Why are so many colleges merging? Money and real estate

Last month, Wheelock College said it was in talks to merge with Boston University.

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

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President Trump has announced a new order to help the US target people, companies, and banks financing and facilitating trade with North Korea.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/ryan_down1_met.jpg Heavy winds blow down tree in Back Bay

Heavy winds blew down a tree in Back Bay between Newbury Street and Commonwealth Avenue early Thursday morning, taking down two telephone poles and damaging property and vehicles in the area.

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


Storm-ravaged Puerto Rico starts to rebuild

‘‘The storm didn’t bother me,’’ said one resident. ‘‘It’s the devastation. I get goosebumps. It’s going to take us a long time.’’

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The suit specifically names Mayor Martin Walsh, saying he, “in a grossly negligent manner, failed to order the implementation of the provisions of Christian’s Law.”

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The two brothers say they were unaware their parents were Russian sleeper agents when the family lived quietly outside Harvard Square for a decade.

Braintree bridge project will cause Route 3 traffic jams this weekend

Another quick bridge project will get underway this weekend.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/20/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Tlumacki_tropicalstormjosecape_metro243.jpg Tropical Storm Jose lingers off Nantucket, bringing strong winds today

Temperatures in Greater Boston will rise into the 70s Thursday, but powerful gusting winds will persist into the night.

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Tech companies say they already have problems finding qualified candidates, but others believe Amazon could establish Boston as a tech mecca.

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.

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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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/a83455722c15417a95d9423b043a49ea-3ae2c3f5045548768da39b0a0cc8b1d2-0.jpg Massachusetts inches one step closer to all-year daylight saving time

One man’s quest to put Massachusetts on daylight saving time all year was endorsed on Wednesday by a state commission.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/20/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/66179e37528745d9993d58518c81ad69-66179e37528745d9993d58518c81ad69-0-5145.jpg Kimmel lays into critics after calling Senator Cassidy a ‘liar’ over health care bill

Jimmy Kimmel spoke about the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal Obamacare again Wednesday night.

Miss Conduct

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/18/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/miss%20conduct-2854.jpg 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?

The texts are coming from inside the house

Parents who were initially horrified at the seemingly impersonal communication mode have not only made peace with it - they’re deploying it themselves.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/c3fde4fa900e4667b621bce988dd0d4f-c3fde4fa900e4667b621bce988dd0d4f-0.jpg Bruins won’t have Torey Krug at start of season

The defenseman has a fractured jaw and will be reevaluated in three weeks.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/Obits/Images/f282bdfd-39ab-4acc-807d-53ef8d09389d.jpg Lillian Ross, acclaimed reporter for the New Yorker, dies at 99

Ross became known as the consummate fly-on-the-wall reporter in a six-decade career at The New Yorker.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/20/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/0927ideas_uk1-9511.jpg Should I drink 25 glasses of water like Tom Brady?

This writer was going to try it, but the experts warned he’d better not.

Newton music teacher and “MasterChef” contestant Jason Wang


Newton music teacher falls just short on ‘MasterChef’ finale

Jason Wang watched with friends and family at Pagu in Cambridge.

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.

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Susan Reitman told NECN: ‘‘If I have to sit in jail for the rest of eternity, that’s my choice.’’


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/13/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Clipboard-9969.jpg This week in weed

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

Opinion & Ideas


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

Fall Arts Preview 2017

Fall Arts preview

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/07/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Fall%20arts%20home%20version%201-5253.jpg 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

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

Special reports


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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.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/Charney.jpg 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.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/21/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/crossword.jpg Play the crossword

Puzzled? Keep trying and see if you can triumph.