Kennedy Institute finds if you build it, not everyone will come

Boston-03/29/2017- The numbers of visitors are below expectations at the Edward Kennedy Institute. Three people were the only visitors inside a replica of the Senate Chamber as they hear a presentation. John Tlumacki/Globe staff(metro)

John Tlumacki/Globe staff

The institute projected it would draw up to 150,000 visitors annually. But since it opened two years ago, it’s seen just 62,000 each year.

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GOP lawmakers in North Carolina announced late last night that they have reached a deal to repeal the controversial HB2 law and will vote on it this morning.

Fast Forward: N.C. to kill LGBT bias law, and taking a walk in a park to chillax

Say bye-bye to the nasty HB2 law in North Carolina, and more of the news you need to start your day.

// Boston police seeking identity of suspect in North End break-in

Boston police posted surveillance images of the man suspected of robbing the Vinoteca Di Monica restaurant on Wednesday.

// Road rage may have led to Lynn deliveryman’s murder

Surveillance videos led investigators to believe that the confrontation “may have been the result of a road rage incident,” police said.

// Trucker allegedly drove cross country nonstop fueled by drugs

Police have arrested a trucker they say drove nonstop from Seattle to Massachusetts fueled by crystal meth, LSD, and cocaine.

Ben Eramo, 18, has been playing Billy Joel songs for about 10 years.

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Sing us a song, you’re the tribute band

Ben Aramo, of Byfield, has been obsessively rehearsing Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Billy Joel’s catalog for about 10 years.


// Ronaldo bust looks nothing like Ronaldo, and the Internet noticed

Besides his soccer prowess, Cristiano Ronaldo is known for being exceptionally handsome, and at least somewhat vain.

// An Indonesian man disappeared. Then his body was found — inside a python.

A 25-year-old man who had gone missing from his village on Sunday apparently had been swallowed whole by a python.



// A Connecticut home fit for Hollywood royalty

Colette Harron has returned to Fenwick, a tiny and tony borough at the mouth of the Connecticut River, again and again to market the Katharine Hepburn home.

Portrait of Chris Louras inside the Speak Easy Cafe, Rutland VT (Corey Hendrickson for the Boston Globe)

Unwelcome plan for refugees shakes up Vermont city

The five-term mayor of Rutland, Vt., recently lost a re-election bid after he supported a controversial plan to bring in Syrian refugees.

// Parts of Mass. could get up to 8 inches of snow this weekend

A potential storm could drop up to 3 inches in the Boston area, while there is the possibility for up to 8 inches in the far northwest part of the state.

// A sunny Thursday before a stormy weekend

Forecasters expect wintry weather to arrive Friday that could leave six inches or more in communities north of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

The Trump administration

// Senate hearing to focus on ‘paid internet trolls,’ other Russia tactics

A committee is investigating whether voters in key states might have been served up Russian-generated fake news.

// Trump Today: Ivanka to become an unpaid government employee

Ivanka Trump’s role as an informal adviser with a White House office raised concerns with ethics experts, who said it would allow her to avoid some rules.

Opinion | Eric Fehrnstrom

// Eric Fehrnstrom: In bid to block Gorsuch, Warren and Democrats overplay their hand

In vowing to block the Supreme Court pick, the Democrats invite bigger problems down the road.


Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

// Internet privacy, such as it is, loses yet another defense. Sad!

Congress is poised to loosen online privacy rules, but we’ve never had full privacy in our Internet use.

// Tufts nurses union authorizes one-day strike

The union that represents nearly 1,200 nurses at Tufts Medical Center said they authorized a one-day strike. No date has been set.

Local politics

// Governor Baker boosts funding for early education

The funding, if approved by the Legislature, will translate directly into raises for teachers.



// Bucks showed why they’d be a tough playoff matchup for Celtics

The Celtics got a primer from Milwaukee on the physical play they’ll be facing in the postseason.

Munch Madness

// It’s the Final Four

We’re nearing the end of the tournament: Only four restaurants remain. Vote now for your favorite.

Opinion & Ideas


// Nunes not up to the task of getting to the truth on Russia

Paul Ryan should replace Devin Nunes or support a select committee to oversee the investigation.


//$medium.jpeg Address: The week in real estate

Our weekly digest on buying, selling, and design, with expert advice and insider neighborhood knowledge.

Special reports

Special report | Part 1

Fleeing Syria for Trump’s America

The trip was over for these refugees. They had found a new home in Mass. But uncertainty lay ahead: Tomorrow, Donald Trump would be sworn in.


// Documenting Hate: Submit an incident you know about

If you have been a victim or witnessed a hate incident, share your information here so we can investigate.


// Mumps outbreaks are raising concerns about vaccine

Large and lengthy outbreaks have been recently reported and, worryingly, often among people who have been vaccinated.