The city’s top lawyer is also Walsh’s rock

Boston-02/04/16 The Mass. State Gaming Commission met and voted on the newly mounted agreement between Boston and Steve Wynn over his Everett casino. Eugene O'Flaherty, Counsel for the City of Boston shakes hands with Jacqui Krum, Senior V.P. and General Counsel of Wynn Resorts after an agreement was voted in. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(metro)

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Gene O’Flaherty is a trusted adviser to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and a longtime friend.

// Mass. officials tour Israel on antiboycott groups’ dime

Governor Baker and state lawmakers are touring Israel even as Beacon Hill considers legislation that would benefit that country.

// For child sex abuse victims, court can be another place to feel unsafe

Prosecutors are mulling ways to make testifying easier for children, but standing in the way are the state’s strong defendant’s rights laws.

// Transgender student’s bid divides Tufts sorority

Only a handful of national sororities have explicit bylaws that protect transgender women from discrimination.

The transition to Trump

// Trump transition team announces Pruitt for EPA

President-elect Donald Trump officially announced that he’s tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

// General rises from Brighton to White House

John F. Kelly is remembered fondly as an adventurous Irish-Catholic son who reached the highest echelons of military service.

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// Knowing the cost of war and of being unrealistic

John Kelly, who grew up in Brighton, is the right person to protect the homeland, because he will tell us what we need to hear.

Chris Sale coming to Boston


// Teams are calling Red Sox about extra starting pitchers

The Sox aren’t inclined to deal lefthander Drew Pomeranz, even though he may not crack the starting five.

One of Milton’s selectmen questioned whether the previous assessment of the property owned by Senator Brian Joyce (above) had been too low.

Milton officials deliver a big tax bill to Senator Brian Joyce

A dramatic increase in his property tax bill comes after a dispute over whether he was paying his fair share.

With the Lincoln Memorial in the background, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks during the Pearl Harbor 75th anniversary commemoration, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, in honor of the 2,403 men and women killed and the 1,178 wounded at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

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John McCain, it’s time

The senator from Arizona was born for this moment. Will he seize it?

The power of will | Chapter 5

// Out of options, a father sees one way forward: start a drug company

Meryl Witmer and Pat Lacey needed to start a drug company to continue giving a promising drug to children with a rare cancer. It could easily take years. They had 106 days before their supply ran out.

Globe Santa

A mother seeks help for Christmas without ‘Nana’

“I wish I could give my girl the Christmas my mom always did, but I don’t have the funds to do that,” the mother said in her letter.

Plymouth, MA - 10/13/2015 - The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant as seen from the sea in Plymouth, MA, October 13, 2015. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

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Pilgrim nuclear plant staff said to be ‘overwhelmed’

Staff members at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station appear “overwhelmed” by the task of running the Plymouth facility, inspectors found.

// How many miles away is Oregon? A sign will soon let Mass. drivers know

A new road sign is coming to Kenmore Square — but it won’t tell drivers the quickest way to Cambridge or Brookline.

// US life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993

Overall, life expectancy fell by one-tenth of a year, from 78.9 in 2014 to 78.8 in 2015, according to the latest data.

// New Green Line stations are delayed until 2021

The delay for the seven new stations for the Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford pushes the project back yet again.

// After delay, Boston Winter opens on City Hall Plaza

Lights, a giant ice skating loop, gift “chalets,” and bountiful decorations drew hundreds to experience the installation’s opening night.

What our critics say

Movie REview

// Lock up the copier, ‘Office Christmas Party’ is here

“Office Christmas Party” is a surprisingly listless bacchanal from directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon (“Blades of Glory”) and a stacked cast that includes Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston.


// The ‘Shameless’ ship is sailing once again

What’s going to happen with Mickey and Ian?

Special reports

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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.

Opinion & Ideas


// Give the devil his due — the people like Trump

Demonizing Donald Trump won’t be easy. At least half the American people like the president-elect they are getting to know.

Life sciences

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


// 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.


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Music Review

New music that invites deep listening, dreaming

Dutch pianist Reinier Van Houdt’s performance of Michael Pisaro’s “Green Hour, Gray Future” invited the listener into an untethered state of hyper-sensitive listening.