What Bostonians Need to Know

What Bostonians need to know this week

From Charlie Baker's weekend in Washington, D.C. to the newest member of the Bruins.

Identical twins Josh and Jake from Arlington enjoy their hot dogs in separate ways Saturday at the annual opening of Sullivan's on Castle Island. John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe

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What to know this week:

See you in Beijing: The Winter Olympics came to a close Sunday in South Korea, and not without a bit of controversy. While Team USA may have fell short of expectations in the overall medal count, they did close on high note: A totally shocking upset over Sweden in curling to take home the gold. For local residents who want to keep that momentum going, here are five curling clubs in Massachusetts where experts and beginners alike can throw some stones.

Weekly weather: Don’t let Sunday’s rain get you down; forecasters say there’s another week of warm weather ahead with temperatures consistently in the 50s. Keep updated on the latest here.


About that traffic: Traffic congestion is a costly and vexing issue in Boston. And studies are increasingly finding that ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft are actually making it worse.

Data snafu: Charlie Baker told The Boston Globe on Sunday that he is “extremely disappointed” with the data breach at a state agency that exposed the private information of 39,000 business taxpayers.

‘They are taking on the Big Boys’: Even amid a mounting business backlash, the Globe reports on how the National Rifle Association is still more powerful than it has ever been before.

Welcome to Boston, part 1: The Red Sox are expected to officially sign and introduce J.D. Martinez during a press conference Monday morning. Here are five things you should know ahead of time about the new slugger.

Get those applications in: The City of Boston is seeking artists to design a memorial dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday.

What you missed over the weekend:

Tragedy in Winchester: A 22-year-old woman was stabbed to death Saturday at the Boston suburb’s public library. Jeffrey Yao, the 23-year-old suspect, was arrested at the scene and had reportedly long been a terrifying presence to his neighbors on Farrow Street. Here’s what we know so far about the brutal killing.


Another potential merger: Lasell and Mount Ida colleges announced over the weekend that the two small liberal arts schools in Newton are exploring a possible merger in an attempt to remain affordable and competitive in the changing landscape of higher education. Here’s what the two schools’ presidents are saying about the idea.

Welcome to Boston, part 2: With the trade deadline looming Monday, the Bruins took a chance and made a statement move acquiring veteran forward Rick Nash. Here are five things to know about the 33-year-old newcomer.

Nash made his debut Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres.

Join the club: Baker announced Saturday that Massachusetts is joining a coalition of states that will share data about people who are forbidden to purchase or possess a firearm.

‘I have no doubt he will come back stronger than ever’: Those were the words of former NESN reporter Jenny Dell, responding to the support from fans after her husband, former Red Sox infielder Will Middlebrooks, broke his leg Saturday in spring training.

What’s happening in Boston:

The past and future of #MeToo: Harvard is hosting a public panel Monday with four professors in history, law, African American studies, and economics to discuss the causes and consequences of the movement against sexual harassment.


What Eataly does best: The Back Bay food emporium is ringing in the first day of March with a celebration of Italy’s finest wine and cheese. The Wednesday night event has two separate three-hour sessions with tickets going for $60.

What to hear this week: From the Sinclair to the Paradise Rock Club, you can still catch a number of great live shows early this week in the Boston area.

This week’s Celtics schedule:

Monday, Feb. 26: 7:30 p.m. versus the Memphis Grizzlies on NBC Sports Boston

Wednesday, Feb. 28: 7:30 p.m. versus the Charlotte Hornets on NBC Sports Boston

Saturday, March 3: 8:30 p.m. at the Houston Rockets on ABC

This week’s Bruins schedule:

Tuesday, Feb. 27: 7 p.m. versus the Carolina Hurricanes on NESN

Thursday, March 1: 7 p.m. versus the Pittsburgh Penguins on NESN and NBC Sports

Saturday, March 3: 5 p.m. versus the Montreal Canadiens on NESN

This week’s Revolution schedule:

Saturday, March 3: 7 p.m. at the Philadelphia Union on NBC Sports Boston