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Cambridge, MA, 12/19/2018 -- Santa Ed Donlan chatted with Keeley Arnold, 3, of Danvers (R) during an office Holiday party at a local tech company called Vertica. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 20badsantas Reporter:

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‘Some of them are real schmucks’: A Santa shortage is leading to some questionable portrayals of St. Nick

Among the complaints levied by veteran Santas: skinny Santas, cheap-suited Santas, Santas with crumbs on their coats or nicotine in their beards.

Traders at the New York Stock Exchange listen as Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is seen on a video screen giving a news conference from Washington after the Fed announced a rate increase, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Seeking middle ground, Fed raised rates, will be careful with increases next year

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates as expected, indicating that it sees the economy growing fast enough to merit a tap on the brakes. But it also dropped the number of expected rate increases in 2019.

President orders troops out of Syria

President Trump has ordered a rapid withdrawal of all 2,000 U.S. ground troops from Syria within 30 days, declaring the four-year American-led war against the Islamic State militant group as largely won, officials said Wednesday.

12/11/2018 AMESBURY, MA Beverly Daigle (cq) 76 of Southampton, waits for a group session to start at the Amesbury Council on Aging. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Depression, ranging in severity, shadows old age for nearly a third of Mass. seniors

Diagnoses, spanning in severity from mild seasonal affective disorder to major depressive disorder, affects 31.5 percent of people over 65, according to a new UMass-Boston report.

Penny Marshall.


Penny Marshall and the lasting impact of ‘A League of Their Own’

The film has visceral connections to what women are capable of, what women were once denied, what women can overcome, and how women can connect.