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Mass. General Hospital plans large addition

23MGH -- A rendering of the new building project proposed by Massachusetts General Hospital (courtesy of the hospital). This would be built on Cambridge Street between Blossom and North Grove. (Massachusetts General Hospital)

The project is likely the largest ever proposed by a hospital in Mass., and it promises to reshape a busy stretch of downtown Boston between Government Center and the Longfellow Bridge.

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The long-debated idea has stalled in Massachusetts even while other states in New England and around the country have adopted bans.

L'Espalier restaurant.

Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

Upscale restaurant’s closing leaves holders of gift cards hungry for refunds

At least a half-dozen people say they were stiffed when Back Bay gourmet restaurant L’Espalier closed suddenly.

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The Senate will vote this week on two bills to end the government shutdown, but it’s doubtful either will pass.

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Olivia Ambrose, the 23-year-old woman who went missing after leaving a downtown Boston bar on Saturday night, was found alive Tuesday, and a suspect has been arrested.

“The Embrace” is one of the proposed designs for a memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

Hank Willis Thomas

MLK Jr. memorial plans run into questions, delays

King Boston, the non-profit behind the planned memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, says concerns have prompted it to delay announcing the chosen design.

The Nation

Senate leaders reach agreement that offers possible path to reopen government

Furloughed EPA worker Jeff Herrema holds a sign outside the offices of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, in Park Hills, Ky., Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

By Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Julie Hirschfeld Davis

The plan for the Senate to consider dueling proposals reflects the first bipartisan action since the shutdown began on legislation that could end the impasse, offering each party a chance to press its initiative.

Supreme Court will hear Second Amendment case

The Supreme Court is taking up its first gun rights case in nine years, a challenge to New York City's prohibition on carrying a licensed, locked and unloaded handgun outside the city limits. The court's decision Tuesday to take on the appeal could signal a revived interest in gun rights by a more conservative court.

By Adam Liptak

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to take hear a challenge to a New York City ordinance which is restrictive on Second Amendment rights, which could indicate a renewed interest in gun policy by the newly majority conservative court.

Los Angeles teachers reach tentative deal to end strike

Striking Los Angeles teachers cheered on Tuesday after the teachers union reached a tentative agreement with the city.

By Jennifer Medina

The weeklong strike had upended learning for more than a half million students in the nation’s second-largest public school system.

The World

Russia says ex-US Marine’s a spy. His lawyer says he just wanted photos of churches.

Paul Whelan consulted his lawyers from inside a courtroom defendants’ cage in Moscow on Tuesday.

By Neil MacFarquhar

A former Marine arrested in Moscow on spying charges had been handed a flash drive he thought contained pictures of churches but was instead loaded with classified information, his lawyer said.

Germany and France renew friendship treaty, warn of nationalism

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel signed the new Germany-France friendship treaty at the historic Town Hall in Aachen, Germany, Tuesday.

By Melissa Eddy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Tuesday against rising nationalism in Europe and called for a revival of cross-border cooperation as she and her French counterpart signed a pact renewing their countries’ decades-long friendship.

Philippine law would make 9-year-olds criminally liable

By Jason Gutierrez

A proposed law making its way through the Philippine Congress would consider children as young as 9 criminally responsible for their actions.

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial

In the Merrimack Valley, a vital experiment in criminal justice reform

Tewksbury, MA 022715 UTEC (United Teen Equality Center) street worker Johnny Chheng (cq) and Angel Garcia (cq) headed for IHOP in Tewksbury, the first stop after he was released from Middlesex House of Correction in North Billerica, Friday, February 27 2015. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff) section: Business slug: 20prison reporter: Megan Woolhouse

Court officials and a plucky nonprofit reimagine probation.

Renée Graham

White America, come get your children

In this Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 image made from video provided by the Survival Media Agency, a teenager wearing a

By Renée Graham

Many are defending the Covington Catholic students, as if racist behavior is just another childhood phase.

JEFF JACOBY

A less religious America will be a less generous America

By Jeff Jacoby

If religion in this country is shrinking, charitable giving and volunteering are likely to shrink too.

Metro

TY BURR

And the Oscar nominees are . . .

 Yalitza Aparicio stars in Alfonso Cuaron's

By Ty Burr

A look at who got the nods for this year’s Academy Awards.

Missing woman is found alive in Charlestown, suspect arrested

By Martin Finucane, Danny McDonald and Mark Arsenault

Olivia Ambrose, the 23-year-old woman who went missing after leaving a downtown Boston bar on Saturday night, was found alive Tuesday, and a suspect has been arrested.

MLK Jr. memorial plans run into questions, delays

“The Embrace” is one of the proposed designs for a memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

By Michael Levenson

King Boston, the non-profit behind the planned memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, says concerns have prompted it to delay announcing the chosen design.

Business & Tech

Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

Upscale restaurant’s closing leaves holders of gift cards hungry for refunds

L'Espalier restaurant.

By Sean P. Murphy

At least a half-dozen people say they were stiffed when Back Bay gourmet restaurant L’Espalier closed suddenly.

Banks continue to bet on bricks and mortar

Chris Oddleifson

By Jon Chesto

The number of local, state-chartered bank branches in Massachusetts has actually increased by 20 percent during the past five years. The Division of Banks reported 1,142 as of the end of December, compared to 953 in 2014, with steady growth each year.

TALKING POINTS AM/LARRY EDELMAN

The Super Bowl Patriots are stock market bears

Kansas City, MO - 1/20/2019 - (overtime) New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrate the overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs. 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 Larry Edelman

From hoodies to HDTVs, business picks up around the region when the Patriots go to the Super Bowl. It’s a different story for the stock market.

Obituaries

Harris Wofford, civil rights activist who helped Kennedy win White House

By Elaine Woo

Harris Wofford, civil rights activist who helped Kennedy win White House, dies at 92

Robert Yaeger, Civil Air Patrol leader and former Globe systems manager, dies at 77

Mr. Yaeger helped usher The Boston Globe into the computer era.

By Marvin Pave

Mr. Yaeger was a former commander of the Civil Air Patrol’s Pilgrim Composite Squadron and had been a systems manager at The Boston Globe.

Sports

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

‘Beat LA’ doesn’t work for Patriots-Rams — it’s strictly for Celtics-Lakers

The Rams have been back in Los Angeles for only three years after 20 in St. Louis.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The rivalry and the history just aren’t there between Boston and Los Angeles in football.

‘It is day to day’ for Tuukka Rask right now, his agent says

Tuukka Rask got trucked by a hard-charging Ranger forward Filip Chytil late in the first period Saturday night.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Rask had to leave Saturday’s game with a concussion after being decked by the Rangers’ Filip Chytil.

Patriots notebook

What happened to Sony Michel? Coaches just shrug

By Nora Princiotti

The rookie running back only had two touches in the final eight minutes of regulation and overtime in Kansas City.

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NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Curt Schilling made a sizable leap in his Hall of Fame bid

By Nick Cafardo

TUESDAY’S SCHOOL ROUNDUP

Jack Poirier hits 11 3-pointers in Scituate victory

By Karl Capen

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL | FRANKLIN 52, FOXBOROUGH 40

Ali Brigham, Franklin come up big in handing Foxborough first loss

By Ian Vescera

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ HOCKEY NOTES

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By Jenna Ciccotelli

ADAM HIMMELSBACH

How many All-Stars for Celtics? Would you believe one?

By Adam Himmelsbach

FRANK DELL’APA | SOCCER NOTEBOOK

Uruguay team was after Diego Fagundez, but Revolution held on to him

By Frank Dell’Apa

Wednesday Food

What she’s having

Nothing is permanent, but at least we have ramen

The paitan spicy ramen bowl at Tsurumen in Davis Square.

By Devra First

Davis Square noodle shop Tsurumen is in business for 1,000 days. When it closes, chef Masuo Onishi will have told the story of his life in bowls of noodles.

Meat whisperer John Dewar calls it a career

John Dewar at Boston Chops Downtown.

By Sheryl Julian

The recent retiree ran his own wholesale and retail operations and offered innovative young chefs unusul cuts with a side of friendly advice.

Welcome to Formaggio Kitchen Kendall

The cheese case at Formaggio Kitchen Kendall.

You’re lucky if you live or work in East Cambridge near Kendall Square, because Formaggio Kitchen Kendall recently opened on Hampshire Street.