News Analysis

Obama’s immigration move highlights risks for GOP in 2016

President Obama greeted Astrid Silva, cited in his immigration talk Thursday night, at an appearance Friday in Las Vegas.

Nick Oza/The Arizona Republic/AP

As a national debate unfolds on a historically divisive topic, the path for Republicans with White House ambition is treacherous.

Pablo Sandoval celebrated a World Series championship in October. Will he be celebrating a contract with the Red Sox soon? (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Red Sox’ offer for Pablo Sandoval may be in lead

The Red Sox have offered the free agent third baseman five years and $95 million.

Daily Dose

Girls get a ‘normal’ Barbie with acne and fuller hips

Barbie has some new competition: a “normal Barbie” with shorter, fuller legs, wider hips, and darker hair.

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber.

N. Carolina fires Gruber after Affordable Care Act remarks

The state terminated a consulting contract with the MIT professor following his controversial comments.

New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray steps on the field before an NFL football training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo)

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

Jonas Gray sent home after being late for Patriots practice

The running back violated one of Bill Belichick’s cardinal rules Friday and was punished in the usual manner.

Student debt burden highest in Northeast

Six of the 10 states with the highest debt loads are in the Northeast, with N.H. topping the list, according to reports.

Fishermen unloaded and weighed cod in Gloucester.

How does the government count the fish?

As New England faces restrictions on cod fishing amid stark population reports, some question the government’s means of tallying the species.

Teacher’s aide charged with sexual assault of student at Roxbury school

The 85-year-old aide at the Higginson/Lewis K-8 school was arrested Friday, officials said.

The “porous alley” between West Canton Street and Holyoke Street in Boston’s South End helps absorb rainwater and filters it back into the ground.

Boston unveils ‘porous alley’ to combat stormwater pollution

The South End alley absorbs rainwater, preventing sewers from overflowing and dumping pollutants into bodies of water.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/sudders2-7728--90x90.jpg Sudders named to lead health and human services

Governor-elect Charlie Baker picked Marylou Sudders, a veteran mental health administrator and child protection advocate.