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Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases from Calif., N.Y.

It will decide whether same-sex married couples can be deprived of federal benefits, and it will review a state ban on same-sex marriage.

Ellie Callahan’s helicopter has been a yuletide star in Maynard for decades.

In Maynard, a new spin on Santa’s sleigh

The big guy has been flying by helicopter to the Maynard Christmas Parade for two decades.

The Waterfall Education Center, the day-care business run by the wife of accused pedophile John Burbine, was located in the center of Wakefield, on Lincoln Street.

Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

Missed chance to stop accused Wakefield abuser

Officials say two early cases went nowhere because the families decided not to cooperate.

Parents weigh child care risks after Wakefield sex abuse case

Parents and child advo­cates said the Wakefield day-care abuse case highlights the challenges of guarding against dangerous providers.

The Nation

Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases from Calif., N.Y.

James Griener (left) and Paul Harris thanked a clerk in Vancouver, Wash. The couple was the first to get a marriage license in Clark County on Thursday morning.

By Milton Valencia and Tracy Jan

It will decide whether same-sex married couples can be deprived of federal benefits, and it will review a state ban on same-sex marriage.

Syrian rebels target airport to cut off regime’s supplies

By Barbara Surk

Rebels said the regime has stationed troops and elite forces there as well as military planes that transport ammunition.

Mich. governor says he’ll sign right-to-work bill

By Chris Christoff

The plan prompted demonstrations in the Lansing Capitol by hundreds of chanting union supporters.

The World

Egypt president turns to Islamist supporters

Members of the Morsi-allied Muslim Brotherhood carried a coffin in Cairo.

By David D. Kirkpatrick

Facing the most serious crisis of his presidency, Mohammed Morsi is leaning more than ever on his Islamist allies.

Long-exiled Hamas leader visits Gaza Strip

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal (center) and Ismail Haniyeh (center right), the Hamas prime minister, waved from the roof of a vehicle following Meshaal’s arrival in Rafah.

By Steven Erlanger

It was a symbolically powerful visit that sought to reinforce Hamas’ contention that it was victorious in its eight-day violent clash with Israel.

Russia’s Medvedev defends erosion of his legacy

By Max Seddon

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev defended new laws that rolled back his own as Russia’s previous president.

Editorial & Opinion

John A. Farrell

Tip’s ‘creative fidelity’

 As House speaker, Thomas P. O’Neill found his match in President Reagan.

By John A. Farrell

Reflecting on what would be Thomas P. O’Neill’s 100th birthday: At the core of his greatness was authenticity and adaptability.

Renée Loth

Extend the rights of victims

By Renée Loth

The batterers don’t care about citizenship or sexual orientation when they terrorize their partners. Neither should Congress.

Lawrence Harmon

Declaring peace in teacher contract talks

By Lawrence Harmon

There’s got to be a better way to improve schools while ensuring fairness for teachers. It turns out there is a better method — something labor experts call interest-based bargaining.

Metro

Missed chance to stop accused Wakefield abuser

The Waterfall Education Center, the day-care business run by the wife of accused pedophile John Burbine, was located in the center of Wakefield, on Lincoln Street.

By Michael Rezendes and Peter Schworm

Officials say two early cases went nowhere because the families decided not to cooperate.

Parents weigh child care risks after Wakefield sex abuse case

By Martine Powers

Parents and child advo­cates said the Wakefield day-care abuse case highlights the challenges of guarding against dangerous providers.

In Maynard, a new spin on Santa’s sleigh

Ellie Callahan’s helicopter has been a yuletide star in Maynard for decades.

By David Filipov

The big guy has been flying by helicopter to the Maynard Christmas Parade for two decades.

More Stories

Who hired Mass. highway safety director remains a mystery

By Sean P. Murphy and Brian MacQuarrie

Globe Santa

Road races contribute to Globe Santa

By John C. Burke

Business

Despite drop in jobless rate, concerns remain

Employers added 146,000 jobs in November. A store in San Francisco advertised that it was looking for workers Friday.

By Megan Woolhouse

Employers added more jobs than expected last month, but the rate of job growth remains so slow that it would take another decade to return to prerecession levels.

Locke-Ober auction marks an end to the venerable restaurant

Ralph Stewart held a vintage silver platter from restaurant Locke-Ober at an auction on Friday.

By Laura Finaldi

Fond memories brought hundreds to the storied restaurant as items — mirrors, glassware, ashtrays, and table lamps — went on the auction block.

Steward’s bid for Maine hospital group falls through

By Robert Weisman

In a terse statement, Boston-based Steward Health Care System said it was “unable to come to a definitive agreement” with Mercy Health System.

Obituaries

Henry Blackwell, 76, taxi driver-turned-English professor

HENRY BLACKWELL

By Melissa M. Werthmann

Dr. Blackwell taught at Boston College for 32 years and offered encouragement to students who had not seen their own potential.

Eileen Moran, 60, visual effects whiz for ‘Lord of the Rings’

Eileen Moran received an award for her work on “Avatar.”

By Douglas Martin

Ms. Moran worked closely with director James Cameron on ‘‘Avatar’’ and with director Peter Jackson on the ‘‘Lord of the Rings’’ trilogy and ‘‘The Hobbit.’’

Frederick Neumann, 86, actor devoted to Samuel Beckett’s work

Mr. Neumann in Samuel Beckett’s “Wesward Ho” in 1986.

By Bruce Weber

Mr. Neumann was an actor and director who helped forge the distinguished New York experimental troupe Mabou Mines.

Sports

76ers 95, Celtics 94

Celtics squander chances in overtime loss

Rajon Rondo had 16 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds Friday night against the Sixers.

By Gary Washburn

Rajon Rondo posted his first triple-double of the season but missed two buzzer-beaters as the Celtics fell to the Sixers.

Pedro Martinez says he pitched clean for Red Sox

In seven years with the Sox, Pedro Martinez went 117-37. Later with the Mets, he was “pushed too far” with injuries.

By Peter Abraham

He offered no firm opinion on the Hall of Fame candidacies of Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, but said he was clean during the “Steroid Era.”

Trevor Scott came through for Patriots

Trevor Scott took advantage of his opportunity last Sunday with a forced fumble and two sacks against the Dolphins.

By Michael Whitmer

With Chandler Jones and Jermaine Cunningham out, Scott forced a fumble and had two sacks against the Dolphins.

G: Family

Program trains youth sports coaches to accentuate the positive

By Joseph P. Kahn

CHAMPS Boston, a youth-development program, is responsible for training more than 3,500 coaches working with 75,000 young athletes in the Greater Boston area.

Six tools to help coaches improve too

By Joseph P. Kahn

Six tips for youth sports coaches, from “The Power of Double-Goal Coaching,” by PCA founder Jim Thompson.

From the Archives

From Boston Globe archives: The attack on Pearl Harbor

The attack left more than 2,400 dead, 68 of them civilians after waves of Japanese carrier based fighters and bombers turned the naval base in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor into an inferno.

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‘She Loves Me Not’ by Ron Hansen

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Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

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Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Patrick Wolff

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Gisele Bundchen confirms baby’s birth with Facebook message

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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It’s all about the Barbies for Joel Benjamin

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Stephen King at UMass-Lowell

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Report: Lindsay Lohan at Jingle Ball to see the Wanted

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Jacques Pépin inspects his papers at BU

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ADL honors Jonathan Lavine

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