Somerville becomes first city in Mass. to restrict e-cigarette sales

The local Board of Health voted last week to ban the sale of e-cigarettes and menthol cigarettes in stores that are open to youth, a move that will effectively pull the products from convenience store shelves.

// US says 2nd Guatemalan child has died in immigration custody

An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in government custody early Tuesday, marking the second death of an immigrant child in detention this month.

After becoming bored in retirement, Ron Cohen took a job at the Y, where he and his wife, Susan, a teacher, are members.

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With retirement, many are making it up as they go

Many older people don?t know when they ? or their partners ? will retire, or what they?ll do after. And economic volatility adds to the uncertainty.

// A vulgar sign at UMass Amherst leads to questions of free speech and profanity

A student was asked to remove a sign from her dorm window that used derogatory language to tell Nazis they aren?t welcome, prompting debate on campus.

// Mattis sends holiday message to military members, and says ?storm clouds loom?

Outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis?s holiday message commends service members, and mentions ?storm clouds.?

// Man and child taken to hospital after house fire in Avon

Two people was taken to the hospital after a fire tore through a home in Avon on Tuesday night, the state fire marshal?s office said.

// These Facebook holdouts are very glad they stayed away

With scandals plaguing Facebook this year, those people who never joined the social media platform think they made the right decision.

// Tufts doctor killed by falling ice remembered for love of adventure

Dr. Judith Pinsker was hiking with her husband and sons, and other people, in the White Mountains when she was struck by falling ice.

// Fires damage homes, displace residents in Eastern Mass.

No one was injured in the aftermath of blazes in Whitman, New Bedford, and West Roxbury across Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

// More than 3,000 patients in N.J. possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis

The New Jersey Department of Health says more than 3,000 patients at a surgery center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

// Shutdown will continue until Democrats provide border money, Trump says

President Trump said parts of the government will stay shut as long as Democrats refuse to approve money for more barriers on the US-Mexico border.

Treasury Steve Mnuchin arrives to watch President Donald Trump speak during an event honoring the NASCAR Cup Series champions on the South Lawn at the White House on May 21, 2018 in Washington. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford.

Trump declares confidence in ?very talented? Mnuchin after slide

President Trump expressed confidence in Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who is struggling to contain his first real crisis.

// Proposed law would stop companies from firing workers for off-hours pot use

A bill Senator Jason Lewis plans to introduce next month would only allow employers to fire workers who show up high.

Boston MA 12/25/18 Boston Celtics Kyrie Irving reacting after making a three point basket against the Philadelphia 76ers during overtime period of NBA action at TD Garden. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

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Celtics 121, Sixers 114 (OT)

Celtics fend off Sixers in OT on Kyrie Irving?s heroics

Kyrie Irving had 40 points and 10 rebounds, and hit two critical 3-pointers in the final 2 minutes of the extra session.

// After eight years of LePage, Maine will soon see changes

Janet Mills, who sparred with Paul LePage as attorney general and will become the state?s first female governor, has promised in a more civil tone.

Ben Volin | On Football

// The No. 1 seeds in the NFL playoffs sure look vulnerable

Is anyone feeling confident about the Chiefs and Saints with the way each team is currently playing?

Tom Brady passed for 126 yards Sunday vs. the Bills.

Tara Sullivan

Would anything surprise you with this Patriots team?

With one week left in the season, we are looking at one of the most confusing editions of the Belichick-Brady reign.

Boston, MA - 12/25/2018- ] Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley gives his sermon during the Christmas Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. (Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe) Topic: (Metro)

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O?Malley urges love and reconciliation

Focusing on God?s love, Cardinal Seán O?Malley?s urged the faithful, and even the not-so-faithful, to remember and celebrate each other in his Christmas message.

// ?Being homeless in downtown Boston, St. Francis provides for you?

For 34 years, St. Francis House has served free lunch on Christmas to guests at the shelter. This year, they prepared 280 pounds of ham, 168 pounds of mashed potatoes, 60 gallons of apple cider, and so much more.

Kevin Spacey.

Kevin Spacey faces charges in alleged assault on 18-year-old

The actor is scheduled to be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery at Nantucket District Court on Jan. 7.

// From ?Die Hard? to a crackling yule log: The best Christmas movie streaming options

Gift wrapping complete? Kick back with a glass of eggnog and enjoy some snow-dusted streaming options.


// The most-read Globe editorials of 2018

The Boston Globe?s Editorial Board dealt with a range of topics during 2018, from Brett Kavanaugh, to President Trump?s attacks against the press, to the Catholic Church?s sex abuse scandal.

Opinion | Kenneth Rogoff

// Has peak cryptocurrency already come and gone?

The right way to think about cryptocurrency coins is as lottery tickets that pay off in a dystopian future.


// Why I?m celebrating Christmas alone this year

The holidays were my mother?s time to shine, because giving and receiving presents made her light up.

Kevin Cullen

// Three years ago, this veteran hit rock bottom ? and then got back up

Casady Roy knows he?ll always be an addict, always in recovery, and he can deal with that because he knows the alternative.

// These were the 10 most-borrowed books at the Boston Public Library in 2018

Have some free time on your hands over the holiday break? Now?s a good time to pick up a new book. These ones proved popular among Boston borrowers.

The Big Picture

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The Big Picture

The year 2018 in pictures: Part I

Photographs from January to June on a range of topics from around the world.

Special reports

Shannon Goyette (left) and Cynthia Pierce became friends when their children were in kindergarten. Both mothers lost a son to suicide.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

After suicides in Acton and Boxborough, a communion of sorrow

The unthinkable has been an all-too-common companion in two small neighboring towns, where six young people took their lives in the short span of 30 months. The questions keep coming: What is happening? Why? When will it stop?


// Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.

The story of a profoundly troubled young man and the ugly underside of America?s most popular sport.


// Court Sense

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// We wish we?d written that: our favorite stories of 2018

It?s been a busy 2018 at STAT, but we still have found the time to see what other journalists are writing ? and get jealous we didn?t do it ourselves.

Love Letters: The Podcast

// Love Letters: Until next year, my sweetheart

In a special bonus episode, Meredith Goldstein explores what happens to summer romance when the summer ends, and ?Wet Hot American Summer? creator David Wain shares a girl-crazy memory from his own camp days.

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