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They were the top of their class at Boston public schools. Then life happened

This morning, the Globe will release a multi-part investigation into how and why the lives of promising Boston valedictorians didn’t quite turn out the way they expected.

Officials have protected the interior of the new cars during their tests.

We took a test-ride of the new Orange Line cars. Here’s how they look

While similar to existing subway cars, the new ones should break down less; wider doors should make boarding and exiting less chaotic.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The Federal Reserve has raised a key interest rate for the third time this year in response to a strong U.S. economy and signaled that it expects to maintain a pace of gradual rate hikes. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Talking Points/Larry Edelman

The Federal Reserve reaches truce with markets, but pays a price

The central bank’s decision to take a wait-and-see stance on interest rates has big implications for the economy, the Fed’s independence, and President Trump’s reelection campaign.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/10/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/lee010919greentown1MET.jpg What’s in a name: Marijuana companies hope to break through the haze

As more cannabis businesses emerge in Massachusetts, they face one of the most important tasks of starting up: choosing a name.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/14/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Clipboard-24485.jpg Boston officials propose new taxes on some real estate deals to pay for more housing

The proposal would set a tax of up to 6 percent on many commercial and residential sales over $2 million, and establish a “flipping” tax of up to 25 percent.

(From left) Ellen Hume, Marie Simboli, and Kirsten Hoffman want to save the Nazzaro Community Center from redevelopment.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

This building once served as a beacon for North End immigrants. Should it be saved?

The Nazzaro served as a bathhouse for the immigrants who came to define the North End. Now the neighborhood is trying to balance that history with a new community center.