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Court lets police search phones without warrants

The state’s highest court ruled police do not need a search warrant to look at cellphone call lists following a person’s arrest.

// Complaint that judge shows bias dismissed

A commission voted to dismiss the complaint against Judge Raymond G. Dougan after a thorough investigation.

Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren following a meeting with the Massachusetts delegation in Rep. Edward Markey's office on Capitol Hill in November.

After her record haul, Warren slips into red

Elizabeth Warren — considered a preeminent scholar of American debt — asked for donations to help pay what a campaign official said was $400,000 in red ink.

A video capturing James Groccia’s exultation in opening a long desired, but rare, Lego set is a hit on YouTube.

Boylston boy’s joy delights web viewers

Any day with a set of Legos is a good day for 11-year-old James Groccia of Boylston. That simple philosophy was demonstrated in a YouTube video that’s now gone viral. In it, the fifth-grader reacts with unfettered joy when he opens a mysterious package and finds it contains a rare Lego set he’d been saving up for years to buy before it was discontinued. By Wednesday afternoon, the video had been viewed more than 1,040,000 times.

Pantry manager JoAnn Keegan got emotional when she saw the last two presents on the once-full shelves at St. Ann’s Church in Shrewsbury.

Many make up for theft of gifts in Shrewsbury

A church storage shed containing hundreds of Christmas gifts, collected over the course of the year, was ransacked, the thief clearing shelves of all but a plush toy and a basketball.

// Pianist, composer Dave Brubeck, 91; helped elevate jazz in ’50s

Mr. Brubeck’s cerebral approach to music helped him create the first jazz record to sell a million copies and first jazz single to reach 500,000 sales.

The Nation

Obama and Boehner discuss fiscal cliff by phone

“We can probably solve this in about a week; it’s not that tough,’’ President Obama told a business group Wednesday. House Speaker John Boehner attended a GOP strategy session.

By David Espo

Officials provided no details of the conversation, which came on the day Obama warned Republicans not to threaten to default.

Report details Mass. fallout if no deal is made

President Barack Obama delivered remarks to members of the Business Roundtable during a meeting at their headquarters Dec. 5, 2012 in Washington, DC. Obama spoke on the fiscal cliff negotiations and business relations.

By Matt Viser

No deal in fiscal cliff negotiations could cost 562,000 families in Massachusetts an average of $1,000 a year.

Fire damages 12 homes on NJ shore hit by storm

Firefighters worked on the blazes in homes in Manasquan, N.J., already flood-damaged by Sandy.


Since Hurricane Sandy smashed the Jersey shore, owners of flood-damaged homes up and down the coast feared something else might happen to their properties, sitting vacant and largely unwatched.

The World

Egypt crisis grows

At least 211 people were wounded in violence outside the presidential palace Wednesday.

By Hamza Hendawi and Aya Batrawy

At least 211 people were wounded Wednesday over the constitution drafted by Islamist allies of President Mohammed Morsi.

Israeli settlement plan tensions escalate

By Amy Teibel

Palestinians and Israelis hardened their positions Wednesday over a contentious new settlement push around Jerusalem.

US OK’d sending arms to Libya

By James Risen, Mark Mazzetti and Michael S. Schmidt

The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but US officials later grew alarmed.

Editorial & Opinion

Joan Vennochi

Are photojournalists obligated to help in rescues?

Stanley Forman of the Boston Herald American took this terrifying image of a 2-year-old girl and her godmother falling from a broken fire escape, a photograph that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1976. The girl survived the fall; her godmother did not.

By Joan Vennochi

A man about to be hit by a train; a girl falling from a fire escape: For photojournalists, the choice isn’t always clear.

Juliette Kayyem

McGovern, Kerry tackle the Cold War

Sergei Magnitsky’s death in 2009 was an international controversy.

By Juliette Kayyem

The case of a lawyer who died in a Russian jail has come to the fore as the US considers normalizing trade relations with Russia.


Tea Party scare tactics doom disabled treaty in Senate

The treaty, which forbids discrimination against people with disabilities, fell victim in the US Senate to scare tactics, wildly inaccurate statements, and rote ideological claptrap.

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Nicholas Burns

Refocus beyond Benghazi

By Nicholas Burns

letters | diplomatic tremors in the middle east

Netanyahu needs to lead with an eye toward two states

letters | dipilomatic tremors in the middle east

Building of settlements stands in way of peace

letters | diplomatic tremors in the middle east

Abbas’s UN bid only seems like a peaceful approach

letters | diplomatic tremors in the middle east

US muddles through in Mideast stance


Court lets police search phones without warrants

By John R. Ellement and Travis Andersen

The state’s highest court ruled police do not need a search warrant to look at cellphone call lists following a person’s arrest.

Boylston boy’s joy delights web viewers

A video capturing James Groccia’s exultation in opening a long desired, but rare, Lego set is a hit on YouTube.

By James H. Burnett III

Any day with a set of Legos is a good day for 11-year-old James Groccia of Boylston, the star of a YouTube home video with more than 1 million views.

Yvonne Abraham

Child-safe lockups

By Yvonne Abraham

Even though 37 other states, the US Supreme Court, and common sense agree that 17-year-olds are still kids, our state’s justice system treats them as adults.

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Globe Santa

Lacking in material goods, but not love and happiness

By Christopher Tangney


As NHL lockout drags, no gain for colleges and minors

A recent game between UMass and Northeastern University at Matthews Arena. Some local teams are drawing fewer people to rinks.

By Callum Borchers

In the Bruins’ absence, fans are not flocking to college and minor league games. In fact, attendance is down or flat.

Tech Lab

Low-priced Google laptop is a great idea

By Hiawatha Bray

The newest Chromebook’s performance is impressive, and the $249 price makes it one of the best bargains in the digital world.

Charity groups lobby against changes to deductions

By Beth Healy

Nonprofits in Boston and across the country are pressing lawmakers to preserve tax breaks for charitable giving.


Pianist, composer Dave Brubeck, 91; helped elevate jazz in ’50s

Mr. Brubeck played at Newport many summers.

By Mark Feeney

Mr. Brubeck’s cerebral approach to music helped him create the first jazz record to sell a million copies and first jazz single to reach 500,000 sales.

Jack Brooks; congressman helped write Civil Rights Act

Jack Brooks (far right) on Air Force One after President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.

By Michael Graczyk

Mr. Brooks, 89, hounded government bureaucrats, drafted President Nixon’s articles of impeachment, and supported civil rights bills in a congressional career spanning 42 years.

Elisabeth Murdoch, 103, mother of newspaper, media baron

Rupert and Elisabeth Murdoch in Australia.

By Robert D. McFadden

Dame Elisabeth was the mother of the media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, the widow of an Australian newspaper baron, and one of her nation’s most noted philanthropists.


Texans have a one-man swat unit in J.J. Watt

Tom Brady might see a few of his passes swatted right back at him by J.J. Watt, Houston’s destructive defensive end.

By Michael Whitmer

Tom Brady might see his passes swatted back at him by Watt, whom Bill Belichick calls the NFL’s “most disruptive player.”

Christopher L. Gasper

Jets’ mistake wouldn’t happen to Patriots

Rex Ryan chose to stick with Mark Sanchez as his starting quarterback.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Rex Ryan is sticking with Mark Sanchez, a bad move that Bill Belichick wouldn’t make. If he found a QB better than Tom Brady, he’d bench the New England icon.

Celtics 104, Timberwolves 94

Celtics shake off slow start and win

Rajon Rondo and Minnesota’s Luke Ridnour hit the deck after Rondo forced a turnover with some tough defense in his first game back from suspension.

By Gary Washburn

With Rajon Rondo back in the lineup, the Celtics put away the Timberwolves. Rondo had 17 points and 11 assists.

G: Style

G cover

The anatomy of a pop-up store

Flowering Rock has popped up on Charles Street to sell teas and other items for a short period of time.

By Kathleen Pierce

On Beacon Hill, he’s known as “the pop-up guy.” For the second year in a row, Michael Hunter has swooped into town with a sleighful of style.


The Sartorialist: Birth of an image maker

On Dec. 10, Scott Schuman will appear at Wellesley College to explain his street style in relation to the work of featured photographers at a Davis Museum exhibit.

By Jessica Teich

Scott Schuman, the street fashion photographer behind The Sartorialist blog, didn’t expect to settle into his career.

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Book review

‘Microscripts’ by Robert Walser

By Jan Stuart

Bargain Bin

North End holds Holiday Stroll

By Ami Albernaz


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Critic’s corner

Thursday night television

By Matthew Gilbert


Boston-area events

By June Wulff

Ask Martha

Handmade, creative gifts for the holidays

By Martha Stewart

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Globe North

Friends and mentors: Ayan and Cathy

Cathy Tobyne is teaching Ayan Kassim how to swim so one day they can go out on a kayak.

By Kathy McCabe

Ayan Kassim, 15, of Lynn, spends time every Monday after school with Cathy Tobyne, 54, of Danvers, a volunteer mentor with Children’s Friend and Family Services of Salem.


Not all in Everett willing to gamble on casino

Officials at the former Monsanto site currently being considered for a casino.

By John Laidler

A potential resort-style casino development by Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn is stirring a mostly cautious response from city leaders.

North Andover

North Andover to set annual tax rates

By Brenda J. Buote

Local leaders are set to hold their annual tax classification hearing, a meeting held each December to determine how much of the local tax burden each property owner must shoulder.

Globe South

Hingham fifth-graders learn social graces and dance steps

Among the fifth-graders in a social dance and etiquette course at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham were Lydia Boer and Chris Williams (above). After pairing up dancers, the class ends with a disco line dance lesson.

By Rebecca Delaney

The eight-week class, run by Boston Assemblies, teaches children dance steps and social skills.

In social dance class, youngsters also learn manners

During a Boston Assemblies social dance class, fifth-graders also learn social and etiquette skills.


Clipper publisher to step away from ownership


By Sarah Coffey

Duxbury Clipper owner Josh Cutler plans to step down as the paper’s publisher and divest his interest in the business as he prepares to be sworn in as state representative.

Globe West

Interest widens in proactive approach to school crises

By Meg Murphy

Hundreds of school districts nationwide have adopted a controversial safety protocol known as ALICE: alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate.

Keeping students safe

Used by most school districts nationwide when an armed intruder enters a school building or grounds, the lockdown protocol asks staff and students to sound alerts, lock doors, and remain calm while waiting for help.


Hunting opponents aim to end Weston deer hunt

By Jose Martinez

Opponents of deer hunting on Weston town land are working to prevent a pilot deer population-control program from continuing next fall.