Video blogger shares his transgender journey
A pioneer in the transgender movement, Acton native Skylar Kergil reached out across the globe via YouTube.
Child abuse reports on rise
A 16 percent hike in abuse outside of children’s homes gives Charlie Baker fresh incentive to keep the focus on vulnerable children.
Southeast Asia searchers confront another mystery of a missing plane
The search evoked a familiar mix of grief and mystery following two Malaysia Airline incidents earlier this year.
Groups unite against curbing painkillers
As lawmakers aim to crack down on prescription drugs, the move is opposed by patients, doctors, and the industry.
Gov. Patrick taps 150 for state boards
The avalanche of appointments will in many cases extend the governor’s influence for years after he leaves office next month.
Helping children push past the pain
A growing number of clinics are helping children manage chronic pain to lead active lives.
‘Broken windows,’ broken policy
The theory that targeting low-level crimes will reduce major ones has led to the deaths of unarmed blacks by police.
Missing flight is third Malaysia-linked incident
Malaysia-linked aviation disasters at a glance: The disappearance Sunday of AirAsia Flight 8501 was the third air incident this year involving Malaysia, where AirAsia in based.
Rescuers battle blaze, elements off Greek coast
Italian, Greek, and Albanian vessels battled winds and rough seas as they tried to rescue hundreds stranded on a ferry that caught fire.
Bratton calls police officers’ protest of de Blasio ‘inappropriate’
The police commissioner said he did not support the silent action of scores of officers who turned away from the mayor.
A day at a pain rehabilitation center
Here is an example of a typical day for children treated at the outpatient Mayo Family Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center in Waltham.
NATO wraps up 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan
Scores of Afghan and foreign officials gathered to witness the symbolic shift to a smaller international assistance and training mission.
Best overlooked albums of 2014
Globe pop music critics James Reed and Sarah Rodman weigh in on some overlooked musical gems of 2014.
Plan for indigent to choose attorney will get first test in Texas
Central Texas county will be the first in the country to give individuals the ability to choose their own attorneys at the government’s expense.
A year defined by what we watched
With December drawing to a close, it’s time to pronounce 2014 The Year of the Video.
Diners should demand high quality for workers as well as the food
Americans have started asking questions about every aspect of a restaurant’s operations — except for how employees are treated.
Hamas bars Gaza children from Israel trip
Gaza’s Hamas rulers prevented a group of children from entering Israel on Sunday for a postwar conciliatory trip meant to foster peace.
‘The Strange Library’ by Haruki Murakami
“The Strange Library’’ carries a valuable lesson, a push to tilt our cynicism into curiosity, to look beyond what we see and explore what’s hidden from us
Fire kills 5 people in Texas high-rise
Five people died Sunday after a fire broke out at a senior-living apartment building near San Antonio, authorities said.