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After suicides in Acton and Boxborough, a communion of sorrow

Shannon Goyette (left) and Cynthia Pierce became friends when their children were in kindergarten. Both mothers lost a son to suicide.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

The unthinkable has been an all-too-common companion in two small neighboring towns, where six young people took their lives in the short span of 30 months. The questions keep coming: What is happening? Why? When will it stop?

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/GettyImages-841583078-23947.jpg TSA says it no longer tracks regular travelers as if they may be terrorists

TSA officials said that the “Quiet Skies” surveillance program, which documented minor movements and behavior of some passengers, was scaled back after a Globe investigation.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/1067066856-8105.jpg Elizabeth Warren tackles race issues on road to potential presidential run

Warren is highlighting ties to black leaders and emphasizing her work on legislation that would probably appeal to black Democrats.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/14/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/Swensen181214tree4me0004.jpg That perfect tree is just a few clicks away

Online ordering and Internet-enabled sales strategies are transforming the Christmas tree trade for both tree sellers and their customers.

Metro

spotlight fellow report

TSA says it no longer tracks regular travelers as if they may be terrorists

By Jana Winter and Jenn Abelson

TSA officials said that the “Quiet Skies” surveillance program, which documented minor movements and behavior of some passengers, was scaled back after a Globe investigation.

After suicides in Acton and Boxborough, a communion of sorrow

Shannon Goyette (left) and Cynthia Pierce became friends when their children were in kindergarten. Both mothers lost a son to suicide.

By Mark Arsenault

The unthinkable has been an all-too-common companion in two small neighboring towns, where six young people took their lives in the short span of 30 months. The questions keep coming: What is happening? Why? When will it stop?

Sports

TEAM OF THE WEEK

Team of the Week: Wayland boys’ swimming team going for three straight state titles

12/14/2018 Wayland Ma-Wayland High School swimming team. coach Mike Foley (cq) with taem. Jonathan Wiggs /Globe Staff Reporter:Topic:

By Matt MacCormack

Wayland went 18-0 least season en route to its second straight Division 2 state title.

Shira Springer | Fair Play

2018 was a breakthrough year of change in women’s sports

Boston04/16/18 The Boston Marathon finish line. Women winner Desiree Linden celebrates after she crosses the finish line. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

By Shira Springer

It was a year of firsts and drought-ending victories and big numbers and sports bra-related controversies.

Ideas

OPINION | SUSAN HOLCOMB

When tech execs would rather just not know

FILE- In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Having already acknowledged that it did opposition research on George Soros, Facebook says No. 2 Sandberg had asked staff if the billionaire philanthropist had financial motivations against the company. The Friday, Nov. 30, statement is in response a New York Times article that describes Sandberg asking Facebook staff to look into Soros' financial interests in speaking out against the company in January. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

By Susan Holcomb

Tech giants collect lots of user data. But when it comes to their own companies, executives want plausible deniability.

Obituaries

Willie Naulls, 84, Celtics champion and part of historic lineup

Mr. Naulls was guarded by Philadelphia 76ers player Lucious Jackson during a game in Boston on Jan. 16, 1966.

By Marvin Pave

Mr. Naulls, a three-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics, was part of the first NBA starting lineup made up entirely of African-American players.

Sunday Arts

‘Roma’ and ‘Cold War’ as double feature

Fernando Grediaga and Marina de Tavira in “Roma.”

By Mark Feeney

These two new and much-acclaimed foreign-language films have a lot in common.

Magazine

Health & Wellness | Magazine

A doctor explains why gut health is as important as heart health

Boston, MA., 11/30/18, Darin Sabine with his wife Jennifer, at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He is battling colon cancer. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

By Sushrut Jangi

We’ve long been obsessed with our heart health. Now it’s time to pay more attention to our digestive system.

Perspective | Magazine

Should we use mail-order test kits to diagnose ourselves?

By Amitha Kalaichandran

Like you, doctors are trying to figure that out, too, as the market for mail-order testing expands.

Miss Conduct

How can I get my sister-in-law to stop playing favorites with my kids?

By Robin Abrahams

My husband won’t stop his sister from lavishing gifts on our son, but not our daughter. It’s become ridiculous.