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Mammograms may be used too much, study says

The study’s controversial finding is sure to provoke more heated debate over the benefits of the screenings.

// Cease-fire takes hold in Gaza

Israel and Hamas promised to halt air strikes and rocket attacks that have killed scores and discuss easing an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip.

Sheila Burgess, the top safety officer since 2007, is on medical leave recovering from an Aug. 24 one-car accident in Milton in which she drove off the road and suffered a head injury.

Former highway safety chief resigns

Sheila Burgess resigned as a state employee three days after the Globe revealed that she had been cited for numerous driving violations.

State allows hospitals to share drugs to avoid shortages

Following the national meningitis outbreak, Massachusetts public health regulators adopted emergency regulations to prevent drug shortages.

Boston Globe reporter Christopher Muther gets transformed into the Grinch.

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Transforming into the Grinch

The Globe’s Christopher Muther gets a green makeover in honor of the musical stage version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”, which opens at the Wang Theatre on Friday.

Michael Jackson and Vincent Patterson worked out the dance for the “Smooth Criminal” video in a scene from “BAD 25.”

Television Review

Spike and Mike: ‘Bad’ is good

Spike Lee directs “BAD 25,” a documentary that chronicles the making of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” in honor of its 25th anniversary.

Halo 4: $60, for Microsoft Xbox 360 video game console. It’s the best-looking, best-playing Halo game yet but lacks emotional resonance.

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A holiday banquet for gamers

Three video games offer the chance to annihilate digital terrorists, aliens, and even a fair number of British redcoats.

Rajon Rondo put up a shot between San Antonio’s Boris Diaw, left, and Tony Parker.

Spurs 112, Celtics 100

Spurs batter Celtics as Parker outshines Rondo

Defense was again a problem for the Celtics as the Spurs shot 58.4 percent on their way to the win at TD Garden.

Jonny Gomes batted .262 with 18 home runs in 99 games for the Athletics in 2012.

Red Sox close to deal with Gomes

The Red Sox were reported to be close to a two-year deal with journeyman outfielder and designated hitter Jonny Gomes, who most recently played for the Athletics.


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Suraj Sharma as Pi Patel, adrift in a lifeboat with a tiger, and amid oceanic bioluminescence in Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi.”

Ang Lee’s ‘Pi’ is a marvel

Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel, “Life of Pi,” is a marvel of contradictions. The movie shouldn’t work at all, but it does.