Ever tough, always loyal, O’Flaherty is Walsh’s rock

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/07/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/03132011_13patrick_photo2-7876505.jpg Antiboycott groups pay for state officials’ Israel trips

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/22/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/chin120214GreenLine_metro2.jpg 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.

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.

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

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.

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United States Southern Command

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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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.

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)

Yvonne Abraham

John McCain, it’s time

John McCain was born for this moment. Will he seize it?

(WE ARE NOT IDENTIFYING THIS STUDENT BY NAME OR IMAGE.) Medford, Ma., 12/02/16, This transgender student at Tufts, photographed on the Tufts University campus, is at the center of this story, which details how she rushed a sorority that has national bylaws which aren't inclusive of transgender women, which caused residual tension in the chapter, causing over half the girls to quit, including her. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Members quit Tufts sorority as transgender student’s application is delayed

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

Globe Santa

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/08/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/globesanta-12002.jpeg 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.

The power of will | Chapter 5

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/02/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Clinic_-11692.jpg 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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/07/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/WALKER_120716_08wonderland_14055x.jpg 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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/20/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/ghostly%20visitor-1593909.jpg 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.

What our critics say

Art Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/06/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/C.Hegner_ArthurGanson_PortraitOfJ.H._MITMusuem_4x6Print.jpg The sculpture goes round and round

Or at least it does at the MIT Museum when Arthur Ganson is the sculptor.

Movie REview

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/01/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/ocp-04626r.jpg 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.

Cameron Monaghan (left) as Ian Gallagher and Noel Fisher as Mickey in “Shameless.”

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The ‘Shameless’ ship is sailing once again

What’s going to happen with Mickey and Ian?

Chris Sale coming to Boston


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/10/08/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin100816RedSoxworkout_Spts5.jpg 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.

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


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/07/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/AFP_IU5P7.jpg 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.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/11/25/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/spotlight150x150-5331asdf-11556.jpg 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'

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/spotlight-9497.jpg 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.