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.

Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov (L) speaks with a military investigator at the crash site of a Russian airliner in the al-Hasanah area in El Arish city, north Egypt, November 1, 2015. Russia has grounded Airbus A321 jets flown by the Kogalymavia airline, Interfax news agency reported on Sunday, after one of its fleet crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

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Russian plane may have broken up in midair, officials say

Debris was scattered over a wide area, but officials say it?s too early to determine what caused the crash.

In this Oct. 28, 2015 photo, John Davis poses for a photo while holding an insurance bill at his home in Port Charlotte, Fla. Davis, a 49-year-old construction worker unemployed because of health problems, is among those who cannot get health insurance through because the law prevents people below the poverty line from using the insurance exchanges. So the private insurance alternative is closed to them, even as their states refuse to expand public coverage. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Health law faces challenges as new sign-up season begins

As the third year of enrollment starts today, President Obama?s health care law is approaching limits.

// 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.

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

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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.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

What are the arguments for and against racial profiling?

Racial profiling is in the news, including after a proposal by Hillary Clinton to eliminate it.

Cruelty adds to loss for families of missing migrants

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

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 26: Wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. #89 of the Baltimore Ravens runs with the football in the third quarter of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 26, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)


Plenty of possibilities as NFL trade deadline approaches

There are some intriguing players who could be on the move by Tuesday.

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.

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


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.

Dr. Jay Bradner, who will lead the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, is praised for his creativity.

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At Novartis, a new drug-hunter-in-chief

Jay Bradner, a 43-year-old physician-scientist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will be the second president of the Novartis Institutes.


// A dubious privilege for Harvard women

Out of fear for their futures, members of the Fox Club, a traditionally all-male social club, plan to admit nine women.

// Return to standard time plunges region into darkness

When the sun sets Sunday at the unreasonable hour of 4:37 p.m., Boston?s long, dark slog back to winter will have begun.

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.

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

It?s time for a TV superhero who?s gay

It?s the perfect metaphor for many gay people, who?ve had to deal with problems that overcome many mere mortals.


// 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.

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

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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.


JOHN L. ALLEN JR. | all things catholic

// Religious context of Russia?s move in Syria overlooked

It?s increasingly common among the Christians of the Middle East to say that only Russia seems to be taking its responsibility seriously.


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.