The Rev. Al Sharpton listened to Senator Elizabeth Warren last month. Sharpton says he was surprised by her ability to connect with black voters with her words and actions.

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Warren tackles race issues on road to any 2020 run

She’s highlighting ties to black leaders and emphasizing her work on legislation that would probably appeal to black Democrats.

// ‘Worcester martyr’ is laid to rest, and a city mourns

A funeral Mass was said Saturday for Christopher Roy, 36, who died Dec. 9 while battling a five-alarm blaze in Worcester.

Dan Shaughnessy

// Simply put, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have had the Steelers’ number

Despite its pedigree, Pittsburgh is just another team that loses it at the sight of Brady and Belichick.

Pittsburgh, PA 12-17-17: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7), after his faked spike move, throws a pass to wide reciever Eli Rogers (not pictured) in the end zone that would end up being tipped by the Patriots Eric Rowe (not pictured) and intercepted by New England's Duron Harmon (not pictured), wrapping up the win for the Patriots. The New England Patriots visited the Pittsburgh Steelers for an NFL regular season football game. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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Patriots’ keys to victory over the Steelers

Here’s the rundown on Sunday’s matchup.


// Patriots-Steelers feels like a rivalry, but the numbers say otherwise

New England has five straight and 12 of the last 15 meetings.

// With marijuana shops open, pot convention gets serious

Less than a month after the debut of legal marijuana sales in the commonwealth, thousands descended on Worcester for the second annual Harvest Cup.

// Tax hikes spur worries for older homeowners

Costly new projects in Belmont, Needham, and other towns could price some elderly out of their homes. Are there ways to ease the burden?

Newly empowered House Democrats are preparing to challenge President Trump’s authority in 2019.

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As Trump prepares for his holiday respite, he’s more isolated than ever

At a time when he will need all the strength, wisdom, firepower, and support around him, Donald Trump presides over a White House that is thinning out, not beefing up.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 09: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Economics professor Jonathan Gruber testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about his work on the Affordable Care Act in the Rayburn House Office building on Capitol Hill December 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. Gruber, who was a consultant paid by the authors of the Affordable Care Act and the Massachusetts universal health care program, called voters stupid and said that Obamacare would not have passed if lawmakers had really known what was inside the legislation during an academic conference earlier this year. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


Affordable Care Act ruling puts health of Americans — and our democracy — at risk

The ruling is ridiculous, but the case will likely head to the US Supreme Court, which does not represent anything close to the mainstream legal view on matters such as this.

// Willie Naulls, NBA All-Star who made history with Celtics, dies at 84

Naulls, who won three titles with Red Auerbach’s team, was part of the first NBA starting lineup made up entirely of African-American players.

In Acton and Boxborough, a communion of sorrow

Shannon Goyette (left) and Cynthia Pierce became friends when their children were in kindergarten. Both mothers lost a son to suicide.

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The unthinkable has been an all-too-common companion in two small neighboring towns, where six young people took their lives in the short span of 30 months. The questions keep coming: What is happening? And why? And when will it stop?

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// TSA says it no longer tracks regular travelers as if they may be terrorists

TSA officials said that the Quiet Skies surveillance program, which documented minor movements and behavior of some passengers, was scaled back after a Globe investigation.

// Matt Damon gave Boston a shoutout during his ‘Saturday Night Live’ monologue

In his second stint hosting the show, the Cambridge native bragged about how wonderful the holiday season can be in his hometown.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg on stage at the Museum of the City of New York on Saturday.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back to her usual workout routine

The US Supreme Court Justice fractured three ribs in a fall last month.

Yvonne Abraham

// At Revere road side, solace laced with fears

An accident killed two children. For many, the tragedy is too close to home.

Jeff Feccia was a welcome sight delivering trees in South Boston.

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That perfect tree is just a few clicks away

Online ordering and Internet-enabled sales strategies are transforming the Christmas tree trade for both tree sellers and their customers.

// Children gather at Roxbury community center for annual holiday party

For the past 19 years, peace advocate Isaura Mendes has transformed a community space into a sea of purple and green and filled it with holiday spirit.

Lexie Duseau plans to run next year’s Boston Marathon for Globe Santa.

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Runners take on Marathon for Globe Santa

Every year two runners take on Heartbreak Hill and the rest of the marathon to raise money for Globe Santa.


// Trump is bad at regifting. You don’t have to be.

“Well, I’m the namesake, so I got regifted all the things that were monogrammed for him at times,” Donald Trump Jr. said.


// ‘Reasonable doubt’ on climate change is killing the planet

Honest climate scientists acknowledge the limits of their work. But like defense lawyers in a TV drama, President Trump uses any flicker of doubt to let climate change go scot-free.


Special reports

Globe Magazine

// Help was a few feet away. Why didn’t they save her?

My wife, Laura Levis, did everything she could to save herself when the asthma attack began. She went to Somerville Hospital and called 911, too. How could she have been left to die just outside the emergency room?


// It’s All Downhill

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The Big Picture

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The Big Picture

Globe staff photos of the month: November 2018

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: a colorful sunrise, Christmas tree lightings, and high school sports.


// Appeals court rules that secret OxyContin documents must be released

A Kentucky appeals court side with STAT, upholding a ruling ordering the release of Purdue Pharma records about the marketing of the opioid OxyContin.

Love Letters: The Podcast

// Love Letters: Until next year, my sweetheart

In a special bonus episode, Meredith Goldstein explores what happens to summer romance when the summer ends, and “Wet Hot American Summer” creator David Wain shares a girl-crazy memory from his own camp days.

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