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‘I been in hell all my life’

Shaquille Brown enters court room for a hearing at Suffolk Superior Court.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

At 22, Shaquille Brown was leaving Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center with no job prospects and no money. He wanted a better life, but couldn’t imagine how it would happen.

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Hello friends, it’s been a while

Lie low for a few days, the doctor said, and your concussion symptoms should fade. That was four months ago. The way back has been weird, scary, but also, oddly, an education.

Incoming freshmen members of the House of Representatives from both parties took a group photo outside the Capitol this month.

Despite youthful blue wave, age and power still intertwined in Washington

Perhaps most jarring to this year’s freshmen, three Democrats in their late 70s are running unopposed in elections this week for the top leadership spots in the House.

The Harvard University admissions office in Cambridge.

What’s next for Harvard’s affirmative action case? It’s complicated

Legal experts say it’s possible that Supreme Court may give the case a pass, given the complexity of the arguments, the racially tense climate of the country, and the fact that they’ve grappled with the issue as recently as 2016.

The Nation

Despite youthful blue wave, age and power still intertwined in Washington

Incoming freshmen members of the House of Representatives from both parties took a group photo outside the Capitol this month.

By Jess Bidgood and Liz Goodwin

Perhaps most jarring to this year’s freshmen, three Democrats in their late 70s are running unopposed in elections this week for the top leadership spots in the House.

In states where pot is legal, some police dogs are losing their jobs

Tulo, a police service dog trained to detect drugs, in Rifle, Colo., Nov. 13th, 2018. Drug-sniffing dogs that are trained to detect marijuana raise questions about probable cause where pot has been legalized, and that’s forcing some into early retirement. (Ryan David Brown/The New York Times)

By Stacy Cowley

As states and cities loosen their drug laws, the highly trained dogs their police departments use to sniff out narcotics can’t always be counted on to smell the right thing.

Murder trial of alleged Charlottesville driver set to begin

James Alex Fields Jr. is accused of driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one and injuring dozens more, on Aug. 12, 2017

By Denise Lavoie

James Alex Fields Jr. is accused of driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one and injuring dozens more, on Aug. 12, 2017.

The World

The world needs to quit using coal. Why is it so difficult?

Asia accounts for three-fourths of global coal consumption. Above, coal extracted from a mine in India in October.

By Somini Sengupta

Coal, the fuel that powered the industrial age, has led the planet to the brink of catastrophic climate change.

Movement to restore birthright citizenship gains ground in Ireland

Pedestrians in the downtown area of Cork, Ireland.

By Ed O’Loughlin

The Irish public is overwhelmingly in favor of a proposal to reinstate birthright citizenship.

Spain to back Brexit deal after UK agrees to Gibraltar terms

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Brussels for meetings with EU leaders.

By Raf Casert

The European Union removed the last major obstacle to sealing an agreement on Brexit after Spain said it had reached a deal Saturday with Britain over Gibraltar on the eve of an EU summit.

Editorial & Opinion

Renée Graham

You can’t be pro-vaccinations and skip a flu shot

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. The nation’s nasty flu season has been fading for two weeks now, and health officials now feel confident the worst is over. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the season apparently peaked in early February, when 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor were for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That intensity level was among the highest seen in a decade. But CDC officials on Friday, March 2, said it's been falling since then, and last week dropped to 1 in 20. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

By Renée Graham

Without sound medical justifications, such as an allergy, there’s no reason to forgo a flu shot.

Letters

Entering sex industry was fateful step in victim’s short life

“I wish that we at My Life My Choice had had a chance to care for her, to show her love and a path out.”

Letters

Merrimack River has become a soiled waterway

The Merrimack is one of dozens of rivers in the region beset by raw sewage from treatment plants overwhelmed by heavy rains.

Metro

Long lines greet cannabis customers on first Saturday of legal recreational sales

A customer looked through a menu at the opening of Cultivate on Tuesday.

By Jeremy C. Fox

Customers continued Saturday to endure long waits at the state’s only two stores authorized to sell legal cannabis.

Former first lady Michelle Obama enchants TD Garden crowd

Former first lady Michelle Obama and moderator Michele Norris addressed the crowd at TD Garden Saturday night.

By Joshua Miller

Michelle Obama, who came to Boston as part of her international book tour, kept the thousands of people in the audience rapt as she spoke.

What’s next for Harvard’s affirmative action case? It’s complicated

The Harvard University admissions office in Cambridge.

By Deirdre Fernandes

Legal experts say it’s possible that Supreme Court may give the case a pass, given the complexity of the arguments, the racially tense climate of the country, and the fact that they’ve grappled with the issue as recently as 2016.

Business & Tech

Michelle Singletary | The Color of Money

‘Tis the season for proposals. And no, the bride’s parents aren’t obligated to pay for the wedding.

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By Michelle Singletary

There are so many emotions wrapped up in wedding planning that affordability can get tossed aside like a garter at the reception.

Sports

Mavericks 113, Celtics 104

Celtics take a tumble in Texas

Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic reacts after being blocked on a screen by Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes as teammate guard Kyrie Irving carries the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Jacobsohn)

By Gary Washburn

Celtics’ defense fell apart in the fourth quarter resulting in the fourth loss of their last five games.

BRUINS 3, CANADIENS 2

John Moore lifts Bruins over Canadiens with late goal

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price makes a save off Boston Bruins' Danton Heinen during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Defenseman scored his first goal as a Bruin after Boston gave up a two-goal lead in the third period in Montreal.

Celtics notebook

Nike ad campaign celebrates Kyrie Irving’s bond with his father

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, left, tries to drive past Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

By Gary Washburn

Commerical featured Irving going one-on-one with his father Drederick, 52, a former BU standout, and focused on his importance in Kyrie’s success.

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BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Bruins hope Danton Heinen can keep up the pace

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Foot Locker Northeast Regional Cross-Country Championship

Marianapolis sophomore Sydney Masciarelli wins Foot Locker race

By Dan McLoone

KEVIN PAUL DUPONT | ON SECOND THOUGHT

Don Cherry was an original behind Bruins’ bench

By Kevin Paul Dupont

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Life lessons from high school basketball tryouts

By Dan Shaughnessy

Ohio State 62, Michigan 39

Ohio State victory over Michigan a big production

By Ralph D. Russo

SYRACUSE 42, BC 21

BC routed by Syracuse to end regular season

By Julian Benbow

PATRIOTS AT JETS | SUNDAY, 1 P.M. (CBS)

Patriots’ keys to victory over the Jets

By Jim McBride

GARY WASHBURN | SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

Kemba Walker has emerged as one of the game’s elite players

By Gary Washburn

KEVIN PAUL DUPONT | SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

Peter Chiarelli hitches his wagon to a new coach to right the Oilers

By Kevin Paul Dupont

NICK CAFARDO I SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

How Rocco Baldelli plans to manage the Twins

By Nick Cafardo

BEN VOLIN | SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

Deion Branch wishes he had spent his entire career with Patriots

By Ben Volin

Ideas

Stephen Kinzer

Three heretic authors take on the US foreign-policy blob

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 07: The U.S. Capitol building is pictured on November 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

By Stephen Kinzer

Three new books take on a self-satisfied establishment whose ideas have destabilized the world and undermined our national security.

Obituaries

Obituary

Richard F. Gross, Gordon College’s sixth president, dies at 87

Dr. Gross led the Christian college in Wenham from 1976 to 1991 and was dean for nine years before that.

By Bryan Marquard

The responsibilities were significant, the accomplishments many during his tenure at the Christian college in Wenham, Mr. Gross and other college officials said.

Bob McNair, energy mogul who brought the NFL back to Houston

Mr. McNair, an energy entrepreneur and philanthropist, was the owner of the Houston Texans.

By Matt Stevens and Andrew R. Chow

Mr. McNair built an energy empire that earned him a fortune he would spend on an NFL team and philanthropy and political causes.

Nicolas Roeg, 90, British film director

Mr. Roeg in 2008.

By Gregory Katz

Mr. Roeg was known for making provocative films and working with rock stars Mick Jagger and David Bowie over a six-decade career.

Sunday Arts

NAMES

Breakout star Florence Pugh on filming ‘Little Women’ around Boston

From left: Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen, Saoirse Ronan, and Florence Pugh on the set of

By Isaac Feldberg

The actress is part of an all-star cast filming in the area, including Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, and Timothée Chalamet.

NAMES

‘The Lion King’ trailer is here — and the Internet has gone nuts

Donald Glover voices Simba in the new live action “Lion King,” which will be in theaters  in July 2019.

By Lillian Brown

As of Friday morning, the official YouTube trailer from Walt Disney Studios has more than 12.5 million views.

NAMES

Reporter and anchor Sorboni Banerjee takes on fiction in her debut novel, ‘Hide With Me’

Sorboni Banerjee read at the launch of her new book,

By Lillian Brown

The former Boston news anchor, now based in Florida, has her first book out now.

More Stories

@LARGE | Michael Andor Brodeur

When Trump says ‘It is what it is’

By Michael Andor Brodeur

Art Review

Art and conspiracy meet at the Met Breuer

By Mark Feeney

book review

Love in the late evening of life

By Rebecca Steinitz

scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

The sound of ‘Suspiria’; the return of ‘Black Panther’

By Loren King

New England Literary News | Nina MacLaughlin

On the Seawall’s digital rebirth; a Nigerian poet writes the laments of his mother, grandmother

By Nina MacLaughlin

The Story behind the book

Exploring the dark mystery of suicide

By Kate Tuttle

Travel

Oldest silk mill in Europe is one of the better kept secrets of Florence

At Antico Setificio Fiorentino, wooden looms display delicate silk, linen, and golden chenille threads en route to becoming geometric and floral-inspired bolts of sumptuous fabrics.

By Necee Regis

In operation since 1786, Antico Setificio Fiorentino was formed as a cooperative of sorts for noble Florentine families.

Where Christmas is always in the air

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a medieval German town that is also headquarters for Käthe Wohlfahrt, world-renowned sellers of traditional and modern Christmas decorations, ornaments, and gifts.

By Michael Hartigan

It’s hard not to be merry in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, where embracing the Christmas spirit is a year-round attraction.

Don’t hit the loon! DYI cruising on Canada’s Rideau Canal

Boaters take a test spin of a rented Le Boat cruiser around the basin above the main Rideau Canal lock at Smiths Falls, Ontario.

By David Lyon and Patricia Harris

Rental company Le Boat launched its first North American outpost on the Rideau Canal at Smiths Falls, Ontario, a town settled by Loyalists after the American Revolution.

Real Estate

Two-bedroom condo with parking, deck listed for $499,000

By John R. Ellement

The home, a three-flight walk-up, comes with an in-unit laundry setup, storage, and a private deck. Search the latest listings at realestate.boston.com.

Ask the Carpenter: Tips to keep your pipes from freezing

By Rob Robillard

Ask the Carpenter’s Rob Robillard weighs in on a remodel gone wrong. Get more expert advice for your home improvement project at realestate.boston.com.

Magazine

Holiday Style | Magazine

Classic holiday cookie recipes from Boston-area bakers

Macaroons, Christmas wreaths, almond crescents, and Italian natale cookies bring on the warm memories.

By Sheryl Julian

Recipes for classic holiday cookies with an extra-special ingredient: nostalgia.

Holiday Style | Magazine

The traditions of Boston’s beloved Christmas magicians

By Jon Gorey

Inside stories of Christmas from the professional entertainers whose work shifts overlap with Santa’s.

Perspective | Magazine

How do we solve the health care problems that drove Question 1?

By Douglas S. Brown

UMass Memorial in Worcester is seeing results by assembling teams to identify and triage the problems plaguing the system.

Globe Local

NEWTON

Newton forum to address health effects of marijuana

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 photo a humidity indicator rests in a bowl of a strain of cannabis called

By John Hilliard

Residents who want to know more about marijuana can attend a public session with experts on the subject.

A constellation of lights to brighten your holidays

Holiday lights displayed at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston.

By Cynthia Fernandezand Morgan Hughes

As the holiday season enters full swing, bright and festive events are happening all around the region.

Outer beauty, inner strength

By Linda Greenstein

Fashion show boosts self-esteem for women who are overcoming hardship.

More Stories

BLOTTER TALES

Stolen bike in Brookline? Not so fast...

By Emily Sweeney

SOUTH INFORMER

Help for homeless, a (one-man) ‘Christmas Carol,’ and planting healthy living

By Cynthia Fernandezand Morgan Hughes

WEST INFORMER

Model trains, beer for a cause, and handmade gifts

By Cynthia Fernandez

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

By Joe Rice and Charlie Wolfson

CATCHING UP WITH ...

Catching up with ... Clara Blättler

By Marvin Pave

WALPOLE

Bird Park to host reindeer hide-and-seek

By Johanna Seltz

FRAMINGHAM

Bike sharing service heading to Framingham

By John Laidler

NORTH OF BOSTON

Essex County conference to discuss open space

By John Laidler

SOMERVILLE

Somerville to roll out climate action plan

By John Laidler