It is the root question in a battle pitting a star surgeon against a great hospital, MGH, and the conflict has put careers and reputations at risk.
Globe investigations and Spotlight reports
A look at the high-impact investigations from The Boston Globe, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning report on abuse in the Catholic Church.
A Spotlight Team Report
Clash in the name of Care
Inside the Globe’s Spotlight report on concurrent surgeries.
Spotlight’s feedback section, where you can share information with our reporters confidentially.
New York authorities are probing how a famed prostate specialist manages his vast patient load.
The move comes in the wake of a series of reports by the Globe Spotlight Team about double-booked operations.
Following controversy at MGH, the world’s largest surgeons’ group is considering new guidelines for overlapping surgery.
The Globe Spotlight Team obtained e-mails that offer a rare glimpse at the heated battle inside MGH.
The Desperate and the Dead (2016)
The desperate and the dead | Part 1
Those most ill, including people at risk of committing violence, are far too often left in the care of almost anyone except the professionals that could help.
The Desperate and the Dead | Part 2
When despair meets deadly force
Police are often the primary responders when someone in Massachusetts faces a mental health emergency. The result can be deadly.
The desperate and the dead | Part 3
Behind the fragmented state of mental health care lies a political system failure that spans decades — and continues.
People with mental illness under the supervision of the Department of Mental Health have endangered themselves or others recently, including one who died.
The desperate and the dead | Part 4
Defendants with mental illness are much more likely to receive punishment than treatment, putting Mass. courts behind much of the country in addressing the mental health crisis.
The desperate and the dead | Part 5
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 Desperate and the Dead | Part 6
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 Desperate and the Dead | Part 7
One Texas city took on mental health as a community and became a national model. Why can’t Mass. do the same?
Political donations from Thornton Law Firm (2016)
Law firm ‘bonuses’ tied to political donations
A small Boston law firm became a top funder of the national Democratic Party by paying lawyers “bonuses” for their political donations.
The former state representative tapped his connections to make millions from pension fund lawsuits.
Boston’s Thornton Law Firm, already under investigation for campaign donations, is at the center of controversy over overstated legal fees.
Candidates returning donations from Thornton Law Firm attorneys
As of Nov. 1, the figure exceeded $300,000.
Regulators told Attorney General Maura Healey they have evidence the law firm and its attorneys broke multiple laws.
Under pressure from Republicans, the Mass. AG said she would step aside in the probe of the firm, which donated to her 2014 campaign.
Campaign finance officials plan to ask Attorney General Maura Healey to consider prosecuting partners at Boston’s Thornton Law Firm.
The New Hampshire governor will return $51,000 after the Globe reported Thornton Law Firm had apparently reimbursed partners for contributions.
Several politicians are returning thousands of dollars in donations from lawyers at Thornton Law Firm following a Spotlight Team report.
An election watchdog group accused Thornton Law Firm of illegally reimbursing lawyers for their political donations.
Spotlight: Private schools, painful secrets (2016)
In almost all of the cases, school officials failed to report sexual misconduct to the authorities when the accusations first surfaced and quietly fired teachers or allowed them to resign.
News of the investigation comes days after a former teacher at Phillips Exeter Academy admitted to misconduct with students.
When Michaella Henry told Phillips Exeter officials she had been sexually assaulted, officials didn’t contact police. Instead, they offered baked goods.
Private schools, painful secrets
The Globe found 15 instances of retaliation at New England private schools against students or employees who raised concerns about sexual abuse by staffers.
Private schools, painful secrets
Educators accused of sexual misconduct often find new posts
The Spotlight Team identified 31 private school educators who found work at other schools or other settings with children after accusations of sexual misconduct.
Laura and Antonio Siracusa were shocked to learn police could do nothing when a teacher allegedly had sex with their 17-year-old daughter.
More than 200 victims. At least 90 legal claims. At least 67 private schools in New England. This is the story of hundreds of students sexually abused by staffers, and emerging from decades of silence today.
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Jan. 6, 2002 | Part 1 of 2
Church allowed abuse by priest for years
Why did it take a succession of three cardinals and many bishops 34 years to place children out of John J. Geoghan’s reach?
Jan. 7, 2002 | Part 2 of 2
Geoghan preferred preying on poorer children
Psychiatric documents offer added insights into the Rev. John J. Geoghan’s troubled mind and the motivations behind his aberrant actions.
A look at The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, its award-winning investigative coverage, and the movie based on its reporting on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
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Other Globe Investigations
Investigative reporting can take months, but the impact is often dramatic. Read recent reports below.
Dec. 2, 2012
A 2011 Globe investigation found widespread seafood mislabeling at Massachusetts stores and restaurants. A 2012 follow-up investigation found not much has changed.
Restraints cited in three deaths at Bridgewater
Despite questionable care, the state hospital’s health care provider won a five-year contract to work across the Mass. prison system.
For Jared Remy, leniency was the rule until one lethal night
The trail of alleged victims runs back to his teen years. So does the line of judges who somehow saw fit, time and again, to give him one more chance.
Reports from 1988 through 2011
Globe coverage of the notorious gangster, from his childhood in South Boston, to his ties to the FBI, to his life on the run.