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Treasurer wrestles with potential conflicts over family firm

Public disclosure letters paint a complex web of possible ethical conflicts that Steven Grossman’s private business dealings could create for him as state treasurer.

Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor are cofounders of Progressive Change Campaign Committee. The group has been promoting the political profile of Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts in presidential primary states.

Progressive wing waves Elizabeth Warren banner

Even though the senator says she will not run in 2016, that has not stopped Warren boosters from promoting her profile in presidential primary states.

3 in state among top in college heads’ pay

Three of the highest-compensated private college and university presidents in 2011 were at the helm of Mass. schools, according to a survey.

In July, Justina Pelletier’s family was rattled by a phone call from the state child protection agency saying it was ready to release the 14-year-old from Boston Children’s Hospital — but not into her parents’ custody.

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12/16/13 | Second of two parts

Frustration on all fronts in struggle over child’s future

The Justina Pelletier case sheds light on the fact that there are few good paths to resolution once doctors are convinced that parents are harming their child.

In August, Carolyn Villers (left) of the Massachusetts Senior Action Council helped Ann Stewart, 89, of Mattapan settle into a chair before they and three others were arrested.

Seniors’ persistence pays off with MBTA fare rollback

The campaign to get the heightened fares on The Ride rolled back was repetitive, relentless, and tedious — and it worked.

The Nation

Progressive wing waves Elizabeth Warren banner

Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor are cofounders of Progressive Change Campaign Committee. The group has been promoting the political profile of Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts in presidential primary states.

By Noah Bierman

Even though the senator says she will not run in 2016, that has not stopped Warren boosters from promoting her profile in presidential primary states.

Security strategy saved lives, Colo. governor says

An Arapahoe High School student prayed for shooting victim Claire Davis at the Centennial, Colo, school on Sunday.

By Dan Elliott

Procedures adopted after the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School helped to put a quick end to last week’s shooting, Gov. John Hickenlooper said.

Senators push rail safety funding

In light of the deadly Dec. 1 derailment, Senator Charles Schumer said safety inspections are ‘‘woefully underfunded.”

By Verena Dobnik

In light of the deadly Dec. 1 derailment in New York, Senator Charles Schumer said safety inspections are ‘‘woefully underfunded.”

The World

Thousands gather for Nelson Mandela’s burial

Nandi Mandela spoke at the state funeral ceremony of Nelson Mandela, her grandfather, at his home village in Qunu, South Africa, on Sunday.

By Lydia Polgreen and John Eligon

The rites for Mandela concluded in South Africa with a state funeral attended by 5,000 and watched on TV by millions.

John Kerry makes peaceful return to Mekong

Secretary of State John Kerry rode a boat Sunday through the muddy Mekong Delta, where he once patrolled for communist insurgents on a naval gunboat.

By Matthew Lee

The secretary of state returned to the Vietnam region where he once patrolled on a naval gunboat, this time to fight climate change.

EU halts key trade talks with Ukraine

About 100,000 antigovernment protesters in Ukraine held a mass rally in Independence Square in Kiev on Sunday. The demonstrators heard several speeches, including one by Senator John McCain, who was meeting with the opposition.

By Andrew E. Kramer

The European Union on Sunday broke off talks with Ukraine on the far-reaching trade deal that protesters have been demanding for weeks.

Editorial & Opinion

JAMES CARROLL

What is personhood?

By James Carroll

When animals and humans developed a relationship of love, only one species knew to wonder about the meaning of the interaction.

opinion | Marcela García

Friction in an immigrant town

By Marcela García

A vote to require the town-funded English as a Second Language program to check the immigration status of its students shows that the immigration debate exists even in Framingham.

Derrick Z. Jackson

The T’s chance to one-up the Tube

By Derrick Z. Jackson

When T trains roll through downtown until 3 a.m. in the spring, Boston will have later weekend subways than London.

Metro

12/16/13 | Second of two parts

Frustration on all fronts in struggle over child’s future

In July, Justina Pelletier’s family was rattled by a phone call from the state child protection agency saying it was ready to release the 14-year-old from Boston Children’s Hospital — but not into her parents’ custody.

By Neil Swidey and Patricia Wen

The Justina Pelletier case sheds light on the fact that there are few good paths to resolution once doctors are convinced that parents are harming their child.

3 in state among top in college heads’ pay

Northeastern University’s president, Joseph E. Aoun, received $3.1 million in total compensation in 2011, a survey found.

By Joshua Miller

Three of the highest-compensated private college and university presidents in 2011 were at the helm of Mass. schools, according to a survey.

Treasurer wrestles with potential conflicts over family firm

State Treasurer Steven Grossman declined to be interviewed about the potential conflicts.

By Frank Phillips

Public disclosure letters paint a complex web of possible ethical conflicts that Steven Grossman’s private business dealings could create for him as state treasurer.

Business ǀ Science

Two startups in high-tech bike race

One big question for the two startups isn’t who came up with the idea for the wheel, but whether anyone is going to buy it. The FlyKly (above) is $590.

By Michael B. Farrell

Both upstarts, while aiming to reinvent cycling, have produced remarkably similar battery-backed, smartphone-enabled wheels.

Retailers see bargaining as way to keep customers

Marilyn Santiesteban of Newton (left) bargained for a pair of boots at Macy’s that she gave to her daughter, Alexa Portney.

By Hilary Stout

Some retailers, desperate for sales and customer loyalty, have begun training their employees in the art of bargaining with customers.

The Hive

Ice pops with adult flavors win pitch contest

Boston Beer Co. founder Jim Koch (left) presents a $10,000 check to Brewla, winner of the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program.

A Brooklyn startup called Brewla, which produces all-natural frozen treats, won the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program.

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Verizon may buy Intel’s TV startup

By Ian King, Scott Moritz and Alex Sherman

Obituaries

Peter O’Toole, 81, prolific actor of stage, screen

Mr. O’Toole (above right) as T.E. Lawrence with costar Omar Sharif in a scene from “Lawrence of Arabia’’ in 1962.

By Benedict Nightingale

The eight-time Oscar nominee burst into fame with “Lawrence of Arabia” in 1962 and also won acclaim for roles in such films as “Becket” and “The Lion in Winter.”

James L. Vincent, 73; helped turn biotech into a winner

Mr. Vincent held the titles of chief executive and chairman of Biogen for most of the years from 1985 to 2002.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Vincent held the titles of chief executive and chairman of Biogen for most of the years from 1985 to 2002.

Joan Fontaine, 96; gained fame as wives in Hitchcock films

Ms. Fontaine was nominated for an Oscar three times and was named best actress for her performance in ‘‘Suspicion.”

By Hillel Italie and Bob Thomas

The Academy Award-winning actress found stardom playing naive wives in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Suspicion” and “Rebecca.”

Sports

Dolphins 24, Patriots 20

Patriots run out of comeback magic against Dolphins

Safety Michael Thomas (31) intercepts Tom Brady’s last-gasp pass intended for Austin Collie (10) with two seconds left to preserve the Dolphins’ 24-20 victory.

By Shalise Manza Young

Tom Brady was picked off in the end zone on fourth down with two seconds to play, sealing a 24-20 Dolphins’ victory.

On Football

Patriots defense just wilted in Miami heat

The Dolphins took a 24-20 lead after Marcus Thigpen hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass.

By Ben Volin

The Patriots didn’t make the right halftime adjustments and were out-executed down the stretch as the Dolphins rallied to win.

Dan Shaughnessy

Let’s face it, Patriots simply are not that good

Tom Brady walked off the field Sunday after throwing an interception late in the fourth quarter.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Does anyone seriously think a Patriots team without Rob Gronkowski and Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo is really a Super Bowl contender?

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Patriots Notebook

Stephen Gostkowski kicking himself after loss

By Michael Whitmer

Dave Hyde | Miami perspective

Ryan Tannehill giving the Dolphins hope

By Dave Hyde

Patriot Nation

In Miami, menu is this tailgate attraction

By Cristina Ledra

bettor’s edge

Did not win: Coach’s decision

By Ed Ryan

Position breakdown: Outfield

Jackie Bradley Jr. likely in center for Red Sox

By Nick Cafardo

Ravens at Lions, 8:40 p.m. (ESPN)

Lions look to play a complete game

By Noah Trister

Packers 37, Cowboys 36

Matt Flynn rallies Packers to stunning win

By Schuyler Dixon

Seahawks 23, Giants 0

Seahawks manhandle Eli Manning, Giants

By Barry Wilner

Colts 25, Texans 3

Colts get back in synch

By Michael Marot

49ers 33, Buccaneers 14

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers win fourth in a row

By Fred Goodall

Chiefs 56, Raiders 31

Jamaal Charles shines, Chiefs clinch playoff spot

By Josh Dubow

Vikings 48, Eagles 30

Matt Cassel helps Vikings spring upset on Eagles

By Dave Campbell

Rams 27, Saints 16

Rams delay Saints’ postseason plans

By R.B. Fallstrom

Cardinals 37, Titans 34 (OT)

Cardinals blow lead late in fourth, win in overtime

By Teresa M. Walker

Bills 27, Jaguars 20

EJ Manuel bounces back for Bills

By Mark Long

Falcons 27, Redskins 26

Falcons take advantage of seven turnovers

By Charles Odum

Steelers 30, Bengals 20

Steelers get jump on Bengals, prevail

By Will Graves

BC 67, Philadelphia 50

Philadelphia runs out of gas against BC

By Julian Benbow

G: Health

Tiny screens can be a big strain on eyes

Doctors at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston say they get a regular flow of patients complaining of sore eyes, blurry vision, and headaches from the overuse of smartphones.

By Patricia Wen

All that squinting at the tiny screens on smartphones and tablets is causing physical problems for some, but there are ways to lessen the harm.

Critic’s Notebook

Beyoncé’s surprise release a stroke of marketing genius

The musically intimate album “Beyoncé” consists of 14 songs and 17 videos.

By James Reed

With no advance buzz or lead-up, Beyoncé and her team essentially made the release of the diva’s self-titled album a news event.

Book Review

‘The Mongolian Conspiracy’ by Rafael Bernal

By Nicholas Mancusi

Bernal’s riveting cult classic, first published in Mexico in 1969, has been translated into English.

More Stories

Television Review

Capturing the development of two young writers

By Don Aucoin

Daily Dose

Does writing code boost math scores?

By Deborah Kotz

Daily Dose

Can Viagra relieve menstrual cramps?

By Deborah Kotz

Nutrition and You!

Can oatmeal help you lose weight?

By Joan Salge Blake

Health Answers

Safe to drink milk that hasn’t been pasteurized?

By Karen Weintraub

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

Music Review

Miley-less Jingle Ball bounces along

By Luke O'Neil

Names

Caught in snowstorm, Miley misses the Ball

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Sweet sounds at Not So Silent Night

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

‘Spaceman’ in the holiday mood at Fenway

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Cold can’t dash Santa Speedo Run spirit

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Sam Waterston supports his son at Huntington

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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