As Vermont official, Sanders ?got things done?

After Bernie Sanders won the mayoral race in Burlington, Vt., in 1981, some felt the socialist?s career would be short.

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Bernie Sanders had some critics. But few dispute that his reforms resulted in an efficient and responsive city government.

// Sanders campaign shifting to broaden primary appeal

As the Democratic contest heats up, Bernie Sanders is trying to move beyond his core audience while keeping his base revved up.

Somali men watched as fires burned amidst the destruction outside the Sahafi Hotel in Mogadishu.

Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP

9 dead in hotel attack in Somalia, officials say

The attack started at daybreak when a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle laden with explosives at the gate of the Sahafi Hotel.

// Lost El Faro cargo ship may have been found

The ship went missing with 33 crewmembers aboard, including several with New England ties, during Hurricane Joaquin.

Melvin at one of his usual spots in Kenmore Square, his home since the 1980s.

Eileen Clynes


A Kenmore Square fixture, Melvin has gone missing

People are wondering what happened to Melvin, a homeless man who has been a familiar presence for 30 years.

The blackjack dealer announced a winning hand at Hollywood Casino in Bangor, where the early crowds (below) have since gestures after dealing a winning hand at Hollywood Slots, Friday, March 16, 2012

After hot start, Bangor casino slipping

What?s happening in Maine could be a harbinger of what could happen if Massachusetts? first casino continues to see revenue decline.

critic?s notebook

// ?Spotlight? rekindles Hollywood?s love-hate affair with newspapers

Hollywood has never been able to make up its mind whether journalists represent the best of America or its worst possible impulses.

Maria Interiano sent the last text messages she received from her brother, Santos (below), to a Texas Ranger in October.

Cruelty compounds loss for families of missing

It was already a devastating year for Maria Interiano, whose brother went missing crossing into Texas. Then the scam artists preyed on her pain.

In this image released by the Prime Minister's office, Sherif Ismail, right, looks at the remains of a crashed passenger jet in Hassana Egypt, Friday, Oct. 31, 2015. A Russian aircraft carrying 224 people, including 17 children, crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous region in the Sinai Peninsula about 20 minutes after taking off from a Red Sea resort popular with Russian tourists, the Egyptian government said. There were no survivors.(Suliman el-Oteify, Egypt Prime Minister's Office via AP)

Russian airliner crashes in Egypt, killing 224

The pilot reported technical difficulties before the aircraft crashed, killing everyone aboard, officials said.

Governor Charlie Baker.

Yvonne Abraham

Baker needs to lead on transgender rights

If he came out in favor of expanding transgender rights, it would send a powerful signal, and give fearful legislators cover.


// The forgotten whistle-blowers who saved Jewish lives

During World War II, courageous officials at the Treasury Department exposed the State Department?s foot-dragging over potential victims of Nazi aggression.

// Space rock resembling skull zips past Earth on Halloween

NASA said the object, likely a dead comet, ?appears to have donned a skull costume for its Halloween flyby.?

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Lorena Vasquez danced on the street during the Halloween celebration.

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

A costumed visitor danced on the street in Salem Saturday night.

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Visitors dressed as jellyfish wandered the streets of Salem.

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Costumed visitors danced along the street Saturday night.

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Frankenstein was seen walking toward downtown festivities in Salem.

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Alexis Norton, 4, and Melissa Dyer in Salem.

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

X?Kari Hare, 6, showed off her costume in Salem.

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

A grim reaper moved toward Naliia Ingallina, 11, in Salem.

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Crowds gathered for the Halloween celebration on Saturday.

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Lisa Pontes showed off her costume, complete with contacts.

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

A detail of a costume including a pumpkin head.

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Kate Davis hula-hooped in the downtown area of Salem.

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Crowds in costume roamed the streets of Salem.

Mild weather draws big crowds to Salem?s Halloween celebration

As the daylight faded and the temperature dipped to the mid-40s, the ghoulish costumes began to far outnumber the goofy.

// Class on Deflategate has New Hampshire students pumped up

Professor Michael McCann says it?s a real class that focuses on labor law, and not just an easy A.

Bob Ryan

// Tom Brady proving that these are the good old days

You can make a case that Brady is better at age 38 than he was at age 28.

Virginia?s Roanoke Valley looks like a movie set from the Blue Ridge Parkway in the fall.

A peak, a painting, a Blue Ridge autumn in Roanoke

Seeing ?A Walk in the Woods? inspired us to make the trip to Roanoke, but the views from McAfee were just part of what makes this area so compelling.

Opinion & Ideas

// Embracing the power of human touch

Pats on the back can encourage a team to victory, and massages can even reduce mortality rates for premature babies.

Ground Game

Ground Game

// Who is rooting for Jeb Bush?

Bush is right that Americans love a good comeback story, but only if they see a candidate they can root for.

The Big Picture

Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Globe photos of the month, October 2015

A look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month, including fall colors, presidential candidates, and other events.



// Boston?s newest Uber driver? Kayak co-founder Paul English

English is using his all-wheel-drive Tesla Model S P85, an electric car with a base price of $105,000.


// Vampires, demons, and the cross: Catholicism and horror

It?s a testament to the impact of ?The Exorcist? that the genre remains vital more than 40 years later.


Restored Newport mansion hits market for $7.9m

Oil company executive Jay Wilson and his wife, Brenda, spent millions to restore a Newport, R.I., mansion that once belonged to the founders of the Newport Jazz Festival.