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.

Kenyatta Savage was featured in a front-page photograph in The Boston Globe for the Spotlight series on race in Boston.

The story of the only black man in a photo at a Red Sox game

Kenyatta Savage found himself featured on the front page of the Boston Globe as part of a story about racism in Boston.

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Guest host Chad Finn chats with NFL analyst and former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher.

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// A hangover-free guide to New Orleans

Step away from Bourbon Street, and a trip to New Orleans can be a spiritual, magical experience.

// Mechanics find owl under the hood while doing an oil change

Oil change? More like “Owl” change.

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

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

// Good Samaritan rescues rabbit stranded on the side of a Brockton road

Simpson found himself stranded on the side of the road in Brockton and did not have much longer to live.

// Democrats accuse Charlie Baker of supporting Roy Moore, whom he called ‘unfit’ for office

Those attacks have not settled well with at least one Democratic political figure — US Representative Stephen Lynch.

// Red Sox made offer to Carlos Santana, but Phillies were a better deal

The first baseman agreed to Philadelphia’s three-year, $60 million deal on Friday.

Adrienne Lawrence said ESPN retaliated against her, after she complained of harassment, by reducing her on-air shifts and ultimately denying her a permanent position.

Read the text messages at the center of the ESPN harassment complaint

The texts were sent between longtime anchor John Buccigross and Adrienne Lawrence, a former employee who filed a sexual harassment complaint this summer.

// Rubio, Corker to vote ‘yes’ on GOP tax bill

The support of Senators Marco Rubio and Bob Corker all but ensures the package will pass the Senate.


// Will Maine’s Susan Collins have a ‘House of Cards’ moment?

The question of where Collins’s allegiances lie will become huge in Washington, as will the matter of whether she’s ripe for a switch to independent.

// Snow arrives as the workweek ends

Greater Boston faces more bitterly cold conditions Friday as meteorologists warn that the evening commute will probably be affected by a fast-moving snowstorm as the workweek ends.

// Walsh runs down clock on single-use plastic bag ban

One of the City Council’s most high-profile acts of the year still sits in the hands of Mayor Martin Walsh.

// ‘We’re going to rebuild the FBI,’ Trump says ahead of speech to academy

President Trump reiterated that ‘‘there was no collusion’’ between his campaign and the Russian government.

// Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth control

A federal judge in Philadelphia has ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women’s access to free birth control.

// Trump judicial nominee fumbles basic questions about the law

A clip of one of the president’s federal judicial nominees struggling to answer rudimentary questions about the law garnered well more than 2 million views in a matter of hours.

// $10m reward for stolen Gardner museum artwork set to expire

The clock is ticking on a $10 million reward involving one of Boston’s greatest mysteries.

// Controversial Seaport tower project gets key state approval

A conservation group has fought against the developer’s plans for a 22-story condo building at the harbor’s edge.

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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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One hundred years ago, one of the world’s top conductors was ensnared in a scandal involving patriotism and sex. It almost toppled Boston’s famed orchestra.

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