The MBTA has a $723m plan to change the way you pay for rides

The T on Monday will advance a sweeping proposal to remake a central component of the system that impacts nearly every rider: how we pay for rides.

Outgoing City Councilor Tito Jackson hugged a woman who lined up for one of the 3,000 turkeys he gave away on Sunday to members of the community.

Tito Jackson hosts his last turkey giveaway as a city councilor

Tito Jackson and his volunteers gave away 3,000 turkeys to community members for their Thanksgiving dinners.

Kids lined up to welcome to welcome the Galway team onto the Fenway Park field on Sunday during the Players Champions Cup.

Hurling returns to Fenway Park, and so do local fans of the Irish sport

Four well-known hurling teams from Ireland competed in Boston for the Players Champions Cup.

Tania N. Fabo, of Saugus, was announced as a recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship on Sunday. She is a senior at Harvard College.

Seven of the 2018 Rhodes Scholars have Massachusetts connections

Four students attend Harvard University, two go to MIT, and one Mass. resident attends the US Naval Academy.

Latest Metro headlines

Man allegedly posed as police officer when he sexually assaulted woman in North End

A Randolph man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the North End ordered her to strip and tried to kiss and rub her she fled, records show.

Teens accused of animal cruelty can’t be tried as adults, SJC rules

The state’s high court ruled that the term “bodily injury” only applies to human beings.

Commuter train derails between Andover and Wilmington, causing delays

One passenger on the train reported hitting his head but declined medical attention, according to Keolis.

Man, 46, dies in Braintree house fire

Braintree police guided two adults to safety and had alerted firefighters that a third person was inside the burning home.

Threatening message found at Sharon High School

The student who admitted to writing the threat will be charged, according to school officials.

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.


// Documenting Hate: Submit an incident you know about

If you have been a victim or witnessed a hate incident, share your information here so we can investigate.

The story behind ‘Spotlight’

// Boston Globe coverage and the movie ‘Spotlight’

“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

More Metro headlines

Amesbury police locate ‘aggressive pit bull’ that attacked officer

The dog had caused a shelter-in-place warning for residents in the Whitehall Lake neighborhood.

Here’s when to leave to avoid the worst of the Thanksgiving traffic, according to Waze

If you’re looking to avoid the traffic jams over the Thanksgiving holiday (and who isn’t?) this data can help you plan your trip.

Man allegedly exposed himself in N.H. CVS

The man was arrested for indecently exposing himself near two female clerks and then struggling with arresting officers, authorities said.

A Northern right whale and her calf off Duxbury Beach in 2015.

New study used ocean-floor listening devices to track endangered right whales

Hundreds of listening devices placed on the ocean floor recorded the calls of sea creatures to gather evidence of changes in the movements of the endangered animals.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Nov. 20, the 324th day of 2017. There are 41 days left in the year.

Westwood student, one other pedestrian seriously injured in crash

Two people, including a Westwood public school student, were seriously injured in a crash Sunday in what police called a “terrible tragedy.”

FILE -- Edward Blum talks to reporters alongside Abigail Fisher, the plaintiff he found to challenge affirmative action at the University of Texas, in Austin, Texas, Nov. 13, 2013. Blum, who backed George McGovern’s Democratic presidential run and felt anti-Semitism’s sting as a child, is a one-man lawsuit factory fighting the idea that race should ever be a deciding factor. (Drew Anthony Smith/The New York Times)

He took on the Voting Rights Act and won. Now he’s taking on Harvard

Maine resident Edward Blum asserts Harvard’s policies amount to an illegal quota system that denies high-achieving Asian-Americans admission.

Pedestrian walking on highway struck, killed in Weymouth

Officials are still investigating why the man, who was struck in the left lane, was walking on the highway.

Two arrested in stabbing at Peabody restaurant

Two employees of a Peabody restaurant were arrested Sunday after a fight in the kitchen escalated into a stabbing, police said.


Lottery results from Sunday drawings

15-year-old killed in ATV crash in Tewksbury

A 15-year-old boy from Wilmington was killed Sunday morning after crashing an all-terrain vehicle in Tewksbury, officials said.

Maine’s lobster haul might be less this year

Fishermen saw smaller catches this summer, and some in the industry believe the catch could be as much as 30 percent off this year.

Police blotter

Police blotter

Amesbury neighborhood told to shelter in place after pit bull attack

Amesbury police called for a neighborhood to shelter in place for several hours Sunday afternoon after a pit bull attacked an officer.


Light up your holidays with these attractions

From ZooLights to Family Trees, there’s plenty to dazzle families in Greater Boston this season.

Cause of dorm fire at Southern New Hampshire University likely electrical, school says

More than 50 students were displaced after a fire broke out in Greeley Hall, a three-story dormitory building, on Saturday night.

Chess notes

The weekly game

11/11/2017 - Chelsea, MA - People waited for busses in Bellingham Square in Chelsea, MA on Saturday morning, November 11, 2017, where a TD Bank temperature marquee read 24-degrees. Temperatures dipped dramatically in New England on Veterans Day weekend. Photo by Dina Rudick

Cold and a little rain this week not likely to disrupt Thanksgiving travel

A cold front moving across the region will bring scattered showers and high winds during the week.

Isaiah Brown, 26, was arrested by police Saturday evening after allegedly assaulting a woman in the North End.

Police arrest Randolph man in wake of North End assault

Isaiah Brown, 26, was arrested Saturday after allegedly assaulting a woman early Friday.

Okpara, a 24-year-old male western lowland gorilla, roamed through the exhibit at the Franklin Park Zoo on Sayirdau. “Okie” is being moved to a Louisiana zoo to mate.

Franklin Park Zoo says farewell to ’Okie’ the gorilla

Okpara, a 24-year-old male western lowland gorilla, is being moved to a Louisiana zoo to mate.

Some puppies rescued from Puerto Rico may be infected

Ten puppies brought to New Hampshire and Vermont on Nov. 9 have potentially been infected with a bacterial disease known as leptospirosis and two of them had to be euthanized, according to New Hampshire health officials.

Two-alarm dorm fire displaces 55 students at Southern New Hampshire University

All students were safely evacuated, the university reported on Twitter late Saturday night.

Car crashes into Dracut convenience store

The sedan-style car crashed through the glass front of Dracut Center Convenience, toppling products and displays before coming to a stop in front of the freezers.

Man suffers non-life-threatening injuries in Mattapan shooting

The shooting happened at about 8:15 p.m. in the area of Astoria and Elizabeth streets, police said.

Amtrak train strikes car in East Kingston, N.H.

The driver, a woman who is not familiar with the area, was able to get out of her car before the train hit, an official said.

Officials previously said they hope to have the bridge fully reopened by May 2018.

Longfellow Bridge restrictions eased for holiday

Weekend train service has been restored for the next two weeks, and roads will be open starting early Tuesday, officials said.

Hundreds of counterprotesters gathered on Boston Common in opposition to rally organized by a group called Resist Marxism.

Rallies and protests on Boston Common, but little violence

About a hundred ralliers were on the Common Saturday, and several hundred counterprotesters came out. Police kept the groups separated.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Jessica Kensky and Rescue waited for the limo that would take them to the ASPCA awards ceremony.

Rescue, a very good dog, named country’s best

The 5-year-old service dog came into Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes’ lives after they were injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

The Boston IRS branch operates out of the JFK Federal Building.

911 call: IRS agent put a gun in her mouth and sexually assaulted her

Despite allegations by an intern, a special agent in the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal investigation office in Boston has not been charged with any crimes.

Man fatally shot in Cambridge identified

Malachi Mims, 28, was shot Thursday night near Tremont and Hampshire streets and later was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Organizer Mark Sahady (center) led people through the Boston Common as they arrived for the Resist Marxism rally on Saturday.

Photos: Saturday’s demonstrations on Boston Common

The Common was home to a “Resist Marxism” rally Saturday, as well as a counterprotest.

Holyoke man charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty

Julio Rivera, 49, was arrested Friday after police found 17 dogs, one of whom was dead, in a Holyoke apartment, police said.


sunday’s child

Aleenah, 10, loves to draw and sing

Aleenah is in need of a family that can provide her with a structured, loving home. She wants a family that will take care of her and keep her safe.

Ambassador Scott Brown shared a traditional Māori greeting with Māori elder Mike Paki before the Rangitikei College awards ceremony earlier this month.

Scott Brown’s pay is $155,000 per year. The benefits are priceless

Of the ripples from Donald Trump’s 2016 splash, Brown’s ascension to ambassador ranks among the most unlikely. And, for the former US senator, the most fortunate.

It has been six weeks since the revelations about producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long trail of harassment and alleged sexual assaults.

Yvonne Abraham

Seismic moment, or just a moment?

Every day it grows more obvious that harassment is a fact of life in every workplace. But has the ground truly shifted?

Annissa Essaibi-George is one of several councilors who has expressed interest in the Boston City Council presidency in the wake of the city’s election earlier this month.

After city election, there’s a new race for the council presidency

Although it feels like Boston has moved past election season, there’s an important position yet to be filled on the City Council.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Nov. 19, the 323rd day of 2017. There are 42 days left in the year.

High winds and rain are expected as front moves in

A wind advisory is in effect into Monday. Rain is expected Wednesday.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

Local trophy winners at the 2017 Susan Polgar Foundation’s World Open, From left, Maya Figelman, Riya Kanury, and Isabella Lai.

Chess notes

News from the world of chess