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The new price of hope

The families of thousands of children who want Spinraza, a newly approved drug for spinal muscular atrophy, have faced hurdles ranging from slow ramp-ups at hospitals to resistance by health insurers spooked by the $750,000 list price for the first year.

 

Dreams of peace, family felled by gunfire

More than 200 people were on hand for the funeral of Natalino Gomes this month.

Despite efforts to get him out of Bowdoin-Geneva, Natalino Gomes could not leave his neighborhood.

 

Uptick in HIV among injecting drug users raises fears of a resurgent epidemic

Used syringes and needles are seen under a bridge at the Kabul river where many addicts gather in Kabul on April 20, 2014. The NEJAT Centre is an Afghan response to vulnerable Afghan people, working with the communities for the prevention, treatment and care of drug users and HIV/Aids patients. Afghanistan produces around 90 percent of all opiate drugs in the world, but only recently became a major consumer - out of a population of 35 million, more than a million are now addicted to drugs. AFP PHOTO/SHAH MaraiSHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images

Health officials are worried that young people, unschooled in safe injection practices, could spark an outbreak.

 

analysis

Trump’s greatest mission: erasing Obama’s legacy

President Trump walked towards Marine One as he departed from the South Lawn of the White House on Saturday.

Some attempts have failed, but the intensity of the president’s anti-Obama movement has never ebbed.

 
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The Nation

 

analysis

Trump’s greatest mission: erasing Obama’s legacy

President Trump walked towards Marine One as he departed from the South Lawn of the White House on Saturday.

Some attempts have failed, but the intensity of the president’s anti-Obama movement has never ebbed.

 

Here’s how Trump is trying to undo Obama’s work

A review of executive actions shows how President Trump has systematically attacked his predecessor’s legacy.

 

Realism sets in again after Democrats savor a rare win in Alabama

Roy Moore’s defeat Tuesday in the Alabama Senate race brought initial joy to Democrats, but by week’s end, the ecstatic moment had faded to a more tempered, pragmatic view of the future.

Alabama voted to send Democrat Doug Jones, an abortion-rights supporter, to the US Senate.

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The World

 

Team building North Korea’s missiles showered with glory and incentives

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (in black) has been pictured with a certain set of top scientists and officials following each of his country’s recent nuclear missile tests.

Kim Jong Un has turned his regime’s scientists into public heroes and symbols of national progress.

 

South African party, once a symbol of hope, turns to a new leader

African National Congress supporters danced and sang Saturday outside the party’s gathering in Johannesburg.

Many analysts say the still-dominant African National Congress is a shadow of what it once represented.

 

Peru’s congress to debate ouster of president

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ERNESTO ARIAS/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9294703a) Hector Becerril and Luis Galarreta Opposition in Congress calls for Kuczynski's dismissal over bribery allegations, Lima, Peru - 15 Dec 2017 President of the Peruvian Congress Luis Galarreta (R) listens to the opposition congressman Hector Becerril (L) during their participation in the plenary session of the Peruvian Congress in Lima, Peru, 15 December 2017. A group of opposition legislators today presented a request for the dismissal of Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski for 'permanent moral incapacity' as a result of his alleged links with the Brazilian company Odebrecht, which has been investigated in the country for delivering millionaire bribes.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski refuses to resign after being accused of failing to disclose payments in a corruption scandal.

 
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Editorial & Opinion

 

EDITORIAL

Racism bleeds Boston of black talent

Akosua Opokua-Achampong, president of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College, led a march and rally on campus in October. The event was held to protest racism after a Black Lives Matter sign was defaced on campus.

Leaders often speak of diversity, but it’s ardent inclusion that allows cities to thrive. Right now, Boston is failing to utilize to the fullest 23 percent of its population.

 

JEFF JACOBY

Social media turn us into the paparazzi of our own celebrity

The digital revolution’s impact on civil society and social interaction has been poisonous.

 

Renée Graham

Roy Moore lost, but his noxious vision rides on

Roy Moore rode his horse to vote in last week’s US Senate election in Alabama.

The failed Alabama Senate candidate will fight to keep his antebellum ideas in the spotlight.

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Metro

 

Uptick in HIV among injecting drug users raises fears of a resurgent epidemic

Used syringes and needles are seen under a bridge at the Kabul river where many addicts gather in Kabul on April 20, 2014. The NEJAT Centre is an Afghan response to vulnerable Afghan people, working with the communities for the prevention, treatment and care of drug users and HIV/Aids patients. Afghanistan produces around 90 percent of all opiate drugs in the world, but only recently became a major consumer - out of a population of 35 million, more than a million are now addicted to drugs. AFP PHOTO/SHAH MaraiSHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images

Health officials are worried that young people, unschooled in safe injection practices, could spark an outbreak.

 

Starts & Stops

T celebrates progress — even if passengers don’t feel it

MBTA officials recently gave Governor Charlie Baker a tour, showing him some new snow removal equipment stored at the T maintenance facility in Somerville.

Can the T really claim to be turning things around if riders still find the system unreliable?

 

Dreams of peace, family felled by gunfire

More than 200 people were on hand for the funeral of Natalino Gomes this month.

Despite efforts to get him out of Bowdoin-Geneva, Natalino Gomes could not leave his neighborhood.

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Business & Tech

 

SCOTT KIRSNER | INNOVATION ECONOMY

WiTricity takes a turn toward electric-car charging

A Nissan Leaf electric vehicle in WiTricity’s lab.

The Watertown company hopes there’s a future in wireless charging for plug-in and hybrid vehicles.

 

EVAN HOROWITZ | QUICK STUDY

With interest rates low, facts don’t justify panic over national debt

With interest rates low, and lending plentiful, there’s no need to get stressed about the national deficit. For the time being.

 

MICHELLE SINGLETARY | THE COLOR OF MONEY

Don’t gamble on becoming a bitcoin millionaire

Investing in the notoriously volatile bitcoin or any of the other surging virtual currencies is speculation on steroids.

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Sports

 

TARA SULLIVAN

An ode to Brady vs. Roethlisberger

Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberg greeted each other after a 2015 game in Foxborough.

This Patriots-Steelers matchup is a reason to stop and appreciate how long and how well each has played QB for his franchise.

 

CELTICS 102, GRIZZLIES 93

Celtics rebound by repelling Grizzlies

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) controls the ball against Memphis Grizzlies guard Andrew Harrison (5) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

Boston reestablished control in the fourth quarter after squandering a big early lead.

 

Rangers 3, Bruins 2 (OT)

Bruins bounce back, then bounced in OT by Rangers

Boston, MA - 12/16/2017 - (2nd period) Boston Bruins center Sean Kuraly (52) could only watch as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30)make a stellar glove save on this play during the second period. The Boston Bruins host the New York Rangers at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Fluto Shinzawa, Topic: 17Rangers-Bruins, LOID: 8.4.376523049.

After Boston erased a 2-0 deficit, Mats Zuccarello scored a power-play goal in overtime.

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Ideas

 

Ideas | Sharon Begley

Does mental illness show up in tweets?

Barry Goldwater’s 1964 run prompted a restriction on assessing public figures’ mental fitness from afar. The “Goldwater rule” is under debate again.

The flaws of in-person exams are no surprise to experts.

 

Ideas | Thanassis Cambanis

Saudi Arabia’s dangerous gamble

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on December 13, 2017, shows Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman (C) attending the opening of the shura council ordinary session in Riyadh. / AFP PHOTO / Saudi Royal Palace / BANDAR AL-JALOUD / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT

Saudi Arabia’s newest leader is throwing his weight around, but what if his country can’t be reformed?

 

Ideas | Sage Stossel

About that ‘baby bust’

A response to Lyman Stone’s piece about America’s plunging birth rate.

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Obituaries

 

Frank Dolan, 92, longtime actor who cofounded suburban theaters

Mr. Dolan’s radio reviews captured the “guy on the street’s perspective,” said his son Andrew.

Mr. Dolan was a former theater and film critic for radio stations WEEI, WHDH, and WRKO.

 

Anthony Harvey, 87, ‘Lion in Winter’ director

Mr. Harvey (left) at the Oscars in 1969, where he appeared with actress Barbra Streisand and actor Jack Albertson.

Mr. Harvey also served as the editor on Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove.”

 

Bob Seidemann, 75, photographer of Grateful Dead

Mr. Seidemann went on to design more than 50 album covers.

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Sunday Arts

 

The Year in Arts 2017

Globe critics’ roundtable: How does one take allegations into account when examining and evaluating art?

Terra at Eataly, a business in which accused sexual harasser chef Mario Batali is involved.

As allegations of sexual harassment and abuse permeate every field, it raises questions for critics.

 

The Year in Arts 2017

Amid a Trump din, other voices rang out

Kate Shindle in “Fun Home.”

From “Fun Home’’ to “American Moor’’ to “Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women,’’ 2017 was a year of speaking up and speaking out on Boston stages.

 

The Year in Arts 2017

A discouraging year on the pop charts for almost all the single ladies

Kendrick Lamar was one of many men to reach the Hot 100 top spot in 2017.

Male artists — think Ed Sheeran and the “Despacito” trio — dominated the Hot 100 for much of the year.

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Travel

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Real Estate

 

Hotel bathrooms inspire travel writer’s remodel

I spend a healthy amount of time bed hopping. I knew good bathroom design. I’d seen it in rooms in Hong Kong, Lima, London, and Montreal.

 

Ask the Gardener: Which Christmas trees smell best, last the longest?

Ask the Gardener’s Carol Stocker also explains how to handle paperwhite daffodil bulbs and why you shouldn’t grow ivy on your house.

 

What is it like to live in Lynn?

The city of Lynn is no joke, said Dick Willis, a 67-year-old semi-retiree who has lived in his wife’s hometown for nearly four decades.

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Magazine

 

Bostonian of the Year

Bostonian of the Year 2017: The concussion researcher

Ann McKee with a specimen in her laboratory at VA Boston. She is also director of the Boston University CTE Center.

Football may never be the same after the VA Boston scientist’s research on head injuries.

 

The Sleuths

Teen activists uncover forgotten TD Garden fund-raiser promise

Five of the teens — Jonah Muniz, Lorrie Pearson, Shayne Clinton, Ayub Tahlil, and Edelind Peguero — outside the Youth Community Development Center in Jamaica Plain.

Once upon a time, the Garden’s owners promised to host three annual fund-raisers for the community. Everyone forgot about it until these six teens started digging.

 

The Resisters

Women’s marchers and immigration attorneys take action

The Boston Women’s March for America as it came down Beacon Street toward Boston Common on January 21.

They battled against discrimination and for the American values they hold dear.

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Globe North

 

HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY

To win, Lowell Catholic skaters focus on a loss

The Crusaders may have won last year’s Division 2 state title, but they keep talking about a loss in their title run.

 

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Westford’s Cam MacDonald scored four goals and assisted on another two in a 7-3 Colby College hockey win over Tufts Dec. 9.

 

Baby in workplace welcomed with open arms

Lowell, MA: 12-05-17: Caitlyn Aguilar is pictured at her job at the Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union with her baby son Hendrix beside her. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Caitlyn Aguiar and her 3-month-old son, Hendrix, are the first to participate in the Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s Infant at Work program in Lowell.

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Globe South

 

In Weymouth, a club not just for tennis anymore

A swimmer dives off the blocks into in an indoor-outdoor pool at The Weymouth Club, which hosted the US Tennis Association National Indoor Championships for Girls 18 and under this November, a high-profile event for the club billed as a family-friendly fitness, wellness, and recreation facility on the South Shore. . Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (SoWk, seltzj)

What started as a bare-bones tennis club in the 1970s has swelled into one of the region’s largest full-service health and fitness facilities.

 

Furniture bank lends a hand to families in need

A furniture warehouse in Walpole provides home furnishings free of charge to people struggling to afford them.

 

HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY

Despite jabs, Weymouth skaters ‘know who we are’

Weymouth 12/13/2017: Weymouth High school hockey head coach Pat Kennedy coaches from the bench during the game against Newton North. Photo by Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe (south)

Players on Weymouth High’s boys’ hockey team are determined not to let stereotypes about their town affect their play.

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Globe West

 

HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY

For Framingham coach, skaters, it’s about ‘controlling the controllable’

Led by coach Will Ortiz, a local product of Puerto Rican descent, the Framigham High boys’ hockey team is all about controlling what it can.

 

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Wellesley’s Katie Benzan helped pace Harvard to a 79-69 basketball win over Northeastern Dec. 6.

 

INFORMER

A gingerbread farm, a holiday gift wrap-athon, and a pop-up shop

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

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