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Jim Franchek held a photo of his daughter Emma, who died of an overdose. He has many photos of her in his home.

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Road to Recovery

Drugs took their children, but not their hope that others might be saved

The experiences of three young adults who fatally overdosed, as told by their parents, contain lessons for addressing the opioid crisis.

// As the Marathon nears, Newton’s hills come alive

How four awful hills, two bathrooms, and a quiet carriage road turned Newton into a marathon-training mecca.

Sex trafficking is in plain sight in Massachusetts communities

The empty store at 828 Mass. Ave. in Arlington once housed a massage parlor.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

In such communities as Stoneham, Hadley, Arlington, and Needham, women are being held as sex slaves. Prosecutors say the investigations are time-consuming and difficult.

// As UMass makes a big bet on online education, rivals offer words of caution

Many public universities have faced significant challenges in recruiting students, ensuring quality, and managing costs — and the efforts have ended quietly.

The Nation

Centrists squirm as 2020 Democrats swerve left

Supporters cheered at a campaign rally for Senator Bernie Sanders Friday in Iowa.

By Jonathan Martin

Some increasingly fear that the party could fritter away its chances of beating President Trump in 2020 by careening over a liberal cliff.

First lady has a growing ease in her official role, but not politics

Mrs. Trump ‘‘is going to want to be home for her son, no matter his age,” her spokeswoman said.

By Darlene Superville and Catherine Lucey

Melania Trump largely avoided the campaign trail in 2016, citing her desire to be home for her young son.

Hundreds of migrant children are taken from families despite rollback of separation policy

Silvia Maribel Ramos, who arrived in the United States last month to learn that her husband had been deported to Guatemala and her 3-year-old daughter had been taken, in Oakland, March 1, 2019. Ramos is struggling with the paperwork required to recover Ashley. “My daughter can’t understand. She just weeps and begs to be with us,” she said. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

By Miriam Jordan and Caitlin Dickerson

Nearly nine months after the Trump administration officially rescinded its policy of separating migrant families who have illegally crossed the border, more than 200 migrant children have been taken from parents and other relatives and placed in institutional care.

The World

China suggests a trade compromise with the Trump administration

Over the past year, the most contentious issue in the countries’ trade talks has been the Trump administration’s demand for what it calls an enforcement provision, which it says China must accept.

By Keith Bradsher and Ana Swanson

The compromise could also lead to a more fragile agreement, which could fall apart quickly should trade frictions rise again.

In South Africa’s fabled wine country, white and black battle over land

Building a shack near the township of Kayamandi, where newcomers arrive daily, mostly from the impoverished Eastern Cape Province, in Stellenbosch, South Africa, Aug. 16, 2018. A generation after apartheid, the Stellenbosch region is gripped by a struggle that pits white citizens who still control much of the economy against their black neighbors. (Joao Silva/The New York Times)

By Selam Gebrekidan and Norimitsu Onishi

Virtually overnight, a farm in the Stellenbosch region became a battleground in a bitter political fight that has split the nation: Who should own South Africa’s land?

New images of North Korea buildup confront Trump’s hopes for disarmament

A March 6 satellite image shows the Sohae Satellite Launch Facility in Tongchang-ri, North Korea.

By David E. Sanger and William J. Broad

Even during eight months of blossoming diplomacy, Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, was steadily adding to his weapons arsenal and nuclear infrastructure.

Editorial & Opinion


Boston high schools should adopt state course recommendations

Dorchester MA 6/10/16 Gaduates at Jeremiah Burke High School celebrate their graduation on Friday June 10, 2016. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

It’s past time for Boston Public Schools to align its high school curriculum with the MassCore recommendations.

Renée Graham

It’s time for a Malcolm X monument, too

By Renée Graham

Boston wasn’t just another stop on Malcolm’s road to manhood.

Opinion | Michael A. Cohen

Ilhan Omar’s stunning lack of introspection

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., stands with fellow Democrats as they rally outside the Capitol ahead of passage of H.R. 1,

By Michael A. Cohen

Omar’s comments activated a long-standing anti-Jewish stereotype: that Diaspora Jews use money to exercise influence and political power.


Road to Recovery

Drugs took their children, but not their hope that others might be saved

Jim Franchek held a photo of his daughter Emma, who died of an overdose. He has many photos of her in his home.

By Felice J. Freyer

The experiences of three young adults who fatally overdosed, as told by their parents, contain lessons for addressing the opioid crisis.

Sex trafficking is in plain sight in Massachusetts communities

The empty store at 828 Mass. Ave. in Arlington once housed a massage parlor.

By Stephanie Ebbert

In such communities as Stoneham, Hadley, Arlington, and Needham, women are being held as sex slaves. Prosecutors say the investigations are time-consuming and difficult.

Yvonne Abraham

Recycling can’t fix what really ails us

Recycling isn’t the answer to our trash woes, writes Yvonne Abraham: reducing trash is.

By Yvonne Abraham

It’s a noble aim, but it doesn’t get at our real problems when it comes to trash.

Business & Tech

Michelle Singletary | The Color of Money

Getting a tax refund? Here are some smart ways to spend the money

By Michelle Singletary

This is your chance to act on the financial promises to yourself.



Austin Rivers at peace with how his career has turned out

Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown (7) defends against Houston Rockets' Austin Rivers (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

By Gary Washburn

He was thinking All-Star Games and scoring titles. Instead, he has played on four teams in seven years.


Celtics not concerned about playoff seeding

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens protests a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Boston, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

By Adam Himmelsbach

While Boston would prefer to have home-court advantage in the opening round, there is not a massive difference between seeds 3 and 5.


Lee Stempniak’s patience is rewarded by Bruins

Boston, MA - 3/09/2019 - (1st Period) Boston Bruins right wing Lee Stempniak (18) and Ottawa Senators left wing Zack Smith (15) battle for the puck during the first period. The Boston Bruins host the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Matthew Porter, Topic: 10Senators-Bruins, LOID: 8.5.606282452.

By Matt Porter

The veteran forward gets the call against Ottawa, will play on a line with David Krejci and Joakim Nordstrom

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Is David Backes putting himself in harm’s way?

By Kevin Paul Dupont


Can a former agent succeed in running the Mets?

By Peter Abraham


Marcus Morris attributes Celtics’ success to ‘a better mind-set’

By Gary Washburn


Kyrie Irving, Celtics finish off Lakers this time

By Adam Himmelsbach

Women’s Hockey East tournament

BC rolls on, to meet Northeastern for Women’s Hockey East crown

By Barbara Matson


Revolution fall to Columbus Crew in home opener

By Frank Dell’Apa


Enough with the PED excuses

By Tara Sullivan


Hingham eliminates Framingham from Super 8

By Jake Levin


Saturday’s spring training report: Red Sox relievers hammered by Mets

By Alex Speier


Patriots could be diving into the quarterback market

By Ben Volin


Five things to know before the Bruins take on the Senators

By Matt Porter


Ideas | Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Too old to be president? Science says yes.

By Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Sanders, Biden, Weld, Trump, even Warren are too old to lead this country. And with all the wisdom they’ve ostensibly accrued over their years, they should know that.

Ideas | Brantley Hargrove

A letter from Tornado Country

TOPSHOT - Damage is seen from a tornado which killed at least 23 people in Beauregard, Alabama on March 4, 2019. - Rescuers in Alabama were set to resume search operations Monday after at least two tornadoes killed 23 people, uprooted trees and caused

By Brantley Hargrove

In the Southeast, people die when poverty meets the planet’s most ferocious winds.

Ideas | Ryan Walsh

Homage or plagiarism? A worrisome pop music precedent.

6th October 1976: American soul singer Marvin Gaye (1939 - 1984) walking ahead of his Rolls Royce in Notting Hill, London. (Photo by John Minihan/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

By Ryan Walsh

A federal court has ordered Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams to pay $5 million to Marvin Gaye’s estate for ripping off one of the soul singer’s songs. But did they?

Sunday Arts

Dance Review

Boston Ballet is in top form with ‘Full on Forsythe’

From left: Lasha Khozashvili, Patrick Yocum, and Jessica Burrows in Boston Ballet’s “Full on Forsythe.”

By Jeffrey Gantz

With an entire evening devoted to the distinguished American choreographer William Forsythe, the company went all out.

Ty Burr

Thinking about cord-cutting II: I did it — and I’ve found out even more

By Ty Burr

Even with a few more complications factored in, the savings are considerable.

book review

A fairy tale that pulls you close

By John Freeman

Fantasy of Helen Oyeyemi’s ‘Gingerbread’ masks a tale of economic migration

More Stories

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Savory mysteries set in historical Rome; an immigrant mathematician’s life

By Nina MacLaughlin

It’s a Thing

Easter eggs, Uber goobers, the King of cool, and more

By Michael Andor Brodeur

story behind the book | kate tuttle

‘Your friendly neighborhood copy chief’

By Kate Tuttle


When one is the loneliest number

By Matthew Gilbert

@large | Michael Andor Brodeur

Private practice: Is it too late for Facebook to change?

By Michael Andor Brodeur


If you go . . . Belfast

Several airlines fly nonstop from Boston to Dublin, Ireland. Trains connect the two cities, or rent a car to make the hour-and-a-half drive.

The sights, sounds, and faces of India

Motorbikes, tuk tuks, and carts are ubiquitous on the streets of India..

By John Sherman

I have never traveled to a country that so overwhelms the senses. The colors, the noise, the smells.

When visiting the equator, where do you draw the line?

The view from the top of the 98-foot-high monument at Ecuador’s Middle of the World City.

By Rick Warner

Despite the monument in Ecuador’s Middle of the World City, that is not the actual site of the equator, which modern GPS has pinpointed about 790 feet down the road. (And that spot is in dispute, too.)

More Stories

Go Girl

All aboard with a British baking star

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright


Belfast is buzzing, leaving The Troubles behind

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

Boston on the cheap

By Frances J. Folsom

The VIP Lounge | Marie Osmond

The VIP Lounge with Marie Osmond

By Juliet Pennington

Travel troubleshooter

Where’s compensation from Iberia for delayed luggage?

By Christopher Elliott


Here, there, and everywhere

By Necee Regis

Real Estate

How to downsize your home without pitching a fit

Pictured in the townhouse that is being purchased by her daughter (not pictured) is Cynthia Pill (second from left), along with broker Marie Presti, (second from right), the current owner Joseph Brennan (far left), and real estate agent Mary Guilloty (far right).

By Katheleen Conti

The biggest takeaway is that when it comes to downsizing, the earlier you start the process, the better.


It takes a lot more than just cleaning to prepare a house for sale

By Bella English

Maybe — probably — I’m just a sentimental fool, but I am having a seriously hard time as we prepare to put our house on the market this spring.

Designing a TV room for when your children visit

By Marni Elyse Katz

Designer creates a cozy roost for the grown children of empty-nesters to watch TV and hang out. Get more design inspiration at


The Arts Issue

A folk opera from Vermont heads to Broadway

Vermont native Anaïs Mitchell at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York.

By James Sullivan

Anaïs Mitchell grew up on a sheep farm in Vermont. Now her musical “Hadestown” is headed for theater’s brightest lights.

The Arts Issue

Why independent bookstores are thriving in spite of Amazon

Porter Square Books has found politics energizes its community of readers.

By Alysia Abbott

From ukulele lessons to speed-dating events, local shops are attracting loyal customers seeking a social hub in an online world. And they’re buying books, too.

The Arts Issue

39 must-see performances, exhibitions, and arts events in New England

Malpaso Dance Company returns to The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard this summer.

The lowdown from the Globe’s arts writers on the new season’s most eagerly anticipated performances, shows, and exhibitions across the region.

Globe Local


Give your china cabinet a ‘cheeky’ makeover

By Linda Greenstein

Why get rid of old furniture, when you can transform it with a little elbow grease, paint, and imagination?


How do you fix a window? First, do your homework

Shawn Young, who teaches home improvement classes at Keefe Tech, installed a window recently in a Waltham home.

By John Hilliard

It’s important for a do-it-yourselfer to know when to take on a project — and when to call in a professional.


With Noodle City, Ashland finally gets its own ramen spot

The doragon ramen’s fiery miso-based broth is accented with roasted Thai chilis, chili paste, and bright red chili threads.

By Rachel Lebeaux

The menu allows diners to build their own bowl, selecting their preferred broth, protein, and extras ranging from wood ear mushrooms to Thai roast pork.