MGH interns give Santa his annual medical workup

Surgical interns at Mass. General “admitted’’ Santa Claus last Sunday in a hospital tradition that dates back to the 1950s.

MGH operates on Santa

A tradition at MGH since the 1950s, Santa is admitted to the hospital and cared for by surgical interns.

Bus 19 Hospital housekeeper sets aside her dream

Esther Chase came to America with dreams of a house of her own and a few extra dollars for retirement. At age 62, she is unable to inch closer to her goal.

Bus 19 En route to hope on Bus 19

Every day for the last two years, Debra James has ridden this route to her two jobs. She gets only a few hours of sleep each night, but won’t quit or cut back hours.

No snow, little go at ski resorts

Ski areas around the region are struggling to open terrain this year as snow drifts down a few inches at a time and above-freezing temperatures limit their ability to make it.

**warning: for less than 1 col** for Metro - 24peabody - Veteran Peabody firefighter, James Rice (42) was killed this afternoon when he inhaled toxic fumes while battling a three-alarm fire inside an apartment building. (Facebook photo)

Peabody firefighter dies in blaze

James Rice, a veteran city firefighter and married father of three children, died yesterday from injuries sustained while battling a three-alarm fire.

Tom Brady and the Patriots can clinch the No. 1 seed with a win against the Dolphins and some help from some other teams.

Dolphins at Patriots, 1 p.m.

Patriots’ keys to a victory over the Dolphins

The Boston Globe looks at which team has the edge in today’s matchup between the Patriots and the Dolphins.


Shopping all the way (ha! ha! ha!)

As foolish as the holiday shopping season may be, we all should be happy it occurs, writes Tom Keane.

“A third of the time, it’s really good skiing at Christmas; a third of the time, it’s marginal at Christmas; and a third of the time, it’s closed.”

Eric Friedman,  spokesman of Mad River Glen


Political Notebook

Romney says Biden lives in 'fantasy land’

Mitt Romney responded to Vice President Joe Biden’s op-ed, in which he criticized the presidential candidate for trying to assume the role of protector of the middle class.

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Bruins 8, Panthers 0

Bruins rout defenseless Panthers

The Bruins caught the Florida Panthers hibernating last night. Actually, the Panthers were in a cryogenic sleep as they slushed around TD Garden during the Bruins’ 8-0 victory.


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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.

Celtics season preview

NBA preview 2011-12

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.