Colby College helps its host city remake downtown area

Colby College President David Greene walked by one of the buildings the school has purchased in downtown Waterville, Maine.

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A struggling blue-collar city in Maine sees a reason for hope with help from an unexpected source — Colby College and its president.

Terri Ramirez (left) and Jason Martin said they would seek refuge from the frigid wind Saturday night in a doorway.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Despite brutal cold, some people refuse shelter

Dozens of homeless people in Boston have opted to stay outside, and volunteers have been helping them.

Democrats push for vote on new Supreme Court justice

Democratic candidates and senators urged quick action on Antonin Scalia’s replacement while GOP hopefuls and leaders advocated delay.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

// What does Scalia’s death mean for Supreme Court, US politics?

Without Antonin Scalia’s distinctive conservative weight, several of this term’s highest-profile cases may turn in a new direction.

// Pope brings message of hope to Mexico City suburb

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered Sunday for a Mass by Pope Francis outside Mexico City.

Development of upscale housing in East Boston is affecting working-class people who have long populated the neighborhood.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

In East Boston, pinched between progress and pain

Some say gentrification in the neighborhood may be contributing to the rise of violent gangs.

Another college might terminate its Regan contract

Public relations firm Regan Communications Group stands to lose a lucrative deal with the UMass Building Authority.

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Matthew GIlbert | Buzzsaw

There’s no end to shows that have stayed too long

Only a few series seem to correctly sense when it’s time to get out, and way too many that don’t.

Cutting Edge

These wearables make Apple Watch look old-fashioned

High-tech stickers from a Lexington company track UV exposure and other health data.

The entrance to General Electric Co.’s Lynn plant.

GE often fights to reduce its local property tax bill

General Electric Co., known for its skill at minimizing its federal taxes, also brings sophisticated local property tax challenges.

Pinball wizards bring intensity at state championships

Sixteen people battled Saturday for the right to be named the state’s premier pinball player.

Jade Davis (front) in Kirsten Greenidge’s “Baltimore.”

STage review

College students absorb lessons on race in ‘Baltimore’

A racist drawing leads to recrimination and reflection in a new drama by Boston-area playwright Kirsten Greenidge.

The Colonnade returns as a Hotel Week Boston participant.


Hotel Week is a good week to stay in

Hotel Week Boston is now three years old and, like many a toddler, it’s finding its feet and growing ever sturdier with more participants.


A matchmaker’s lessons on love

What a woman who sets up blind dates every week knows about the mysteries of compatibility.

Norwegian Air (top) is focusing on Boston in 2016.

travel | Christopher Muther

Norwegian Air storms the US

The airline made a splash when it arrived in Boston in December, offering some improbably low fares to the Caribbean.

Beef and ale stew with cheddar-mustard dumplings.


A beef stew to warm you up

A hearty meal sure to thaw even the coldest February nights.

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.



// RunKeeper acquired by ASICS for $85m

One of Boston’s original mobile success stories is now part of a big sports-apparel company.

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.



// Pope dons sombrero as he travels to Mexico

A Mexican journalist presented Pope Francis with a traditional hat as the pontiff departed from the Vatican Friday.

Globe Insiders

Design New England

// Immersed in the View

A seaside location sets the tone for a free-flowing master bathroom with partitions and angles — but no doors to restrict sightlines.