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 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.

// ‘The island went silent,’ and Puerto Ricans in Massachusetts 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.

// Tropical Storm Jose lingers off Nantucket, bringing strong winds

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

// 10th patient dies after Florida nursing home lost power during Irma

The state has suspended the facility’s license as police conduct a criminal investigation into the deaths.

// Family of boy who drowned at Carson Beach to sue city, mayor

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

// Trump announces new order targeting North Korea

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

Braintree bridge project will cause Route 3 traffic jams this weekend

Another quick bridge project will get underway this weekend.

// Marine Corps expects first female infantry officer

The Marine Corps expects to soon have a female infantry officer, a historic first following her anticipated graduation Monday.

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

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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.

// 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.

Tech Lab

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

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

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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.

Alex Speier

// Here’s how Chris Sale became a 300-strikeout pitcher

The rarity of the feat created giddiness, yet also spawned appreciation for the body of work that led to 300 strikeouts in one season.

// Petition denounces Harvard’s revocation of Chelsea Manning fellowship

An online petition supported by five Harvard graduates denouncing the decision to revoke Chelsea Manning’s fellowship has gained 15,000 signatures.

// 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.

//[1].jpg Sons of Russian spies who lived in Cambridge face new obstacle to Canadian citizenship

The brothers say they were unaware their parents were Russian sleeper agents when the family lived outside Harvard Square.

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?

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.

// Maine woman: I’d rather go to jail than take down Trump signs

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


// 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.