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Twins Miroslav (right) and Elena Ustivzhanin greeted Sofa Levina after arriving from Amsterdam.

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Logan widens its reach and its impact

Once considered among the most parochial of cities, Boston is becoming a gateway to the world.

Representative Niki Tsongas, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Representative Mike Turner, a Republican from Ohio, joined forces to fight sexual assaults in the military.

For Tsongas and GOP colleague, a long fight on military sexual assault

Representative Niki Tsongas teamed up with a Republican to combat what they saw as an epidemic of predation virtually ignored by Pentagon leaders.

SJC decision could change handling of juvenile offenders

Tuesday’s ruling will force a major examination of the way the state tries, sentences, and attempts to rehabilitate juveniles charged as adults.

Members of the residents association board applauded the acceptance of their $20 million bid for the Midway Studios building (left) in Fort Point.

Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

Fort Point artists going from tenants to owners

The sale of Midway Studios to its residents, which hinges on some fund-raising, would mark a rare victory for Boston artists.

The Nation

For Tsongas and GOP colleague, a long fight on military sexual assault

Representative Niki Tsongas, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Representative Mike Turner, a Republican from Ohio, joined forces to fight sexual assaults in the military.

By Bryan Bender

Representative Niki Tsongas teamed up with a Republican to combat what they saw as an epidemic of predation virtually ignored by Pentagon leaders.

Court rejects church official’s coverup conviction

Prosecutors said Monsignor William Lynn reassigned priests who preyed on children.

By Steven Yaccino

The unanimous decision by a Pennsylvania appeals court dismissed the criminal case against Monsignor William J. Lynn.

Response mixed on health insurance cancellations change

By Emery P. Dalesio

Reporting by the Associated Press shows that older policies are being allowed to continue in 36 states.

The World

Truce elusive, battles ensue in South Sudan

By Nicholas Kulish

Diplomats said they made progress in getting the sides to the negotiating table but no cease-fire talks have yet been set.

Japan stokes tensions with neighbors

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe (second from left) followed a Shinto priest at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo Thursday.

By Chico Harlan

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a shrine that is seen by its neighbors as a symbol of the nation’s unrepentant militarism.

Thai commission urges election delay

Riot police guided a young man outside a Bangkok stadium, where protesters Thursday were trying to disrupt planning for Thailand’s upcoming election.

By Chris Brummitt

The country’s election commission called for an upcoming election to be delayed as street battles left a police officer dead and nearly 100 people injured.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | Alan M. Dershowitz

Israel and the myopic BDS movement

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas listened to his chief negotiator Saeb Erekat in Cairo Saturday.

By Alan M. Dershowitz

The boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement against Israel actually makes it harder to negotiate a reasonable resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

JOANNA WEISS

Sometimes, the system works

By Joanna Weiss

Cases like that of Jeremiah Oliver, the missing boy from Fitchburg, become a symbol of dysfunction, but one little girl is a reminder that the foster care system can help children.

JOAN WICKERSHAM

A visit from St. Slotholas

By Joan Wickersham

A humorous take on the classic poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” reminds you to just enjoy the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

Metro

SJC decision could change handling of juvenile offenders

By Milton J. Valencia and John R. Ellement

Tuesday’s ruling will force a major examination of the way the state tries, sentences, and attempts to rehabilitate juveniles charged as adults.

Menino transit aide takes state post

Thomas Tinlin (right) is one of the longest-serving transportation commissioners in Boston history.

By Eric Moskowitz

Thomas Tinlin will become chief of operations and maintenance for the state’s roads and highways.

Family of rare tick disease victim urges vigilance

Lyn Snow (right), 72, was well known for her lyrical watercolor paintings of flowers.

By Kay Lazar

Lyn Snow died last week, apparently from Powassan virus, an illness that is capturing increasing attention from public health officials.

Business

Logan widens its reach and its impact

Twins Miroslav (right) and Elena Ustivzhanin greeted Sofa Levina after arriving from Amsterdam.

By Katie Johnston

Once considered among the most parochial of cities, Boston is becoming a gateway to the world.

Logan expects a 3d straight record in 2013

Logan International Airport officials expect to set a passenger record for the third year in a row.

By Katie Johnston

The steady growth is being driven by international travelers, whose numbers have risen 3.4 percent year to date from November 2012 to November 2013.

TD Bank focused on growth in current footprint

“We’re a bank that has lots of opportunities to grow,” said Mike Pedersen (above), chief executive of TD Bank.

By Deirdre Fernandes

Massachusetts’ fourth-largest bank isn’t planning any major acquisitions, but it still has plenty of room to grow, its CEO says.

Obituaries

Dr. Yusef Lateef, 93; UMass professor embraced world music

Dr. Lateef discussed his music at the Detroit Jazz Festival.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Lateef incorporated scales and instruments from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and decades ago introduced audiences to world music, before the term entered critical parlance.

Cynthia Russett, 76; penned seminal book on women

Mrs. Russett examined questions on sexual parity.

By Margalit Fox

Mrs. Russett’s best-known book explored attempts by Victorian thinkers to scientifically “prove” women’s inferiority.

Liang Boqi, 95; widow of purged Communist Party chief in China

Ms. Liang was married to Zhao Ziyang, who was removed from his post after the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

Sports

BU wrestling program grapples with the realities of extinction

BU’s Nestor Taffur, pumped up after a victory against top-ranked Penn State, flexed in a strong show of support for the Terriers’ program.

By Stan Grossfeld

Students, fans, parents, and alumni are mounting a grass-roots campaign in an attempt to save the sport, but it’s an uphill battle.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

UMass football’s move was a big-time mistake

UMass won only two games in two years under Charley Molnar. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

By Dan Shaughnessy

Firing Charley Molnar won’t solve the problems, and the school’s entire football program could be in jeopardy.

Stevan Ridley stays positive between ups, downs

“Getting your playing time cut and being benched and on the sideline isn’t anything that anybody wants to go through,” said Stevan Ridley, “so you have to battle back.”

By Shalise Manza Young

The Patriots tailback fumbled in three straight games, leading to his being benched for the game against Houston earlier this season.

G: Arts & Movies

Seduction plays for power in ‘Venus in Fur’

Chris Kipiniak and Andrea Syglowski star in the Hunting-ton Theatre Company’s production of “Venus in Fur.”

By Christopher Wallenberg

David Ives’s rollicking 2010 success will receive its Boston premiere courtesy of the Huntington Theatre Company.

Fort Point artists going from tenants to owners

Members of the residents association board applauded the acceptance of their $20 million bid for the Midway Studios building (left) in Fort Point.

By Geoff Edgers

The sale of Midway Studios to its residents, which hinges on some fund-raising, would mark a rare victory for Boston artists.

Lange feels ‘absolutely fine,’ and that’s no joke

“I’ve got to just talk how I talk and tell the truth, and if people don’t believe me, that’s my fault for the past that I’ve led. Hopefully people will see in time that I’m doing better than I was,” said Artie Lange.

By Nick A. Zaino III

With his own show on DirecTV and his engagement to his longtime girlfriend, Artie Lange is doing much better.

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