Globe Spotlight Investigation | Part 2 of 3

Student tenants overcrowded, at risk

A Globe investigation found that the thousands of students who must scrounge for housing off campus in Boston are easy targets for scofflaw landlords. By The Globe Spotlight Team

//[1][1].jpg Neighborhoods lose as rents rise

Home prices have skyrocketed as ever-rising rents paid by students attract investors who can easily outbid any family.

SJC questions whether casino repeal would cost Mass.

The court heard arguments on whether a measure to repeal the gambling law should be included on the statewide ballot.

AG Martha Coakley said she had no crystal ball on whether or not the court will decide to permit the repeal measure to go to voters.

Coakley defends decision to keep casino repeal off ballot

Martha Coakley’s office had ruled that a repeal would “impair the implied contracts between” the gaming commission and applicants.

Supreme Court ruling favors prayer at council meetings

Prayers that open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution, a divided Supreme Court ruled.

// Snapped clamp eyed as cause of circus accident

Two of the nine performers injured during the Providence show were in critical condition this morning.

// In wake of security breach, Target’s CEO stepping down

Target is wrestling with the fallout from hackers’ theft of credit and debit card information on tens of millions of customers.


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Achilles Aiken began volunteering at Rosie’s Place, where he met Marie Saint Louis. He began tutoring her, and they soon became inseparable.

Unlikely friendship forms in shelter classroom

Even longtime staffers at Rosie’s Place have been surprised by the depths of the friendship between BC student Achilles Aiken and 56-year-old Marie Saint Louis.

Health and wellness

‘Fat’ label: self-fulfilling prophecy for girls?

In an era when schools send notes home to parents if children are overweight, a new study suggesting that labeling girls “fat” can lead to later obesity should raise alarm.