Government shutdown begins

Congress failed to fund the government before a midnight deadline Friday, triggering the first federal shutdown since 2013.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by SHAWN THEW/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9326629bh) Chuck Schumer and Tom Carper Negotiations continue in the House and Senate to avert a government shutdown, Washington, USA - 19 Jan 2018 Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (L) and US Democratic Senator from Delaware Tom Carper (R) walk out of a meeting of the Democratic senators in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 19 January 2018. Negotiations continue in the Senate to avert a government shutdown.


Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (L) and US Democratic Senator from Delaware Tom Carper walk out of a meeting of the Democratic senators in the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

// Set your voicemail and clean out the fridge: A pre-shutdown memo

At least one government agency is offering guidance to its employees in the event Congress does not pass a short-term spending bill.

Senator Elizabeth Warren says now, as she has from the first days of her public life, that she based her assertions about her heritage on her reasonable trust in what she was told about her ancestry as a child.

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Elizabeth Warren’s Native American problem goes beyond politics

There’s a ghost haunting Elizabeth Warren: her enduring and undocumented claims of Native American ancestry.


// An expert in the craft examines Oval Office profanities

“Not only it is a swear word, a bad word, but it encapsulates a whole perspective,’’ said Tim Jay, who has long studied cursing.

// Adult-film star details alleged Trump affair in transcript

The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump’s attorney negotiated a $130,000 payment to secure the woman’s silence before the 2016 election.

// Rand Paul’s neighbor agrees to plead guilty in assault

A neighbor of Senator Rand Paul has agreed to plead guilty in a November attack that left Paul with six broken ribs.

With flu hospitalizations up again, MGH turns to Gatorade in place of IVs

Significant numbers of extra patients are showing up with flu-like illnesses, stretching the hospital thin.

// People are mad about empty shelves at Whole Foods

It turns out, logistics are to blame.

// Rock star Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, family says

Legendary rock musician Tom Petty died of an accidental overdose “as a result of taking a variety of medications,” relatives said in a Facebook post.

// No, Obama wasn’t playing HQ Wednesday night

It was Michelle’s birthday, and the former president was out to dinner and saw a play.

Tech Nomad

// Our smartphone habits are more like full-blown addictions. So how can we regain control?

Our phones aren’t so much phones anymore, they’ve become something else entirely.

Red Sox notebook

// Red Sox moving forward with plan to rename Yawkey Way

The Sox are negotiating with city and property owners on the street and hope to file a petition soon.

// 5 takeaways from James Patterson’s new Aaron Hernandez book

It’s a quick read, competently done, and it does not fundamentally change our thinking about Hernandez.

Patriots officially list Tom Brady as ‘questionable’ for Sunday

Brady, who was limited in practice Friday, said, “We’ll see,” when asked if he was ready to play.

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// Is Tom Brady shilling Uggs for hands? And other thoughts on his injury

This is far from the first time in history we’ve all been fixated on a particularly notable set of digits.

Foxborough, MA - 1/19/2018 - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the stretching exercises portion of Patriots practice observed by the media in Foxborough. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Jim McBride, Topic: 20Patriots Practice, LOID: 8.4.690966738.


Jaguars are fully expecting to see Tom Brady under center

“Tommy will play. We know that,” said coach Doug Marrone, dismissing the thought that a hand injury will stop him.

// Drew Bledsoe to serve as honorary captain for AFC Championship

The former Patriot quarterback led the team to a 20-6 victory over the Jaguars in 1997, the first time the team hosted the AFC Championship game.

Green Leaf Medical CEO, Philip Goldberg, second from right, and his brother and general council, Kevin Goldberg, right, inspect the marijuana plants as they walk through one of the flower rooms at Green Leaf Medical in Frederick, Maryland. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Ricky Carioti

Will Massachusetts become the first marijuana “sanctuary state”?

A new bill would ban public employees from helping the feds crack down on state-legal cannabis operations.

Pope Francis arrived at a beach near Iquique, Chile, on Jan. 18.



Pope Francis, company man

The promise of this pontiff died in Santiago, Chile, this week when he slandered victims of sexual abuse.

“As a book lover, my heart goes out to him,” Stephen King told the Bangor Daily News about the destruction at Gerald Winters’s book shop. “I will eventually reach out and see if I can help in any way.”

Stephen King manuscripts recovered from flooded Maine bookstore

It could have been worse for the keeper of a collection of Stephen King’s original manuscripts.

The Steamship Authority has voted to prohibit televisions on their vessels from showing national cable news channels from across the political spectrum.

Ferries serving Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard ban cable news

Ferry-goers traveling between Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard will soon be entering a politics-free zone.

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// Year One of Trump is over. Here’s what changed

One year after Trump upended the political world, 10 experts grapple with his presidency.


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// Experts clash on whether hitting the gym helps the brain

The disagreement sheds light on a deep ideological schism between equally respected experts about what constitutes proof.

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A sampling of the market in this neighborhood between Harvard and MIT includes a condo with high ceilings and an apartment with river views.


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