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Chuck Berry performed at the Music Hall on Oct. 6, 1971.

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In 2017, we said goodbye to a galaxy of luminaries

The deaths of such cultural game-changers as Chuck Berry and Mary Tyler Moore struck a poignant note in 2017, a year when notions of race and gender were being tested.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/31/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/cold8.jpg Are you crazy? No, just a (cold) Patriots fan.

It was the third coldest Patriots game since 1993. Yet the fans didn’t complain much, in true New England fashion.

Sports gambling case has Massachusetts casinos at the ready

The odds are fairly good that the state’s gambling market will significantly change before all the state’s casinos are open.

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How Dr. Phil’s new addiction recovery venture trades on his TV show’s marketing clout

One Florida facility that Dr. Phil endorsed on his show as one of the best in the nation has a troubled owner and has had scores of teens go missing in the past two years.

The Nation

How Dr. Phil’s new addiction recovery venture trades on his TV show’s marketing clout

By Evan Allen and David Armstrong

One Florida facility that Dr. Phil endorsed on his show as one of the best in the nation has a troubled owner and has had scores of teens go missing in the past two years.

Democrats in high-tax states plot ways to blunt impact of new tax law

“They want to target us for certain provisions?” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, a Democrat. “Well, let’s see if we can redesign our tax code to get out of the federal trap that they set.”

By Ben Casselman

Officials in New York, California, and other states are considering legal challenges as well as ideas that were once considered far-fetched.

Recreational marijuana sales are now legal in California

A clerk showed marijuana plants to customers at the Harborside cannabis dispensary in Oakland on New Year’s Day.

By Thomas Fuller

Proponents believe the state will become the world’s largest market for legalized pot.

The World

Iranian president urges calm as protests continue

Students reacted to riot police who threw a smoke grenade during a protest at Tehran University over the weekend. Rallies have continued across the country for four days.

By Erin Cunningham

The government on Sunday also blocked Instagram and the messaging app Telegram.

10 US citizens, 2 locals killed in Costa Rica plane crash

A photo provided by Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Security showed the site of the plane crash.

By Globe news services

A plane carrying 10 U.S. citizens and two local crewmembers crashed in a wooded area, killing all aboard Sunday, Costa Rica’s government said.

Suicide bomber kills at least 17 at funeral in Afghanistan

By Zabihullah Ghazi and Fahim Abed

The attacker set off an explosive vest among mourners gathered for the funeral of a former district chief in Haskah Menah.

Editorial & Opinion

EDITORIAL

Boston needs a ‘night mayor’

Can’t grab a burger after 11 p.m.? That could be a job for a new night life manager.

Opinion | Diane Hessan

Letters from America look back on 2017, forward to 2018

By Diane Hessan

A group of respondents from across the political spectrum expressed their hopes and fears for the new year.

Letters

Boston’s byways could use more ‘Goody-goody’ drivers

“I would like to add another listing to Ramos’s ‘field guide’: the Graduate of the Ayn Rand School of Driving.”

Metro

Are you crazy? No, just a (cold) Patriots fan.

Fans bundled up at Sunday’s Patriots-Jets football game.

By Dugan Arnett

It was the third coldest Patriots game since 1993. Yet the fans didn’t complain much, in true New England fashion.

Sports gambling case has Massachusetts casinos at the ready

Said Stephen Crosby (above), chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, on sports gambling: “If the Legislature wants to move quickly, we’d like to tee it up for them and say, ‘Here’s what the issues are.’ ”

By Mark Arsenault

The odds are fairly good that the state’s gambling market will significantly change before all the state’s casinos are open.

In 2017, we said goodbye to a galaxy of luminaries

Chuck Berry performed at the Music Hall on Oct. 6, 1971.

By Joseph P. Kahn

The deaths of such cultural game-changers as Chuck Berry and Mary Tyler Moore struck a poignant note in 2017, a year when notions of race and gender were being tested.

Business & Tech

More fights over Obamacare and Medicaid likely in 2018

Andrew Dreyfus, chief executive of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, says his company will fight to preserve the Affordable Care Act.

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

Health care executives and Mass. politicians worry that Republicans are not finished trying to repeal, or at least weaken, the Affordable Care Act.

Big new seafood processing plant planned for Seaport

Flashing knives made quick work of farm-raised salmon in the fillet room of the North Coast Seafood fish processing plant in South Boston.

By Jon Chesto

The plan shows the port’s new focus on processing — rather than catching — seafood.

STAT

Is China’s offer of a free physical a ‘ruse’?

A Uighur child raised a Chinese national flag near a vendor barbecuing skewered lamb meat in Kashgar in western China’s Xinjiang region.

By Rebecca Robbins

Critics say the Physicals for All program has another purpose: government surveillance that violates the basic genetic privacy rights of millions.

Obituaries

Phil Levy, 75, unruffled assignment editor at WCVB

Mr. Levy spent 30 years at WCVB, where he also produced midday and 6 p.m. newscasts.

By Marvin Pave

Some co-workers compared Mr. Levy to a maestro conducting a symphony of reporters and camera crews.

John Portman, 93, architect who made skylines soar

Mr. Portman posed in 2006 in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. His atrium hotels were widely imitated.

By Robert D. McFadden

Mr. Portman was one of the world’s best-known and most influential architects.

John E. Nolan Jr., 90; helped negotiate Bay of Pigs prisoner release

By Bart Barnes

Mr. Nolan also played a prominent role in the Justice Department’s efforts during the civil rights movement.

Sports

BEN VOLIN I ON FOOTBALL

Patriots’ offense has to be better in the playoffs

Foxborough MA 12/31/17 New England Patriots Brandin Cooks celebrates his touchdown recpetion against the New York Jets during second quarter action at Gillette Stadium. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic reporter:

By Ben Volin

The Patriots badly need this bye week coming up, to get Rex Burkhead, James White, and Chris Hogan healthy.

Tara Sullivan

Patriots don’t appear ready to make a long playoff run, do they?

Jets cornerback Juston Burris took down Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola in the first quarter.

By Tara Sullivan

Sure, they are the No. 1 seed, but this year feels different.

Patriots 26, Jets 6

Dion Lewis bided his time, and Patriots were rewarded

Foxborough MA 12/31/17 New England Patriots Dion Lewis signaling first down after a 17 yard run against the New York Jets during third quarter action at Gillette Stadium. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic reporter:

By Jim McBride

Lewis, who tore his ACL in 2015 and struggled to get back up to speed, had 133 yards on offense and two touchdowns, capping off a terrific season.

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Celtics 108, Nets 105

Celtics ring in New Year with narrow win over Nets

By Adam Himmelsbach

BEN VOLIN I INSTANT ANALYSIS

Patriots win, but offense is heading in wrong direction

By Ben Volin

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

Rob Gronkowski had a quiet afternoon

By Jim McBride

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

The Nets are no longer a joke

By Gary Washburn

Sugar Bowl: Clemson vs Alabama | Monday 8:45 p.m. (ESPN)

Familiar foes meet again, this time in College Football Playoff semifinal

By Paul Newberry

Rose Bowl: Georgia vs. Oklahoma | Monday 5:10 p.m. ( ESPN)

Oklahoma, Georgia have larger prize in mind than Rose Bowl

By Ralph D. Russo

Healthy Life

Joshua Weilerstein replaces Charles Dutoit in NY Philharmonic series

Joshua Weilerstein was appointed assistant conductor at the New York Philharmonic in 2011.

By Andrew R. Chow

Weilerstein, a New England Conservatory graduate, was appointed assistant conductor at the Philharmonic in 2011.

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At MatzoBall, the guests were in a festive mood

From left: Alex Caramanica of Waltham, Alex Hartman of Weston, Mike Micco of Waltham, Jenny Enfield of Weston, and Gage Hartman of Weston.

By Bill Brett

The 31st annual Jewish singles event was held on Christmas Eve at Royale Nightclub.

TV Critic’s Corner

Hangover helpers for New Year’s viewing

New Year’s TV marathons include Rod Serling’s “Twilight Zone.”

By Michael Andor Brodeur

It’s marathon season! Don’t worry, no running necessary.

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