Amid grief, gratitude for a near-rescue

A car with three people in it crashed into a tree and burst into flames in Milton.

Senator Jeff Sessions.

Trump AG pick could halt legal pot industry

Senator Jeff Sessions, a former federal prosecutor and state attorney general, has been taking on marijuana dealers since the 1970s.

A person hurried past a portrait of Sean Shinnock , who is from Massachusetts and is part of the Logan exhibit.

Flying away from stigma: Logan exhibit displays stories of mental illness

The airport exhibition was created to put forth, in the most public of places, the stories of people with mental illness.

star watch

Orion is a flash in the cosmic pan

The first and highest in this winter parade of stars and constellations are Capella and the Pleiades.

Latest Metro headlines

One dead, one seriously injured in Chelmsford head-on collision

The crash happened when a vehicle crossed the median on Interstate 495 in Chelmsford at about 6:40 a.m. and struck another vehicle head-on.

Harwich woman taken to hospital after fire caused by ‘careless smoking’

A woman sustained life-threatening injuries early Saturday morning in a fire in her apartment caused by “careless smoking,” officials said.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Dec. 3, the 338th day of 2016. There are 28 days left in the year.

Swastika and the word ‘Trump’ found written on chalkboard at Brookline school

The hateful message was immediately reported by the classroom’s teacher to William H. Lincoln School Principal Brian Denitzio.

Harvard men’s cross country team placed on ‘athletic probation’

A review by university lawyers found that members of the 2014 team made “crude and sexualized statements” in an online spreadsheet.

Yvonne Abraham

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Abraham is a Metro columnist. Her work appears on Thursdays and Sundays.

Kevin Cullen

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Cullen is a columnist for the Metro section who previously wrote for the Foreign desk and Spotlight team. His column appears Tuesdays and Sundays.

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Farragher is a Globe columnist and associate editor. He spent eight years as editor of the Spotlight Team. His columns appear Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Adrian Walker

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Walker has been a columnist for the Metro section since 1998. His column appears Mondays and Fridays.

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Middlesex DA charges two boys with child rape

A 13-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy were charged with raping another child, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.

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Life is ‘humbling,’ says single mom grateful for help

A mother of two worked in human services providing for the most vulnerable for many years; now she find herself on the other side of the desk.

Lottery

Lottery results from Friday drawings

Boston puts brakes on changing school start times

Boston has decided against changing school start times for next fall, saying they need more time for an analysis and consultation.

Man shot in Boston late Thursday night

Boston EMS received a call at 11:51 p.m. for a victim shot in the chest at Normandy and Devon streets, said Boston EMS Lieutenant Robert Barnes.

Possible pot brownies send six Boston students to hospital

The students were transported from Urban Science Academy in West Roxbury after they showed signs of illness, Boston Public Schools said.

Suspect in fatal Chelsea hit-and-run apprehended by Texas Rangers

Jose Daniel Arevalo was taken into custody just outside Houston, marking the end to what officials called “an exhaustive investigation.”

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41 deer killed in first two days of Blue Hills hunt

This is the second year there has been a four-day hunt at the Blue Hills State Reservation.

Berlin, N.H. man charged with killing his 2-year-old daughter

A Berlin, N.H. man was arrested Friday for allegedly killing his 2-year-old daughter days earlier in her home.

Jason Weisman at work on Duck Creek.

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Weeks after shellfishing ban is lifted, Wellfleet worries remain

Amid fear that the town’s namesake brand has been stained, officials are calculating an economic impact measured in millions.

Officials blame the postponement on the unseasonably warm December weather.

It’s not ‘Boston Winter’ wonderland weather — yet

Mayor Martin Walsh wondered if the warm weather could be blamed on “climate change.”

Political Happy Hour: December 2, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Baker twist in Warren-PhRMA drama | Trump could ‘permanently damage American capitalism,’ says Larry Summers | Bird is the word

Nathan Carman spoke to reporters following a memorial service for his mother, Linda Carman, who was lost at sea.

FBI team at N.H. property owned by Nathan Carman’s family

The FBI and other agencies have been at the property owned by John Chakalos. Chakalos’s grandson, Nathan Carman, was once a suspect.

Capital Source

Frank Bellotti saw Trump’s victory coming

The former Mass. attorney general had seen the same dynamic before, up close, in 1990 — in the final of his many campaigns extending back to 1958.

Former Nahant and Saugus administrator pleads guilty to false tax returns

Andrew Bisignani, the former town administrator of Nahant and Saugus, failed to report $375,000 in income between 2010 and 2013, the FBI said.

Students held a vigil for Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino at Lawrence High School on Friday night. They remembered him as someone who was upbeat and quick to encourage others.

Authorities ID decapitated body found in Lawrence

Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino, 16, was last seen by relatives last month before he went missing.

MBTA says ‘exercise common sense’ after man brings Christmas tree on train

Bringing a tree on the subway isn’t against the rules, so if you see someone with a fir in tow, maybe it’s best to let it go, let it go, let it go.

There’s a chance that “fascism” could be crowned the official “Word of the Year” on Merriam-Webster’s website.

‘Fascism’ could be the word of the year, Merriam-Webster says

It’s not yet set in stone because the word “puppy” has recently made some headway.

Clockwise from top left: Betsy DeVos, Steven Mnuchin, Wilbur Ross, Elaine Chao, Jeff Sessions, and Tom Price.

Trump’s Cabinet picks so far are worth a combined $11b

President-elect Donald Trump boasted about his wealth during his campaign. Now he’s surrounding himself with people who have similarly unimaginable riches.

Cool and windy day for end of work week

Temperatures will reach only into the 40s and wind gusts will top out at about 20 miles an hour.

Why sell that ‘happy old house’?

Accessory apartments are gaining traction as a way to keep elders in their homes — and create more options for tenants.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker addresses an audience Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, during a ceremonial swearing-in for Supreme Judicial Court justice Kimberly Budd at Faneuil Hall, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Baker, at odds with Warren, comes out in support of medical innovation bill

Governor Baker says he supports a sweeping federal medical innovation bill, which Senator Warren claims was hijacked by drug companies.

Mean tweets don’t faze Maura Healey, Elizabeth Warren

In a video posted by MassINC, AG Healey and Senator Warren read and responded to tweets directed at them.

Wayland mosque receives hate letter invoking Donald Trump

Police are investigating the letter received by the Islamic Center of Boston.

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Photos: Flag returns to Hampshire College

After weeks of protests and complaints, Old Glory flies again at the Amherst, Mass., school.

Brighton held after chase ends in crash with campus officer’s cruiser

Trevon Bell was being chased by Boston police when his car crashed into a Wentworth Institute police cruiser.

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Flag raised at Hampshire College after weeks of protest

The Stars and Stripes was raised again on Friday morning at the liberal arts school in Amherst.

FILE -- Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president, in Houston, Aug. 6, 2016. Stein's effort for a recount in three battleground states, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, begins on Dec. 1 with Wisconsin. (Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times)

Fast Forward: Election recounts stall, ‘Boston Winter’ holiday village opens, and oh, Gronk

Donald Trump’s lawyers file an objection to the Mich. recount, Rob Gronkowski needs back surgery, and more of the news to start your day.

Slow ride on Southeast Expressway, I-93

Speeds on the Expressway have dropped below 30 miles an hour from Braintree to the ramps in South Boston.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Dec. 2, the 337th day of 2016. There are 29 days left in the year.

Two local men sentenced for sex trafficking ring

Kwamaine Wells and Akil DeCoteau recruited and transported vulnerable women across state lines, authorities said.

Men wearing ‘Scream’ masks rob Lowell liquor store

Police believe the suspects are the same men who were spotted 45 minutes earlier at a gas station on Lakeview Avenue.

Body of decapitated teen found on Merrimack River bank

Police have recovered the head, a DA spokeswoman said.

SJC lets ruling over officers’ drug tests stand

The state’s highest court Thursday let stand a ruling that the Boston Police Department was wrong when it fired six officers after their hair tested positive for drugs.

By the numbers

By the numbers

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Time Machine

Warm clothing in the Globe Santa box at The Boston Globe building in Dorchester will be given to families in need.

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Out-of-work veteran asks for holiday presents for his two kids

A veteran who had to quit his job due to war injuries asks Globe Santa for help with gifts for his kids.

Parking meters line the street on Boylston Street in Boston.

Parking rates to jump in Boston’s hot spots

The rates are set to increase Jan. 3, with drivers paying $3.75 per hour to park in the Back Bay and eventually up to $4 per hour in the Seaport.

Brandon Dixon, who plays the role of Vice President Aaron Burr, stepped forward during the curtain call Nov. 18 and read a prepared statement from the “Hamilton” cast to Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Adrian Walker

‘Hamilton’ actor with local roots embraces its spirit of outspokenness

Nick Walker was in the room where it happened, a little bit of history unfolding right there on stage.

Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager for President-elect Donald Trump, spoke with reporters as he arrived at Trump Tower on Tuesday.

Ground Game

The most revealing moments of the 2016 race — as told by the campaign managers

Lead campaign strategists gathered at Harvard this week to formally debrief on the most unpredictable race in US history.

Boston eyes changing school start times to save on busing costs

The shift could create havoc for many families who picked a school based on a start time that accommodates the work schedules of parents.

Special reports

The desperate and the dead | Part 5

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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.