‘Solar monster’ sparks suburban scrap

A Beverly couple installed a ground-mounted grid of energy-soaking panels that has pitted neighbor against neighbor.

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MBTA to remove troubled contractor for the Ride

Nearly from the start, Global Contact’s takeover was marked by delayed pickups, missed trips, and a customer support network that was overwhelmed by complaints.

Dorchester MA 12/17/17 Deborah Branting a Back Bay resident who has been hoarding plastic bags when she learned about Mayor Marty Walsh who signed off on a ban on plastic bags in Boston where in the fall all plastic shopping bags will cost .5 cents at the South Bay Plaza. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic reporter:

Mayor Walsh signs ban on plastic bags for Boston

Marty Walsh said he signed the bill despite concerns about the ban’s impact on the city’s low-income residents and seniors. The ban goes into effect next year.

Used syringes and needles are seen under a bridge at the Kabul river where many addicts gather in Kabul on April 20, 2014. The NEJAT Centre is an Afghan response to vulnerable Afghan people, working with the communities for the prevention, treatment and care of drug users and HIV/Aids patients. Afghanistan produces around 90 percent of all opiate drugs in the world, but only recently became a major consumer - out of a population of 35 million, more than a million are now addicted to drugs. AFP PHOTO/SHAH MaraiSHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images

Uptick in HIV among injecting drug users raises fears of a resurgent epidemic

Health officials are worried that young people, unschooled in safe injection practices, could spark an outbreak.

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A marijuana cream won best in show at a cannabis convention this weekend

Over 70 submissions, entered by more than 50 growers, were judged on their aroma, ash, effect, appearance, cure, and taste.

Lottery

Lottery results from Sunday drawings

Time Machine

Dec. 18, 1939: In a Globe ad, The Boston Edison Co. encourages readers to give “electrical gifts” for Christmas.

Christmas in the City brings joy to homeless children

Applause, cheers, and high-fives greeted children as they gamboled down a red carpet, through a tunnel of twinkling lights, and into a hangar-like space filled with tables.

Boston parents demand delay in implementing earlier school start times

Parents angry over earlier start times planned for dozens of Boston’s public schools gathered at a West Roxbury tree lighting Sunday to protest and demand that city officials postpone the changes.

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Investigations

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Shuttle service on MBTA’s Red, Green lines extended into January

After a protest and wintry weather recently nixed weekend shuttle service, Red and Green line riders can expect to board the buses again in the new year.

20 people displaced after East Boston fire

No one was hurt in the three-alarm blaze on Meridian Street, but the fire caused an estimated $500,000 in damage.

WEEK AHEAD

Winter solstice is something to celebrate

That’s the moment the earth is tilted farthest away from the sun — resulting in the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

State Police join search of armed, distraught Spencer man

State Police K9, helicopter, and SWAT teams are searching for a “distraught” Spencer man they say went into the woods with a shotgun Sunday night.

Dec. 14, 2017 - US Post Office employees James Holland (left) Boston Postmaster Nicolas Francescucci (second left), Michael Rakers (second right) and Steve Doherty (right) pose with Executive Director of Globe Santa Bill Connolly (center) at the Boston Globe offices at One Exchange Place at 53 State Street in Boston, Mass. The Post Office works with Globe Santa to ensure the delivery of Christmas gifts to more than 35,000 children in need. Photo Credit: Justin Saglio for the Boston Globe. Section: Globe Santa.

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Sixty years ago a $1 Globe Santa gift made news

“I hope I will help a small girl or boy,” read the letter from the 10-year-old and her mother, published in the Globe on Dec. 9, 1957.

Man arrested in nonfatal shooting in Brighton

A 33-year-old man was arrested Sunday morning in connection with a nonfatal Brighton shooting, Boston police said in a statement.

Two Mattapan teens arrested for allegedly robbing livery driver at gunpoint

Two teenagers from Mattapan were arrested this weekend for allegedly robbing a livery driver at gunpoint in November, Boston police said.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Dec. 18, the 352nd day of 2017. There are 13 days left in the year.

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Patriots defeat Steelers in an epic showdown

The Patriots prevailed in arguably the biggest game of the season on fourth quarter heroics from Tom Brady and an overturned Steelers touchdown.

Clear skies Sunday; chance of a little snow, freezing rain Monday

The Boston area had mostly clear skies on Sunday with temperatures that peaked at 29 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Milton eighth-grader suspended for bringing Boy Scout knife to school, mom says

Ife Oshun said her son, who belongs to a West Roxbury troop, forgot the knife was in his backpack.

Person shot at Brighton housing complex

Boston police responded at 45 Faneuil St. at 5:30 p.m. for a report of a shooting, a department spokeswoman said.

State Police warn of telephone hoax

Massachusetts State Police are warning residents against giving out personal information from a caller claiming to be calling from the law enforcement agency.

Dorchester pair arrested for shooting

Dwayne Flornory, 26, and Tanesha Jacobs, 37, were arrested early Saturday for allegedly shooting a man on Davern Avenue in November, police said.

Woman shot in Roxbury

A woman suffered non-life threatening injuries after being shot at around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, police said.

Audience members at the city’s dialogue on race listened to a speaker.

Spotlight series a topic in city’s second major dialogue on race

Mayor Marty Walsh fielded questions on racial disparity, the Globe’s series on racism, and school start times, among other topics.

Lynn firefighters battle two-alarm blaze

Firefighters were battling a two-alarm blaze at a single-family home in Lynn Saturday afternoon.

“Upholding [the policy] will benefit the law-abiding, hard-working immigrants who contribute to our society,” police Commissioner William B. Evans said Saturday.

Boston police commissioner joins legal effort to protect ‘Dreamers’

A brief aims to protect young immigrants from the Trump administration’s effort to abolish a federal policy that has shielded roughly 800,000 people from deportation.

Chunky Pig, a seed producer, held a Girl Scout cookie plant at the Harvest Cup on Saturday.

Pot growers, enthusiasts gather in Worcester for first-ever Harvest Cup

The event was a chance for marijuana fans and businesspeople to mingle before their world bursts into the mainstream next summer.

A gun, drugs, and cash seized from the vehicle.

Springfield men arrested on gun, drug charges

Omega Walker, 20, and Dregory Woodard, 18, were arrested after a routine traffic stop Saturday on Interstate 391 in Chicopee, State Police said.

Lottery

Lottery results from Saturday drawings

More than 200 people were on hand for the funeral of Natalino Gomes this month.

Dreams of peace, family felled by gunfire

Despite efforts to get him out of Bowdoin-Geneva, Natalino Gomes could not leave his neighborhood.

Woman rescued from icy pond in Groveland

The woman crashed a car into Johnsons Pond Saturday and was pulled from the water by police, officials said.

Former financier John Lakian sentenced to prison term for fraud

The Worcester native, who ran for the 1982 Republican nomination for governor, was ordered to pay restitution to victims and will serve 55 months.

Firefighter injured, three pets killed in Monson house fire

Four residents escaped the fire at 12 Margaret St., but two cats and a dog perished, a fire official said.

Coalition presents policy recommendations for improving Boston’s racial climate

As Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh led a discussion on racism Saturday at Northeastern University, a coalition of groups that advocate for people of color delivered their prescription for the problem during a news conference near the auditorium where the race dialogue took place.

Falmouth man seriously injured in hit and run

The 24-year-old was found lying in the road near the intersection of Nobska and Oyster roads, police said.

Water main break in Newton causes shutdown

Officials plated a water main break in Newton early Saturday and will repair it Sunday evening, officials said on Twitter.

Amherst man arrested for drunken driving after crashing Maserati in Boston

Cifu Wu is scheduled to be arraigned at Cambridge District Court on Monday.

MBTA officials recently gave Governor Charlie Baker a tour, showing him some new snow removal equipment stored at the T maintenance facility in Somerville.

Starts & Stops

T celebrates progress — even if passengers don’t feel it

Can the T really claim to be turning things around if riders still find the system unreliable?

The latest in chess tournaments

The London Chess Classic ended with quite a bang. Though it started with lots of draws, the last few rounds were full of drama as the World Champ nearly lost twice and then really did lose.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2017. There are 14 days left in the year.

Olivia and Aleah both thrive in structured environments.

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Sisters, age 6 and 9, seek permanent home

Olivia and Aleah both thrive in structured environments.

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Medical costs leave a family in need at Christmas

“We would be so grateful for any help that you would be able to provide,” wrote one family.

Boston, MA -- 03/31/14 -- Guns from the citywide gun buyback program are seen at Boston Police Headquarters on March 31, 2014. 136 guns were bought back in the first week of the program, including 8 long guns, and 128 revolvers and semiautomatic pistols. (Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe)

Boston police hold gun buybacks Saturday

Everyone who turned in a gun at one of the city’s eight locations received a $100 Visa gift card, no questions asked.

Light snow expected Saturday in Western Mass. and Sunday night in Boston area

Areas in Central and Western Massahusetts may see a dusting of snow Saturday. About an inch of snow is expected in the Boston area Sunday night into Monday morning.

Boston Herald has trio of new possible buyers

Jeff Magram, the Herald’s chief operating officer, confirmed in an e-mail to the Globe Friday night that three bidders have expressed interest in buying the tabloid.

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N.H. AG’s office finds no flaw in decision not to charge two Phillips Exeter deans

The N.H. attorney general’s office concluded that prosecutors did not abuse their discretion when deciding not to charge two Phillips Exeter Academy deans for failing to report suspected sexual assault.

East Boston home damaged in overnight two-alarm fire

An East Boston home under renovation has more than $100,000 in damages after an overnight two-alarm fire tore through the unoccupied side of the duplex.

Part seven: Solutions

A better Boston? The choice is ours

It’s been more than 40 years since our national image on race was defined by the school busing crisis — years of halting progress, steps forward and back. It is high time to break that pattern.