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City lays out next phase of its future transportation plans

An “unprecedented” number of responses is allowing officials to hear what residents want the city to do.

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Today is Friday, Oct. 9, the 282d day of 2015. There are 83 days left in the year.

Bad Week: Ben Carson

Ben Carson might want to consider two words the next time he comments about a national tragedy: too soon. On Tuesday morning — five days after a gunman opened fire at an Oregon community college and killed nine people — Carson appeared to second-guess the victims’ response. He told Fox News: “I would not just stand there and let him shoot me.” Blowback among GOP primary voters appears minimal, and Carson remains a GOP front-runner. But his poorly timed comment could contribute to growing concerns about Carson’s preparedness for presidency. It’s hard to imagine any White House occupant— Democrat or Republican — saying this in the Rose Garden.

Warwick, R.I.

Hospital boots 800-pound man after pizza order

An 800-pound Rhode Island man says he’s been kicked out of a hospital’s weight loss program for ordering pizza.

Governor Baker proclaims Thursday ‘Lobster Day’

Lovers of seafood made quite the catch as the governor proclaimed Thursday “Lobster Day” in the Commonwealth.

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Ham radio operator Rob Macedo inside the National Weather Service Headquarters in Taunton, where he occasionally volunteers.

Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe

Meet the ham radio volunteers behind the weather warning system

A dedicated corps of radio operators help the National Weather Service and emergency managers when big storms come to town.

City Council President Bill Linehan (left) and Boston City Councilor at Large Stephen Murphy appeared at a hearing on pay raises in August.

Adrian Walker

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.

Triple-deckers can be seen from the belfry of First Parish Church in Dorchester in this 2011 file photo.

Boston’s 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.

Boston residents hope the city will reduce the percentage of income that poorer households spend on transportation.

City lays out next phase of its future transportation plans

An “unprecedented” number of responses is allowing officials to hear what residents want the city to do.

Daniel Koh, left, chief of staff for Mayor Martin J. Walsh, discussing the CityScore program at City Hall in Boston on Wednesday.

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.

Yvonne Abraham


Abraham is a Metro columnist. Her work appears on Thursdays and Sundays.

Kevin Cullen


Cullen is a columnist for the Metro section who previously wrote for the Foreign desk and Spotlight team. His column appears Tuesdays and Sundays.

Thomas Farragher


Farragher is a Globe columnist and associate editor. He spent eight years as editor of the Spotlight Team. His columns appear Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Adrian Walker


Walker has been a columnist for the Metro section since 1998. His column appears Mondays and Fridays.


Dr. Sargent “was a solver of problems,’’ one sister said. “She was a powerhouse.”

Susan Sargent, at 68; psychologist devoted to family

Dr. Sargent was a clinical child psychologist whose passionate pursuits, friendships, and devotion to family were “really the essence of living a meaningful life.”

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings.

Aaron Hernandez guilty of murder



The former Patriots tight end was convicted in the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd.