Child deaths go unsolved as autopsies fall behind

The state medical examiner’s office takes an average of 242 days to find an official cause of death in child abuse and neglect cases.

Garrett Swasey and partner Christine Fowler 1992 US Championships in Orlando

Obama praises officer killed in Colo. shooting

As a campus police officer, Garrett Swasey was not obligated to respond, but friends and loved ones say he was a brave and compassionate man.

This booking photo released by the Colorado Springs Police Department shows Robert L. Dear, 57.

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Colo. shooting suspect mentioned ‘no more baby parts’

Alleged gunman Robert Lewis Dear’s attack on the clinic was ‘‘definitely politically motivated,'’ said a law enforcement official.

Nearly 60 representatives and senators have signed on to a bill that would make it illegal to sell tobacco to people under 21.

State weighs raising legal age for buying tobacco to 21

The minimum legal age for tobacco sales has emerged in recent years as a new front in the battle to curb smoking.

Winthrop-11/28/15- A funeral and burial service was held for Bella Bond, the toddler who became know as Baby Doe after her body was discovered in a trash bag in June on Deer Island in Winthrop. Joseph Amoroso, the child's biological father wept as he took a pink rose from the coffin which was draped in a hand-made quilt with adorned with sayings. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(metro)

Bella Bond is laid to rest in Winthrop

Bond was buried in Winthrop, where she was welcomed as daughter even before investigators knew who she was or how she died.

Kyle Kelley, 14, waited for customers outside Fabutique in West Roxbury.

Shoppers take to the streets in the rain to support small businesses

Mayor Walsh announced a campaign dubbed #5onMain, encouraging residents to make five purchases from small businesses on the city’s main streets.

Leicester man allegedly stole boat to flee police

Police in several Central Massachusetts towns were looking for a man wanted by Worcester police for an unspecified crime.

Boston Police investigate a car that was on fire with a body inside of it behind 229 River Street in Mattapan on Saturday, November 28, 2015. (Scott Eisen for The Boston Globe)

Body found inside burned-out car in Mattapan

The man, believed to be in his 50s, may have died from a fire lit inside the car, according to a police spokesman.


// It’s time we want less and start doing more

There probably is no better time on the calendar than now, this weekend, to consider what we should be thankful for, of what we value.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

// Boston’s brand is the future

Our city isn’t about the past. It’s the place where the future happens first.

Hillary Clinton, who graduated from Wellesley College in 1969, has long nurtered her ties with the school.

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For decades, Wellesley was a ‘touchstone’ for Clinton

Hillary Clinton still has enduring ties to her college, more than four decades after she graduated in 1969.

Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke in Iowa last week.

Clinton to unveil large economic spending proposal in Boston

The presidential candidate is proposing hundreds of billions of dollars in spending, primarily on infrastructure projects, according to a campaign aide.

Critic’s Notebook

// Theater companies find fault sometimes is in their stars

Cast wisely, producers, because the biggest name onstage can sometimes be the weakest link.

Colorado Cannabis Tours routinely fills its buses. Passengers can choose a cooking class, glassblowing demonstration, or a visit to a cultivation facility (left).


Marijuana tourism’s reach expands

It’s the budding next phase of legalized pot: marijuana tourism. And it’s reaching new highs in Colorado, Washington State, and Oregon.

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// Movies to add to your queue

Movie and TV offerings that are, in Ty Burr’s opinion, good and that have recently arrived on Comcast, iTunes, Amazon, and other platforms.

Fragment of a fourth-century codex contains a dialogue between Jesus and his disciples in which Jesus speaks of “my wife.” This is the only extant ancient text which explicitly portrays Jesus as referring to a wife.

Karen L. King 2012

The case of the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife still isn’t closed

With lingering questions about its origin, a papyrus fragment that mentions the ‘wife’ of Jesus remains a confounding mystery at Harvard and beyond.

It’s definitely not your parents’ high school

The new West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School embraces digital technology, a comfortable up-to-date feel, and captures what the community was looking for.


Bidding for David Price could reach 7 years, $210 million

Many believe the Red Sox could be the frontrunners to land the prize of the free agent market.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been on the losing side in four of his last five trips to Denver.


Denver hasn’t been kind to the Patriots

Tom Brady is an underwhelming 2-5 in the Mile High City.

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett talks with and official in the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)


NFL officials have been off their game this season

Officials have made egregious mistakes in high-profile situations, most of which the NFL has admitted to.

// 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Baby, it’s cold outside . . . what better time to stuff the stocking of that special someone with a treat to curl up with and enjoy.

Ground Game

Ground Game

// Who will be next to drop out of the presidential race?

The signs point to two US senators: Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham.

Globe Santa

//[1] Donate to Globe Santa

Globe Santa delivers holiday gifts to local children in need.

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.

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.

The Big Picture

People in need around the globe

People are in need, from Boston to places around the world, and many others have offered contributions.