HUBweek festival planned to showcase Boston

The October gathering is designed to elevate the city?s reputation as a center of learning, medicine, technology, and the arts.

Nine -year-old Sophie Fellows (right) will undergo surgery for a brain tumor on Friday at Dana-Farber in Boston.
Sophie hugged her violin teacher, Carolyn Bever, after the concert at Dana-Farber, where about two dozen students from Vermont played Thursday.

9-year-old with brain tumor gets to finish concert

Sophie Fellows was diagnosed last week, a day after she was stricken with a painful headache during a holiday concert.

As a prosecutor, Bill Weld often pursued lobbyists as part of his crusade against public corruption.

Adrian Walker

Bill Weld?s reinvention as lobbyist is jarring

It?s an odd turn of events for someone who once pursued lobbyists as part of his crusade against public corruption.

House Speaker John Boehner.

Amid rancor, House approves spending bill

The vote on the legislation, which now heads to the Senate, came ahead of a midnight deadline for a government shutdown.

A view of the city with Rowes Wharf in the foreground. During the last decade, Boston?s real estate has undergone a dramatic overhaul with new office towers from North Station to the Fenway.

Boston real estate assessments eclipse $100 billion for first time

The total value of Boston?s residential and commercial property climbed to a total of $110 billion, according to a new city assessment.

Nancy Turnbull, a member of the Connector Board, wore a pin depicting a cartoon of fellow board member Jonathan Gruber.

Connector board members show support for Gruber

Several members of the Health Connector Board wore heart-shaped pins depicting embattled MIT economist Jonathan Gruber.

Judge Rya W. Zobel, 82, went on senior status early this year after 35 years on the bench. She is still handling roughly 100 percent of her caseload, though she plans to start taking on fewer cases.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

?Senior status? lets federal judges keep working ? for free

The arrangement allows judges to go into semi-retirement while mentoring fresh faces and helping clear the court?s cases.

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields listens to a question during a news conference at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals extended a $15.3 million qualifying offer Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, to Shields, which assures Kansas City of draft pick compensation if its staff ace signs a major league contract with another team before June 8. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

Now it?s time for Red Sox to go get an ace

The acquisitions of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez give the Red Sox a solid foundation, but adding a front-end starting pitcher will get them to the next level.

Dan Shaughnessy

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/11/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-7066.png In Jon Lester debacle, Red Sox blew it in epic fashion

The Red Sox badly botched the negotiation with a player they had an advantage with, and now will likely have to settle for far less.

Reese Witherspoon (above) and Laura Dern star in the drama ?Wild,? directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.

Movie review

Reese Witherspoon conquers demons in ?Wild?

Witherspoon gives a wary and watchful performance in the adaptation of Cheryl Strayed?s best-selling memoir.

Boston?s skyline at dusk.

For travelers, Boston is sixth most expensive city in world

Lodging in Boston for visitors doesn?t come cheap, according to a new study.

Comedians Lenny Clarke (left) and Dave Russo posed with Globe Santa before a comedy show to benefit the Globe Santa Fund at the Giggles Comedy Club in Saugus.

Globe santa

Salem Snowball gala set to raise money for Globe Santa

The Salem Snowball will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Hawthorne Hotel.

Kayla Nauti (left) and Susan Bakerjones slept at Trinity Church in Boston early last month. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

A troubling look at homelessness in Boston

Nearly 17,000 people were in emergency shelters over the past year, more than in any of the 24 other cities surveyed.

Charlie Baker, makeover artist

The changes Baker made after his failed 2010 campaign offer the clearest picture yet of how he?ll govern.

Opinion

editorial

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/12/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/92cdc647e9874cd8b2df69e594c33d47-38d1b10bf20645228e00375057293e62-2.jpg HUBweek offers a chance to showcase Boston to the world

The region?s economic and cultural vibrancy aren?t evident enough from a distance.

The Big Picture

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The best photos of 2014

The stories behind the Globe?s most memorable pictures of the year.