Knitting protesters grab back at Trump with pink cat hats

These cheeky pink hats will appear by the thousands at the Women’s March on Washington, D.C.

11moose - Moose being captured for a tick count. (Native Range Inc.)

Ticks devastate Maine, N.H. moose populations

“The moose are being literally drained of blood. This is about as disgusting as it gets out there.”

The Massachusetts State House dome stands out on Beacon Hill.

Vacancies affect many state boards

About one-third of the seats on the state’s nearly 700 state boards and commissions are vacant or held by “holdover” members.

Dr. Pieter Cohen was sued for libel over his research.


Libel trial pitted supplement maker against a critical researcher

This jury trial had momentous implications for the future of research into the safety of weight-loss and muscle-building pills.

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Clark says she’s received ‘positive’ reaction to her boycott of inauguration

Congresswoman Katherine Clark is one of about two dozen members of Congress who have announced plans to protest Donald Trump’s victory.

Adults present at party where man was stabbed, UMass Boston chancellor says

UMass Boston chancellor J. Keith Motley said adults were at his home early Sunday when a 20-year-old man was stabbed at a party there.

At MLK breakfast, Chang-Diaz calls for criminal justice reform

Sonia Chang-Diaz, who represents a diverse swath of Boston, ripped into Beacon Hill leaders Monday for dragging their feet on fixing the justice system.

Warren won’t say Trump is ‘legitimate president’

Elizabeth Warren decried President-elect Donald Trump’s negative comments about civil rights hero John Lewis.

Officials investigating manhole explosions in Brockton

No customers lost power in the incident, according to National Grid.

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This day in history

Today is Monday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2017. There are 349 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Four Lawrence men arrested in connection to cockfighting

When State Police Trooper Sergio Figueiredo first found the roosters, he feared two were already dead.

UMass Boston professor Krysten Hill read some of her poetry during a Writers Resist event at Boston Public Library on Sunday. People who were interested in attending but could not for lack of room milled around and listened to readings outside Rabb Hall.

Writers use poetry and prose in protest of Trump’s election

Writers Resist held a local event Sunday at the Boston Public Library.

Former Boston city councilor Charles Yancey delivered the Martin Luther King Lecture at Community Church of Boston Sunday.

Church is urged to hear MLK’s words as wisdom for today

Former City Councilor Charles Yancey gave the Martin Luther King Lecture Sunday in Copley Square.

The Massachusetts State House dome stands out on Beacon Hill.

Many state boards plagued by vacancies

One woman on the African-American Advisory Commission died last spring, but is still listed as a member.

Lawsuit over fatal fire goes before state Supreme Court

The court is taking up the question of whether Bridgeport officials can be sued in connection with a fire at a public housing complex that killed four.

Some farmers and conservationists say the resurgence of the American bald eagle has come at a price.

The bald and the bold: Eagles’ resurgence comes at a price

The eagle has landed — on chickens and rare birds, with talons at the ready.

Time machine

When plans for underground transit in Boston were mocked.

Congressman John Lewis.

Adrian Walker

Donald Trump picked the wrong foil in civil rights hero John Lewis

A tweetstorm is not likely to make Lewis go away. He’s faced much worse.

Lawyers for Gary Lee Sampson (above) have suggested in court filings that the letter a juror slipped into the verdict envelope may reveal whether there were any improprieties during the jury’s deliberations.

Sampson lawyers want to see mysterious letter juror slipped to the judge

One of the jurors slipped the note into the verdict envelope without it being seen by any of the others.

Randall Keith Horton will lead Boston University’s musical celebration Monday.

Honoring King through music, words, and deeds

Boston and surrounding communities will see events ranging from concerts and community service to discussions of bias and civil discourse.

Boston police arrest two men, recover guns in two separate incidents

It was the second incident of the day in which police said they found an illegal gun.

Pittsfield fire destroys mixed-use building, injures five

The injured were treated at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.

A view of the Great Molasses Flood aftermath, looking north across North End Park.

What we know about the Great Molasses Flood of 1919

Sunday marks the 98th anniversary of the flood, one of history’s most bizarre disasters that has remained a topic of grim fascination ever since.

Man arrested in Worcester meat cleaver attack

Both victims are expected to survive.

Chess notes

The weekly game

People participate in a rally in Boston to denounce plans by Republicans to revoke President Obama’s signature health care law.

Photos from the Faneuil Hall rally to save Obamacare

Thousands of people gathered outside Boston’s Faneuil Hall calling on Congress to save the Affordable Care Act.

People participated in rally to denounce plans to revoke the Affordable Care Act.

Thousands protest health care repeal at Faneuil Hall

A crowd estimated at more than 6,000 denounced plans to revoke President Obama’s signature health care law.

Some are taking opioids meant for pets

Much of the medication prescribed to animals is the same medication prescribed to humans.

The home of UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley.

Man is stabbed at party at home of UMass Boston chancellor

A 20-year-old man was stabbed during a party at the home of Keith Motley, who was not there.

Driver is killed in Mansfield crash, car engulfed in flames

The driver of a vehicle died early Sunday morning in Mansfield after failing to negotiate a turn, leaving the vehicle “fully engulfed in flames,” police said.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2017. There are 350 days left in the year.

City police recover two guns, including one from teen

The guns were picked up Friday evening and early Saturday, according to Boston police.

As Obama departs, black youth question place in Trump’s America

Black youth in Ferguson, Baltimore, and Boston are confronting the paradox of President Obama’s historic ascension and the start of the Donald Trump era.

FILE - This undated photo provided by Bill Richard shows his son, Martin, in Boston. The 8-year-old was among the three people killed in the Monday, April 15, 2013 explosions at the Boston Marathon. On Friday, May 15, 2015, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by lethal injection for the 2013 terror attack. (Bill Richard via AP)

Martin Richard’s father tells of son’s generosity on the day boy died

Bill Richard spoke to more than 300 eighth-graders who had completed a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley with Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2015.

O’Malley is named to Vatican office that reviews abuse cases

Cardinal Sean O’Malley has played an influential role in addressing the clergy sex abuse crisis worldwide.

Hundreds march for ‘Trans and Queer Liberation’

Amelia Spinney, one of the organizers, said the rally’s intention was to hold local elected officials accountable.

Seven years on, Haitians reflect on devastating earthquake

Nearly 50 people gathered at the Cambridge Public Library Saturday to mark the opening of a photographic exhibit commemorating the 7th anniversary of the earthquake.

Kate Herlihy, a member of the Project 351 service program, took part in a ceremony at Faneuil Hall on Saturday before she and other volunteers headed to their work locations.

Eighth-graders from all over the state give service to honor MLK

At least one student ambassador from almost every one of the state’s 351 cities and towns came to Boston to volunteer in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Erin Belieu, a poet who teaches in the MFA program at Lesley University, has helped organize a series of protests.

Inauguration sparks writers to lead protest

Writers will stage rallies against the policies of the incoming Trump administration at 90 places around the nation.

Martin Luther King Jr. addressed a crowd at a Roxbury school during a visit to the city in 1965.

Yvonne Abraham

It’s time to finally honor Martin Luther King’s ties to Boston

A statue for King in the city that helped form him is long overdue.

Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell.

Police decision to pull back on social media monitoring draws praise

“I think they listen to the community,” said City Councilor Andrea Campbell.

A group of youths comforted each other at a makeshift memorial on Shurtleff Street in Chelsea on Saturday.

Friends, family remember slain Chelsea teen

A group honored Jimmy Vasquez with a makeshift memorial of candles, flowers, and a white poster board filled with tributes.

Coast Guard rescue two lobstermen off York, Maine

The Coast Guard rescued two men from a sinking lobster boat off the shore of York, Maine, Friday afternoon.

“There’s a plan for when you leave, something waiting for you,” said inmate Kevin Faherty, an Army veteran.

Kevin Cullen

At Middlesex jail, a sheriff’s program worth praising

“We wanted to create a unit that could specifically address the needs of those who have served in the military,” Peter Koutoujian said.

Dartmouth police seek info on robbery outside CVS

Dartmouth police are seeking information regarding an armed robbery that occurred outside a CVS Pharmacy Friday night.

Chess notes

News from the world of chess

Chris Dempsey has been appointed director of Transportation for Massachusetts.

Starts & Stops

Chris Dempsey named head of Transportation for Massachusetts

Dempsey, a Brookline native, is eager to lobby the state to improve its transit systems.

Martin Luther King Jr.

A look at what’s open, closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

How will the holiday affect your routine?

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Aubudon Society

Officials identify man fatally shot outside his home in Lynn

Officials have identified the man killed in Lynn Friday night as 29-year-old Hanky Betancourt.


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.