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Boston-12/17/2016- The first significant snow blanketed the region, as it took an hour to get from Pembroke to Braintree on Rt 3 northbound at 8a.m. traffic JohnTlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

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Nestor Ramos

A field guide to the worst kinds of Boston snow drivers

You’d think people would calm down behind the wheel when things get icy in Boston. But you’d be wrong.

Cambridge, MA - 4/25/2017 - Drinks are prepared at the bar at Les Sablons in Cambridge, MA, April 25, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Task force wants relaxed alcohol laws, higher taxes

The suggested changes could raise alcohol prices, but also make life easier for businesses and shoppers.

Catholic Charities of Boston is concerned that changes in the new tax law will lead to a decline in donations that support programs like the Yawkey Center food pantry in Dorchester.

Facing uncertainty, charities use new tax law to push for donations

Some charitable groups are urging people to make donations before New Year’s Day, when a powerful incentive runs out.

12/27/2017 QUINCY, MA Doris Prendiville (cq) was the guest of honor during a party held for her at Alba in Quincy. Doris was injured during a mugging before Thanksgiving. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

After mugging, 92-year-old is Queen for a Day in Quincy

Doris Prendiville was mugged days before Thanksgiving, suffering a fractured sternum. Wednesday was all about praising her grit.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/WebGraphics/Sports/BostonGlobe.com/2016/01/20moresports/seasonticket_90.jpg The Season Ticket podcast

Dan Shaughnessy joins guest host Chad Finn to break down why he believes this year’s Patriots have the easiest road to the Super Bowl yet.

Northern Essex Community College Professor Habib M. Maagoul with freshman student Riya Patel in his pre-calculus class. The college is working to overhaul its math curriculum.

Mass. state colleges are trying to solve a math problem

Massachusetts is embarking on its most ambitious effort yet to shake up how community colleges and four-year state universities teach math.

The Nation

IRS sets limits on prepaying property taxes, stirring confusion over GOP tax law

Residents filled out paper work and use locked drop boxes to pay their taxes at the Fairfax County Government Center  Thursday in Fairfax, Vir.

By Jeff Stein

The announcement clarifies who can prepay property taxes but also threatens to create confusion in across the country.

Arms numb, officer punches through ice to save a boy submerged in pond

An 8-year-old chasing his dog fell through the ice on this Utah pond. It was about 30 minutes before he was rescued.

By Marwa Eltagouri

His arms numb, an officer punched his way through a frozen pond to save a submerged boy

Singer files sex assault complaint against former Trump aide

Joy Villa wore a gown that said

Joy Villa said she has filed a sexual assault complaint against Corey Lewandowski for hitting her twice on her buttocks during a Washington gathering in November.

Editorial & Opinion

JOAN WICKERSHAM

The name of the elephant

By Joan Wickersham

We’re living through a series of moments that will take shape as history — stories told, analyzed, and understood — only in hindsight.

JOAN VENNOCHI

The power of Melania Trump

First Lady Melania Trump participates in NORAD Santa Tracker phone calls at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida on December 24, 2017.

By Joan Vennochi

The first lady is the one person Donald Trump really needs to keep in his corner.

Opinion | Michelle Wu

Boston City Council looks to fight national trends with local gains in 2018

Mayor Marty Walsh walks through a house being renovated for affordable housing.

By Michelle Wu

Through legislation and our bully pulpit, we are pushing for local solutions to larger issues.

Metro

Everything you need to know about First Night/First Day Boston 2018

Steven Rose from Ice Effects worked on a shark that is part of a nautical themed piece of ice work to be on display in Boston for First Night 2017.

By Sophia Eppolito

There’s a lot to see and do at this year’s celebration, which is free and open to all. Here are some key things to know if you plan to go.

Nestor Ramos

A field guide to the worst kinds of Boston snow drivers

Boston-12/17/2016- The first significant snow blanketed the region, as it took an hour to get from Pembroke to Braintree on Rt 3 northbound at 8a.m. traffic JohnTlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

By Nestor Ramos

You’d think people would calm down behind the wheel when things get icy in Boston. But you’d be wrong.

After mugging, 92-year-old is Queen for a Day in Quincy

12/27/2017 QUINCY, MA Doris Prendiville (cq) was the guest of honor during a party held for her at Alba in Quincy. Doris was injured during a mugging before Thanksgiving. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

By Cristela Guerra

Doris Prendiville was mugged days before Thanksgiving, suffering a fractured sternum. Wednesday was all about praising her grit.

Business & Tech

Facing uncertainty, charities use new tax law to push for donations

Catholic Charities of Boston is concerned that changes in the new tax law will lead to a decline in donations that support programs like the Yawkey Center food pantry in Dorchester.

By Andy Rosen and Jonathan Saltzman

Some charitable groups are urging people to make donations before New Year’s Day, when a powerful incentive runs out.

TECH LAB

Apple is testing customers’ trust with secrecy about slowing older iPhones

Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus during an Apple event in 2015. Battery performance in older phones has put the company on the hot seat recently.

By Hiawatha Bray

What bothers me isn’t the trivial slowdown; it’s the fact that I learned about it through some dedicated smartphone geeks, rather than from Apple.

Partners HealthCare, R.I. system extend merger talks

Partners HealthCare officials have indicated that a deal is contingent upon Care New England shoring up its finances.

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

Discussions will now spill over into 2018 in the hope of reaching a final deal.

Obituaries

David A. McLaughlin, 78, former judge in Superior Court

Judge McLaughlin served in Bristol County.

By J.M. Lawrence

Judge McLaughlin, of New Bedford, served on the bench in Bristol County from 1999 to 2009.

Johnny Bower, 93, oldest fulltime NHL goalie

Mr. Bower, who was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2007, played until he was 45 years old.

By Richard Goldstein

The Hall of Fame goaltender helped take the Toronto Maple Leafs to four Stanley Cup championships in the 1960s.

Heather Menzies-Urich, 68; was in ‘Sound of Music’

Heather Menzies-Urich (left) posed with her castmates from “The Sound of Music” Kym Karath (center) and Debbie Turner.

Mrs. Menzies-Urich played one of the singing von Trapp children in the hit 1965 film.

Sports

BEN VOLIN I ON FOOTBALL

James Harrison signing underscores Patriots’ mercenary makeup

Foxborough-12/27/2017 Patriots new hire, James Harrison on the practice field during warmups. John Tlumacki/Globe staff (sports)

By Ben Volin

The search for mercenaries actually began as soon training camp ended.

Patriots excited to have James Harrison in fold

Foxborough-12/27/2017 Patriots new hire, James Harrison on the practice field during warmups. John Tlumacki/Globe staff (sports)

By Nora Princiotti

What he could gain in New England is playing time, which he hadn’t been getting much of in Pittsburgh.

James Harrison asked Steelers to release him on three separate occasions

Foxborough-12/27/2017 Patriots new hire, James Harrison on the practice field with coach Bill Belichick. John Tlumacki/Globe staff (sports)

The longtime Steeler said his breaking point came when he did not play in a loss to the Patriots.

Thursday Scene

Happiness hacks: Eight ways to feel better in 2018

Winter hiking is one way to boost happiness in the new year.

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

Tom Brady’s diet not required.

Music

Bosstones are home between the holidays

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at last year’s Hometown Throwdown.

By Marc Hirsh

The band’s annual Throwdown is set for three nights at the House of Blues.

Thing Tank

Festivus miracles, hardscrabble Scrabble, and a SpaceX scare: It’s a thing

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket launches last week from Vandenberg Air Force Base, as seen from Redondo Beach, Calif.

By Michael Andor Brodeur

A look at the week online.