Can analytics help fix the DCF?

Experts presented information on predictive analytics to the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities at the Children's Board of Hillsborough County in July 2014 in Tampa, Fla.

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Five states, including Maine and Connecticut, are adopting such systems, but skeptics say analytics in child welfare are relatively untested.

//,%20Carol%20Meyrowitz,%20The%20TJX%20Cos.%20Inc-4433.jpg TJX CEO Carol Meyrowitz to step down

Meyrowitz, 61, will become executive chairman of TJX Cos., and Ernie Herrman will succeed her as chief executive on Jan. 31.

MIT to offer degree combining online, on-campus learning

The pilot program will be for one master’s degree only -- the two-year program in supply chain management.


// Weak link discovered in flu vaccine

New research points to a single component as the weak link in the vaccine.

The first El Faro life ring found on the scene was transported back to the US.

Another survival suit found in search for missing El Faro crew

“We are still considering this a search and rescue at this point,’’ Coast Guard Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios said.

Story of ’72 encounter in Boston makes waves

Is it a true story? Or is it a new art form on a new platform — a piece of fiction posted in the Craigslist “Missed Connections” section?

HUBweek 2015

We might drive ourselves crazy. Can we drive ourselves happy?

People can make conscious decisions to feel positive emotions, says one researcher. Here are her tips to a happier life.

// Maine father distraught as son dies after petting zoo visit

Colton Guay, just 21 months, died Monday after picking up bacteria during a family trip to the Oxford County Fair.

// Nuclear smugglers with Russian ties sought ISIS buyer

Authorities have highlighted how dangerous a thriving nuclear black market in Eastern Europe has become.

Dien Ho with a wooden airplane propeller blade his mother had collected.

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Can heirlooms really fit into your decor?

Displaying heirlooms requires serious familial compromise, not to mention decorating prowess.

// Mild start, messy finish to the winter?

One meteorologist predicted that the season would feature slightly above-average temperatures and about-average snowfall.

// Carson’s comments on mass shootings draw rebukes

“I would not just stand there and let him shoot me,” Ben Carson said on Fox News.


// DraftKings, FanDuel broaden ban on employees playing fantasy sports for cash

The new step follows a day of heated questions — some of them from lawmakers and regulators — about the kind of data fantasy sports employees can access.

Patriots fan Dagon Ryan and Jaguars fan Jeff Miller aboard the Patriots Train en route to the Jacksonville-New England game Sept. 27.

On the MBTA’s Patriots Express, everyone’s a fan — almost

The Pats trains have been running from Boston since 1971, but somehow they remain relatively unknown.

// Friendly’s founder asks college to remove name from building

American International College in Springfield complied with the request from Curtis Blake on Tuesday.

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‘Inside Out’ art project puts murals of residents’ faces onto public buildings

Boston has seen a recent surge in public art, with prominent works popping up all around the city.

// Jimmy Fallon tags Jay Leno in for monologue

How do we know the ugly late-night wars are really over? Last night, Leno grabbed the “Tonight Show” monologue from Fallon.

// Brighton veterans housing plan meets a powerful foe

The backers of an affordable housing project in the neighborhood are learning it’s a good idea to get William Galvin on board.

// Newton moves to protect temple land as sale to BC nears

Congregation Mishkan Tefila will vote this month whether to sell the Chestnut Hill property to Boston College.

The Big Picture

Samer Shkeer, a Syrian refugee, prays after crossing the Mediterranean to the shore of Skala Sykamnia on the island of Lesbos, Greece, on Sept. 11.

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Perilous crossings

Globe photographer Craig F. Walker documented the plight of refugees and migrants looking for a better life in Europe.


// Former A123 boss aims beyond electric cars

As more solar panels and wind turbines are added to the electric grid, Vionx is pitching its energy storage systems as a long-running backup.



// On day one of Synod 2015, conservatives strike first

The traditionalist camp isn’t going to just counter-punch this time around.