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Smoke shops are booming, but they’re not always welcome

Boston Smoke Shop’s Francine Whu, a Newbury Street shop operator, said no landlord in Newton Centre would give her space.
Smoke shops are proliferating in the age of legal recreational marijuana and vaping, a booming global business.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

With recreational marijuana now legal in Mass. and vaping becoming a booming global business, the counterculture staples of college towns are expanding quickly.

// Courts rebuke Baker on push to strip hundreds of gun licenses

At least a dozen gun owners, some convicted decades ago of misdemeanors, filed legal challenges to win back their firearm licenses. The state is resisting a mounting number of court orders.

Rep.-elect Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., smile after drawing her number during the Member-elect room lottery draw on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Pressley drew 38 out of 85, which determines the order in which she gets to select her new Capitol Hill office. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Ayanna Pressley finds her footing in Washington

The Roxbury congresswoman-elect campaigned as an outsider, but shows a savvy understanding of “the swamp.”

Beth Israel and Lahey Health officials have said they plan to build an alternative to Partners HealthCare.

With Beth Israel-Lahey merger, state charts new course on health care

A first-of-its kind deal that includes strict restraints on prices could be a model for mergers in other states — but could also be difficult to enforce, experts say.

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// Enrolling in Medicare can be confusing. Here’s how to do it.

With about 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day, the Medicare enrollment odyssey has become a generational rite of passage.