BostonGlobe.com Headlines - Dec. 30, 2014 December 30, 2014 Here are highlights from today's Globe: Nearly 50,000 pay for Connector health insurance: The number exceeds state officials’ expectations even amid lengthy call center waits and a sometimes frustrating payment system. Healthcare reporter Felice J. Freyer details. Court hears more grim details of Blackstone babies' remains: Police found the remains of three babies, clothed and stashed in closets of two filthy bedrooms, prosecutors alleged. Eric Moskowitz reports. Marty Meehan's D.C. links help fuel UMass Lowell's rise: Research funding at the university has nearly doubled since 2007, when former Representative Marty Meehan took over as chancellor. Bryan Bender reports from the Washington Bureau. Views clash on naming Boston officers in drunken driving cases: The BPD is violating the state’s public record law by not releasing the names of officers who were caught drunk driving, legal experts say. Todd Wallack reports. Nursing home holiday - lonely or just alone?: In our new solo society, the elderly seem most at risk for loneliness, writes columnist Farah Stockman. Jeb Bush's politics of joy: Keeping a positive message in the midst of all the naysaying will be difficult, says columnist Tom Keane. During funerals, both protesters and police should show restraint: A Globe editorial says holding off on expressions of anger, from both sides, would have sent an important public message. Isn't it time to put a lid on these college bowls?: Sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy says the number of bowl games — now up to 38 — is getting unwieldy, as are their tongue-twisting monikers. Mass. in a state of growth: Massachusetts’ population increased by 133,138 from 2011 to 2014. So where are all the people coming from?