Peabody firefighter dies after battling three-alarm blaze

Firefighters on the scene of a three-alarm blaze.

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The 46-year-old firefighter was rushed to a hospital, where he died, after he inhaled toxic fumes responding to the fire.

Brad Marchand collected a few hats on the ice after scoring two goals in the third period to complete his hat trick.

Bruins 8, Panthers 0

Marchand’s hat trick helps Bruins rout Panthers

Brad Marchand had his first career hat trick and a career-high five points to help the Bruins beat the Florida Panthers, 8-0.

Opera Boston to close down

With no advance warning, the city’s second-largest opera company said it will close on Jan. 1 because of an “insurmountable budget deficit.”

Drea Catalano

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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones can still throw it down

The band released “The Magic of Youth’’ earlier this month and will stage their 14th Hometown Throwdown concerts next week at the House of Blues.

A selection of cards from American Christmas Cards, 1900-1960, edited by Kenneth L. Ames.

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The changing face of America’s Christmas cards

What 135 years of season’s greetings reveal about our vision of the holiday.


Why isn’t peace on anyone’s platform?

When was the last time we heard a national leader of either party, especially one running for president, put the goal of peace at the center of a political platform?

State inks large forest conservation deal

A 5.4-square-mile forest in Western Mass. will be protected through a land conservation restriction that officials call the largest of its kind in state history.

“A lot of the high-rollers that used to come to Vegas are now going to Macau or Singapore.”

Mark Nichols,  economics professor


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WHDH-TV, union reach three-year agreement

The union that represents the on-air personalities at Boston’s WHDH-TV has reached a contract agreement with the station after more than two years of contentious negotiations.

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President Barack Obama signs the payroll tax cut extension.

After weeks of doubt, payroll tax cut wins approval

Congress delivered a holiday tax cut extension to 160 million workers today, breaking a partisan stalemate and delivering President Obama a resounding political victory.


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Aaron Hernandez has 68 catches for 736 yards and six TDs.

Aaron Hernandez’s path could have gone off course

The Patriots tight end credits a strong bond with his brother, D.J., with helping him overcome a series of bad decisions after his father died when he was 16.


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In this film image released by Disney, Jeremy Irvine is shown in a scene from

Classic Hollywood rides again in ‘War Horse’

Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” is full-throated Hollywood classicism that looks back to the craftsmanship and sentimentality of the studio era.

Celtics season preview

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Boston, MA - 12/21/11 - Preseason - Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors at TD Garden (2nd quarter) Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) and Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen (20). - (Globe Staff Photo / Barry Chin), section: Sports, reporter: Julian Benbow, slug: 22celtics. LOID: 5.0.680622409.

Celtics season tips off with dream of 1 more title

A little late starting this year, the Celtics open their new season on Sunday. Rajon Rondo and the aging Big Three are out to re-create the championship ride they had in 2008.