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Traffic on the Mass. Pike.

Matthew Healey for The Boston Globe

Expect traffic. A lot of it.

Boats catch fire at Mystic Wellington Yacht Club in Medford

Medford firefighters and State Police troopers on the scene near Station Landing around 7 a.m.

A marijuana bud.

Should marijuana use matter in child welfare cases?

Massachusetts child welfare officials are warning that a ballot provision could effectively tie the hands of social workers.

Shirley Leung

// Buzzkill: Just vote no on Question 4

As a mother of two young kids, I am skittish about legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts. But as a taxpayer, I am downright petrified.

Roxbury, Ma 031213 City on a Hill Charter School student volunteer check names of future students drawn from a list of hopefuls on lottery day on March 12, 2014 for charter school placements in Boston. More than 13,600 names have been entered for nearly 2,200 open seats. According to the principal as of earlier today 900 names had been entered at this site for about 100 openings. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)



Vote ‘yes’ on Question 2

Voters have a chance to continue a successful strategy in public education by approving a measure that would allow the state to continue expanding public charter schools.

Adrian Walker

// Adding charter schools is about opportunity, not just funding

Lifting the cap could place good schools within reach of more students. Why is that a bad idea?

A mostly sunny and windy end to work week

The National Weather Service said temperatures will reach into the 40s and 50s in Greater Boston Friday.

Fitchburg trains cancelled as Expressway drivers face slow ride into city

The Friday morning commute is slowing on the Southeast Expressway.

// US prosecutors say DiMasi ‘appears to be worsening over time’

Officials said they requested the early release of former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi based on his age and medical condition.

// UN says IS reportedly using ‘human shields’

It has received reports of more than 200 people being killed for refusing to comply with IS orders or previously belonging to Iraqi security forces.

//[1].jpg Lawyer accuses Justice Thomas of groping her at a 1999 party

The lawyer, who was 23 at the time, said Thomas had “sort of cupped his hand around my butt and pulled me pretty close to him.”

Activists waved US flags as they ride on a “Stop Trump” battle bus as they approached the Houses of Parliament in London in September.


Letter from abroad

Even overseas, no escaping this election

It’s a difficult time to be an American abroad, especially if you’re suffering from election burnout and the purpose of your travel is pure escapism.

Opinion | Bernie Sanders

// Here’s what I’ll do the day after the election

At a time of massive political discontent, we need a new administration that has both vision and courage.

// Biotech stocks down on worries of a Democratic sweep

Political jitters have fueled the sell-off, with some investors concerned an all-Democratic Congress could lead to restrictions on prescription drug prices.

// No one injured as plane carrying Pence slides off runway

A plane carrying Republican VP candidate Mike Pence slid off runway at LaGuardia Airport during a rainstorm.

// ‘I’ll tell you, when anything leaves, it crushes us’

The challenges are enormous in Eastport, Maine, a city of 1,300 people about 350 miles northeast of Boston.

// Night Shift was fed up with distributorships. So they started their own.

The owners of the Everett brewery are promising to offer others friendlier contracts, more personal attention, and deliveries of fresher brews.

Truffled beet noodles with sauteed chicken.

Photograph by anthony tieuli / food styling by Sheila jarnes

Cooking | Magazine

Trade your pasta for these healthy spiralized veggies

You won’t miss the carbs in truffled beet noodles, a zoodle pad Thai, and a kugel with sweet potatoes.

// Some parts of Mass. saw 6 inches of snow Thursday

In the first measurable snow of the season, the town of Rowe — which borders Vermont — saw the highest accumulation at a half-foot.


// Celtics were close, but didn't have the finishing touch

Dwyane Wade’s late 3-pointer sealed the game after Boston couldn’t capitalize in the closing minutes.

// Facing complaints, Quincy deals with rat problem

The rat population appears to have spiked in the last 18 months, a boom felt especially in residential neighborhoods.


// The Weekender: Dancing pirates, magical creatures, and nasty women

Everything fun to do in Boston and beyond.

Opinion & Ideas


// Deaths of two workers entirely preventable

The deaths of two workers in the South End were preventable – if city officials had taken minimal steps to investigate the construction company before issuing permits.

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The desperate and the dead

// The broken covenant

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

The Big Picture

Autumn colors from around the world

Fall in the northern hemisphere showed vibrant colors around the globe.

Nation & World

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2 Yazidi women who fled ISIS slavery receive EU’s Sakharov Prize

Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, two young Iraqis who escaped sexual slavery by the Islamic State and became advocates for women’s rights, were honored Thursday with the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Union’s top human rights award.