For blacks in Boston, a shortage of power

Despite Boston’s reputation as a liberal bastion, the region’s power base remains largely white men. Blacks’ political achievements are more occasional than institutional. There are no black faces in Massachusetts’ congressional delegation, nor among statewide officeholders, and the only black to win election to statewide office since 1972 is former governor Deval Patrick.

At ESPN, the problems for women run deep

“ESPN has failed to address its deeply ingrained culture of sexism and hostile treatment of women,” said Adrienne Lawrence, who filed a complaint this summer with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

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The unforgiving culture at the sports media behemoth has led some women to feel pressured to hide pregnancies or take short maternity leaves. One anchor even did her scheduled broadcast while she was having a miscarriage.

Snow arrives as the work week ends

Greater Boston faces more bitterly cold conditions Friday as meteorologists warn that the evening commute will likely be impacted by a fast-moving snowstorm as the work week ends.

// Finding the right gift is harder than ever

Despite expanding notions of what counts as a “gift”--a jerky subscription--Americans waste $9.5 billion on unwanted presents.

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Maura Healey sues Betsy DeVos, again

This marks Attorney General Maura Healey’s third lawsuit against the education department under the Trump administration and Secretary Betsy DeVos.

// Cambridge police putting GPS inside packages — and chasing down the crooks who steal them

You’d better watch out; you’d better not steal.

State Senator Stanley Rosenberg (left) and his husband, Bryon Hefner.

Rosenberg’s husband draws FBI scrutiny

The FBI has begun looking into allegations that Bryon Hefner, husband of state Senator Stan Rosenberg, allegedly assaulted several men and boasted of his influence on Beacon Hill.

// Watch this 16-year-old’s reaction when he finds out he was accepted to Harvard

A video of Ayrton Little, a student in Louisiana, has been viewed millions of times.

// Former homeless woman seeks Globe Santa’s help for little daughter’s Christmas

Many of those who write to Globe Santa know what it’s like to grow up going without anything but food, heat, and shelter. And for some, the challenges only get tougher as they age into adulthood.

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// Capitals outmuscle Bruins to extend series dominance

Alex Chiasson scored a pair of goals for Washington, which is unbeaten in its last 11 meetings with Boston (0-9-2).

// A hot attraction among Boston’s many: obese squirrels

Boston’s plump squirrels have visitors — and residents — marveling.

One person killed in Oxford house fire; blazes in Somerville and Mendon

One person was killed in a fire in Oxford, one of four major incidents firefighters faced across the state overnight as temperatures dropped into the teens.

Bain is taking over Harvard endowment’s real estate investments

The Boston private equity giant is using its deal to manage Harvard’s holdings as a way to build a real estate business.

// Huntington Theatre project wins approval

City signs off on $290 million, 32-story apartment tower plan that includes room for expanded arts venue.

Duncan Ketter.



Educated, black, and dead

Duncan Ketter worked for his money, six days a week, at a rental car company. He believed in the power of education, enrolling in college, hoping to become an engineer.

// It’s been 25 years since he killed a Tufts graduate. Today, he was sentenced to life

For 25 years, James Witkowski had escaped punishment for raping and murdering Lena Bruce inside her South End apartment.

// White nationalist now faces first-degree murder in Charlottesville killing

A man who has voiced racist and pro-Nazi views faces the possibility of life in prison in the death of a woman during clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

// After teen’s suicide, Sutton family launches fund-raiser for bullying prevention

A Sutton family said their teenage son took his own life earlier this month after struggling with bullying from his peers.

North Shore high schools clash over the transfer of two basketball players

A Superior Court judge cleared the way for one student to play this year for St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, after transferring from Peabody Veterans Memorial High School.

Participants represented victims of gun violence attended a vigil to mark the 5th anniversary of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School at Rutgers Presbyterian Church on Thursday in New York City.

How many kids have been killed by gunfire since Newtown?

The number of children under the age of 17 killed or wounded by gunfire in the United States is astounding.

// The Season Ticket podcast

Adrian Walker from the Globe’s Spotlight team joins host Chris Gasper to talk about racism in Boston sports.

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// Sand in the gears of climate change

The state House of Representatives should approve a bill passed by the Senate to establish a long-term plan for climate change.


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Somali men covered the body of a victim Thursday’s suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu.

Suicide bomber kills 18 at Somalia police academy

An Islamic extremist suicide bomber disguised as a police officer killed at least 18 people at a police academy in Somalia’s capital on Thursday, authorities said. The Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility.