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.

// Ginsburg leaves hospital after cancer surgery

Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is now recuperating at home, according to a spokeswoman.

// US stocks rebound as tech companies and retailers drive much of rally

Stocks are recovering some of their losses from a steep drop that left the benchmark S&P 500 index on the edge of a bear market.

// Owen Labrie is behind bars in N.H. prison

Owen Labrie, the former St. Paul?s School student convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl on campus in 2014, began his nine-month prison term Wednesday.

// 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.

Workers secured the home at 52 Freeman Street in Avon where two men died in a fire Tuesday night. The home?s front door was left on the front lawn.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Cause of fatal fire in Avon appears to be accidental, officials say

The cause of a deadly Christmas house fire in Avon that left two people dead appears to have been accidental, according to state fire officials.

// Some employers are raising the minimum wage to $15 ? four years early

Massachusetts begins its march to a $15-an-hour minimum in 2023 with a hike to $12 Jan. 1, but a number of businesses aren?t waiting.

Sheriff Kevin Coppinger was told last month to provide methadone to a prospective inmate.

Essex, Suffolk sheriffs ask to join addiction treatment program for inmates

Although the sheriffs said they had long wanted to do this, recent legal actions may have added pressure to act now.

// After second child dies in immigration custody, US orders widespread medical checks

US Customs and Border Protection is seeking help from other agencies to perform medical checks on every child in its custody.

// 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.

// Did a doctor in Queens help President Trump avoid service in Vietnam?

In the fall of 1968, Donald Trump received a timely diagnosis of bone spurs in his heels that led to his medical exemption from the military during Vietnam.

// Girl who spoke to Trump still left milk and cookies out Christmas Eve

In a call, President Trump told the 7-year-old it was ?marginal? for a child of her age to still believe in the jolly old elf.

Mookie Betts hoisted the World Series trophy at the Red Sox victory parade.

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The lasting images of the year in Boston sports

Globe reporters and photographers had all of the big moments covered in 2018. Here?s a look back.

Matthew Gilbert | Your TV GPS

// Your guide to the TV marathons airing over the holiday week

Looking for shows to binge between Christmas and New Year?s? These networks are airing marathons of South Park, Friends, Law & Order, and more.

//[1].jpg The 2018 Boston-area restaurant awards

From a restaurant pushing the Seaport?s boundaries to a Peruvian party in Somerville to an adult snack bar near Fenway Park, these are the places that stood out this year.

// Another year, another round of wacky business tales

Here?s a look back at the stories that had us wondering, chuckling, or running out to buy some Donut Fries.

// 10 things we learned about romance this year, from big breakups to the royal wedding

From a royal wedding to arguments about what the #MeToo movement means for dating to the revival of the romantic comedy, a lot has happened in the world of relationships in 2018.

Love Letters

// I feel like I?m dating my future husband. Is this the real deal?

A twentysomething dater worries she?s setting herself up for heartbreak.

Boston MA 12/25/18 Boston Celtics Kyrie Irving making a baseline pass with pressure from Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons during first quarter NBA action at TD Garden. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

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Gary Washburn | On basketball

Kyrie Irving delivered a signature performance at the best possible time

Playing in front of a large contingent of family and friends, the guard set the tone for a meaningful Celtics victory over the Sixers.

Senate President Karen E. Spilka said improving transportation and mental health care are among her priorities.

Advocating for a ?bold? Legislature, Spilka readies term as Senate president

Senate President Karen E. Spilka seems eager to take a more sweeping view of the possible, but offered few specifics on why she is hopeful that the Legislature could move more quickly than it has to date.

// 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.?


// Steve Carell still loves lamp

The ?Welcome to Marwen? star shared the origin of his famous ?Anchorman? line.

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?


// Trump?s dangerous blunder in Syria endangers US ally

Even those who support a troop withdrawal from Syria would agree that it should be done carefully: you can?t have an exit strategy without a strategy.


Uncle Sam?s buyer?s remorse

Is it too late to return a president? Uncle Sam wants to know.

The People of Pot

// For physician, cancer battle inspired cannabis company

Dr. Karen Munkacy, founder of Garden Remedies Inc., has become a strong proponent for marijuana legalization.

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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Real Estate

Proposed New Hampshire bill would clarify rules for tiny homes

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) ? A New Hampshire legislator wants to make regulations more clear for those interested in the so-called tiny home movement. Republican state Rep. Dave Testerman tells New Hampshire Public Radio he wants to sponsor legislation to clarify municipal regulation of the structures.


// 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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