came from suburbs outside downtown Toronto.

By Jordan Michael Smith

The bicycle is emerging as a new conservative front in the culture wars.

Q&A

Public schools beat private schools

By Amy Crawford

A pair of education researchers have a new take on which schools work — and why.

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The word

And then inequality happened

By Anat Shenker-Osorio

Uncommon Knowledge

When your eyes see imaginary light

By Kevin Lewis

Obituaries

Charles M. Vest, 72; brought sweeping changes to MIT

Dr. Vest led MIT from 1990 to 2004. Below, with World Bank  President James Wolfensohn.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Vest, who served as the institute’s 15th president, helped diversify the student population and more than triple MIT’s endowment.

Robert D. Wachs, 73; was club owner

Mr. Wachs founded Comic Strip Live, a New York nightclub that was a proving ground for star comedians like Eddie Murphy.

Ruth Boorstin, writer and editor; at 95

Mrs. Boorstin was with her husband on academic posts in Italy, France, and Japan.

Mrs. Boorstin was a stalwart collaborator with her late husband, prize-winning historian Daniel Boorstin.

Sunday Arts

Globe critics pick their top 10 albums

Whether artists were topping the charts or cultivating their style in a quieter corner, we’re grateful for them.

James Reed picks the best songs of 2013

By James Reed

Here’s a rundown on the 10 songs Reed couldn’t get out of his head.

movies

Isaac turned to musical skills for ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

Oscar Isaac stars in the new Coen brothers film, “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

By James Reed

Oscar Isaac plays the titular character of the new film by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, which opens in the Boston area on Friday after a wave of early acclaim.

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rISE

Nathan Kessel finds his voice

By Steph Hiltz

Game on

One man’s call for ethical gaming

By Jesse Singal

history repeating

‘Urban Nutcracker’ celebrates the diversity of the season

By James H. Burnett III

Boston-area arts letters

By June Wulff

My Instagram: Andrew Hamilton

By Christopher Muther

the one thing

Service with a smile

By Hayley Kaufman

Critic’s picks: Dance

By Karen Campbell

Critic’s picks: Visual art

By Sebastian Smee

Names

Spreading cheer all around town

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Rockefellers donate artwork to Boston College

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Peter Wolf plans holiday shows at Lizard Lounge

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Hollywood couple takes in MFA’s Sargent show

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Jenny Dell reportedly offered another NESN contract

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Wicked Strong a horse with some potential

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Hollywood eyeing another book by Matthew Quick

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

book review

‘Inside the Dream Palace’ by Sherill Tippins

By Matthew Gilbert

Prefers biographies over fiction

Garrison Keillor

By Amy Sutherland

book review

‘America’s Great Game’ by Hugh Wilford

By David M. Shribman

book review

‘Correspondences’ by Anne Michaels, Bernice Eisenstein

By Michael Andor Brodeur

The story behind the book

Mary Oliver’s recent poems go to the dogs

By Kate Tuttle

new england literary news

The secrets of libraries

By Jan Gardner

the bookings

Local author readings

seven books about . . .

A tough pill to swallow

By Katharine Whittemore

Travel

Exploring Ireland’s Connemara, where mayor-elect’s roots run deep

A Connemara pony stood before the ruins of Bunowen Castle.

By Thomas Breathnach

The Connemara region, a wistful expanse of wild heathland, blanket bogs, and lonesome islets, spans the outermost fringes of County Galway.

Cities in the States: Miami

Cultures mix and match in Miami

South Beach lifeguard tower.

By Necee Regis

Miami and Miami Beach are actually two cities with distinct neighborhoods where the cultures of the Americas mingle.

Magazine

The best Boston Globe photos of 2013

Tlumacki took this image about five seconds after the first bomb exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line. The force of the blast caused 78-year-old runner Bill Iffrig to fall; meanwhile, Boston Police’s Rachel McGuire, Kevin McGill, and Javier Pagan sprang into action.

By As told to Melissa Schorr

The stories behind the Globe’s most memorable, touching, and sometimes horrific images.

Perspective

The case for staying in place

Senator Elizabeth Warren, seen here at work in Washington, is building bridges across the aisle in the tradition of the late Ted Kennedy.

By Eileen McNamara

Why Elizabeth Warren is too important to run for president.

Connections

Parenting, Act 1

By Laura Shea Souza

As mom to two young girls, I know Act 2, their teenage years, will likely be quite different. But Act 3 will bring them back to me.

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First Person

Running strong

Examiner

Peak mail

By Anna Burgess

Style Watch

Enchanted dining room

By Jaci Conry

Miss Conduct

Getting turkey to the table

By Robin Abrahams

Cooking

Mulled wine

By Adam Ried

A Restaurant’s Take

Now brewing

Dinner With Cupid

Kitchen chemistry

Tales From the City

The naughty list

Globe North

Some facts about winter north of Boston

By Juan E. Cajigas Jimenez

Cold hard facts of winter north of Boston.

Bracing for Brrrrrr

Two people work to dig out a car in Somerville, where officials say winter parking space savers will be picked up as trash.

By Kathy McCabe

Snow means parking space wars in Somerville; makes it hard to maneuver in historic Newburyport; and tests places such as the Bradford section of Haverhill.

A vampire awakes, and other tales of a plowman

A view from the plowman’s seat as a man walks his dog in Melrose after a winter storm.  Through the years, the author’s usual plowing jobs have included parts of that city
 and Malden, Medford, Revere, and Everett
.

By Peter DeMarco

But when a big storm hits, snow can be anything but nice. It’s obstinate, overwhelming, and unrelenting. My job, as a snowplow driver, is to fight it back.

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North Reading

MWRA may be solution to a town’s water needs

By Christian M. Wade

Lynnfield, Swampscott

Towns look within for new school chiefs

By David Rattigan

High School Basketball

Rivals in high school, teammates in college

By Taylor C. Snow

Dining Out

Upscale dining with a local feel

By Joel Brown

Everett

Brewery and ale company merge

By John Laidler

Melrose

Aldermen to consider fee hikes

By Kathy McCabe

Revere

Police holding annual toy drive

By John Laidler

Somerville

Library seeks teens to tell their stories

By Brock Parker

Stoneham

Details on new parking regulations

By Brenda J. Buote

Winchester

Historical Society celebrating New Year’s Eve

By Brenda J. Buote

Beverly

School Building Committee named

By Steven A. Rosenberg

Georgetown

Work begins on new elementary school

By David Rattigan

Haverhill

City’s bond rating goes up two notches

By Brenda J. Buote

Lawrence

Teachers say firing was unfair

By Karen Sackowitz

Marblehead

Last leaf pickup this week

By Steven A. Rosenberg

Middleton

Town pursuing state woodlands

By David Rattigan

Newburyport

State gives $50k grant to Clipper City Rail Trail

By Brenda J. Buote

North Andover

Merchants Association elects new board of directors

By Brenda J. Buote

Peabody

Lahey Health completes name change

By John Laidler

Globe South

For this crew, it’s a never-ending summer

A crew of seven rowers, including Mike Burke (left) and Corinne Leung (right), near Windmill Point, Hull.

By Johanna Seltz

On a freezing winter morning when others dive for the covers, Lory Newmyer of Hull is likely to be headed outside.

Some hard, cold facts about winter

By Nicole Leonard

Selected local winter facts.

College Bound

For school applicants, added stress of the season

College application season is a trying time for students.

By Ellen Ishkanian

For high school seniors who applied for early decisions are hearing from admissions offices, and others are finishing up applications, the stress level hits a peak.

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Bella English

Making meaningful a senseless death

By Bella English

Duxbury

A boost to fight homelessness

By Jean Lang

Beverly Beckham

Separating the myth of Santa from the reality

By Beverly Beckham

People

Weymouth woman finds career helping others

By Paul E. Kandarian

Globe South Community Bulletin Board

By Compiled Nicole Leonard

High School Basketball

A sister act in Braintree

By Peter Cappiello

Avon

McCue finalist for Carver job

By Johanna Seltz

Mansfield

New DPW garage plans

By Elaine Cushman Carroll

Easton

Selectman supports Raynham slots parlor

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Halifax

Town lists environmental priorities

By Elaine Cushman Carroll

Freetown

Taxes going down

By Juliet Pennington

Brockton

Tax rates increase

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Foxborough

Holocaust stamp project reaches 3.3m

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Middleborough

Ambulance contract approved

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Sharon

Tax rate will not be split

By Jennette Barnes

Abintgon

Townwide PTO chair stepping down

By Jean Lang

Raynham

Slot machine plans presented

By John Laidler

Duxbury

Capital requests continue

By Jean Lang

Braintree

Change at Town Council

By Dan Adams

Hanson

School project gets another chance

By John Laidler

Hanover

Housing developer seek approval

By Cara Bayles

East Bridgewater

No dual tax rates

By Rich Fahey

Hingham

Bank offers high-tech center

By Jessica Bartlett

Trampoline park open

By Jean Lang

Holbrook

Farewell to fire chief

By Jennette Barnes

Mattapoisett

Housing development coming to town

By Paul E. Kandarian

Lakeville

Costs cut for library construction

By Paul E. Kandarian

Dedham

Property tax rates increased

By Dave Eisenstadter

Hull

Hull Artists open new retail studio

By Johanna Seltz

Canton

Police make drug arrest

By Dave Eisenstadter

Kingston

Jones River grant

By Robert Knox

Marshfield

First finance director named

By Jennette Barnes

Bridgewater

Overnight parking ban

By Jennette Barnes

Milton

Grant for police dog cruiser

By Jessica Bartlett

Plymouth

Rockin’ around the lobster trap tree

By Emily Sweeney

Quincy

Wollaston Beach findings to be finalized

By Jesscia Bartlett

Randolph

Vietnamese restaurant to open

By Elaine Cushman Carroll

Rockland

Solar project nearly complete

By Cara Bayles

Stoughton

Teachers contract talks held

By Rich Fahey

Globe West

Bay Staters seek efficiency, savings, and warmth

Yan Ni at home in Newton with her wood pellet stove.

By Jose Martinez

Chilly mornings in one household in Newton begin with a scoop of wood pellets to feed the wood stove inhabiting what used to be the family’s fireplace.

They keep close watch on Mother Nature’s whims

As a ranger at Noanet Woodlands in Dover, Trevor Battle gets a front-row view of New England’s changing weather.

By Jose Martinez

These Bay Staters — one a ranger in Medfield and Dover and the other an amateur weather watcher in Concord — have embraced the challenges that come with the fickle conditions.

Utilities say they are ready this winter

Ice storms and heavy snow break tree limbs that in turn rip down utility lines, creating widespread power outages.

By Evan Allen

Cities and towns that depend on the utilities to keep the lights on are viewing the preparations with cautious optimism.

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Concord

School district, teacher settle retaliation case

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Lexington

Planning Board member to run for selectman

By Emily Cataneo

Brookline

Hotel gets nod for Red Cab site

By Brock Parker

Westwood

Gala to boost Community Chest

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Brookline

Toy-collection drive ends Thursday

By Brock Parker

Wellesley

School board joins antipollution effort

By Jaclyn Reiss

Wellesley

Contest for best outdoor decorations

By Jaclyn Reiss

Arlington

Chorale, orchestra performing today

By Emily Cataneo

Waltham

City voters back Clark for House

By Jaclyn Reiss

Air Force seeks Hanscom tech bids

By Scott Van Voorhis

Ayer

Police holding annual toy drive

By Davis Bushnell

Bedford

New rates bump up taxes on homes

By Nancy Shohet West

Carlisle

Brem resigns Board of Health seat

By Nancy Shohet West

Harvard

Police force gets two new officers

By Davis Bushnell

Hudson

New official to deliver budget proposal

By Calvin Hennick

Littleton

Learn something new in the new year

By Nancy Shohet West

Marlborough

Kids program during school vacation

By Calvin Hennick

Shirley

Community concert to benefit food pantry

By Rachel Lebeaux

Belmont

$2.2m bid wins Woodfall Road property

By Emily Cataneo

Maynard

New assistant starts Monday

By Calvin Hennick

Shrewsbury

Town agency is collecting toys

By Abby Jordan

Northborough

Cupcake-decorating contest for teens

By Jennifer Roach

Southborough

Library director farewell party Thursday

By Jennifer Roach

Westborough

Special holiday handbell concerts today

By Jennifer Roach

Boylston

Debate over top official’s merit pay

By Matt Gunderson

Acton

Register for ‘Wellness and You’ event

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Boxborough

Firefighters to dispose of Christmas trees

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Concord

Report on Millbrook Tarry project

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Groton

Community holiday concerts today, Monday

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Stow

Nashoba taking a look at itself

By Matt Gunderson

Sudbury

Workshop to assist caregivers

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Wayland

Forum on technology use by students

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Ashland

Show features watercolors by seniors

By Rachel Lebeaux

Bellingham

Winter parking ban in effect

By Rachel Lebeaux

Franklin

Town offering condo at discount

By Rachel Lebeaux

Medway

High school’s toy drive ends Tuesday

By Rachel Lebeaux

Plainville

Sign up students for winter dodgeball

By Rachel Lebeaux

Upton

Annual holiday party for seniors

By Rachel Lebeaux

Medfield

Jewelry-making session at library

By Abby Jordan

Millis

Lions Club honor goes to McCaffrey

By Rebecca Kagle

Norfolk

Donate winter coats for kids

By Abby Jordan

Wrentham

Learn about Revolutionary War heroine

By Abby Jordan

Hopkinton

Holiday activities at the library

By Ellen Ishkanian