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.

Evan Horowitz

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/27/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/horowitz-068.png What happens if Homeland Security isn’t funded?

About 15 percent of workers would be furloughed, and essential employees would keep working but have to wait to be paid.

Uber says database containing driver info was breached

A database containing the names and drivers’ license numbers of 50,000 Uber drivers was breached in May.

Boris Nemtsov took part in an anti-Putin protest in Moscow in 2012.

Russian opposition figure shot and killed in Moscow

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

Michelle Carter (left) allegedly texted back-and-forth with Conrad Roy III in the minutes before Roy killed himself.

The Sun Chronicle

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.

//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.

//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/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.

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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.

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.

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 Dress

The dress color? Allow a professor to explain

Our interpretations of color can play out like a game of telephone, full of miscommunication.

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?

A fishing boat was stuck in ice near Woods Hole on Cape Cod.

Fishing boat stuck in ice near Woods Hole rescued

The boat was heading out toward Buzzards Bay when it got stuck between Pasque Island and Nashawena Island.

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.