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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.

‘Anonymous’ strikes US firm

The hacker group claimed today it stole thousands of credit card numbers belonging to clients of a US-based security think tank.

Sectarian attacks kill 39 in Nigeria

The majority of those killed in a series of bombings by a radical Muslim sect were attending Christmas Mass.

Rajon Rondo (left) and Carmelo Anthony fought for a loose ball during the fourth quarter.

knicks 106, Celtics 104

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 a hard-fought start to the season.

Attorney General Martha Coakley takes the stairs in her One Ashburton Place office building — no, not all the way to the 20th floor.

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At the top of their game

The Globe asked several prominent Bostonians to reveal a few of their personal health tricks, and their answers ranged from dog-walking to breakfasting on cucumbers.

Dr. Salah D. Salman

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He speaks his mind on health

Dr. Salah D. Salman, a former Lebanese cabinet minister and former surgeon at the Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary, wrote a critique of the American medical system.

 Flanked by House GOP members, John Boehner speaks to the press Tuesday.


Gridlock, or democracy as intended?

Our constitutional republic has endured for more than two centuries, but it might never have done so without the “gridlock” and “dysfunction” that we love to hate, writes Jeff Jacoby.

“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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heat 105, mavericks 94

Miami Heat forward LeBron James reacts against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas December 25, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Heat embarrass Mavs at home

The Miami Heat led by as many as 35 points in the second half as they avenged last season’s NBA Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks.


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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.