Did removing a toll plaza ruin East Boston’s roads?

Morning traffic rush hour into the tunnel.

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You know things have gotten pretty bad on the roads when motorists are nostalgic for a toll booth. But the problems in Eastie may have more to do with massive spikes in traffic.

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Ingrid Christiansen, 89, went into cardiac arrest in the middle of a concert by the chamber music ensemble Mistral. What happened next was dramatic.

President Trump at the Army-Navy game on Saturday in Philadelphia. He faces increasing legal and political jeopardy.

Here’s what you need to know about the rule of law as Trump faces off with Mueller

President Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller appear to be on a collision course.

A Chevrolet Equinox was towed away from the scene of Sunday’s crash.

Driver in crash that killed 5-year-old girl pleads not guilty

The 5-year-old girl was among five people — including the girl’s younger sister, a 2-month old infant — who were struck by an SUV driven by Autumn Harris.

BOSTON, MA - 12/10/2018: First responders from Worcester and across Eastern Massachusetts honored Worcester Firefighter Christopher J. Roy on Monday as a hearse/medical examiner vehicle bearing his body traveled to Boston and the state medical examiner's office. Roy was killed while fighting an five-alarm fire on Lowell Street in Worcester Sunday, the eighth firefighter in that department. David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 11worcester

Worcester firefighter, killed Sunday, was a single father devoted to his daughter

Christopher Roy was killed while fighting a five-alarm fire on Lowell Street in Worcester early Sunday.

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The operator was removed from his train around 8 a.m. after officials said he suffered a medical emergency, causing delays of about 10 minutes during the morning commute.

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Voyager 2 is now beyond the outer boundary of the heliosphere, some 11 billion miles from Earth.

Video shows NYC police pulling toddler from mother’s arms

A group of New York officers, one of them wielding a stun gun, violently yanked a toddler from his mother’s arms while arresting her at a Brooklyn food stamp office.

Talking Points AM/Larry Edelman

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After a tumultuous couple of months, it feels like our good luck is about to run out. Is it?

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/10/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/davis_hook16_travel.jpg N.H. police investigating theft $5,000 worth of wine from liquor outlet

Police said the thefts happened at the Interstate 93 northbound store in Hooksett.

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The estate of gangster James “Whitey” Bulger is preparing to file a wrongful death lawsuit, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.


‘Our baby is going to the prom. One that you didn’t expect would ever go to a prom.’

A special education school south of Boston put on a spring prom just for kids with autism and other developmental disabilities.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/04/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/davisranch2Amet.jpg A mysterious fire. Brutalized animals. Extortion. Rickety Ranch isn’t the haven its owners dreamed of

The Hollis, N.H., animal rescue farm has become the target of what the FBI describes as a “vicious” extortion campaign.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/10/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/0d84a75940c34245a97b2cc660a3bb7b-1b010bf24c104c3da9714975a9b7f0df-4.jpg Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reveals Jewish ancestry at Hanukkah celebration

Ocasio-Cortez said that she was descended from Jews who fled Spain during the Spanish Inquisition.

Rob Gronkowski caught eight passes for 107 yards and a touchdown against Miami.

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This has been Rob Gronkowski’s strangest, weirdest NFL season so far

Gronkowski at the end of Sunday’s game, so out of place and so out of gas, has become the defining image of the Patriots’ loss.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/thatguy1-24847.jpg ‘I don’t know what to say’: Listen to calls of the Dolphins’ game-winning play vs. Patriots

It was a finish that left those who witnessed it stunned. And in a few cases, the camera was rolling.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/09/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davismiane16spts.jpg Tom Brady explained why he fell after throwing a touchdown to Rob Gronkowski

Brady said his knee brace was twisted, causing him to fall to the ground and grab his leg, but was helped up and jogged off the field.

Eminem (left) and Joyner Lucas. Lucas, a Worcester native, has been nominated for two Grammys, including Best Rap Video for his viral hit, “I’m Not a Racist.”


Worcester rapper Joyner Lucas nominated for two Grammys

One nod is for his viral music video, “I’m Not Racist,” which has been viewed more than 104 million times.

Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford at TD Garden.

Music review

A stirring, folksy sermon from Mumford & Sons at TD Garden

The band delivered a rousing 19-song set — and a gibe about the Patriots’ loss.

Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar contender “Roma” just debuted in theaters but will be available to Netflix subscibers Friday.


The week in TV: ‘Roma’ at home, Springsteen on Broadway, and therapists on screen

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s take on what to watch.



A to-do list for Legislature’s short session

During the informal session, bills can only pass unanimously, meaning controversial legislation is a non-starter.

Opinion | Niall Ferguson

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/07/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/54e5950f4f9a439481072f9cb927afda-54e5950f4f9a439481072f9cb927afda-0.jpg When it comes to politics: nothing works

Populism doesn’t work. Centrism doesn’t either. What turned our earth into Disnaeworld?


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/07/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/3a476144f4e14ab58341baefa199a5e8-05e6bc09e1f940c3a0e9b0ba3d165fd8-0[1].jpg We can’t privatize our way out of poverty

A new class of mega-rich philanthropists is usurping the role of democratic governments to decide what social ills to tackle and how.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/07/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/BostonGlobeTurnerKevinMcKinneyM20180010-24865.jpg Ex-Patriot Kevin Turner’s children battle the nurse who became his wife and heir

Turner died a year after marrying his nurse, who now gets his NFL pension, but his parents claim he wasn’t mentally fit to make decisions.


Special reports

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My wife, Laura Levis, did everything she could to save herself when the asthma attack began. She went to Somerville Hospital and called 911, too. How could she have been left to die just outside the emergency room?


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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.


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Current and former staffers and lobbyists connected to the industry said PhRMA is struggling to preserve its clout.

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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