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?Good Will Hunting? gave us the modern Boston movie

One of the movie?s few sour notes was Robin Williams?s awful Boston accent, but his performance was touching.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck managed to capture a city?s heart.


Twenty years after its release, ?Good Will Hunting,? which launched the careers of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, holds up well, although it?s now also a look at what has changed in that time.

South Queen Street in downtown York, Pa., a city that hosts a large detention center.

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Immigrants haunted by fear of Trump crackdown

Unlike his predecessor, who demonstrated greater leniency, the president is targeting immigrants whose only infraction is being in the US without permission.

11/18/2017 Brockton - Ma -Brandyy Fernandes (cq) has $80,000 in student loan debt for her own education. Jonathan Wiggs\Globe Staff Reporter:Topic.

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Debt hits black students harder than others

African-American typically start with a smaller economic cushion, are more likely to borrow and, on average, earn less upon graduation.

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Wind chills overnight Sunday could dip into the teens in some areas.

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Trump tweeted that CNN doesn?t represent the United States in positive manner to a global audience. CNN tweeted that it isn?t their job to do that ? it?s his.

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President Trump?s son-in-law and senior adviser is both near the center of power and marginalized.

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The president has reignited hostilities with his own party just as Senate Republicans are rushing to pass the tax overhaul.

2 accused of assaulting, robbing Quincy woman, 92

Kayla Noel-Brown, 26, of Quincy and Markell Cruz, 27, of Somerville face charges, according to Quincy police.

Dracut police say driver in crash had open containers of alcohol

Michael Gagnon, 50, drove his pickup truck into a municipal building on Saturday, police said.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/23/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Walker_112217_24sibley_08219x.jpg When inmates return to their lives, Kevin Sibley will be there

Kevin Sibley, a towering man who speaks in a low, deliberate tone, sees purpose in his role as director of Boston?s recently created Office of Returning Citizens.

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Colby Jackman is in a battle with Methuen schools to place her girl in a specialized educational setting.

Photographs of Samuel Osborne (center) and his family were displayed in the Colby College archive.

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Colby College is grappling with its past, and honoring it

More than 150 years after he arrived on Colby College?s campus, freed slave Samuel Osborne has been recognized.

Celtics 108, Pacers 98

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Five Celtics scored in double digits, led by Kyrie Irving (25 points).


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After winning 16 straight games behind the electric Kyrie Irving, the Green at this moment are a bigger deal.

Nearly 25 years ago, as a young waitress, Anne Manning sued a Boston restaurant for sexual harassment.

Bella English

Thanks to all the women before #MeToo

All of us women owe a huge debt to Anita Hill, to Anne Manning, to many others who spoke out long ago.

Michael Dukakis and his wife, Kitty, said this one turkey carcass was left on their doorstep after Thanksgiving this year.

It?s post-Thanksgiving, and that means it?s #Dukarcass time again

Michael Dukakis, the former Massachusetts governor and Democratic presidential nominee, is known for his thriftiness and his turkey soup. And he?s at it again this year.

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Patriots are looking for seventh straight win

The Patriots are back at Gillette Stadium after a 10-day trip to Denver and Mexico City, and will host the Dolphins, an AFC East foe, who have lost four straight.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/solder3_crop.jpg In the face of his son?s cancer diagnosis, Nate Solder?s family embraces the ?many little blessings?

The gravity of the situation weighs on the family every day, but they find little moments of joy.

Marshall Cole, 92, of Falmouth, was a dancer at the Cocoanut Grove. He was in his dressing room when the fire broke out in the nightclub.

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75 years later, Cocoanut Grove fire still haunts

Two survivors of the catastrophe, which claimed 492 lives, were among those who viewed a documentary on the 1942 blaze.

Ideas | Mark Peters

Should we still say ?whom?? LOL, no

BuzzFeed?s global copy chief, Emmy J. Favilla, explains why ?whom? is bad and ?haha? is good.

Children from the Third Thursday Group at Christmas in 1992, the first year of donations.

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Lawyers dining group is in its 25th year of giving to Globe Santa

Members of the Third Thursday Group have donated more than $20,000 to the Globe Santa cause.

Tech Nomad

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A look at Net neutrality, and why the really bad news isn?t really big news.

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Despite playing shorthanded for much of the second half, Alabama lost by just 5 points to No. 14 Minnesota in a wild finish.

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First it was Tiger, then Jack.

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President Trump has named an acting leader ? but that came hours after its departing chief took steps to install his own pick.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/28/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Image%20Tease%20Place%20Holder.png The Season Ticket podcast

Chris Gasper and Joe Sullivan discuss an underappreciated aspect of Bill Belichick?s genius and the biggest takeaways from the Celtics? 16-game winning streak.

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