Baker tours Israel on antiboycott groups’ dime

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

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

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

// For child sex abuse victims, court may 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

Yvonne Abraham

// John McCain, it’s time

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

// Trump slams Carrier union leader who is critical of Ind. deal

After Donald Trump went after the union leader, the harassing phone calls began.


// 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.

// Cambridge fire victims receive $87,000 in aid

The city has raised more than $500,000 in assistance for those who were forced from their homes in Saturday’s 10-alarm blaze.

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.

// The giraffe is now at risk of extinction

Because the giraffe population has shrunk 40 percent in 30 years, scientists put it on the watch list of threatened and endangered species.

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)

Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

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.

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.

// Fast Forward: Life’s getting shorter, Tom Finneran’s pension is before the SJC

Life expectancy in the US drops, President Obama and Michelle Obama host their final Congressional Ball, and more of the news you need.

Edgar Maddison Welch, 28 of Salisbury, N.C., surrenders to police Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Washington. Welch, who said he was investigating a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizza place, fired an assault rifle inside the restaurant on Sunday injuring no one, police and news reports said. (Sathi Soma via AP)

Sathi Soma via AP

‘I just wanted to do some good’: Pizza shop gunman speaks out

Edgar Welch expressed some regrets but refused to completely dismiss the false online claims involving a child sex ring that brought him to a D.C. pizzeria.

// 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.

// Julian Edelman is ‘happy to welcome a new squirrel to the tree’

The Patriots receiver apparently acknowledged a Swedish model’s newborn girl as his child in an Instagram post.

// 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.

// 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


// 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.