Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up today.
What's it like outside? Rain starts during the morning commute and lasts pretty much all day. For you allergy sufferers, the rain will dampen down the tree pollen a bit, but you know the inevitable awaits you and your nostrils.
Commuter alert: Because of track work, shuttle buses will operate along the Green Line between Kenmore, St. Mary's, and Fenway on Saturday and Sunday. I hope the folks working on the tracks get out of the way in time.
While you were sleeping: Arkansas executed Ledell Lee for murdering his neighbor, the first execution in the state since 2005. Arkansas has been rushing to kill the inmates it has on death row before the lethal drugs it uses expire April 30. The manufacturer of one of the drugs in the fatal cocktail says the state obtained it under false pretenses as an end-around restrictions on its use in lethal injections ... An American charity worker who had been held in an Egyptian prison for three years landed in the US last night after the Trump administration negotiated her release after Barack Obama failed to do so. It probably didn't hurt that Trump publicly embraced Egypt's brutal and autocratic president, Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, at the White House as a "fantastic" guy earlier this month. Politics is a dirty business, isn't it?
Hey, sport: The Red Sox are at Camden Yards for the start of a weekend series against the Orioles, who are atop the AL East, a half-game ahead of the Sox (7:05 p.m., NESN and WEEI). Yesterday, Mookie Betts' three-run double in the 10th helped the Sox beat the Blue Jays, 4-1, to take two out of three from Toronto. Poor Chris Sale, who had 13 strikeouts in eight innings on 102 pitches, left when the game was scoreless and missed out on a win.
The Celtics are the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but are down 0-2 in their best-of-seven playoff series against the eighth-seeded Bulls. So they have to take at least one game in Chicago, starting tonight (7 p.m., CSNHD, ESPN, and 98.5 FM). Coach Brad Stevens is thinking of shaking up the lineup, but will musical chairs really help? Game 4 is Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
The Bruins are in an even more dire situation, down 3-1 to the Senators with Game 5 in Ottawa tonight (7:30 p.m., NESN, USA). If they win, Game 6 is back in Boston Sunday.
Now that the autopsy on Aaron Hernandez is done and the cause of death ruled a suicide, his brain is being given to researchers at the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center at Boston University, who will examine it for football-related injury, at his family's request.
The Revolution (2-3-2) are at home again Saturday for a match against DC United (2-3-1) at Gillette (7:30 p.m., CSN).
In case you missed it, the NFL released the times and dates of its schedule last night, and the Patriots' opponent in the opener will be Kansas City. They also play on both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve -- but at 1 p.m. Here's a look at their complete season.
Trump will sign two executive orders today directing Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to review the tax code as well as the Dodd-Frank Act, the sweeping banking reform enacted by Barack Obama in 2010 to clean up the problems that led to the massive financial meltdown of 2008. It also set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to prevent the repeat of predatory mortgage lending and require lenders to explain things in plain language. Trump has vowed to repeal it.
In a piece of stunning news, Trump is staying at the White House this weekend. Cops in Palm Beach will finally be able to see their families.
VP Mike Pence has another Trump cleanup job today: He will try to smooth things over with the Australian prime minister when they meet Saturday, after Trump, during a phone call in early February, blasted Malcolm Turnbull over a refugee agreement, bragged about his Electoral College win, and then abruptly ended the call. Pence is expected to tell Turnbull that Trump was cranky because he hadn't had his meatloaf yet.
The federal judge on the Trump University fraud case -- the guy Trump said couldn't be fair because he was of Mexican descent -- has pulled another Trump case: that of a young man who claims he was deported to Mexico improperly. Judge Gonzalo Curiel was randomly assigned the case, in which the 23-year-old says he was deported despite having the protection of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, aka DACA. Homeland Security agrees he did have DACA status, but said he went to Mexico without authorization and tried to sneak back in, and was caught. That forfeited his status, so he was deported. He claims he didn't leave on his own; he was removed by immigration agents. Curiel will have to sort it out.
Three months after the stunningly massive Women's March in Washington and around the world, scientists and their supporters are leveraging Earth Day on Saturday to hold a March for Science to rally support for environmental causes, advocate for national policies rooted in science, not politics, and urge the Trump administration to stop defunding scientific research.
The main march is in DC, but there are 521 satellite marches around the country and the world. Boston organizers are holding a rally on the Common, with supporters organizing their own marches to that rally from Harvard, Harvard Medical School, MIT, Northeastern, BU, Tufts, Mass. General, the Boston Public Library, Kendall Square, and many more places.
Everyone will converge on the Common at 1 p.m. for a three-hour program of speakers and live music. A Kids' March will be held at the Parkman Bandstand, aka the Kids' Corner, where there will be interactive science activities.
BTW, there's a People's March for climate, jobs, and justice next weekend in DC. I hope the National Mall has a good landscaper.
Democrat Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor who briefly ran for president last year, is scheduled to visit New Hampshire Sunday in what pundits say could be an effort to start to lay the groundwork for another run for the presidency. I'm exhausted already. The Globe's James Pindell says O'Malley plans to attend house parties in Salem and Bedford and hold a town hall meeting in Bow.
Harvard holds its 20th annual China Forum, a three-day discussion of issues and challenges related to China, starting today. Even though the forum is sold out, there are some free events open to the public.
France holds the first round of voting in its presidential election Sunday, in which 11 candidates are vying to replace Socialist Francois Hollande. If nobody gets a majority, the top two finishers will advance to a runoff May 7. The latest ISIS attack in Paris Thursday could bolster the fortunes of Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Front who wants to severely clamp down on immigration, although she has been tainted by corruption charges. Here's an explainer.
We may find out more today about the feds' preparation of charges against Julian Assange of Wikileaks, holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, for posting thousands of intelligence files stolen by Chelsea Manning. Authorities believe they have proof that unlike newspapers who printed information from the files, Wikileaks played an active role in directing Manning to steal the documents.
Creationism is alive and well in Texas. A Republican on the state Board of Education wants to force students to question evolutionary science. The debate continues next week.
Samsung releases its new Galaxy S8 today in hopes everyone will forget about the exploding Note 7s. Here's a detailed look at the new phone's features. Some consumer electronics types say to wait before rushing out to buy it -- not just to make sure it's safe, but also because they say there are some radical design changes not everyone will like, and some key features are unfinished.
Bully Boy Distillers opens its new headquarters in an industrial section of Roxbury today, capitalizing on its growing popularity in the emerging craft spirits market. The drab brick building, which the Globe's Dan Adams described as a "bohemian oasis" inside, features an expanded production floor, larger-capacity tanks, and a tasting room where patrons can watch the making of gin, rum, vodka, and whiskey through a window. Straws not provided.
Finally, in the spirit of Earth Day, let's remember the birthday today of John Muir, one of our most famous and influential conservationists -- he and others founded the Sierra Club -- and an early advocate of our system of national parks. Born in Scotland in 1838, his family immigrated to central Wisconsin when he was young. After an accident in an Indianapolis factory left him temporarily blind, Muir embarked on a 1,000-mile hike around the American West after his sight returned, where he fell in love with the Sierra Nevada territory and Yosemite. Wild nature, he wrote, offered a "window opening into heaven, a mirror reflecting the Creator."
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