How long is too long for solitary confinement in Massachusetts?

Lawmakers are considering a sweeping overhaul of the state’s criminal justice system and are looking at the question of solitary confinement.

Myeshia Johnson cried over the casket of her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson.

Trump says he didn’t disrespect a fallen soldier. The dead man’s mother says otherwise

President Donald Trump told the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson that the soldier “knew what he signed up for,” according to a Florida congresswoman.


// Trump’s call to a fallen soldier’s widow will derail him — again

Here’s why the president’s alleged comments won’t go away as a story or as a political problem.

// Trump offered a grieving military father $25,000, but didn’t follow through

‘‘He said, ‘I’m going to write you a check out of my personal account for $25,000,’ and I was just floored,’’ the father said.

// Mass. man convicted of plotting to kill for ISIS

Everett man David Wright was convicted of plotting the death of a blogger who was a controversial critic of Islam, among other charges.

Dave Ratner, of Dave’s Soda and Pet City, on his store's Facebook page promoting dog food. Ratner appeared with President Trump when he signed an executive order on health care, and it has hurt his business.


Nestor Ramos

Sorry, Dave, it’s 2017 — you don’t get to opt out of politics anymore

Cat food and human soft drinks make for an odd juxtaposition, but not nearly so awkward as mixing business and politics.

// New Hampshire’s Amazon pitch: Boston is terrible

New Hampshire is making an unusual play to lure Amazon’s second headquarters: trashing its southern neighbor.

// Hundreds of BC students walk out of class to rally against racism

The mid-day event was organized by students after Black Lives Matter signs were defaced in a Boston College dorm.

Stoughton High teacher resigns after allegations of inappropriate sexual relationship with student

The teacher, who was not identified, allegedly began a sexual relationship with a Stoughton High School student that continued after the student graduated.

// Artist who painted controversial mural in Allston agrees to replace it

At least five people complained to the city about the image.

// He watched a grisly murder and helped try to cover it up. He’ll go to prison for 7 years

Michael Hebb admitted to playing a role in a grisly double slaying and was ordered to serve up to seven years for being an accessory to the crime.

Actress Laura Michelle Kelly, producer Harvey Weinstein, and director Diane Paulus at the opening night of “Finding Neverland” at the American Repertory Theater.

Gretjen Helene

Why did AIDS charity auction money go to a Cambridge theater — and Harvey Weinstein’s pocket?

Harvey Weinstein reportedly arranged for $600,000 raised for charity to be sent to the American Repertory Theater, earmarked to reimburse Weinstein and fellow “Finding Neverland” investors.

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Host Chris Gasper and NBA writer Gary Washburn process Gordon Hayward’s ghastly injury in the Celtics' season opener.

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Gordon Hayward’s ankle was reset on the court, according to ESPN.

What we know about Gordon Hayward’s injury

Here’s how things unfolded Tuesday night as the Celtics took on the Cavaliers in the season opener.

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward being tended to in Cleveland Tuesday night.


Gordon Hayward’s wife and father thank Celtics fans for thoughts and prayers

“Gordon’s a true competitor and will take this and use it as fuel to be that much better,” his wife, Robyn, wrote on Instagram.

Fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal


// Hillary Clinton can’t be appalled by Harvey Weinstein without being appalled by her husband

This Hollywood creep is just more proof that sexual harassers are not limited to any political persuasion.

// Olympian McKayla Maroney says she was sexually abused for years

Maroney alleged that Dr. Larry Nassar molested her repeatedly beginning when she was 13 years old.

Love Letters

// She’s stood by her philandering man for decades. Time to stop?

She’s endured years of affairs, but worries that their adult children will think less of their father if she leaves him.

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New tech vs. old law: How far can police go with digital searches?

By this time next year, American law enforcement officials may have a lot more power to investigate our online activities. Or a lot less.

MCAS scores

Some schools could shift their focus to more test prep.

New tests bring worse scores for Mass. students

Students in grades 3-8 performed worse on the redesigned MCAS — often by eye-popping double-digit margins.

Alexis de Tocqueville chronicled American and French democracy

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What Donald Trump has in common with Napoleon III

Alexis de Tocqueville famously extolled democracy in America, but his look at French politics may say more about us today.


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Special reports

// Nurse’s aide plays video games while a vet dies at VA hospital

The Bedford VA hospital admitted its care for Bill Nutter was not “up to our standards,” but the reality was uglier. Now, the FBI is investigating.

Opinion & Ideas

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// Trump’s information blackout on sexual assault

The Trump administration has purged vital data from its website regarding sexual assault.

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The Amazon bid

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// Dear Jeff Bezos: Come and help us build a better Boston together

An open letter to the owner of Amazon, proposing a true partnership that rewrites the relationship between a city and the big companies that call it home.


// Most doctors have absorbed bigoted remarks from patients, survey finds

The survey finds 6 in 10 doctors report abusive remarks from patients, and many get little help coping with the wounds.


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Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl

A new study inspired by Boston's early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl