Mass. jobless rate plummets to 2.9 percent

The Massachusetts unemployment rate plummeted to 2.9 percent in November, marking the fifth month in a row that joblessness has dropped.

?Ladies man, game slayer, and outlaw?: This is likely the greatest death notice you?ll read today

?Irishman dies from stubbornness, whiskey.? It may read like an Onion piece, but it?s the start to a cheeky ? yet poignant ? local death announcement.

Boston police, FBI conduct raids targeting violent criminals

The early-morning raids marked the end of a long-running investigation into illegal gun and drug sales.

Workers trapped inside water tank in Braintree

Two workers were trapped inside a large water tank on Lincoln Street Thursday morning.

The transition to Trump

Ground Game

// Four charts that show the realtime aftermath of Trump?s tweets

In the weeks since Trump was elected to the White House, he has used his Twitter account to attack opponents, tout Cabinet candidates, and promote policy.

// Trump confirms selection of Zinke to be secretary of interior

President-elect Donald Trump has selected Montana Representative Ryan Zinke to be secretary of interior.

Perspective | Magazine

// The trick to getting politicians to listen is simple

Whether you need a pothole fix, or a champion for your deepest beliefs, give your grandparents? method a try.

Tech Lab

// Can Trump make Twitter great again?

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

Yvonne Abraham

// From Senator Warren, a regret

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

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.

TV CRitic?s Corner

// What if the last eight presidents had reality shows?

Here are a few scenarios if every president since Nixon had a TV show like Donald Trump.

 People are in varying stages of bundle outside South Station.  Pat Greenhouse Staff Photographer The Boston Globe

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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.

A Colorado home was lit up for the holidays with a Star Shower Laser Light in lieu of traditional lights.

Is your Christmas display distracting pilots?

Could people?s holiday spirit cause problems for pilots steering their aircraft through the skies?

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.

Tomorrow it will be legal to possess, use, and home-grow marijuana for Massachusetts residents over the age of 21.

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After 105 years, marijuana is legal again in Massachusetts

It was 1911 that the New England Watch and Ward Society successfully petitioned the Legislature to outlaw possession of cannabis.

// 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?

// Are concussions among Mass. student athletes being taken seriously enough?

Recent survey findings from Mass. student athletes and a lack of compliance from schools are troubling signs.

// 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.

// Could an exit from Social Security help the T?s retirement fund?

The right-leaning Pioneer Institute is recommending a major overhaul of retirement benefits for new MBTA employees.

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