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Mass. SJC bars no-parole life terms for youths

The court said scientific research shows that lifelong imprisonment for youths is cruel and unusual because their brains are “not fully developed.”

The nonprofit Music & Youth Initiative offers training and mentoring.

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Young musicians get lessons in the law

Members of the Music & Youth Initiative, a nonprofit music training and mentoring program, are learning how to protect their work.

JESSICA RINALDI FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Spirit of Christmas, near and far

Children enacted the story of Jesus’ birth during a Christmas Eve Mass at Blessed Mother Teresa Roman Catholic Church in Dorchester. In St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis offered a theme of humility, while thousands of pilgrims gathered in Bethlehem.

US academia split over boycott targeting Israel

The decision last week by an organization of scholars to boycott Israeli academic institutions has ignited debate on college campuses about academic freedom, the role of politics in scholarly life, and US support for Israel.