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.

// The Season Ticket podcast

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

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Christopher Muther

A hangover-free guide to New Orleans

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

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

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

// ‘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.

// 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.

// 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.


// Matt Damon says there’s a ‘spectrum of behavior’ when it comes to allegations of sexual misconduct

“There’s a difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation,” Damon said Tuesday on “Popcorn with Peter Travers.”

Dustin Hoffman.

Dustin Hoffman accused of new incidents of sexual misconduct

One incident involved a playwright who says the actor exposed himself to her in a New York hotel room when she was 16 years old.

// 10 festive holiday activities for you and the kids

Need family-friendly ideas this holiday season? Look no further.

// The Steelers are making quite an impression on Bill Belichick

The Patriots coach has been busy studying Sunday’s opponent.

// Sean Spicer might think Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic is an actual book of carols

Of course, he may have just been trying to make a joke to begin with, right? No one can really be sure.

// 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.

// 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.

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.

// At ESPN, the problems for women run deep

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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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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.