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L’Espalier chef-owner Frank McClelland, now 62, first came to the restaurant as a young chef de cuisine in 1980. As he prepares to close L’Espalier next week, he says, “I want to go out on top.”

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DEVRA FIRST

After 40 years, the Back Bay restaurant L’Espalier is closing

Synonymous with fine dining in Boston, the restaurant helped usher in the farm-to-table movement and introduce the city to a new level of service.

Monique Blanc and Mary Jane Voltaire, friends of the two men who were killed in a Christmas night fire, gathered outside the Avon home.

Family, Haitian community mourn death of father and son in Avon fire

Family members mourned Wednesday outside the home where a two-alarm blaze claimed the lives of an elderly father and his son, who tried desperately to save him.

US stocks roar back from the brink of a bear market

The Dow spiked more than 1,000 points in the best day in 10 years for Wall Street as stocks rallied back from a Christmas Eve beating.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/10/06/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/15mccainpic01.jpg Eugene McCain wanted to open a slots parlor in Revere. Now it’s pot shops in Western Mass.

Marijuana applications from Eugene McCain could test the integrity of the state’s new regulatory system and demonstrate how rigorous officials intend to be.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/20/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/181205injectionchurch0344.jpg A ‘church’ to fight drug addiction — and the law in Maine

Aiming to keep users safe, a Portland-area peer recovery coach and founder of the Church of Safe Injection, works to get around Maine’s syringe limit.

The Nation

Elizabeth Warren names new chief of staff

By Jess Bidgood and Liz Goodwin

Warren shook up her office ahead of a possible presidential run. It’s one of only a handful in the Senate to be led by a person of color.

Deaths of 2 children raise doubts about US border agency

Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico, on December 25, 2018, where Customs and Border Protection reported the death of an eight-year-old migrant from Guatemala which occurred shortly after midnight on Christmas morning. - The boy, who was being held in CBP custody with his father, had been sick and diagnosed with a cold, but his situation deteriorated and he started vomiting. The cause of the boys death is not known, and he is the second child to die in CBP custody this month. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP)PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty Images

By Nomaan Merchant

The death on Christmas Eve of an 8-year-old boy identified by Guatemalan officials as Felipe Gomez Alonzo is under investigation, as is the death Dec. 8 of another Guatemalan child, 7-year-old Jakelin Caal.

Did a Queens podiatrist help Donald Trump avoid Vietnam?

By Steve Eder

In the fall of 1968, Donald Trump received a timely diagnosis of bone spurs in his heels that led to his medical exemption from the military during Vietnam.

The World

China holds secret trial for rights lawyer after 3 years in detention

Plainclothes security officials push journalists away as a supporter of Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang speaks near the Secondary Intermediate People's Court of Tianjin northeastern China's Tianjin municipality, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. About two dozen plainclothes police were stationed outside a courthouse in northern China on Wednesday as the trial of a prominent human rights lawyer was expected to unfold. Among the best known in the field broadly known in China as

By Chris Buckley

Wang Quanzhang was the last to be prosecuted among the hundreds of rights lawyers and activists rounded up in a sweep that started on July 9, 2015, to stifle political and religious dissent.

France drops probe of air crash that led to Rwandan genocide

By Angela Charlton

French authorities have dropped a sensitive investigation into the plane crash that sparked Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, citing lack of sufficient evidence.

Egypt’s 2 ex-presidents appear in the same courtroom

Two former Egyptian presidents appeared Wednesday in the same Cairo courtroom, with Hosni Mubarak testifying in a retrial of Mohammed Morsi on charges related to prison breaks at the height of the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak.

Editorial & Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

Be careful who you’re marching behind at the next Women’s March

Vanessa Wruble, an early organizer of the Women's March on Washington, at her home in New York on Dec. 12.

By Joan Vennochi

Troubling charges of anti-Semitism have been lodged against Women’s March leaders.

Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

The Grinch, the wall, and the high cost of Trump’s ineffective border policy

Christmas ball green decoration bauble closeup New Year's Eve hanging adornment traditional Merry Xmas wintertime ornament sparkling. 3d rendering illustration

By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

Congress should know that border security and immigration aren’t solved by a wall, but by sensible, bipartisan immigration reform.

Letters

It doesn’t matter whether Spacey’s alleged victim was straight or gay

“Does [Heather Unruh] mean to imply that this incident would not have been so serious had her son been gay?” — John Kyper

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Opinion | Barney Frank

Thank the far right for the government shutdown

By Barney Frank

Metro

DEVRA FIRST

After 40 years, the Back Bay restaurant L’Espalier is closing

L’Espalier chef-owner Frank McClelland, now 62, first came to the restaurant as a young chef de cuisine in 1980. As he prepares to close L’Espalier next week, he says, “I want to go out on top.”

By Devra First

Synonymous with fine dining in Boston, the restaurant helped usher in the farm-to-table movement and introduce the city to a new level of service.

Audio recording of Kevin Spacey’s court hearing sheds light in Nantucket case

Kevin Spacey at the Juilliard School in New York, May 29, 2017. Spacey has had a busy spring, starring in another season of “House of Cards” on Netflix, preparing to host the Tony Awards and showing his stage roots with a performance as Clarence Darrow — in a tennis stadium. (Ryan Pfluger/The New York Times)-- PART OF A COLLECTION OF STAND-ALONE PHOTOS FOR USE AS DESIRED IN YEAREND STORIES AND RECAPS OF 2017 --

By Matt Rocheleau

An audio recording of a court hearing obtained by the Globe provides insight into how the actor’s attorneys plan to defend him against charges that he assaulted a teenager on Nantucket.

Eugene McCain wanted to open a slots parlor in Revere. Now it’s pot shops in Western Mass.

Eugene McCain shifted his attention to marijuana in 2017 and is president of Canna Provisions Inc.

By Stephanie Ebbert

Marijuana applications from Eugene McCain could test the integrity of the state’s new regulatory system and demonstrate how rigorous officials intend to be.

Business & Tech

More of the same on home sales: Prices are up, supply is tight

Greater Boston’s high prices are still driven, in part, by a lack of houses for sale.

By Tim Logan

Higher mortgage rates haven’t cut into home prices appreciably, but forecasters see a softer 2019 ahead.

As ball drops, minimum-wage workers in NYC will see pay rise

The new year is bringing new wages to New York. The minimum wage is going up around the state on Dec. 31.

Stocks Bounce Back From Edge of Bear Market

By Emily Flitter

Throughout Wall Street’s December meltdown, analysts have been saying that markets were plunging despite plenty of evidence that the U.S. economy remains strong and corporate profit growth is healthy.

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TV Critic’s Corner

The year-end list that shows don’t want to be on

By Matthew Gilbert

Obituaries

Larry Eisenberg, whose limericks were very well read, dies at 99

By Margalit Fox

Dr. Eisenberg was one of the most prolific contributors of reader comments on nytimes.com.

Sister Wendy Beckett, nun who became a BBC star, dies at 88

By Robert D. McFadden

Sister Wendy Beckett, a Roman Catholic nun who interrupted a cloistered life of prayer in England in 1991, soared to international stardom with lyrical BBC documentaries.

Yuan Mu, the face of China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown

By Mike Ives

The Communist Party propaganda official died on Dec. 13 in Beijing.

Sports

Frank Dell’Apa | Soccer notebook

Revolution ramp up the retooling of their roster

Colorado Rapids defender Edgar Castillo, second from right, kicks the ball as he is surrounded by, from left to right, teammate Johan Blomberg, (8), D.C. United midfielders Junior Moreno, (5), and Zoltan Stieber during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Washington, Saturday, July 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

By Frank Dell’Apa

Problem areas were addressed with acquisition of center forward Juan Fernando Caicedo and left back Edgar Castillo.

Sports Log

Serena Williams named AP’s Female Athlete of the Year

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Anastasija Sevastova, of Latvia, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Serena Williams was named The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Williams won prestigious AP honor for fifth time in her career.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

QBs Jake McElroy, Aidan Sullivan lead All-State football team

12/01/2018 Foxborough Ma- Scituate QB #11 Aidan Sullivan during game action at the MIAA Division 5 State Championship game between Scituate Sailors and Nipmuc Regional. Jonathan Wiggs /Globe Staff Reporter:Topic:

By Craig Larson

The state football coaches association selected the top players at each position for the 22nd year.