Homeland Security funding bill fails as deadline looms

The House rejected a stopgap spending bill that would have averted a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/20/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/tlumacki_lastdayatsuffolkdowns_sports501.jpg Deal reached that could bring racing back to Suffolk Downs

“Several steps” are needed before racing can return, said the president of an organization that represents owners and trainers.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/27/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/hernandez150-8115.jpg Prosecutors detail Hernandez texts before murder

The texts Aaron Hernandez sent to alleged accomplice Ernest Wallace showed him appearing to issue orders to Wallace.

Leonard Nimoy gave a lecture to more than 1,000 people at Boston University in May 2011.

Leonard Nimoy, 83; Spock on ‘Star Trek’ became a cultural icon

Leonard Nimoy, 83, was a son of Boston who created one of the most enduring and beloved characters in modern pop culture.

Russian opposition figure shot and killed in Moscow

Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister of Russia, was shot and killed in Moscow.

Federal health reform, drug costs drive losses for Mass. insurers

The biggest loss came at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass., which reported an operating loss of $119 million.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/27/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/Was8908026.jpg Jeb Bush faces some boos at conference of conservative activists

Several dozen people walked out of the room in protest shortly after Bush started his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Plainville teen charged with manslaughter in friend’s suicide

Michelle Carter, 18, allegedly texted back-and-forth with Conrad Roy III in the minutes before Roy killed himself.

Evan Horowitz

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After a month of limited service, shutdowns, and the occasional smoking train car, nearly everyone agrees the T can do better.

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ideas

Will Boston’s crazy snowfalls make people leave?

An endless winter has everyone threatening to flee for good. Who might really go — and how it could shift the population.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/27/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/ryan_space%20saver_met.jpg Two more snowstorms expected to hit Mass.

The weekend storm, which could dump up to 6 inches in some areas, will be followed by another storm early next week.

Longer work hours linked to more risky alcohol use

People who worked 49 or more hours per week were 12 percent to 13 percent more likely to begin risky alcohol use, according to a recent study.

The two-tone dress, left, alongside an ivory and black version, made by Roman Originals.

The little blue (or white) dress that tore us apart

It’s not easy to earn the consensus of the entire Internet, but we can all agree that none of us can agree on the color of this dress.

Traditionally gender-neutral toys like building blocks now come in “boy” and “girl” versions. 

LEGO’s Friends line has been criticized for featuring hair salons and shopping malls.


illustrations by Greg Mably

Greg Mably

Families

The problem with separate toys for girls and boys

What started our obsession with assigning gender to playthings, and how can parents combat it?

Coast Guard crew members spotted a coyote on the frozen water.

Coast Guard spots coyote on frozen Boston Harbor

Crews were breaking and chipping away at the ice when they saw a coyote dart across the frozen water.

MLB commissioner responds to David Ortiz’s complaints

Rob Manfred does not foresee severe disciplinary actions this season on pace-of-play rules.

The Big Picture

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Chinese New Year 2015

The Chinese Lunar New Year began Feb. 19 ushering in the Year of the Sheep, according to the Chinese zodiac.