A nod to those up long before dawn

They make your coffee and bake your bread. They make you sweat and calm your nerves. Here is a look at the people up long before dawn, setting Boston in motion.

Newt Gingrich wins Union Leader backing

New Hampshire’s largest newspaper endorsed Gingrich over Mitt Romney in the state’s Republican presidential race.

Arab League approves Syria sanctions

The Arab League’s decision is an unprecedented move against an Arab state and comes after eight months of fighting within Syria.


A computer that thinks like the universe

Computer technology is poised to take a leap forward, and as one researcher put it, that could “allow us to understand the universe in its own language.”

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Catholic liturgy has new translation

In Boston and across the country, a revised text will be said at Mass, starting today. Some are minor tweaks, others not — and not everyone’s happy.

Back in action, Celtics must act quickly

With the tentative agreement reached by NBA players and owners, the questions for a Celtics team coming off a second-round playoff exit are plenty.

Asante Samuel has had his share of problems with the Philadelphia front office, saying last month they were playing “fantasy football’’ amid rumors he might be traded.

Patriots at Eagles | 4:15 p.m.

Eagles have familiar face at corner

Since Asante Samuel left New England after getting top dollar in free agency from the Eagles, the Patriots have been trying — mostly in vain — to replace him.


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On the Hot Seat

Y looks for path through lean times

As president and chief executive of the YMCA of Greater Boston, Kevin Washington is looking to expand the organization’s outreach amid a tight fundraising environment.

Nation & World

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Bruins 4, Jets 2

Chris Kelly (23) had Adam McQuaid on one wing, but he was looking for Benoit Pouliot, who set up Kelly for his winning goal.

Bruins turn on the jets

The Bruins proved they have no shortage of top-shelf wheels in their win over Winnipeg, with Rich Peverley’s speed leading to two Chris Kelly goals.


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Chloë’s excellent adventures

Chloe Grace Moretz, the young star of Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” approached the role like everything else — with disarming confidence.


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A foie gras appetizer at Beaver Hall.

Finding foie gras in Montreal

During three days in Montreal, where French cuisine is king and the fatty liver of a duck or goose is a staple of special occasions, I was determined to understand its allure.

Special reports

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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.