With new day-care inspection system, high caseloads and shorter visits

Inspectors were already monitoring two to four times the caseloads specialists recommend.

A crowd gathers in front of a stage to listen to speakers during the Boston Women's March on Boston Common Saturday afternoon.

Amid cold and controversy, women’s march draws crowd to the Common

In its third iteration on a frigid day, Boston’s march for women drew several thousand people Saturday.

Students worked in the greenhouse, in 1976, at Hampshire College, which encourages educational experimentation.

Protests, Frisbees, and deep thinking — Hampshire College has carved an offbeat path

Alumni, faculty, and students worry about the school’s long-term future and fear something unique could be lost.

Separating people from their phones puts additional burdens on those who don’t have attorneys and need information on their phones to support their cases.

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A simple step to greater justice

Making the justice system more just isn’t always about tectonic shifts. Sometimes, small changes can make a big difference. How small? How about lifting the ban on cellphones in courthouses?

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Patriots fans brave icy conditions to cheer on Tom Brady and Co. at local bars

Despite the snow and ice, Tony C’s in Somerville’s Assembly Row reached its 450-person capacity quickly Sunday night as fans poured in to cheer on their beloved team.

What’s next for us: Brutal cold and a deep freeze

Winter’s first big snowstorm is over, but the bitter cold that descended in its wake will linger into the beginning of the workweek.

Four-alarm blaze destroys Manchester-by-the-Sea home

A four-alarm fire destroyed a Manchester-by-the-Sea home Sunday afternoon, displacing the family that lived there. No one was injured.

Weekend agenda

A virtual reality showcase, earnings reports, and other events and things to know.

Restored plaque remembers Anne Hutchinson

A plaque that commemorates one of Boston’s most important Colonial-era women was recently restored.

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Boston, MA - 1/16/1919: Looking across North End Park on Jan. 16, 1919, the day after a giant tank at the Purity Distilling Co. on Commercial Street collapsed, sending a wave of an estimated 2.3 million gallons of molasses through the streets of Boston. The great molasses tank was located in the center of this picture. Sections of the metal may be seen at the extreme left and right in the picture. Twenty-one people perished, including two 10-year-olds, Pasquale Iantosca and Maria Distasio, who were collecting firewood near the molasses tank while home from school for lunch. (Boston Globe Archive/) --- BGPA Reference: 150115_MJ_001

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The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 was Boston’s strangest disaster

One hundred years ago today an enormous steel tank ruptured, sending a torrent of brown syrup on a deadly path through the North End.

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Fatal Pittsfield shooting under investigation

Authorities are asking the public for information about a shooting that left one man dead in Pittsfield early Sunday morning.

Man kidnapped at gunpoint in Southwick, taken to Springfield

A man was kidnapped at gunpoint early Sunday morning in Southwick and taken to Springfield, where a suspect allegedly tried to shoot him but missed.

Driver dies after crashing through a garage, down an embankment in Saugus

A person died Sunday afternoon after the car they were driving crashed through a garage and went down an embankment in Saugus, officials said.

85-year-old woman seriously injured after being struck by vehicle in Lowell

An 85-year-old woman suffered serious injuries after she was struck by a vehicle in Lowell Saturday morning, police said.

Thousands in Connecticut without power as ice piles up

Two major utilities said more than 25,000 customers were without power as of late Sunday afternoon.

Police cordoned off the crime scene on Friday.

Suspect arrested, victim named in Jamaica Plain double shooting

Victor Rodriguez of South Boston is in custody and linked to Friday’s shooting that left a man dead, police said.


Snow in Needham on Saturday night.

Here’s how much snow fell in Greater Boston

Locations across the region received several inches of the white stuff.

Medford, MA, 01/20/2019 -- Lester Onofre (cq) spreads salt as he cleans up after the storm as sleet falls in Medford. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 21weather Reporter:

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Power outages and dangerous driving are possible as temperature falls

Freezing rain will continue Sunday and the temperature will plummet, creating icy conditions that can lead to broken branches, downed power lines, and slippery roads.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2019. There are 345 days left in the year.

Matthew Zonghetti, who was killed in an avalanche while skiing in New Mexico.

Mansfield man who died in New Mexico avalanche remembered as ‘terrific young man’

Matthew Zonghetti, 26, was skiing at Taos Ski Valley when an avalanche entrapped him and another skier, his father said in a telephone interview Saturday.

Alexa Nogler (right) and Monet Vinciguerra painted at the McKay School in East Boston.

‘It’s a great feeling’: Mass. teens volunteer in Boston

Hundreds of eighth-graders from across Massachusetts who worked on service projects in Boston on Saturday left a message of friendship to city residents: We’re here for you.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Natick, MA - 1/17/2019 - New England Patriot fans Keith Kingdon, at left, and brother Ken for feature on Patriot fans who are considered jinxed or bad luck. Keith won't allow Ken into his home on game days during the Patriots playoffs because he feels he may jinx the game. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Metro, Reporter: Beth Teitell Mandl, Topic: 19patsjinx, LOID: 8.5.148316317.

Left out in the cold, ‘jinxed’ Pats fans ostracized on game day by friends

With postseason success on the line, no relationship is sacred.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

In rebuke to Charlie Baker, state GOP picks conservative to lead party

The GOP elected former state representative Jim Lyons, whose legislative career was best known for his pro-Trump, very socially conservative positions.

Maine governor restarts MLK Day tradition

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills will be spending Martin Luther King Jr. Day by participating in a facilitated dialogue with students of color.

What’s open, closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

How will the holiday affect your routine?

Sunday’s Child

Outgoing Gianna has a kind heart

Sunday’s Child is a weekly column featuring a child currently in foster care awaiting adoption.

A crowd gathers in front of a stage to listen to speakers during the Boston Women's March on Boston Common Saturday afternoon.

Women’s March in Boston draws thousands of people

The Women’s March in Boston drew thousands of people calling for equal rights, pay, and justice for women nationwide.

East Boston man charged in Medford stabbing

Medford police arrested a man suspected of stabbing and robbing a restaurant delivery driver.

Dover High School in New Hampshire.

Dover, N.H., teacher retained despite KKK-themed song in history class

A Dover, N.H., high school teacher who allowed students to sing Ku Klux Klan-themed lyrics to the tune of “Jingle Bells” will return as a teacher and coach in the fall.

West Roxbury man arrested on gun, drug charges

A West Roxbury man was arrested Friday on charges of possessing a loaded stolen handgun and numerous small plastic bags of crack cocaine, authorities said.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Mass. Audubon Society

Person shot in Hyde Park

The individual, whom police have not named, was shot around 2:21 p.m. near the intersection of River and Perkins streets, police said.

Precious Wallaces died days after falling ill at this Lawrence rooming house.

Lawrence man charged in connection with death of Haverhill girl

Miguel Rivera was described as an uncle in an obituary for Precious Wallaces, 11, who died Dec. 17 after being stricken at a rooming house in Lawrence.

Boston-12/28/2017 The Boston area is in the midst of frigid weather, but that didn't keep Dunkin from enjoying the snow and cold weather in Christopher Columbus Park with his owner Kenny Chan from Boston. The dog is a bernedoodle; a mix of Bernese mountain dog and poodle. John Tlumacki/Globe staff (metro)

These maps show how much snow Mass. could get Sunday

With snow set to fall around 5 p.m. Saturday night, this weekend’s winter storm is coming into focus.

Light snow fell in Needham Center on a hat-covered parking meter.

Storm could bring 5 inches of snow to Boston, more to the north

The snow began Saturday afternoon as many residents stocked up at grocery stores, ready for a weekend inside.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2019. There are 346 days left in the year.


Jan. 19, 2019

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Lawrence man wanted for allegedly kidnapping 1-year-old son

Fillemom DeLima was last seen with his son in Lawrence, police said.

In Arlington, undercover bust yields fentanyl seizure

Police in Arlington seized more than 50 grams of fentanyl in an undercover bust that ended with the arrest of a Lynn man on Friday afternoon, authorities said.

4th suspect charged in slaying of Haverhill teen

A fourth suspect has been charged with the 2017 murder of Bryce Finn, according to the Essex district attorney’s office.

Crews salted the roads in advance of the coming storm.

Expected snow totals for Boston drop slightly, but northern Mass. will still get hit hard

Areas near the N.H. border could get up to 16 inches, according to forecasters, with Boston forecast to receive 7 inches.

Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke Friday during a campaign appearance in Claremont, N.H.

In a small N.H. city President Trump flipped, Democrats ask Elizabeth Warren how she’ll win

Warren introduced herself as an economic populist to a Claremont crowd eager to size her up as a challenger to President Trump.

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley gave high-fives to children on Friday after speaking at a Temple Israel gathering dedicated to the vision of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ayanna Pressley stresses MLK’s message in temple address

The new Democratic congresswoman was the guest speaker at Temple Israel’s annual Shabbat Tzedek, at which participants sang songs of peace, love, and light.

The plan marks one of Governor Charlie Baker’s most high-profile bids to address climate resiliency as he begins his second term.

Governor Baker seeks big real estate sales tax hike to fund climate programs

Baker intends to tuck the plan, one of his most high-profile bids to address climate resiliency, into his upcoming state budget proposal.

01/19/2019 Londonderry NH -Federal worker's Kelly Devine (cq) left and her husband Mick Devine (cq) right , at their home with their family. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe StaffReporter:Topic:

The financial strain deepens for furloughed government employees

The federal government shutdown, long past a mere annoyance, is lurching into its fifth week as the human and financial costs on unpaid workers continue to mount.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Rebecca Pacheco taught a yoga class in 2016 — no, it’s not a photo from 10 years ago.


10 ways to feel good about yourself that don’t include social media’s 10-year challenge

Here are some alternative ways to boost your self image that don’t involve an Instagram filter, Rebecca Pacheco writes.

One person dead in single-car Tewksbury crash

The crash temporarily closed the right lane of Interstate 495 southbound.

“For many of you, cancer treatment is scary to hear, but in this case, it’s more like maintenance,” said US Senator Angus King, Independent of Maine.

Maine’s Angus King is undergoing prostate cancer treatment

The US senator said he plans to work through the treatment, and that his doctors are confident they can eliminate the disease.