Robert Kraft charges come as part of human trafficking sting

The Patriots owner is accused of soliciting prostitution as part of an investigation of human trafficking at multiple day spas in Florida. A spokesperson for Kraft said: “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is facing charges in Florida for solicitation of prostitution.

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Troubling charges against Robert Kraft leave us wondering what to think

This is the type of news that stops you in your tracks, flooding your mind with more questions than you know can be answered.

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.

Michael Jackson, Wade Robson. photo: HBO


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.


// Wynn 1, Massachusetts casino regulators 0

Massachusetts is learning: What happens in Las Vegas doesn’t always stay there.


// Universities face complicated choices on taking money from Saudi Arabia

If universities from MIT to Harvard just let inertia rule and keep Saudi money, they risk teaching a generation of students that it’s OK to do business with a murderous regime.

Opinion | Madeleine May Kunin

// The dos and don’ts for the women running for president

Wear black pantsuits. Don’t mess with your hair. And don’t cackle.

Opinion | Michael A. Cohen

// Beto O’Rourke could be Democrats’ best shot at taking back Senate

Democrats don’t necessarily need O’Rourke to win back the White House. The bigger challenge will be to win back the Senate.


// 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.

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

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

// Jussie Smollett’s character off ‘Empire’ for end of season

The producers of the TV show “Empire” say Smollett’s character will be removed from the final two episodes of this season.

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.

// Man shot to death by Boston officers; police say he fired first

The man killed early Friday by a Boston officer shot at police first before driving a quarter-mile away and crashing his vehicle, officials said. A wounded officer suffered what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries.

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

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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.

// Insys’ scheme to deceive insurance companies detailed

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.

Sonya Bandouil (right) embraced registered nurse Thuy Le while visiting Spaulding Hospital in Cambridge this month. The Bandouil family had stopped into the hospital to say goodbye to staff members that cared for Sonya during her stay.

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Young pianist crushed in building collapse must find a way to start again

All her life, she’d wanted nothing more than to be a professional pianist. Then the massive concrete facade of a building in Allston fell on her.

// New York expected to charge Paul Manafort, guarding against a potential Trump pardon

Citizens Bank issued loans to Manafort and has been cooperating with the probe, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

// Mueller report not expected next week, contrary to reports

Robert Mueller’s two-year investigation has shadowed Donald Trump’s presidency.

Senator Edward J. Markey.

Markey warns of ‘full-fledged battle’ if AG does not release Mueller investigation details

Senator Edward Markey’s said he’s relying on the report to largely determine if there is “evidence of impeachable offenses” against President Donald Trump.

// Controversial Ala. newspaper editor who backed KKK is replaced

Elecia Dexter, a 46-year-old black woman, is taking over as the paper’s publisher and editor from Goodloe Sutton.


// 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.

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.