For pot shop opponents, Leicester’s traffic nightmare is a gift

Leicester, Ma., 11/26/2018, Traffic backs up on Main Street as cars wait in line to get to a parking lot and then get on a shuttle bus to ride to Cultivate to buy recreational legal marijuana. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

The transportation snarls after Leicester’s marijuana store opened have reverberated across the state, changing the debate in communities where pot stores are proposed.

Authorities are investigating after 11-year-old Haverhill girl’s death

An 11-year-old Haverhill girl was hospitalized, placed on life support, and later died after an incident in Lawrence.

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Owen Labrie, convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate in 2015, will report to Merrimack County House of Corrections on Dec. 26, a New Hampshire judge ruled Tuesday.

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Flynn sentencing postponed to allow for Russia probe cooperation

A federal judge abruptly postponed the sentencing hearing Tuesday for Michael Flynn after a stunning hearing in which the judge accused Flynn of selling out his country.

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New York’s attorney general announced that the Trump Foundation is dissolving as her office pursues its lawsuit against the charity, President Trump, and his three eldest children.

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Mayor Jasiel Correia II has been indicted on charges of fraud and tax evasion related to a tech startup.

Fed chairman Jerome Powell will be watched closely when he explains the Fed’s thinking on interest rates.

Talking Points AM/Larry Edelman

What the Fed does next could save your 401(k) — or drive it even lower

The Federal Reserve is expected to nudge interests higher Wednesday. But what policy makers say about next year is more important and will set the tone for the stock market.

Laverne & Shirley The Florence Nightingales are none other than Laverne (Penny Marshall, left) and Shirley (Cindy Williams), doing volunteer service at a hospital where marriageable doctors are in

‘Laverne & Shirley’ star Penny Marshall dies at 75

As a filmmaker, she became the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million. She also directed ‘‘A League of Their Own,’’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash’’ and ‘‘Awakenings.’’

A view of the loading dock where Marie gave birth.

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Under a dark sky, a baby is born

The baby was born on a concrete loading dock in Chinatown in a frigid wind, the outside world visible just above the lip of the dumpster at the edge of the dock.

Historian and author Jill Lepore at Harvard University.

Harvard professor seeks records of Boston connection to Pentagon Papers

In 1971, two grand juries in Boston looked at leaks related to the Pentagon Papers, which detailed the US involvement in the Vietnam War. Records of those grand juries remain sealed today, and Harvard’s Jill Lepore wants them released.

 Two homes on Tara Drive in Norwell that were decorated by the Marshfield-based company Christmas Decor by Curb Infusion.

Would you pay someone to decorate your house for Christmas? These people did

Some people say it’s worth the price to have lights done right by a professional.

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When Robert Cummings found himself stranded on a mountain in whiteout conditions on Friday, he did what many millennials do: He posted about it on social media.

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Adrian Walker

Fed up with stepping over needles near school, students say enough

The students at the Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School have been walking past used needles for years. They staged a dramatic protest about it Tuesday, with the support of parents, school staff, and neighborhood activists.

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The states have agreed to work together to impose regionwide limits on transportation emissions, the nation’s largest source of carbon pollution.

dan shaughnessy

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Just when all hope is lost, the football gods shine on the House of Kraft.

Emily Blunt plays the title character in “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Movie Review

Emily Blunt delivers Julie Andrews Redux in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

“Mary Poppins Returns” is an oh-so-careful attempt to make a new movie that looks and sounds as much like the old “Mary Poppins” without being an exact Xerox.

If you start this minute, you still have time to order some great holiday gifts online. Get busy.

Are you going to order some gifts online or what? Here are some great last-minute buys

Move quickly and, with any luck, these will make it under the tree just in time.

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The reality star is also trying to get the hospital new beds.

In this Dec. 12, 2018, photo,

Mark Lennihan/AP

Ideas | Kory Stamper

Language nerds worked really hard on that ‘Words of the Year’ list

Crunch the data on the most looked-up words and hope for something meaningful. Ignore the reality that, by mid-January, all this crunching and consideration will be forgotten.

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Outgoing Congressman Michael Capuano suggested in an interview Tuesday that young voters were taking a short-term view when they elected Ayanna Pressley.

Podcasts

Special reports

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The unthinkable has been an all-too-common companion in two small neighboring towns, where six young people took their lives in the short span of 30 months. The questions keep coming: What is happening? Why? When will it stop?

Newsletters

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Follow the Celtics’ quest for a title and other NBA news both on and off the court. Sign up here.

The Big Picture

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The Big Picture

Globe staff photos of the month: November 2018

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: a colorful sunrise, Christmas tree lightings, and high school sports.

STAT

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The Church of Safe Injection illegally distributes clean syringes. Branding as a “religion” may offer some legal protection.

Love Letters: The Podcast

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In a special bonus episode, Meredith Goldstein explores what happens to summer romance when the summer ends, and “Wet Hot American Summer” creator David Wain shares a girl-crazy memory from his own camp days.

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