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‘I can’t abandon him. He’s my son’: A mom spends months in Algeria searching for her child

Jerusha Hall has put everything else on hold as she searches for her son, Aksil.

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Jerusha Hall’s ex-husband fled with their 3-year-old in July. She hasn’t seen her boy since, but it’s not for a lack of trying.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/04/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/ryanpuffycoats1met.jpg Some women think they can escape the long, dark, puffy coat. But many have succumbed

Does the long puffy coat indicate a woman’s given up? Or is it a sign of empowerment?

A Northeastern residence hall run by a private developer will open in the fall.

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Pricey campus housing triggers a debate in Boston

Northeastern, Tufts, and others are creating more expensive student housing options — with more amenities than your average dorm.

Senator Elizabeth Warren greeted an overflow crowd Saturday in Storm Lake, Iowa.

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Iowa women meet Warren and wonder anew about the glass ceiling

For many female Democrats in Iowa, it is thrilling to see another woman candidate take the stump after the disappointment they felt when Hillary Clinton lost.

The Nation

Iowa women meet Warren and wonder anew about the glass ceiling

Senator Elizabeth Warren greeted an overflow crowd Saturday in Storm Lake, Iowa.

By Jess Bidgood

For many female Democrats in Iowa, it is thrilling to see another woman candidate take the stump after the disappointment they felt when Hillary Clinton lost.

Government shutdown takes toll on science as data goes uncollected

Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials left a meeting the partial government shutdown.

By Alan Blinder

The shutdown, now in its third week, has emptied some laboratories across the country, forced scientists from the field, and upended important scientific conferences.

Federal agencies directed to hold off on shutdown raises

Federal agencies have been directed to hold off enacting pay raises for top administration officials during a government shutdown that has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without pay.

The World

US sends troops for possible ‘violent’ Congo vote protests

A blackboard featured results for a local polling station at a school in Kinshasa, Congo, on Friday.

By Mathilde Boussion

The country’s powerful Catholic Church has warned of a popular “uprising” if untrue results are announced.

Migrants in Tijuana know Trump doesn’t want them, but they aren’t giving up

Central American migrants at the El Barretal temporary shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, say that they’ll never go back.

By Paulina Villegas

In Tijuana, migrants are settling in as they wait for a chance to apply for asylum in the United States. Going back home isn’t an option, they say.

Taiwan’s president, defying Xi Jinping, calls unification offer ‘impossible’

By Chris Horton

Tsai Ing-wen on Saturday called for domestic and international support of the island’s de facto independence, days after China’s leader warned that unification with China was inevitable.

Editorial & Opinion

Ideas | Ricardo Hausmann

How China’s secrecy helps developing countries hurt themselves

Outside view of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant in Napo, Ecuador, on November 20, 2018. - According to authorities the assessment of structural damage found in the largest hydroelectric plant in Ecuador, which was built by Chinese company Sinohydro, will take about a year and the audit, that begins in December, will be carried out by the German firm Tuv Sud. (Photo by Cristina VEGA / AFP)CRISTINA VEGA/AFP/Getty Images

By Ricardo Hausmann

Chinese loans could be a boost for like Ecuador, Venezuela, and others, but the secretive terms let these countries get in over their heads.

OPINION | Renée Graham

Forget likability. Smart, tough women are the future

Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, spoke to reporters Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

By Renée Graham

All this talk about Elizabeth Warren’s likability is really about telling women to submit.

MICHAEL A. COHEN

Congressional Republicans’ ugly choice: alienate Trump — or everyone else?

US President Donald Trump, with Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Republican US Representative Kevin McCarthy (R), speaks at a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 4, 2019. - Trump met with congressional leaders as the government shutdown continues. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

By Michael A. Cohen

With most Republicans afraid of splitting with the president, the government shutdown could go on for months.

Metro

Some women think they can escape the long, dark, puffy coat. But many have succumbed

It can seem like the winter uniform for some women in Boston, but what does wearing a puffy coat mean?

By Beth Teitell

Does the long puffy coat indicate a woman’s given up? Or is it a sign of empowerment?

‘I can’t abandon him. He’s my son’: A mom spends months in Algeria searching for her child

Jerusha Hall has put everything else on hold as she searches for her son, Aksil.

By Shelley Murphy

Jerusha Hall’s ex-husband fled with their 3-year-old in July. She hasn’t seen her boy since, but it’s not for a lack of trying.

Yvonne Abraham

People have problems with Warren. It’s not about her gender, of course

By Yvonne Abraham

There seem to be so many reasons to write the senator off. None of them would have anything to do with her being a woman. Right?

Business & Tech

The Color of Money | Michelle Singletary

In a panic about their pay, federal workers apply for unemployment

Emma James, right, and co-worker Vincent Cuenca demonstrated outside the Federal Center on Goodfellow Boulevard in St. Louis.

By Michelle Singletary

Even if a deal is reached quickly to reopen the shuttered agencies, workers probably won’t get a paycheck until mid-January or later.

Sports

GARY WASHBURN I SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

Is James Harden the most unstoppable player of this generation?

Houston Rockets' James Harden reacts during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Gary Washburn

The Rockets guard entered Saturday having scored at least 40 points in five straight games.

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

Free agent market, trades too slow to develop — just like last year

Former Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel remains available.

By Nick Cafardo

Minus a deadline for deals, the market’s slow pace has become the new norm, says an American League executive.

Patriots notebook

Brian Flores interviews with Broncos, Browns

By Nora Princiotti

The Patriots’ de facto defensive coordinator has also talked with the Dolphins and the Packers.

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BEN VOLIN | SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

Andrew Luck is one man’s choice for MVP

By Ben Volin

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Things just got a little tougher for Patriots

By Dan Shaughnessy

NFC WILD-CARD GAME: COWBOYS 24, SEAHAWKS 22

Cowboys rally in fourth to bounce Seahawks

By Schuyler Dixon

Bruins 2, Sabres 1

Energetic Chris Wagner leads Bruins over Sabres

By Kevin Paul Dupont

AFC WILD-CARD GAME: COLTS 21, TEXANS 7

Colts start fast, knock out Texans

By Kristie Rieken

AFC WILD-CARD GAME|CHARGERS AT RAVENS (SUNDAY, 1:05 P.M., CBS)

Ravens doing their best to make defenses relevant again

By Adam Kilgore

NFC WILD-CARD GAME|EAGLES AT BEARS (SUNDAY, 4:40 p.m., NBC)

Little Tarik Cohen a big-time threat for Bears

By Ben Shpigel

CFP Championship | Alabama vs. Clemson (8 p.m., Monday, ESPN)

For Clemson, freshman Trevor Lawrence was clear choice at quarterback

By Pete Iacobelli

FCS Championship | North Dakota State 38, Eastern Washington 24

North Dakota State reigns supreme again in FCS championship

By Stephen Hawkins

KEVIN PAUL DUPONT I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

This NHL Winter Classic was as good as it gets

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Ideas

IDEAS | LINDA RODRIGUEZ McROBBIE

Is your feminist T-shirt helping women?

By Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Marketers have emblazoned empowering messages on T-shirts, tote bags, and even lipstick tubes. Is all this swag promoting feminism — or diluting its brand?

Brainiac

Big Data: How climate change is causing the ‘feminization’ of the green turtle

Turtle underwater touching water surface with flipper, closeup portrait on blue water background

The “feminization” of the species is just one of several looming problems for the green turtle.

Brainiac

Uncommon Knowledge: Test-taking and crime, infertility and divorce

By Kevin Lewis

Insurance that covers in vitro fertilization may keep couples together.

Obituaries

Leona Benoit, a tireless advocate for peace, dies at 105

Mrs. Benoit could remember celebrating the end of World War I — when she had just turned 5.

By Bryan Marquard

“It wasn’t anything I really wanted to do,” she said of her decision to form Stoughton Mothers for Peace in 1967, during the Vietnam War. “I just felt my conscience wouldn’t let me rest.”

Harold Brown, 91, defense secretary in Carter administration

As defense secretary from 1977 to 1981, Mr. Brown, a scientist, served in an era of rising Soviet challenges.

By Robert D. McFadden

The brilliant scientist helped develop America’s nuclear arsenal and negotiate its first strategic arms control treaty.

Mrinal Sen, 95, one of India’s leading directors

By Neil Genzlinger

Mr. Sen was a central figure in the movement known as parallel cinema, a socially conscious alternative to splashy Bollywood films.

Sunday Arts

book review

The end of Camelot and the era of FDR

By John Powers

The 1980 race between Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy foreshadowed a tectonic reshaping for the Democrats.

Ty Burr

Louis C.K.: This is funny?

FILE- In this Aug. 9, 2017, file photo, Louis C.K., co-creator/writer/executive producer, participates in the

By Ty Burr

A recent routine, heard on a YouTube audio, is often painfully clueless.

Michael Andor Brodeur | @Large

Louis C.K.’s spectacular return to unfunny

Louis C.K.

By Michael Andor Brodeur

C.K.’s new groove sure feels more like a rut.

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Quick Bite

West Roxbury gets a new pita parlor

By Devra First

Music & art

Hank O’Neal’s ‘happenchance’

By Mark Feeney

new england literary news | Nina maclaughlin

Controversial history of Dickinson’s books; re-release of Moshfegh’s debut book

By Nina MacLaughlin

story behind the book | kate tuttle

The attractions of crying, dreaming, and keeping a notebook

By Kate Tuttle

Scene Here | local films, festivals, and faces

Films from Iran and films from all over

By Loren King

Travel

Japan’s art islands: hard to get to, hard to forget

Llobet & Pons’ “No One Wins — Multibasket.”

By Sena Desai Gopal

Until the 1990s, these were rural islands with dwindling populations. Everything changed when Japan-based Benesse Holdings, which owns Berlitz Language Schools, led the rejuvenation.

Five reasons to visit Grafton, Vt., this winter

Grafton, Vt., is a throwback village with over-the-river-and-through-the-woods charm.

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

This southern Vermont beauty, considered one of the prettiest towns in New England, is best in winter. Here’s why.

Landmark hotel gets a new life as the Belleview Inn

The Belleview Inn features the restored lobby of the landmark Belleview Biltmore Hotel.

By Diane Daniel

The inn, now serving as the focal point of Belleview Place, a gated housing community, is what remains of the landmark Belleview Biltmore Hotel.

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The VIP Lounge

The VIP Lounge with Noah Weisberg

By Juliet Pennington

Here, there, and everywhere

Here, there, and everywhere

By Kari Bodnarchuk

Travel Troubleshooter

This Great Value Vacations trip wasn’t so great

By Christopher Elliott

Real Estate

Cities and states offer incentives to attract new residents

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Several states and communities are stepping up to attract workers with offers of financial incentives and a more equitable work/life balance. | realestate.boston.com

Home of the Week: Renovated JP condo just steps from park is listed for $614,000

By John R. Ellement

The unit, the first floor of a three-decker, has two bedrooms, two full baths, and parking for one. | realestate.boston.com

Bored of the flies: Crawl space setup may be to blame

By Rob Robillard

Ask the Carpenter’s Rob Robillard tackles a reader’s question about pests on her porch. Get more home improvement advice at realestate.boston.com.

Magazine

Globe Magazine

How did Globe photographers get those great photos?

Hear Globe photographers talk about how they captured some of their best images of the past 12 months.

Perspective | Magazine

New England doesn’t need new factories. But it does need new ideas.

By Clayton Christensen, Efosa Ojomo and Karen Dillon

History has shown us, time and again, that real opportunity doesn’t require billions of dollars of investment or the backing of Silicon Valley or Boston.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Mushrooms put a fun spin on a French dish and tacos

Mushrooms Bourguignon served with (clockwise from left) mashed potatoes, farro, and egg noodles.

By Adam Ried

Mushrooms star in main courses so satisfying, you might not even miss the meat.

Globe Local

WELLESLEY

Bond helps Wellesley College expand science center

By John Laidler

MassDevelopment issued a $96.5 million bond to support the construction project that is being undertaken by the private liberal arts college for women.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham swears in new police chief

By John Laidler

Steven D. Trask formally assumed his role as Framingham’s new police chief in a ceremony on Dec. 17.

FIELD GUIDE

Tabulating the winter birds, for 119 years and counting

Vin Zollo (left) and Nate Marchessault were birding at Nauset Marsh in Eastham last month during the Cape Cod Christmas Bird Count.

By Don Lyman

The unusual visitor was one of thousands of birds identified in the latest Christmas Bird Count.