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Community members gathered for a vigil in memory of 8-year-old Edson Brito and 5-year-old Lason Brito outside their home in Brockton on Thursday.

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Nestor Ramos

Could anyone have helped save the lives of two young Brockton boys?

A Brockton mother, like so many others, refused mental health treatment. Then, police say, she killed two of her children.

// MassMutual to build $240 million office in Seaport District

The Springfield-based insurer’s plans include a new 300,000-square-foot building in the Seaport.

// This year’s flu is pitting family members against each other

No one ever wants to catch the flu. But this year, the stakes feel even higher.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) moments before the Closing Bell on February 8, 2018 in New York City. As Wall Street continues to worry about future inflation and rising interest rates, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 1,000 points for the second time this week. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Dow plunges more than 1,000 points on specter of higher interest rates

The Dow Jones industrial average nosedived more than 1,000 points Thursday, registering another eye-popping loss for the closely followed index.

// The Season Ticket podcast

Kyle Draper on what the Cavs shakeup means for the Celtics.

Things that Work

// Here’s one idea to make ‘Storrowing’ a thing of the past

In Australia, a sheet of water pours from the ceiling of the tunnel entrance, with a holographic image of a massive, red stop sign.

The Nation

Military bullies beware: new policy means marks on records

By Lolita C. Baldor

Service members who harass or bully people on the job or online can now be certain of a permanent mark on their service record.

Senate budget delay raises possibility of brief shutdown at midnight

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi headed for a meeting with Democratic caucus members late Thursday.

By Mike DeBonis and Erica Werner

Senate budget delay raises possibility of brief shutdown at midnight

Conductor’s wife alleging negligence in deadly train crash


The wife of a conductor killed in last weekend’s crash of an Amtrak train with a parked freight train in South Carolina filed suit Thursday against Amtrak and the other rail company, saying they were to blame for the man’s death.

The World

George W. Bush says ‘there’s pretty clear evidence’ that Russia meddled in US election

FILE- In this Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 file photo, former U.S. President George W. Bush speaks at a forum sponsored by the George W. Bush Institute in New York. Bush spoke Thursday at a summit in Abu Dhabi put on by the Milken Institute, an economic think tank based in Santa Monica, California. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

By Kristine Phillips

The former president has been critical of Russia, slamming it for working to ‘‘exploit our country’s divisions.’’

Saudi writer sentenced to prison for criticizing royal court


A criminal court in Saudi Arabia sentenced a columnist to five years in prison for insulting the royal court, the official body that represents the king and crown prince, according to state-linked media on Thursday.

It may be time to end summer time, European assembly says

By Jonathan Stearns

It may be time to end summer time, European assembly says

Editorial & Opinion


The state Senate’s path forward

12/04/2017 BOSTON, MA Harriette Chandler (cq) speaks to the media after being elected Senate President at the State House. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

With the naming of Harriette Chandler as full president, the body has a chance to move forward in a thoughtful and deliberative way.


Let’s say ‘thank you’ to the people who made the budget deal possible: The voiceless younger generation

Mandatory Credit: Photo by SHAWN THEW/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9360173r) Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell Senate leaders reach a two year spending deal.

By Scot Lehigh

Congress should find a way to pay for the new spending now, not pass the expense on to the future.

Opinion | Lisa Alberghini and Karen LaFrazia

How the tax law hurts charitable giving and affordable housing

10noinformer - Billerica High Key Club members with the clothing donations they gathered for the St. Francis House shelter in Boston. (Handout)

By Lisa Alberghini and Karen LaFrazia

The law undercuts the corporate incentive to make charitable purchases.


Trying out curling is easier than ever in the Boston area

Broomstones Curling Club in Wayland.

By Billy Baker

The sport that spawns buzz every Winter Olympics is poised to take off locally, thanks to an effort to greatly expand the number of venues.

This year’s flu is pitting family members against each other

By Beth Teitell

No one ever wants to catch the flu. But this year, the stakes feel even higher.


Maybe someday the scales will fall from their eyes

Pope Francis waves at the faithful from the Popemobile in Santiago, on January 15, 2018. Pope Francis is visiting Chile from January 15 to 18, before heading to Peru from January 18 to 21. / AFP PHOTO / EITAN ABRAMOVICHEITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images

By Kevin Cullen

I still deeply admire the good, ordinary priests and nuns who work with the poor, visit the sick, and try to emulate Jesus. As for those self-regarding bureaucrats at corporate headquarters in Vatican City, well, I couldn’t care less.

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Business & Tech

This company helps make batteries that can take a bullet — and still power your phone

An Ionic Materials battery after it was shot with a bullet. The battery combines the reliability and low cost of alkaline batteries with the power and recharging of lithium ion, but without the safety risks. 09Battery. BUSINESS

By Andy Rosen

Ionic Materials makes a solid polymer material for batteries that it says are durable enough to withstand extreme force.

Airport contract workers call off Logan strike

Airport contract workers marched in the rain Wednesday in a picket line near Logan Airport. The workers are attempting to unionize, and their two-day strike ended Thursday.

By Katie Johnston and Margeaux Sippell

Contract workers at Logan Airport abruptly called off their strike Thursday after two days, but picked up support from local officials who vowed to assist their efforts to unionize.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

As the federal budget deficit rises, so do the risks

By Evan Horowitz

Republicans and Democrats seem to have finally found something they agree on: Deficits are no big deal.


Peter Colapietro, ‘saloon priest’ who ministered to lowly and mighty; at 69

The Rev. Colapietro spent most of his career at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church on West 42nd Street.

By James Barron

The Rev. Colapietro’s presence at celebrity hangouts contrasted with his low-key work in Manhattan parishes.



No matter what sport you’re looking for, you can watch it live

FILE - In this March 2, 2017, file photo, Mike Tirico attends the NBC Universal mid-season press day at the Four Seasons in New York. Tirico will be NBC's prime-time host for the Winter Olympics, which begin a few days after the Super Bowl in February. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

By Chad Finn

NBC’s multiplatform approach has everything covered, and the time difference is not a problem.

How sanctions affect Russia’s Olympic athletes

Members of the Olympic Athletes from Russia's women's ice hockey team posed for photos at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung on Thursday.

By John Powers

Four years ago in Sochi the government sponsored the extensive doping of the home team.


Kyle Penton backstops Waltham in shutout win over No. 1 Central Catholic

 Waltham' goalie Kyle Penton (29) keeps his eye on the puck during a scramble in fromt of the net with of Top-ranked Central Catholic during their matchup at Waltham. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Sports, souza)

By Dave Souza

Senior goalie made 31 saves in 1-0 upset over Raiders (16-1) while sophomore Connor Blanchard tallied winning goal for Hawks (12-3-2) with 8:19 left.


★ 1/2 | movie review

Ana and Christian may not be done, but we are

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are back together one last time as Ana and Christian in “Fifty Shades Freed.”

By Meredith Goldstein

“Fifty Shades Freed” concludes the sexy trilogy — and it’s not nearly as fun as it should be.

Television REview

‘Here and Now’ needs a little more time to grow

Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter in HBO’s new drama “Here and Now.”

By Matthew Gilbert

The new HBO series from Alan Ball is a family drama that could use a bit of Pearson warmth.

Art Review

At the ICA, looking at ‘Art in the Age of the Internet’

A detail of Frank Benson’s “Juliana.”

By Cate McQuaid

The exhibition looks at reality virtual as well as aesthetic.

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TV Critic’s Corner

Senior moments in Norman Lear’s next sitcom

By Matthew Gilbert

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Joanne Greenbaum presents her work with flying colors

By Cate McQuaid

Stages | Terry Byrne

In ‘Winter Solstice,’ fascism comes calling

By Terry Byrne

album review

More weirdness from MGMT, but with hooks

By Terence Cawley

Love Letters

Should she break up with her boyfriend?

By Meredith Goldstein