Peter DeMarco shook hands with Lynette Alberti, chief nursing officer, when he met with hospital executives Nov. 13 to discuss the death of his wife, Laura Levis.

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Peter DeMarco

Turning Laura Levis?s death, slowly, into a force for change

My quest to understand what happened to my wife, who died in 2016 after suffering an asthma attack, led to hard questions at Somerville Hospital.

// USS Constitution marks 206 years since victory in War of 1812

On Saturday, the USS Constitution was the site of a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of its victory over the British HMS Java.


// 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.


// Here?s why this Patriots? AFC East crown is the best one ever for Devin McCourty

Devin is celebrating his ninth straight division title. Brother Jason will be in the playoffs for the first time in his 10-year career.

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.

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

Toronto International Film Festival

Ty Burr?s 20 favorite movies of 2018

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

Beverly Beckham

// In the new year, let peace begin with each of us

Despite what?s in the news every day, there are places where the kernel of goodness we are born with gets to be nurtured and bloom.

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?



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.

Autopsy to be conducted on body of man who died after he was Tasered

Police say Erich Stelzer died after he was Tasered.


Police say Erich Stelzer was stabbing a 24-year-old woman whom he?d met on Tinder when they intervened Thursday.

// Trump blames Democrats for shutdown, deaths of migrant children

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.

// 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.

Luis Campero of Boston entertained visitors at the Public Garden on Christmas Day.

dave epstein

New year will start with mild temperatures. So where is winter?

New Year?s Eve may be rainy. Then, on the first day of 2019, the Boston area will see high temperatures in the 50s and sunshine.

// National Grid talks with locked-out workers could resume Wednesday

National Grid presented new terms for an agreement at the end of a bargaining session Friday night, details of which were not released Saturday.

// Boy dies after Yemeni mom fought US travel ban to reach him

The 2-year-old son of a Yemeni woman who sued for a waiver from the Trump administration?s travel ban to be with the ailing boy in the United States has died, an advocacy group said.

// Trump says ?progress being made? with China after phone call with Xi

President Trump said Saturday that he?d spoken at length with Chinese President Xi Jinping and that ?big progress? is being made toward a trade deal.

// 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.

// 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.

// ?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.

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

Follow the Celtics? quest for a title and other NBA news both on and off the court. Sign up here.


// 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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