New short-term rental rules could transform industry

Govenor Charlie Baker has signed the first-of-its-kind bill, which taxes and regulates short-term housing rentals in Mass. Airbnb said the measure was ?flawed? and unnecessarily complex.

// State officials say 911 issues in Mass. ?have been corrected?

Access to 911 services was disrupted Friday for callers in multiple states ? including Massachusetts. Officials thought they had the problem solved earlier in the day, but sporadic outages continued.

// Woman survives knife attack by date, who dies after police use Taser

After meeting a woman through the Tinder dating app, Erich Stelzer was allegedly stabbing the 24-year-old when police intervened.

// Lenders agree to give financing for Sears, Kmart to stay afloat

Sears Holdings chairman Eddie Lampert persuaded three lenders to finance the $4.4 billion offer. The plan includes keeping 425 stores open and a $1.3 billion financing commitment.

Governor Chris Sununu staunchly opposes marijuana legalization, declaring it ?the next major battle.?

John Blanding/Globe Staff/File 2017

?Live free or die, but don?t touch that plant?: A clash over pot in N.H.

With marijuana legalization sweeping through New England, cannabis consumers in the ?Live Free or Die? state are now surrounded by places where residents are, at least in one sense, more free.

// Panel steps back from recommended penalty for impaired drivers

A commission concluded pressuring drivers to answer police questions as part of the drug recognition expert evaluation would violate drivers? constitutional rights.

// National Grid, unions push for deal to end 6-month-long lockout

Both sides had set a goal of wrapping up talks by Friday, but as of late Friday there was no agreement.

// Boston officials assure attendees they will be safe during First Night

With the new year approaching, public safety agencies are coming together to ensure that Boston?s 44th annual First Night celebration is secure.

// Maine governor writes ?stolen election? as he signs off on results

Outgoing Governor Paul LePage tweeted Friday he signed off on the results despite his dislike of Maine?s new ranked voting method.

Brighton rector on leave after misconduct allegations at St. John?s Seminary to return to Worcester

Monsignor James Moroney will serve as interim rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul and the Worcester Diocese? Office for Divine Worship.

// More than 130 crashes reported around parts of Mass., N.H.

Remarkably, none of those crashes resulted in serious injuries. But the chaos gripped local residents who took to social media to document the morning mayhem.

?It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved,? Barack Obama wrote in a Facebook post.

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What Barack Obama read, watched, and listened to in 2018

The former president released his annual year-end lists on Facebook Friday.

// ?Better dead than coed?: Deerfield Academy confronts its male-only past

One of the nation?s oldest and most elite boarding schools remains a place where female students have a sense that this is not their Deerfield.

Dinner with Cupid

// Blind date: ?I was getting nervous that I was getting stood up?

Will these two daters be able to smooth over a nerve-racking start to their dinner?

Connections | Magazine

//[Converted].jpg Making one last toast to Mom

My mother was gone, but I still felt her presence. A tale of martinis and coincidences.

James Harden (13) and the Rockets swarmed the Celtics when it counted Thursday night.

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Gary Washburn | On basketball

Little plays led to big loss by Celtics in Houston

Austin Rivers?s buzzer-beater 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter was emblematic of the issues at hand.

// Patriots? Tom Brady keeping his focus on here and now

After talking about future plans earlier in the week, the New England quarterback limited his talk Friday to the Jets as Sunday?s game approaches.

Bob Ryan

// Please, don?t hate us. All we do in Boston is win, win, win.

Upon reflection, 2018 was another year to haul out the duck boats, and another reason for Them to loathe Us.

Starts & Stops

// 2019 will be another big year in Boston transportation

The new year will bring new trains, new policies, and ? surely ? new debates about how to fight crippling gridlock.

// Kansas teen set to get high school, Harvard Extension School diplomas in same month

Braxton Moral will become the only student to successfully pursue a four-year high school degree and a bachelor?s degree from Harvard Extension School at the same time.



Fall River recall election is anti-democratic

No one would ever think that you?d need to recall a mayor twice. But that?s exactly what Fall River residents are grappling with.

Opinion | Harvey Silverglate

// National Enquirer didn?t commit a crime by killing Trump affair stories

Lost in the fury of progressive ? and some conservative ? resistance to President Trump is the fact that the Enquirer did not commit a crime: Its conduct is protected by the First Amendment.

The Big Picture


The Big Picture

The year 2018 in pictures: Part II

Photographs from July to December 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.


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Governor Charlie Baker? nine Cabinet secretaries will see their salaries rise from $161,500 to $170,400 a year

Cabinet heads, top Baker aides getting 5.5% pay raise

The pay bumps will be the first for the governor?s nine cabinet secretaries since he took office in 2015. It will push their salaries from $161,500 to $170,400 a year.


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