Fate and the fallen star
Biologist David Sabatini is hoping for a comeback after he was abruptly ousted amid allegations of sexual harassment. The case remains one of the most polarizing of its kind in science, and raises hard questions: Is there room for lesser penalties in such complex cases? Did Sabatini deserve a second chance?
A broken bond, a shaken citadel of science
Kristin Knouse and David Sabatini had an intimate relationship that bridged boundaries and broke the rules at Cambridge’s Whitehead Institute. After Knouse alleged harassment and other complaints emerged, an investigation rocked Whitehead, forced out Sabatini and damaged all involved. Did it have to end this way?
SJC orders new trial in 1984 Dorchester felony-murder conviction but avoids ruling on broad retroactive review of similar cases
The state’s high court Tuesday ordered a new trial for Joseph Jabir Pope but bypassed the issue Pope and his supporters fervently wanted them to address: retroactively abolishing the felony murder rule that imprisons people who do not actually kill.
Suffolk DA won’t retry man convicted in 1984 Dorchester killing
The Supreme Judicial Court had ordered a new trial in June for Joseph Jabir Pope, who in 1986 was sentenced to life in prison without parole in connection with a murder in Dorchester. He was released in December while the court heard his case.
Follow-up: Mass General Brigham resists the lead of hospitals banning or limiting trustee investments in its startups
Some Dana-Farber Cancer Institute trustees stood to profit from their philanthropic role
Access to trustee investments and market expertise can help the hospital. But this practice creates potential conflicts of interest at the highest level of an institution and worries about whether trustees’ financial interests can influence governance of the hospital.
Follow-up: Questions raised about independence of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home COVID-19 probe
Failure of command: The inside story of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home outbreak
Governor Charlie Baker and a top deputy played key roles in events leading up to the devastating COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, but publicly faulted others. A Globe investigation examines the decisions that left the home all but leaderless when the coronavirus stormed in.
Follow-up: A group of doctors, medical students seeks to prohibit Boston’s hospital chiefs from working on corporate boards Follow-up: In less than a year, the number of Boston hospital chiefs on corporate boards is down by half
Boston’s hospital chiefs moonlight on corporate boards at rates far beyond the national level
Hospital chiefs and trustees defend this as boosting public-private partnerships, but critics say these board positions — some paying millions of dollars — raise troubling issues of conflict of interest and hospital priorities.
Part 1Death in Massachusetts, by the numbersRace, education, gender may influence some divergent views about death in Mass., poll shows11 takeaways from our ‘Last Words’ series
Is death the great equalizer?
Quite the contrary, a Spotlight investigation shows. Death exposes in high relief the layers of inequities, in race and income, care and opportunity, that shape life down to its final hours. It is a truth the pandemic has only underscored — one hard to see, because it is so much easier to look away.
Part 2A home to die inThey were the most vulnerable to COVID-19 — thousands of elders in nursing homes across the state. Yet for Governor Baker’s administration, praised for its overall pandemic response, they were for too long a secondary priority. The result was calamity — 1 in 7 dead, among the highest rates in the land.
Part 3Homey, coveted, costly — and crushed by the pandemicFamilies, especially those with means, sought to place their frail elders in Belmont Manor, a five-star nursing home. It was a safe refuge for the twilight years, until suddenly it became something else entirely: a case study in the coronavirus's indiscriminate power.
The hidden titans of pot
Massachusetts legalized the sale of recreational marijuana with the ambition to be different - and better. Its law was the first in the nation to promote social justice goals, including ways to promote small and minority entrepreneurs. Other parts of the law made it clear: Big national companies weren't supposed to monopolize here. But two years since the law went into effect, troubling signs loom. This three-part series, "Hidden Titans of Pot," uncovers stealth moves by large investors poised to dominate this nascent industry and outmaneuver regulators.
How can a Super Bowl starting lineman become a convicted murderer in only a few years? We look at the crisis facing football through the lens of Aaron Hernandez’s life and terrible crimes. Brain injuries, toxic masculinity, willful ignorance, and more are examined, and newly uncovered documents, audio, and interviews are uncovered as the real story of what happened to Aaron Hernandez is revealed.
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Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.
In a series that can only scratch the surface of this complex topic, we tried to answer a question so critical to the city's identity and future: Does Boston still deserve its reputation as a place unwelcoming to Black people? If so, why — and how — can the situation be improved?
Wach the documentaryEmails offer a rare glimpse at the heated battle inside MGH
Clash in the name of care
It was a battle pitting a star surgeon against a great hospital, MGH. The question: Is it right or safe for surgeons to run two operations at once? Is it right that their patients may have no idea? The conflict went on for years.