Boston says it feels parents’ pain on child care

Child-care issues have gained national traction in recent weeks as at least three candidates for president have raised concerns.

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With hundreds of child-care businesses closing and the number of youngsters needing care rising, the city recognizes that affordable, quality care is a holy grail for many parents.

// Map: Snow totals in the Northeast

How much snow fell during Wednesday night’s storm?

Two children killed in three-car crash in Ludlow

The crash claimed the lives of Jadyn Lamas, 9, and his sister Natalya Lamas, 7, both of Ludlow.

FILE- In this Sept. 21, 2018 file photo, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks to news media at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.Democrats are eager to unseat Collins. Critics are still incensed over the prominent centrist's vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and are angry over the government shutdown. They say she has veered to the right and are no longer confident she'll stand up to President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

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Senator Susan Collins is feeling the heat

Lately in her home state, the Maine senator is inspiring the kind of liberal animus typically directed at people named Trump.

// Democrats may try to subpoena Mueller report if it’s not made public

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is due to submit conclusions explaining his decisions to prosecute or decline filing charges to new Attorney General William Barr as early as next week.

// Salem marijuana shop closed to recreational customers until further notice

Customers seeking to buy recreational marijuana products at a Salem dispensary are out of luck for now.

// Boston Children’s Hospital researcher killed in fall on Mount Washington

The obituary for Jeremy Felix P. Ullmann, a married 37-year-old father, said the accident occurred on the mountain on Feb. 10.

Bishops attend the opening of a sex abuse prevention summit, at the Vatican, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. The gathering of church leaders from around the globe is taking place amid intense scrutiny of the Catholic Church's record after new allegations of abuse and cover-up last year sparked a credibility crisis for the hierarchy. (Vincenzo Pinto/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope opens sex abuse summit, demands bishops act now

Pope Francis opened the summit by warning bishops that the faithful want concrete action, not just condemnation.

// Coast Guard lieutenant compiled hit list of lawmakers and journalists, officials say

Prosecutors say a Coast Guard lieutenant is a “domestic terrorist” who wrote about biological attacks and had a hit list that included prominent Democrats and media figures.

// Ayanna Pressley wore glasses, and Twitter approved

The US representative took time away from protesting President Trump’s controversial national emergency to shout out a 9-year-old girl unenthused about her new glasses.

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Perspective | Magazine

Employers can make Boston traffic more bearable with one simple change

Forget new highways, high-tech street lights, and even gondolas. There are much easier ways to reduce our epic congestion.

FILE - In this March 6, 2018 file photo, actor-singer Jussie Smollett, from the Fox series,

Police: 'Empire' actor faked attack to 'promote his career'

‘‘Empire’’ actor Jussie Smollett ‘‘took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career’’ when he made a false police report about an attack in Chicago, the city’s police superintendent said Thursday.

Duke's Zion Williamson sat on the floor following an injury caused when his shoe split during play.

Twitter users target Nike after basketball star’s shoe splits, leading to injury

Nike became a target of jabs and jokes on social media when Duke University star Zion Williamson sprained a knee midgame because one of his shoes split during play.

Fort Myers , FL - 2/16/2019 - (Day 5) (HOLD FOR STORY BY PETE ABRAHAM) Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price waves a pitchers board a golf cart that will take them back to the clubhouse. Boston Red Sox pitchers and catchers workout at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, FL. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 17Red Sox, LOID: 8.5.416616478.

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Why Red Sox pitchers get a lift for this 4-minute walk

The Red Sox hope to save some wear and tear in spring training with door-to-door cart service between the clubhouse and the bullpen.

// ‘Here’s an old friend. This tank saved my life’: WWII veteran rides on Sherman tank again

Clarence Smoyer was a gunner on tanks with the Third Armored Division in the drive into Germany. Now 95, he had the chance to ride on one again in Charlestown on Wednesday.

// Kane’s starts making doughnuts off Route 1 — next to the Orange Dinosaur

Doors will open to the public next week. But the road here began back in the summer of 2016, at a fund-raiser that auto mogul Ernie Boch was holding in Norwood for his Music Drives Us charity.

Arizona Coyotes' Nick Cousins, right, shoves Minnesota Wild's Charlie Coyle along the boards during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


Acquiring Charlie Coyle a smart move by Bruins

Coyle likely will make his Black and Gold debut Saturday in St. Louis on David Krejci’s right wing.

// Five things to know about new Bruins forward Charlie Coyle

He’s a Boston kid, through and through.

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Opinion | Jesse M. Fried and Charles C.Y. Wang

Senators take aim at the buyback boogeyman

Legislation could threaten not only the capital markets but the workers and communities the senators claim to care about.


// Next Partners chief needs to repair hospital chain’s partnership with Harvard

“It is time for Partners to realize that its hospitals are affiliates of Harvard Medical School and not the reverse.”


// Voter ID laws aren’t worth fighting over

A sweeping new study finds no evidence that requiring voters to show ID before voting suppresses minority turnout.

// A Chinatown salon owner, facing eviction, will remain in his shop after all

The case demonstrated the challenges that residents and business owners face as landlords look to speculate on a booming real estate market and raise rent, forcing the displacement of longtime business owners and clients.

Love Letters

// My fiancé doesn’t know how to be alone

He has to constantly be with people when I am not around, and then I feel excluded.


// Truth and Consequences

Opinion columnist Michael Cohen takes a candid and no-holds-barred look at the current political moment. Sign up now.

Love Letters: The Podcast

Season Two: How do you meet someone?

Dating in 2019 is…complicated. Frustrating. Sometimes completely exhilarating. In Season 2 of the podcast, Meredith Goldstein goes deep on one of her most-asked questions.

Listen:   Apple Podcasts   |   Stitcher   |   RadioPublic


Special reports

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

Read a multi-part investigation into how and why the lives of promising Boston valedictorians didn’t quite turn out the way they expected.

The Big Picture

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The Big Picture

Smartphone society

In a world where the smartphone is now ubiquitous, photographers capture daily life in which the personal device is part of the moment.

Real Estate

//$medium-9070.jpg Are we ignoring — or outright banning — an easy affordable-housing fix?

Mobile homes may be the least expensive and most effective means of addressing the region’s housing shortage.


// Meet the executives who will defend pharma before Congress

One’s a college dropout. One’s a self-proclaimed street fighter. And one survived a presidential tweetstorm.