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Martin Walsh to take helm as mayor of Boston

Mayor-elect Martin Walsh joined seniors in a dance at Northeastern University’s Cabot Athletic Center on Sunday.

JESSICA RINALDI FOR THE GLOBE

Walsh becomes the city’s 48th mayor on Monday, unleashing the hopes, dreams, and pent-up ambitions of a new generation of Bostonians.

If Hawley wins its case, cash-strapped communities probably will follow the town’s lead and scrutinize conservation land as a possible source of cash, legal specialists say.

Tax-exempt status of conservation land in dispute

A case set to come before the state’s highest court could determine whether Mass. cities and towns can tax property owned by conservation groups.

A pedestrian struggled against the elements in St. Louis on Sunday as frigid temperatures pushed into much of the continental United States.

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Below-zero temperatures blanket the Midwest

Much of the nation is facing another winter wallop: a dangerous and potentially record-breaking cold.

Robert Weinberg, director of the Ludwig Center for Molecular Oncology at MIT, said the new grant from the Daniel K. Ludwig trust will enable his research center to have continuous funding “rather than eating hand-to-mouth” during a time in which federal funding for biomedical research has been reduced and is increasingly uncertain.

Harvard, MIT each get $90m for cancer research

A shipping magnate’s trust is making one of the largest philanthropic gifts to support cancer research.

Student debt rises in Mass. and the nation

Loan burdens are often heaviest at small private schools with modest endowments, where tuition is high and aid is limited.

The Nation

Below-zero temperatures blanket the Midwest

A pedestrian struggled against the elements in St. Louis on Sunday as frigid temperatures pushed into much of the continental United States.

By Tammy Webber and Kerry Lester

Much of the nation is facing another winter wallop: a dangerous and potentially record-breaking cold.

Election year is likely to sway agenda

Congress must deal with significant unfinished business before delving into political votes and campaigning breaks.

By Donna Cassata

Congress returns to work on Monday with election-year politics certain to shape an already limited agenda.

Bar exam in Kentucky blocked over past sex crime

By Brett Barrouquere

The state Supreme Court blocked a Kentucky man from taking the bar exam because he is a registered sex offender.

The World

Kerry vows help for Iraq in battle with militants

“This is a fight that belongs to the Iraqis,” said Secretary of State John Kerry.

By Loveday Morris and Anne Gearan

Secretary of State John Kerry promised support, but not troops, to Iraq in its battles with militants tied to Al Qaeda.

Kerry opens door to Iranian input in Syria truce talks

By Michael R. Gordon

Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that Iran might play a role at the upcoming peace talks on Syria.

Bangladesh election violence kills 18

Police kicked a man after an attack on a polling station in Bogra, north of Dhaka, Bangladesh on Sunday. Opposition activists torched more than 100 polling stations.

By Julhas Alam

Police fired at protesters, and opposition activists torched more than 100 polling stations during a national election boycotted by the opposition.

Editorial & Opinion

JOHN E. SUNUNU

What energy problem?

By John E. Sununu

Consumption in the US is falling, and it contradicts the gloom-and-doom narrative so many environmental activists use to raise money.

JAMES CARROLL

It’s time to abolish the Air Force

By James Carroll

By creating the Air Force as a stand-alone branch of the military, the 1947 overhaul made interservice rivalry worse.

opinion | Prodita Sabarini

Rights should be part of US ‘pivot’ to Asia

Papuan activist Filep Karma.

By Prodita Sabarini

US-supplied arms to Indonesia have been used in cracking down on resistance movements in West Papua and East Timor.

Metro

Tax-exempt status of conservation land in dispute

If Hawley wins its case, cash-strapped communities probably will follow the town’s lead and scrutinize conservation land as a possible source of cash, legal specialists say.

By Michael Levenson

A case set to come before the state’s highest court could determine whether Mass. cities and towns can tax property owned by conservation groups.

Harvard, MIT each get $90m for cancer research

Robert Weinberg, director of the Ludwig Center for Molecular Oncology at MIT, said the new grant from the Daniel K. Ludwig trust will enable his research center to have continuous funding “rather than eating hand-to-mouth” during a time in which federal funding for biomedical research has been reduced and is increasingly uncertain.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

A shipping magnate’s trust is making one of the largest philanthropic gifts to support cancer research.

Harvard, MIT each get $90m for cancer research

Robert Weinberg, director of the Ludwig Center for Molecular Oncology at MIT, said the new grant from the Daniel K. Ludwig trust will enable his research center to have continuous funding “rather than eating hand-to-mouth” during a time in which federal funding for biomedical research has been reduced and is increasingly uncertain.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

A shipping magnate’s trust is making one of the largest philanthropic gifts to support cancer research.

Business ǀ Science

Boston offers grit, glamour in shared startup spaces

Greg Ralich (seated), Joshua Resnikoff, and Aaron Panone chose Fringe — one of the grittier spaces — for their company, Cuppow.

By Callum Borchers

Businesses can pick from a diverse menu of shared spaces and probably find one that matches their needs and preferences.

Private equity firm buys Haverhill pasta maker

By Taryn Luna

Brynwood Partners has acquired Joseph’s Pasta Co., a 23-year-old Haverhill company that makes frozen pasta and sauces.

US economy comparatively strong, study asserts

The decline in labor force participation was worrisome, a study author says.

By Catherine Rampell and Shaila Dewan

The US economy is doing reasonably well — at least compared with what would be expected after a major financial crisis — according to a provocative study.

Obituaries

Dr. Joel J. Alpert, 83; urged health care for all children

Dr. Alpert was chairman emeritus of pediatrics at  the BU School of Medicine.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Alpert was chairman emeritus of pediatrics at the BU School of Medicine.

Eusebio, 71, dignified presence for Portuguese soccer teams

Eusebio, soaring to score against AC Milan in the European Cup final in 1963, had 679 goals in 678 official games.

By George Vecsey

Eusebio da Silva Ferreira — known as Eusebio in the Latin soccer single-name fashion — had 679 goals in 678 official games.

Jerry Coleman, 89, former Yankee, broadcaster

Jerry Coleman, shown at an old-timers’ game in 2010,  won four World Series titles with the Yankees.

By Bernie Wilson

The Hall of Fame broadcaster interrupted his pro career to fly as a Marine Corps pilot in World War II and Korea.

Sports

Colts at Patriots | Saturday, 8:15 p.m. (CBS)

Bill Belichick has high praise for Colts

Saturday was the 11th time Andrew Luck has led the Colts to a winning score in the fourth quarter or OT.

By Shalise Manza Young

As a result of the Chargers upsetting the Bengals, the Patriots will welcome the Colts to Gillette Stadium Saturday night in the divisional round.

Thunder 119, Celtics 96

Thunder roll over the Celtics

The Thunder’s Reggie Jackson drives past (clockwise from left) Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley, and Brandon Bass for 2 of his 27 points.

By Baxter Holmes

The loss in Oklahoma City marked the Celtics’ fourth straight defeat and their seventh in eight games.

Jameis Winston out to end year on good note

This isn’t the only image that comes to mind when fans think of Jameis Winston. The QB struggled through sexual assault allegations this season.

By Mark Blaudschun

The Florida State QB, after a season marked by sexual assault allegations, can end the year a national champion Monday night.

G: Health

Health

Scammers take aim at aging population

A growing body of research suggests that older adults may not make the best financial choices when pressed to make decisions in an unfamiliar setting.

By Kay Lazar

Financial exploitation of seniors is expected to grow as the population ages, but advocates are trying to lessen the harm.

Movie Review

Very little is new in latest ‘Paranormal Activity’

A scene from the found-footage thriller “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.”

By Peter Keough

The latest in the series, “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,” further diminishes the promise of the 2007 original.

Book Review

‘Bingo’s Run’ by James A. Levine

“Bingo’s Run” is the second novel by James A. Levine, a professor at the Mayo Clinic.

By Max Winter

Levine’s second novel steps into the shoes, and mind, of a drug-running teen.

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Daily Dose

Children’s concussions and brain rest

By Deborah Kotz

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Pulling an all-nighter could damage brain

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Health Answers

Do children need their cholesterol checked?

By Courtney Humphries

Events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Monday

By Michael Andor Brodeur

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

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Menino suits up for auction Monday

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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More than one throwing arm in Brady family

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Honors for ‘American Hustle,’ Chris Cooper

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Joey McIntyre show moves forward with casting

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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The Revere hosting ‘Girls’ season premiere

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Injured Matt Damon has a special backpack

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein