Towers saved after blaze tears through historic Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

A massive fire engulfed the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral in the heart of the French capital Monday, toppling its spire and sending thick plumes of smoke high into the sky as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below.

The steeple of the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral collapses as the cathedral is engulfed in flames in central Paris on April 15, 2019. - A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. A spokesman for the cathedral told AFP that the wooden structure supporting the roof was being gutted by the blaze. (Photo by Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images

A massive fire engulfed Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

// What we know about the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire

Notre-Dame Cathedral is a Paris landmark and a French national treasure. Firefighters were inside and outside the building.

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// The 2019 Boston Marathon

An estimated 30,000 runners competed in the 123rd Boston Marathon.

// Wheelchair winners crowned; men?s champ is first American to win in 25 years

American Daniel Romanchuk, who was third last year, finished with a time of 1 hour 21 minutes 36 seconds.

// Remember Spencer, the flag-waving golden retriever? He?s back

For those searching for a bit of encouragement during an overcast Boston Marathon, look no further than Spencer. He?s a good boy.

// These were some of the best signs from the 2019 Boston Marathon

A drizzly, overcast Patriots Day didn?t keep spectators away from the Boston Marathon route, as many flocked to the roadside to cheer on this year?s athletes.

Runners at the start of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton.

Fans watch in awe during a Boston Marathon photo finish

Urged on by cheering crowds, tens of thousands of runners streamed down the course of the Boston Marathon on Monday, after morning thunderstorms that had threatened to mar the race swept out to sea.

// Lawrence Cherono wins a close Boston Marathon men?s title

From the start in Hopkinton to the finish in Boston, the men?s elite race was a tightly contested affair.

// Worknesh Degefa runs away with women?s race in Boston Marathon

The Ethiopian runner outdistanced the field for her second career win in a marathon.

// Joan Benoit Samuelson easily meets her goal in Marathon

The 1979 Boston champion finished in a little over three hours, bettering her expectations.

// Cramp hinders Sarah Sellers, who finishes 19th in women?s field

The 2018 runner-up called this ?the most painful marathon I?ve ever done.?

// Where does this rank among the Boston Marathon?s closest finishes?

The sprint to the finish by Lawrence Cherono and Lelisa Desisa was dramatic, but it wasn?t the closest finish.

// Tom Brady got hyped up for Marathon Monday

They don?t call it Patriots Day for nothing.

// NASCAR?s Jimmie Johnson completes his first Boston Marathon

The 43-year-old seven-time NASCAR champion finished in just over three hours.

// ?Supernatural? actors Jared and Genevieve Padalecki ran the 2019 Boston Marathon, and fans went wild

The celebrities attracted some serious support during the race.

// Marathon organizers apologize for American flag on ground

The flag was on the ground as men?s wheelchair winner Daniel Romanchuk posed for photos.

Redacted Mueller report to be made public Thursday morning

The Justice Department expects to make a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller?s report on the Russia investigation public on Thursday morning.

// Judge accepts Lori Loughlin, husband not guilty pleas on money laundering charge; can skip arraignments

The parents are facing felony charges in connection with the college entrance scam.

Girl, 2, shot in leg after neighbor fires into ceiling at home in N.H.

The child was rushed to the hospital by ambulance while police arrested her downstairs neighbor.

CDC reports 90 new confirmed measles cases as outbreak approaches record

This year?s total of confirmed measles cases is up to 555 - already the highest number in the past five years.

Rain storm and high winds bring down trees, wires in Massachusetts

Trees and wires came down early Monday morning as rain poured down and wind whipped across Massachusetts, the National Weather Service said.

// Trump says he will award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom

The medal is the nation?s highest honor for a civilian.

APRIL 15, 2019 --LEXINGTON, MA - Lexington Minute Men lie dead and wounded on ground as Her Majesty's Army fires their mustkets as re-enactors depict the skirmish that took place on Lexington common early on the morning of April 19, 1775. (Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)

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A ?shot heard round the world,? in a drizzle

Hundreds of spectators braved a light drizzle on Lexington Green on Monday morning to witness the annual reenactment of the first major conflict of the Revolutionary War.

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Raising Connor: Photos by the Globe?s Craig F. Walker

Meet Connor, a boy who lives at the intersection of autism and mental illness. He is a boy easy to love, and also a heart-testing puzzle to those who love him.

// AP, Reuters win Pulitzer Prizes for international reporting

The Pulitzer Prizes recognize exceptional work in 2018 by US newspapers, magazines and online outlets. There are 14 categories for reporting, photography, criticism, commentary and cartoons.

// Warren heads West with a plan for public lands

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is wading into controversial policy areas that resonate in the West, where some key states hold early primary contests.


// Orioles send Red Sox packing with another loss

The Sox went 3-3 on a homestand vs. Toronto and Baltimore, and now they hit the road again.

// Makeshift Red Sox lineup has Christian Vazquez at second base

With Dustin Pedroia limited to DH, manager Alex Cora had to get creative, and he also started Steve Pearce in left field.

// Robert Kraft got a loud ovation at Sunday?s Celtics game

Kraft attended the game, sitting with Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, and received a loud ovation when he appeared on the video board.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow, left, and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in a scene from

Recapping ?Game of Thrones?: Reunions and revelations at Winterfell

The Starks are reunited, but there?s tension in the air with Dany in their midst.

Photo illustration by Lesley Becker/Globe Staff; Adobe; Globe file photo

Photo illustration by Lesley Becker/Globe Staff; Adobe; Globe file photo


Is Kraft video evidence or pornography?

With the purported human trafficking charge having evaporated, the argument for releasing the video of Robert Kraft at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa looks weak at best.

Editorial Cartoon | Dan Wasserman

President Trump threatens liberal cities

Cartoonist Dan Wasserman envisions the reactions to Trump?s threats.


Ideas will mark Earth Day this year with a special section April 21. We?d like to know whether concerns about the environment have prompted you ? or compelled you ? to make a change in your life or surroundings this year. Send us your thoughts, the usual way, in 200 words or less, to Include your name, address, and daytime phone number, and put ?Earth Day? in the subject field. We will publish a sample of submissions Sunday. Send a letter here.

// John Fish on transforming a construction giant

Globe reporter Janelle Nanos sits down with leaders in the city?s business community to talk about their career paths, work and accomplishments, as well as their vision for Boston?s future.

Special reports

The house at 212 Forest St.

He bought the fencing coach?s house. Then his son got into Harvard

The Needham house was assessed at $549,300, but sold for nearly a million dollars. The buyer, who never lived a day there, would sell it 17 months later at a substantial loss in what may become the next chapter in the national debate over fairness in college admissions.

Munch Madness

Munch Madness | Final

// And the Munch Madness winner is . . .

Beloved Boston bakery Flour takes the cake over Sarma to clinch Munch Madness 2019.

Love Letters: The Podcast

Season Two: How do you meet someone?

Dating in 2019 is?complicated. Frustrating. Sometimes completely exhilarating. In Season 2 of the podcast, Meredith Goldstein goes deep on one of her most-asked questions.


// Ground Game

It?s back! Get the latest intelligence on presidential politics from Globe reporter James Pindell. Sign up here.

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Globe staff photos of the month, March 2019

Here?s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: a fire in the Fens, the beginning of spring, Ice Castles in New Hampshire, and the annual citywide youth Spelling Bee.

Spring House Hunt

// The things home sellers do that can turn off buyers or kill a sale

A hot housing market forgives a lot of mistakes, but that doesn?t stop sellers from undermining their own home sale.


// Dems feud over drug pricing policy, as progressives push to be bolder

Lawmakers hoping to strike an accord with the Trump administration have had to confront a faction pressing the party to pursue a bolder progressive agenda.