McCarthy exit from speaker race sends House into chaotic scramble

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke after the speaker of the House nomination vote.

Doug Mills/The New York Times

Kevin McCarthy’s withdrawal from the speaker race was another huge victory for hardline Republicans.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy looked on as House Speaker John Boehner spoke Wednesday.

Evan Horowitz | Quick study

The favorite for House speaker just withdrew. What now?

It’s not clear whether the other candidates in the race — or anyone else — can get the 218 votes needed for House speaker.

Eugene Finney says he was

Fitchburg man says possible run-in with shark led to tumor discovery

Eugene Finney said he might never have known that he had a small cancerous growth in his kidney if not for an incident over the summer.

Bernadette Peters performing in Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Wash., D.C., in 2011.

Critic’s notebook

Huntington Theatre goes all in on Sondheim

Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company is going to stage 15 of the musicals for which Stephen Sondheim wrote both the music and the lyrics.


// Can we please stop pretending marijuana is harmless?

The truth is it can be dangerous, especially for young people.

Members of the rock group Led Zeppelin (L-R) Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and John Bonham are shown in this undated publicity photograph.

The New York Times


The time the Teamsters tangled with Led Zeppelin

The indictment last week of five members of Teamsters Local 25 on federal extortion charges got us thinking about, of all things, Led Zeppelin.

// Cape is irresistible in October and November

With traffic much lighter on the roads and the bike trails, there’s plenty still to do.

// State Police dog Zeva sniffs out 100 pounds of marijuana

A San Jose man arrived at Boston’s Logan Airport Wednesday night with two carefully packed suitcases.

TelexFree trustee says alleged fraud swells to $3 billion

The scope of the alleged Ponzi scheme has tripled, according to Stephen Darr, who said at least 1 million people opened accounts.

Adrian Walker

//[1].jpg A 14 percent raise for the City Council — no effort required

The 14 percent pay raise proposed by Mayor Walsh will automatically become law without the Boston City Council even voting on it.

// US could be on verge of measles outbreak, researchers warn

One in eight children under the age of 17 is susceptible to measles and would likely get sick if exposed to the dangerous virus.

Uber hits 2 million rides in Boston for September

Uber revealed the number at a time when lawmakers are debating how to regulate ride-hailing companies.

//[1]-1610--90x90.jpg US airman who helped thwart French train attack stabbed in Calif.

Spencer Stone, who helped subdue an attacker on a French train in August, is in stable condition, an official said.

HUBweek forum highlights economic inequality

The stark divide between haves and have-nots was on display throughout the discussion.

// Baker proposes bill to allow more charter schools

The legislation would permit 12 new or expanded charters per year across the state.

// Patriots give Dion Lewis contract extension

The deal adds two years to his contract and could keep him in New England through 2017.

// Triple-deckers in demand, families getting pushed out

In recent years, the desire for the properties has grown, and the population living within them has shifted.

Opinion & Ideas

Renée Graham

// Renée Graham: Ben Carson, Rupert Murdoch, and the racial divide

Murdoch is looking for a candidate like Carson — someone whose idea of bridging the racial divide is to not to bridge it at all.

Ground Game

//[1]-1562--90x90.jpg Calm down, Hillary Clinton has not lost New Hampshire. Yet.

Clinton is currently losing N.H., but she is very, very, very, very far away from the state being a lost cause.

The Big Picture

Mic Smith/Associated Press

Historic flooding in South Carolina

Residents face uncertainty as they cope with major flooding after record-settings rains.


Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

// Data privacy? It’s mostly gone, but that can change

Just about everything we do these days is under some form of electronic surveillance.



// On day one of Synod 2015, conservatives strike first

The traditionalist camp isn’t going to just counter-punch this time around.