Boston school closings are back on the table

A panel’s report on ideas that could lead to $100 million in annual savings includes shuttering schools.

// ‘A big ball of fire’ meant crash victims had no chance

Two of the victims were cousins from the Cape who did everything together.

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// Is Trump the one who’s choking now?

The latest polls suggest that Donald Trump will end the race in the same way as Mitt Romney did: a loser.

// Trump took $17m insurance claim for damage few remember

Trump said he didn’t know how much was spent on repairs, but acknowledged he pocketed some of the money.

// Lawyers’ group stifled report calling Trump a ‘libel bully’ over lawsuit fears

The American Bar Association refused to publish the report, citing “the risk of the ABA being sued by [Donald] Trump.”

// Clinton, Warren on the same page — for now

There’s a shared mood of skepticism between the women, who represent opposing wings of the Democratic Party.


// They just play one on TV

Which fictional TV president would you elect, given the chance?

SJC puts limits on isolation in state prisons

The state’s highest court has extended safeguards against long-term solitary confinement to inmates who are placed in segregation for administrative reasons.

Northeastern to launch loan program for neighboring businesses

The university’s effort is aiming to aid women- and minority-owned businesses.

// Home prices — you guessed it — are up again in Mass.

The inventory of available homes is also falling fast.

// Are there black bears in Wompatuck State Park?

The search so far has turned up neither bear nor evidence of “bear inhabitance.”

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Harvard University dining hall workers rallied Oct. 5 after going on strike.

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Harvard, striking dining hall workers make deal

The university and dining hall workers who have been on strike for weeks have reached a tentative agreement.

// Fast Forward: It’s Theo vs. Tito and lots of campaigning in Florida

Theo Epstein and Terry Francona lead their teams to the World Series, Twitter may cut hundreds of jobs, and more of the news you need.


// Epstein, Francona are together again at World Series

The men who helped the Red Sox end an 86-year drought had a complex relationship in their days at Fenway.

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// Princesses are out, superheroes are in. Is that progress?

The trend in Halloween costumes for girls is breaking down stereotypes. But don’t call it a victory for feminism just yet.

// Despite troubles, family stays devoted to public schools

To the Rosas, Question 2 on the statewide ballot would be catastrophic to public education.

These secret tunnels run under the Mass. Pike

Millions of people have driven over the tunnels — and never knew they were there.


// Patriots didn’t run from Steelers’ defensive dare

Pittsburgh wanted to take the ball out of Tom Brady’s hands. So the Patriots called 30 pass plays and 25 run plays.

// Obama answers his critics’ tweets on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

“Barack Obama, bro do you even lift?’’ Obama replied: “Well, I lifted the ban on Cuban cigars. That’s worth something.”

// 2016 may be a tipping point on marijuana legalization

Voters in five states look like they’re leaning toward approving such measures.


// How to talk dirty and get an exhibit at Brandeis

Lenny Bruce’s legacy is being celebrated as the university opens the comic’s archives to the public.

// New developers could revive long-dormant over-the-Pike project

Plans for Columbus Center, a 10-acre complex between the Back Bay and South Station, has been on ice since 2010.


// Curt Schilling isn’t running for office, he’s running for the circus

Schilling has been talking about a Senate bid, but seems to be far out of touch with Mass. voters.


// Rolling Stones are in town for a swanky shindig at Gillette

And, no, you can’t attend this Very Important Party.

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// The broken covenant

Behind the fragmented state of mental health care lies a political system failure that spans decades — and continues.

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Traveling back in time on the Mattapan trolley

The trolleys that rolled out of Worcester’s Pullman-Standard factory in 1944 and 1945 are still rolling, seven decades later, along Boston’s most scenic commute.

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Downtown Boston neighborhood named to state’s ‘Most Endangered Historic Resources’ list

Every year, Preservation Massachusetts, the state's historic preservation organization, puts together a list of historic properties and/or neighborhoods that are at risk of being lost. This year, a Boston neighborhood is featured on the list.