Front page

State promoted social worker before firing her

Three weeks before a social worker was fired over the case of a 5-year-old Fitchburg boy now feared dead, state officials promoted her.

Acting Boston Police Commissioner William Evans spoke with a Globe reporter about crime in 2013 at the department’s headquarters.

Boston homicides fall for fourth year

Despite the fall, the street supply of illegal guns remains steady enough for overall gun violence to continue unabated.

Dr. Kenneth Edelin left court after his 1975 manslaughter conviction.

Kenneth Edelin, the doctor at focus of abortion fight, dies

Dr. Edelin’s historic 1975 manslaughter conviction for performing an abortion and subsequent exoneration set off clamorous debates about Roe v. Wade and race.

The Brilliant Ice Sculpture crew polished the 7-foot-tall Boston Marathon piece after its unveiling at Copley.

Stressing safety for First Night

More police officers and firefighters will be on the streets Tuesday night as part of an expanded public safety plan for First Night.

Jeremy Peters, 10, of Southbridge tried on a sallet as he and his family visited the Higgins Armory Museum earlier this month.

Closing time at Worcester’s singular showplace of armor

For many visitors to the Higgins Armory Museum, it’s hard to believe it has closed for good after 83 years.

The Nation

Heavy smokers urged to have CT scans for lung cancer

By Deborah Kotz

A national panel of prevention experts concluded that CT scans are better than X-rays in detecting the cancers at an early, more curable stage.

Congress lets 55 tax breaks expire once again

By Stephen Ohlemacher

Lawmakers let these tax breaks lapse almost every year, even though Congress eventually renews them.

Judge sets bail for Pa. priest in sex abuse case

By Maryclaire Dale

The church official could be freed this week after a judge set his bail Monday at $250,000.

The World

Fear of terror grips Russia after bombings

Security officials checked the documents of passengers Monday at the entrance to the main railway station in Volgograd, the site of Sunday’s explosion.

By Steven Lee Myers

Twin terrorist attacks in the city of Volgograd within 24 hours injected new urgency into Russia’s effort to contain a diffuse Islamic insurgency.

Caucasus insurgents suspected in terror attacks in Russia

A second explosion destroyed a commuter bus in Volgograd, Russia.  An analyst said militants may be trying to embarrass the Kremlin ahead of the February Olympics.

By Jim Heintz

Although there has been no claim of responsibility for the Volgograd bombings, suspicion quickly fell on Caucasus rebels.

US offering security help for Olympics

By Julie Pace

The White House says the United States would seek closer consultation with Russia on security preparations after the Volgograd attacks.

Editorial & Opinion

PAUL MCMORROW

The city Menino built

Tom Menino, the shovel-ready mayor.

By Paul McMorrow

As mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino had a strong hand to play. He made the most of it.

Farah Stockman

New Year’s Day and the history of time

A detail from the Fasti Praenestini, a Roman calendar dated from the early first century. VIN is for Vinalia, a wine festival.

By Farah Stockman

How did we come to celebrate the new year in winter, when nothing is blooming and the world doesn’t feel new at all?

TOM KEANE

The futility of predictions

A trader wore

By Tom Keane

May your new year be happy, but know that the only thing you can be sure to expect is that much will be unexpected.

Metro

State promoted social worker before firing her

Department of Children and Families Commissioner Olga Roche spoke to reporters during a press conference announcing that the department had fired both the social worker and supervisor responsible for oversight of Fitchburg boy Jeremiah Oliver.

By Michael Levenson

Three weeks before a social worker was fired over the case of a 5-year-old Fitchburg boy now feared dead, state officials promoted her.

Stressing safety for First Night

The Brilliant Ice Sculpture crew polished the 7-foot-tall Boston Marathon piece after its unveiling at Copley.

By Eric Moskowitz

More police officers and firefighters will be on the streets Tuesday night as part of an expanded public safety plan for First Night.

Boston homicides fall for fourth year

Acting Boston Police Commissioner William Evans spoke with a Globe reporter about crime in 2013 at the department’s headquarters.

By Maria Cramer

Despite the fall, the street supply of illegal guns remains steady enough for overall gun violence to continue unabated.

Business

In Mass., housing market rocketed back in 2013

By Deirdre Fernandes

Analysts predict that a shortage of properties could make house hunting even more competitive next year.

Genzyme’s MS drug rejected by FDA

By Michael B. Farrell

In a major blow to Cambridge drug maker Genzyme, the Food and Drug Administration formally rejected a key multiple sclerosis drug, Lemtrada.

Boston Capital

Putnam’s David Glancy the Boston Capital fund manager of 2013

Putnam Investments’ David Glancy manages the Putnam Equity Spectrum Fund and the Putnam Capital Spectrum Fund

By Steven Syre

David Glancy of Putnam Investments is responsible for two Putnam funds with similar missions and both have enjoyed a spectacular year.

Obituaries

Kenneth Edelin, the doctor at focus of abortion fight, dies

Dr. Kenneth Edelin left court after his 1975 manslaughter conviction.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Edelin’s historic 1975 manslaughter conviction for performing an abortion and subsequent exoneration set off clamorous debates about Roe v. Wade and race.

Robert Neuwirth,80; gynecologist helped women avoid hysterectomies

By William Yardley

Dr. Neuwirth spent decades refining his techniques with the goal of finding simpler, more efficient ways to reduce painful and excessive menstrual bleeding.

Connie Dierking, 77; NBA veteran

Mr. Dierking (right) was a first-round pick of the Nationals, who later became the 76ers.

By Dan Sewell

Mr. Dierking, a former University of Cincinnati star, was a longtime NBA player and part of the trade that brought Wilt Chamberlain to Philadelphia.

Sports

Dan Shaughnessy

Here’s how the Patriots win in playoffs

New England Patriots Julian Edelman got airborne as he was sandwiched by Buffalo Bills Leodis McKelvin (left) and Jim Leonhard after a 7-yard reception on Sunday.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Maybe the Patriots, despite some shortcomings, can silence the doubters and win the Super Bowl.

ON FOOTBALL

Josh McDaniels should be skeptical of Browns

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels may consider a move to the Cleveland Browns to become their head coach.

By Ben Volin

The Patriots coordinator should be wary of the problems in Cleveland before considering its head-coaching vacancy.

Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones lead the field

Rob Ninkovich (50) and Chandler Jones (95) combined to sack Browns quarterback Jason Cambell Dec. 8.

By Shalise Manza Young

No defensive lineman in the NFL was on the field more than Jones or Ninkovich, both of whom played more than 95 percent of the Patriots’ defensive snaps in the regular season.

G: Living

Closing time at Worcester’s singular showplace of armor

Jeremy Peters, 10, of Southbridge tried on a sallet as he and his family visited the Higgins Armory Museum earlier this month.

By Geoff Edgers

For many visitors to the Higgins Armory Museum, it’s hard to believe it has closed for good after 83 years.

Your guide to First Night Boston 2014

The State Street fireworks display will begin at midnight over Boston Harbor.

By Vanessa Fernandes and Stephanie Hiltz

Here are some of the highlights, right up to the fireworks to ring in 2014.

Bookish | Matthew Gilbert

Crossing over: Sylvia Plath’s drawings

By Matthew Gilbert

Some of the world’s greatest creative souls have found expression through a variety of outlets, one that dominates their career and others that speak more to personal passions.

The cover for the October 2 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the October 1 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 30 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 29 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 28 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 27 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 26 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 25 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 24 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 23 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 22 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 21 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 20 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 19 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 18 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 17 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 16 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 15 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 14 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 13 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 12 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 11 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 10 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 9 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 8 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 7 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 6 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 5 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 4 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 3 2014 issue

Go to this issue
The cover for the September 2 2014 issue

Go to this issue