Fight begins over city council redistricting

Bill Linehan kept his District 2 seat in a recount over challenger Suzanne Lee. But critics say his new redistricting plan, which would divide Chinatown, has been drawn to benefit him.


New movies are bringing parents, kids together

Making films with cross-generational appeal is nothing new. But what may be different now is the number and quality of family films that appeal as much to parents as to kids.

A Division 2A playoff spot is on the line when Damion Johnson, left, and Dennis-Yarmouth take on Nauset on Thanksgiving Day.

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High school football games to watch on Thanksgiving

Every year, before Massachusetts families eat turkey, they gather for high school football. Here are some of the best games to watch this Thanksgiving Day.

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Former Fernald residents celebrate being free

Richard, Curtis, Joe, and Albert lived desolate lives in the Fernald School for decades before Vince O’Connell came along, got them out, and showed them how to be in the world.

Juliette Kayyem

A Thanksgiving wish for the troops

Service members and their families deserve empathy and respect. With wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, it's easy to not recognize the difficulties they still face.

Bruins 4, Sabres 3 Sabres Hockey.JPEG-094e6-1899--90x90.jpg Bruins knock Sabres down, win 10th straight game

The night that began with a long-anticipated duke-out ended with a shootout. And when all the ice chips cleared, the Bruins ruled both.

“I grew up with the Muppets, though, so we’re definitely here because of my influence. I’m probably more psyched to see the movie than they are.”

Elizabeth Gilbert,  35, at the movies with her children


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Ellen isn’t winning an Oprah-size audience

Since taking over Oprah Winfrey’s former 4 p.m. time period this season, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres hasn’t delivered the ratings of her powerhouse predecessor.


Political Notebook

Bachmann rips NBC over song

Michele Bachmann lashed out at NBC for not apologizing for an off-color song played during her appearance Tuesday on Jimmy Fallon’s “Late Night.’’

Nation & World

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Three American students -- Luke Gates, 21, from Bloomington, Ind., Derrik Sweeney, 19, from Jefferson City, Mo., and Gregory Porter, 19, from Glenside, Pa., were arrested and held this week in Egypt.

Egyptian court orders release of 3 US students

The three who attend college in Cairo were arrested near Tahrir Square where they allegedly threw firebombs at security forces fighting with protesters.


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Christmas start eyed as NBA talks resume

If a deal is reached this weekend, it would give the league the approximate four-week window it needs to prepare for a Dec. 25 opening day.

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Director Caitlin Lowans (center, in black) directs a theatrical adaptation of “The Nutcracker” at the Stoneham Theater.

Holiday Arts Preview

Our critics give their top picks for what to see and experience this holiday season in the worlds of theater, dance, movies, DVDs, classical music, and pop music. This is your guide to holiday season entertainment.