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TSA says it no longer tracks regular travelers as if they may be terrorists

TSA officials said that the Quiet Skies surveillance program, which documented minor movements and behavior of some passengers, was scaled back after a Globe investigation.

Funeral for fallen firefighter is a somber event in Worcester

Worcester 12/15/18 A funeral procession of thousands of firefighters snakes through Washington Square as they walk to the funeral for Worcester firefighter Christopher Roy who died battling a fire last weekend. The funeral was held at St. John's Catholic Church. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

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Thousands of firefighters gathered in Worcester on Saturday morning to bid farewell to Christopher J. Roy, the city firefighter and single father who was killed Dec. 9 while battling a five-alarm blaze.

// Ryan Zinke to step down as Interior Secretary

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has notified the White House that he intends to step down amid federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest.

// Judge in Texas rules Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional

Friday’s federal court decision comes just before the end of a six-week open enrollment period for the program in 2019. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now.

Dan Shaughnessy

// Patriots always beat the Steelers, and they’ll do it again Sunday

Despite their pedigree, the Steelers are just another team that loses it at the sight of Brady and Belichick.


// Why Heisman winner Kyler Murray should ditch baseball and go for the NFL

Average NFL quarterbacks are getting paid $15 million-$20 million per year.


// Concussions are, and will remain, a major issue

Although the NHL has made great strides in player safety, second-year coach Bruce Cassidy has seen at least seven Bruins exit with concussions during his tenure.

// Mass. releases its vision for beating the traffic

A mammoth report on the future of transportation in the state was released Friday. At the heart of it: fixing public transit and putting it on sound financial footing.

Dinner with Cupid

// Blind date: ‘After the calamari, I wanted to leave’

Will these sports enthusiasts team up for a knockout or a strikeout?

// Financial troubles lead Newbury College to announce closure

The Brookline school plans to shut down in the spring. It’s the latest small private college to close amid an industry in crisis.

Ideas | Beth Wolfensberger Singer

// Three more trees for the White House this holiday season

The First Family’s home now features 57 Christmas trees celebrating “America’s Treasure.” Why not a few extra with an environmental theme?

Salem MA: 12-15-2018: Salem City Councilor Josh Turiel (cq) made the first ceremonial purchase, at the ATG Marijuana dispensary in Salem.Photo/Jonathan Wiggs Boston Globe staff

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Salem shop is third in Massachusetts to offer recreational marijuana sales

Salem retailer Alternative Therapies Group started selling recreational marijuana this morning, using a reservation system to manage potential crowds of customers.

// Here’s the menu at the recreational marijuana shop in Salem

Alternative Therapies Group, the state's third pot shop and the closest to Boston, opens Saturday in Salem.

// State shuts down medical marijuana operator over pesticide use

Triple M, which operates dispensaries in Mashpee and Plymouth, was closed by health regulators.

// US says 7-year-old who died in custody had not appeared ill

US immigration officials defended their actions in the detention of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died two days after she and her father were taken into custody.

// Babson College names Jiffy Lube cofounder as next president

Stephen Spinelli Jr. worked at Babson from 1993 to 2007. He will replace Kerry Healey, who is stepping down in June.

// Former State Police lieutenants face more charges in OT scandal

David Wilson of Charlton, John Giulino of Lanesborough, and David Keefe of Norfolk stole thousands of dollars through claiming bogus overtime in 2015, the AG said.

Three developers backed by major European energy companies paid a record $405 million to gain access to 390,000 acres of federal waters nearly 20 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Above: The wind farm off Block Island, R.I.

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Chesto Means Business

Offshore wind auction draws huge interest and big money

Three developers backed by major European energy companies paid a record $405 million to gain access to 390,000 acres of federal waters.

Trump names budget director Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff

Mulvaney replaces John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine Corps general who failed to impose discipline on a chaotic West Wing.


Special reports

Globe Magazine

// Help was a few feet away. Why didn’t they save her?

My wife, Laura Levis, did everything she could to save herself when the asthma attack began. She went to Somerville Hospital and called 911, too. How could she have been left to die just outside the emergency room?


// It’s All Downhill

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The Big Picture

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The Big Picture

Globe staff photos of the month: November 2018

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: a colorful sunrise, Christmas tree lightings, and high school sports.


// Appeals court rules that secret OxyContin documents must be released

A Kentucky appeals court side with STAT, upholding a ruling ordering the release of Purdue Pharma records about the marketing of the opioid OxyContin.

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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