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Popularity matters in school lottery

The lottery system for Boston public schools has created a group of prized schools and a group perpetually relegated to second-rung status.

Romney leads, Paul rises in N.H. poll

Newt Gingrich’s surge has slowed and Ron Paul has gained momentum, but Mitt Romney remains the clear front-runner in the New Hampshire primary, according to a new Globe poll.

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers talks to players Rajon Rondo (L) and Ray Allen (R) during the first half of their pre-season NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Toronto December 18, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

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At last, Celtics season to start

After an lockout that raised the possibility that the season would be cancelled, the Celtics open play today against an improved Knicks team.

Photos by Bill Greene/Globe Staff

Hope, and lives, rebuilt after Irene

Tropical Storm Irene took homes and shattered Christmas traditions in Vermont, but residents have rallied around one another.

Yvonne Abraham

‘Today mommy becomes our real mommy’

After an unspeakable loss, four children are now tethered by dozens of bonds, held safe by family determined to make up for all they lost.

Olivia Czech of Boston played the ‘‘angel gatekeeper’’ in the Nativity pageant at Trinity Church in Copley Square yesterday. This meant she had a speaking role with five lines, no small feat for a 9-year-old.

The ‘glorious’ mayhem of Christmas Eve

There were many poignant moments on Christmas Eve, a day marked in Boston in many different ways.

“If they’re ever going to have a real future, it’s through education. If we cry over these issues, we can’t help them.’’

Teresa Harvey-Jackson,  princiapl of Marshall Elementary


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163-year-old church reopens after blaze

Last night, parishioners attended a Christmas Eve service at the Central Congregational Church, marking its reopening after a Memorial Day fire in 2009.


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COLUMBIA, SC - DECEMBER 23: Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks to supporters on December 23, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina. Gingrich has been leading in the polls in South Carolina, although South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley recently endorsed rival former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)

Gingrich attacks Virginia for keeping him off ballot

The state party said that presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich had failed to submit the required 10,000 signatures to appear on the ballot.


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Patriots eventually handled pressure of Dolphins

Thanks to a few tweaks, the Patriots figured out the Dolphins defense — to the tune of 27 straight points in the second half of the 27-24 victory at Gillette.


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Beauty out of hiding

Myanmar, the former Burma, is the largest country in mainland Southeast Asia and has been accused of being among the most corrupt. But for travelers it is reminiscent of what Vietnam was 50 years ago.


Book review

'The Third Reich' by Roberto Bolano

Roberto Bolano’s latest posthumously published novel, “The Third Reich,” is a good book with a great premise.


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2011: the year in movies

A time for anxiety and comfort

Ty Burr’s annual Top 10 movies list is a Top 20 this year and making the cut was harder than usual with 2011 being the most unsettled, questioning and disturbing time for movies.