Ceding control

Happy Tuesday. Today is the winter solstice. It’s all downhill from here.

The Clapper was way ahead of its time.

Meet the new MBTA board. Not the same as the old MBTA board. And the new chair is not a fan of free bus routes. She favors means-tested fares for individuals rather than prioritizing certain routes based on the neighborhoods served. One other tidbit: no fare increases for five years. At least that’s the plan.

Massachusetts state rep Claire Cronin has been confirmed as US Ambassador to Ireland.

From Afghanistan to Jake Paul. From stimulus checks to Squid Game. Google can tell us a lot about ourselves. Looking at Google search trends from 2021, it seems we’re more alike than we are different.

And a fall photo essay by John Tlumacki. Amazing photography, as you would expect.

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