The opioid epidemic

Opioid deaths set a grim record last year in Mass.

Nearly 2,000 people are believed to have died from opioid overdoses in 2016 in Massachusetts, with fentanyl abuse seen as a leading cause.

The Trump administration

Republican Senator John McCain.

McCain slams Trump in Munich speech without using his name

Republican Sen. John McCain delivered a withering critique of President Donald Trump in a speech Friday.

// In Europe, Pence says US will hold Russia accountable

Vice President Pence also said the US would be ??unwavering?? in its commitment to trans-Atlantic institutions like NATO.

Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown.

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Ambassador Scott Brown? It could happen.

Former US senator Scott Brown is being considered for nomination as President Trump?s ambassador to New Zealand.

// Was Mark Cuban trolling Trump?

Mark Cuban, the billionaire businessman, is a vocal Donald Trump antagonist. Did he find a new way to poke the president last night?

// The White House is considering firing this guy, but it?s complicated.

Richard Cordray is the federal watchdog with the biggest target on his back in President Trump?s Washington.

Local politics

// Moulton threatened by man claiming to be police officer

Congressman Seth Moulton responded by tweeting the wide-eyed emoji at the tweet, and contacting US Capitol Police.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - FEBRUARY 12: Demonstrators march to the Plaza Angel Independencia February 12, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico. The marchers protested the policies of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico. (Photo by Rafael S. Fabres/Getty Images)

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Opinion | Stephen Kinzer

Waking the Mexican sleeping giant

Neither sea creatures nor Canada will cause trouble for the United States. But Mexico may.

// SpaceX launch at historic NASA moon pad is delayed at last second

Last-minute rocket trouble forced the unmanned SpaceX on Saturday to delay its inaugural launch from NASA?s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


// This MBTA worker didn?t have the equipment to clear the tracks. So he made his own.

For Michael Haywood, it was a personal affront when state officials were flummoxed by the big winter of 2015.

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// Plowing into a snow-removal debate

The state should reconsider its traffic-slowing technique for highway snow removal.

// Patrolmen?s union, city reach $68 million deal

The deal will mean an annual 2 percent increase over four years for the 1,500 members of the Boston Police Patrolmen?s Association.

Skate on the same ice that the Bruins practice on, and do it while you?re rocking out at the Brighton facility.

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14 fun Vacation Week ideas for kids

Parents, are you in desperate need of a few creative (and inexpensive) ways to fill school vacation week with the kids? Yeah, we thought so.


// The many rewards of occasionally playing hooky

A good deal on a hotel and lift tickets is just one of the many reasons to book a weekday getaway. Love is another.


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// Millard Fillmore was deservedly forgotten, but his politics sound familiar

The 13th president is lost in obscurity, which is a more generous fate than he deserved.

Special reports

// A life taken, but also a life lost

How did 14-year-old Raeshawn Moody wind up becoming among the youngest to face a murder charge in Boston?


The Desperate and the Dead | Part 7

// The San Antonio solution

One Texas city took on mental health as a community and became a national model. Why can?t Mass. do the same?


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800 acres, and the public is invited

The Charles River Meadowlands Initiative hopes to increase access and create a network of trails linking open space in Franklin, Bellingham, and Medway.


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