Vertex pledges $500m to charity over 10-year span

The Seaport-based pharmaceuticals firm is taking a big step toward bolstering its standing in Boston’s civic circles.

Politics

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We may find out when Raytheon’s top lobbyist, Mark Esper, faces senators for his confirmation to become secretary of the Army.

Dave Ratner (second from left) and others watched as President Trump signed an executive order on health care on Thursday.

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KEVIN CULLEN

Somebody throw this poor guy a bone

The face of a western Mass. business has received lots of blowback after he was at the White House when President Trump signed an order on health care.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/16/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/AFP_TC1CH.jpg ‘The worst two days of my life,’ says business owner

After last week’s photo, Dave Ratner has learned a tough political lesson. Will his Western Mass. customers give him a second chance?

President Donald Trump answers questions with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the Rose Garden after their meeting at the White House, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Trump said Obama never called families of fallen troops — then got fact-checked live

The president’s assertion belied a long record of meetings his predecessor held with the families of killed service members.

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According to The New Yorker, President Trump joked about Mike Pence’s views on gay rights, saying, “Don’t ask that guy — he wants to hang them all!”

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/17/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/AP17290010506565.jpg John McCain condemns ‘half-baked, spurious nationalism’

“To abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe” would be unpatriotic, the US senator said.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/17/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/29blspic05.jpg ‘I have real concerns about our high schools,’ says Mayor Walsh

Walsh says he’s asked Superintendent Tommy Chang for a report on ways to improve the city’s secondary education.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/03/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/greenhouse_PG2_6467.jpg In Brookline, a noisy debate over a new school

Town officials want to seize 7 acres from Pine Manor College by eminent domain. The college is vowing to fight the proposal.

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The state has now done “all of the things that they should have done beforehand,” said the head of a body that advocates for service station owners.

Sponsored by .boston

The day I ate my way around Boston’s best-rated (and best-hidden) spots

Icecream.boston. Dumplings.boston. Coffee.boston. New domains are coming, and I’ve got ideas for who should register.

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Fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal

FILE - In this May 19, 2013, file photo, Alyssa Milano arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Thousands of women responded to Milano’s call on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2017, to tweet “me too” in order to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault following the recent revelation of decades of allegations of sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

John Shearer/Invision/AP/File 2013

‘It is a moment for change, and there is a lot of energy there’

The #MeToo movement on Twitter has exploded, with women from all walks of life testifying to their experience being harassed or assaulted.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/16/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/AP_17harasmentdata01_met.jpg Most women never report their brushes with sexual harassment

The #MeToo posts only scratch the surface of how widespread the issue is.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/16/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/11222007_22names3-6298331.jpg Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg says everyone knew about Weinsten

The Needham native says he overlooked Weinstein’s misdeeds because he was a generous friend.

NBA Preview 2017-18

ADAM HIMMELSBACH

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/841593810.jpg The inside story of the Celtics’ crazy offseason

The Celtics knew there would be change. But no one in their front office envisioned an offseason like this one.

Celtics at Cavaliers | 8 p.m. (TNT)

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Cleveland has made significant changes, too, adding intrigue to a budding rivalry.

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From the living room to the office, the e-commerce giant works to make its goods and services essential to customers’ lives.  

Globe Staff photo illustration

EDITORIAL

Boston is primed for Amazon

Let’s be clear: Amazon is a natural fit for our city.

Patriots 24, Jets 17: In review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/861700940-13339.jpg An illustrated explanation of that overturned touchdown

A replay ruling in Sunday’s game negated a touchdown in the fourth quarter of New England’s win.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/861666008.jpg Dion Lewis looks like he’s finally back to his explosive self

The running back’s numbers Sunday were modest, but he was mighty impressive against the Jets, in a variety of ways.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/shutterstock_189820403.jpg White men feel overlooked at the office, survey says

In spite of the results, data show men continue to dominate the top ranks of virtually every field.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/04/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/ee5dc1c53c374097b85d3f4432d51d8b-ee5dc1c53c374097b85d3f4432d51d8b-0.jpg Goodbye, Foodler: The take-out delivery service is shutting down

Competitor GrubHub has completed its takeover of Boston-based Foodler.

Critic’s Notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/16/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/SPRINGSTEEN_REVIEW_7.jpg A lifetime of connection with Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen is on Broadway in a somber, introspective, and transcendent evening of songs, stories, and ruminations, performed almost completely solo.

Roger Naples and fellow Gallery Gods cheered for the Bruins from the second balcony of the old Boston Garden.

obituary

Roger Naples, stalwart Bruins fan who led the Gallery Gods, dies at 97

The Gallery Gods, founded by Naples in 1937, were for decades the team’s most loyal supporters.

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Indy and his owner just moved to Boston on Monday when the dog escaped from their new apartment.

Names

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“The Shadows” will tell the story of America’s first detectives.

Miss Conduct

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/16/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/miss%20conduct-2761.jpg I lost a parent, and people aren’t even sending cards

A bereaved letter writer and a laid-off worker wonder why friends and colleagues aren’t reaching out.

Newsletters

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/LEE_patriotsjets24_spts.jpg The Season Ticket podcast

Chris Gasper and Chad Finn discuss the Patriots’ controversial victory over the New York Jets — just the latest in a string of bizarre Pats-Jets games.

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Special reports

Spotlight follow-up

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/27/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/kreiter_COP_halfbrothers1-sptlt.jpg Children of priests step out of the shadows

A growing number of people who say their fathers are priests are speaking out, drawing attention to an invisible legion of suffering.

Opinion & Ideas

Opinion | Elizabeth Warren

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/16/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/7750931ea2524e2185fa465fd3c580a6-7750931ea2524e2185fa465fd3c580a6-0.jpg Even after Equifax and Wells Fargo, GOP sides with big financial institutions

Bank lobbyists hate this new rule, and they’re pushing Congress hard to reverse it.

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.

The Amazon bid

newsroom commentary

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/13/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/drone-5771.jpg Dear Jeff Bezos: Come and help us build a better Boston together

An open letter to the owner of Amazon, proposing a true partnership that rewrites the relationship between a city and the big companies that call it home.

STAT

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/16/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/Influenza%20A.jpg Flu experts see potential for a nasty winter season

Experts can’t say with great certainty that this winter will result in clogged doctors’ offices. But they can explain why they’re worried it might.

Crossword

//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.

Cars

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Tesla fires hundreds of workers as part of annual reviews

Tesla Motors has fired hundreds of workers after completing its annual performance reviews, even though the automaker is trying to ramp up production to fill orders for its new Model 3 sedan