Number of Boston teen homicides doubles in 2017

Boston MA 12/19/17 Boston police photograph evidence at the scene of a fatal shooting on 300 block of Bowdoin Street. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic reporter:

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

During a year in which violent crime overall fell by 7 percent and the number of homicides remained mostly stable, the death toll among some of the city?s youngest residents is alarming.

Passengers not impressed with the T?s early winter returns

The smashed front end of a Mattapan High Speed MBTA Trolley near Cedar Grove Station on Friday, December 29, 2017 in Wellesley. (Scott Eisen for The Boston Globe)

Scott Eisen for The Boston Globe

17 people were injured Friday when two Mattapan trolleys collided, marking a day when the MBTA?s first serious winter test this season also saw long delays and backups.

// Workplace bullying remains in the shadows

As workplaces of every imaginable kind are rocked in the national reckoning over abuses of sex and power, some say another, related issue waits in the shadows.

12/29/2017 BOSTON, MA Commuters arrive at South Station in Boston in single digit temperatures. ()

Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

Good weather for yaks ... and for tourists

We?ll get to happy Himalayan yaks and some Buddhist meditation in a minute, but first this cold-related news.

// White House fires all HIV/AIDS advisory council members

The council has advised the White House on HIV/AIDS policies since its founding in 1995.

// Mar-a-Lago gives Trump a respite - and his staff a headache

To the chagrin of many aides, Mar-a-Lago is also the place where President Trump is often his most unrestrained and unfettered.

// Summoned by a prank call, Kansas police kill a man at his front door

Police officers raced to the scene and surrounded the house. A man emerged and the police commanded him to put his hands up. Moments later, an officer fired a deadly shot.

// Gloucester police grow beards, raise $4,750 to arrest childhood cancer

Gloucester police officers will greet the new year sporting bushy beards and curly moustaches, all for a good cause.

spotlight follow-up

11 takeaways from the groundbreaking Spotlight series on race in Boston

Does Boston deserve its racist reputation? Here are 11 takeaways from the Spotlight Team?s attempt to answer that provocative question.

// How Dr. Phil?s recovery venture trades on his show?s clout

One Florida facility that Dr. Phil endorsed on his show as one of the best in the nation has a troubled owner and has had scores of teens go missing in the past two years.

The Season Ticket podcast

NFL reporter Ben Volin joins host Chris Gasper to dive into the major storylines ahead of the last Patriots game of the regular season.

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Boston, Ma., 12/29/17, The Bell in Hand. Three pubs lay claim to the oldest in Boston -- the Warren Tavern in Charlestown, and the Bell in Hand and the Green Dragon near Haymarket.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

A quest to find Boston?s oldest tavern

Three establishments lay claim to being the oldest bar in Boston. But in a city meticulous about its history, the truth is hard to come by.

Ty Burr

// Ty Burr?s top 10 movies of 2017

The best movies of the year managed to keep audiences rapt while pulling the rug out from under their expectations and assumptions.

Dinner With Cupid

// They met before Cupid set them up. But only one of them remembers it.

Will their history be too awkward to overcome, or is it a good sign of preexisting attraction?

Miss Conduct

// Should I ask my baby-sitting client for the money she owes?

I was (probably accidentally) underpaid, and what?s bugging me isn?t the amount ? it?s the principle.

Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton, 77, acclaimed author of alphabetical detective series

With the publication of her latest book, Ms. Grafton?s alphabetical series had reached ?Y Is for Yesterday.?

Opinion & Ideas


// In Boston, is there life after challenging the mayor ? and losing?

How do you measure the state of Boston politics? By whether someone can defy the mayor and live to tell about it.


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One hundred years ago, one of the world?s top conductors was ensnared in a scandal involving patriotism and sex. It almost toppled Boston?s famed orchestra.

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// Stem cells for heart failure? Buyer be wary

A study of 30 clinics paints a dismal and worrisome picture of this unregulated industry.

Real Estate

What is it like to live in Marlborough?

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