For many in Mass., Trump’s big day is no celebration

“It almost feels like a national day of mourning, at least here in this state, in this Commonwealth.”

Michael Hathaway, 52, staggers out of North Station after allegedly being beaten by a security guard with his own cane after the Dec. 22 attack in North Station.

He was allegedly beaten by TD Garden security. He may not be alone

A guard allegedly beat a disabled homeless man in Dec., and interviews suggest the alleged attack may be part of a pattern of abuse.

Amherst College students began working after the election as part of a national movement of college students urging campuses to do more to protect undocumented students.

Amherst College chapel a refuge for immigrants

On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, religious leaders will consecrate the campus chapel as a symbol of solidarity with illegal immigrants.

Lucia Shannon (center) was surprised at her retirement party Tuesday by patrons and a musical quartet.

Brockton honors retiring librarian’s life full of stories

From a suspected house haunting to helping a mother find the child she gave up for adoption, Lucia Shannonhe spent 42 years helping library patrons with equal tenacity.

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Betting websites try to predict how Trump Inauguration Day will unfold

Online wagering websites think they have a sense of some of what will and won’t happen during Friday’s ceremonies.

Police seek suspect in assault of a teenager in Hingham

The victim told police she fought off a man who came up behind her and pulled her pants down on Wednesday night.

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A legislative perk — on top of potential pay raises

The huge pay hikes proposed for Beacon Hill legislative leaders are controversial in themselves, but equally surprising is that some of those leaders won’t be paying full federal taxes on their new salaries — thanks to a little-noticed federal tax break.

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Pay raise hearing draws sparse crowd

Few people showed up for a hearing on the proposal, and legislators didn’t engage much with the lone voice of opposition.

Firefighters use ladder to rescue several Charlestown residents

Boston firefighters used a ladder to rescue several residents during a one-alarm fire at a home on Monument Street in Charlestown Wednesday night, fire officials said.

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State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz spoke during a kickoff event for the Women’s March on Washington.

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz’s tribute to 1913 women’s march

Chang-Diaz named her firstborn Milholland after Inez Milholland, who led the 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade on a white horse.

Escaped federal prisoner James Morales was escorted into the Mass. State Police barracks in Medford after being captured in Somerville January 5.

Morales arraigned on federal escape charge

James Morales allegedly escaped from a R.I. detention center, leading law enforcement on a five-day manhunt before he was captured in Somerville.

Capital Source

91 countries, 1.4 million miles, 596 travel days

Former Massachusetts political reporter Glen Johnson was with Secretary of State John Kerry for all but a handful of those miles, visiting all 91 countries and touching every continent

Fire tears through home in Billerica

A two-alarm fire caused major damage at a Billerica home.

Mohammed Jamal-Eddine watched TV news after dinner with his family at their home in Burlington.

In the era of Trump, Muslims put faith in God and fellow Americans

A Muslim family in Burlington warily awaits the inauguration, trusting that Americans are more welcoming than their new president.


Jan. 20, 2017

The Girl Scouts issued a forceful response to the deluge of angry phone calls, emails, and messages on social media that the group has received from parents and alumnae.

Girl Scouts face uproar over Trump parade

Girl Scouts leaders and parents are outraged that the organization will march in the inaugural parade for President-elect Donald Trump.

Massachusetts officials have worried that the state’s expanding casino program could take a bite out of state lottery revenue.

Plainridge slots didn’t effect state lottery sales

Academic researchers say the state’s first casino had no negative impact on sales of lottery tickets.

FILE — Donald Trump demonstrates the Twitter app on his Samsung smartphone, in his office at Trump Tower in New York, Sept. 29, 2015. Since he reshuffled his campaign’s leadership in August 2016, Trump’s team has tried to instill a more disciplined approach. Twitter, however, has continued to be an outlet for Trump to vent without a filter. (Josh Haner/The New York Times)

Trump’s tweets are unpredictable. But when he sends them is a little more regular

It’s anyone’s guess what what Donald Trump will tweet next, but when he will tweet is much more predictable.

‘I swung and missed’: Man allegedly tried to kill ex-wife with axe

“I wanted to kill her. I don’t know what else to tell ya,” Allen Stotts allegedly told police.

Maine Republican Governor Paul LePage.

Maine Governor Paul LePage won’t apologize for criticizing John Lewis

“I will tell you, there are no apologies,” LePage told a local television station.

In this Jan. 18, 2017, photo, President Barack Obama taps the podium as he concludes his final presidential news conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. Eight tumultuous years at the helm of American power have come and gone, and for Obama, this is finally the end. The president is spending his last full day at the White House on Thursday before becoming an ex-president. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Fast Forward: Bye-bye Barack Obama, the Donald Trump party begins, Happy Birthday to Edgar Allan Poe

President Obama’s last full day in office, discussing the “State of the State of Education,” and more of the news you need.

Will Mass. lawmakers succeed in raising their own pay?

Legislative leaders, who bristle over salaries they consider paltry, might just be able to pull off a pay increase.

Warmth and sun in store for Thursday

With temperatures soaring into the upper 40s and sun on the way, you might want to leave the puffy coat at home.

Slowdowns on the highways, but no T delays reported

Slowdowns were reported early Thursday on the Southeast Expressway and Interstate 93 southbound north of Boston as the morning commute got underway.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2017. There are 346 days left in the year.

Federal jury convicts Canton man on heroin distribution charge

Obinna Obiora, 38, was found guilty of conspiring with others to distribute heroin in the greater Brockton area after three hours of jury deliberation.

71-year-old man allegedly tried to kill ex-wife with axe before setting fire to her house

“I’m outside and I’m afraid he’s gonna kill me,” the Norfolk woman frantically screamed to dispatchers.

Teen accused of murder in a Yarmouth motel sent for mental health evaluation

The 16-year-old was held without bail in the stabbing death of his mother’s ex-husband. The boy’s lawyer said the victim abused the boy and his mother.

FILE - This June 4, 2014, file photo, shows a Walgreens retail store in Boston. Walgreens said Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, it will probably have to unload more stores than originally expected in order to ease regulatory concern about its pending acquisition of Rite Aid, a deal valued at more than $9 billion that will make the nation’s largest drugstore chain even bigger. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Walgreens to pay $200,000 settlement for lapses with opioids

The investigation found that some Walgreens pharmacies were lax in dispensing the drugs while the state has faced an opioid epidemic.

Like a TV legal drama, law partners fight… over databases

A closely-watched suit may establish case law on the legal and ethical parameters for leaving a law firm in the digital age.

Aaron Hernandez appeared in Suffolk Superior Court in December 2016 for a pretrial hearing.

Prosecutors can introduce cellphone evidence at Hernandez trial

A judge has ruled that prosecutors can introduce a cellphone and its text messages as evidence at Aaron Hernandez’s double murder trial.

Boston Ma- 11/19/2016- Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (cq) at his first Race Dialogue session in Boston. Globe (Jonathan Wiggs /GlobeStaff) Reporter:Topic

Walsh’s universal pre-K plan faces hurdles

The mayor’s pursuit of pre-K for all dates back to his first run for mayor in 2013, when he floated the idea of selling City Hall to pay for the initiative.


Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

By the numbers

$78,016 Median debt for students in Harvard’s ART Institute, which was given a “failing grade by US Department of Education for burdening graduates with high levels of student debt

Time machine

Jan. 19, 1878: Under the headline “Would-be Bigamist Balked.”

In pharmacy case, widow tells of husband’s brutal decline

Colette Rybinski was the first victim to testify in the first criminal trial related to the outbreak, which killed more than 60 people.

Alan White, executive editor of the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, dies at 68

White spent more than four decades at the venerable newspaper, which won two Pulitzer Prizes during his tenure.

5 City Councilors, Walsh aides on Denver trip to learn about recreational marijuana

The group is expected to spend three days meeting government and industry officials and touring facilities that manufacture, cultivate and sell recreational cannabis.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh delivered his third State of the City address at Symphony Hall.


Locals air grievances with mayor on Twitter

Using the hashtag #MartyLostMeWhen, more than 500 tweets detailed issues with Marty Walsh before and after his State of the City address.

Police blotter

Police now say three people died when a speeding SUV crashed into a tree in Springfield.

President-elect Donald Trump listens to a question during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Notes from the critics

My correspondents have boundless faith in Donald Trump. On the eve of the day they longed for, it seems fitting to have some of them speak directly to you, too.

Beer in a fridge in Florida.

BYOB is finally coming to Boston (sort of)

It’s no “Happy Hour,” but the new BYOB regulations could allow some diners (and drinkers) to get pretty spirited.

Lowell man with dementia may be headed for Fla.

Police believe that the 65-year-old got on a train from Lowell to North Station this morning, and are asking the public to help find him.

3 dead, 2 injured after Springfield crash

An SUV crashed into a tree during the deadly accident Tuesday evening. Two occupants are in critical condition.

Missing Malden man is found dead in Melrose

A Malden man who went missing overnight was found dead this morning in Melrose.

Political Happy Hour: January 18, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Drug lab scandal fallout continues | Booze news | Breakfast pizza at 7-Eleven — delicious new treat or sign of the Apocalypse?

Franklin Pierce was the 14th president of the United States and the only one from New Hampshire.

Worst inauguration ever? That would probably be Franklin Pierce’s in 1853

The 14th’s president’s tenure started off with a death in the family, a sick vice president, and lousy weather.


Jan. 19, 2017

Worker dies after falling from Millbury theater roof

Investigators said they believe the fall was an accident.

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Former Patrick aide will be executive director for state Democrats

Veronica Martinez was an advance lead for Patrick and worked on campaigns for US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey.


The Desperate and the Dead | Part 7

// The San Antonio solution

One Texas city took on mental health as a community and became a national model. Why can’t Mass. do the same?

The story behind ‘Spotlight’

// 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.