Fire roars through East Cambridge

‘I’ve never seen anything like that’

At least 60 residents were displaced by Saturday’s fast-moving blaze, which left blocks darkened and miraculously resulted in few injuries.


The fire started in an apartment building on Berkshire Street.


Fire crews poured water on the intense blaze.

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Dense smoke choked much of the immediate area.

Firefighers on a ladder truck fought the blaze.


Firefighers on a ladder truck fought the blaze.


The moon poked through the dark sky.


Flames jumped from a Berkshire Street building.

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Every doctor told the Lacey family their son would die — except one

Pat and Dina Lacey had been parents for only a few months when doctors discovered a tumor in their new baby’s chest. Told to take their son home to die, they put their faith in a young doctor who wouldn’t accept death as the answer.

Dave Russo, owner of Giggles comedy club in Saugus, will host an event benefiting Globe Santa Dec. 14. Here’s he’s sorting some of the many gifts on their way to children.

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Comedy show will offer laughs aplenty

Dave Russo will host the fifth annual Globe Santa Comedy Night on Dec. 14 at Giggles in Saugus.

Patriots fans shouldn’t fret too much about the loss of Rob Gronkowski.


The Patriots are still Super Bowl bound, even without Gronk

Of course the Patriots are better with Rob Gronkowski, but take a good look at the rest of the AFC.

Bob Ryan

// Mark Bavaro was Gronk before Gronk

The Danvers product earned a reputation as the best combination pass receiver/blocker at his position.

Gamalier Rosa (left) and Brianna MacKinnon, both Army veterans, are members of VFW Post 754 in Amherst. They want to talk with students about respect for the flag.

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Kevin Cullen

Hey, here’s a crazy idea: Students, veterans need to talk

After the Hampshire College flag controversy, it’s time for some dialogue.

// At Harvard, no simple answer on final clubs

A Harvard College crackdown on all eight male final clubs, which are not formally part of the university, has pulled them from the shadows.

// In central Mass. town, an effort to combat prejudice

Recent incidents at Harvard’s high school have officials thinking through all options on what can be done.

// At least 9 killed in Calif. party fire, dozens missing

At least nine people died and at least 25 were missing in a blaze during a party in a warehouse Friday night in Oakland, Calif.

The transition to Trump

Mitt Romney spoke to reporters after returning from a dinner with President-elect Donald Trump.

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After Trump-Romney feud, genuine effort to join forces

Few could have predicted the turnaround that brought Mitt Romney to a meeting with the president-elect in a New York restaurant.

// Green Party switches strategy in Pennsylvania recount bid

A Green Party-backed campaign changed its strategy to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania’s presidential election.

Yvonne Abraham

// With hope comes action

For many who worship around here, hope has been in short supply lately.

Rodrigo Saavedra and Gloribell Mota took part in the “Salsa Shutdown” for immigrant rights on Saturday.

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‘Salsa Shutdown’ protest at Downtown Crossing

Saturday afternoon shopping in Downtown Crossing took an unusual turn.

// 100 gather to remember city youths lost to violence

The mood at Dorchester’s First Parish Church was a mix of celebration and somberness.

Perspective | Magazine

// Why do some people have willpower and others don’t?

We can strengthen it by rewriting our interior monologues about who we think we are.

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The Desperate and the Dead: The ‘new asylums’

There may be no worse place for mentally ill people to receive treatment than prison, yet a growing number end up in the “new asylums.”

Opinion & Ideas


// Two movies China desperately wants to hide

Two courageous Canadians want to shed light on the nation’s ghastliest atrocity.

Life sciences

STAT, a national publication from Boston Globe Media Partners, covers health, medicine, and life sciences.

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// The Desperate and the Dead: The ‘new asylums’

There may be no worse place for mentally ill people to receive treatment than prison, yet a growing number end up in the “new asylums.”

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.