National Grid, unions say no deal yet to end lockout; negotiations to continue

The company presented a revised offer around 11:30 p.m. Friday, and the two sides have agreed to schedule meetings for the unions to formally respond, according to a joint statement.

// 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.

// 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.

// House GOP quietly ends probe into FBI?s 2016 decisions

House Republicans brought an end to their yearlong look at the department?s handling of probes into Democrat Hillary Clinton?s emails and Donald Trump?s ties to Russia.

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.

// 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.

// EPA, museums to close as shutdown slogs into 2nd weekend

President Trump and Democrats are trading blame for the partial government shutdown but doing little substantive talking with each other as the shutdown slogs into another weekend.

// 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.

Boston-12/28/18 Boston Police officer Cynthia Brewington from Area B3 gets into the rhythm on the dance floor at the Seaport World Trade Center. Close to 2300 seniors from the City of Boston filled the huge hall during the annual Mayor's Senior First Night celebration. They were treated to a hot lunch, music and dancing. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Photos: Seniors celebrate the New Year a little early

Approximately 2,300 seniors from across the city gathered at the Seaport World Trade Center for a hot lunch, music, and dancing.

// 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.

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

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

A tall nutcracker statue was toppled in Brookline.


Vandals knock over nutcracker

Nutcracker statues get knocked over, a naked man runs down the street with a paper bag on his head, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

// ?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.

New Orange Line cars are set to enter service early in 2019.

Lane Turner/Globe Staff

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.

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?

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

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.



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.


Another brick in President Trump?s wall

With the death of a second Guatemalan child in immigration custody, Trump is building a grim wall on the US border.

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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// 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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