Is Alan Dershowitz defending Trump? Not quite, he says

The liberal defense lawyer seems to be defending President Trump in his public comments. But, he says, he’s just being consistent.

Cambridge, MA: 05-24-2017: Former acting US attorney general Sally Yates speaks during the Harvard Law School Class Day celebration in Cambridge, Mass. May 24, 2017. Photo/John Blanding, Boston Globe staff story/Mark Shanahan, Names ( 25SallyYates )

‘Defining moments often don’t come with a warning’

Sally Yates shared some hard-earned wisdom with Harvard Law School graduates yesterday.

Medford, MA -- 5/24/2017 - The Archdiocese of Boston has confirmed it is closing 6-12 Saint Clement Catholic School. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 28nostclement Reporter:

Medford Catholic school closing June 9

The Saint Clement School’s enrollment has declined sharply in recent years, from 256 students during the 2012-2013 school year to 147 this year.

US Representative Katherine M. Clark, a Massachusetts Democrat, questioned Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about federal funds and discrimination against LGBTQ students.

Clark chastises DeVos on school discrimination

“I am shocked that you cannot come up with one example of discrimination that you would stand up for students,” US Representative Katherine Clark said.

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Pol charged with assaulting reporter, JFK centennial weekend

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Watch live: Mark Zuckerberg to speak at Harvard Commencement

The Facebook founder and former Harvard student returns to Cambridge to speak at this year’s graduation.

Commuter rail train spews ‘black smoke’ in Hingham

The MBTA commuter rail train started smoking as it neared the Nantasket Junction station in Hingham.

Former Wayland athletic director files whistle-blower suit

Stephen Cass said he lost his job after complaining about unequal treatment of boys and girls sports teams.

Lynn firefighters extinguish fire at apartment building

No injuries were reported, officials said.

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Will Memorial Day weekend be a total washout this year?

A storm system should give way to clear skies for some of the weekend, but another bout of rain is on the way for Sunday and Monday.

North Reading’s Nana awaits her crowning moment

The 13-year-old chocolate lab is one of four finalists for the title of queen in the Grey Muzzle Organization’s virtual Senior Dog Prom.

Middlebury College students turned their backs to author Charles Murray during his lecture in March.

Middlebury students disciplined for Charles Murray protest

No students were suspended or expelled due to the incident, which came to symbolize a lack of tolerance for conservative ideas on some campuses.

FILE - In this April 18, 2017 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at his company's annual F8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post on May 21, 2017, that he's not running for public office. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Facebook’s Zuckerberg to give Harvard graduation speech

Mark Zuckerberg is giving a commencement address at Harvard, where he dropped out 12 years ago.

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Today is Thursday, May 25, the 145th day of 2017. There are 220 days left in the year.

Four men convicted for ‘vicious’ Dorchester murder

A Suffolk Superior Court jury found them guilty of murdering Romeo McCubbin, 25, in 2013, prosecutors said.

Device detonated in Reading not a bomb, police say

About 20 homes near Rachel Road were evacuated as a precaution, Reading police said

epa03711845 Orlando, Florida crime scene technicians and law enforcement officers work the scene at an apartment complex where Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials have reported that agents shot and killed a suspect, reportedly Ibragim Todashev, during an interview early in the morning in Orlando, Florida, USA, 22 May 2013. Media reports indicate that Todashev was apparently friends with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and had been under investigation since the bombings. EPA/BRIAN BLANCO

Troopers, FBI sued in 2013 death of Chechen in Florida

“[Ibragim] Todashev’s death on May 22, 2013 was the result of excessive force by FBI agents,” the complaint said.

Woman claiming to be blind robs Quincy waitress at knife point

The woman pulled out a black knife to demand money from a Friendly’s Restaurant waitress, police said.

Tribal casino bill faces challenges, despite senate support

HARTFORD — While the Connecticut state Senate passed legislation early Wednesday allowing a new satellite casino to be built by two Native American tribes in East Windsor, it’s doubtful the bill will clear the House of Representatives.

The Globe’s Spotlight Team focused on Judge Thomas Brennan’s drug court in one story in a seven-part series on the mental health system in Massachusetts.

SJC says drug court judge cannot select lawyers who can appear in his court

The judge had argued that because collaboration is needed in drug court he should be allowed to choose the defense lawyers allowed in his court.


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Sweet science: Harvard study suggests chocolate may reduce heart disease risk

Eating a few ounces of chocolate a week could reduce your risk of atrial fibrillation by 20 percent.

Wolfboro, NH- 08/16/07 - Downtown Wolfboro is a shopping and boating mecca next to Lake Winnipesaukee. (Globe staff photo by Mark Wilson; section: Travel; Slug: 26 winnepesaukee ; reporter: Marty Basch *** SLUG: 26winnipesaukee 8 of 9 CREDIT: Mark Wilson/Globe Staff ONLINE CAPTION: Downtown Wolfeboro is a shopping and boating mecca next to Lake Winnipesaukee. / OUTTAKe 0506 NHprimary50 #46

N.H. Democrats score a little one

Here’s something you don’t hear very often — or, actually, ever: national Democrats crowing about their big success in Wolfeboro, N.H.

Market Basket’s oldest employee dies at 96

Arthur St. John may not have been known far outside the Stratham, N.H., area. But he was a favorite among customers of the Market Basket in town.

Beatrice Trum Hunter, 98, innkeeper, writer at vanguard of nutrition

Being so far ahead of her time meant that in those early years, Mrs. Hunter was considered “not only a crank but a crackpot, but that’s one of the problems when you’re before the wave.”

An American flag flies over PNC Park during a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, May 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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What’s your American Dream Score?

A new online quiz can give you a summary of the factors that contribute to your success, and those that hold you back.

Bristol Country Sheriff Thomas Hodgson.

Bristol County Sheriff Hodgson is no stranger to controversy

Hodgson made headlines when he called for the arrest of elected officials of so-called sanctuary cities, but it’s far from the first time.

Savannah, Boston seaports beat competitors in Trump budget

Ports across the US East and Gulf coasts are racing to make room for bigger cargo ships now arriving through an expanded Panama Canal.

Former legislator chosen as new Salem State president

John D. Keenan, now the university’s general counsel and vice president of administration, will succeed retiring President Patricia Maguire Meservey.

Anne Ogden.

80-year-old woman robbed while visiting grandmother’s grave

Anne Ogden was planting red geraniums in front of her grandmother’s grave in Lawrence when she heard the thief coming.

A New Hampshire man charged in Boston with using the names of former girlfriends to wrack up huge credit card bills has allegedly continued his scam on bail, now targeting women in Alabama and Oklahoma, officials said.

Political Happy Hour: May 24, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Vermont guv slow rolls pot legalization | Patronage in BakerWorld | Ted Williams, nuke plant, JFK pics

Driver hits two cruisers, leads police on chase in Wayland and Lincoln

The man hit two cruisers and narrowly missed an officer on foot during the Tuesday chase.

EPA workers protest budget cuts in march to Boston Common

In a rare show of dissent by government workers, scores of employees of the Environmental Protection Agency marched from their downtown offices to Boston Common.

Gypsy moths begin to hatch in mid-May, eat almost continuously through July, and pose a very real risk to trees debilitated by drought.

Mass. readies for potentially devastating gypsy moth season

These invasive and voracious pests damaged more than 350,000 acres of forest last summer in Massachusetts.

Vermont governor sends back marijuana bill

Governor Phil Scott won’t sign off on recreational marijuana in his state and is sending the bill back to the legislature with suggestions for another path forward.

Immigrant who can’t be deported to Cambodia challenges his detention

Sreynuon Lunn has been in the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement since Feb. 6

Stopping the presses

Four stories tall, as loud as a locomotive, and with at least as many moving parts, The Boston Globe’s printing presses on Morrissey Boulevard will come to a stop next month.

10/10/16: Boston, MA: Red Sox DH David Ortiz came back onto the field to salute the crowd one last time following the final game of is career, a season ending Boston loss to the Cleveland Indians. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Cleveland Indians in Game Three of their ALDS baseball series at Fenway Park. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section: sports topic: Red Sox-Indians

Big Papi offers sage advice to ballplayers graduating from Wheaton College

Retired slugger David Ortiz gave advice to a team that is headed to the Division III championships.

Quincy woman, 24, killed in Route 3 crash

A Quincy woman was killed early Wednesday when her car went off the road and crashed into the woods in Hingham, State Police said.

Route 16 in Chelsea reopened after water main break

Route 16 in Chelsea has reopened after crews repaired a water main break that hampered the commute Wednesday morning.

Mattapan man, 25, charged with murdering man in Lawrence

The man faces a murder charge stemming from a shooting in Lawrence in February that left a 46-year-old man dead.

Students took part in a scavenger hunt at Harvard Law School in 2009.

Fast Forward: Rain? Sun? Plus Trump heads to NATO and the CBO scores the GOP health care bill

Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up today.

Driver in Sunday’s hit and run found

Worcester police found the driver that allegedly hit a three-year-old in Worcester and sped off Sunday evening, officials said.

Multiple vehicle crash on Route 2 in Lexington

State Police are on the scene of a multi-vehicle crash near the interchange between Route 2 and Interstate 95 in Lexington.

Search called off on North Shore after kayakers check in

The Coast Guard responded to a report from the Salisbury Police Department that someone heard a call for help at around midnight.

Fox tests positive for rabies in Ipswich

The fox bit three people on Saturday before it was shot and killed, officials said.

Police look for public’s help investigating teen’s death in Roxbury

Yanuel Viloria, 17, was shot multiple times near 180 Ruggles St. last month, according to police.

Man seriously injured in Roxbury shooting

The shooting on Mount Pleasant Terrace occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, May 24, the 144th day of 2017. There are 221 days left in the year.


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