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Once dissed and dismissed, the Patriots are back in the Super Bowl

Kansas City, MO - 1/20/2019 - (overtime) New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates his reception for a first down on the game winning overtime drive. The Kansas City Chiefs host the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game at Arrowhead stadium. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: James M. McBride, Topic: 21Patriots-Chiefs, LOID: 8.5.157043654.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

After a death-defying comeback, New England will be in football’s biggest game for the third straight year.

// Kamala Harris runs for president after swift rise in national politics

In a Martin Luther King Day appearance on “Good Morning America,” Harris said she will officially launch her campaign next weekend at a rally in Oakland.

Jeneé Osterheldt

// Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t a colorblind dreamer

Martin Luther King Jr. had more than a dream. And it’s way past time to reclaim him as a political thinker rather than a romanticized reverend.

Tom Weber, commissioner of the Department of Early Education and Care, said the state’s new system is backed by “research, technical assistance, and the deep experience of licensing experts.”

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff/File 2015

With new day-care inspection system, high caseloads and shorter visits

Inspectors were already monitoring two to four times the caseloads specialists recommend.

// The financial strain deepens for furloughed government employees

The federal government shutdown, long past a mere annoyance, is lurching into its fifth week as the human and financial costs on unpaid workers continue to mount.

The Nation

Giuliani says talks for Trump Tower in Moscow lasted through 2016 election

Rudy Giuliani speaks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on May 30, 2018. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Al Drago.

By Maggie Haberman and Michael S. Schmidt

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s lawyer, said Trump recalled that the discussions were “going from the day I announced to the day I won.” That is months longer than previously confirmed.

McConnell to pair bills to reopen government with Trump’s immigration plan

President Donald Trump makes an announcement on border security and immigration, at the White House in Washington, Jan. 19, 2019. Trump cast the proposal, which offered extended deportation protections for undocumented immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion for a border barrier, as a compromise as he sought to shift pressure to Democrats to end the government shutdown. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

By Sheryl Gay Stolberg

By coupling government funding with the plan Trump unveiled Saturday, the Senate majority leader is hoping to shift blame for the shutdown to Democrats, who have said they will not negotiate until the government is fully open.

The World

Prince Philip, driving without seat belt after crash, gets police ‘advice’

Britain's Prince Philip was given a warning by police after he was photographed driving without a seat belt, two days after he was involved in a car crash that injured two women.

By Iliana Magra

The husband of Queen Elizabeth II was photographed behind the wheel of another Land Rover, two days after he was involved in a car crash that injured two women.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Paul S. Grogan and Gregory G. Groover

On MLK’s 90th birthday, the time is right for supporting King’s Boston legacy

Boston, MA - 4/22/1965: Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses the Mass. legislation during his visit to Boston on April 22, 1965. Dr. King led a march through the city to protest segregated housing conditions and racially imbalanced schools, and spoke at Boston Common and the State House during his visit. (Paul Connell/Globe Staff) --- BGPA Reference: 160126_MJ_026

By Paul. S. Grogan and Gregory G. Groover

Martin Luther King Jr. called Boston “home.” The city needs to memorialize him with a plan for social change.


R.I. governor proposes marijuana legalization as neighboring states launch programs

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo gives her inaugural address at the State House in Providence, R.I., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

By Mark Arsenault and Felicia Gans

“I have some reluctance about it. But I think we can’t not do it with Massachusetts and Connecticut coming on line,” Raimondo told the Globe in an interview at the State House in Providence Tuesday.

Business & Tech

Legislature may get involved in fight over housing at old power plant in South Boston

Developers plan a 1.9 million-square-foot complex at the former power plant in South Boston. But currently, a restriction prevents residential projects on the site.

By Jon Chesto and Tim Logan

South Boston politicians who have concerns about a massive redevelopment project at the shuttered Boston Edison plant have taken their fight to the State House.


Nathan Glazer, an influential distiller of the American character, dies at 95

Head-shot portrait of American sociologist Nathan Glazer, seated in a library, wearing a dark suit, with a pencil poking out of his jacket packet, wearing thick, dark glasses, with a serious facial expression, 1969. (Photo by JHU Sheridan Libraries/Gado/Getty Images).

By Mark Feeney

Dr. Glazer was a key figure in the rise of neoconservatism in the 1970s.


Tara Sullivan

If this is the inevitable march toward Gronk’s end, what a hell of a union it’s been

Kansas City, MO - 1/20/2019 - (4th quarter) New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) out wrestles Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Berry (29) for the pass reception on the New England Patriots last touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter. The Kansas City Chiefs host the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game at Arrowhead stadium. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: James M. McBride, Topic: 21Patriots-Chiefs, LOID: 8.5.157043654.

By Tara Sullivan

The special relationship between Tom Brady and his tight end was exemplified by key catches down the stretch.

High school notebook

Jim O’Leary moving on as AD at St. John’s Prep

Westwood, MA - 11/22/2012 - Saint John's head coach Jim O'Leary holds up the Annual Thanksgiving Day Classic trophy after the game. Xaverian Brothers plays Saint John's Prep at Xaverian in Westwood, MA on Thursday, November 22, 2012. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff) Slug: n/a Reporter: n/a LOID: 5.0.3836251216

By Matt MacCormack

The 67-year-old former football coach doesn’t plan on taking it easy, though.