Players could return, but fans may not

Some local fans were not ready to forgive NBA players and owners today after a tentative deal was reached to end the league’s lockout.

Bob Ryan

Celtics’ time is running out

The overwhelming odds are that, if the Celtics’ core group stays intact, the season will end with a playoff loss to yet another younger, fresher team.

Hearing set in Cape soldier’s death

An Army sergeant accused of killing his roommate while serving in Iraq will face a hearing next month to determine whether he will face a court martial.

NATO drones allegedly kill 24 Pakistani troops

Pakistan has blocked vital supply routes for US-led troops in Afghanistan in reaction to the alleged attack in a mountainous frontier that serves as a safe haven for militants.

Globe Santa | Santa’s Mailbox

Fund-raiser has a Southwestern spirit

“Rattlin’ Around the Christmas Tree” is the theme of a Globe Santa Fund benefit to be held Wednesday night at the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill at 384 Boylston St.

Exclusive Sunday Preview

A sampling of stories from this Sunday's Globe.


Liquid helium tanks, Japan’s Proton Accelerator Research Complex, 2008

Stanley Greenberg


Mystery machines

For his book, “Time Machines,” photographer Stanley Greenberg traveled 80,000 miles to photograph scientific facilities on five continents. The results are alternately astonishing and astonishingly mundane.

An 1864 Steinway is among the original furnishings of the Emerson family, who owned the house for nearly two centuries.


Concord’s Old Manse a testament to history

At the Old Manse in Concord, Mass., Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ralph Waldo Emerson helped create American culture.


Boston theater’s youth revival

Talented young performers increasingly see Boston as a place to forge an acting career, not just to launch one.


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New data on cod could have dire impact on industry

Preliminary data suggest the valuable species is in dismal shape and won’t rebuild in the time set by federal law, which could mean a broad fishery shutdown to protect the cod.


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Biden to target 3 battleground states in ’12 campaign

Democrats are planning for Vice President Joe Biden to target Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, where he might be more of an asset to President Obama’s reelection than the president himself.


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The Red Wings’ Todd Bertuzzi took the slow approach and slipped one past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask for the clinching goal in yesterday’s shootout.

Bruins see winning streak end

The Bruins played the puck-possession game that Detroit usually masters, but utlimately ended up on the wrong end of a 3-2 shootout loss.


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Madeleine de Sinéty’s fine focus

“Madeleine de Sinéty: Photographs’’ consists of 71 black and white photographs, three countries, several ways of life, and (most important) a single sensibility.

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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.