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2/9/2018 It has been 12 years since Rita Sarpong, right, has seen her family in Ghana. Her sister Ellen Sarpong, center, who married since she has been away, greets her. Six of Rita's seven siblings live in Ghana.(Precious, the beloved daughter of a neighbor, on left.) (Photo by Michele McDonald)

Michele McDonald for the Boston Globe

Stranger in the house

The US has a huge need for home health care, and many from Ghana do the hard work

The need for home care is soaring, and much of it is done by immigrants willing to take on this hard and low-paying work.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/12/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/ryan_gardnermuseum10_national.jpg Isabella Stewart Gardner’s loss, echoing through the years

The most captivating person connected to the theft of 13 treasures from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the largest unsolved art heist in history, is neither a suspect nor a detective. It’s Gardner.

Woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault comes forward

“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” said Christine Blasey Ford. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/17/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/wiggs_Church_01.jpg After allegations of theft at Winchester church, a youth minister asked questions. Now, he may lose his job

Police and the FBI looked into allegations of theft at St. Mary’s in Winchester. No one was charged, and a youth minister was placed on leave when he asked about it.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/13/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/15111_KDB_DIEHL_0001-20594.jpg Diehl would ‘welcome’ Trump. Baker? Not so much. This is the 2018 GOP ticket in Mass.

Welcome to the conflicted top of the state’s 2018 Republican ticket.

The Nation

Woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault comes forward

Brett Kavanaugh faces a committee vote on his nomination Thursday.

By Emma Brown

“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” said Christine Blasey Ford. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”

Trump texts headed to cellphones in test of alert system

By Chris Strohm

FEMA will conduct the first test on Sept. 20 of the national wireless alert system that allows the president to send text messages directly to a majority of mobile-phone users in the United States.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Elizabeth Warren

10 years after Lehman collapse, Washington is back to its old tricks

FILE- In this Sept. 16, 2008, file photo traders work in the product options pit at the New York Mercantile Exchange in New York. Home prices had sunk, and foreclosure notices began arriving. Layoffs began to spike. Tremors intensified as Lehman Brothers, a titan of Wall Street, slid into bankruptcy on Sept. 15, 2008. Stock markets shuddered and then collapsed in a cascading panic that government officials struggled to stop. The financial crisis touched off the worst recession since the 1930s Great Depression. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

By Elizabeth Warren

Washington is cozying up to big banks and loosening rules, just like it did in the run up to the crash.

Alex Beam

The business of being Belichick

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick looks on during an NFL football game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini)

By Alex Beam

Harvard Business School studies confirm that the Patriots coach can succeed beyond the Brady Era.

Opinion | Niall Ferguson

Can the Great Recession happen again?

FILE- In this Sept. 15, 2008, file photo traders work in the product options pit at the New York Mercantile Exchange in New York. A decade ago, as Lehman Brothers went bust and the fragile financial system was teetering, fund investors wondered how bad it could get. The S&P 500 plunged 4.6 percent on Sept. 15, 2008 and would incur worse losses in the ensuing months. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

By Niall Ferguson

Financial history has not ended, any more than political history ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Metro

Isabella Stewart Gardner’s loss, echoing through the years

BOSTON, MA - 9/11/2018: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, painting of Isabella Stewart Gardner (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: NATIONAL TOPIC Gardner_photos

By Kelly Horan

The most captivating person connected to the theft of 13 treasures from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the largest unsolved art heist in history, is neither a suspect nor a detective. It’s Gardner.

Lawrence area residents will not have gas restored for weeks as pipes are replaced

Debris were strewn across the property on Chickering Road in Lawrence where a home had explodied.

By Deirdre Fernandes

Miles of cast-iron and steel pipes will be replaced in the Lawrence area, according to utility officials.

Lawrence police officer discovers his own home was among the fires

Lawrence police officer Ivan Soto was on duty helping people when the gas explosions and fires happened, only to find out his own home was destroyed. He's staying at the Hampton Inn in Amesbury, with his family. Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe.

By Laura Crimaldi and Steve Annear

With so many fires and explosions erupting in Lawrence, North Andover, and Andover, firefighters couldn’t reach Ivan Soto’s home in time.