Homicides rise, but other crime down

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

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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Facebook post warned of N.H. murder-suicide to come

Mark Lavoie?s final Facebook post read like a last will and testament, a suicide note, and an admission to a murder that had not yet happened.

Woman arrested after 2d Haverhill church defaced

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

Barnstable teen dies after collapse during game

The teen was a playing basketball at a community center where he collapsed, police said.

New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) scrambles away from Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams (95) and strong safety Da'Norris Searcy (25) in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Patriots gave us first good look at second-stringers

The young backups got serious reps in the regular-season finale, and there was good and bad on display.

Boston?s hiring practice for teachers is affirmed

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

 Clockwise, from top left: Robin Williams, Shirley Temple, James Foley, Thomas Menino, Ruby Dee, Chet Curtis, Maya Angelou, Ariel Sharon.

A salute to those lost in 2014

Notable figures from a range of fields and endeavors passed from the scene this year.

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

Her vision, exhibited by 100,000 First Night 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.

Officials urge First Night protesters to be respectful

?We will not let [demonstrators] disrupt the event,? Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said.

Silvina Cardoso, 82, showed she still has the dance moves at the 25th annual First Night Senior Celebration Tuesday at the World Trade Center.

Seniors get head start on 2015

Boston?s 25th annual First Night Senior Celebration was the biggest yet.

Massachusetts? most offbeat business stories of 2014

Here are some of the strangest business stories of the past year in Massachusetts.

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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.

Doing a detailed financial checkup will help you determine what steps you?ll need to take to improve your financial situation.

For 2015, resolve to assess your net worth

Fidelity Investments found that only 31 percent of survey participants said they were considering setting a financial objective.

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.

Harvard settles sex assault case

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


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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.