State officials move to tighten oversight of nursing homes

Health regulators are creating a unit that will conduct unannounced inspections, and they will impose fines on problem-plagued facilities.

// Where to find 10 perfect breakfasts in Boston

A tasty list including everything from North African Shakshuka to the best blueberry pancakes in town.

// Boston initiative aims to keep cigarette butts off the ground

Boston will set up custom-made cigarette disposal boxes in heavily foot-trafficked areas throughout the city.

Methuen police arrest two men on same day for separate robberies

One man was pursued by State Police to the Methuen police station where he was arrested.

A metal object struck this Subaru Legacy Wednesday morning.

State Police

Three injured on Mass. Pike when metal object falls off tractor-trailer

Investigators found that the tractor-trailer’s load was not properly secured.

// Third justice to step down from SJC

Justice Fernande R.V. Duffly said in a statement she is retiring this summer to help her husband recover from surgery.

Audit finds about 25,000 ‘over-income’ families in public housing

Federal officials are pondering how to tighten regulations, which would affect several hundred in Mass.

Canada Goose jackets — which are very expensive and very popular — are mysteriously taking flight on Boston University’s campus, and police say students are likely to blame.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Canada Goose jackets mysteriously take flight at BU

The winter garments, which can cost $900, are a hot item on campus — and they’re disappearing when left unattended.

Two Maryland deputies wounded in shopping center shootout

A man opened fire inside a crowded shopping center restaurant during lunchtime and was killed during a shootout with deputies outside.

Sarah Oliver, with her Chihuahua, voted in the 2013 mayoral election.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff/file

Voting in Mass.? You may be registered in the wrong party

Secretary of State William Galvin believes thousands may be enrolled in the United Independent Party when they mean to be unenrolled in a party.

// Carly Fiorina drops out of presidential race

Carly Fiorina announced on Facebook Wednesday that she is dropping out of the Republican presidential race.

// Christie expected to end 2016 White House bid, sources say

Christie had banked his campaign on a strong finish in New Hampshire, but finished sixth.

Opinion | Steve Almond

// How to talk to your kids about Donald Trump

An easy-to-follow guide for what to do when your young child brings up Trump.

Clockwise from top: The living room is centered on a red-brick fireplace; the exterior of the dormered Cape; the bath has a river-stone floor; the master with walk-in closet; and the kitchen, which has granite countertops

robert E. klein for the boston globe

home of the week

Updated Norwood Cape has mudroom, 3-season porch

A modified Cape on the market for $409,000 in Norwood has an updated eat-in kitchen with granite counters and stainless-steel appliances.

Veteran Ryan Hanigan (center) is the backup, but who will get the bulk of the starts: Christian Vazquez (left) or Blake Swihart (right)?


At catcher, Red Sox have a lot on their plate

They have two major league-ready players for one position in Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart.

Kanye West offered a small trove of prizes to anyone who could guess the name of his new album.

Can you guess name of Kanye’s album? Twitter is aflutter.

In a Twitter post Tuesday, rapper Kanye West offered a small trove of prizes to anyone who could guess the title of his upcoming album.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Apple’s Error 53 fueling a ‘right to repair’ backlash

Error 53 occurs on the iPhone when somebody replaces the phone’s fingerprint sensor.

Ground Game


// N.H. sends message to the next states in line

Granite State voters rejected the two foremost political dynasties in modern US politics in favor of anti-establishment candidates.

The Big Picture

Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday 2016

Historians say Mardi Gras dates back to Roman times, when the newly converted Christians retained vestiges of a pagan festival as a period of celebration before the penance of Lent.

Globe investigations

// Globe investigations and Spotlight reports

A look at high-impact investigations from The Boston Globe, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning report on abuse in the Catholic Church.



// Harvard junior drops out after getting $100k in startup cash

Grace Xiao received a Thiel Fellowship that gives her company, Kynplex, funding over two years.

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.



// Vocal member of Vatican abuse panel to depart

An outspoken member of an abuse commission headed by Cardinal Sean O’Malley said he won’t leave unless the pope asks him to.

Globe Insiders

Design New England

// Immersed in the View

A seaside location sets the tone for a free-flowing master bathroom with partitions and angles — but no doors to restrict sightlines.