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As part of a major renovation of Nantucket Cottage Hospital, 83 units of housing are being built to recruit — and keep — critical workers.

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Hospital hopes new housing can ease ‘Nantucket Shuffle’

Nantucket Cottage Hospital is building 83 units across the street in the hopes it will help it retain year-round workers on the popular island.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/30/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/greenhouse31veterans1.jpg Mass. ordered to reconsider denial of veterans’ Welcome Home Bonus money

Three combat veterans have won a court challenge against the state, which denied them bonus money after deployments in Afghanistan because they received “other than honorable” military discharges.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/26/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/Jay_181025_TPTWWorkingMoms_003.jpg Parents searching for safety info on Mass. child care confront a black hole

Massachusetts recently received a one-year federal extension to post child care safety records online.

This Western Mass. town rejected Comcast and decided to build its own broadband network

Charlemont is one of several municipalities in Western Massachusetts puzzling over how to ensure that decisions about connectivity stay in local hands.

Aretha Franklin in August 1960.

Courtesy of Legacy Recordings

From Aretha Franklin to ‘Whitey’ Bulger, the year’s departed

As another New Year beckons, it is time to reflect upon the lives and legacies of notable figures who died in 2018, women and men who left lasting imprints on the region, nation, and world.

The Nation

Federal government shutdown enters second week with no resolution in sight

FILE -- President Donald Trump views border wall prototypes in the border neighborhood of Otay Mesa near San Diego, March 13, 2018.

By Mike DeBonis

The conflict centers on President Trump’s wish for a physical wall at the US-Mexico border, but even the nature of that demand became freshly mired in controversy Sunday.

Lion gets loose, kills worker at N.C. conservatory

By Associated Press

The lion was shot and killed after it attacked the worker in an enclosure that was being cleaned at the Conservators Center in Caswell County.

A journey into the solar system’s outer reaches, seeking new worlds to explore

An image from the Hubble Space Telescope offers scientists an object search field amid stars and asteroids.

By Kenneth Chang

The NASA spacecraft that snapped spectacular photographs of Pluto in 2015 will provide a closeup Tuesday of the farthest object ever visited.

The World

16 dead in Bangladeshi vote opposition calls ‘farcical’

Bangladeshi army personnel in a military vehicle drive through a street adorned with election posters near a polling station in Dhaka Sunday.

By Julhas Alam and Emily Schmall

Voters went to the polls Sunday to decide whether to give Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a third consecutive term amid opposition claims that her leadership has become increasingly authoritarian.

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial

To combat climate change, Massachusetts needs to break these habits — and soon

For a state that calls climate change a priority, Massachusetts sometimes makes strange decisions.

Opinion | Harvey Silverglate

National Enquirer didn’t commit a crime by killing Trump affair stories

Copies of the Globe, Star and National Enquirer are seen in this photograph in New York, Tuesday Nov. 2, 1999. In a deal that would unite some of the best-known celebrity gossip tabloids, American Media Inc., whose holdings include the National Enquirer, is acquiring the publisher of the rival newspapers Globe and Sun for $105 million. The deal was announced today. American Media also owns the Star and Weekly World News, while Globe Communications Corp. has the National Examiner. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Library Tag 11031999 Business

By Harvey Silverglate

Lost in the fury of progressive — and some conservative — resistance to President Trump is the fact that the Enquirer did not commit a crime: Its conduct is protected by the First Amendment.

Opinion | Marcella Bombardieri

Congress should banish college savings

By Marcella Bombardieri

There is a blueprint for jettisoning college savings.

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Opinion | Andrew J. Bacevich

Trump vs. the foreign policy establishment

By Andrew J. Bacevich

Metro

Mass. ordered to reconsider denial of veterans’ Welcome Home Bonus money

Washington Santos and two other plaintiffs were denied Welcome Home Bonus money because they received “other than honorable” discharges.

By John Hilliard

Three combat veterans have won a court challenge against the state, which denied them bonus money after deployments in Afghanistan because they received “other than honorable” military discharges.

Kevin Spacey spotted in Baltimore as he awaits Nantucket arraignment

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 22, 2016 US actor Kevin Spacey arrives at the season 4 premiere screening of the Netflix show

By Andy Rosen

The actor made a rare return to public view in Baltimore this weekend, as he awaits his Jan. 7 arraignment in Nantucket District Court.

From Aretha Franklin to ‘Whitey’ Bulger, the year’s departed

Aretha Franklin in August 1960.

By Joseph P. Kahn

As another New Year beckons, it is time to reflect upon the lives and legacies of notable figures who died in 2018, women and men who left lasting imprints on the region, nation, and world.

Business & Tech

This Western Mass. town rejected Comcast and decided to build its own broadband network

Andrea Bernard is library director in Charlemont, where Tyler Memorial Library is one of the few places in town with good Internet access.

By Andy Rosen

Charlemont is one of several municipalities in Western Massachusetts puzzling over how to ensure that decisions about connectivity stay in local hands.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

From pop-up to permanent: a strategy to save local retail

Hourglass Boston, a pop-up boutique a few blocks from Fenway Park, is run by Nicole Fichera, a former architect, and Erin Robertson, a fashion designer who won the reality show “Project Runway” a few seasons back.

By Scott Kirsner

With traditional retail under siege, landlords and local officials should embrace pop-up entrepreneurs to stave off Main Street vacancies.

Sean P. Murphy

Want corporations to listen? Speak up

An Airbnb “super host’ crashed through a guesthouse window as MDs Chiedozie Uwandu and Jaleesa Jackson slept; the company coughed up an apology and a sizable settlement only after readers blasted it.

By Sean P. Murphy

I wrote dozens of consumer columns in 2018. About one-third resulted in some redress for consumers. All of them, I hope, helped ordinary people push back.

Obituaries

Gina Ogden, sex therapist who emphasized woman-positive approach, dies at 83

Dr. Gina Ogden

By Felicia Gans

The longtime family therapist, author, and researcher was a pioneer in sex therapy and female sexuality.

Richard Overton, WWII veteran believed to be America’s oldest man, dies at 112

Mr. Overton, the grandson of a Tennessee slave, served in the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1945.

By Keith McMillan

Mr. Overton, the grandson of a Tennessee slave, served in the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1945.

Shehu Shagari, elected leader who was deposed by Nigeria’s military, dies at 93

Mr. Shagari was president for just over four years, winning two elections.

By Alan Cowell

Mr. Shagari was the first civilian leader to take office under a constitution modeled on that of the United States.

Sports

matt porter

The chilling reality: Outdoor hockey is an endangered species

Crews work to set up a hockey rink and staging for the NHL Winter Classic game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune) MUST CREDIT

By Matt Porter

The NHL can stage the Winter Classic pretty much anywhere, but climate change is a serious threat to old-school pond hockey and the like.

Gary Washburn / On basketball

Gordon Hayward preaches patience on road back

Boston, MA, 12/23/2018 --Celtics Gordon Hayward gestures to a teammate while on the foul line during the third quarter of play against the Hornets at TD Garden. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

By Gary Washburn

The Celtics forward is becoming more comfortable with his body, his teammates’ style of play, and his role on the team.

matt porter

Jazzed up Winter Classic stick a point of pride for David Pastrnak

By Matt Porter

The Bruins’ flashy scorer added some dash to his stick for Winter Classic.

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Chad Finn | 38 thoughts

Tom Brady looked like Tom Brady again, and other thoughts

By Chad Finn

RAVENS 26, BROWNS 24

Ravens hold off Browns, edge Steelers for AFC North title

By David Ginsburg