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A funeral home copes with the surge during the coronavirus pandemic

During normal times, Joe Ruggiero Jr. might hold 25 funerals a month; this April there have been 71. Due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, his family’s funeral home in East Boston is so overrun that the tribute lounge and cafe normally used to display portraits of the departed has been turned into a makeshift storage space. A thin white sheet of plastic...

Boston Globe staff photographer Erin Clark named Feature Photography Pulitzer finalist for 2020

Patrick Lupien and Mariah LeMieux-Lupien knew they were going to be evicted from their apartment in Biddeford, Maine. The lapse was a matter of basic math: As Mariah put it, when you don’t have it, you don’t have it. Despite Patrick’s $40,000 a year salary, the Lupien family became part of an often invisible group known as the “working homeless.” Their...

Photos: One day on the front lines of COVID-19

Jessica Rinaldi documented a Cataldo ambulance crew as they worked their 24-hour shift. Monday, 9:23 a.m. EMT Emily Moran of Melrose and paramedic Ricky Cormio of Medford lifted an elderly patient who had a fever, a possible sign of COVID-19, onto a stretcher for transport to Mass General Hospital, their second call of the day. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe...

Globe staff photos of the month, March 2020

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month before the coronavirus grabbed the region’s attention: the end of Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 presidential campaign, L Street ice swimmers practicing at Dorchester Bay, soap box derby racing, the Boston Flower & Garden Show, and the MIAA high school winter sports playoffs....

Life during the coronavirus pandemic

Globe staff photographers document the Boston area and beyond during this unprecented time. The gallery is updated weekly throughout the crisis. Friends and family drove by Gavin Brennan’s house to wish Gavin a happy birthday on April 30 in Dedham. Gavin was among the first pediatric cancer patients in the nation to test positive for COVID-19 while...

Polar plungers: Photos of Ice Swimming in New England

In waters cold enough to kill, 93 competitors, who had to prove they could handle ultra-cold water to qualify, race in distances ranging from 25 to 200 meters during the Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival, held annually in Newport, Vt. “You can’t imagine anything being this cold,” said Laurie Craigen, a first-time competitor. She was part of a large...

Globe staff photos of the month, February 2020

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: the New Hamphire primary, Ash Wednesday, living with progeria, the Beanpot Tournament, and Red Sox spring training. Rylee Mehung, 7, made the best of boredom while waiting for Senator Elizabeth Warren to rally with supporters at Manchester Community College in New Hampshire...

Globe staff photos of the month, January 2020

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: the run-up to the Iowa Democratic caucus, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Boston’s State of the City address, celebrations of the new year, and the end of the Patriots’ season. Delphie Condensa of Austin, Texas, visited the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston...

Globe staff photos of the month, December 2019

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: holiday seasonal events, the death of Pete Frates, Boston city council results, winter weather, and high school football championships. Isaac Holbert (left) enjoyed the company of Santa Claus, portrayed by Eddie A. Brimage at the Black Market in Boston on Dec. 7. (Jonathan...

Globe staff photos of the month, November 2019

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: Thanksgiving holiday, the loss of a firefighter, Women Veterans Appreciation Day, and high school sports playoffs. Paul Jehle, president of the Plymouth Rock Foundation and a Mayflower descendant, prepared for the opening ceremony of the Annual Thanksgiving Parade in...

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