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 A woman walked past the soon-to-be-closed Payless in Dudley Square.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

City, residents struggle to boost Dudley Square

For every business that opens, there are still four vacant storefronts across the street.

// Once routine, invitations to White House now a political minefield

An anti-Trump backlash has turned the traditional — and traditionally harmless and hokey — White House victory celebration into the new third rail of sports.

// Federal investigators probing Enquirer after Bezos report

Federal investigators will look at whether the tabloid’s publisher violated a cooperation agreement with prosecutors.

Federal judge: State fails to provide prompt mental health care to poor children

US District Court Judge Michael Ponsor said that constant delays can lead to violent physical outbursts, removal from homes, and traumatizing and unnecessary hospital stays.

Pedestrians crossed the Duck Bridge on South Union Street in Lawrence.

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

With Lawrence as her backdrop, Warren expected to draw on gender, labor in 2020 announcement

The city’s rich history in the labor movement and large immigrant population will serve as the backdrop for Warren to announce her campaign for the White House.

The Nation

White House report tries to shift Trump health care rhetoric

Democratic 2020 White House hopefuls are seizing on health care as an issue, with some pushing for a government-run system that would cover all Americans and replace the Affordable Care Act.

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

A new report from the White House tries to shift the Trump administration’s combative rhetoric on health care, suggesting changes to the Affordable Care Act under President Trump do not fundamentally undermine the health law.

Democrats slam Collins for Kavanaugh vote in wake of Supreme Court ruling on La. abortion law

Democrats are particularly incensed at Senator Susan Collins, who delivered a 44-minute-long floor speech in October declaring her support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

By Felicia Sonmez and Michael Scherer

The outcry from the left follows the court’s 5-4 vote to block a restrictive Louisiana abortion law.

Trump’s doctor says he is in ‘very good health’ after exam by 11 specialists

President Trump.

By Anne Gearan

The White House did not release details of the exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and did not say whether more details would be released later.

The World

Sierra Leone declares national emergency over rape of young girls

By Palko Karasz and Dionne Searcey

Amid growing outrage over the rape of a 5-year-old girl, the president of Sierra Leone declared sexual violence a national emergency, vowing that sex with minors would be punishable by life in prison.

‘Death to America’ means ‘death to Trump,’ Iran’s Supreme Leader says

Supreme Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made a public appearance in Tehran, Iran, on Friday.

By Thomas Erdbrink

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei defends “Death to America” slogan, insisting it is directed towards American leadership and not the American populace.

Thai princess’ political bid sunk by her brother, the king

By Grant Peck

Thailand’s chaotic politics took two astonishing turns Friday when the sister of the king made a historic bid to become prime minister, only to have him shut down her effort as “inappropriate” because it violated tradition and the constitution, which keep the monarchy from getting involved in politics.

Editorial & Opinion


Elizabeth Warren needs to stop the drip-drip-drip of fresh revelations

Concord, N.H. -01/12/19 Senator Elizabeth Warren made a stop at the home of former NH State Senator Sylvia Larsen, where she greeted attendees. Photo by (metro)

The best thing Elizabeth Warren can do — what she needs to do — is put all the facts about her past in front of voters and stop the drip-drip-drip of fresh revelations.


With confidentiality rule, Mass. lawmakers have sexual harassment victims’ concerns in mind

“There are very real reasons why victims prefer to keep their cases confidential, and we should continue to provide that option.”


In Elizabeth Warren’s case, has decision already been made for her?

Cambridge, Ma., 12/31/2018, Senator Elizabeth Warren and her husband Bruce and dog Bailey greet the media outside her home after announcing she has launched an exploratory committee for President 2020. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

The Native American issue continues to tug at the Massachusetts senator, who is expected to announce her candidacy for the 2020 presidential race.


Acton medical marijuana dispensary shut down; dangerous violations alleged

By Naomi Martin

State inspectors say they found dangerous violations related to security, sanitation, waste disposal, and product labeling, officials said.

City, residents struggle to boost Dudley Square

 A woman walked past the soon-to-be-closed Payless in Dudley Square.

By Milton J. Valencia

For every business that opens, there are still four vacant storefronts across the street.

Federal judge: State fails to provide prompt mental health care to poor children

By Liz Kowalczyk

US District Court Judge Michael Ponsor said that constant delays can lead to violent physical outbursts, removal from homes, and traumatizing and unnecessary hospital stays.

Business & Tech

Mass. lawmakers want to extend antidiscrimination laws to venture capitalists

A group of lawmakers on Beacon Hill is pushing legislation that would subject investors to the same civil discrimination and harassment laws that apply to employers.

By Andy Rosen

Civil laws generally don’t apply to perpetrators who are investors, or potential investors, in a company.

Amazon is reportedly having second thoughts about N.Y. But don’t get your hopes up, Boston

A view of the waterfront of Long Island City in the Queens borough of New York, where Amazon is expected to put its new headquarters.

By Tim Logan and Matt Stout

As opposition mounts to the approximately $3 billion in tax breaks that New York city and state officials offered, Amazon is reportedly “reconsidering” its plan.

Payless shoe retailer may close more stores in bid for second bankruptcy

Payless Inc. is preparing for its second trip to bankruptcy court with a plan that could drastically shrink the size of the discount shoe chain.


Izzy Young, who presided over the folk revival, dies at 90

By Margalit Fox

Mr. Young in 1961 presented the first New York concert by a young Bob Dylan.

Ron Joyce, force behind Tim Hortons doughnut shops, dies at 88

By Ian Austen

Mr. Joyce was a high school dropout and served as a police officer before bringing the chain to prominence.

Yukio Kawamoto, Japanese-American soldier whose parents were interned, dies at 99

By Bart Barnes

Mr. Kawamoto interrogated enemy prisoners on islands of the South Pacific and tried to persuade Japanese soldiers holed up in fortified caves to surrender.


MLB commissioner: No DH or draft changes likely for 2019

Rob Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball, speaks during a news conference at owners meetings Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

By Ronald Blum

Rob Manfred said management is focused on pace-of-game changes for 2019 and bolder ideas are too complex to begin this season.

Patriots didn’t need a perfect balance between offense and defense to win

Foxborough, MA 01/13/19- New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (34) bursts into the end zone to give New England a 27-7 lead before the extra point during the second quarter. The New England Patriots play against the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019.(Barry Chin/Globe Staff)

By Nora Princiotti

It was their ability to win games in different ways that probably was the true key to success.


Sam Arber wins another all-around title to pace Newton’s dominance

NEWTON, 2/8/2019 - Sam Arber of Newton during the MIAA boys' gymnastics championship at Newton North High. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Sports, Correspondent)

By Trevor Hass

The senior won the pommel horse, high bars, and rings as Newton took its fifth straight team championship.

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Good Life


Valentine’s Day isn’t just for romance — here are fun gifts for friends, kids, or anyone

By Marni Elyse Katz

Looking for a fun Valentine’s Day gift — or two? We have lots of options.

hot ticket

Children’s Winter Festival returns to Boston Common

The 30-foot “Everest” slide at the Children’s Winter Festival.

By Kara Baskin

Cold weather fun during school vacation week.

TV Critic’s Corner

After statues, ‘The Kominsky Method’ gets recurring cast members

“The Kominsky Method” star Michael Douglas won the Golden Globe for actor in a TV series, musical or comedy.

By Matthew Gilbert

The Netflix comedy seemed to have flown under the radar before winning a pair of Golden Globes.