The challenges have been many for Kim Ruocco after her husband, Marine Corps pilot John Ruocco, died by suicide after returning from Iraq.

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‘I couldn’t be the only one having this experience’

The widow of a Marine who died by suicide is helping others heal from a pain that she knows all too well.


// In Robert Kraft’s name, a professor wrestles with sex and slavery

As a Brandeis professor, Bernadette Brooten has studied the long, intertwined history of sex and slavery. One of the names on her endowed chair? Kraft.

The Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., (above) is where Robert Kraft allegedly solicited prostitution.

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‘Tentacles’ of trafficking ring expand nationwide, authorities say

Robert Kraft is just one of potentially hundreds of people connected to what authorities say was an international operation.

Orchids of Asia Day Spa on Friday.

Robert Kraft charges come as part of human trafficking sting

A spokesperson for Kraft said: “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity,” after he was accused of soliciting prostitution as part of a human trafficking investigation.

FILE - This March 23, 2018, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nation's only test run of the 2020 Census. A U.S. judge in San Francisco will hear closing arguments in a trial over the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census. Judge Richard Seeborg is not expected to issue a ruling immediately on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith, File)

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Good policy, bad policymaking, and the fight over the 2020 census

Should adding a census question about citizenship raise hackles? Only if it was added dishonestly.

Renée Graham

// R. Kelly is canceled. Is it time to cancel Michael Jackson?

I allowed my lifelong fandom for Jackson to overshadow the possibility that he groomed children and their starstruck parents, and ruined young lives.

A car is lowered in the Automated Guided Vehicle Parking Vault in the building constructed by Commodore Builders -- The Boulevard at 110 Broad Street, Boston. 22Parking BUSINESS 2-22-19

The robots have taken over at this downtown garage

A new garage on Broad Street moves vehicles around — without a person driving.

Miss Conduct

Advice: I’d like to ban his girlfriend from our house

My boyfriend and I are fighting over his son’s disrespectful girlfriend.


// Alex Cora pays tribute to the Globe’s Nick Cafardo

Instead of giving his usual pregame briefing, the Red Sox manager spoke about the late writer Friday.

Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving (11) drives between Milwaukee Bucks' Eric Bledsoe (6) and Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

NBA: Officials missed multiple calls at end of Bucks-Celtics

The league’s reassessment of Thursday’s finish found errors in the critical jump ball, plus three uncalled fouls on Boston’s final play.

Will Trump’s taunts about Warren’s heritage backfire?

A number of Democratic strategists say that the president’s racist taunts could have the ironic outcome of helping defuse any doubts the lingering controversy has sowed.

Senator Elizabeth Warren addressed a gathering of top Democrats in New Hampshire.

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Ground Game

Warren brings her story to New Hampshire’s influential Democrats

The senator was the keynote speaker at the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club dinner.

// 2 Boston police supervisors on leave in connection with payroll probe

The supervisors were placed on leave last week.

5 police officers top Boston’s payroll for 2018

The officers were dismissed from the department and later reinstated, to six-figure settlements that included back pay, according to data released Friday.

Mark Stepakoff was stymied by a closed website when he tried to renew his real estate license.

Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

Downed website and a botched response from the state

Mark Stepakoff figured it would take only a few minutes to renew his real estate license with the state.

Police Commissioner William Gross (left) and Suffolk DA Rachael Rollins will be challenged by the investigation that will follow Friday’s police-related shooting.

Man’s shooting is a high-profile test for police commissioner, new DA

Among the key questions for William Gross and Rachael Rollins, and one that is sensitive to police and community relations: Were officers justified in using deadly force?

// Catholic leaders at sex abuse summit hear plan for removing bishops

The proposal is the most significant acknowledgment yet from the Vatican’s inner sanctum that the existing system for holding its own leaders accountable needs to be improved.

Chesto Means Business

// Wayfair stock reaches new heights, even as retailer posts more losses

Bostonians don’t have to go far to find a company whose stock can soar nearly 30 percent after it posts a loss of more than $500 million in one year.

MIT’s Dane Kouttron has built Chomper, a semiautonomous snowblower.

Dane Kouttron

MIT engineer built a semiautonomous snowblower so he never has to shovel again

Meet “Chomper,” the googly-eyed snow destroyer.


// Scientists actually did a study to confirm that marijuana causes the munchies

Science has confirmed that marijuana really does cause the munchies.


// Truth and Consequences

Opinion columnist Michael Cohen takes a candid and no-holds-barred look at the current political moment. Sign up now.

Love Letters: The Podcast

Season Two: How do you meet someone?

Dating in 2019 is…complicated. Frustrating. Sometimes completely exhilarating. In Season 2 of the podcast, Meredith Goldstein goes deep on one of her most-asked questions.

Listen:   Apple Podcasts   |   Stitcher   |   RadioPublic


Special reports

They were the top of their class at Boston public schools. Then life happened

Read a multi-part investigation into how and why the lives of promising Boston valedictorians didn’t quite turn out the way they expected.

The Big Picture

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The Big Picture

Smartphone society

In a world where the smartphone is now ubiquitous, photographers capture daily life in which the personal device is part of the moment.

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Prosecutors have accused Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor (above) of funneling millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks to practitioners so they would prescribe Subsys to patients who often did not need the powerful, highly addictive drug.

Here’s how Insys schemed to deceive insurance companies

Employees quickly learned the best tactics for tricking insurers into approving payments for the company’s powerful Fentanyl spray, a former company manager said in court Friday.

Real Estate

//$medium-9070.jpg Are we ignoring — or outright banning — an easy affordable-housing fix?

Mobile homes may be the least expensive and most effective means of addressing the region’s housing shortage.


// Meet the executives who will defend pharma before Congress

One’s a college dropout. One’s a self-proclaimed street fighter. And one survived a presidential tweetstorm.