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House GOP puts off vote on ‘Plan B’

Confronted with a revolt among the rank and file, House Republicans put off a vote on a tax bill that would avert the fiscal cliff.

Barney Frank passionately argues for defense cuts

In one of his last House speeches, Frank railed against a $633 billion defense spending bill.

// Brian McGrory named Globe’s new editor

McGrory, a 23-year veteran of The Boston Globe who led groundbreaking coverage as local news editor and wrote award-winning columns as a writer, will become the news organization’s next editor.

Dec. 16, 1956: Globe Santa attracted a crowd of people wanting to have pictures taken with him. This was the inaugural year of the Boston Globe Santa Claus Fund. The Boston Post started the Santa Fund in 1910. When the Post closed earlier this year, The Boston Globe with Mayor John Hynes continued the long tradition of providing Christmas toys for needy families.

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The holiday season in Boston

In a look back at Boston’s holiday traditions, the city is seen transformed by visual treats, excited children, and warm-heartedness.

Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) helps Stéphanie (Marion Cotillard) return to swimming after she loses her legs to a killer whale.

Movie Review

Cotillard delivers in ‘Rust and Bone’

From director Jacques Audiard, the movie is a twisted yet surprisingly ordinary love story about a kickboxing single dad and a killer whale trainer whose legs get bitten off.

The music of “Nashville.”

Holiday gifts that stick to the programs

No matter who you’re buying for, if you know what their favorite TV show is, odds are good there’s a gift within your budget out there.

Jhana Senxian serves food at a summer gathering celebrating the community garden on Coleman Street.

68 Blocks: Life, Death, Hope | Part 5

Facing the dream of a future

There were 19 shootings in Bowdoin-Geneva this year, but no one was killed. Here, that seems a step ahead. But progress, if real, feels like a fragile reed in a garden furrowed deep with promise and pain.


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Tom Brady returns to Patriots practice

Brady returned to workouts on Thursday, one day after missing his first practice of the season and four days after throwing a career-high 65 passes.

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Firefighters and others lined up outside St. Rose of Lima for the funeral of Daniel Barden, who wanted to be a firefighter.

Mourning continues in Newtown

A 7-year-old boy who dreamed of being a firefighter and a first-grade teacher who died while trying to shield students from the carnage were laid to rest.


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Music Review

Brandon Flowers (pictured performing in California) has battled laryngitis recently.

The Killers raw but roaring at Agganis Arena

After missing three nights because frontman Brandon Flowers had laryngitis, the Killers picked up speed and strength as the night wore on.