The Desperate and the Dead

The hidden cost of homelessness

At the Suffolk County Jail, we met with David, an inmate with mental illness.

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Often ignored by the public, in some quarters, chronically homeless people loom like giants, challenging and sometimes overwhelming those charged with sorting out their problems.

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“Right now, you just want to stay out of the line of fire,” said one former chief executive.

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Donald Trump is gone from the boardroom of NBC’s reboot of ‘‘Celebrity Apprentice,’’ but he’s kept a business connection to the reality show.

Melina Williams studied nursing at Regis College. She is also raising a family.

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$15 minimum wage could squeeze workers on public assistance

For some families, the boost in pay could mean the end of hundreds of dollars a month in government benefits.

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John Herschel Glenn Jr. — twice an astronaut, four times elected to the Senate, once a presidential candidate — died Thursday in Ohio.

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As he prepared for his historic return to space at age 77, Glenn surprised researchers who analyzed recordings of the iconic astronaut’s body at rest.

Adrian Walker

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A culinary school in the South End braces for the impact of losing $300,000 in state aid.

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A city report released this week proposed nine locations in Boston for flood-protection interventions.

The power of will | Chapter 5

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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/2011-2020/2016/12/09/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/IMG_0520-12116.JPG T police investigating if bus was involved in pedestrian crash

A pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries on Thursday night after being struck by a vehicle on Massachusetts Avenue in Dorchester.

Love stories, half a century (or more) in the making

Marriage takes work, or so they say. But 75 couples who gathered Thursday at the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel make it look easy.

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Boston officials are hoping to replicate parking successes in Los Angeles and Seattle.

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The winners of the 2016 Boston Music Awards were announced on Thursday night.

Donald Glover in “Atlanta.”

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Ty Burr

‘Atlanta’ is a must-see Donald Glover experience

Is he the hardest working man in show business? It’s getting hard to argue otherwise.

Ariana Grande will perform at the Kiss 108 Jingle Ball.

THINGS TO DO

The Weekender: Seeing stars, Cirque Dreams, and finely tuned machines

Top picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/08/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/OnePiece_FootiePJs06_liv.jpg Why every adult you know wants footie PJs this holiday season

While the snuggly suits have been around for decades, the adult footed pajama craze was kickstarted back in 1998.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

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The Ravens coach stands by his criticism of the Patriots’ trick play in a 2015 playoff game, but insisted he has a lot of respect for the New England coach.

Special reports

special report

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

Michael A. Cohen

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/08/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/cohen-1882.jpg Who will stand up to Donald Trump?

He’s the most dangerous man in America and no one is challenging him. Why?

Life sciences

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

Investigations

//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'

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“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.