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Mike Webster, brewer at Tree House Brewing company, adds salt to a mash in one of the mash tuns at the brewery in Charlton, Massachusetts on January 4, 2019. The brewery is trying to mitigate contaminates that have been found in it's wastewater after testing by the town of Charlton. Matthew Healey for The Boston Globe

Matthew Healey for The Boston Globe

Can this startup make Tree House beer a little greener?

Tree House is trying a novel approach to treating its waste water that could help solve its sewage issues and reduce its carbon footprint.

The Fine Print

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/08/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/lee010719salemcat3MET.jpg A brief frolic outside may cost a woman her cat

In June, Pamela Howard adopted Muse, a blue-eyed, gray-striped, half-Siamese cat who had suffered terrible burns in a previous owner’s neglectful care.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/09/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/10council07.jpg Althea Garrison finally takes her seat on the Boston City Council

A political lightning bolt has vaulted the 78-year-old Trump supporter back into the halls of power, and she couldn’t be happier about it.

Trump digs in as some Republicans grow weary of shutdown

A handful of key Senate Republicans are beginning to call for an end to the government shutdown, as the president’s quest for a wall begins to look politically untenable.

Gov Charlie Baker spoke at his Inaugural with Karen Spilka Mass State Senator President on the left and Robert DeLeo Speaker of the House.

Beacon Hill looks to tackle school funding formula in new session

Governor Charlie Baker is on board, and so are Senate and House leaders. Is this the year that the state’s education funding formula gets an overhaul?

Boston, MA - 1/9/19 Former Insys CEO Michael Babich walks away from the federal court after a hearing. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 10Babich

Former Insys CEO pleads guilty to bribery scheme

Michael Babich’s chief sales executive hired attractive, but inexperienced sales representatives to sway doctors into prescribing Insys’s highly addictive fentanyl spray, even to those who did not need it.

The Nation

Trump digs in as some Republicans grow weary of shutdown

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 09: U.S. President Donald Trump (3rd L) speaks to members of the media as (L-R) Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) listen at the U.S. Capitol after the weekly Republican Senate policy luncheon January 09, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump met with GOP lawmakers to shore up their resolve and support for his proposed border wall with Mexico as the partial federal government shutdown drags into a third week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Liz Goodwin

A handful of key Senate Republicans are beginning to call for an end to the government shutdown, as the president’s quest for a wall begins to look politically untenable.

Denver unveils new system for clearing marijuana convictions

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2015, file photo, jars of marijuana buds sit on the counter at the Denver Kush Club in north Denver. A simplified program will make it easier for thousands of people to seek the elimination of low-level marijuana convictions that occurred in Denver before recreational use became legal in Colorado, officials said Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

By Kathleen Foody

Denver became the latest city in the nation to take steps to eliminate low-level marijuana convictions in places where the drug is now legal.

Trump nominates Wheeler as permanent EPA administrator

Andrew Wheeler, acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. MUST CREDIT: Andrew Harrer, Bloomberg

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy

The former coal lobbyist and agency staffer has led the agency on an acting basis for six months.

The World

Israel says it can foil foreign election meddling amid scare

By Aron Heller

Israel’s internal security service said Wednesday it was prepared to thwart any foreign intervention in the upcoming elections, after its director warned such efforts were being made by a world power, with suspicions falling on Russia.

Pompeo meets with Iraqi leaders during unannounced stop in Baghdad

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (C) and his wife Susan (R) wait to board a helicopter to the US embassy at the terminal at Baghdad International Airport on January 9, 2019 in the Iraqi capital. - The eight-day tour comes weeks after the US President announced that the United States would quickly pull its 2,000 soldiers out of Syria, declaring that IS -- also known as ISIS -- had been defeated. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / POOL / AFP)ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images

By Tamer El-Ghobashy

Pompeo’s visit is part of a Middle East tour in which the secretary is seeking to reassure US partners in the region following President Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw troops from Syria.

Saudi woman who fled family is granted refugee status

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2019, file photo released by the Immigration Bureau, Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, foreground, walks by Chief of Immigration Police Maj. Gen. Surachate Hakparn, right, before leaving the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Australia says it is considering granting the Saudi who fled from her family refugee resettlement based on referral by the U.N. (Immigration police via AP, File)

By Richard C. Paddock

A young Saudi woman who barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room to avoid deportation was granted refugee status Wednesday by the UN refugee agency, Australian officials said, clearing the way for an asylum request.

Editorial & Opinion

RENÉE LOTH

Why wait for a carbon-free future?

By Renée Loth

Many of the technical solutions to carbon neutrality are already at hand; getting there is a matter of will, scale, and speed.

Letters

This CEO truly gets the idea of customer service

“The quote from 22-year-old Community Phone CEO James Graham was so wonderful I wish it had been printed in boldface italics.”

Letters

With climate challenges looming, this is no time to do away with nuclear energy

This Nov. 29, 2018 photo shows the exterior of the Transient Reactor Test Facility at Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The facility has been restarted to test nuclear fuels as the U.S. tries to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants.(AP Photo/Keith Riddler)

“It is important to recognize that the future versions of nuclear energy technologies can be greatly improved over those that we have today.”

Metro

Mindy Kaling shares her favorite children’s books on Instagram

Mindy Kaling.

By Megan O’Brien

In a series of Instagram stories, Kaling said she reads her daughter, Katherine, three to five titles a day.

Beacon Hill looks to tackle school funding formula in new session

Gov Charlie Baker spoke at his Inaugural with Karen Spilka Mass State Senator President on the left and Robert DeLeo Speaker of the House.

By Victoria McGrane

Governor Charlie Baker is on board, and so are Senate and House leaders. Is this the year that the state’s education funding formula gets an overhaul?

NESTOR RAMOS

‘We’re doing American carnage!’ An immigration lawyer hate-watches Trump’s speech

East Boston MA 1/8/19 Matt Cameron an immigration lawyer using Twitter and Facebook while watching President Donald Trump's speech about the boarder in his living room. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

By Nestor Ramos

Matt Cameron has more facts than most: while a lot of us have vacillated between irritated and irate over the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policies and tactics, Cameron has lived it.

More Stories

Boston proposes state law requiring doctors to ask about guns in homes

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey and Milton J. Valencia

Ask Amy

Young dad wants help from his mother

By Amy Dickinson

TV Critic’s Corner

Oscars will go on without Kevin Hart or any host

By Matthew Gilbert

Business & Tech

Here’s a look inside Facebook’s new Cambridge office

CAMBRIDGE, MA - 1/07/2019: Facebook's library with a bookcase wall that opens into a private or quiet room in the Cambridge site. Facebook preparing to open a large office in Kendall Square with space for hundreds of additional workers. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: BUSINESS TOPIC 09facebook

By Andy Rosen

The tech giant’s local outpost started with a tiny team at in 2013, but it plans to grow to around 600.

CHESTO MEANS BUSINESS

Weymouth gas project advances, but fight’s not over yet

Protests against the Weymouth natural-gas compressor project began before Enbridge acquired Spectra.

By Jon Chesto

Enbridge just scored three key victories, one after the other, in its epic effort to build a natural-gas compressor in Weymouth.

TALKING POINTS A.M.

Boston Fed’s Rosengren urges flexibility on future rate hikes

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston president Eric Rosengren.

By Larry Edelman

He says he favors increases only if data show the economy is at risk of overheating.

Obituaries

Michael R. Deland, former EPA administrator and key player in Boston Harbor cleanup, dies at 77

Boston, MA - 9/23/1988: New England regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Michael R. Deland sits in his office in the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in Boston on Sep. 23, 1988. (John Blanding/Globe Staff) --- BGPA Reference: 190109_BS_016

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Deland of Marion, who died Jan. 8, was also an advocate for increased access for the disabled.

Joe Casely-Hayford, pioneering fashion designer

By Elizabeth Paton

Mr. Casely-Hayford’s creations were coveted by such stars as Michael Jackson and Bono and was admired by Diana, Princess of Wales.

Kwamie Lassiter; former Arizona safety who had four interceptions in key game

Kwamie Lassiter, the former Arizona safety who had four interceptions in the Cardinals’ season-ending victory that clinched a playoff berth in 1998, died Sunday. He was 49.

Sports

TARA SULLIVAN

The Maori Davenport case will boil your blood and break your heart

Maori Davenport, of Charles Henderson, is named the 5A Player of the Year during the annual Alabama Sport Writers Association Mr. and Miss Basketball Banquet in Montgomery, Ala. on Tuesday April 10, 2018.

By Tara Sullivan

This is a reminder of what happens when those in power value service to their rules over servicing their constituents.

JULIAN BENBOW

Anthony Lynn’s goal since he arrived in Los Angeles? Cultivate a culture that embraced change

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn looks tot he field in the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

By Julian Benbow

The second-year head coach has been the calm driving force for a franchise that was in a state of transition after leaving San Diego.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

The time Philip Rivers got ‘fussed out’ by Bill Belichick at the Pro Bowl

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers stands on the field in the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

By Jim McBride

Belichick coached Rivers and the AFC in the 2010 Pro Bowl.