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An aerial view of the decommissioned Yankee Rowe Nuclear Power Station site.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

These dumpsters of old nuclear waste are costing taxpayers a fortune

They were supposed to be hauled away decades ago but they’re still here.

What She Said

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/04/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Greenhouse05campaignMetro6.jpg On Beacon Hill, newly elected women are mistaken for legislative aides. Repeatedly

What’s a Beacon Hill lawmaker supposed to look like anyway? Tram Nguyen and her colleagues are challenging assumptions.

State will offer dorm rooms for homeless college students

Officials hope that by providing vulnerable students a secure place to live, guaranteed meals at a dining hall, and more support, they will boost academic success.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/28/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/clark_ewarren_01282019_01.jpg Elizabeth Warren carves out ‘billionaire-slayer’ role for 2020

As billionaires such as Howard Schultz and Michael Bloomberg flirt openly with running for president, the senator has turned them into her first major targets of the 2020 race.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/10/04/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/AFP_G17FE.jpg Will Libertarian Bill Weld stay in his lane or return to his Republican roots?

In the latest twist in a long and winding political career, the former governor is seriously considering challenging the president. The big question: what party he will run with.

The Nation

Will Libertarian Bill Weld stay in his lane or return to his Republican roots?

William Weld, then the Libertarian vice presidential candidate, takes the stage to speak at a 2016 rally in New York.

By Michael Levenson

In the latest twist in a long and winding political career, the former governor is seriously considering challenging the president. The big question: what party he will run with.

Trump says talks over border wall are ‘a waste of time’

President Trump’s eyes drifted from his meeting partner, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, during Thursday’s gathering in the White House.

By Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman

In an Oval Office interview, the president said he will most likely take action on his own regarding border security once the talks conclude.

Elizabeth Warren carves out ‘billionaire-slayer’ role for 2020

In the month since she launched her exploratory committee, Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly called for self-funding billionaires to stay out of the race.

By Liz Goodwin and Jess Bidgood

As billionaires such as Howard Schultz and Michael Bloomberg flirt openly with running for president, the senator has turned them into her first major targets of the 2020 race.

The World

Italy slides into recession, darkening outlook for Europe

A seamstress worked on a tailored jacket at the Lubiam plant in Mantova, Italy, last month. Italy’s economy shrank for a second quarter while the eurozone barely grew, new data showed.

By Colleen Barry and Pan Pylas

Italy has fallen back into recession, intensifying concerns about the 19-country eurozone economy and a possible flare-up in the debt market jitters that had haunted the bloc in recent years.

Report: Afghan forces still shrinking, security gaps growing

Captured Taliban fighters were escorted by Afghanistan forces in Nangarhar province.

By Robert Burns

As the Trump administration pushes for peace in Afghanistan, a new US watchdog report says Afghan security forces are shrinking, gaps in security are growing, and the Taliban are largely holding their own despite a surge in American bombing.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Michelle Wu

Forget fare hikes — make the T free

Photo illustration by Globe Staff; Globe file photo

By Michelle Wu

We need bold proposals to make public transit the most reliable, convenient, and affordable transportation option.

EDITORIAL

MBTA fare hike nickels and dimes riders

The answer to the transit system’s real problems are another round of pension reforms and cutting overtime, not balancing the budget on the backs of riders.

Letters

Let the wealth tax debate begin!

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to the press about his possible run for president after touring the WH Bagshaw Company Factory in Nashua, New Hampshire, on January 29, 2019. (Photo by Joseph PREZIOSO / AFP)JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images

Elizabeth Warren pitches a tax on wealth, Michael Bloomberg blasts the proposal, and readers are quick to weigh in.

Metro

What She Said

On Beacon Hill, newly elected women are mistaken for legislative aides. Repeatedly

Representative Tram Nguyen, 32, said, “It has been a struggle to establish my authority.”

By Stephanie Ebbert

What’s a Beacon Hill lawmaker supposed to look like anyway? Tram Nguyen and her colleagues are challenging assumptions.

These dumpsters of old nuclear waste are costing taxpayers a fortune

An aerial view of the decommissioned Yankee Rowe Nuclear Power Station site.

By Joshua Miller

They were supposed to be hauled away decades ago but they’re still here.

NESTOR RAMOS

Howard Schultz and his possible presidential run get dark-roasted

Former Starbucks CEO and chairman Howard Schultz looked out at the audience during a book promotion tour Monday in New York.

By Nestor Ramos

If the former Starbucks CEO really wanted to make third-party candidacies viable, he’d throw his weight and wallet behind ranked-choice voting.

Business & Tech

CHESTO MEANS BUSINESS

No-news-is-good-news earnings report lifts GE’s stock

H. Lawrence Culp Jr. has headed GE since October.

By Jon Chesto

New chief executive Larry Culp is promising that the worst surprises are in the rear view.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

For $100 to $300, these cellphones are a smart buy

The iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XS offer an array of features, but carry pricetags of $1,000 and up.

By Hiawatha Bray

Low cost smartphones get most things done, and that’s a problem for the iPhone.

CHRISTOPHER MUTHER

For just $20,000, you can fly to the Super Bowl like Julian Edelman

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman relaxes on a Magellan Jet.

By Christopher Muther

The wide receiver ponies up $4,000 (or more) per hour to charter a private jet through Boston-based Magellan Jets.

Obituaries

Erik Olin Wright, Marxist sociologist with a pragmatic approach, dies at 71

By Katharine Q. Seelye

Mr. Wright helped bring to light the complexities of social and economic classes and explored alternatives to capitalism.

Sports

Sports Log

Holy Cross suspends women’s basketball coach Bill Gibbons

In this Nov. 4, 2010 photo, Holy Cross women's basketball coach Bill Gibbons outlines a play for his team during practice at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. Former Holy Cross player Ashley Cooper, 20, filed a lawsuit in New York Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, against the school, Gibbons, and school officials claiming Gibbons was

The Crusaders’ 33-year coach suspended for remainder of season after an internal investigation in a personnel matter.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Who is the mysterious Berj Najarian, Bill Belichick’s right-hand man?

By Dan Shaughnessy

Najarian is one of the most powerful figures on the Boston sports landscape, yet most fans have never heard of him.

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ HOCKEY NOTES

Canton, Burlington still have work to do in boys’ hockey

AJ Laiosa (#14) and Burlington's Conor Quinlan position for the loose puck in the first period of play. Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe.

By Dan McLoone

Proud of their regular season success, the teams are hoping to peak in the postseason where championships are on the line.

More Stories

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Bruins lineup finally healthy

By Matt Porter

KEVIN PAUL DUPONT I ON HOCKEY

Here’s what Tuukka Rask thinks about players crashing the net

By Kevin Paul Dupont

CHAD FINN | SPORTS MEDIA

Tony Romo ready for his first turn on Super Bowl stage

By Chad Finn

Weekend

Kimberly Atkins departs Herald and joins WBUR

By Jenni Todd

Atkins will be the radio station’s first Washington, D.C.-based correspondent.

Television Review

From Netflix, a layered and loopy ‘Russian Doll’

Natasha Lyonne co-created and stars in “Russian Doll.”

By Matthew Gilbert

Natasha Lyonne is terrific as a woman who keeps dying on her 36th birthday and then is brought back to relive it.

Art Review

At Mass MOCA, crumbling with purpose

Rafa Esparza's exhibition, staring at the sun, 2019 at the MASS MoCA. Pictured: A view of the installation.

By Murray Whyte

Rafa Esparza, a child of Mexican immigrants, builds an installation brick by brick.