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Steamship Authority suffers from ‘penny-pinching’ mentality, report says

The quasi-public agency is excessively cheap, lacks accountability, and is rife with internal factions working at odds with each other, according to a scathing new report.

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Our exclamation problem is getting worse!!!

Exclamation points are supposed to be about good cheer, but they’re really a call for help.

Ben Volin | on football

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davispatslose16Aspts.jpg What’s wrong with the Patriots this year?

Why are they limping to the finish line? Here are five areas that help explain their struggles.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/14/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/AE4T6715.jpg Before announcing shutdown, Newbury College recruited students from defunct Mount Ida

With Newbury set to close, students are surprised and saddened, especially those who transferred from recently closed Mount Ida College.

“This isn’t good for us,” Dr. Donald M. Berwick of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement said of a Texas judge’s ruling.

Mass. ‘not immune’ to ripple effect of health care law ruling

A federal judge’s ruling imperils billions of dollars in funding that help provide coverage for lower-income residents, experts say.

The Nation

Former business associates of Michael Flynn indicted in Turkey lobbying case

Bijan Kian is one of two former business associates of Michael Flynn indicted as part of a conspiracy to violate federal lobbying rules.

By Adam Goldman and Mark Mazzetti

Bijan Kian and Ekim Alptekin were indicted last week as part of a conspiracy to violate federal lobbying rules. Alptekin was also charged with making false statements to the FBI.

San Francisco planners said this man illegally demolished his historic home. Now, he has to rebuild an exact replica

The owner was also ordered to install a plaque telling the history of the home, which was designed by Richard Neutra.

By Alex Horton

The owner was also ordered to install a plaque telling the history of the home, which was designed by Richard Neutra.

2 Chicago police officers die after being struck by train

A Chicago Police mourning badge during a service for a slain officer last month.

By Associated Press

Chicago police say two officers investigating a shots-fired call on the city’s far South Side have died after being struck by a train.

The World

Nigeria says soldiers who killed marchers were provoked, but video shows otherwise

By Dionne Searcey and Emmanuel Akinwotu

A close review of video from the largest and most deadly of the protests, as well as interviews with witnesses, clearly shows the military opening fire on unarmed demonstrators.

Saudi Arabia denounces US Senate’s response to Khashoggi murder

By Ben Hubbard

Saudi Arabia lashed out Monday at the US Senate for holding its crown prince personally responsible for the murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, warning against interference in what it called the kingdom’s internal affairs.

Editorial & Opinion

Alex Beam

‘Alexa — flush!’ and other awful gift ideas

Gold gift boxes with red ribbon on white. This file contains clipping path.

By Alex Beam

Yes, I know marijuana is legal, but please — no gifts with dope, OK?

JOAN VENNOCHI

Niki Tsongas’s second act comes to a close

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 23: U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA) speaks to members of the press during a news conference May 23, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The legislator will introduce a bipartisan, bicameral bill

By Joan Vennochi

Since her election to Congress 11 years ago, Niki Tsongas staked out her own turf.

Opinion | Niall Ferguson

Don’t let Brexit take the Tory out of Tolkien

WESTON-SUPER-MARE, ENGLAND - MARCH 26: Detail of a sand sculpture of Gollum is seen as pieces are prepared as part of this year’s Hollywood themed annual Weston-super-Mare Sand Sculpture festival on March 26, 2013 in Weston-Super-Mare, England. Due to open on Good Friday, currently twenty award winning sand sculptors from across the globe are working to create sand sculptures including Harry Potter, Marilyn Monroe and characters from the Star Wars films as part of the town's very own movie themed festival on the beach. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

By Niall Ferguson

“The Lord of the Rings” stands on a foundation of profoundly Tory philosophy.

Metro

Before announcing shutdown, Newbury College recruited students from defunct Mount Ida

Brookline, MA - 12/14/2018- ] Mitton Hall is seen from Fisher Ave at Newbury College in Brookline on Friday, December 14, 2018. Newbury College has announced that the school will be shutting down after the spring semester. (Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe) Topic: (metro)

By Laura Krantz

With Newbury set to close, students are surprised and saddened, especially those who transferred from recently closed Mount Ida College.

Steamship Authority suffers from ‘penny-pinching’ mentality, report says

Fred Condon of Edgartown had pointed questions for the Steamship Authority’s board during a meeting Monday at Falmouth High School.

By Matt Rocheleau

The quasi-public agency is excessively cheap, lacks accountability, and is rife with internal factions working at odds with each other, according to a scathing new report.

Our exclamation problem is getting worse!!!

By Beth Teitell

Exclamation points are supposed to be about good cheer, but they’re really a call for help.

Business & Tech

Talking Points AM | Larry Edelman

When the Dow fell 22 percent, the world didn’t end. Keep that in mind this nervous Noel

FOR USE ANYTIME--Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange work frantically as the Dow Jones industrial average plummets 508 points for a loss of over 22 percent on October 19, 1987. It was the biggest one-day loss in history. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

By Larry Edelman

The world is a scary place, especially these days. But we’ve always powered through bad times.

Sanofi signs megalease at Cambridge Crossing

Sanofi, based in France, is the largest life sciences employer in Massachusetts.

By Tim Logan and Jonathan Saltzman

French drug maker plans to move 2,700 employees into 900,000 square feet at new development.

Charlestown looks at bringing new life to an old navy yard

By Jon Chesto

The South Boston Waterfront may hog the limelight these days. But city officials are turning their attention to Charlestown’s historic Navy Yard, where nearly 2,000 people live.

Obituaries

Former Boston Police Commissioner Francis ‘Mickey’ Roache dies at 82

Tom Menino (left) and Mickey Roache, both then mayoral candidates, prior to a debate in September 1993.

By Milton J. Valencia

Roache, who died Monday morning, was police commissioner from 1985 until 1993 and served on the City Council afterwards for several years.

Meng Lang, poet who promoted dissident writers, dies at 57

Mr. Meng (center) spoke with Luo Yin of Cambridge (left) and Chinese dissident Fang Jue at an event at Harvard University held to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre.

By Mike Ives

Mr. Lang’s own writing has been published and translated into many languages.

Sports

Bruins 4, Canadiens 0

There wasn’t much for the Bruins to complain about after this one

Boston Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) stops Montreal Canadiens left wing Tomas Tatar (90) during first period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

By Matt Porter

Joakim Nordstrom, Colby Cave, David Krejci, and Brad Marchand scored, and Jaroslav Halak stopped 22 shots

tara sullivan

There are no easy conclusions in debate over Tom Brady’s performance

Pittsburgh, PA 12-16-18: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady screams at an official after a fourth quarter penalty was called against New England. The New England Patriots visited the Pittsburgh Steelers in a regular season NFL football game at Heinz Field. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Tara Sullivan

For every charge against him, there is a countercharge in his favor.

Chad Finn

Should Patriots be worried about the Bills and Jets?

Pittsburgh, PA 12-16-18: Patriots defenders (left to right) Devin McCourty (32), Jason McCourty (30), Malcolm Brown 990), Patrick Chung (23) and Jonathan Jones (31) are pictured after Steelers WR Antonio Brown (84, backround) had just caught a touchdown pass against them. The New England Patriots visited the Pittsburgh Steelers in a regular season NFL football game at Heinz Field. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Chad Finn

After losing two in a row, the Patriots cannot afford to overlook anyone right now.

Tuesday Stories

Love Letters

I want to take the next steps now

By Meredith Goldstein

Now, I understand that he doesn’t want to rush into marrying me, especially since we moved in together only a couple of months ago, but it kills me to wait.