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For homeless people, the cold is life-threatening

Advocates say they’ve never seen cold weather this bad for this long. For people on the streets, the cold can quickly bring on frostbite — or worse.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered his second inauguration speech on Monday.

Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

Walsh says he will focus on issues affecting middle class in his second term

At the inauguration for his second term, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh promised to rebuild the city’s middle class.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

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The cuts will result in bigger paychecks, but steady pay raises benefit workers even more.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/27/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/AA_28Alzheimers02_met.jpg Dementia patients often need hospitals, which are often ill-prepared

A new push in Massachusetts aims to make hospital stays less terrifying and damaging for fragile minds.

Former Attorney General Martha Coakley said Beacon Hill lawmakers’ “unwillingness” to expand wire-tapping authority is “a little inexplicable.”

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Mass. Legislature refuses calls to update wiretap law

For decades, prosecutors urged lawmakers to grant them broader power to conduct wiretaps. For decades, the lawmakers have refused.

The Nation

Federal courts will review sexual harassment policies

“I have great confidence in the men and women who comprise our judiciary,” said Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. “I am sure that the overwhelming number have no tolerance for harassment.

By Jessica Gresko

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts made the statement in his annual report on the judiciary, which was released Sunday.

Chicago sees drop in homicides, shootings in 2017

The total number of killings were above the 600 mark for only the second time in more than a decade.

Many space missions upcoming in 2018

If you love space and astronomy, 2018 will be an exciting year, including missions to Mars and the sun.

The World

Toll rises to 13 as Iranians defy protest crackdown

About 200 people have been arrested in Tehran alone since the protests began last Thursday.

By Thomas Erdbrink

On Monday in Tehran, the atmosphere was tense and security forces were out in large numbers.

Trump slams Pakistan for ‘lies & deceit’ in New Year’s tweet

Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said his country would “give all account to every single penny to America in public.”

By Kathy Gannon

Afghanistan and the United States have long accused Pakistan of providing safe havens for militants.

Syrian president reshuffles government

By Bassem Mroue

President Bashar Assad replaced the ministers of defense, information and industry, Syria’s state news agency reported.

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial

It’s time for Congress to act on CHIP and DACA

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill need to quit kicking the can down the road.

Opinion | Bandy X. Lee, Leonard L. Glass, and Edwin B. Fisher

The ethics of warning the public about a dangerous president

By Bandy X. Lee, Leonard L. Glass and Edwin B. Fisher

Mental health professionals should further engage in educating the public.

Opinion | Jonathan Brock, Billie Pirner Garde, and Marcia Narine Weldon

What exactly is zero tolerance on sexual harassment?

FordÕs Chicago Assembly Plant, where female employees say they have have endured persistent sexual harassment, Nov. 17, 2017. For the Ford women, even though they are members of one of the countryÕs most powerful unions, even though a federal agency and judge sided with them, and even after independent monitors policed the factory floors, the harassment has gone on for decades. (Alyssa Schukar/The New York Times)

By Jonathan Brock, Billie Pirner Garde and Marcia Narine Weldon

Without a series of steps, a zero-tolerance policy is counter-productive.

Metro

Dementia patients often need hospitals, which are often ill-prepared

Judy and Steve Johanson (left) with their daughter Carly and son Luke at the Alzheimer's Association's office in Waltham in April 2016.

By Felice J. Freyer

A new push in Massachusetts aims to make hospital stays less terrifying and damaging for fragile minds.

Mass. Legislature refuses calls to update wiretap law

Former Attorney General Martha Coakley said Beacon Hill lawmakers’ “unwillingness” to expand wire-tapping authority is “a little inexplicable.”

By Joshua Miller

For decades, prosecutors urged lawmakers to grant them broader power to conduct wiretaps. For decades, the lawmakers have refused.

For homeless people, the cold is life-threatening

Jose Jelgado, a homeless man, rested at South Station Monday.

By Evan Allen and Sarah Betancourt

Advocates say they’ve never seen cold weather this bad for this long. For people on the streets, the cold can quickly bring on frostbite — or worse.

Business & Tech

For workers, much remains unsettled as new year begins

Union workers and minimum wage activists rallied on Labor Day in Los Angeles and other cities.

By Katie Johnston

If workers don’t feel their quality of life has improved under Republican rule, it could fuel a political backlash in the midterm elections.

Distributors of fermented cider say the state taxes them unfairly

In Massachusetts, a little extra kick in the cider, alcohol-wise, brings a hefty increase in the excise tax that’s levied.

By Dan Adams

A state task force recommends relaxing 6 percent alcohol threshold for fruit-based drinks.

How antivirus software can be turned into a tool for spying

Eugene Kaspersky, chief executive of Kaspersky Labs, has said he would allow the US government to inspect his company’s source code to allay distrust of its antivirus and security products.

By Nicole Perlroth

It has been a secret, long known to intelligence agencies but rarely to consumers, that security software can be a powerful spy tool.

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Tax cuts are no substitute for pay raises

By Evan Horowitz

Obituaries

Maura Jacobson, 91, creator of witty crosswords

By Neil Genzlinger

Ms. Jacobson’s puzzles were dense with thematic clues and full of intricate puns.

William Agee, 79, CEO whose star was dimmed

Mr. Agee with Mary Cunningham, whom he married in 1982. His relationship with Cunningham, who was hired by Bendix Corp. in 1979, raised questions about his judgment.

By Steve Lohr

Mr. Agee was 38 and a rising corporate star in 1976 when the Bendix Corp., a large auto-parts maker, made him one of the youngest chief executives of a major US company.

Dan Talbot, 91, impresario of art films

Dan Talbot operated the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, which opened in 1981. It is scheduled to close on Jan. 28.

By Anita Gates

Mr. Talbot was one of the most influential figures in the world of art-house film as an operator of Manhattan theaters.

Sports

ADAM HIMMELSBACH

18 things for Celtics fans to watch for in 2018

Boston, MA: October 2, 2017: Celtics first round draft pick Jayson Tatum (()) is pictured. The Boston Celtics hosted the Charlotte Hornets in a pre season NBA basketball game at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

By Adam Himmelsbach

There’s a lot to keep an eye on as the second half of their schedule unfolds.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Very few of these playoff QBs loom as a threat to Patriots

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By Christopher L. Gasper

It takes an elite quarterback to knock off the Patriots in the postseason, but we don’t see many.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

At 39, James Harrison still has plenty of game

James Harrison (right) sacked New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty during the second half.

By Ben Volin

The former Steeler had a smashing debut with the Patriots, with back-to-back sacks.

Tuesday Stories

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Maria Menounos had a surprise New Year’s Eve wedding — and Steve Harvey officiated

Keven Undergaro and his new bride, TV star Maria Menounos, kissed after exchanging vows.

By Maddie Kilgannon

“Omg! I can’t believe we are finally getting married after 20 years!” the Medford native tweeted.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Vice News Tonight’ gets you caught up without talking points

A white nationalist is pictured in the “Vice News Tonight” story “Charlottesville: Race and Terror.”

By Michael Andor Brodeur

It’s a daily serving of passion-neutral news presented by HBO nightly at 6:30 p.m.

Women rule the box office in 2017

Gal Gadot, in a scene from “Wonder Woman.”

By Brooks Barnes

The three most popular movies at theaters were each driven by female characters, something that has not happened in at least 37 years.