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Persephone’s Daughters to sing for Puerto Rico recovery

The women’s chorus from Plymouth performs its fall concert, “Soul Watch,” to benefit Puerto Rico’s recovery through the Hurricane Maria Community Relief and Recovery Fund.

Croix, a 9-week-old puppy rescued after Hurricane Maria, is recovering at her new home in Attleboro.

This puppy was left for dead after Maria. An Attleboro woman rescued her

Jessica Childs knew she had to take the dog home — if it survived the night.

In Egypt, the pyramids of Giza.

When travelers brave the ‘tough sells,’ it’s possible everyone wins

At a time of natural disasters and political turmoil, an increasing number of tourism-dependent destinations have become tough sells. But travelers and industry representatives say this makes many of them cheaper and less crowded, with populations more warmly welcoming to visitors and the business they bring.

Morovis, Puerto Rico -- 9/30/2017 - The sun sets silhouetting trees stripped of their foliage in Morovis. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

Massachusetts National Guard unit departs for Puerto Rico

The units will provide security on federal installations while the island recovers from Hurricane Maria.

A TJX Cos. spokeswoman says the company has paid employees before when a natural disaster has caused store closings.

TJX paying its employees in Puerto Rico, even though stores remain closed

The Framingham-based retailer has 29 Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and HomeGoods stores on the battered island.

A Whitefish Energy crew restored power lines in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. The company is based in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s home state.

Puerto Rico scraps $300m contract to restore power grid

The move comes amid increased scrutiny of a tiny, politically connected Montana company’s role.

Workers restore on October 28, 2017 high tension power lines damaged by Hurricane Maria in Guayama, Puerto Rico. Conditions in Puerto Rico are still heartbreaking more than five weeks after Hurricane Maria wrought devastation, with the lack of power and clean water compounding chronic conditions, medics say. Not only are there medication shortages, but the lack of power makes long-term care difficult at home for those with chronic conditions. / AFP PHOTO / Ricardo ARDUENGORICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images

Puerto Rico governor wants to cancel $300M Whitefish contract

Sunday’s announcementcomes as federal legislators are seeking to investigate the contract awarded to the small company from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown.

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo, debris scatters a destroyed community in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. The Senate is pushing ahead on a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would give Puerto Rico a much-needed infusion of cash but rejects requests from the powerful Texas and Florida congressional delegations for additional money to rebuild after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The measure is sure to sail through a Monday, Oct. 23, procedural vote and a final vote is expected no later than Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Opinion | Roberto O. González Nieves

Wipe out Puerto Rico’s debt

The people of Puerto Rico need a second chance.

29zobella - Katrina Bergman and Dr. Greg Mertz with Irma. (Bella English)

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Caught in a storm full of desperate animals

A local vet and partner find animals in a world of trouble as they vacation on St. Thomas during Hurricane Irma. Here’s what they did to help.

The latest figures out of Puerto Rico suggest that nearly 1 in 4 Puerto Ricans continues to lack access to fresh water and three-quarters of the island remains without power.

Mass. United for Puerto Rico fund passes $2 million in donations

The breakdown of that total includes more than 1,500 donations by individuals, as well as donations from businesses and fund-raising efforts.

Erick Torres and sister Jerielis posed for a photo at their grandmother’s Jamaica Plain apartment. Their home in Puerto Rico was ruined.

Students, newly arrived from Puerto Rico after Maria, start over in Boston schools

As of this week, the Boston Public Schools have enrolled 42 families from the devastatedisland after Hurricane Maria.

Boston police officers Richard Diaz (left), Izzy Marrero, David Hernandez, and Eliseo Marrero were among the members of the department who recently returned from a relief trip to Puerto Rico.

‘An overwhelming, humbling experience’ — Boston police return from Puerto Rico

On Sunday, some of the officers attended the “A Taste of the Caribbean” fund-raiser for the devastated island.

San Juan, Puerto Rico -- 10/01/2017 - A girl plays with a lantern on the street in San Juan as she and her family escape the heat of her public housing apartment that is still without power. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

Puerto Rico still stumbles in the dark a month after Maria

Roughly 80 percent of power customers remain in the dark, and another 30 percent are without water in Puerto Rico.

Corozal, Puerto Rico -- 10/02/2017 - The casket of Victor Ruiz Ramos is entered into a mausoleum during his funeral service. This happened after Hurricane Maria. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

Puerto Rico raises Hurricane Maria death toll to 48

Authorities in Puerto Rico raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria by 3 to 48 on Saturday based on a review of medical records.

Mona Hdeib (left) helped load much needed food and supplies onto a tractor trailer truck parked at the Tenean Beach parking lot in Dorchester on Saturday.

Volunteers collect food and supplies for overwhelmed Dominica

Hurricane Maria made landfall on Dominica, a Caribbean island of about 75,000 people, on Sept. 18 but many residents still lack food, clean water, and medical care.

Puerto Rico raises Hurricane Maria death toll to 48

Authorities in Puerto Rico raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria by 3 to 48 on Saturday based on a review of medical records.

US House Speaker Paul Ryan and US Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon at a press conference on October 13 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


In Puerto Rico, lasting damage but little help

Puerto Rico’s plight remains dire.

Yabucoa, Puerto Rico -- 9/29/2017 - A neighbor walked out on a piece of metal that fell on Carmen Charriez's home when Hurricane Maria hit. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

Globe Magazine

Photographs of Hurricane Maria’s aftermath in Puerto Rico

Globe staff photographer Jessica Rinaldi spent six days on the island covering people’s struggles to recover from the devastating storm.

Following the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria, men In Puerto Rico rigged PVC pipes to collect water from a spring.


Behind the story of covering Puerto Rico

Over six days chronicling the devastation, we witnessed many horrors — homes reduced to their foundations, overcrowded emergency rooms filled with agony, relatives weeping for the dead.

The sun sets silhouetting trees stripped of their foliage in Morovis, Puerto Rico.

‘To suggest that Puerto Rico is ready to pull federal workers out is irresponsible’

Puerto Ricans across Massachusetts were frustrated and angry with President Trump’s early morning tweets Thursday.

Ana Ruiz was consoled as funeral directors prepared to close the casket of her husband, Victor Hugo Ruiz, in Corozal, Puerto Rico.

One man’s tale shows how casualties of Maria go beyond official death toll

Victor Hugo Ruiz, a 64-year-old retired bartender in Puerto Rico, waited 35 hours for gas that never came.

Map: Tracking the path of Nate

The US Gulf Coast braced Friday as deadly Tropical Storm Nate threatened to reach hurricane strength before a weekend landfall.

A man carried bottled water down a road that was washed out by Hurricane Maria in the interior city of Utuado. Many water pipes across the island, especially in the mountainous interior, were destroyed by the storm.

69 Massachusetts police officers headed to Puerto Rico

Officers from the State Police and local departments will assist local law enforcement in Puerto Rico with enforcing curfews and other security duties.

Boston hedge fund manager Seth Klarman is said to be one of the biggest owners of Puerto Rican government debt.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

Trump’s talk of Puerto Rico debt deal briefly spooks investors

One big loser would have been Boston investor Seth Klarman, whose hedge fund reportedly owns almost $1 billion in the island’s debt.

Morovis, Puerto Rico -- 9/30/2017 - The road washed out from Hurricane Maria in Morovis. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

Puerto Rico’s governor says death toll from Maria has climbed to 34

The governor of Puerto Rico says the official death count for Hurricane Maria has climbed from 16 to 34.

Yabucoa, PR -- 9/29/2017 - A driver prepared to leave at Buckeye Caribbean Terminal with a tanker full of fuel. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

Nestor Ramos

My father was a Puerto Rican truck driver. He’s not to blame, Mr. President

Finding someone fictitious to blame for your administration’s failings is easier than owning up to your mistakes.

On Friday, Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the launch of the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund.

About $800,000 in pledges pours into Mass. United for Puerto Fund

The fund, launched Friday, has already received close to 1,000 credit card transactions and pledges of about $800,000 from prominent local institutions.

Toa Baja, Puerto Rico -- 9/30/2017 - Geraldo Rivera, 51, helps his neighbor move a dresser ruined in the flood waters inside the home on Avenida Calle Palma Villa Calma after Hurricane Maria. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

Sludge, snakes, and sewage: Maria brings misery in many forms

“We have nowhere else to go, no other option. So we have to clean up.”

In this image released by NBC, Kate McKinnon portraying German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, appears with Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost, center, and Michael Che during their segment on

Michael Che of ‘SNL’ unloads on Trump over Puerto Rico

Responding to President Trump’s tweets about San Juan’s mayor, Che went further than the show usually goes.

Solange Knowles


Celebs raise money for hurricane relief

“So proud of Solange! She donated her whole Boston concert proceeds to Houston and Puerto Rico,” the singer’s mother posted on Instagram.

A Coast Guard helicopter delivered emergency supplies after the passing of Hurricane Maria in Utuado, Puerto Rico, Saturday.

President Trump scoffs at ‘politically motivated ingrates’ after Maria

The president said the federal government in Puerto Rico had done “a great job with the almost impossible situation.”

Alec Baldwin again played President Trump as “Saturday Night Live” kicked off a new season this week.

A new season, same old target for ‘Saturday Night Live’: Trump

The president’s handling of the crisis in Puerto Rico took center stage during the opening skit of the season premiere.

Carmen Charriez, 71, has slept in this chair in her garage since Hurricane Maria hit and severely damaged her home.

No food, no water, no escape: Chaos and fear wrack Puerto Rico

Millions are still without power, food, or drinking water, a humanitarian crisis that has deepened by the day.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

‘Hamilton’ creator tells Trump, ‘You’re going straight to hell’

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of “Hamilton,” tore into Trump for the president’s criticism of San Juan’s mayor and Puerto Rico’s leadership in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

A fuel tanker prepared to leave a terminal in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, on Friday.

Maria television reporting raises echoes of Katrina coverage

As the days pass since Hurricane Maria ripped across Puerto Rico, television reports increasingly echo those after Katrina a dozen years ago in sounding the alarm for a desperate population.

Watch: ‘We are dying here,’ says San Juan mayor

‘‘I am begging, begging anyone that can hear us, to save us from dying,’’ Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said during a press conference Friday.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz as she distributed solar lamps in the city's La Perla neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

San Juan mayor attacked by Trump is a Boston University graduate

Carmen Yulín Cruz was a political science major at BU.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, right, hugged Esperanza Ruiz after she arrived at the temporary government center setup at the Roberto Clemente stadium Saturday.

Trump blasts San Juan mayor who begged for more help

President Trump blasted the mayor of San Juan and others in hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico Saturday morning, saying “they want everything to be done for them” in recovery efforts.

Amanda Palmer at the Middle East earlier this year.


Lexington’s Amanda Palmer’s new song raises money for Puerto Rico

The song is called “Small Hands, Small Heart.”

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Governor Charlie Baker announced Friday the creation of the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund during the El Mundo Hispanic Heritage Breakfast at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

State and local leaders launch fund to aid Puerto Rico

The fund will support relief, reconstruction, and economic recovery projects as well as the potential resettlement of Puerto Ricans coming to the area.

Hurricane Maria destroyed a house in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, as seen Thursday.

Graphic: How Puerto Rico’s crisis is unfolding after Hurricane Maria

An island with more than 3 million US citizens, Puerto Rico has been coping with many problems since Hurricane Maria struck on Sept. 20.

School Superintendent Tommy Chang.

Boston schools prepare for influx of Puerto Rican families after Hurricane Maria

Superintendent Tommy Chang met Thursday with city and school officials to discuss how to handle the potential influx of students.

‘Nothing, nothing.’ Aid lags in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico

Relatives helped Maribel Valentin Espino find shelter when Hurricane Maria roared through her community in northern Puerto Rico. Neighbors formed volunteer brigades to cut fallen trees and clear twisty mountain roads after the storm had passed. Now, friends and a local cattle ranch provide the water they need to survive in the tropical heat.

Evan Mandino stood among debris outside his destroyed home as the sun set in Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

Puerto Ricans in Boston mobilize to help loved ones on the island

More than 100 people gathered in the South End’s Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, and the majority of them had a relative or friend they hadn’t heard from since Maria.

National Guard soldiers arrived in a San Juan neighborhood on Sunday to distribute water and food.


Where is the urgency in Puerto Rico response?

Thousands of lives are on the line. Puerto Rico needs more resources — and pronto.

Moria Nickerson, of Chatham, and Ben Elliott, a New Hampshire native, now live together on Vieques, a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico.

After 6 agonizing days, Chatham parents hear from daughter in Puerto Rico

For nearly a week Valerie Mowbray had been waiting by the phone in New Hampshire to hear from her daughter.

Trump tweets Puerto Rico in ‘deep trouble’ as storm adds to debts

Many of the more than 3.4 million US citizens in the territory are still without adequate food, water, and fuel as the days since Hurricane Maria hit drag on.

Puerto Ricans hunt for precious Wi-Fi and cell signals

Hurricane Maria destroyed nearly every cellphone and fiber optic connection in the US territory.

Moria Nickerson, of Chatham, and Ben Elliott, a New Hampshire native, now live together on Vieques, a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico.

Their daughter faced Maria in Puerto Rico. They haven’t heard from her since

Moria Nickerson of Chatham and Ben Elliott of New Hampshire remained on the small island of Vieques as Maria approached.

The National Guard distributed water and food in Santurce on Sunday.

Hurricane Maria will set Puerto Rico back decades, official says

Engineers inspected the roughly 90-year-old Guajataca Dam, which holds back a reservoir and is in danger of collapse.