Mass. is facing a question: Who will oversee the T?

The Orange Line morning commute on the MBTA heading inbound.

David L Ryan/Globe Staff /file

The T?s governing board is due to expire in mid-2020, forcing officials to focus on what comes next.

This Oct. 12, 2018, aerial file photo shows devastation from Hurricane Michael over Mexico Beach, Fla.

US economy faces hit from climate change, report warns

The findings of the federal report are directly at odds with President Trump?s agenda of environmental deregulation, which he asserts will spur economic growth.

// Heavy rains and minor flooding are possible Saturday night

Soaking rain, gusty winds, and minor coastal flooding along the coast are predicted tonight.

American Airlines flight strikes bird and is forced to return to Logan

A Miami-bound jetliner struck a bird shortly after takeoff from Logan Airport on Saturday morning, and then safely returned.

// Firefighters extinguish four-alarm blaze in downtown Salem

A four-alarm fire burned through a three-floor apartment building in downtown Salem early Saturday morning.

// Mourners consider new ways to scatter a loved one?s remains

The cremation trend has spawned new and creative ways to scatter ashes, from rocket-like devices to ocean cruises.

// President Trump asks Supreme Court for fast appeal of transgender military ban

In what has become an increasingly common move for the Trump administration, it asked the justices to step in before lower courts have ruled.

// New York state?s lawsuit against Trump Foundation can proceed, judge rules

It was the second time this year that a New York state judge in Manhattan had decided that Trump, just because he is president, is not immune from civil court cases.

Elizabeth Bautista (right) and her business partner, Deya Garcia, shown in October in their closed shop Delish Bakery and Cafe in Lawrence.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff/file

Merrimack Valley businesses affected by gas fires look for salvation in holiday shoppers

Small Business Saturday promotions are being held in Lawrence, North Andover, and Andover, where the gas fires and explosions in September dealt merchants with a tough blow.

 Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (right) posed with Azamat Tazhayakov (left) and Dias Kadyrbayev in New York. Immigration officials say Kadyrbayev has been deported to his native Kazakhstan after he was convicted of concealing evidence in the case.

Marathon bomber?s friend offered testimony about Waltham triple slaying

Newly-unsealed court documents in the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev raise new questions about a still-unsolved 2011 triple murder in Waltham.

// US service member, 2 Afghan troops are killed in Afghanistan

The US military said that a service member has been killed in Afghanistan, while in a separate incident two Afghan soldiers died in a helicopter crash.

Romaine lettuce before it was harvested on a farm in Salinas, Calif., in October.

Farmer worries CDC has gone too far with its lettuce warning

A local lettuce grower voiced concern Friday over the nationwide ban on romaine lettuce, claiming the ban hurts farmers like him who grow their produce indoors.

Michelle Obama greeted the crowd at a stop at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

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Commentary | Jeneé Osterheldt

Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, and the double standard of success

In Boston this weekend for her book tour, Michelle Obama is entering a superstar status reserved for the likes of Beyoncé. And some people can?t get over it.

Deion Branch at Patriots practice in 2012, two years after he returned to the team for a second tour.


Deion Branch wishes he had spent his entire career with Patriots

A Super Bowl MVP and member of two championship teams, Branch was traded to Seattle before returning to the Patriots in 2010.

Last season, the Patriots came away with a 24-17 victory at MetLife Stadium.


Patriots don?t need a blowout vs. the Jets ? they just need to win

Historically, their matchups in the Meadowlands tend to be close games.

Is there really a way to cure yourself of last night?s last-round cocktail? According to experts, unless you have a time machine, the answer is no.

Help Desk

If you unintentionally drink too much this holiday season, here are some hangover helpers

The best way to cure a hangover is to avoid it entirely. But if you did have one too many during your big night out, here?s some expert advice that might help you feel better sooner.

Brookline police recently shared on social media this photo of a bike parked illegally in front of Town Hall.


Stolen bike in Brookline? Not so fast...

People fight over cake in Peabody, mascots are toppled at Bridgewater State, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

This Week in Weed

// Shaleen Title: Let?s talk about legalizing and regulating all drugs, not just marijuana

A senior Cannabis Control Commission official, Title argues the benefits of legalization aren?t limited to pot.

Shatter has had the ?impurities? of the wax removed, and has a hard, glassy texture that can ?shatter.?

Marijuana menus, explained

You skimmed the online menus of marijuana products available at the state?s first two recreational shops, and you?re eager to find out what all the hype is about. Check out this breakdown of some of the products offered at these two adult-use shops.

Quinn Gregory of New York (right) helped Alex Woodruff of Brighton select the perfect Christmas tree last November.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff/file

Local Christmas tree farmers expect a merry holiday

Bad weather and tree shortages in the region have led some suppliers to feel the pinch, but local tree farmers are still looking forward to a good season.

Christopher Muther

// When shopping becomes a treasure hunt

In a retail world where you can buy almost anything with a click, the future of brick and mortar shops may be about discovery -- finding things you never knew you needed.

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2018, file, photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the second day of the Future Investment Initiative conference, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia?s Crown Prince has begun his first tour abroad on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 since facing international pressure over the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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Michael A. Cohen

In foreign policy, it?s Trump first, the United States second

Everything for President Trump is about supposed material benefits ? with his needs coming before America?s.

Dima Gavrysh/AP Photo

Alex Beam

Two-and-a half cheers for Howard Zinn

Zinn?s ?A People?s History of the United States? is ubiquitous on curriculums, and universally hated by historians.

Boston Cardinal Sean P. O?Malley

O?Malley left out of group planning child abuse prevention summit

Pope Francis chose four committee members to organize the February meeting at the Vatican, and some observers debated the reason for Cardinal Sean O?Malley?s absence.

John L. Allen Jr. | Analysis

// How should we read the pope?s snub of O?Malley to plan Vatican abuse summit?

Does the omission signal a loss of favor with Francis, or a shift in direction in terms of the antiabuse effort in the Church?

Parents tell Globe Santa of the strength of their children in difficult times

In times of turmoil parents often are in awe of the resilience of their children. Families seeking help from Globe Santa often mention how strong their young ones are in the face of adversity.

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// Help was a few feet away. Why didn?t they save her?

My wife, Laura Levis, did everything she could to save herself when the asthma attack began. She went to Somerville Hospital and called 911, too. How could she have been left to die just outside the emergency room?


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The Big Picture

Aerial photos show devastation from Calif. wildfires

At least 79 people have lost their lives in California?s deadliest wildfire.