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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.