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The bill for the governor-elect?s inaugural bash is now estimated to cost $1.6 million, according to Baker aides.

Woman found slain inside Waltham apartment

A suspect has been taken into custody after a violent incident that took place early Wednesday, an official said.

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Aaron Hernandez allegedly told a friend that he owned a .45 caliber pistol six weeks before the slaying of Odin Lloyd.

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Some observers are concerned about instability in the office, just as it goes to trial in the Aaron Hernandez case.

First Night in Boston

Don Chapelle of Brilliant Ice readied his ?Ice Dragon? sculpture in Copley Square on Tuesday for Wednesday?s First Night festivities. Performances, a parade, and fireworks are also part of Boston?s annual celebration.


Officials urge First Night protesters to be respectful

The city?s security plan includes accommodating potential protests over recent police killings of unarmed black men.

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The ride-hailing app expects this New Year?s Eve to be its busiest night ever.

Looking back on 2014

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The best and worst from Boston dining in 2014

Take a look back at the tastes, restaurants, and people that made this a year to remember.

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

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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Beat Writer?s Notebook

What lies ahead for Red Sox in 2015?

The Globe?s Peter Abraham forecasts a few story lines that might develop in the new baseball year.

Evan Horowitz

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The policies introduced this year could have a far-reaching effect on the health of the planet.

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

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Over the course of the season, these plays revealed a lot about just what kind of team the Patriots are.


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


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

The Big Picture

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Seasonal lights

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