A nursing home giant stumbles amid expansion

As Genesis HealthCare has rapidly grown, care at its Massachusetts facilities has eroded, according to a Globe review of federal and state data.

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The San Antonio solution

How one Texas city took on mental health as a community and became a national model.

Cog Railway president Wayne Presby revealed a proposal Thursday for a 35-room hotel 1,000 feet below the summit of Mount Washington.

Plans for luxury hotel below Mt. Washington summit prompt outcry

Hikers who tramp the Presidential Range fear the construction will mean less connection with the uncluttered outdoors.

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in New York, where she conceded her defeat to Republican Donald Trump after the hard-fought presidential election. A group of election lawyers and data experts have asked Clinton’s campaign to call for a recount of the vote totals in three battleground states, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, in order to ensure that a cyberattack was not committed to manipulate the totals. There is no evidence that the results were hacked or that electronic voting machines were compromised. The Clinton campaign on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, did not respond to a request for comment as to whether it would petition for a recount before the three states’ fast-approaching deadlines to ask for one.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

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Women are ready for their turn

A training program for Democratic women who want to become political candidates has seen a spike in applications.

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Expect a messy morning commute Monday around Boston

Snow totals are expected to be between 1 to 3 inches before turning to rain Monday morning.

Officer-involved shooting in Falmouth leaves 1 injured

The incident left a male with a non-life-threatening hip injury Friday night, police said.

Dorchester man arrested for alleged armed robbery in Woburn

Robert Bauer was charged with two counts of armed robbery, and one count of assault with intent to commit armed robbery, police said.

A beloved K-9 laid to rest by his handler

Dozer, a 12-year-old Belgian Malinois, responded to more than 1,000 police alongside State Trooper Sgt. Erik F. Ramsland.

Cape Cod woman attacked by dog flown to Boston hospital for treatment

Police believe the dog is a pet.

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Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Lynnfield principal, two others, off the job after Metco school bus incident

The elementary school principal, and two Metco employees, are no longer employed, following an incident on a school bus involving two children, the superintendent said.

Photos: The 17th annual Speedo Run

The run benefited the Play Ball Foundation.

Globe Santa stepped to the beat of the Groove Authority Friday night at the 22d Salem Snowball Gala at the Ferncroft Country Cub in Middleton. The event, which is organized by Bill Lynch and Jane Fuller, has raised close to $150,000 for Globe Santa since 1995.

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The spirit of Christmas animates Globe Santa team

The Globe Santa team begins its Christmas season in February, when buyers visit the annual toy shows to select an assortment of the right gifts for the holiday.

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK Robert Campbell Notebook Critic’s Maya Lin’s dominant interior space is a double-height atrium. Iwan Baan Maya Lin is the principal designer of the new Novartis building. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff On Mass. Ave. in Cambridge, a screen you can’t take your eyes off

A work of art from Maya Lin on Mass. Ave.

A screen of heavy granite hanging in mid-air? I wish all our recent architecture were equally crazy. Because this home for Novartis in Cambridge is the most interesting new building in town.A screen of heavy granite hanging in mid-air? I wish all our recent architecture were equally crazy. Because this home for Novartis in Cambridge is the most interesting new building in town.

Cars at a commuter rail crossing on Brighton St. in Belmont on Friday, December 9, 2016. A commuter train hit a car earlier at the crossing. (Scott Eisen for The Boston Globe)

Car that was struck by train was said to have been hemmed in by traffic

A woman’s car was on the tracks, hemmed in during Friday morning’s rush hour. And train was approaching, with one child still in the vehicle.

News in brief

New England news in brief

Campaign finance law shields violators

The state’s campaign finance law prohibits investigators from referring cases to the attorney general for prosecution within 120 days of the election.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Dec. 11, the 346th day of 2016. There are 20 days left in the year.

Water mostly restored in East Arlington after two water mains broke overnight

The cold weather and aging pipes were to blame for the breaks, which were not related and occurred about a half mile away from one another, an official said.

Chess notes

News from the world of chess

Two male teenagers arrested on gun charges in Dorchester

wo Dorchester teenagers will face several charges, including unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, police said in a statement.

Investigation at Georgetown home scheduled to resume Monday

Investigators plan to return next week to a home in Georgetown that was searched Friday by State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Snow is expected late Sunday afternoon

Up to 3 inches of snow for the Boston area is forecast to begin late Sunday afternoon, followed by rain by Monday morning.

The San Antonio way: How one Texas city took on mental health as a community – and became a national model

San Antonio’s mental health care system isn’t perfect, but it actually is a system, putting it far ahead of other places, including Massachusetts.

Michele loves to draw

Sunday’s Child is a weekly column featuring a child currently in foster care awaiting adoption.

Police canine units search Belle Isle Marsh, where body was found Friday

A decomposed body was discovered after sunset Friday, prompting a search of the area during daylight Saturday.

Two women die in fiery crash on Route 2 in Templeton

The women died when their vehicle veered off the road, hit a bridge abutment, and burst into flames.

1 to 3 inches of snow is expected early Monday in Boston area

The snow could snarl Monday morning’s commute, especially in areas north and west of Boston, forecasters said.

Ayer farm declared public health hazard

Inspections at McNiff Farm found “dangerous conditions,” including more than 100 neglected animals, vermin and rats, trash accumulation, and animal waste.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Dec. 10, the 345th day of 2016. There are 21 days left in the year.

Former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez (center) sat in court on Wednesday.

Aaron Hernandez’s agent dismissed Bradley’s shooting claim as ‘laughable’

“Those are laughable claims and I almost dare him to file it. Argument? What?” wrote Brian Murphy in a text.

Police say body found in Belle Isle Marsh likely dead a long time

A decomposed body was found dead in Belle Isle Marsh Reservation Friday afternoon, according to State Police.

Mourners arrived at the Farrah Funeral Home Friday night for Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino’s wake.

Hundreds say ‘last goodbye’ to slain Lawrence teen

Mourners attended a wake Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino, whose mutilated body was found last week on the banks of the Merrimack River.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Woburn and Stoneham police looking for tips in string of armed robberies

The suspect is described as a man with glasses, a blue coat, hat, sweatpants, and an “obvious limp.”

Andover police looking for tips in double shooting

Two men suffered serious injuries after they were shot in a duplex home on North Main Street at around 10:00 p.m. Thursday, police said.

St. Patrick's Place residents Marcia Jones, left, and Sahida Akter, center, talked in the lobby at the Holiday Inn Express in Cambridge on Tuesday, while Akter's friend, Musammad Sadarbanu, comforted her.

A Cambridge community broken up by fire

The blaze permanently displaced the residents of St. Patrick’s Place, an affordable housing complex fashioned from a former church.

Suspect fleeing police struck by vehicle on I-93

Traffic is heavy on I-93 as commuters head home during the Friday evening rush hour, according to MassDOT.

Cambridge-12/03/2016- Firefighters battle a 10-alarm fire at Berkshire and York Streets. Firefighters in an aerial ladder battle the fire in front of St. Patricks Place. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff (metro)


Hope amid the ashes at St. Patrick’s Place

There are hundreds of story to tell about the fire that roared through her neighborhood last week.

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Letters to Globe Santa, then and now:

Three letters posted to Globe Santa 51 years ago spoke to the angst of the poor and unfortunate in a time of holiday celebration.

FBI, State Police search home in Georgetown

The nature of the investigation is not known.

Midoriko-Mariam Takeuchi claimed her $1 million prize Friday.

Beginner’s luck: Lottery player wins $1 million on first try

Midoriko-Mariam Takeuchi claimed her $1 million prize from the $2,500,000 Holiday Magic instant prize on Friday.

A sign stood at an entrance to St. George’s School in Middletown, R.I.

R.I. school embroiled in sex abuse scandal names a new headmaster

St. George’s School has hired Alexandra “Alixe” Callen as its 12th headmaster and the first female to lead the 120-year-old institution.

Political Happy Hour: December 9, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Pot to be legal on Thursday | Partners HealthCare bleeding $$$ | Who among us doesn’t want to strengthen safeguards on killer robots?

Optimism linked to living longer, according to new study

A study from two Harvard research fellows with the T.H. Chan School of Public Health showed women who were more optimistic had lower chances of death in the period studies from 2006 and 2012.

The two guns were found inside a stolen car Thursday afternoon.

Three men arrested on gun charges after South Boston foot chase

Four men ran away when officers tried to pull over their car and the officers gave chase.

JFK Library Foundation announces annual award recipients

The mayor of a California city and the founder of a program for prisoners to earn a college degree have been named this year’s recipients.

Barring any unforeseen snafu, possessing, using, and home-growing marijuana will be legal on Thursday.

Marijuana to be legal Thursday in Massachusetts

Despite initially saying the results of Question 4 might not be certified in time, Secretary of State William Galvin now says work is on schedule.

Protected bike lane pilot launches in Cambridge

Orange cones and fresh road striping appeared along two stretches of Massachusetts Avenue this week.


The Desperate and the Dead | Part 6

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/09/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/spotlight9090-12102.jpg The hidden cost when mental illness meets homelessness

Everyone knows David, and wants to help, as he bounces between shelters, hospitals, jail. He is among the many homeless people with mental illness who find no care system to address their desperation.

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.