Democrats are considering a federal shutdown, but it’s risky

Boston, Massachusetts - 1/15/2018 - U.S. Senator Ed Markey speaks during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial breakfast at the Boston Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts, January 15, 2018. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

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Democrats said they may withhold their votes to fund the government until they get a deal to protect young unauthorized immigrants.

//[1]-2556.jpg From his sleeping patterns to his diet, here’s what we learned about Trump’s health today

President Trump hopes to lose between 10 and 15 pounds, only sleeps four or five hours per night, and takes pills for hair loss and high cholesterol.

Topsfield, MA 12/09/05 The winter crew for First Student (cq), a school bus compay, moves school buses so a parking lot where they park can be plowed. The buses are parked at the Topsfield Fair Grounds. Near white out conditions made for a tough afternoon of driving, though Topsfield had no school. (Globe Staff Photo / Mark Wilson)

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For school superintendents, it’s the toughest call

Blizzards make it an easy decision on whether to close schools. But storms like the one Wednesday morning — with only a modest amount of snow expected — are dicey.

Dave Epstein

// Snow is expected Wednesday morning. How much depends on where you are

The bulk of the snow will fall Wednesday between about 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., with a little accumulation before that and a little after.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Sarah Sanders was asked to clear up what Trump said in the Oval Office. Here’s how she responded

The White House press secretary was asked to clear up, once and for all, what was said in the Thursday immigration meeting. Here’s what she said.

General Electric Chairman and CEO John Flannery is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Flannery said the company is weighing the future of its transportation, industrial, and lighting businesses so that it can focus more intently on its most profitable divisions. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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GE’s chief executive opens the door to breaking up the company

Although company officials said they remain committed to Boston, a restructuring would make GE a very different company than the one Massachusetts wooed here in 2016.

// Sex traffickers are on many websites. Why is police action so rare?

Men write detailed reviews about paying for sex at hundreds of erotic massage parlors on websites like But prosecuting the sex traffickers is no slam dunk.

// Bannon is subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia investigation

Stephen Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, was subpoenaed last week by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury.

Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Jo Jo White pauses to acknowledge applause during the enshrinement ceremony for the Class of 2015 of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. At right is White's Boston Celtics teammate, Hall of Famer Dave Cowens. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Former Celtics great Jo Jo White is dead at 71

White was a basketball Hall of Famer, a seven-time All-Star, and a two-time NBA champion.

The Season Ticket podcast

Dan Shaughnessy joins guest host Chad Finn to break down why he believes this year’s Patriots have the easiest road to the Super Bowl yet.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by CJ GUNTHER/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9323782a) New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (R) gets past Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (L) during the second quarter at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, USA 16 January 2018. New Orleans Pelicans at Boston Celtics, USA - 16 Jan 2018

Pelicans 116, Celtics 113 (OT)

Celtics can’t keep up with Pelicans in overtime loss at TD Garden

The Celtics, who came in with a seven-game win streak, hadn’t played since last Thursday in London.

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 14: Keelan Cole #84 of the Jacksonville Jaguars makes a catch over Artie Burns #25 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Joe Haden #21 in the second half during the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field on January 14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Ben Volin | On Football

Here’s how the Patriots will play the Jaguars

The Patriots’ game plan defensively will be similar to Saturday’s against Tennessee.

// Tom Brady says Jaguars are ‘the best team’ he’ll face yet

The Patriots quarterback also said he’s ignoring the noise and hype surrounding the AFC Championship on Sunday.

Mark Jackson and Patrick Nolan worked the “brew bar” at the new site in Quincy.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

A new Dunkin’ in Quincy, without the ‘Donuts’

Located about 1 mile from where the first one opened 68 years ago, this one is decidedly more modern.

// This former Navy pilot, who once chased a UFO, says we should take them seriously

The story that this former pilot has to tell is literally out of this world.

Author Celeste Ng


Celeste Ng’s ‘Everything I Never Told You’ gets optioned

The Cambridge writer’s debut novel may be coming to a theater near you.

Brandeis said the donation will provide financial aid and support research and program development in the Center for Global Development and Sustainabilityand Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

Benefactor gives $8.4 million to Brandeis University

A former rehabilitation doctor has left $8.4 million to Brandeis University to support the school’s students and research in its social justice programs.

A rendering of the new Wegmans in Natick.

Here’s when the new Wegmans in Natick is opening

The supermarket, which will span 146,500 square feet over two floors in Natick Mall, will also feature two restaurants.

Vivek Murthy urges people to invest in social connections — for their health and that of the nation.

‘Loneliness kills’: Former surgeon general sounds alarm on toll of loneliness

Vivek Murthy urges people to invest in social connections — for their health and that of the nation.

// We ran Tom Brady, Matt Damon, and others through Google’s Arts and Culture app

Social media feeds were flooded this weekend with images of people matching selfies taken on their smartphones with works of art from around the globe.

Opinion & Ideas

Renée Graham

// Racists don’t care about your resume

There’s no one more immune to reason than a racist.


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Abdulkader Hayani put his daughter Ameenah to bed.

The Last Refugee: A three-part series

A series of occasional articles on the Syrian refugee families resettling here, and the local people assisting them.

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// A severe flu season is stretching hospitals thin. That is a very bad omen

This flu season is offering us an important warning: We’re not ready for a flu pandemic.

Real Estate

Luxury home of the week: $8.4 million Falmouth house on harbor

When you are shoveling snow in the freezing cold this week, the warm, gentle breezes of a Cape Cod summer may cross your mind. A five-bedroom, 4.5-bath, 4,395-square-foot home on the West Falmouth waterfront could help you realize that dream. Located on Chapoquoit Point, this home at 26 Associates Road boasts a patio overlooking the water.