Homicides rise, but other crime down in Boston

After four years of decline, homicides in Boston rose this year by 27 percent, even as shootings and violent crime citywide.

Mark Lavoie is shown here with his wife, Kathy, who died early Tuesday morning in what investigators are describing as an apparent murder-suicide at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, N.H.

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Man posted on Facebook before deaths at N.H. hospital

?My spirit will be in a much better place with my soul mate,? Mark Lavoie wrote before killing his wife and himself, friends said.

Second church defaced in Haverhill

A 54-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly writing ?666? on a church just days after a different Haverhill church was defaced.

School left them with big debts, students say

Salter training schools recently agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle claims that it misrepresented job-placement statistics.

Arbitrator affirms Boston schools? hiring practices

The ruling means schools can continue to bypass internal candidates for teaching jobs in favor of outside applicants.

Harvard agrees to change sexual assault policies

Federal officials said Harvard Law School violated rules when it failed to respond properly to two students? complaints of sexual assault.

Fei Ping Zhao, 17, has honed her art talents at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.

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Her vision, exhibited by 100,000 celebrants

A drawing by Fei Ping Zhao, a 17-year-old Boston Latin Academy junior, of the city?s skyline is on admission buttons for this year?s First Night celebration.

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The 2014 Boston restaurant awards

Boston ate well in 2014. Let?s take a look back at the highs and lows ? the tastes, restaurants, and people that made this a year to remember.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/24/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/rathe_arthurtdemouals_biz01.jpg Demoulas mortgage filings reveal New York Life as major lender

Arthur T. Demoulas agreed to completely purchase Market Basket after the company was roiled by an ownership struggle.


How could a woman just vanish?

On July 22, 2013, 66-year-old hiker Geraldine Largay stepped into the Maine woods and disappeared without a trace.

FILE - This Dec. 28, 2014 photo shows Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh looking on during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis. The league announced Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 that Suh was suspended for stepping on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' left leg twice, once with each foot. Suh also applied pressure and pushed off Rodgers' unprotected leg with his left foot, violating unnecessary roughness rules, the league said in a statement. He will miss Sunday's wild-card playoff game against Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke, file)

Ndamukong Suh?s suspension reduced to a fine

The Lions defensive end will now be able to play in Sunday?s playoff game against the Cowboys.

Relatives of passengers of the missing AirAsia Flight 8501 react upon seeing the news on television about the findings of bodies on the waters near the site where the jetliner disappeared.

Searchers focus on area where bodies, debris were found

Officials said six bodies have been found were the AirAsia plane is believed to have gone down, and divers were deployed.

Dec 29, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Seth Griffith (53) celebrates after scoring a goal during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports


Bruins? play against Red Wings was a blueprint for success

The Bruins skated with structure, passion, and purpose Monday night, and must keep it going with the Maple Leafs up next.

The exterior a five-bedroom, five bath limestone mansion at 36 Portland Place in St. Louis, previously listed at $1.385 million.

What kind of home $1m buys in Boston, Atlanta, and St. Louis

Sales of $1 million homes are booming, even as overall sales have sputtered this year.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/30/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/2014words-1119.jpg 2014?s abridged dictionary

Compiled by Globe Opinion staff members, these are the words and phrases that marked the year.

The Big Picture

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Seasonal lights

Around the world, nights look brighter this time of year and illuminations of all kinds help celebrate holidays or festivities.