New short-term rental rules in Mass. 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.

// Saturday is expected to be mild, and New Year?s Day could be warmer

Temperatures in the low 50s are expected in Boston on Saturday, and New Year?s Day could see a high of about 57 degrees.

// 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.

// Teachers are quitting their jobs at the highest rate since 2001

According to Labor Department data, 83 in every 10,000 educators is leaving their job voluntarily, the highest rate since the department started collecting data 17 years ago.

// EPA proposes rule change that would limit pollution control for years to come

The Trump administration Friday announced a plan designed to make it easier for coal-fired power plants to once again release mercury and other pollutants into the atmosphere.

// Brighton rector in misconduct allegations at St. John?s Seminary to go to Worcester

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

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.

// 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.

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

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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.

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has a career record of 10-0 against the Titans.


The final weekend of the regular season a dream come true for the NFL

Ten of the 12 playoff seeds are still up for grabs ahead of the last games of the regular season.

Angels star Mike Trout is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2020 season.


These are baseball?s top free agents, this year and beyond

Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, and Chris Sale are up after next season.

// Boston officials put focus on safety during First Night

An estimated 300,000 people are expected to attend Boston?s First Night events throughout the day and into the night, but that number could change depending on the weather.

A scene from ?If Beale Street Could Talk,? directed by Barry Jenkins.

Ty Burr?s 20 favorite movies of 2018

The Globe?s movie critic offers his picks on films that took us to special places.

From left; Mark Stickney, Cory Dobak, Steve Backes (father of Boston Bruins David Backes), Zach Weiss, and TJ Therrien, pose for a photograph at Aurelia Park where they skated as kids, in Blaine MN, Monday, December 17, 2018. (Craig Lassig for the Boston Globe)

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The allure of outdoor hockey? David Backes?s old buddies told us all about it

An outdoor rink in Blaine, Minn., is where the Bruins wing got his start, although a suspension will cost him a chance to play in the Winter Classic.

// ?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.

// 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.

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?



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.


// 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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