Getting In

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.

Christmas attacks in Nigeria kill 39

Terror attacks across Nigeria by a radical Muslim sect killed at least 39 people today, with the majority dying at a Catholic church after celebrating Christmas Mass.

Rajon Rondo went up for a basket next to the Knicks’ Tyson Chandler in the first half of New York’s 106-104 win in the season opener for both teams today. Rondo led the Celtics with 31 points, 13 assists and five steals.

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Celtics lose see-saw season opener

The Celtics had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold off the Knicks in the season opener for both teams.

Michael J. Lutch

2011: The year in arts

Past made a comeback in 2011

The occupation of the artistic past by the artistic present has shaped so much of cultural life in 2011. This idea was a flashpoint in the ART production of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.’’

2011: The year in television

Cable creates drama

In 2011, HBO, AMC, and Showtime were busy making superb dramas, while networks provided the laughs.

Alex Morse.

Joanna Weiss

Hope in Holyoke

The city's optimistic new mayor, all of 22 years old, aims to push the troubled city to see itself in a more positive way.

“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,  principal 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.

Nation & World

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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.