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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Charlie Baker may be the country’s most popular governor, but he remains something of an enigma

The most popular governor in the nation begins his second four-year term Thursday. But what do we really know about Baker and what drives him?

Students Erickson Alves (left) 22, and Sonilisa Cardoso 21. They are in danger of aging out of the Boston Public School system before graduating.

BPS to boot older students from high school

Officials this year are taking a hard-line approach in enforcing a policy that calls for ejecting students from school on their 22nd birthday — an edict they had routinely ignored in the past.

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The city and state are debating who is responsible for maintaining such additions to the roads — the state-run transit agency that owns the buses or the city that owns the streets?

National Grid, union reach tentative agreement to end lockout

National Grid and the United Steelworkers reached a tentative agreement to end a six-month lockout of 1,250 union workers, the utility and the unions announced late Wednesday night.

Cyclists on the National Mall passed piles of trash left uncollected because of the partial government shutdown.

Trump and Democrats dig in after contentious talks to reopen government

A White House meeting yielded no agreement on a way to break an impasse over Trump’s demands for billions of dollars for a border wall.

FILE -- Mitt Romney, the incoming Republican senator from Utah, at the Capitol in Washington on Nov. 13, 2018. Romney’s biting critique that President Donald Trump “has not risen to the mantle of the office” touched off a series of counterattacks from Trump’s allies Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times)

Mitt Romney’s latest anti-Trump broadside raises question: What kind of senator is he going to be?

Official Washington was buzzing with chatter about whether Romney will use the power of the Senate to try to restrain Trump or limit his criticism to expressions of regret and sorrow.

The Nation

Trump and Democrats dig in after contentious talks to reopen government

Cyclists on the National Mall passed piles of trash left uncollected because of the partial government shutdown.

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael Tackett

A White House meeting yielded no agreement on a way to break an impasse over Trump’s demands for billions of dollars for a border wall.

Liberals express opposition to rules set out by House Democrats

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., came out against the supermajority rule along with Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Alyssa Schukar for The Washington Post.

By Mike DeBonis

Defeat of the rules package would be an embarrassing setback for incoming speaker Nancy Pelosi that could herald further divides in the Democratic caucus.

Toot! Toot! New riverboat to ride Mississippi in New Orleans

By Stacey Plaisance

Few experiences capture old New Orleans and the Mississippi River quite like a paddlewheel riverboat coming round the muddy bend with its tooting whistle horn, towering smoke stacks and water-churning propeller.

The World

Chinese Lands Spacecraft on Far Side of Moon

By Steven Lee Myers

BEIJING — China reached a milestone in space exploration on Thursday, landing a vehicle on the far side of the moon for the first time in history, China’s state media announced.

US fired tear gas into Mexico early on New Year’s Day

U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the early hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who tried to breach the border fence in Tijuana.

Injured UK cop: ‘Instinct took over’ during terror attack

By GREGORY KATZ

The British police officer stabbed while subduing a suspect on New Year’s Eve said Wednesday that “instinct took over” when he heard people screaming at a Manchester train station.

Editorial & Opinion

Renée Graham

There’s no telling what cheap shots 2019 might deliver

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By Renée Graham

Put 2018 in the books. Then burn ’em.

Letters

No one is forcing students to take out loans

“All should think long and hard before they do.”

Letters

No place for overreach in marijuana crackdowns in the workplace

“We are appalled to know that individuals have lost their jobs simply because they tested positive for marijuana.”

More Stories

Opinion | Colette A.M. Phillips

It’s time to end delays on Encore

By Colette A.M. Phillips

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Our retirement savings fuel a stronger nation

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Metro

Charlton board rejects huge marijuana cultivation facility

Nathan and Patty Benjamin, owners of Charlton Orchards, attended Wednesday night’s Charlton Planning Board meeting. The family’s orchard could be the future home of a 1 million-square-foot marijuana growing facility.

By Dan Adams

The planning board voted 4-0 Wednesday night against approving a site plan to build a $100 million facility on the current site of Charlton Orchards Farm & Winery.

BPS to boot older students from high school

Students Erickson Alves (left) 22, and Sonilisa Cardoso 21. They are in danger of aging out of the Boston Public School system before graduating.

By James Vaznis

Officials this year are taking a hard-line approach in enforcing a policy that calls for ejecting students from school on their 22nd birthday — an edict they had routinely ignored in the past.

Rollins sworn in as Suffolk district attorney

Boston, MA - 1/2/19 Rachael Rollins (cq) addresses the audience after she was sworn in as the new Suffolk County District Attorney, at the Roxbury Community College Media Arts Center. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 03Rollins

By Maria Cramer

Rachael Rollins was sworn in as Suffolk district attorney Wednesday, becoming the first black woman to hold that position in Massachusetts.

Business & Tech

CHESTO MEANS BUSINESS

General Electric’s resolution: to lead again

GE Aviation is the company’s strongest business unit. Above, a A CF34 engine was being inspected before being shipped to the customer.

By Jon Chesto

General Electric’s executives want it to be a leader in any industry in which the company does business.

Apple cuts revenue guidance because of slow sales in China

FILE -- Shoppers at an Apple store in Beijing on Dec. 19, 2015. A significant sales slowdown in China has forced Apple to reduce revenue expectations for its most recent quarter, the company said Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. (Gilles Sabrie/The New York Times)

By Jack Nicas

Its surprise announcement added to concerns about the ability of US tech giants to navigate an increasingly uncertain economy and a trade war with China.

National Grid, union reach tentative agreement to end lockout

National Grid and the United Steelworkers were back at the bargaining table Wednesday, continuing an intensified effort to hammer out an agreement to end a six-month lockout.

By Katie Johnston

National Grid and the United Steelworkers reached a tentative agreement to end a six-month lockout of 1,250 union workers, the utility and the unions announced late Wednesday night.

Obituaries

Retired Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Mulvee dies at 88

Bishop Mulvee said, “If you want to have healing, you have to listen to what the victims are saying.”

Bishop Mulvee led the Providence Diocese into an agreement in 2002 with victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Judith Rich Harris, author who played down the role of parents, dies at 80

In a photo from Nomi L. Harris, Judith Rich Harris. Harris, whose theories about child development gained wide attention, even though most academics rejected her view that parents have less impact than they think they do, died on Dec. 29, 2018. She was 80. (Nomi L. Harris via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY OBIT HARRIS BY KATHARINE SEELYE FOR JAN. 2, 2019. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. --

By Katharine Q. Seelye

Mrs. Harris, a psychologist, was writing college textbooks on child development when she suddenly realized she didn’t believe what she was telling readers.

Bob Einstein, aka Super Dave Osborne, dies at 76

Bob Einstein arrived at the Los Angeles premiere of

By Matt Schudel

Bob Einstein’s career as a comedy writer took a quirky turn into television acting as the hapless daredevil Super Dave Osborne and later as a friend of Larry David’s on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Sports

CHAD FINN

11 superlatives from the Patriots’ regular season

Foxborough, MA 12-30-18: Jets LB Neville Hewitt dives, but can't bring down Patriots RB James White as he heads for the end zone with a 17 yard pass reception for a first quarter touchdown. The New England Patriots hosted the New York Jets in a regular season NFL football game at Gillette Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Chad Finn

Whom would you pick as their offensive and defensive MVPs?

MATT PORTER

19 things for Bruins fans to watch for in 2019

Boston MA 11/23/18 Boston Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) denies Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72) shot on goal during second period action at TD Garden. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

By Matt Porter

There are many unanswered questions about this team as it heads into the second half of the schedule.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ BASKETBALL NOTES

Fenway’s Janyah Gulley turns grief into motivation

03ghoopnotes - Fenway High basketball player Janyah Gulley. (Peter McClelland)

By Greg Levinsky

She has used the pain from the death of her mother to strengthen her determination to be a college scholarship athlete.