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Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are in their ninth Super Bowl together — no other player or coach has six.

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BEN VOLIN

Patriots’ success redefines what constitutes a dynasty

Bill Belichick’s players have left former rivals in awe of their dominance.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/01/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-26265.jpg Super Bowl week has been all about the Patriots

It’s like when the Harlem Globetrotters come to town. Nobody cares who they’ll be playing. Such is the plight of the largely ignored Rams.

Why most Mass. marijuana sales are on the black market, two years after legalization

The illegal pot market in Massachusetts remains stubbornly robust: Some 75 percent of the marijuana sold in the state this year will be under the table.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/02/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/a61aec360af74f79b843d10d1aea2df0-a61aec360af74f79b843d10d1aea2df0-0.jpg Democratic primary watchers look to the West

With its large and strong labor unions and diverse population, Nevada will be an early indication of a candidate’s ability to draw support from core Democratic voting groups.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/28/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Videos/Sources/6c19e5c5-b7d5-40b4-8f35-3b89a71775cd.jpg A minor sideswipe, a harrowing ride: Inside that viral road-rage incident

The story of a man hanging off a car flying down the Mass. Pike had everything: road rage, mortal danger, impossible survival, a good guy with a gun.

The Nation

Democratic primary watchers look to the West

Washington Governor Jay Inslee spoke at the Battle Born Progress Progressive Summit last month in Las Vegas.

By Jess Bidgood

With its large and strong labor unions and diverse population, Nevada will be an early indication of a candidate’s ability to draw support from core Democratic voting groups.

Medicare for all emerges as early policy test for 2020 Democrats

Senator Kamala Harris drew criticism after acknowledging in a CNN town hall forum that she would “eliminate all of that,” referring to ending private insurance in a country where almost 60 percent of the population receives coverage through an employer.

By Jonathan Martin and Abby Goodnough

Polls indicate that the broader electorate is uneasy about a “Medicare for all” approach in which many would lose their current insurance options and pay higher taxes.

Kisses mystery solved despite a lack of tips

Since December, distressed bakers had wondered what had happened to the chocolate treats after they opened package after package — only to find their tips were missing.

By Mihir Zaveri

Chocolate-loving aesthetes can take heart: The mystery of the tipless Hershey’s Kisses has been solved.

The World

Venezuela’s opposition leader calls for ‘unstoppable’ wave against Maduro amid protests

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó greeted backers at a nationwide demonstration in Caracas on Saturday.

By Mariana Zuñiga, Anthony Faiola and Rachelle Krygier

Massive numbers of antigovernment protesters rallied Saturday, escalating the campaign to drive President Nicolás Maduro from power.

As attacks by Jewish settlers surge, Israel stays silent

By Isabel Kershner

While Palestinian and United Nations officials have condemned the violence, Israel’s right-wing government has remained conspicuously silent, wary of alienating settlers and other potential supporters in an election year.

Fire in menstruation hut kills a woman in Nepal

Women have died in menstruation huts from exposure, animal bites, or smoke inhalation after building fires.

By Bhadra Sharma and Kai Schultz

“It seems she also died from suffocation,” said Lal Bahadur Dhami, deputy superintendent of the area’s police. At least three other people died this year while following the same superstition.

Editorial & Opinion

DANTE RAMOS

Boston must come to grips with its new geography

Boston. 01/17/19- A developer hopes to rebrand the area around North Station as “Uptown.” Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(business)

By Dante Ramos

Travel guides send out-of-towners to the historic Freedom Trail, but longtime residents should take a different tour through the future of Boston.

Renée Graham

Mitch McConnell’s war on democracy

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 17: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L) and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) head to the floor to vote to begin debate on a bipartisan criminal reform bill, called the 'First Step Act,' at the U.S. Capitol December 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump said he would sign the legislation, which would reduce the number of inmates in the nations crowded prisons by giving judges more discretion in sentencing offenders for nonviolent crimes and strengthen rehabilitation programs for former prisoners. (Photo by )

By Renée Graham

Voting is power, and that’s why white men like McConnell have connived for centuries to hoard that right.

Letters

Close watch on Governor Baker’s big moves

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker gives a thumbs-up while delivering his inaugural address at the Statehouse in Boston, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

A Globe editorial saw a bold Charlie Baker emerging in his second term, but readers are guarded.

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Michael A. Cohen

Coats does his job: scaring people

By Michael A. Cohen

Metro

In N.H., Senator Kirsten Gillibrand reaches out to voters with a populist message

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited jajaBelle’s, a coffee shop in Nashua.

By Jeremy C. Fox

On the senator’s initial visit as a potential presidential candidate in the state with the first-in-the-nation primary, she presented herself Saturday as brisk and focused.

Why most Mass. marijuana sales are on the black market, two years after legalization

Dedham, MA--02/01/2019--Joanna Varner, 36, of Weymouth, poses for a portrait with her marijuana-infused mango tea on Friday afternoon. Varner is a medical marijuana patient who dreams of starting a business -- Ladies Lifted Kitchen -- making organic, gourmet cannabis-infused cookies, brownies, granola, and tea. (Nathan Klima for the Boston Globe) Topic: 03illicitpot Reporter:

By Naomi Martin

The illegal pot market in Massachusetts remains stubbornly robust: Some 75 percent of the marijuana sold in the state this year will be under the table.

Yvonne Abraham

To sway doctors, Purdue Pharma turned up the pressure

Lawsuits filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and others say Purdue Pharma was brazen in efforts to manipulate physicians into prescribing OxyContin.

By Yvonne Abraham

Why did so many doctors fall for Purdue Pharma’s pitch? Some were nakedly corrupt. But Purdue put the hard sell on decent health workers too.

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State IG says Methuen police contract invalid

By Danny McDonald and John Hilliard

Michael Andor Brodeur | It’s a Thing

Polar vortices, Pike stunts, Peloton ads, and more

By Michael Andor Brodeur

Business & Tech

Michelle Singletary | The Color of Money

Were you kicked out of the 401(k) millionaire’s club?

By Michelle Singletary

What the stock market gives, it also takes away.

Sports

BEN VOLIN

Patriots’ success redefines what constitutes a dynasty

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are in their ninth Super Bowl together — no other player or coach has six.

By Ben Volin

Bill Belichick’s players have left former rivals in awe of their dominance.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Super Bowl week has been all about the Patriots

Bill Belichick’s Patriots are playing their best football at the moment it matters most.

By Dan Shaughnessy

It’s like when the Harlem Globetrotters come to town. Nobody cares who they’ll be playing. Such is the plight of the largely ignored Rams.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Capitals ripe for long-awaited Bruins breakthrough

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 23: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals fans on a one-timer against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on January 23, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

By Matt Porter

Washington has fallen from first to third in its division, losing seven of eight heading into Boston’s visit on Sunday.

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KEVIN PAUL DUPONT I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is ‘not looking for a fight,’ but he knows he’d win

By Kevin Paul Dupont

SHIRA SPRINGER I FAIR PLAY

What about the championships of the Boston Renegades and Boston Pride?

By Shira Springer

ADAM HIMMELSBACH I BEAT WRITER’S NOTEBOOK

What was Kyrie Irving’s motivation for saying what he said about his future?

By Adam Himmelsbach

STATE WRESTLING DUALS

Wayland upends top-seeded Foxborough for D3 title

By Peter Santo

NFL AWARDS

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes named NFL’s MVP

By Barry Wilner

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Win or lose, legacies of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are secure

By Christopher L. Gasper

GARY WASHBURN I SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

Anthony Davis’s departure will be all on the Pelicans

By Gary Washburn

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

Unlike NFL, baseball players pay a big price for PED use

By Nick Cafardo

BEN VOLIN | SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

Patriots’ most hated rivals have softened stance over the years

By Ben Volin

PATRIOTS VS. RAMS | SUNDAY, 6:30 P.M. (CBS)

How the Patriots and Rams match up in the Super Bowl

By Jim McBride

Ideas

Ideas | Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Apps can put therapy in the palm of your hand. But what happens when they go haywire?

By Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Apps are spreading the benefits of psychotherapy. But they’re also spreading the risks.

Ideas | Aimee Ortiz

It’s poverty and inequality that undercut Boston’s brightest

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By Aimee Ortiz

Colleges and universities must recognize the diversity of disadvantaged students in order to properly meet their needs.

Obituaries

Benjamin Sands, Tufts hockey coach and team benefactor, dies at 85

Mr. Sands accepted an award at Tufts University’s inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame ceremonies in April 2018.

By Marvin Pave

Mr. Sands, who also formerly chaired the North Reading Board of Selectmen and the town’s Housing Authority, died Jan. 10.

Dick Miller, character actor and Roger Corman mainstay, dies at 90

By Daniel E. Slotnik

Mr. Miller’s reputation as a regular in dozens of low-budget movies produced or directed by Roger Corman led to parts in films by Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, and James Cameron.

Sunday Arts

Michael Andor Brodeur | @Large

As Facebook becomes harder to escape, it becomes easier to leave 

By Michael Andor Brodeur

And as even longtime users contemplate an exit, rival apps are capitalizing on the one thing Facebook lacks: focus.

book review

Jill Abramson paints a cloudy future for journalism and democracy

Jill Abramson in 2014.

By Dan Kennedy

In her book on American journalism, Jill Abramson offers a big, ambitious chronicle of the past decade, taking a focused look at what has happened in several influential newsrooms.

Book Review

In ‘The Age of Light,’ the steep price women pay for their art

By Caroline Leavitt

In her debut novel, Whitney Scharer reimagines the life of photographer Lee Miller and her relationship with Man Ray

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Book Review

Who’s unafraid of Virginia Woolf?

By Sophie Haigney

Scene Here | Local Films, Festivals, and Faces

Sci-fi in Somerville, injustice revisited, a festival debut

By Loren King

book review

When a satire of mindfulness drifts off

By Eugenia Williamson

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

TV’s crush on killer good looks

By Matthew Gilbert

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Lessons on compassion and mindfulness; Jewish Poetry Festival; stories of accordians and players

By Nina MacLaughlin

In Focus

Keeping tabs on doc dollars

By Mark Feeney

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Former captive claws back control of his story

By Kate Tuttle

Travel

Keep the fires burning at these inns with fireplaces

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

Get your cozy on at these New England lodgings with fabulous fireplaces.

Christopher Muther

The under-the-radar, unsung beach towns of Florida

By Christopher Muther

While some destinations in Florida grab all the glory, these four east coast gems are waiting to be discovered.

Reliving that old circus excitement at the Ringling Estate

Ca’ d’Zan, which served as the winter residence of John and Mable Ringling, lords over the estate on the eastern shore of Sarasota Bay.

By Louis Berney

John and Mable Ringling had no children of their own. So when the circus baron died in 1936, seven years after his wife, he bequeathed his estate to the people of Florida, opening the grounds and buildings to the public. Over 400,000 people now visit annually.

Real Estate

Home prices soar in Greater Boston cities rocked by the foreclosure crisis

By Jon Gorey

Home prices in these communities are climbing far faster than in their surrounding counties and the state as a whole. | realestate.boston.com

Home of the Week: New 3-bedroom condo near Franklin Park for under $500,000

By John R. Ellement

The Roxbury unit allows pets, has a private deck, and comes with parking. Search the latest listings at realestate.boston.com.

Ask the Carpenter: Leaky foundations and the best time to repave a driveway

By Rob Robillard

Ask the Carpenter’s Rob Robillard talks about grading and dehumidifiers. Get more home repair advice at realestate.boston.com.

Magazine

The Weddings Issue

How to plan an Instagram-worthy wedding

By Marni Elyse Katz

From colorful “smoke bombs” to “Game of Thrones”-themed nuptials, here’s how these couples made their big day very uniquely theirs.

The Weddings Issue

7 New England wedding venues where your money pays for a good cause

By Alison Goldman

From a historic Gilded Age mansion to an idyllic island, these places offer the chance to make a big impact on that big day.

The Weddings Issue

An NHL player gets married on Cape Cod — with an assist from his brother

By Marni Elyse Katz

The happy couple’s main goal was to throw a great party with fun activities for friends and family.

Globe Local

FOOD FOR LOVE

Solstice: Cozy nooks and crannies invite romance

Kingston MA 1/12/19 Jaine and her husband Dr. David Cingari from Cohasset enjoying a date night at Solstice Restaurant. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

By Johanna Seltz

The 19th-century train station in Kingston was restored to create a “nice, quiet, inviting, serene atmosphere.”

FOOD FOR LOVE

Firenze Trattoria: Rich aromas of Tuscany set the mood

Salem, MA--1/11/2019--Buratta, an appetizer served at Firenze Trattoria in Salem. (Nathan Klima) Topic: 03noromanticdining Reporter:

By Doug Stewart and Coco McCabe

Lately we’ve been drawn to the soft light, impeccable service, and delectable offerings of this Salem restaurant.

FIELD GUIDE

Winter romance is a hoot for these lovebirds

03zonature -- An adult great horned owl in a tree in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in February 2009. The photographer, John Harrison, named him

By Don Lyman

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it happens to be great horned owl mating season in Massachusetts.