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Powerful storm pounds West Coast

A strong storm hit the West Coast this week, causing overflow of rivers and flooded freeways. Northern and southern California dealt with power outages, wind damage and landslides. -- By Leanne Burden SeidelA resident of Guerneville,...Show More Summary

The best photos of 2014: stories behind the Globe’s most memorable pictures of the year

Each year, editors from the Globe Magazine ( and the Boston Globe photo department choose the most memorable and incisive pictures of the last 12 months from staff photographers. The 2014 photos that follow...Show More Summary

Massive fire in downtown Los Angeles

The huge fire shut down parts of two major freeways early Monday morning. -- By Thea BreiteLos Angeles city firefighters battle a massive fire at a seven-story downtown apartment complex under construction in Los Angeles, California December 8, 2014. (Gene Blevins/Reuters)

Affordable housing crisis in Brazil

Affordable housing in Rio de Janeiro is in high demand for the city of twelve million. The city is dealing with a housing crisis daily, with about 220,000 people without a proper place to live. With the Olympics coming in 2016, real estate has become too expensive for many. Show More Summary

Globe photos of the month, November 2014

Governor-elect Charlie Baker shared a laugh with Billy Farrell during a visit to the Eire Pub in Dorchester. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Hong Kong protesters and police clash

Pro-democracy protesters tried to surround the government headquarters in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. After failing to shut down the government, pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong announced that he and two other members of his...Show More Summary

Strike up the band

Over the decades, marching bands at Boston’s public high schools slowly died out, a victim of dwindling resources and interest. On Thanksgiving Day, the English High Marching Band band will revive that tradition. -- By Lloyd YoungEnglish...Show More Summary

Reaction to the Ferguson decision

Demonstrators celebrate as a business burns after it was set on fire during rioting following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case on Nov. 24 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Life during the battle of Kobani

The Syrian town of Kobani has been under attack by Islamic State militants since September. As the Kurdish fighters defend their city, displaced residents are forced to live in camps across the border into Turkey. -- By Leanne Burden...Show More Summary

Snow buries area in upstate New York

More than 6 feet of lake-effect snow was dumped in the Buffalo, N.Y., area over the last few days with reports of more on the way. Storms closed a 100-mile plus section of the New York State Thruway, and the US National Guard has been called in to help dig out. -- By Lloyd YoungA man digs out his driveway in Depew, N.Y., on Nov. Show More Summary


A portrait often pauses events and allows viewers to look into the eyes of the participants. Candid moments are usually how stories are told, but sometimes the interaction between photographer and subject tells its own story. Like aShow More Summary

The Natural World: November weather

November can bring a variety of changes in the weather to many different regions. Among the long shadows of autumn, cold temperatures, winds and snow begin the transition to winter in the northern hemisphere. -- By Leanne Burden SeidelSnow melt from a roof forms into icicles in Bozeman, Mont., Nov. 11. (Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/Associated Press)


Some of the best photographs in color make no attempt to utilize the entire available palette. A splash of just one hue can crystalize a moment or a mood in a way that a full spectrum often cannot. Sometimes black and white photography simplifies a chaotic world, stripping away distractions to focus on the subjects at hand. Show More Summary

Art in public spaces

Art in public spaces enriches our lives in various ways, in many places. It can send important messages to the community, make people more aware the environment, and let them see it in a different way. Here is an homage to the artists...Show More Summary

Globe photos of the month, October 2014

The death of former mayor Thomas M. Menino, politicians on the campaign trail, the last day of racing at Suffolk Downs, and more of last month’s best images from the Globe staff. -- By Lloyd YoungA bouquet of flowers lay on the steps of City Hall in memory of former mayor Thomas M. Menino, who died Oct. 30. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

Election 2014

Flanked by his wife Lauren (left) and running mate Karyn Polito, Charlie Baker addressed supporters early Wednesday morning at the Seaport Boston Hotel. Flanked by his wife Lauren (left) and running mate Karyn Polito, Charlie Baker addressed supporters early Wednesday morning at the Seaport Boston Hotel. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

Hawaiian volcano lava flow slows, but remains active

Lava from the Kilauea volcano has stalled but Hawaiian authorities say there is still an active threat. There are now active breakouts behind the leading edge, causing a widening of the flow. Lava has been pouring from the volcano since June 27th. Show More Summary

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, 1942-2014

Boston’s longest serving mayor dies at 71. Mayor Thomas M. Menino presided over an expanding Boston skyline during his 20 years in office. (Erik Jacobs for the Boston Globe )

Seeing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an international effort to focus attention on the disease, which affects both women and men. The color pink can be seen worn by professional athletes, runners raising funds for charity, and...Show More Summary

The Red Sox: Slivers of light at Fenway Park

There were more shadows than light at Fenway Park this year. Although the World Champion Red Sox finished dead last this year, nearly 3 million fans watched them play. More than 230,000 more visitors went on Fenway Park tours since the Red Sox popped champagne last October. Show More Summary

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