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.


// 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.

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.

// Jury selection to begin in Danvers teen’s murder trial

Philip Chism is accused of raping and killing his Danvers High math teacher, Colleen Ritzer, in October 2013.

People inspected a site hit by what residents said were airstrikes carried out by the Russian air force in the town of Darat Izza in Aleppo's countryside.

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Syrian troops launch ground offensive in central regions

The offensive was the first major ground fighting since Russia began launching air raids in Syria last week.

// 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.

Road salt was delivered last month to a city-owned lot on Frontage Road. Meteorologists say that long-term forecasts call for a mild start to winter, but likely a messy finish.

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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.

The 75-year-old building number 7 of the Brighton Marine Health Center, a former officers center.

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.

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// Renoir protest at MFA is funny, but sophomoric

Let’s be real: The “protest” was not so much a protest as a coordinated cry for attention.

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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.

// Steve Wynn files libel suit against unnamed casino foe

Wynn says someone gave subpoenas to the media related to Boston’s lawsuit against the Mass. Gaming Commission.

// 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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// Teamsters case casts an unwanted cloud over City Hall

Questions about the mayor’s loyalty came roaring back after City Hall was mentioned in an indictment accusing union members of extortion.

// Nuclear smugglers with Russian ties sought ISIS buyer

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

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.

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

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.