Top state representative grabbed incoming lawmaker’s backside, colleagues say

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/File 2018

The speaker’s office says it’s probing claims of “inappropriate conduct.”

Here’s a list of the 100 highest-paid Massachusetts workers in 2018

The data covers the entire Massachusetts state payroll for 2018, including the MBTA.

// Four Americans killed in Syria blast weeks after withdrawal announcement

The situation calls into question President Trump’s claim that ISIS has been defeated in Syria — his stated reason for pulling 2,000 American troops out of the country.


// No, ISIS isn’t defeated in Syria — and Trump lacks a strategy

The deaths of four Americans in Syria Wednesday provided tragic new evidence of just how foolhardy President Trump’s decision was to declare that ISIS had been defeated.

// Pelosi asks Trump to reschedule State of the Union

The shutdown threw a prime Washington ritual into question Wednesday as Nancy Pelosi asked President Trump to forgo his State of the Union speech.

// Representative Seth Moulton to speak in N.H., restarting buzz he may run for president

The Salem Democrat will travel to New Hampshire in two weeks, sources familiar with the planning told the Globe.

Kevin Hassett, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

Talking Points AM/Larry Edelman

Want a recession? Let this shutdown drag on

There will be significant consequences for businesses and investors.

Dave Epstein

// Snow arrives Friday, and another system is on the way for Sunday

Many of us should at least see the ground covered in white, come Friday.

// Mother of infants found dead in Blackstone home faces June trial

More than four years after police found the skeletal remains of two infants and a fetus inside a local home in a case that shocked the public, the mother of the children will stand trial for murder.

Boston College High School.

BC High revises letter about abusive priests, suspends scholarship named for accused Jesuit

A letter informing Boston College High School about 16 Jesuits who worked there and have been credibly accused of child molestation initially misstated how many of the men are still alive.


// Purdue cemented ties with universities and hospitals to expand opioid sales, documents contend

Purdue Pharma saw relationships with Mass. General and other hospitals as a way to gain sway at the most influential academic medical centers in the country and boost its revenues, according to a court document.

// Five things you should know about the Mass. suit targeting OxyContin maker

Here are five takeaways from reporting on Purdue Pharma, the OxyContin maker accused of misleading doctors and patients about the addictive painkiller.

Companies are plastering the Boston accent all over ads, and some locals have had enough

On billboards and subway placards across the city, brands peddling everything from bourbon to cold medicine are dropping their r’s in the name of sales — and drawing the ire of locals.


// Tom Brady and the Patriots as scrappy underdogs? Give me a break

Brady’s comment about being disrespected played well locally, but it was the ultimate straw-man knockdown.

Foxborough, MA - 1/16/2019 - A bundled up New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick with son Stephen at today's New England Patriots practice at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Jim McBride, Topic: 17Patriots, LOID: 8.5.137106004.

With ice in their veins, Patriots are unafraid of the cold

Dire forecasts for Kansas City aren’t fazing players who are used to the cold and know how to prepare.

// A list of Boston-area businesses offering free things to furloughed workers

These Boston-area restaurants and companies are offering free meals, bowling, and tickets — among other things — to workers affected by the government shutdown.

Frankie Shaw (right) with Rosie O’Donnell in “SMILF.”


Television Review

In the new season of ‘SMILF,’ Frankie Shaw raises her game

In the Boston-based show, the series’ showrunner and star goes deeper to shape one of the most authentic portraits of a single mother on TV.

Frankie Shaw in “SMILF.”

Frankie Shaw and Rosie O’Donnell address ‘SMILF’ misconduct allegations

Shaw, a Boston native, told the “Today” show that she is “really grateful” that she can “take these lessons of being a more aware and attuned showrunner moving forward.”

Girl hands on computer keyboard on white background.

Perspective | Magazine

Why kindergartners need to learn to code

Coding is as fundamental as writing, reading, and arithmetic, and we need to start teaching it to young children.

// For the first time, Massachusetts cellphone users can text 911

The connection between text messaging and 911 had a “soft rollout” last month but is now fully functioning statewide, according to the State 911 Department.



No, ISIS isn’t defeated in Syria — and Trump lacks a strategy

The deaths of four Americans in Syria Wednesday provided tragic new evidence of just how foolhardy President Trump’s decision was to declare that ISIS had been defeated.

Karen Cosmas, Tanisha M. Sullivan, and Cindy Rowe

// Women in Massachusetts march forward

On Saturday, the women’s march will be held on the Boston Common.


// Steve Carell starring in, executive producing workplace comedy about ‘Space Force’

Steve Carell and Greg Daniels, creators of “The Office,” are producing a space workplace comedy for Netflix.

FILE - In this April 19, 2010, file photo, Jill Abramson attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Abramson, the former editor of The New York Times, says that Fox News took her criticism of the newspaper's Trump coverage

New book by former New York Times editor Jill Abramson sparks online chatter

“Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts” has drawn intense attention.

special report

They were the top of their class at Boston public schools. Then life happened

On Thursday, the Globe will release a multi-part investigation into how and why the lives of promising Boston valedictorians didn’t quite turn out the way they expected.

Special reports

Boston, MA - 1/16/1919: Looking across North End Park on Jan. 16, 1919, the day after a giant tank at the Purity Distilling Co. on Commercial Street collapsed, sending a wave of an estimated 2.3 million gallons of molasses through the streets of Boston. The great molasses tank was located in the center of this picture. Sections of the metal may be seen at the extreme left and right in the picture. Twenty-one people perished, including two 10-year-olds, Pasquale Iantosca and Maria Distasio, who were collecting firewood near the molasses tank while home from school for lunch. (Boston Globe Archive/) --- BGPA Reference: 150115_MJ_001

Boston Globe Archive

Globe Magazine

The day Boston was swamped by a deadly wave of molasses

One hundred years ago today an enormous steel tank ruptured, sending a torrent of brown syrup on a deadly path through the North End.

The Big Picture

Jim Davis/Globe Staff

The best Globe staff photos of 2018

Our photographers share the stories behind what went into making the year’s best photos, as selected by the editors of the Globe Magazine and photo department.


// Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.

The story of a profoundly troubled young man and the ugly underside of America’s most popular sport.


// Court Sense

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Real Estate

What the government shutdown means for your mortgage

The partial federal government shutdown is complicating the already complicated process of getting and managing a mortgage. For one thing, the political storm is like severe weather at a major airport: You can expect minor delays or worse.


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VW, Ford team up on pickups, explore deal on electrics

Volkswagen and Ford say they're forming a global alliance in which they will work together to develop commercial vans and medium-sized pickups while exploring broader cooperation on battery-powered and autonomous vehicles


// Documents reveal new details about Purdue’s marketing of OxyContin

Mass. AG Maura Healey filed a revised complaint Tuesday with new details about Purdue’s promotion of OxyContin.

Love Letters: The Podcast

// Love Letters: Until next year, my sweetheart

In a special bonus episode, Meredith Goldstein explores what happens to summer romance when the summer ends, and “Wet Hot American Summer” creator David Wain shares a girl-crazy memory from his own camp days.

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