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Cynthia cleaned her children’s room before a visit from a Department of Children and Families worker at her home.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

The call from DCF: ‘We have your children’

A mother struggles with the loss of her children in the wake of a state judge’s decision to terminate her rights to them for good.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/02/08/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Boghosian_09quickbite5_ART.jpg Why are so many Boston restaurants closing?

It’s the rents. It’s the labor costs. It’s changing tastes. It’s the Trump factor. In short: It’s the perfect storm, and something needs to change.

Elizabeth Warren makes presidential campaign official

Speaking in Lawrence, Warren began her campaign by recognizing the women who had gone on strike there more than a century ago, connecting themes of labor rights, immigration, and gender to her own campaign.

At the AMC Boston Common 19, VIP customers get access to a separate, ostensibly shorter, line for concessions.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Priority line madness: Now even Santa’s lap has a FastPass

Wherever you look nowadays there are two lines: a priority line for insiders, and another line for everyone else.

The Nation

Inside the big race for small Democratic dollars in 2020

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has by far the largest number of low-dollar online donors of any current or likely 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, according to an analysis of campaign finance data.

By Shane Goldmacher, Lisa Lerer and Rachel Shorey

Small-dollar donations — the renewable resource that Democratic candidates will depend upon to fuel their campaigns — are expected to be a huge deal in 2020.

Democrats face delicate choice in Virginia crisis

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax has been accused of sexual assault by two women.

By Jonathan Martin, Alan Blinder and Campbell Robertson

Will they impeach an African-American lieutenant governor when the governor and attorney general, both white, are resisting calls to quit after admitting to racist conduct?

A California border town is swept up in Mexico’s waste

Waste and trash often cross the US border through the binational New River, shown near Brawley, Calif.

By Jose A. Del Real

Just feet away from Calexico, Calif., Mexico’s lax environmental rules and enforcement pose a regular menace.

The World

Britain’s Prince Philip surrenders his driving license weeks after crash

Britain’s Prince Philip surrenders his driving license weeks after crash.

Vatican tries to rein in expectations for sexual abuse summit

The meeting could boost criticism that Pope Francis is moving too slowly against sexual abuse in the church.

By Chico Harlan

The four-day meeting is a risk for the pontiff and could end up boosting criticism that he is moving too slowly and reluctantly to tackle the Roman Catholic Church’s greatest crisis.

First date for 2 rare tigers ends in death

Melati, a female Sumatran tiger, was killed by a male tiger that had been brought in to mate with her.

By Yonette Joseph

Matchmakers believed that the time and the place were right for mating. It didn’t end well, however.

Editorial & Opinion

EDITORIAL

Vaccine rejections based on religious exemptions are rising sharply in Massachusetts

The trend against vaccination for measles and other childhood diseases needs to be stopped.

Renée Graham

It’s not racist. It’s Gucci.

A screenshot taken on Thursday Feb.7, 2019 from an online fashion outlet showing a Gucci turtleneck black wool balaclava sweater for sale, that they recently pulled from its online and physical stores. Gucci has apologized for the wool sweater that resembled a

By Renée Graham

This week’s headlines focused on the shameful past of top Virginia officials, but no one in America should get too comfortable.

from JEFF JACOBY

To soak the rich, keep tax rates low

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 01: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) addresses a rally against the Republican tax plan outside the U.S. Capitol November 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. The rally was organized by Patriotic Millionaires, left-wing group of weathy people who support political representation for all citizens and believe that the rich should shoulder a greater burden of taxes. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Jeff Jacoby

However popular it may be to claim that millionaires and billionaires don’t shoulder their share of the tax burden, it isn’t true. The federal income tax is highly progressive.

Metro

Priority line madness: Now even Santa’s lap has a FastPass

At the AMC Boston Common 19, VIP customers get access to a separate, ostensibly shorter, line for concessions.

By Beth Teitell

Wherever you look nowadays there are two lines: a priority line for insiders, and another line for everyone else.

Yvonne Abraham

Universities will take the cash, even if it’s dirty cash

Above: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited MIT’s campus in March 2018.

By Yvonne Abraham

MIT, Tufts, and other institutions are grappling with an important question: Is it OK to accept tainted money when it funds a just cause?

At Harvard, Asian-American students urge diversity efforts beyond admissions

Harvard senior Sally Chen addressed a group of protesters outside of the Charles Hotel on Friday.

By Deirdre Fernandes

The imminent departures of two Asian-American professors have drawn attention to the meager number of minority faculty on campus.

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Elizabeth Warren makes presidential campaign official

By Jess Bidgood and Victoria McGrane

Michelle Singletary | The Color of Money

Talk is not cheap when it comes to love and money

By Michelle Singletary

James Pindell | Ground Game

Is Warren the best Democrat to beat Trump? Her speech didn’t show it

By James Pindell

Dance Review

‘Pepperland’: Barely Beatles, mostly Morris

By Jeffrey Gantz

It’s a Thing

Sassy AG, saucy Speaker, delicious bugs, and more

By Michael Andor Brodeur

Sports

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

Here’s one man’s rankings of baseball’s managers

Los Angeles, CA: 10-28-18: Manager Alex Cora hoists the trophy as the Red Sox celebrate their World Series victory. David Price is in the middle. The Boston Red Sox visited the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Nick Cafardo

In his first season as manager, Alex Cora led the Red Sox to the World Series crown and earned Nick Cafardo’s top ranking for 2019.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

7 things that helped Patriots pull off their late-season turnaround

Miami Gardens, FL 12-9-18: The Patriots Albert McClellan blocks a second quarter punt attempt of the Dolphins Matt Haack, the second of two blocks he had in the game. The New England Patriots visited the Miami Dolphins in a regular season NFL football game at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Ben Volin

After a dispiriting loss to Tennessee in Week 10, the Patriots got on a roll, all the way to the championship.

BEN VOLIN | SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

New Hall of Fame member Ty Law enjoyed a dream week

Ty Law heads for the end zone after his second-quarter interception of Kurt Warner inSuper Bowl XXXVI in 2002.

By Ben Volin

The Patriots’ great was elected into the Hall, watched his former team win the Super Bowl, and rode in the duck boat parade.

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RED BULL CRASHED ICE AT FENWAY PARK

Cameron Naasz, Amanda Trunzo capture Red Bull Crashed Ice crowns at Fenway Park

By Hayden Bird

GARY WASHBURN I SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

These players could interest the Celtics on buyout market

By Gary Washburn

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

For Patriots, ‘tension’ of last season seems so long ago

By Christopher L. Gasper

PETER ABRAHAM

It’ll be far from easy for Red Sox to repeat

By Peter Abraham

KEVIN PAUL DUPONT I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

Toronto Maple Leafs are banking on Auston Matthews

By Kevin Paul Dupont

KEVIN PAUL DUPONT | ON HOCKEY

Bruins’ kids have seven games to end their struggles

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Clippers 123, Celtics 112

Marcus Morris calls out Celtics after blowing 28-point lead to Clippers

By Adam Himmelsbach

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

Trail of frustration follows another stunning Celtics’ loss

By Gary Washburn

SATURDAY’S SCHOOL ROUNDUP

Haverhill pins down its first Division 1 North wrestling title

By Brandon Chase

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

After being honored, Patrice Bergeron delivered

By Matt Porter

BRUINS 5, KINGS 4 (OT)

Bruins go back and forth with Kings, prevail in OT

By Matt Porter

MIAA GIRLS’ SWIMMING & DIVING SECTIONALS

Westford, Duxbury continue dominance in the pool

By Matt MacCormack

Ideas

Ideas | Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

The Science of Love

By Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Love and friendship still happen without the benefit of science. But we could all use a little jumpstart these days.

Ideas | Joshua Sokol

Why a Harvard astronomer is spouting farfetched ideas about aliens

This artist's rendering shows the first interstellar asteroid: 'Oumuamua. This unique object was discovered on Oct. 19, 2017 by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii. The University of Toronto's Alan Jackson reported Monday, March 19, 2018, that the asteroid — the first confirmed object in our solar system originating elsewhere — is probably from a binary star system. That's where two stars orbit a common center. According to Jackson and his team, the asteroid was likely ejected from its system as planets formed. (M. Kornmesser/European Southern Observatory via AP)

By Joshua Sokol

Avi Loeb knows there’s life out there, but will we recognize it when we see it?

Ideas | Swathi Meenakshi Sadagopan

Artificial intelligence’s diversity problem

By Swathi Meenakshi Sadagopan

Much of the criticism leveled at AI focuses on biased data. But what if the people building AI are biased, too?

Obituaries

Walter H. Munk, scientist-explorer who illuminated the deep, dies at 101

By William Dicke

Dr. Munk was sometimes called the “Einstein of the oceans” for his pioneering work in the study of waves, ocean circulation, tides, and irregularities in the Earth’s rotation.

Jan Wahl, children’s writer who attracted top artists, dies at 87

By Daniel E. Slotnik

Mr. Wahl’s work over many decades was illustrated by eminent artists like Maurice Sendak, Norman Rockwell, and Edward Gorey.

Barbra Siperstein, crusader for transgender rights, dies at 76

By Sam Roberts

Ms. Siperstein died two days after a law bearing her name went into effect granting New Jerseyans the right to amend the gender on their birth certificates without proof of surgery.

Sunday Arts

book review

McCracken’s long-awaited novel steeped in whimsy, loss, and candlepins

By Priscilla Gilman

Elizabeth McCracken’s “Bowlaway’’ is a multigenerational saga that begins with a stranger and her bowling alley.

book review

When a Man Booker winner writes an African ‘Game of Thrones’

By Anthony Domestico

“Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” a new novel by Marlon James, is steeped in African folklore and myth.

MUSIC

The Grammys head into the great wide open

Clockwise (from left): , Childish Gambino, Cardi B, , H.E.R., and Janelle Monae are up for Grammys this year.

By Maura Johnston

This year, an expanded field of nominees will vie for the biggest awards. But is that enough of a shake-up?

More Stories

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

So what exactly is a ‘magical negro’?

By Kate Tuttle

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Ekua Holmes on a roll; romance-book pop-up store

By Nina MacLaughlin

bibliophiles

Finding comfort in books during dark times

By Amy Sutherland

@LARGE | Michael Andor Brodeur

Positive charge

By Michael Andor Brodeur

Movie REview

Films that are long on talent, short in length

By Peter Keough

Travel

Traveling to spots where the wild things are

UnCruise Adventures offers wildlife watching excursions in Alaska, where brown bear can be seen feeding on salmon.

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

If your #travelgoals include amazing animal encounters, focus your binoculars on these cruises.

Christopher Muther

Hike, sip, cruise, repeat: A French river cruise offers an active alternative

The sun sets over the Garonne River near Bordeaux, France.

By Christopher Muther

A French company offers river cruisers the option to explore their surroundings with daily hikes — and a healthy side of wine.

HELP DESK

How to take cruises with kids

10howtokids -- One of the top cruise lines for kids, according to traveler reviews at CruiseCompete: Carnival Cruise Lines. (Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines)

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

We asked a cruise expert about family cruising. Here’s her advice, plus a list of cruise ships that are tops for families.

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NEW ENGLAND TRAVEL

Neighborhood on the verge: Portland’s East End comes into its own

By Patricia Harris and David Lyon

The VIP Lounge

The VIP Lounge with Tommy Do

By Juliet Pennington

Travel Troubleshooter

After a Jet Airways cancellation, where’s the promised compensation?

By Christopher Elliott

Real Estate

Kitchen, baths updated

By John R. Ellement

The property also offers three bedrooms, two full baths, and a fenced-in backyard. Search the latest listings at realestate.boston.com.

When this seller’s market leaves you stuck, tips for making your starter house your happy place

By Kara Baskin

In a pricey market with low inventory, sometimes it’s better to embrace your current situation and renovate. | realestate.boston.com

Magazine

Globe Magazine

Blind dates: A behind-the-scenes look at Dinner with Cupid on its 10th anniversary

ILLUSTRATION BY JASU HU

By Melissa Schorr

Fearless Cupid daters spilled some surprising revelations about the (sometimes cringeworthy) experience.

Your Home | Makeovers

How a nondescript home was transformed into a picturesque New England farmhouse

By Marni Elyse Katz

A designer employed shades of blue and quaint architectural upgrades to give this 1990s five-bedroom Needham home a family-friendly makeover.

Globe Magazine

Who killed Jean McConville? Did a secret archive at Boston College hold clues?

By Patrick Radden Keefe

The widowed Irish mother was dragged away from her 10 children in Belfast in 1972. They never heard from her again.

Globe Local

The untold stories of slaves who lived in Abigail Adams’s birthplace

Abigail Adams was born in Weymouth. Her father, the Rev. William Smith, owned at least four slaves.

By Annika Hom

Professor Kerima Lewis will deliver a presentation on the history of New England slavery and its connection to the second president’s wife on Feb. 12.

MILTON

Milton’s Wakefield Estate to welcome a new llama

Navajo, a female llama from New Hampshire, is taking over sheep-protecting duties at the Wakefield Estate in Milton.

By Johanna Seltz

After the death of the beloved guard-llama Jack, the estate is welcoming Navajo.

CATCHING UP WITH ...

Jack Arena has carved a stellar career on Amherst hockey bench

By Marvin Pave

Since winning D3 Hobey Baker award in 1983, the Milton Academy grad from Randolph has coached program to prominence in a 36-year run.

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Beverly Beckham

A mysterious love story written in the sand

By Beverly Beckham

BLOTTER TALES

With a boost, injured hawk takes wing

By Emily Sweeney

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

By Alex Bensley