House in chaotic scramble after McCarthy move

Kevin McCarthy’s withdrawal from the speaker race was another huge victory for hardline Republicans.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy looked on as House Speaker John Boehner spoke Wednesday.

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Evan Horowitz | Quick study

The favorite for House speaker just withdrew. What now?

It’s not clear whether the other candidates in the race — or anyone else — can get the 218 votes needed for House speaker.

TelexFree trustee says alleged fraud swells to $3 billion

The scope of the alleged Ponzi scheme has tripled, according to Stephen Darr, who said at least 1 million people opened accounts.

Boston eyes single number to grade City Hall

Boston’s City Hall is looking to distill its data-driven efforts into one gauge of government performance.

Adrian Walker

//[1].jpg A 14 percent raise for the City Council — no effort required

The 14 percent pay raise proposed by Mayor Walsh will automatically become law without the Boston City Council even voting on it.

Governor Baker took a “selfie” with Brooke Charter School students Thursday in Boston.

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Baker proposes bill to allow more charter schools

The legislation would permit 12 new or expanded charters per year across the state.

// US could be on verge of measles outbreak, researchers warn

One in eight children under the age of 17 is susceptible to measles and would likely get sick if exposed to the dangerous virus.

HUBweek forum highlights economic inequality

The stark divide between haves and have-nots was on display throughout the discussion.

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Can we please stop pretending marijuana is harmless?

The truth is it can be dangerous, especially for young people.

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Fitchburg man says possible run-in with shark led to tumor discovery

Eugene Finney said he might never have known that he had a small cancerous growth in his kidney if not for an incident over the summer.

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Norton barber criticized for posting ‘Black Labs Matter’ on sign

Tom Stevens, a barbershop owner in Norton, has been criticized for his sign seeking donations for the MSPCA.

// Red Sox hold line on ticket prices until end of year

After Jan. 1, prices for seats in 12 of 22 non-premium areas will see increases that average 1.4 percent.

Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” presented by Huntington Theatre Company through Oct. 11. The company is embarking on an ambitious project to stage 15 musicals for which Sondheim wrote both the music and the lyrics.

Critic’s notebook

Huntington Theatre goes all in on Sondheim

Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company is going to stage 15 of the musicals for which Stephen Sondheim wrote both the music and the lyrics.

//[1]-1610--90x90.jpg Tragedies befall American heroes since French train attack

Spencer Stone was stabbed and seriously wounded in a fight outside a bar — the latest tragedy to befall him and his buddies.

Members of the rock group Led Zeppelin (L-R) Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and John Bonham are shown in this undated publicity photograph.

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The time the Teamsters tangled with Led Zeppelin

The indictment last week of five members of Teamsters Local 25 on federal extortion charges got us thinking about, of all things, Led Zeppelin.

// New stacked seats could end reclining wars

French company Airbus has unveiled a new plan to stack passengers and possibly create more legroom.

// Triple-deckers in demand, families getting pushed out

In recent years, the desire for the properties has grown, and the population living within them has shifted.

Uber headquarters in San Francisco.

Uber hits 2 million rides in Massachusetts for September

Uber revealed the number at a time when lawmakers are debating how to regulate ride-hailing companies.

Opinion & Ideas


// A President Joe Biden would not be alone in his grief

Jefferson, Lincoln, Coolidge, and Kennedy are just four examples of presidents who have lost their children while in political office.

Ground Game

//[1]-1562--90x90.jpg Calm down, Hillary Clinton has not lost New Hampshire. Yet.

Clinton is currently losing N.H., but she is very, very, very, very far away from the state being a lost cause.

The Big Picture

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Historic flooding in South Carolina

Residents face uncertainty as they cope with major flooding after record-settings rains.


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// Data privacy? It’s mostly gone, but that can change

Just about everything we do these days is under some form of electronic surveillance.



// On day one of Synod 2015, conservatives strike first

The traditionalist camp isn’t going to just counter-punch this time around.