Pension fund paid private equity firms $1.5b over 5 years

In exchange for the generous compensation, the Massachusetts fund reaped bigger gains from private equity than from any other investment it made.

// Slow down! Boston speed limit change takes effect in Jan.

The city?s default speed limit will become 25 mph in January.

Peaceful demonstration of freedom organized by the VFW in Amherst, took place on on November 27th, 2016 at the entrance to Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. (Hampshire College)

Hampshire College


Trump is wrong about the American flag, but so is Hampshire College

The American flag Hampshire College took down after it was set on fire in apparent protest over Trump?s election should go back up.

// Pilot told Colombia controllers he had ?no fuel? before crashing

The pilot of the plane carrying a soccer team said he had run out of fuel and desperately pleaded for permission to land before he crashed.

// Pelosi holds off challenge for leadership post

The California Democrat turned back a challenge from Ohio Representative Tim Ryan to be re-elected minority leader.

Eight-car crash snarls traffic on Route 128 in Woburn

Four lanes were closed as State Police investigated the crash, but the lanes reopened just before 3 p.m.

The transition to Trump

// Romney, Giuliani make the cut for Trump?s secretary of state finalists

President-elect Donald Trump?s drama-ridden selection process for secretary of state has narrowed to four finalists.

// Ohio State attacker may have been influenced by Al Qaeda cleric

Investigators believe Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a 2011 drone strike, may have been an influence in Monday?s rampage.

// Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez want to ban use of cellphone evidence

The former Patriots tight end is set to be tried next year for a 2012 South End double homicide.

Cambridge police have been busy handing out tickets in Inman Square following traffic changes this month.

City of Cambridge

More than 200 tickets issued after Inman traffic changes

The city recently eliminated left-hand turns at a key intersection in the square, which has led to the influx in tickets.

Google time-lapse shows how Boston has evolved

A new feature allows users to watch a time-lapse of 33 satellite pictures of Boston between 1984 and 2016.

Ground Game

// Why is Jill Stein pushing for recounts, again?

There?s understandably a lot of confusion over Stein?s intentions for these costly legal proceedings.

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Eric Fehrnstrom

Time to shake hands and put bitterness aside

?Shake hands? is what my baseball coach used to tell us after every game, win or lose.

// Now you can binge-watch Netflix while offline

Users can download TV shows and movies and watch them later in places where Internet access is limited, expensive, or unavailable.

Capital Source

// The time Tim Ryan?s peanut butter was confiscated by the TSA

Back in 2007, US Representative Tim Ryan had an unfortunate encounter at a New Hampshire airport.

Pat and Dina Lacey were new parents when doctors discovered a tumor in their baby?s chest. Told to take their son home to die, they put their faith in a young doctor who wouldn?t accept death as the answer. Read the full story, ?The Power of Will,? coming Thursday.

// Mario Batali owns 200 pairs of orange Crocs. And they hang from his office ceiling.

As he wandered the new Eataly Boston marketplace in a pair of his trademark footwear, the celebrity chef revealed just how deep his devotion to the shoes runs.

Garry Harley?s KKK painting at a Salem State art exhibit was particularly disturbing to some students.

Salem State art exhibit closed over KKK painting to reopen

An exhibit that was closed when some students complained about a painting depicting Ku Klux Klan members is reopening ? with some changes.


// ?Boogie Nights? house up for sale

It could be all yours for the price of $1.49?million.

Special reports

// The Desperate and the Dead: The ?new asylums?

There may be no worse place for mentally ill people to receive treatment than prison, yet a growing number end up in the ?new asylums.?

The story behind 'Spotlight'

// Boston Globe coverage and the movie ?Spotlight?

?Spotlight? is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

The Big Picture

 Shirley Cuevas got a hug at the Culinary Arts Training Program graduation at the Salvation Army Boston KROC Center. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

The Big picture

Globe photos of the month, November 2016

Here?s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month.