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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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/15/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Walker_11152018_16baker_6899x.jpg 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.

Help Desk

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/26/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/KREITER11262018MEDICARE3.jpg 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.

The Nation

Ayanna Pressley finds her footing in Washington

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)

By Liz Goodwin and Jess Bidgood

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

For a moment, partisan rancor gives way as Bush earns praise for service to nation

By Peter Baker

History has settled on Bush’s essential dignity, commitment to public service, and willingness to compromise in the interest of governance as his defining traits.

Einstein’s ‘God Letter’ from 1954 goes on auction block

By James Barron

“The word God is for me nothing but the expression of and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of venerable but still rather primitive legends,” Albert Einstein said in a letter that could yield $1.5 million.

The World

Backtracking, Mexico’s new leader says military is essential part of fight against crime

On the campaign trail, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had opposed using soldiers to combat crime.

By Amy Guthrie

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador used his first full day in office Sunday to double down on promises to deploy Mexico’s military for public security.

France considers state of emergency amid continuing protests

Fire crews worked to extinguish a burning car during protests Saturday in Paris.

By Alissa J. Rubin

Demonstrators burned cars and smashed store windows in several of Paris’s wealthiest neighborhoods.

Editorial & Opinion

Alex Beam

Don’t blame Facebook for hate speech

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 11, 2018 the Facebook log-in page is viewed in Washington, DC. - Facebook announced November 28, 2018 it was expanding its offerings of local news alerts to 400 US cities, and is now testing the feature in Australia.The

By Alex Beam

Purveyors of hate speech manipulated mass media long before Facebook came along.

EDITORIAL

Bush led the US through a changing world

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 01, 1992 New Jersey: U.S. President George Bush waves to a group of supporters during a campaign stop at the Dodge Memorial Building. - Former US president George H.W. Bush, who helped steer America through the end of the Cold War, has died at age 94, his family announced late Friday November 30, 2018.

He leaves a legacy of global leadership and a willingness to confront fiscal problems realistically.

Opinion | Margery Eagan

I’m engaged in an evil enterprise with every click, and I can’t stop

FILE- In this Nov. 1, 2018, file photo Google employees fill Harry Bridges Plaza in front of the Ferry Building during a walkout in San Francisco. Google is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over its male-dominated culture. CEO Sundar Pichai spelled out the concessions in an email sent Thursday, Nov. 8, to Google employees. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

By Margery Eagan

“Do you, too, enjoy Amazon Prime’s free shipping, a Google Gmail address, and a sleek Apple phone? Then you’re complicit in this mess.”

Metro

Courts rebuke Baker on push to strip hundreds of gun licenses

Boston, MA - November 15, 2018: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker talks with The Boston Globe in his office at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, MA on November 15, 2018. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: metro reporter:

By Matt Stout

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.

Help Desk

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

Counselor Margaret Leidler (left) offered some guidance on Medicare to Phyllis Bernstein and others at the Needham Senior Center.

By Robert Weisman

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

adrian walker

What we mourn when we mourn President George H.W. Bush

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2007, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush arrives at the 2007 Ronald Reagan Freedom Award gala dinner held in his honor in Beverly Hills, Calif. Bush has died at age 94. Family spokesman Jim McGrath says Bush died shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

By Adrian Walker

Bush is being widely hailed as a president of decency and integrity. How sad — and telling — that decency is now a standout quality in a president.

Business & Tech

WORK SPACE

In a changing Roxbury neighborhood, a slice of Portugal

Mario Bailote opened Mario’s Pizzeria on Humboldt Avenue in July.

By Maria Cramer

Mario Bailote’s friends told him Humboldt Avenue was the wrong place for his pizza shop. He didn’t listen.

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.

By Beth Teitell

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

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

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

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

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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Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

Where are you, Michael Dell?

By Scott Kirsner

Obituaries

Allie Ritzenberg, tennis pro who took D.C.’s elite to the court, dies at 100

Some of the notables Mr. Ritzenberg instructed were Jacqueline Kennedy, George H.W. Bush, and former Defense secretary Robert McNamara.

By Matt Schudel

Mr. Ritzenberg popularized the sport in the nation’s capital and made it chic as an instructor to, among others, Jackie Kennedy, George H.W. Bush, and countless other members of the city’s elite.

Ken Berry, star of sitcom ‘F Troop,’ dies at 85

Mr. Berry played the accident-prone 1860s Army Captain Wilton Parmenter on the sitcom “F Troop” from 1965-67.

By Anita Gates

The boyish television actor played nice guys with affable attitudes and a wide range of IQs on three popular sitcoms between 1965 and 1990.

Sports

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

It's December, when the Patriots are a sure thing at Gillette

Foxborough, MA 12/02/18- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (left) congratulates James Develin after his touchdown in the fourth quarter. The New England Patriots play against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.(Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Dan Shaughnessy

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are 33-4 in Foxborough in December.

Colby Cave is making the most of his opportunity with the Bruins

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 26: Colby Cave #26 of the Boston Bruins skates with the puck against Ron Hainsey #2 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on November 26, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Bruins 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

By Matt Porter

Cave has earned enough trust to serve as a fill-in for injured No. 1 center Patrice Bergeron the last two games.

MATT PORTER

Charlie McAvoy in good spirits while recovering from concussion

Charlie McAvoy hasn’t played since Oct. 18 due to a concussion.

By Matt Porter

The Bruins’ defenseman has missed 19 games this season due to the injury.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Longtime Woburn High football coach Rocky Nelson dead at 74

By Brandon Chase

BEN VOLIN I INSTANT ANALYSIS

Patriots’ defense bailed out the offense in win over Vikings

By Ben Volin

CHARGERS 33, STEELERS 30

Field goal on final play gets Chargers past Steelers

By Will Graves

TEXANS 29, BROWNS 13

Texans rout Browns to win ninth in a row

By Kristie Rieken