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.

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The fire ripped through an area near Kendall Square.

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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.


//[1].jpg Patriots place Rob Gronkowski on IR

The star tight end had back surgery on Friday.

Bob Ryan

// Mark Bavaro was Gronk before Gronk

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


// The Patriots are still Super Bowl bound, even without Gronk

Of course the Patriots are better with Gronk than without him, but take a good look at the rest of the AFC.

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.


// We’ll never see vintage Tiger Woods again

Woods being out of the game has remained a bigger golf story than anyone or anything in the game.

// 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.

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.

// ‘Salsa Shutdown’ protest at Downtown Crossing

Saturday afternoon shopping in Downtown Crossing took an unusual turn.

Fire in carport at Peabody condo complex

The fire started just after 4 p.m. at the Cedar Pond Vilage condominums.

Yvonne Abraham

// With hope comes action

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

Jane Richard (center), who lost a leg in the Marathon bombing, danced with her friends at Saturday’s Think Peace event.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

100 gather to remember city youths lost to violence

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

// 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.

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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.