Child deaths go unsolved as autopsies lag

Shelly Medeiros surrounds herself with photographs and mementos of her grandson, Jay Hudson Bassett, whose 2012 death has been ruled a homicide. No one has been charged.

Lauren Owens

The state medical examiner’s office takes an average of 242 days to find an official cause of death in child abuse and neglect cases.

Fragment of a fourth-century codex contains a dialogue between Jesus and his disciples in which Jesus speaks of “my wife.” This is the only extant ancient text which explicitly portrays Jesus as referring to a wife.

Karen L. King/2012

Is ‘The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ a revelation or a hoax?

With lingering questions about its origin, a papyrus fragment that mentions the ‘wife’ of Jesus remains a confounding mystery.

Bruce Willis in his Broadway debut in “Misery.”

Joan Marcus/Associated Press

Critic’s Notebook

Theater companies find fault sometimes is in their stars

Cast wisely, producers, because the biggest name onstage can sometimes be the weakest link.

Yvonne Abraham

// Make cities livable for old and disabled

We’re all getting older, and the city isn’t even close to ready.

// Gunman is said to have spoken of ‘no more baby parts’

Authorities are examining the motivations of the gunman in Friday’s shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado.

// Colo. shooting victim recalled as brave, kind

“He was always doing the right thing and putting others before himself,” said Garrett Swasey’s former skating partner.

// Archdiocese polls Catholics on views of church, leaders

Questions include: How often do you go to Mass? Should women have a larger leadership role in the church?

Poor children in the Kangemi slum of Nairobi, Kenya, waited for Pope Francis’ arrival Friday.

John L. Allen Jr. | All Things Catholic

Pope Francis reveres the wisdom of the poor

One of Francis’s last stops in Kenya was arguably the most revealing moment of his six-day visit to Africa.

Hillary Clinton, who graduated from Wellesley College in 1969, has long nurtured her ties with the school.

Globe File Photo (left); Brennan Linsley/AP

Wellesley was a ‘touchstone’ for Clinton

Hillary Clinton has enduring ties to her college, more than four decades after she graduated in 1969.

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// Grandmother used to giving asks for help

About three years ago, she said, she was left with no choice but to assume full custody of two grandchildren.

Special section: All aboard


// Bring high-speed rail to New England

Faster train travel would unlock huge economic growth, save money on highways and airports, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

// High-speed service? Not so fast

What does the future hold for rail in the Northeast?


// NFL officials have been off their game this season

Officials have made egregious mistakes in high-profile situations, most of which the NFL has admitted to.

Shifty receiver Danny Amendola injured his knee Monday night against the Bills.

PATRIOTS at Broncos | 8:30 p.m. (nbc)

Danny Amendola, Jamie Collins ruled out

Amendola, the Patriots’ third-leading receiver, injured his knee last week against the Bills.

The Green Line.

Evan Richman/Globe Staff/ File 2005

Starts & Stops

Support grows for MBTA discounts for low-income riders

Two fiscal control board members are pushing for a program that would give discounts to low-income riders.

Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, on strengthening U.S. intelligence capabilities and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Key N.H. newspaper endorses Christie

The Union Leader provided a boost to Chris Christie and also took swipes at some of the other Republican candidates.

// Lawsuit alleges discrimination against deaf inmates

Prisoners’ rights advocates allege the state Department of Correction discriminates against deaf and blind prisoners.


It’s time we want less and start doing more

There probably is no better time on the calendar than now, this weekend, to consider what we should be thankful for, of what we value.

Ground Game

Ground Game

// Who will be next to drop out of the presidential race?

The signs point to two US senators: Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham.

Globe Santa

//[1] Donate to Globe Santa

Globe Santa delivers holiday gifts to local children in need.

Globe investigations

// Globe investigations and Spotlight reports

A look at high-impact investigations from The Boston Globe, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning report on abuse in the Catholic Church.

The story behind 'Spotlight'

// Boston Globe coverage and the movie ‘Spotlight’

“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

The Big Picture

People in need around the globe

People are in need, from Boston to places around the world, and many others have offered contributions.


Alexander Gardner’s images show Antietam’s horrors.

They come to imagine an unimaginable day

This land near Sharpsburg, Md., has yielded countless days of both bounty and beauty. Yet, you are here to imagine a single day, Sept. 17, 1862.