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Glenda Savitz held her 2-year-old daughter, Samantha, while signing the word

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THOMAS FARRAGHER

When a Newton family welcomed a baby who is deaf, 20 neighbors learned sign language

This is the story of how American Sign Language became a second tongue on part of Islington Road.

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Joel Marcus, who owns 4.8 million square feet of lab and office space in Cambridge, is embroiled in a spectacular legal battle with his 40-year-old son.

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Emily Dexter’s apology did little to quell some students who say their concerns about racial insensitivity have long been ignored by elected officials and district leaders.

Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer publisher of blackmail

The magazine, owned by an ally of President Trump, had published an expose of Bezos’s alleged extramarital relationship with a TV personality.

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Nearly 4,000 Massachusetts immigration cases are being held up as the backlog grows, according to a research group at Syracuse University that tracks federal immigration figures.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren’s attempt to offer an apology has become an unwelcome distraction that threatens to slow her momentum days before her formal campaign announcement.

The Nation

Warren sought to rip off bandaid on native heritage last year. But she left out the apology

Boston, MA, 01/2/2019 -- Senator Elizabeth Warren talks to reporters outside of the first formal session of the 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 03generalcourtpic Reporter:

By Jess Bidgood and Liz Goodwin

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s attempt to offer an apology has become an unwelcome distraction that threatens to slow her momentum days before her formal campaign announcement.

Bezos accuses National Enquirer of ‘extortion and blackmail’

By Jim Rutenberg

SEATTLE — Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, accused the owner of The National Enquirer on Thursday of trying “extortion and blackmail” to stop his investigation into how his private text messages and photos with his mistress were leaked to the tabloid.

A divided Senate committee advances William Barr nomination

William P. Barr is expected to be confirmed.

By Nicholas Fandos

A polarized Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination of William P. Barr to be President Trump’s second confirmed attorney general Thursday, as Republicans and Democrats split over his views on executive authority and the special counsel’s ongoing Russia investigation.

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial

Next stop, Wonderland — or maybe Kendall Square

East Boston, MA: 11-5-2017: Passengers wait on the platform as an MBTA Blue Line subway train arrives at the Suffolk Downs station in East Boston, Mass., 2017. (John Blanding/Boston Globe staff) story/Adam Vaccaro ( 05starts )

Big question remains whether commuters will have to wait until 2040 for the once mythical Red Line-Blue Line rail link.

Opinion | Margery Eagan

The truth about Trump’s ‘economic miracle’

Lesley Becker/Globe Staff; Adobe

By Margery Eagan

The economy may indeed be “thriving” for the near-rich, rich, and super rich. But there’s no “economic miracle” for anybody else.

Letters

Most readers say: Get that impeachment engine running

Lesley Becker/Globe Staff; Adobe

We asked Globe readers to weigh in on whether it’s too soon to start hearings. Most say it’s long past time to start.

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Metro

After death of Laura Levis, lawmakers seek to prevent another such tragedy

Somerville Hospital made changes to lighting, signs, and surveillance following the death of Laura Levis.

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

A proposed state law would require the Department of Public Health to write rules requiring all hospitals in the state to “ensure safe patient access at all times” to their emergency departments.

First-in-nation marijuana program to redress war on drugs hits delay

By Naomi Martin

In a booming industry where nearly all the owners are white men, the effort was one of several aimed to diversify who benefits from the new economic opportunities.

THOMAS FARRAGHER

When a Newton family welcomed a baby who is deaf, 20 neighbors learned sign language

Glenda Savitz held her 2-year-old daughter, Samantha, while signing the word

By Thomas Farragher

This is the story of how American Sign Language became a second tongue on part of Islington Road.

More Stories

Business & Tech

Chesto Means Business

Chicago casino magnate bets big on Beacon Hill with lobbying push

Mass Gaming and Entertainment’s first design for a proposed Brockton casino (shown above) was panned by the state Gaming Commission.

By Jon Chesto

Mass Gaming and Entertainment spent $430,000 on lobbyists in 2018, according to state records, in an effort to win the state’s elusive third resort casino license.

Why didn’t the Panera Cares social experiment pay off?

The Boston location, above, at 3 Center Plaza, is set to close Feb. 15. It will be the last of the five Panera Cares restaurants to go dark.

By Max Reyes

The chain is closing the last of its five Panera Cares stores, which followed pay-what-you-can pricing.

Real estate tycoon’s investment trust sues his son — and he responds in kind

Joel S. Marcus, chairman, CEO and founder of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., is embroiled in a spectacular legal battle with his 40-year-old son.

By Jonathan Saltzman

Joel Marcus, who owns 4.8 million square feet of lab and office space in Cambridge, is embroiled in a spectacular legal battle with his 40-year-old son.

Obituaries

John O. Marsh, former Army chief and presidents’ adviser, dies at 92

By Robert D. McFadden

Mr. Marsh served as a conservative Democratic congressman from Virginia and later became the nation’s longest-serving secretary of the Army.

Julie Adams, seized by creature in ‘Black Lagoon,’ dies at 92

By Robert D. McFadden

For decades, she was known as the terrorized swimmer in the 1954 cult classic.

OBITUARY

John Dingell Jr., a House ‘bull’ who served the longest, dies at 92

For 59 years, John Dingell Jr. represented Michigan.

By Keith Schneider and Katharine Q. Seelye

Mr. Dingell, a Michigan Democrat, pushed landmark legislation and exposed corruption in government.

Sports

THURSDAY’S SCHOOL ROUNDUP

Melvin Cuevas scores 35 points to lift Fenway over Snowden

By Dan McLoone

The senior guard also had 11 rebounds and three steals as Fenway held off a fourth-quarter rally by Snowden.

HIGH SCHOOLS

Statewide playoffs for Massachusetts high schools? It could happen

Boston, MA, 11/18/2018 -- Members of Andover's swim team lift the trophy after winning the MIAA All-State Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championships at Harvard's Blodgett Pool. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 19schswim Reporter:

By Craig Larson

The MIAA plans to unveil a proposal for a revamped postseason format at a athletic directors meeting in March.

Track officials question MIAA over money shortfall

Runners make their first lap during the Boys' 1000m at the MIAA Division IV indoor track meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. (Scott Eisen for The Boston Globe)

By Craig Larson

The No. 1 question is how could track & field/cross-country be showing a $150,000-plus loss for the fiscal year 2017-18?

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GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

The Eastern Conference playoffs just got a whole lot more interesting

By Gary Washburn

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Celtics trade Jabari Bird to Hawks

By Adam Himmelsbach

LAKERS 129, CELTICS 128

A late rally and some of that old Rajon Rondo magic sunk the Celtics

By Adam Himmelsbach

KEVIN PAUL DUPONT

Reshuffled Bruins lines gave Bruce Cassidy food for thought

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Red Bull Crashed Ice

Ice cross downhill a new chapter in Fenway history

By Hayden Bird

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Is this the year Eduardo Rodriguez finally comes up aces?

By Nick Cafardo

Weekend

Stage Review

A ‘Pygmalion’ with a modern new face

From left: Vaishnavi Sharma, Eric Tucker, James Patrick Nelson, Grace Bernardo, and Edmund Lewis in Bedlam’s “Pygmalion.”

By Don Aucoin

A play that has always been about the striations and boundaries of class becomes about race, immigration, and assimilation.

Art Review

At the Peabody Essex Museum, a divided land

Alexandre Hogue (American, 1898-1994). Crucified Land, 1939. Oil on canvas, framed: 47 1/8 × 65 1/2 × 2 1/16 in. (119.7 × 166.4 × 5.2 cm). GM 0127.2000. Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

By Murray Whyte

“Nature’s Nation,” hatched with an environmental agenda, wades into political waters.

Stage Review

‘Who Is Eartha Mae?’: A portrait of the artist as an enigma

Jade Wheeler in “Who Is Eartha Mae?”

By Don Aucoin

Despite a flawed script, Jade Wheeler delivers a tour de force performance as the elusive Eartha Kitt.