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Meryl Streep (left) jokingly bowed down to Gloria Steinem as they arrived to speak at the Massachusetts Conference for Women.

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12,000 women, stories of sexual harassment at women’s conference in Boston

No sessions officially addressed it, but attendees and panelists — including Meryl Streep and Gloria Steinem — had plenty to say about sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement.

State Auditor Suzanne Bump spoke to the media at her office in the State House regarding issues found with the Department of Children and Families on Thursday.

Scathing audit finds Department of Children and Families failed to report crimes against children

In some cases, social workers didn’t know that children they were monitoring had been badly hurt, the state audit found.

85 percent of Boston schools will get new start times

Boston joins a small but growing number of school systems in Mass. and across the nation that have pushed high school start times later.

A view of trees on Boston Common with many leaves still on trees.

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When they leave but still won’t go

It’s December. Some leaves are still clinging to the trees. What gives?

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Kyle Draper on what the Cavs shakeup means for the Celtics.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and other senators rush to the chamber to vote on amendments as the Republican leadership works to craft their sweeping tax bill in Washington.

Maine’s Susan Collins was a health care hero, but now advocates are branding her a villain

What dismayed health care advocates is part of the tax-cut legislation that wipes out a fundamental element of the ACA: the “individual mandate,” which requires that all Americans either purchase insurance or pay a tax penalty.