It?s official: Marijuana legal in Massachusetts

The Governor?s Council formally certified the results of Question 4 Wednesday afternoon.

// As pot becomes legal, head shops can drop the smoke screen

Of course it was for marijuana. All of it. And at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday in Massachusetts, these stores can finally end their long public wink.

A faux marijuana Christmas tree sits in the window of Shire Glass, a shop in Great Barrington.

Here?s what police might do if you?re stopped with marijuana

What happens if you?re stopped by police and you?ve got marijuana?

Globe Santa

// They sold enough lemonade to give Globe Santa $128

A series of notes, comments, and appointments from along the Globe Santa campaign trail.

Elizabeth Warren at UMass Boston last month.

Warren gets spot on Armed Services Committee

Senator Elizabeth Warren has landed a high-profile perch on one of the US Senate?s most powerful committees.

Yvonne Abraham

// From Senator Warren, a regret

?I think I took it too far,? Warren said in an interview about her ?heated? Facebook post blasting the hedge fund manager.

israelflag -(l to r) Brandeis President Ron Liebowitz, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Consul General of Israel to New England Yehuda Yaakov hold a replica of an 1890s flag from Boston that, according to Brandeis research, influenced the design of today?s Israeli flag. Governor Charlie Baker met on Monday, December 12, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the strong and unique relationship between Israel and Massachusetts. The meeting took place during the Baker-Polito Administration's Economic Development Mission to Israel. (Charlie Baker/Flickr)

Charlie Baker/Flickr

An unlikely Boston connection to Israel?s flag

A Brandeis professor has traced the image of the blue Star of David framed by two horizontal stripes to late 19th-century North End.

// State rules aim to prevent drownings at municipal day camps

Not until this year did the public health department start developing regulations to specify exactly how camps should meet state law requirements.

// On health care, Mass. looks to Minn. for some new ideas

Bay State officials head to Minneapolis to study a health care system that by some measures is the nation?s best.

Dave Epstein

// We are in store for a round of wild weather swings

New England weather is rarely dull in the winter, but even by our standards the next several days will be a roller coaster.

Mark Wahlberg?s mother, Elma, and Jessica Kensky?s service dog, Rescue, stood center stage on the red carpet Wednesday night.

?Patriots Day? premiere draws stars, real-life heroes

Some of the real-life Bostonians whose stories are featured in the Boston Marathon movie attended the premiere at the Wang Theater.

The transition to Trump

Donald Trump?s frequent use of Twitter has been a promotional boon for the company.

Josh Haner/The New York Times/File 2015

Tech Lab

Is Trump Twitter?s salvation?

The president-elect certainly has given Twitter relevance. But can Twitter profit from Donald Trump the way he?s profited from Twitter?

// Trump tries for positive tone at meeting with tech execs

Donald Trump called the tech executives gathered at Trump Tower ?a truly amazing group of people.?

// Trump adviser shared secrets without permission

Michael Flynn, Donald Trump?s pick for national security adviser, ?inappropriately shared? classified material, though he was never reprimanded.

TV CRitic?s Corner

// Presidents and their reality shows

What if, like Donald Trump, the last eight presidents had executive producer credits on real reality shows?

Fly infestation shuts down Chelsea High School

A fly infestation at Chelsea High School has forced the cancellation of classes for the remainder of the week.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Atmosphere at the launch event and reception for Lucasfilm's highly anticipated, first-ever, standalone Star Wars adventure

Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Disney

Opinion | Nicholas G. Evans

The alt-right is wrong about Star Wars

The alt-right must be the only people in the galaxy shocked at the parallels between the Nazi Party and the villains in Star Wars.

// Yahoo says hackers stole data from 1 billion accounts

The company says it?s a different breach from the one it disclosed in September, when 500 million accounts were exposed.

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) drives the lane against San Antonio Spurs forward Jonathon Simmons during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Darren Abate/AP


Celtics still having trouble with league?s elite

The Spurs played from ahead most of the night, taking advantage of Boston?s defensive mistakes.

Special reports

special report

Every doctor told the Lacey family their son would die ? except one

Pat and Dina Lacey had been parents for only a few months when doctors discovered a tumor in their new baby?s chest. Told to take their son home to die, they put their faith in a young doctor who wouldn?t accept death as the answer.

Opinion & Ideas


// Mass. should compensate those wrongfully convicted

The process for receiving compensation is lengthy and confrontational, and not everyone is eligible, like those who pleaded guilty because of bad legal advice.

Life sciences

STAT, a national publication from Boston Globe Media Partners, covers health, medicine, and life sciences.


The Desperate and the Dead | Part 7

// The San Antonio solution

How one Texas city took on mental health as a community and became a national model.

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.


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Google's self-driving car project gets a new name

The self-driving car project that Google started seven years ago has grown into a company called Waymo, signaling its confidence that it will be able to bring robot-controlled vehicles to the masses within the next few years