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Natalie Wester and her husband Jose Lopez were asked to leave a Texas sports bar for wearing masks. They'd aimed to protect their son, 4-month-old Austin, who has cystic fibrosis.

Your body, his business

As Americans slug their way through a global pandemic, the polarizing fights over mask-wearing and vaccinations have made a mockery of the privacy argument at the heart of Roe v. Wade.

State legislators unveiled a new bill Thursday that aims to address the pitfalls in leadership and oversight of state-run veterans’ homes, more than a year after 76 elderly veterans died in a COVID-19 outbreak at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke.

Legislation would overhaul leadership of state Soldiers’ Homes in Holyoke and Chelsea

The bill, filed by Representative Linda Dean Campbell of Methuen and Senator Mike Rush of Boston, calls for several changes to the structure and governance of the soldiers’ homes, including the creation of a statewide advisory council and elevating the secretary of veterans affairs to a cabinet-level position.

Rep. Maria Robinson (Handout)

Biden plans to nominate Framingham Representative Robinson for Department of Energy role, White House says

Representative Maria Robinson, a Framingham Democrat in her second term on Beacon Hill, currently heads the House side of the Clean Energy Caucus and serves as the state’s lead to the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, where she is on the board, the White House said Wednesday.

Councilors Annissa Essaibi George and Michelle Wu.

Heading into final stretch of Boston mayoral race, Wu and Essaibi George shun outside attack ads

Political analysts say the pledge from City Councilors Annissa Essaibi George and Michelle Wu will pose a challenge as the candidates try to distinguish themselves and build a strong coalition of support across the city.

City to conduct City Council District 7 recount this weekend

The hand recount will take place Saturday at City Hall, election officials said.

In a letter, Revere Mayor Brian M. Arrigo criticized Boston’s health authorities for what he sees as a lack of communication and collaboration..

Revere mayor criticizes Boston officials over Mass. & Cass plans

The intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard, known as Mass. and Cass, is the epicenter of Boston’s opioid and homelessness crises.

Acting Mayor Kim Janey attracted a wave of national positive press when she took the post.

As acting Boston mayor, Kim Janey appeared to have a leg up in the race. So how did she lose?

Theories are myriad as to why Janey came in fourth despite her political head start.

Governor Charlie Baker stood for a portrait in his office of the State House.

An influential hype squad of prominent business leaders wants Baker to run for a third term

Many of the state’s power brokers would like four more years of Charlie Baker as Massachusetts governor — and they’re making their pitch both to the public and to Baker himself.