Driver?s license law may change

The waiting line at the Watertown Mall where the RMV in Watertown.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Lawmakers voted to repeal a state law requiring a driver?s license suspension for those convicted of drug crimes that have nothing to do with driving.

// World stocks slide as China trading halted after plunge

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index tumbled 7.3 percent to 3,115.89 before ??circuit breakers?? suspended trading for the day.

// Decision expected from GE this month

Officials worked throughout the holiday period and into this week to nail down details about a potential move that could bring hundreds of high-paying jobs.

Matthew Hoffman made this rendering of his vision for the new Greenway installation, called ?May This Never End.?

Matthew Hoffman

Words on Greenway fence showcase power of language

?Unlike the memorials, today?s public art is really about the individual experience of the viewer, but it?s also a collective experience.?

// Johnny Pesky?s No. 6 defaced outside Fenway Park

It was not clear when the vandal or vandals defaced the number. Boston police said they could not locate any reports about the incident.

// Iraq offers to mediate between Saudi Arabia, Iran

The standoff has seen the Saudis sever diplomatic ties with their longtime regional rival.

// Is it a Walmart? Development feud lingers

The battle centers on whether a big box store should be built in Greenfield.

John McCain captured the 2000 Republican primary over George W. Bush, the party favorite and the son of a president.

JIM COLE/Associated Press

N.H. voters may again go for the outsiders

A large number of independents have contributed to the victories of insurgents in New Hampshire.

Panel orders police recruit reinstated

A commission found the department imposed ?harsher discipline? on minority recruits than white ones.

// Bella Bond?s mother pleads not guilty

New, grim details in the case emerged Wednesday as Rachelle Bond appeared in court for the first time since being indicted.

Fear of deportations swirls in state

People at the protest vigil against ICE and Dept. of Homeland Security raids against immigrants, outside the State House in Boston.

John Blanding/Globe Staff

Advocates who once considered President Obama an ally grasped for answers about the deportation of parents and children.

// Dates set for Cosby attorneys to depose accusers in Springfield suit

Lawyers have set dates for deposing seven of the entertainer?s alleged assault victims, though the actual dates were not specified.

Boston City Hall.

Yvonne Abraham

City Hall not open to all, lawyer?s rise suggests

It?s hard to believe Mayor Marty Walsh?s claim that fast-rising lawyer Sean O?Donovan isn?t getting special treatment.


// C4?s launch takes aim at troublesome proteins

C4 Therapeutics thinks it has a way to assassinate disease-causing proteins that drugs cannot reach or that grow resistant to treatments.


// Appliances getting smart enough to keep the household humming

After seeing the latest offerings at CES, it?s almost time to start taking computer-controlled appliances seriously.

// Apple stock slumps amid iPhone sales worries

Apple fans keep buying iPhones, but Wall Street keeps worrying the company won?t be able to match last year?s blistering sales pace.

Julian Edelman was injured in a game against the Giants in November.

Al Bello/Getty Images

Feet don?t fail them now? A look at an NFL scourge

What?s the science behind these injuries? How serious are they?


// Jabaal Sheard getting a taste of playoffs

The 26-year-old defensive end will get his first taste of playoff football a week from Saturday.


// Bradley hopes to return Sunday

Celtics guard Avery Bradley missed his second consecutive game on Wednesday because of a bruised hip.

Stage Review

// History as an open wound in New Rep?s ?Via Dolorosa?

David Bryan Jackson excels in the solo play at New Repertory Theatre about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Glen Rennie (left), a scientist at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, and Todd Milne, a vice president at Ironwood, at a Cyclic GMP Forum. At the forums, researchers can share ideas and findings with others interested in their fields of study.

STAT | Kendall Squared

Scientists talk shop over pizza and beers

It may not have fit everyone?s definition of an exciting way to kick back after a day on the job, but the event has become a social ritual for local scientists.

dining decor

// In the glow of Avery Bar?s dramatic chandelier

This dramatic Murano crystal and hand-blown glass chandelier ? 6 feet long, made with 139 pieces of curved glass ? was crafted in Venice.

// Remembering restaurateur Ken Kelly

The restaurateur behind The Independent, Foundry on Elm, River Bar, and more passed away Dec. 23.

Letter from the publisher

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Ground Game

ground game

// Will anger trump electability in the primaries?

With about a month to go before the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, there is an emerging political dynamic in both sides.

Globe investigations

// Globe investigations and Spotlight reports

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

 Cats crowd the harbor on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan, Feb. 25. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Thomas Peter/Reuters

The Big picture

The year 2015 in pictures: Animals

A selection of some of the best animal images from photographers around the world.

The story behind 'Spotlight'

// Boston Globe coverage and the movie ?Spotlight?

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


betaboston | tech lab

// Dear FCC: Don?t fight Internet freebies

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



// Woman at heart of Vatileaks 2.0 sees herself as martyr for reform

Francesca Chaouqui believes she?s been a target since being named to a reform panel independent of the Vatican bureaucracy.