Noncompete contracts in Massachusetts? Lawmakers are near a deal

Legislative negotiators expect to produce a measure within weeks to limit noncompete contracts in the state.

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Dave Epstein

Snow is in the forecast for Tuesday night and Wednesday

Some people could get significant snow by Wednesday night, although exactly where or how much isn’t yet clear.

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Surgeon’s instrument sat inside patient 4 years, despite his pain complaints, lawsuit claims

A Connecticut veteran alleges that a surgeon left an instrument inside his abdomen during a 2013 operation at a Veterans Administration hospital.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said his office would like to see changes to the Valor Act.

Lawmakers may restrict use of Valor Act

The law gives judges the discretion to send veterans accused of criminal charges to rehabilitation or counseling programs, rather than jail.

// Accenture to add 400 jobs in Boston

The consulting firm will grow its local workforce by more than 25 percent during the next three years.

// State is asked to investigate company that is closing local nursing homes

Lawmakers want to know if Kindred Healthcare, which was sold last month, misused state funds that were intended for direct-care workers.

“Donald Trump is a racist bully and we know how to deal with bullies,” US Senator Elizabeth Warren said at Monday’s breakfast celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

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State’s politicians assail Trump on MLK Day as ‘racist’

At a breakfast celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., top Massachusetts politicians pilloried President Trump on Monday, calling him a racist and a bully.

// Trump kicks off Martin Luther King Jr. Day by visiting his own golf course

It was not clear whether he planned to perform service later in the day, although his public schedule is blank.

Patriots fan’s wheelchair disappears during Titans game, but later found

Cindy Morais left her wheelchair near her seat at Gillette Stadium, but it was not in that spot when she went to retrieve it after the game.

Development of the Wynn resort in Everett includes a multibillion-dollar cleanup of the adjacent Mystic River.

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Cleanup for Wynn casino includes polluted Mystic River

By the time they finish next month, workers aim to dredge 27,000 cubic yards of soil from the river, near where chemical manufacturing plants had once been located.

AFC Playoffs


// Patriots’ coordinators had a showcase game against Titans

Josh McDaniels’s play-calling was tremendous, and Matt Patricia was not to be outdone on the defensive side.


// Jaguars next in line as a hopeless, helpless Patriot foil

No team quarterbacked by Blake Bortles will come into Foxborough and beat Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

Debra Stark (left), with employee Gregoria Vanhoogen, has been unable to start a juicing program for lack of a new hire.

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How much effort does it take to fill one job?

As the labor shortage stretches on, a $15-per-hour kitchen position in Concord, with benefits, has gone unfilled for two years.

// Simone Biles is latest gymnast to say she was sexually abused

The 2016 Olympic gold medalist joined a chorus of accusers against now-imprisoned former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.


// An American success story that President Trump should see

Fred Mathieu is an American success story, but if Trump had his way, Mathieu might not be here. “He doesn’t see me,” Mathieu said.

Above: The University of Massachusetts Boston campus. Confucius Institutes are on more than 90 campuses.

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Chinese institute at UMass Boston is accused of promoting censorship

Students, professors, and alumni oppose the centers, which exist on more than 90 campuses.

// Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dies at 46

O’Riordan wrote lyrics and often music for the band’s 1990s hits, including “Linger.”

// Comedian Aziz Ansari responds to sexual misconduct allegations

Ansari said Sunday that he apologized last year when a woman told him about her discomfort during a sexual encounter in his apartment.


// Jamie Lee Curtis voices support for Eliza Dushku after account of assault

Dushku wrote that she was sexually abused at age 12 while working on “True Lies.”

// Chinese carmaker may use Fiat Chrysler to enter US

GAC Motor on Monday outlined a broad plan to build up its US operations and begin selling a vehicle here in 2019.

// The Season Ticket podcast

Chris Gasper and Ben Volin look ahead to the AFC and NFC Championship games, and what we might see in Super Bowl LII.

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Opinion & Ideas


// Tony Blair is right: Vote again on Brexit

The UK needs a do-over debate on leaving the European Union.


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Special reports

Abdulkader Hayani put his daughter Ameenah to bed.

The Last Refugee: A three-part series

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// Grassroots group tries to get new kind of doctor in the House (and Senate)

The group is putting its support behind candidates with the same qualifications: all women, all Democrats, and all doctors.

Real Estate

Room to Love: Shifting away from neutral colors

Newton couple opts for plum-colored living room and golden-hued dining room. Get more design inspiration at