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.

// Watchdog says agency ignored emoluments in OK’ing Trump hotel lease

A report says the General Services Administration improperly ‘‘ignored’’ the US Constitution when it green-lit President Trump’s management of his Washington hotel after his 2016 election.

// 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.

// 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.

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.

// 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.

Jury awards Lexington police officer $500,000 in defamation suit

A Lexington officer sued two men in a defamation lawsuit stemming from a distracted driving citation he issued nearly five years ago.

// John Bogle, Vanguard founder, dies at 89

Mr. Bogle simplified investing for the masses by introducing the first index mutual fund for individual investors in 1976.

Boston College High School.

Scholarships named for Jesuits with Mass. ties discontinued after order identifies clergy credibly accused of child molestation

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.

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.

01-16-19: Boston: MA: The Celtics Kyrie Irving gets tangled up with the RaptorsDanny Green, first quarter action. The Boston Celtics hosted the Toronto Raptors in a regular season NBA basketball game at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)


Celtics beat first-place Raptors at TD Garden

Kyrie Irving had 27 points and 18 assists to lead Boston.


// 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.

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Art Review

At the MFA, a Native American collection in progress

A new exhibition dives into an under-explored trove of the museum’s collection, with what appears to be a mea culpa: We’ve done too little, for too long. That changes now.

// 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.

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.

Ms. Bloom starred in the docudrama “Medium Cool’’ with Robert Forster.


Verna Bloom, who was memorable in ‘Medium Cool’ and ‘Animal House,’ dies at 80

Ms. Bloom was born in Lynn and died Jan. 9 in Bar Harbor, Maine.

French fries and pizza are some of the fast food items for the reception for the Clemson Tigers in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., Monday.


Two men dished up meals in D.C. this week. One fed furloughed workers. The other is the president

President Trump wasted no time congratulating himself for serving up fast food at the White House during the shutdown. But a D.C. chef is trying make sure furloughed workers don’t go without.

Stethoscope and doctor sitting with laptop stress headache about work in hospital

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Opinion | Alan Chaoui, Steven Defossez, and Michelle Williams

Doctor burnout is real. And it’s dangerous

Nearly half of all physicians experience burnout in some form, and the number will continue to grow.


// 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.

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

This morning, 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

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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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Lawrence, MA - 11/26/2018- ] Representative Seth Moulton whispers into Senator Elizabeth Warren's ear as Senator Edward Markey listens to a statement from the panel of Columbia Gas representatives during the first hearing at Lawrence High School on Monday, November 26, 2018. (Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe) Topic: (metro)

Merrimack Valley residents are receiving ‘large backdated bills’ from Columbia Gas

Federal lawmakers from Massachusetts have criticized Columbia Gas about backdated gas bills being sent to Merrimack Valley residents, months after explosions and fires rocked the region.

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.

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// 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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