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Unhealthy Divide

A double diagnosis — cancer while poor

After her cancer diagnoses, Marie Cajuste’s life unraveled. She was unable to work during the most intense part of her treatment.

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Cancer is a tremendous burden for anyone, but for a growing number of lower-income and even middle-class patients, an illness means an avalanche of trouble.

// He begged for deportation. He still languished in jail

As ICE officials intensify efforts to remove unauthorized immigrants, those deportations are taking months — often beyond the legal limit of six months set by the Supreme Court.

Peter DeMarco shook hands with Lynette Alberti, chief nursing officer, when he met with hospital executives Nov. 13 to discuss the death of his wife, Laura Levis.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Peter DeMarco

My wife’s death was senseless. Using it to save other lives is the only thing that makes sense to me

My quest to understand what happened to my wife, who died in 2016 after suffering an asthma attack, led to hard questions at Somerville Hospital.

// ‘Cat Person’ author’s bad date story and her date with fame

A viral sensation, Kristen Roupenian’s “Cat Person” has led to a hotly awaited collection, “You Know You Want This,” due out Jan. 15.

The Nation

Elizabeth Warren among 4 high-profile Democratic senators poised to enter the presidential race

Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker are among the high-profile Democratic US senators expected to jump into the 2020 presidential race.

By Lisa Lerer and Alexander Burns

Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York are the others, advisers and people briefed by their associates say.

Death of medic in Israeli-Palestinian conflict raises questions

A portrait of Rouzan al-Najjar, who was killed by an Israeli sniper as she treated wounded demonstrators at the border.

By David M. Halbfinger

A young medic in a headscarf runs into danger, her only protection a white lab coat. Through a haze of tear gas and black smoke, she tries to reach a man sprawled on the ground along the Gaza border.

Boy dies after Yemeni mom fought US travel ban to reach him

Abdullah Hassan died Friday in Oakland, where his father, Ali, brought him to get treatment for a brain disorder.

By Daisy Nguyen

The 2-year-old son of a Yemeni woman who sued for a waiver from the Trump administration’s travel ban to be with the ailing boy in the United States has died, an advocacy group said.

The World

British design for D-Day stamp gets address wrong by 8,000 miles

The beach shown was in Dutch New Guinea, not in Normandy, France. The soldiers shown were US troops.

By Palko Karasz

The beach shown was in Dutch New Guinea, not in Normandy. And the stamp used an image of the wrong craft.

Congo’s top archbishop pleads for peace on eve of election

By Mathilde Boussion

But hours later, the leading candidates failed to agree on a guarantee for a peaceful vote.

Russian and Turkish ministers agree to cooperate in Syria

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (left) and Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar exchanged greetings Saturday in Moscow.

By Matthew Bodner and Zeynep Bilginsoy

The ministers agreed during a session in Moscow to maintain cooperation in northern Syria as US forces prepare to withdraw.

Editorial & Opinion


How gas demand from Boston changed a faraway island

Massachusetts’s aversion to expanding pipelines has not meant that fewer are built. Instead, the state has outsourced its fossil fuel infrastructure to Trinidad.

Opinion | Michael A. Cohen

The best political stories of 2018

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 07: The U.S. Capitol building is pictured on November 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

By Michael A. Cohen

Here’s a quick look back at the major political events that defined the year.


A year after net-neutrality’s repeal, the Internet is alive and well — and faster than ever

FILE- In this June 19, 2018, file photo a router and internet switch are displayed in East Derry, N.H. Net neutrality traces back to an engineering maxim called the “end-to-end principle,” a self-regulating network that put control in the hands of end users rather than a central authority. Traditional cable-TV services, for instance, required special equipment and controlled what channels are shown on TV. With an end-to-end network like the internet, the types of equipment, apps, articles and video services permitted are limited only to imagination. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

By Jeff Jacoby

When the FCC voted to scrap mandatory net neutrality, it was a move with which reasonable people could disagree. But the reaction from countless critics was anything but reasonable.


‘Cat Person’ author’s bad date story and her date with fame

“Cat Person” writer Kristen Roupenian.

By Meredith Goldstein

A viral sensation, Kristen Roupenian’s “Cat Person” has led to a hotly awaited collection, “You Know You Want This,” due out Jan. 15.

In his last six weeks on the job, Leicester police chief leaves a legacy for the marijuana industry

11/29/2018 Leicester Ma- Leicester Police Chief James Hurley (cq) is retiring after a long career in law enforcement. Jonathan Wiggs /Globe Staff Reporter:Topic:

By Felicia Gans

Leicester Police Chief Jim Hurley had barely six weeks left on the job when his small suburban town became the central Massachusetts epicenter for recreational marijuana sales.

Unhealthy Divide

A double diagnosis — cancer while poor

After her cancer diagnoses, Marie Cajuste’s life unraveled. She was unable to work during the most intense part of her treatment.

By Liz Kowalczyk

Cancer is a tremendous burden for anyone, but for a growing number of lower-income and even middle-class patients, an illness means an avalanche of trouble.

Business & Tech

Talking Points

Highlights from the week in business



Bruins rally to stun Sabres in overtime

Boston Bruins center Sean Kuraly (52) puts the game-winning goal past Buffalo Sabres goalie Carter Hutton (40) as defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) trails the play during overtime of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. The Boston Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in overtime. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Sean Kuraly potted the game-winner with 1:16 left in overtime after Jake DeBrusk tied the game for the Bruins with 2:29 remaining in regulation.

Young trio keeps Patriots offense in line

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) takes the snap from center David Andrews (60) as lineman Shaq Mason (69) blocks during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

By Nora Princiotti

Guards Joe Thuney and Shaq Mason and center David Andrews should keep the unit performing well long into the future.


Here’s why this Patriots’ AFC East crown is the best one ever for Devin McCourty

Devin McCourty (left) and brother Jason get to celebrate their success on the same pro team for the first time.

By Tara Sullivan

Devin is celebrating his ninth straight division title. Brother Jason will be in the playoffs for the first time in his 10-year career.

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Jets at Patriots | Sunday, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Patriots’ keys to victory over the Jets

By Jim McBride


Down 19, Celtics come back to beat Grizzlies

By Gary Washburn


These are baseball’s top free agents, this year and beyond

By Nick Cafardo


The final weekend of the regular season a dream come true for the NFL

By Ben Volin


Bruins well represented at World Junior Championship

By Kevin Paul Dupont


It’s easy to forget that players are human and cope with their own personal struggles

By Gary Washburn

2019 Winter Classic

A guide to the 2019 Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium

By Andrew Mahoney


Ideas | Kory Stamper

Language nerds worked really hard on that ‘Words of the Year’ list

In this Dec. 12, 2018, photo,

By Kory Stamper

Crunch the data on the most looked-up words and hope for something meaningful. Ignore the reality that, by mid-January, all this crunching and consideration will be forgotten.

Ideas | Wade Roush

The Cambridge monorail that wasn’t

Images and Photographs of the Meigs Elevated Railway All images are in the public domain.

By Wade Roush

Cambridge was home to one of the world’s first monorail systems — an experimental track in place from 1884 to 1894. What happened?

Opinion | Stephen Kinzer

Predicting the unpredictable for 2019

Portrait Of Businessman Predicting Future With Crystal Ball

By Stephen Kinzer

It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future. Yet the very fact that the world has become so topsy-turvy makes the exercise all but irresistible.


Amos Oz, acclaimed author, dies at 79

Mr. Oz was one of Israel’s most widely acclaimed writers and a preeminent voice in its embattled peace movement.

By Josef Federman

Mr. Oz was one of Israel’s most widely acclaimed writers and a preeminent voice in its embattled peace movement.

Sunday Arts


The 20 best movies of 2018

A scene from “If Beale Street Could Talk,” directed by Barry Jenkins.

By Ty Burr

Globe critic Ty Burr offers his picks on films that took us to special places.

book review

A suicide bomber’s secular family strains to embrace his wife and stepchildren

By Laura Collins-Hughes

Nuruddin Farah’s intricate and morally wise novel is “North of Dawn.”

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

A surge of new shows and a trickle of hope

Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff in “True Detective.”

By Matthew Gilbert

In the next two months, a ton of new TV will arrive. Here are some highlights.


Oh, the places he went!

QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 29. I've spotted these umbrella art displays in several cities, but I was particulary fond of this one in Quebec. It seemed like a perfect match to the season and surrounding colors.

By Christopher Muther

A look back at some of travel writer Christopher Muther’s favorite, previously unpublished, photos of 2018.

A look at some of the most Insta-worthy hotels in New England

Top The lounge at Field Guide.

By Lauren Daley

If you’re looking to #GramYourStay — and admit it, who isn’t — we’ve rounded up some of the most eye-catching, gram-worthy inns in New England. Grab your phone.

A host of new apps can help travelers learn foreign languages — up to a point

By Christopher Elliott

The programs use such techniques as gamification, crowdsourcing, and adaptive algorithms to help beginners learn language basics.

More Stories

Here, there, and everywhere

Here, there, and everywhere

By Necee Regis

Real Estate

Can electronic closings, blockchain, and other technology speed up home buying while cutting consumer costs?

By Jon Gorey

There are technologies — some simple, some downright disruptive — with the potential to make the home-buying process a little easier and less expensive. |

Home of the Week: Tile work sets East Boston condo apart

By John R. Ellement

The unit has two bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a $669,000 price tag, and an accepted offer. Search the latest listings at

Ask the Carpenter: The pros and cons of tankless water heaters

By Rob Robillard

Ask the Carpenter’s Rob Robillard talks energy-efficiency and offers advice on how to get paint off exterior brick. Get more home improvement advice at


Globe Magazine

Meet the 2018 Bostonians of the Year: Ayanna Pressley and Alex Cora

By Neil Swidey

She’s the first African-American woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress. He’s the first manager of color in Red Sox history. Both are blazing bold paths forward grounded in smart strategy.

Globe Magazine

Aly Raisman isn’t done fighting for sexual assault survivors

By Stephanie Ebbert

The star gymnast from Needham took on USA Gymnastics — and is devoted to erasing the stigma for those who’ve survived abuse.

Honorable Mentions

The ordinary people who rushed to help when catastrophe struck the Merrimack Valley

Ivan Soto; Rosemary Smedile; Martha Velez; Fire Chief Brian Moriarty; Kim Moriarty; and Mayor Dan Rivera in front of Lawrence City Hall.

By Milton J. Valencia

When calamity came to Lawrence, residents and neighboring communities pulled together.

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Honorable Mentions

The teenager who leads the local fight for gun law reforms

By Jeneé Osterheldt

Connections | Magazine

Making one last toast to Mom

By Jeannette Sanderson

Perspective | Magazine

Why composting isn’t as hard as you might think

By Adam Vaccaro

Globe Local


Why did the coffee shop cross the road?

Newton, MA - 11/12/2018- ] Faye Goldman passes out freshly baked blueberry muffins to patrons of Central Cafe and Restaurant in Newton on Monday, November 12, 2018. (Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe) Topic: (Metro)

By Hattie Bernstein

Shocked by the closing of Peet’s in Newton Centre, a barista who had worked there found a new home for the shop’s devoted customers across the street.


In Wellesley, new sports center is worth the wait

By Lenny Megliola

Next spring, a sparkling facility is scheduled to open with two ice rinks, two swimming pools, a strength and conditioning center, and a turf field with an elevated track.


Paintings reflecting life in Lakeville

Lakeville artist Daniel Cooney painted his son’s first striper catch as a part of “The Home Town Series,” on display at the Lakeville Public Library until Feb. 7.

By Morgan Hughes

“The Home Town Series” will be on display at the Great Ponds Gallery in the Lakeville Public Library from Jan. 3 until Feb. 7.

More Stories


Unsung food service hero in Salem receives award

By Morgan Hughes


Vandals knock over nutcracker

By Emily Sweeney

Beverly Beckham

In the new year, let peace begin with each of us

By Beverly Beckham


Lectures, artists, and auditions

By Cynthia Fernandez

CATCHING UP WITH ... Lamar Reddicks

Milton’s Lamar Reddicks expands horizons

By Marvin Pave


Swimming or diving, Concord-Carlisle’s Livy Poulin excels

By Charlie Wolfson


Social justice, a grocery store, and networking

By Cynthia Fernandez


Wrentham names new principal assessor

By John Laidler