Under a dark sky, a baby is born

A view of the loading dock where Marie gave birth.

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The baby was born on a concrete loading dock in Chinatown in a frigid wind, the outside world visible just above the lip of the dumpster at the edge of the dock.

Adrian Walker

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/walker-24159.jpg Fed up with stepping over needles near school, students say enough

The students at the Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School have been walking past used needles for years. They staged a dramatic protest about it Tuesday, with the support of parents, school staff, and neighborhood activists.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/AFP_1BP0WE.jpg US surgeon general warns of teen risks from e-cigarettes

The government’s top doctor is taking aim at the best-selling electronic cigarette brand in the United States, urging swift action to p1revent Juul and similar vaping brands from addicting millions of teenagers.

Historian and author Jill Lepore at Harvard University.

Harvard professor seeks records of Boston connection to Pentagon Papers

In 1971, two grand juries in Boston looked at leaks related to the Pentagon Papers, which detailed the US involvement in the Vietnam War. Records of those grand juries remain sealed today, and Harvard’s Jill Lepore wants them released.

Fed chairman Jerome Powell will be watched closely when he explains the Fed’s thinking on interest rates.

Talking Points AM | Larry Edelman

What the Fed does next could save your 401(k) — or drive it even lower

The Federal Reserve is expected to nudge interests higher Wednesday. But what policy makers say about next year is more important and will set the tone for the stock market.

two little decorative rats on white background

Rats are everywhere; even on the White House lawn

A Fox News reporter spotted one scurry across his path on Monday while setting up to film a news segment on the White House lawn.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/AFP_19W017.jpg Eastern states, including Mass., agree to landmark deal to combat climate change

The states have agreed to work together to impose regionwide limits on transportation emissions, the nation’s largest source of carbon pollution.

CHESTO MEANS BUSINESS

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/20/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/RinaldiLawrence109.jpg Natural gas industry burns for more pipeline capacity in Mass.

With lawmakers raking the natural gas industry over the coals, this might seem like a strange time to seek support at the State House for expanded pipeline capacity.

Pittsburgh, PA 12-16-18: The final score is visible as the final seconds tick off the clock in New England's 17-10 loss. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12,left) heads to midfield to meet with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, with teammate J.C. Jackson (27) is at right. The New England Patriots visited the Pittsburgh Steelers in a regular season NFL football game at Heinz Field. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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Don’t forget about the Patriots’ mojo factor

Just when all hope is lost, the football gods shine on the House of Kraft.

In this Dec. 12, 2018, photo,

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Ideas | Kory Stamper

Language nerds worked really hard on that ‘Words of the Year’ list

Crunch the data on the most looked-up words and hope for something meaningful. Ignore the reality that, by mid-January, all this crunching and consideration will be forgotten.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/3Ioannis%20Miaoulis,MOS-618033.jpg Longtime Museum of Science president and director stepping down in January

The former dean of the Tufts University School of Engineering is stepping down Jan. 31 after a 16-year tenure at the Museum of Science.

Emily Blunt plays the title character in “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Movie Review

Emily Blunt delivers Julie Andrews Redux in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

“Mary Poppins Returns” is an oh-so-careful attempt to make a new movie that looks and sounds as much like the old “Mary Poppins” without being an exact Xerox.

Leicester, Ma., 11/26/2018, Traffic backs up on Main Street as cars wait in line to get to a parking lot and then get on a shuttle bus to ride to Cultivate to buy recreational legal marijuana. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Opponents of local pot shops say Leicester’s traffic nightmare proves their point

The transportation snarls after Leicester’s marijuana store opened have reverberated across the state, changing the debate in communities where pot stores are proposed.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/20/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/swensen18112021potopen0008.jpg Holyoke mayor wants to go from ‘Paper City’ to ‘rolling paper city’

Mayors and other elected officials from eight communities that host marijuana firms spoke at a Cannabis Control Commission forum Tuesday.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, at a Senate hearing in Washington in April. Internal documents show that the social network gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify, and others far greater access to people’s data than it has disclosed.

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Facebook told users it would keep personal data private, then let tech giants read your messages

For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies, like Amazon, Netflix, and Spotify, more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/KREITER12182018mcgovern3.jpg Jim McGovern warns against House Democrats focusing on impeachment

“The votes aren’t there,” the Worcester Democrat said of the Senate, still controlled by Republicans.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/AFP_1AW954.jpg Killings of journalists were up in 2018

A new report identifies 53 journalists worldwide who were killed this year, with 34 specifically killed in retaliation for their work. Both numbers mark an increase on 2017.

Authorities are investigating after 11-year-old Haverhill girl’s death

An 11-year-old Haverhill girl was hospitalized, placed on life support, and later died after an incident in Lawrence.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 18: U.S. President Donald Trump leads a roundtable discussion on school safety and the new Federal Commission on School Safety report, with family members of shooting victims, state and local officials, in the Roosevelt Room on December 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Ahead of Friday shutdown deadline, funding without border wall back on table

President Trump appeared to back off his demand for $5 billion to build a border wall, signaling for the first time he might be open to a deal that would avoid a partial government shutdown.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/1074387670.jpg Elon Musk unveils underground tunnel, and the first ride is a bit rough

Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel in Los Angeles on Tuesday, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the subterranean tube.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/tv001.jpg ‘Laverne & Shirley’ star Penny Marshall dies at 75

As a filmmaker, she became the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million. She also directed ‘‘A League of Their Own,’’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash’’ and ‘‘Awakenings.’’

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Clipboard-24161.jpg Indicted Fall River mayor has five days to resign, or face recall election, city council says

Mayor Jasiel Correia II has been indicted on charges of fraud and tax evasion related to a tech startup.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Rinaldi09acton02-HERO.jpg After suicides in Acton and Boxborough, a communion of sorrow

The unthinkable has been an all-too-common companion in two small neighboring towns, where six young people took their lives in the short span of 30 months. The questions keep coming: What is happening? Why? When will it stop?

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The Big Picture

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The Big Picture

Globe staff photos of the month: November 2018

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: a colorful sunrise, Christmas tree lightings, and high school sports.

STAT

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/181205injectionchurch0459-1600x900.jpg Recovery experts set up new ‘religion’ in Maine that may skirt drug laws

The Church of Safe Injection illegally distributes clean syringes. Branding as a “religion” may offer some legal protection.

Love Letters: The Podcast

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/29/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/200_love_letters_bonus.jpg 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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