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Things That Work

Could a ‘night mayor’ awaken Boston’s sleepy night life?

Boston’s reputation for a sleepy, sometimes underwhelming night life has long been a buzzkill.

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President Trump is spending the holiday season reveling in his tax overhaul victory, but the new year may bring bad tidings.

A note to Globe readers about our sexual harassment coverage

The editor of The Boston Globe confirms the identity of a former Globe journalist and addresses questions about the paper’s recent coverage.

NEEDHAM, MA - 9/13/2017: A view of a home in the neighborhood of the construction project. A controversial 136-unit Chapter 40B project is under construction in Needham, replacing two single family homes on six acres at 692 and 744 Greendale Ave.(David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: REGIONAL TOPIC 01chapter40b

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New rules set off rush to prepay taxes

To the bewilderment of municipal workers, taxpayers are dropping off checks to beat changes contained in the sweeping federal tax bill passed this week by Congress.

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Jackie Bradley Jr. On Yankees' Splashy Offseason: 'Paper Doesn't Win Ballgames'

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A lopsided majority of United Nations members rebuked the United States on Thursday.

The Nation

A note to Globe readers about our sexual harassment coverage

The editor of The Boston Globe confirms the identity of a former Globe journalist and addresses questions about the paper’s recent coverage.

Is an anti-Trump wave ahead for GOP in 2018? Signs say yes

Senator Mitch McConnell (left), House Speaker Paul Ryan, and other lawmakers watched Senator Orrin Hatch sign the final version of the GOP tax bill.

By Astead W. Herndon

President Trump is spending the holiday season reveling in his tax overhaul victory, but the new year may bring bad tidings.

Owner says record-holding cats died in November house fire

FILE- In this Sept. 13, 2017 file photo, Will Powers holds his cat Arcturus Aldebaran Powers in Farmington Hills, Mich. Two Guinness World Records-holding cats have been missing after a fire gutted their owners' suburban Detroit home on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. Powers says in a statement that the remains of Arcturus and Cygnus were found Wednesday, Dec. 20 in the basement of the home. Arcturus was the world's tallest domestic cat, measuring at about 19 inches. Cygnus was the domestic cat with the world's longest tail, at more than 17 inches. (Edward Pevos /The Ann Arbor News via AP, File)

Will Powers says in a statement that the remains of Arcturus and Cygnus were found Wednesday in the basement of their Farmington Hills home.

The World

Defying Trump, UN General Assembly condemns US decree on Jerusalem

Members of the Palestinian delegation leave the General Assembly hall after a vote on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly in which the United States declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital was declared “null and void.”

By Rick Gladstone and Mark Landler

A lopsided majority of United Nations members rebuked the United States on Thursday.

Melbourne car attack was not connected to terrorism, police say

Australian police couldn’t point to a motive for Thursday’s attack, which paralyzed the city of Melbourne heart at the end of the workday,

By Tacey Rychter

The driver of an SUV who plowed into a crowd on a busy Melbourne street on Thursday, was mentally ill, Australian officials said.

Editorial & Opinion

EDITORIAL

Donald Trump’s tax bill ponies up for RE cronies

The signatures of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, foreground can be seen as Ryan, left, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, second from left, congratulate each other after signing the final version of the GOP tax bill during an enrollment ceremony at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The White House insists the tax bill will be a drain on Donald Trump’s finances, when the opposite is plainly true.

SCOT LEHIGH

Longing for the Ghost of Christmas Cards Past

Mandatory Credit: Photo by LISI NIESNER/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9295011b) An old farm house glows at dusk as it snows one week ahead of Christmas in the alpine village of Ramsau, Austria, 16 December 2017. Snow in Ramsau, Austria - 16 Dec 2017

By Scot Lehigh

A Christmas accounting of cards and chords.

Opinion | Kade Crockford and Joi Ito

Don’t blame the algorithm for doing what Boston school officials asked

BOSTON, MA - 9/07/2017: Busses arrive in the morning at the Quincy School, Chinatown on the first day of school for Boston that is today with the focus on whether the new bus routes actually work. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC

By Kade Crockford and Joi Ito

Computers, no matter how sophisticated, cannot solve political problems.

Metro

Man pleads not guilty to two murders, including shooting motorcyclist on Expressway

Lance Holloman, 30, faces two counts of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of Scott Stevens Jr., 32, of Taunton and Michaela Gingras, 24.

By Travis Andersen

Lance Holloman was ordered held without bail, a condition first imposed during his earlier District Court arraignment on the same charges.

KEVIN CULLEN

For one family in Chelsea, a Feliz Navidad

Francisco Rodriguez.

By Kevin Cullen

Francisco Rodriguez is the human face of a heartless, cynical, numbers-driven roundup of hard-working undocumented immigrants.

Officers make special delivery: baby girl born at police station in Mattapan

Baby Francesca Pierre and her mom, Tracey, were greeted by Boston Police Officer Nadia Siconolfi (right) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after she was born outside of the District B-3 police station Thursday morning.

By Emily Sweeney

Tracey and Francis Pierre were rushing to the hospital, but their baby girl had other plans.

Business & Tech

New rules set off rush to prepay taxes

NEEDHAM, MA - 9/13/2017: A view of a home in the neighborhood of the construction project. A controversial 136-unit Chapter 40B project is under construction in Needham, replacing two single family homes on six acres at 692 and 744 Greendale Ave.(David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: REGIONAL TOPIC 01chapter40b

By Katheleen Conti and Hiawatha Bray

To the bewilderment of municipal workers, taxpayers are dropping off checks to beat changes contained in the sweeping federal tax bill passed this week by Congress.

hiawatha bray | tech lab

The software that runs our lives can be bigoted and unfair. But we can fix it

By Hiawatha Bray

Automated decision systems are in wide use. But what if the computer relied on data that was tilted against certain races or nations of origin?

Biogen shares drop after Alzheimer’s drug trial setback

12/4/2017 - Cambridge, MA - Biogen - Michel Vounatsos is the Chief Executive Officer of Biogen. Patients finally have a drug to stop the cruel progression of spinal muscular atrophy. But the drug sold by Biogen remains out of reach for most because hospitals lack the funds and infrastructure to administer it and insurance companies spooked by its $750,000 pricetag are restricting coverage. Families struggling to get Spinraza injections for their children with SMA are flying across the country, driving to other states, and filing appeal after appeal with insurers. Topic: 03spinrazamain. Story by Robert Weisman and Jon Saltzman/Globe Staff. Photo by Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

By Robert Weisman

The move comes after the Cambridge biotech reported that an experimental Alzheimer’s drug showed disappointing results in a mid-stage clinical trial.

Obituaries

Calestous Juma, 64, champion of sustainable international development

Calestous Juma said, “Being able to think about new things” was a big part of his childhood.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Juma, a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, was a champion of innovation and sustainable international development.

Keely Smith, 89; was 1950s nightclub singing sensation

By Adam Bernstein

The smoky-voiced balladeer became a star along with her then-husband, the comically disruptive entertainer Louis Prima.

Clifford Irving, at 87; published fake Howard Hughes book

Irving was tried for fraud after his false Howard Hughes autobiography was uncovered.

By Jennifer Kay

A novelist of little note, Mr. Irving conned McGraw-Hill into paying him a $765,000 advance for a book about the reclusive Hughes.

Sports

BRUINS 2, JETS 1

Birthday boy Charlie McAvoy gives Bruins shootout win

Boston-12/21/2017 Boston Bruins vs Winnipeg Jets- Bruins Charlie McAvoy is congratulated by teammates including Jake DeBrusk after his overtime winning goal. John Tlumacki/Globe staff (sports)

By Fluto Shinzawa

David Pastrnak and McAvoy scored in the shootout for Boston.

THURSDAY’S SCHOOL ROUNDUP

No. 16 Arlington boys’ basketball tops Watertown

Watertown, MA 12-21-17: Watertown's Yoseph Hamad (15,left) and Arlington's james Gascoigne (14,right) battle for a first quarter loose ball. Arlington visited Watertown in a boy's high school basketball game. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Nate Weitzer

Unbeaten Spy Ponders (3-0) turned 23 Raider turnovers into 16 fastbreak points in 51-42 road win.

Patriots’ defense has big challenge in Bills’ Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2017, file photo, Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) plays during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The (8-6) Bills take on the (11-3) Patriots on Sunday. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

By Nora Princiotti

The Patriots still have the worst run defense by yards per attempt (4.9) in the NFL.

Weekend

★★★½ | Movie Review

‘Call Me by Your Name’ is full of light and landscape and unstoppable beauty

Timothée Chalamet with Armie Hammer in “Call Me by Your Name.”

By Ty Burr

“Call Me by Your Name” is frank about adolescent love and lust — the ecstasies, jealousies, melodrama, and pain.

comedy

The 10 best stand-up specials of 2017

Maria Bamford

By James Sullivan

In a year when the new normal was no laughing matter, Maria Bamford, Bill Burr, Jerry Seinfeld, and seven other comics offered a weird, wonderful respite.

Photography review

At the ICA, ‘The Brown Sisters’ and much more from Nicholas Nixon

“Bebe and I, Brookline, 2011” is part of “Nicholas Nixon: Persistence of Vision” at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

By Mark Feeney

The photography show “Nicholas Nixon: Persistence of Vision” looks at a career consistent in its chronicling of change.

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