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Trump calls for border barrier; Democrats want shutdown ended

President Trump spoke from the Oval Office on border security. Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer called for a border barrier and the government shutdown to be separate issues.

Boston-01/08/19 Charlie Field(left) and Don Cox, with the Empowerment Center at Joint Base Cape Cod prepare to unload boxes of fresh milk in the back of their truck as they arrived in Boston to deliver milk, meat , bread and other food to the US Coast Guard Base in the North End. The Federal Govt. shutdown impacts the Coast Guard because their payroll is processed through the Dept of Homeland Security. Cox is the president of the Empowerment Center and Field is the regional director. THey drove up from Cape Cod with the supplies, the 12th trip for Cox.Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

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As shutdown drags on, consequences mount in Mass.

From a local US Coast Guard Base to Logan Airport, Massachusetts is feeling the strain as the partial government shutdown continues.

Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan

Double standard for potty-mouthed politicians

When female politicians — and particularly women of color — curse publicly, the blowback is fierce.

Neither “Patriots Day,” starring Mark Wahlberg (center), nor “Stronger,” with Jake Gyllenhaal, did well at the box office.

‘Patriots Day’ got a $16 million state subsidy, new records show

The state issued nearly $90 million in film tax subsidies in 2016, a new high-water mark that includes tens of millions in previously unreported incentives paid out to movies inspired by the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

A woman firefighter said a male co-worker assaulted her in this Jamaica Plain firehouse in January. He pleaded not guilty last month.

BARRY CHIN/GLOBE STAFF

Fire Department report slammed by female firefighters, city councilors

The report recycled old recommendations, offered little insight on structural change, critics say.

The Nation

Trump calls for border barrier; Democrats want shutdown ended

President Donald Trump speaks from the Oval Office of the White House as he gives a prime-time address about border security Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Washington. (Carlos Barria/Pool Photo via AP)

By Peter Baker

President Trump spoke from the Oval Office on border security. Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer called for a border barrier and the government shutdown to be separate issues.

Police are said to close sexual assault investigations of Mario Batali

Boston, MA - 11/29/16 - Celebrity chef Mario Batali speaks with a reporter at Eataly food court and grocery store in the Prudential Center. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Duggan Arnett) Topic: (live_eataly_photos)

By Ashley Southall and Julia Moskin

Three women had come forward to report that Batali sexually assaulted them years earlier at two Manhattan restaurants where he was an owner or an investor.

Trump’s claim of terrorists at border ‘simply isn’t true,’ expert says

TIJUANA, MEXICO - JANUARY 08: A man walks on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border barrier on January 8, 2019 in Tijuana, Mexico. President Donald Trump, who is planning on visiting the border on Thursday, is considering declaring a national emergency if Democrats do not approve of 5.7 billion dollars in funding to build a border wall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

By Eric Schmitt, David E. Sanger and Glenn Thrush

Government assessments have concluded that President Trump has seriously overstated the threat of terrorists entering the US across the southern border.

The World

Winter storm blasts Europe; 13 dead amid heavy snow, gusts

A person is seen walking behind high snow cover on Tuesday in Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria.

By Kirsten Grieshaber

Deadly winter weather blasted Europe for yet another day Tuesday, trapping hundreds of people in Alpine regions.

Far-right lawmaker in Germany is severely beaten in street attack

Frank Magnitz of the anti-immigration populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD), was seriously injured in a

By Christopher F. Schuetze

Three men attacked a lawmaker from Alternative for Germany, police said Tuesday, leaving the official with serious injuries to his head and upper body.

India’s lower house passes citizenship bill despite protests

Activists from the Students' Federation of India burned the effigies of India's prime minister and chief minister of Assam in Guwahati on Tuesday after India's lower house passed legislation granting citizenship to members of certain religious minorities.

By Wasbir Hussain

India’s lower house of Parliament approved a bill Tuesday that would grant residency and citizenship rights to non-Muslims who entered India illegally, allegedly after fleeing persecution in several neighboring nations, despite protests against the legislation in the populous northeast that brought the region to a near standstill.

Editorial & Opinion

JEFF JACOBY

Is the bike-lane fever breaking?

Bicycle advocates in Cambridge and Boston are asking state transportation officials to reconsider plans to remove newly-installed plastic bollards separting the bike lane from the busy car lanes across the Longfellow Bridge this winter.

By Jeff Jacoby

In 2017, for the third year in a row, the number of Americans using a bike to get to work dropped. The bloom is off the cycling rose.

Letters

The disappearing promise of retirement savings

FILE- In this Nov. 20, 2018, file photo stock screens are displayed at the New York Stock Exchange. Stock, bond and commodity markets all succumbed to worries about rising interest rates, a predicted slowdown in economic growth and the painful effects of the global trade war. That meant losses not only for investors who went all-in on U.S. stock funds, but also for those who hewed to the traditional advice and diversified their 401(k) accounts across many different markets. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Readers take issue with a recent op-ed celebrating the virtues of the 401(k).

Letters

Is Trump walling himself off?

President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House as he walks to Marine One, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Washington. Trump is en route to Camp David. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The president continues to make his case for a border wall — to a skeptical public.

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SCOT LEHIGH

Wanted: A Senate gang that can lead

By Scot Lehigh

Renée Graham

Joe Biden? Not so fast

By Renée Graham

Metro

‘Patriots Day’ got a $16 million state subsidy, new records show

Neither “Patriots Day,” starring Mark Wahlberg (center), nor “Stronger,” with Jake Gyllenhaal, did well at the box office.

By Matt Stout and Matt Rocheleau

The state issued nearly $90 million in film tax subsidies in 2016, a new high-water mark that includes tens of millions in previously unreported incentives paid out to movies inspired by the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

As shutdown drags on, consequences mount in Mass.

Boston-01/08/19 Charlie Field(left) and Don Cox, with the Empowerment Center at Joint Base Cape Cod prepare to unload boxes of fresh milk in the back of their truck as they arrived in Boston to deliver milk, meat , bread and other food to the US Coast Guard Base in the North End. The Federal Govt. shutdown impacts the Coast Guard because their payroll is processed through the Dept of Homeland Security. Cox is the president of the Empowerment Center and Field is the regional director. THey drove up from Cape Cod with the supplies, the 12th trip for Cox.Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

By Brian MacQuarrie

From a local US Coast Guard Base to Logan Airport, Massachusetts is feeling the strain as the partial government shutdown continues.

Fire Department report slammed by female firefighters, city councilors

A woman firefighter said a male co-worker assaulted her in this Jamaica Plain firehouse in January. He pleaded not guilty last month.

By Meghan E. Irons

The report recycled old recommendations, offered little insight on structural change, critics say.

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Business & Tech

Chesto means business

Biz groups will push lawmakers to honor their promise to end health care assessments

AIM executive vice president Chris Geehern says the business group is serious about its bid to end the assessment early.

By Jon Chesto

Can the state’s business groups persuade the Legislature to shut off its shiny $300 million spigot, now that the money flows like water?

Sears to stay open another week; auction set for Monday

FILE - In this Monday, May 14, 2012, file photo, shoppers walk into Sears in Peabody, Mass. Sears is considering separating its Lands’ End and Sears Auto Center businesses from the rest of the company. The retailer also plans to continue closing some of its unprofitable stores as it moves forward on its turnaround efforts, the company announced Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

By Michael Corkery

A late deal staves off the threat of liquidation for Sears and gives the company’s chairman an opportunity to sweeten his $4.4 billion offer to keep 400 stores operating.

As others struggle, Job Lot grows: It’s taking over seven Toys ‘R’ Us sites

Some of those old Toys “R” Us storefronts won’t remain empty for long.

By Max Reyes

The Rhode Island discount retailer will take over seven locations of the now-defunct company and expand into Pennsylvania.

Obituaries

Lessie Brown, oldest person in the US, dies at 114

Family members had attributed her long life to the fact that she ate a sweet potato nearly every day until she was well past 100.

Babs Simpson, taste-making fashion editor at Vogue

Mrs. Simpson, in a beret at right at a fashion show, was known for her witty, no-nonsense mien in her quarter-century as fashion editor at Vogue.

By Matthew Schneier

Small and fierce, Mrs. Simpson worked with many of the titans of fashion photography over her 25 years at Vogue.

Moshe Arens, Israeli statesman and ex-defense minister, dies at 93

Mr. Arens also served as ambassador to the United States and foreign minister.

By Isabel Kershner

Mr. Arens was one of the last of his country’s founding generation of right-wing Zionists died on Monday at his home in Savyon, Israel. He was 93.

Sports

ADAM HIMMELSBACH

Kyrie Irving and his pursuit to lead the Celtics in drawing offensive fouls

Boston MA 12/25/18 Boston Celtics Kyrie Irving is fouled by Philadelphia 76ers Jimmy Butler during first quarter NBA action at TD Garden. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

By Adam Himmelsbach

Irving has studied Marcus Smart’s technique, and now shares the team lead with him in taking charges.

BRUINS 4, WILD 0

Tuukka Rask sharp, the Bruins didn’t let up, and won their fifth in a row

Boston, MA 01-08-19: Minnesota's Joel Erikssonn Ek slides into Bruins goalie Tuuka Rask in second period action. The Boston Bruins hosted the Minnesota Wild in an NHL regular season hockey game at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Matt Porter

The Bruins got off to a 3-0 first-period lead in cruising to a victory over the visiting Minnesota Wild.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

If Mookie Betts goes to arbitration, his case is even stronger this year

One economist’s estimate for Mookie Betts’s salary this year is $18.7 million.

By Nick Cafardo

Betts won last year, to the tune of $10.5 million, and now he is the MVP on a World Series winner.

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BOYS’ BASKETBALL | NORTH ANDOVER 68, LOWELL 61

Jake McElroy and fellow football players help North Andover sack Lowell

By Nate Weitzer

HS GIRLS’ BASKETBALL | NATICK 46, NEWTON NORTH 35

Natick girls’ basketball finds the zone in beating Newton North

By Peter Santo

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Beware: These Chargers are no Tomato Cans

By Dan Shaughnessy

TUESDAY’S SCHOOL ROUNDUP

Bridgewater-Raynham beats Coyle & Cassidy in battle of unbeatens

By Nate Rollins

Wednesday Food

Ask Amy

Mom is giving her toddler melatonin; is this safe?

By Amy Dickinson

Advice from Amy Dickinson

For the allergy-aware cook, there are now purple pans

The Allergy ID bakeware is easy to tell apart from other pans because their color stands out.

DEVRA FIRST

19 food predictions for 2019

An automated wok dumps finished food into bowl at Spyce in Boston.

By Devra First

At the start of this new year, it’s time to look ahead. What’s in store for the world of food and restaurants? We predict more mocktails, closings, tahini, and women in charge — but maybe less sitting.