Opinion | Neal gabler

Abraham Lincoln and the fiscal cliff

A scene from the new film “Lincoln.”

David James/DreamWorks Pictures and 20th Century Fox

Could the 16th president’s tactics have solved today’s political stalemate? Probably not.

Bobby Valentine led the Red Sox to their worst season since 1965.

Top 10 Boston sports stories of 2012

The Boston sports scene was abuzz this year, with lots to celebrate and lament. Here is a look back at the biggest stories of the year.

Heidi Kayser on her raft in Fort Point Channel for “The Remodeling Project.”


Best shows of 2012 in Boston-area art galleries

Painting holds its own as the most expressive medium, full of light and the sweep of the artist’s hand. Meanwhile, alternative spaces and performance art are experiencing a rebirth.

Full Contact Advertising featured David Hasselhoff in a Cumberland Farms commercial.

Best, worst ads from Boston ad agencies

The Globe sussed out this year’s hits and misses from local advertising agencies.

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Toyota to pay $1b settlement in recall case

The settlement, related to hundreds of lawsuits over acceleration problems, would be the largest in US history involving automobile defects.

SJC ruling adds protections for confidential informants

The state’s highest court ruled that prosecutors had no obligation to confirm for a defendant that his victim in a shooting was a confidential informant.

With Pittsburgh, reliever Joel Hanrahan allowed only 16 walks over 68.2 innings and striking out 61 during the 2012 season.

Red Sox complete trade with Pirates, name Hanrahan closer

The teams finished off a six-player trade that gets the Red Sox a new closer in righthander Joel Hanrahan.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the New Hampshire State Police shows 19-year-old Kathryn McDonough of Portsmouth, N.H., scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, on charges related to the October 2012 disappearance and death of University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth Marriott of Westborough, Mass. (AP Photo/New Hampshire State Police, File)

Woman accused of lying to police in probe of N.H. murder

A 19-year-old woman is charged with lying to authorities investigating the murder of Westborough native Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott.


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Amit Rakhit is currently taxed on his spouse’s health coverage.

Biogen Idec to offset tax for gay staff

The biotech company will give added reimbursement to workers in same-sex marriages because they do not receive federal tax breaks on their health insurance.