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Lex Andre Daluz, owner of Marvelous Cuts, shaped up Amalex Veiga's hair.

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Jeneé Osterheldt | Commentary

Revealing the barbershop for what it is: a black man’s safe space

The barbershop provides a safe space, a place to nurture solidarity, a place where black boys and men can let their guards down.

The South Bay expansion has added apartments, shops, a movie theatre, and other stores.

Housing at a shopping mall? It’s becoming more common in Mass.

With estimates that one in four malls could close by 2022, older properties are following the mixed-use playbook to stave off obsolescence.

Legislative leaders to collect 3 pay bumps in 2019

House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Karen Spilka are already among the highest-paid legislative leaders in the country.

A woman ran on William J. Day Boulevard on Thursday. Massachusetts has “conditions that create health,” such as access to healthy food and places to exercise, said Dr. Sandro Galea, dean of the Boston University School of Public Health.

As life expectancy falls across US, Mass. bucks trend

Life expectancy has slowly slipped nationwide, but here it’s inching upward. State health officials attributed the news to years of health promotion efforts and near-universal insurance.

Rachael Rollins joined Nativity Preparatory School students during mock trials at the Moakley Federal Courthouse.

How much will incoming Suffolk DA Rachael Rollins shake things up?

The ascension of Rollins, who pledged to stop prosecuting low-level crimes, raised apprehension in law enforcement circles and excitement among advocates for reform.

The Nation

Political Notebook

President Trump bragged to troops in Iraq about 10 percent raise they’ve not been given

President Trump addressed US troops Wednesday during a trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq.

By wire services

The pay raise Trump authorized this year amounted to 2.6 percent, not 10 percent.

D.C. police charge tour bus driver with involuntary manslaughter in deaths of 2 pedestrians

By Peter Hermann

Gerard Derrick James, 45, of Baltimore, was using a handheld cellphone at the time, according to court documents.

Deaths of police officers on duty on the rise in the US

More police officers have died in the line of duty this year in the United States than in 2017, according to data released Thursday.

The World

Indonesia raises alert level as volcanic eruptions intensify

A girl carried a baby among debris in Indonesia Thursday. Officials widened the no-go zone around the volcano.

By Stanley Widianto and Simon Denyer

Anak Krakatau is almost obscured by huge clouds of ash and lava billowing into the air.

Gatwick Airport drone: lots of second-guessing, but not many answers

Gatwick, the second-busiest airport in Britain and the eighth-busiest in Europe, handled 45 million passengers in 2017, despite being able to use just one runway at a time.

By Richard Pérez-Peña

The police have no one in custody in the case, they have suggested that they are still unsure of a motive, and they are not certain how many drones were involved.

Iraqi lawmakers demand US withdrawal after Trump visit

By Philip Issa

Iraqi lawmakers Thursday demanded U.S. forces leave the country following a surprise visit by President Donald Trump that politicians denounced as arrogant and a violation of national sovereignty.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Giles Li

Migrant families depend on the humanity of citizens

FILE - This July 26, 2018, file photo shows people lining up to cross into the United States to begin the process of applying for asylum near the San Ysidro port of entry in Tijuana, Mexico. Homeland Security's watchdog says immigration officials were not prepared to manage the consequences of its

By Giles Li

Today’s headlines are not the first to illuminate the role that politics plays in the treatment of immigrant communities.

Letters

Alan Dershowitz objects to op-ed on Flynn

President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn leaves federal court in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

“My colleagues Nancy Gertner and Laurence Tribe misstate my views in their recent op-ed, ‘The judge and Michael Flynn.’ ” — Alan Dershowitz

Letters

Refusing to bite on Bitcoin

“The Bitcoin fad, to date, has been fueled by a combination of technical interest, criminal activity, and what amounts to currency speculation.” — Stephen Polit

Metro

A look at ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ top 10 sketches of 2018

Matt Damon as Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the Sept. 29 episode of “Saturday Night Live.”

By Lillian Brown

Here are 10 most popular “SNL” sketches of 2018, based on YouTube hits.

Jeneé Osterheldt | Commentary

Revealing the barbershop for what it is: a black man’s safe space

Lex Andre Daluz, owner of Marvelous Cuts, shaped up Amalex Veiga's hair.

By Jeneé Osterheldt

The barbershop provides a safe space, a place to nurture solidarity, a place where black boys and men can let their guards down.

How much will incoming Suffolk DA Rachael Rollins shake things up?

Rachael Rollins joined Nativity Preparatory School students during mock trials at the Moakley Federal Courthouse.

By Maria Cramer

The ascension of Rollins, who pledged to stop prosecuting low-level crimes, raised apprehension in law enforcement circles and excitement among advocates for reform.

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NAMES

Kanye West pays a visit to MASS MoCA

By Lillian Brown

Business & Tech

Alphabet spin-off lands in Cambridge with plans for a salty solution for storing energy

Malta is developing technology to take electricity from the grid in times of plenty and store it, a plan that depends on molten salt.

By Andy Rosen

Malta is an energy storage company that’s trying to make renewable energy a more integral part of the electrical grid.

Retailers challenge Mass. online sales tax rule

The lawsuit is part of the fallout from a June US Supreme Court decision allowing South Dakota to collect sales taxes from Newegg, Overstock.com, and the Boston-based online home furnishings retailer Wayfair.

By Hiawatha Bray

Six e-commerce companies have gone to court to stop the state from demanding $3 million in retroactive tax payments on online sales.

Stocks rise as Wall Street’s roller coaster rolls on

By Emily Flitter

Wall Street’s roller-coaster ride extended into Thursday with stocks staging a late-day recovery as investors turned their attention to fresh data about the U.S. economy.

Obituaries

Sigi Schmid, winningest MLS coach, dies at 65

Sigi Schmid, the winningest coach in MLS history, has died. He was 65.

Eleanor Maccoby, pathbreaker on how boys and girls differ, dies at 101

Dr. Maccoby was the first woman to head the Stanford University psychology department.

By Katharine Q. Seelye

Dr. Maccoby conducted some of her doctoral work at the lab of renowned psychologist B.F. Skinner at Harvard in the 1950s.

Sports

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Zdeno Chara, Kevan Miller, Jake DeBrusk back in Bruins’ lineup

Boston-12/27/18 Bruins vs NJ Devils- Bruins Zdeno Chara was back on the ice as he skated during warmups. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

By Matt Porter

Charlie McAvoy, who blocked a shot last week, sat out Thursday’s game with a lingering lower-body injury.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

It’s been a challenging season, but Rob Gronkowski says he’s ‘all in’

12/20/2018 Foxboro Ma- New England Patriots player #87 Rob Gronkowski (cq) at practice at Gillette Stadium. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe StaffReporter:Topic:

By Jim McBride

The Patriots tight end said his focus is on the Jets, and that he hasn’t been thinking about retirement “at all.”

DEVILS 5, BRUINS 2

One of the NHL’s worst teams looked pretty good against the Bruins

Boston-12/27/18 Bruins vs NJ Devils- Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak can't stop Devils Blake Coleman from scoring an unassisted 3rd period goal. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

By Matt Porter

The Bruins allowed first-period goals to Damon Severson and Kyle Palmieri and could never recover.

Weekend

In Lake Street Dive, the adults are alright

From left: Akie Bermiss, Mike Calabrese, Bridget Kearney, Rachael Price, and Mike Olson.

By Marc Hirsh

The band’s approach to creating and crafting pop music reflects their maturity as people and musicians.

Marie van Goethem, Edgar Degas’s ‘Little Dancer,’ is nameless no more

Caption/credit: Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen, 1880. Bronze with tulle skirt and satin hair ribbon. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.1128. Photo: Harvard Art Museums; © President and Fellows of Harvard College.

By Murray Whyte

A new book looks at the girl who modeled for the French master’s one and only sculpture.

At comedy venues all around Boston, 2018 gets its last laugh

Jim Rice and Niki Luparelli will perform at Club Café.

By Nick A. Zaino III

The year’s biggest night of comedy features the likes of Pete Davidson, Don Gavin, Lenny Clarke, Christine Hurley, Sean Sullivan, and many more.