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‘Shape of Water’ rises to the top

Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro kissed the best director and best picture Oscars he won for his work on “The Shape of Water.”

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Guillermo del Toro’s rapturously intense fantasy-romance won four Oscars, including best picture and best director.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/22/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Rinaldi23sidewalks03.jpg Boston’s rich and poor neighborhoods show sidewalk repair disparity

Residents in the city’s poorest neighborhoods are much more likely to contend with buckled asphalt, cracking concrete, and tree roots smashing through their sidewalks.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/03/01/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Rex_Fed_Chair_Powell_presents_Moneta_9446080B.jpg Elizabeth Warren’s national profile makes her a target for local Republicans

The three main Republican challengers to the senator say they can topple the incumbent Democrat.

Zombie agencies are nearly impossible to kill

Despite President Trump’s efforts to do away with what he sees as government waste, 19 little-known bureaus are all still living — and spending taxpayer dollars.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/28/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/DavidAbel_02offshore_01_met.jpg Trump plan to allow oil drilling off New England unites foes in opposition

It takes a lot, something broadly and viscerally opposed, to unite the traditional foes.

Middlesex DA Marian Ryan, a self-described progressive, has drawn a challenge from her left.

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Crop of liberal candidates look to rattle normally sleepy DA races

A wave of new candidates for top prosecutor positions is emerging, with many vowing to carry the mantle of criminal justice reform.