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The families of thousands of children who want Spinraza, a newly approved drug for spinal muscular atrophy, have faced numerous hurdles.

// Dreams of peace, family felled by gunfire

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

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

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

Susan Walsh/Associated Press


Trump’s greatest mission: erasing Obama’s legacy

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

The Nation


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.

By Victoria McGrane

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

By Victoria McGrane

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.

By Richard Fausset

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

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.

By Choe Sang-Hun and Motoko Rich

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.

By Norimitsu Onishi

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.

By Franklin Briceno

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

Editorial & Opinion


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.


Social media turn us into the paparazzi of our own celebrity

By Jeff Jacoby

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.

By Renée Graham

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


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

By Felice J. Freyer

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.

By Adam Vaccaro

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.

By Maria Cramer

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

Business & Tech


Bulgari may make Newbury Street even more luxurious

Bulgari says it has long looked for a Boston address.

By Janelle Nanos

High-end jeweler aims to open a store on Boston’s Newbury Street.


WiTricity takes a turn toward electric-car charging

A Nissan Leaf electric vehicle in WiTricity’s lab.

By Scott Kirsner

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


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

By Evan Horowitz

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

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Don’t gamble on becoming a bitcoin millionaire

By Michelle Singletary


The week in business



An ode to Brady vs. Roethlisberger

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

By Tara Sullivan

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


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)

By Adam Himmelsbach

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.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

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

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Red Sox proceed with caution on free agents

By Peter Abraham


Manny Machado should be the Red Sox’ primary target

By Nick Cafardo


BC High hockey stumbles vs. Don Bosco (N.J.) Prep

By Dave Souza


Celtics’ Daniel Theis able to play with broken nose

By Adam Himmelsbach


Matt Grzelcyk deserves to keep playing

By Fluto Shinzawa

Bruins notebook

Bruins’ defensemen still off target

By Kevin Paul Dupont


The reach and influence of Jack Parker

By Fluto Shinzawa


What the Patriots need to do to beat the Steelers

By Jim McBride


Lions top Bears, stay in playoff hunt

By Larry Lage

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

This Detroit café keeps feather bowling rolling

By Kevin Paul Dupont


Dion Lewis’s impact for Patriots has been big

By Jim McBride


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, on and off the court

By Gary Washburn


Which NFL coaches will be coming and going this year?

By Ben Volin


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.

By Sharon Begley

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

By Thanassis Cambanis

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

Ideas | Mark Peters

The boundless dedication of the online stan

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: John Boyega with fans at the European Premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Royal Albert Hall on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney)

By Mark Peters

The term offers some insight into what fandom does and doesn’t mean in the 21st century.

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Ideas | Sage Stossel

About that ‘baby bust’

By Sage Stossel


On Second Thought: A welcome correction

By Adam Marcus


Innovation of the Week: Seedless avocados

By David Scharfenberg


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.

By Marvin Pave

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.

By Neil Genzlinger

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

Bob Seidemann, 75, photographer of Grateful Dead

By Harrison Smith

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

Sunday Arts

The Year in Arts 2017

Globe critics’ roundtable: How do we weigh sex misconduct allegations when taking the measure of art?

“Wonder Wheel,” a new film from Woody Allen, who has been accused of sexual abuse.

By Don Aucoin, Ty Burr, Jeremy Eichler, Devra First and Matthew Gilbert

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 onstage

Kate Shindle in “Fun Home.”

By Don Aucoin

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.

By Maura Johnston

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

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The Year in Arts 2017

In TV depictions of women, shows of strength and vulnerability

By Matthew Gilbert


Top 5 classical performances of 2017

By Zoë Madonna

The Year in Arts 2017

Top 10 of the year in art

By Cate McQuaid


Catching up with Esther Perel in Boston

By Meredith Goldstein

The year in arts 2017

In classical music, a year of urgency and of reckoning

By Jeremy Eichler

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

New bookstore/bar in Providence; book focuses on kids of LGBTQ parents

By Nina MacLaughlin

The Year in Arts 2017

Top 10 dance performances of 2017

By Jeffrey Gantz

The Year in Arts 2017

Boston’s 10 best concerts of 2017

By Maura Johnston

The Year in Arts 2017

Don Aucoin’s Top 10 theater picks for 2017

By Don Aucoin

doc talk | Peter Keough

Documentaries explore names, weights, and volumes

By Peter Keough

The Year in Arts 2017

In 2017, art continued to hold up a lantern to society

By Cate McQuaid

The Year in Arts 2017

This year, dance said yes to just about everything

By Jeffrey Gantz

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

A Dorchester boy serves up memories of Boston’s holiday traditions

By Kate Tuttle

Local bestsellers

By Terence Cawley


Greater Boston author readings Dec. 17-23

By Terence Cawley

The VIP Lounge with Billy Costa

By Juliet Pennington


Instagram’s most popular cities, locations, and hashtags of 2017

The Louvre, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” was the most Instagrammed museum in 2017.

By Megan McDonough

What is the point of traveling the world if you can’t share it — or boast about it — with deskbound friends back home?

Here, there, and everywhere

Canmore Cave Tours in Alberta, Canada.

By Necee Regis

Travel news — and gear — you can use.

Christopher Muther

A hangover-free guide to New Orleans

 A mural by New Orleans street artist Brandan Odums on the outside of Studio Be

By Christopher Muther

Step away from Bourbon Street, and a trip to The Big Easy can be a spiritual, magical experience.

Real Estate

Hotel bathrooms inspire travel writer’s remodel

By Christopher Muther

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?

By Carol Stocker

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?

By James Sullivan

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.


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.

By Neil Swidey

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.

By Nestor Ramos

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.

By Neil Swidey

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

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The Confronter

Heather Unruh names the problems

By Joanna Weiss

On the Block

For sale: Homes with splashy backsplashes

By Jon Gorey

Globe North


To win, Lowell Catholic skaters focus on a loss

By Tom Petrini

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


GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

By Tom Petrini

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)

By Laura Elyse King

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.

Globe South

Furniture bank lends a hand to families in need

By Jonathan Ng

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

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)

By Johanna Seltz

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.


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)

By Katherine Fominykh

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

Globe West


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

By Nate Weitzer

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.


GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

By Nate Weitzer

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


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

By Sophia Eppolito

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

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Wellesley schools to donate food to people in need

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Framingham State names new dean of students

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


Harvard event to benefit local seniors

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


King Philip school community surveyed

By Rachel Lebeaux


Newton-Needham Regional Chamber names a chairman

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts