Trump signs bill averting government shutdown

President Trump officially signed legislation Friday to avert another government shutdown, while also declaring a federal emergency to pay for a border wall.

President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Fact-checking what Trump said about declaring a national emergency

Here’s a look at some of President Trump’s comments on Friday, and how they stand up to the facts.

// Trump rambled a lot today. Here are five eyebrow-raising moments

President Trump, among other things, said the Japanese prime minister nominated him for a Nobel Prize and took credit for saving 3 million lives in Syria.

Active shooter reported in Aurora, Ill.

The city of Aurora in Illinois has issued an active shooter alert in an industrial area, and police are on the scene.

// Justices to decide if 2020 census can ask about citizenship

The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship that could affect the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives.

SOMERVILLE, MA - FEBRUARY 15: Edward Clark during his arraignment in Somerville District Court February 15, 2019 in SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts. He was arraigned for hit and run. (Chris Christo/Boston Herald/Pool) 16somerville

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Man went out to dinner after killing woman in Somerville hit and run, prosecutors say

After Edward Clark allegedly struck and killed 40-year-old Allison Donovan, he kept driving to his girlfriend’s Medford residence, and the couple enjoyed a dinner out, authorities said.

Boston, MA - 11/01/18 - During an interview in the rectory at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley discusses the failure of Catholic Church leadership to reform in the wake of the Boston sexual abuse scandal in 2002. A Pennsylvania grand jury report this year shows the bishops that lead the church still often turn to the same

Cardinal O’Malley and Pope Francis had disagreements over clergy abuse crisis, reports say

Reports have emerged detailing his clashes with Pope Francis over how best to tackle a crisis that has rocked the church for nearly two decades.

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito’s home in Shrewsbury.

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Polito’s home left off town’s online database — at husband’s request

Before settling into their new lakeside home, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito’s husband had a request: that details of their $1.5 million house be scrubbed from a public database.

Bedford, NH, 02/15/2019, Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld speaks to the media. He was the featured speaker at the latest installment of Politics & Eggs at the Bedford Village Inn. The Politics & Eggs series is a forum for presidential candidates, political leaders, and other political analysts and commentators as they visit New Hampshire, home of the nation's first presidential primary. Globe staff/Suzanne Kreiter

In challenge to Trump, Bill Weld exploring 2020 run as a Republican

The former two-term governor of Massachusetts said Friday he is taking the formal step to become the first Republican to directly challenge President Trump in the 2020 GOP primary.

A copy of a rendering of the proposed ball park in Worcester.

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The perilous, high-stakes question of what to call the PawSox once they move

The Worcester Mitten Kittens? The Worcester Tube Sox? The Worcester Hot Weiners? For now, it appears, nothing’s off the table when it comes to re-naming the PawSox.


// Even Jeff Bezos screws up

Amazon’s breakup with New York City is the kind of story where you can draw your own conclusions and find some evidence to support them. Here are mine.


// On GE, Baker and Walsh were smart — but also got lucky

For the state, the deal was as much a bet on GE as it was on South Boston real estate.

// Here are the best restaurants in Massachusetts, according to AAA

AAA has announced its 2019 list of best restaurants nationwide — and several of the top-rated establishments are located right here in Massachusetts.

// Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion case with NFL

The NFL Players Association said it supported the decision of the two players to settle their grievance with the league.

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Lisa Drexhage/ Pow! Wow! Worcester!

People are going crazy — again — over this giant ‘triple mural’ on Worcester’s Hanover Theatre

It was first completed a few months ago. But after the artist, Insane51, posted a video of his work this week on Instagram, the mural gained renewed attention.

2/5/19 -- MANSFIELD -- Crowded commuter rail filled to capacity with Patriot's fans, does not pick up passengers at the Mansfield train station where hundreds wait on the platform, hoping to get to the Patriots victory parade early Tuesday morning. (Leanne Burden Seidel /Globe staff) boston globe super bowl victory parade

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Opinion | Joseph M. Giglio and Charlies Chieppo

Self-driving cars could make commuter rail obsolete

The rise of shared, self-driving cars will pose an existential threat to public transportation.

Ideas | Tina Cassidy

// What do women want?

For 100 years, the predominantly male political machine has been wrestling with that question. Now, women may finally get to answer it themselves.

Ideas | Aimee Ortiz

// Why the FBI investigated Isaac Asimov

Scientists know things. Important things. And for years, that’s terrified the FBI.

Renée Graham

// White women: from slave owners to Trump voters

A new book details white women’s critical role in normalizing slavery. Many continue to embrace those values 154 years later.

Jeneé Osterheldt

// Could a hip-hop museum pop up in Boston?

Hip-hop didn’t start here, but the area did play a significant role for one of the creators of the Pop-Up Experience that is on view in D.C.

BUZZSAW | Matthew Gilbert

// Why ‘Russian Doll’ may be the best show of 2019

The Netflix series has hit me on a deeper-than-usual emotional level. I’ve been trying to understand why.

// Dane Cook opens up about his 20-year-old girlfriend

“Sometimes I actually find myself saying, ‘Where has she been all my life?’” Cook told Jimmy Kimmel. “And then I realize she wasn’t alive for the first 26 years of it.”


// Missing Julian Edelman’s beard? You can own it.

Ellen DeGeneres has put the beard trimmings up for auction.

// Posters supporting white supremacy found in East Boston

Mayor Walsh has called for an investigation into the incident.

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.

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.


// How biopharma is girding for climate change

Hurricanes, power outages, floods, droughts, forest fires — all pose a risk for biopharma companies.