Longtime Boston immigration judge steps down

Judge Leonard Shapiro held his last hearing Thursday morning in Boston's immigration court.

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Most of Leonard Shapiro?s cases have dealt with ordinary people at a frightening crossroads.

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Two months into the three-month open enrollment period, the long-troubled agency seems to be doing better.

Mass. prescribers to get out-of-state drug data

The move will make it harder for people misusing drugs to cross state lines to obtain prescriptions without detection.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

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A New Year?s resolution for Boston

Let?s try to be a bit more cheerful than Bill Belichick.

New Bedford police investigating death of 24-year-old man

A 24-year-old New Bedford man died on New Year?s Eve shortly after arriving at a hospital with gunshot wounds.

State Police investigated 755 heroin overdose deaths in 2015

Of the victims, 591 were male, 164 were female. The average age of the victims was about 36, State Police said.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/01/01/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/stat.jpg Concussion measures in NFL called not enough

With limited authority, the sideline spotters cannot overrule team doctors who might disagree with their diagnoses.

Black Mountain has been hurt by warm temperatures but hopes to open Friday or Saturday. As soon as the mercury falls, ?we are ready to fire on all cylinders and cover the mountain with the white stuff,? its website says. Cranmore Mountain (right) had eight of 56 trails open early this week.

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Snowfall is too little, too late for holiday skiing

Warm weather means that even snow-making is difficult for the resorts.

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In a 12-page ruling, a judge rejected Bill Cosby?s wife?s motion to quash a subpoena for her deposition.

People watched fireworks during the First Night festivities in Boston?s Public Garden Thursday night.

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A grand welcome to 2016

Boston rang in 2016 with fireworks bursting over Boston Common, ice sculptures sparkling from the waterfront to the Back Bay, and hundreds of spectators.

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As 2015 drew to a close, many are bidding a weary and wary adieu to a year marred by attacks.

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Minor injuries reported after fire engulfs Dubai skyscraper

An inferno broke out in a downtown skyscraper Thursday, engulfing at least 20 stories in a chaotic scene.


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Odds are good that you weren?t born a Kennedy. But now, thanks to folks at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, you can buy the next best thing.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/28/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/kreiter_merrimack1_arts.jpg At Merrimack, ?The White Chip? gets at the heart of addiction

?The White Chip,? chronicles artistic director Sean Daniels?s personal struggle with alcohol.


?The Girl on the Train? is the BPL?s most-borrowed book in 2015

Judging from the Boston Public Library?s list of the 10 most-borrowed titles of the year, people never tire of reading ?The Fault in Our Stars.?

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He was an entrepreneur who built and sold four high-tech companies in the past 17 years.

W.G. Grace, the best cricket player of the Victorian age, in the late 1880s.

Herbert Rose Barraud

Book review

A historian uncovers the roots of men?s facial hair

Human beings have been tugging on beards for as long as we?ve had tools to shave them with.

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For former Bruin Steve Heinze, a day on the ice is a good day

The 45-year-old Heinze, who retired after several concussions, joined old pals in the Alumni Game at the NHL?s Winter Classic.


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The humble, likable outfielder could have had a statue in Boston but instead will go down as a wonderful footnote.

Love Letters

Does he have to pay for dates?

I feel as though I am in a no-win situation.

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Ground Game

Ground Game

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/29/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/499351058.jpg A campaign fundraising deadline that matters little

This time the difference between a pretty good and a pretty bad fundraising report isn?t much. If a candidate gets an extra million, it means virtually nothing.

Globe Santa

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Globe Santa delivers holiday gifts to local children in need.

Globe investigations

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A look at high-impact investigations from The Boston Globe, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning report on abuse in the Catholic Church.

The Big Picture

The supermoon rises behind Glastonbury Tor on Sept. 27 in Glastonbury, England. Tonight?s supermoon, so called because it is the closest full moon to the Earth this year, is particularly rare as it coincides with a lunar eclipse, a combination that has not happened since 1982 and won?t happen again until 2033. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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The big picture

2015 Year in pictures: Part II

Photographs from July - December on a range of topics from around the world.

The story behind 'Spotlight'

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?Spotlight? is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.


betaboston | tech lab

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The FCC is casting a suspicious gaze on some US telecom firms that are handing out free Internet bandwidth to their customers.


The new Christian martyrs

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/22/BostonGlobe.com/Foreign/Images/12262011_26nigeria_photo-8138059.jpg A faith on the rise and under attack in Africa

Africa is also widely considered the most dynamic corner of the Christian map.