This time, Trump seeks to woo rather than shame Murkowski

Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

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Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski is key to a last-ditch effort to fulfill Republicans’ years-long ambition of repealing Obamacare.

// Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers to speak about his prison suicide

Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez will hold a press conference Thursday to share new details regarding their late client.

// Protesters gather for Jeff Sessions speech at Boston courthouse

“No ban, no wall, sanctuary for all,” more than two dozen protesters chanted.

// Trump jokes about ‘deplorables’ during remarks in N.Y.

Trump cracked a joke Thursday about Hillary Clinton’s description of his supporters as “a basket of deplorables.”

// Bicyclist says she didn’t pull over for Arlington police as a protest

Karen Cady-Pereira said at the time she viewed her disobedience as a form of protest — but she didn’t expect the situation to escalate so quickly.

// ‘The island went silent,’ and Puerto Ricans in Mass. are worried

Relatives are hoping communication lines, ravaged by Hurricane Maria, are restored soon.

Men looked at the damaged trees in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Wednesday.


Maria’s death toll rises as devastated Puerto Rico begins to rebuild

Maria has caused at least 19 deaths across the Caribbean, including more than 15 in the hard-hit island of Dominica.

// Heavy winds blow down tree in Back Bay

The tree took down two telephone poles and damaged property and vehicles in the area.

// Man with loaded gun, drugs nabbed in Downtown Crossing, police say

A Boston man was arrested with a loaded revolver and “a large amount” of drugs in Downtown Crossing on Wednesday afternoon, Boston police said.

// Why are so many colleges merging? Money and real estate

Wheelock College’s planned merger with Boston University would have been rare even just a decade ago. Not anymore.

9/20/2017ÑSeattle, WA, USA AmazonÕs Seattle headquarters is centered around the cityÕs South Lake Union and Belltown neighborhoods, and includes numerous new high rise buildings along with three giant glass spheres (seen here). Amazon says it is looking to build $5 billion in new offices and hire 50,000 employees to create a duplicate of Seattle, which itÕs called HQ2 in another North American city. In Seattle Amazon already owns or leases over 8 million square feet of office space and has plans to expand to 12 million square feet over the next few years. ItÕs SeattleÕs single-biggest downtown tenant, and among the largest footprints of any non-manufacturing business across region. The company currently employs around 40,000 people in Seattle which has a population of nearly 700,000. Photograph by Stuart Isett

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Nestor Ramos

In Seattle, Amazon’s growth defines a city

The Amazonians are mostly young, mostly male, and often wearing dress shirts and jeans. Sometimes, they carry bananas.

Tech Lab

// Should you line up for the new iPhone 8? Or wait for the iPhone X?

The iPhone 8 goes on sale Friday, iPhone X in November. Which is worth the wait?

// Nathan Carman stonewalling insurer over sunken boat, records show

An insurance company said the Vermont man, at the center of a probe into the presumed death of his mother, is refusing to answer questions germane to the sinking.

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, Bruno Mars performs at the 2016 Jingle Ball at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Mars is donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to aid those affected by the Flint water crisis. Mars told the audience Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at his show in Auburn Hills that he and tour promoter Live Nation are redirecting funds from the concert to The Community Foundation of Greater Flint, a charity.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) 10FallPopPicks

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The best concerts in Boston this fall

From Bruno Mars to Guns N’ Roses, the rash of great concerts this year does not end in the fall.

Things to Do

// The Weekender: Heroes, knights, legends, and Ed Sheeran

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend

//[1]-9726.jpg Peabody Essex Museum gains ownership of controversial collection

The collection had been the subject of federal warnings over the violation of a law governing the return of sacred objects to native peoples.


// Likes and dislikes about the playoff-bound Red Sox

Taking stock of the good, the bad, and the ugly as the Sox head into the final 10 regular-season games.

Miss Conduct

// My son disrespected me — at his wedding

I get that weddings aren’t about the parents of the groom, but how do I get over the hurt?

Metro Minute

// Q & A: Exploring JFK’s Vietnam War legacy

A Harvard professor who served as an adviser on the documentary “The Vietnam War” recounts how President John F. Kennedy wrestled with how deeply to get involved in the conflict.

Lawrence O'Donnell, host of


MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell has a tantrum over technical problems

The anchor was upset about errant chatter in his earpiece and some banging behind the scenes.


// This week in weed

Witness the birth of the marijuana industry in Massachusetts and catch up on national pot headlines every Saturday.

Opinion & Ideas


// New GOP health care bill: unkind, un-gentle

The GOP’s “last-ditch” health care bill is a dangerous threat to millions of Americans.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

Fall Arts preview

// A guide to the best of what to see and do in Boston

A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

Confidential tips

// Have an investigative news tip?

Do you know about wrongdoing that needs to be exposed? Call the Globe Spotlight team: 617-929-7483 or

Special reports


// Whistle-blowers at N.H. VA hospital are tip of iceberg

In 2016, VA employees filed nearly 2,000 complaints with the Office of Special Counsel — more than the next four most-complained-about departments combined.


// As a scientist, he studied trauma victims. Then he became one

Dennis Charney knew more than most about resilience. But after a horrifying shooting, he didn’t know whether it would be enough.


// Play the crossword

Puzzled? Keep trying and see if you can triumph.