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Spotlight: Inside the secret courts

Behind closed doors, justice sometimes takes a back seat to who you are and where you go

Domestic violence victim Leneeth Suazo poses for a portrait at her attorney, Margo Lindauer's office.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

In the darkest corner of Massachusetts’ justice system, criminal charges often disappear without a trace. There are few rules in these private hearings and fewer records. They are a place where who you are — and who you know — may be just as important as right and wrong.

// As younger Catholics drift away, the church considers what works

New generations are less observant than the ones before, a problem made worse for the Catholic Church by new revelations of clergy abuse, specialists say.

US Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at a town hall meeing in Holyoke on Saturday.

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Warren says she will ‘take a hard look at running for president’

“After Nov. 6 I will take a hard look at running for president,” US Senator Elizabeth Warren said at a town hall meeting in Holyoke on Saturday.


// Brett Kavanaugh’s defiance brings echoes of Trump-style combat

Grudges, grievances, and score-settling animated Kavanaugh’s defense against sexual assault allegations.

The Nation


Brett Kavanaugh’s defiance brings echoes of Trump-style combat

Brett Kavanaugh testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

By Annie Linskey and Jess Bidgood

Grudges, grievances, and score-settling animated Kavanaugh’s defense against sexual assault allegations.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, company settle fraud suit for $40 million

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the electric car company have agreed to pay a total of $40 million and make a series of concessions to settle a government lawsuit.

By Dana Hull and Ben Bain

The settlement will require Musk to relinquish his role as chairman for at least three years, but he will able to remain as CEO.

Sloan Kettering executive turns over windfall stake in biotech startup

By Katie Thomas and Charles Ornstein

The decision was made in light of a series of for-profit deals and industry conflicts at the cancer center that has forced it to reexamine its corporate relationships.

The World

Beloved baobabs jeopardized by change

Harvesters held baobab fruits beneath a baobab tree in the village of Muswodi Dipeni.

By Dionne Searcey

Many of the region’s trees are threatened by the same forces upending numerous facets of society — climate change, urbanization, and population growth.

Earthquake, tsunami kill hundreds in Indonesia

TOPSHOT - Medical team members help patients outside a hospital after an earthquake and a tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. - Rescuers scrambled to reach tsunami-hit central Indonesia and assess the damage after a strong quake brought down several buildings and sent locals fleeing their homes for higher ground. (Photo by MUHAMMAD RIFKI / AFP)MUHAMMAD RIFKI/AFP/Getty Images

By Hannah Beech, Muktita Suhartono and Richard C. Paddock

The twin disasters destroyed thousands of buildings, including a shopping mall, a hotel, seaside restaurants, and several mosques.

A phone box revival has London saying enough

Phone boxes popping up around Britain aren’t the same as the old-school, red icons.

By Benjamin Mueller

In parts of central London, a box stands every 100 feet — if phone companies got their way, they’d plant one every 50 feet.

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Editorial & Opinion


Taking Massachusetts ed reform to the next level

BOSTON, MA - 8/10/2018: Massachusetts State House (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand alone photo

The state needs a plan that provides not just additional money, but targets it in a way that will help those students who have been left behind.


Women should be protected under Mass. hate crimes law

“More women are killed because they are female than is any other class of people killed because of who they are in society.”


Power of theater takes center stage in young immigrant’s story

“It’s a profound and insightful story about the challenges facing today’s young immigrants, and an example of the power of theater.”


Jeff Flake’s planned talk in Boston moved amid safety concerns

Senator Jeff Flake.

By Alejandro Serrano

The Arizona Republican is scheduled to talk at Forbes’s Under 30 Summit on Monday.

How the Spotlight Team got inside Massachusetts’ secret court system

By Todd Wallack and Nicole Dungca

There’s an obvious obstacle to reporting on the inner workings of Massachusetts’ “secret court” system: It’s secret.

As younger Catholics drift away, the church considers what works

From left, sisters Reilly Carey and Katie Nivard, their grandmother Mary Ann Keyes, and mom Kelly Carey. The younger women have drifted away from the church their grandmother still loves.

By Mark Arsenault

New generations are less observant than the ones before, a problem made worse for the Catholic Church by new revelations of clergy abuse, specialists say.

Business & Tech


The end of HIV transmission may be within reach

Adam Zeboski, an activist with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, took his dose of Truvada, an antiretroviral shown to prevent new HIV infections.

By Helen Branswell

Advances in medicine make it possible in the US, even without a vaccine.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

Forbes Under 30 is impressive, but it has nothing on this group

By Scott Kirsner

With the annual gathering of young talent opening in Boston, here’s a look at some more experienced — and amazing — local entrepreneurs.


To veteran model Tachou, ‘beauty is ageless’

Tachou Dubuisson-Brown, who models as Tachou, at a recent photo shoot in Gloucester.

By Cindy Atoji Keene

The Hamilton resident says the fashion industry has changed for the better, but inequities still exist.

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The week in business


Is it my job to make my boss look good?

By Elaine Varelas



Red Sox are not inspiring confidence heading into the postseason

Gleyber Torres celebrates his fourth-inning home run, which helped the Yankees defeat the Red Sox to even their season series at 9-9. The Sox do not have a winning record against any AL playoff team this season.

By Dan Shaughnessy

They’ve been the scariest team in the majors throughout the regular season — now they’re beginning to scare some of their followers.

Nora Princiotti

Patriots seem to miss Danny Amendola and Brandon Bolden

Like he did with the Patriots, Danny Amendola isn’t afraid to go over the middle for the Dolphins.

By Nora Princiotti

The former Patriots now play for the Dolphins and will come back to Foxborough for the first time on Sunday.


How Alex Cora changed the culture of the Red Sox regarding analytics

Boston, MA: 9-26-18: FOR POSSIBLE USE WITH FUTURE RED SOX STORY....Red Sox manager Alex Cora is pictured. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a day-night MLB baseball doubleheader at Fenway Park (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Alex Speier

The first-year manager has been a catalyst for the increased integration of data, beyond what the front office expected.

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Do the Bruins have the goaltending to win the Stanley Cup?

By Kevin Paul Dupont

on basketball | gary washburn

Strong Celtics offense has room to grow

By Gary Washburn

BC 45, TEMPLE 35

BC football wins shootout over Temple

By Owen Pence


Buckingham Browne & Nichols grinds out win over Belmont Hill

By Mike Kotsopoulos


Chris Gally provides spark as Marblehead improves to 4-0

By Karl Capen


Patriots are navigating uncharted territory

By Ben Volin


Sam Acquaviva surges late to win Kelley Invitational race

By P.J. Wright


These smaller players could make a big impact in the playoffs

By Nick Cafardo


Patriots’ keys to victory over the Dolphins

By Jim McBride


Charlotte track vexes drivers

By Jenna Fryer


Europe extends Ryder Cup lead to 10-6

By Christopher Clarey


These are the top story lines for the 2018-19 NHL season

By Kevin Paul Dupont


Al Horford’s focus is on the court — not on next year’s opt-out

By Gary Washburn


Ideas | David A. Moss and Dean Grodzins

A crisis for voting rights

A crisis for voting rights

By David A. Moss and Dean Grodzins

The Constitution explicitly guaranteed African-Americans’ right to go to the polls, but states just ignored it. What does it take to turn the law into more than just words on paper?

Ideas | Rachel Slade

The man who designed modern Boston

Architect Henry Cobb, in front of what was then known as the John Hancock tower in 1977.

By Rachel Slade

Approach the city from the north, south, west, or the harbor, and you can’t miss Henry Cobb’s vision.

Ideas | Shirley Leung

‘Can the call-in show survive?’ and other questions for the new hosts of ‘On Point’

“On Point” hosts Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik.

By Shirley Leung

Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik sat down for a wide-ranging interview on the increasingly complex media landscape.

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Ideas | Andrew Facini

All Americans should welcome alerts from the president

By Andrew Facini

Opinion | Stephen Kinzer

Iran’s best diplomat takes on US power

By Stephen Kinzer

Ideas | A.J.B. Lane

Boring ol’ Governor Baker

By A.J.B. Lane


Retraction Watch: Potential censorship?

By Adam Marcus


Big Data: 0.066 mg of MDMA

By Alex Kingsbury


Innovation of the Week: ‘Body-sharing’ robots

By David Scharfenberg


Timothy F. Gens, 69, who helped shape health care reform

Mr. Gens insisted “on protecting that new health care framework for our state and our country,” Senator Ed Markey said.

By Bryan Marquard

Among the talents Mr. Gens brought to the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association was the ability to explain the inexplicable.

Julius Whittier, 68, Texas’s first black football letterman

Mr. Whittier was the Texas Longhorns’ first African-American letterman, making his debut in 1970.

By Jim Vertuno

Mr. Whittier once remarked that attending the University of Texas and playing football opened up a larger world for him. It could be said Mr. Whittier helped open the university to the world.

David Wong Louie, 63, who probed ethnic identity in fiction

By Daniel E. Slotnik

Mr. Louie drew on his experiences as the son of Chinese immigrants to create stories that explored identity, alienation, and acceptance.

Sunday Arts

Andre Dubus III returns with his first novel in a decade

Andre Dubus III.

By Laura Collins-Hughes

This is Andre Dubus III’s first novel since “The Garden of Last Days,” in 2008.

With Twitter, Fenway Park organist helps Sox fans get into the game

Since 2003, Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor has not missed a Sox home game.

By Zoë Madonna

During Boston home games, Josh Kantor does something special: He opens his Twitter feed to off-the-wall song requests.

book review

The election of Trump and ‘the long con of our politics’

By Madison Smartt Bell

Novelist Ben Fountain’s new book of reportage and essay, “Beautiful Country Burn Again’’ chronicles the 2016 election.

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It’s a Thing

From seal slaps to manspreading solutions

By Michael Andor Brodeur


A trilingual reader who likes to mix it up

By Amy Sutherland

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Poems recall shameful Malaga Island saga; organic farming for a new generation

By Nina MacLaughlin

story behind the book | kate tuttle

So you think politics are rough now...

By Kate Tuttle


What’s in a name? For TV shows, a lot.

By Matthew Gilbert

Quick Bites

Where Salt Bae meets ceviche

By Devra First

Scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

Film festivals aplenty — and getting a ‘Clue’

By Loren King

In Focus

Can pain be painfully funny?

By Peter Keough



Surviving Disney (and learning to just let go)

A much-anticipated encounter with Snow White at Disneyland.

By Emily Kumler Kaplan

I took a clue from all the happy grandparents around me and realized: If we were going to really enjoy this, I had to follow the kids’ lead.


Royal and romantic, Portugal’s palaces and castles are much more than Disney for adults

Quinta da Regaleira palace in Sintra, Portugal.

By Christopher Muther

Sintra, a 30-minute drive from Lisbon, has its own microclimate, its own delicious pastry treats, and seven dramatic hills with palaces sprouting from them.

Chicago’s got a new home for showcasing its majestic buildings

The Chicago Architecture Center’s Skyscraper Gallery contains scale models of a handful of record-smashing high-rises from around the globe.

By Diane Daniel

The Chicago Architecture Center, which opened in late August, replaces what was known as the Chicago Architecture Foundation and was housed in a much smaller space.

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Fall on the water in New England

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

You go girl

You Go Girl: A multi-sport Vermont getaway, powered by cheese

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

Travel troubleshooter

Will American Airlines do a good deed for Boy Scouts?

By Christopher Elliott

The VIP Lounge | Sue Brady Hartigan

The VIP Lounge with disc jockey Sue Brady Hartigan

By Juliet Pennington

Here, there, and everywhere

By Kari Bodnarchuk

Real Estate

5 school districts with innovative programs in affordable communities

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

With low inventory and home prices soaring in Massachusetts, it’s more and more difficult to break into communities traditionally known for their superior school districts. |

Room to Love: Lounge is a teen’s dream

By Marni Elyse Katz

Wellesley-based designer Andra Birkerts employed an upholstered, arched niche as the backdrop to this teenage girl’s lounge in a Chestnut Hill home. |

Home of the Week: Two-bedroom condo in former Quincy school for $399,900

By John R. Ellement

The unit offers a master suite and a 5-by-16-foot deck overlooking the back of the complex. Search more Fall House Hunt listings at


Globe Magazine

The dude looked like Steven Tyler. And he ended up in an Aerosmith tribute band

Neill Byrnes and members of Draw The Line, onstage at the Sherburne Gymnasium in Sunapee, New Hampshire.

By Mark Shanahan

For nearly 30 years, landscaper Neill Byrnes has played the part of the Aerosmith frontman in Draw The Line. For some hard-core fans, he’s just as good as the real thing.

Globe Magazine

I was friends with the Boston Marathon bomber, and his crimes haunt me still

Youssef Eddafali at the Cambridge hangout spot called the Riv.

By Youssef Eddafali

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seemed so like me. But he was hiding more than I ever realized.

Globe Magazine

Six other local tribute bands worth checking out

Playing Dead pays tribute to the late Jerry Garcia and company.

By Abigail Freeman

Fans of U2, The Beatles, the Grateful Dead, and others queue up for these groups.

Globe Local


Artists bring new creations to Hull seaside gallery

Gallery Nantasket is host to a vast array of fine arts and artisan crafts on display and for sale in Hull.

By Morgan Hughes

Gallery Nantasket will hold its grand reopening on Oct. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.


Stuck in the mud, sucked into the ocean

This SUV had to be towed out of the water in Hingham after the driver backed up too far to unload his boat.

By Emily Sweeney

An SUV ends up in the ocean, an alligator sighting is reported, and other odd tales from local police blotters.


Motel 6 drops fight to reopen in Braintree

Investigators were on the scene at Motel 6 on Union Street in Braintree the day after a police officer was shot in May 2017.

By Johanna Seltz

The motel was closed by the town’s Board of Health more than a year ago after a shooting.

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In Newton, to ban or not to ban marijuana stores

By John Hilliard


Retro pub finds its neighborhood niche

By Brion O’Connor


Did that plant just sting me?

By Don Lyman


A Halloween costume drive, a new children’s room, and a three-course dinner

By Morgan Hughes and Cynthia Fernandez


GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

By Joe Rice and Charlie Wolfson


A mill talk, bug photography, and a Girl Scout award

By Cynthia Fernandez

East Bridgewater

East Bridgewater firefighters get new apparatus

By Morgan Hughes


Framingham residents help reimagine Nobscot

By John Laidler

Burlington, Wilmington, Woburn

P.A.A.R.I. grant extended to Wilmington, Woburn

By John Laidler


Newburyport commits to cutting waste

By John Laidler