Parents protest new school start times

About 200 parents, students, and elected officials Wednesday night pleaded with the Boston School Committee to halt plans to change start times for dozens of elementary and K-8 schools.

A Christmas ornament in Daniel Faneuf’s law office in Boston. Faneuf bid $10,000 on the ornament at last year’s “No Rest for the Wicked Funny” 24-hour improv fund-raiser.

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A simple ornament yields a gift of $10,000

A lawyer donated $10,000 to Globe Santa because a simple ornament reminded him of his childhood and how impoortant gifts at Christmas were for him then.

Eric Alexander Hewitt

Three schools sever ties with influential musician amid abuse allegations

Eric Alexander Hewitt, a leader in Boston’s contemporary classical music scene, was let go amid a Globe investigation of alleged sexual improprieties.

Office towers made for dark canyons downtown around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.

It’s 4:11 p.m. Do you know where your daylight went?

A reporter battles SAD and meets the man who might be the cure for the 4:11 sunset.

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Part five: sports

The bigot in the stands, and other stories

When a Red Sox fan at Fenway hurled a racial slur at the Baltimore Orioles’ centerfielder Adam Jones, the question of whether Boston is a racist city wasn’t just raised — it had already been answered.

Why aren’t there more black fans at Boston sports events?

Tell us what you think about the newest installment of the Spotlight series “Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.”

Salem children’s fund-raiser, once in jeopardy, raises thousands at new location

“The night went really, really well,” Brendan Walsh, a board member of the nonprofit Salem Children’s Charity. “I just can’t praise the Hawthorne Hotel enough, and the city of Salem for rallying around us, too.”

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2017. There are 17 days left in the year.

In Newton, Fessenden administrator cleared of sexual misconduct allegation

Kenneth Howe, the school’s residential life director and a former math teacher, has been cleared to work, Fessenden’s headmaster wrote in a letter to parents and alumni.

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

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Adrian Walker

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

Investigations

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Irish Lawmakers Back Repeal of Abortion Ban

DUBLIN — An Irish parliamentary committee recommended on Wednesday that a constitutional ban on abortion be repealed, paving the way for the liberalization of one of the world’s strictest abortion laws.

Man arrested for murder of Manchester, N.H. 2-year-old

Mark Heath, 32, allegedly caused the death of the toddler, Jacob Pelletier, on Monday by inflicting blunt force trauma to his abdomen, New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald’s office said in a statement Wednesday night.

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Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

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Taunton

Somerville massage therapist faces additional rape charges

Joshua Bohrer, 37, was indicted Tuesday on additional rape charges after two more women came forward with accusations, officials said.

Tito Jackson (right) put his arm around Sal LaMattina as they walked to their seats in the City Council chamber Wednesday.

Capital Source

Jackson, LaMattina say goodbye to Boston City Council

On Wednesday, they were celebrated with tears and cheers, and praised for their service on the City Council during their last hearing as councilors.

Bellingham High students disciplined for having airsoft gun on campus

One student brought the gun to school Wednesday morning in order to give it to another student to take home.

CSX freight train derails in Taunton, spilling fuel

Some 1,800 gallons of fuel spilled from the engine onto the tracks and ground underneath after the derailment.

Researchers say Mass. effort to influence opioid prescribing failed

However, a state official says the letters to doctors were part of a broader effort and should not be judged in isolation.

Anthony Amore has, since 2005, been the security chief at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and has continued to try to find the masterworks stolen in the notorious 1990 heist.

Gardner security chief will seek state rep seat in 2018

Anthony Amore, a Swampscott resident, will seek the GOP nomination to take on the incumbent, Representative Lori A. Ehrlich, a Marblehead Democrat.

An expecting dad staged his own pregnancy photo shoot. Hilarity ensued

The Peabody resident surprised his pregnant girlfriend with the photos at their gender reveal party before their son, Logan, was born.

Gardner man’s death ruled a homicide

The cause of death was determined to be blunt-force trauma, the Worcester district attorney announced Wednesday.

Like other mass shootings before and since, the Newtown tragedy prompted calls for tighter controls on guns and improved mental health treatment.

Mental health care worries linger 5 years after Sandy Hook

It’s been almost five years since the Dec. 14, 2012, Newtown massacre in which Adam Lanza fatally shot his mother at home and then gunned down 20 children and six educators.

Broken water main floods street and separate gas leak prompts evacuation in Danvers

A broken water main flooded an intersection, and a gas line leak prompted a building to evacuate, in separate incidents minutes apart in Danvers Wednesday afternoon.

Only one in four people age 18 to 29 approve of President Trump, a Harvard survey found.

Only 1 in 4 young voters approve of Trump, Harvard poll finds

The poll of 18- to 29-year-olds also found that only 14 percent felt that America was on the right track.

Man wounded during fatal drug rip-off in East Boston charged with armed robbery

The school saw increases in first-generation college students, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans and Native Hawaiians in the recently admitted class, although it accepted fewer women early action.

Harvard College admits 964 students early action

Harvard College notified 26 more students of their early admission than they accepted early last year.

Speakers offer fighting words for protesters before women’s march protesters hit the streets

“We can whimper. We can whine. Or we can fight back!” called out U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, as marchers, many wearing pink hats and waving protest signs, screamed their approval.

Brockton Firefighter John McLaughin, who rescued an elderly woman from her burning home Wednesday morning.

On his way to work, Brockton firefighter rescues elderly woman from fire

An off-duty Brockton firefighter driving to work rescued an elderly woman from her home while a fire burned at her bedside Wednesday morning.

Scott Brown (left) and Doug Jones.

GROUND GAME

Is Alabama’s Doug Jones the Scott Brown of 2017? Yes and no

The comparisons began the moment the final results came. Tuesday night’s upset looked an awful like another unlikely win in Massachusetts seven years ago.

FBI searching for man behind 4 bank robberies in Boston over the past week

The suspect is described as a small, white male in his 40s, standing around 5 feet, 6 inches tall with “very defined cheek lines on his face,” the FBI said.

“They never were part of the mainstream,” said Robert Trestan, the New England regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, in reference to fringe groups.

Anti-Semitic incidents in New England have risen. The ADL partly blames Trump

Incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti and other hateful acts have surfaced in several Massachusetts communities in recent months.

A commuter rail train stopped in an intersection near the Andover MBTA station after it struck a car on nearby tracks.

Commuter rail train strikes vehicle on tracks in Andover

A woman who mistakenly drove her car onto railroad tracks in Andover was able to safely escape the vehicle just before it was hit.

The hottest Google search term in Boston this year was . . .

Search engine giant Google on Wednesday released its annual list of the top trending searches among Boston users.

Grinch foiled in Norwood; stolen packages returned to rightful owners

Norwood police arrested a suspect who was allegedly stealing packages off residents’ doorsteps.

The handgun, marijuana, and scale recovered by police in a Roxbury traffic stop Monday evening.

Dorchester man arrested after police recover loaded gun, bags of marijuana in traffic stop

The man was first stopped in his vehicle Monday evening for an equipment violation.

Two men in custody after shots fired during Lynn home invasion

Two elementary schools were placed under lockdown after gunfire broke out and a suspect allegedly involved in a home invasion fled police.

Trooper injured when driver slams into cruiser on Southeast Expressway

The trooper suffered a “lower body injury” that was not considered life-threatening after his vehicle was pushed into him as he assisted in the arrest of a wrong-way driver.

Route 1A in Wrentham floods after van slams into hydrant

Part of Route 1A in Wrentham had to be closed after water erupted like a geyser and flooded the road.

State OKs $125m project to replace Boston Arts Academy building

The Massachusetts School Building Authority is poised to approve Wednesday morning a project to replace the academy’s building in the Fenway.

An artist's impression of the first documented interstellar asteroid: ‘Oumuamua.

Mysterious interstellar object to be scanned for radio transmissions, signs of alien life

Scientists plan to use a powerful radiotelescope to scan for radio transmissions emanating from a strange interstellar object.

Should you worry about net neutrality ending? This one chart tells you why you should.

One statistic highlights how many of us — the consumers — will be left essentially powerless to do much, if the fears of repealing net neutrality rules come true.

Winds could reach 50 miles per hour Wednesday.

Arctic cold, powerful winds pushing wind chill into single digits

Wind gusts could reach 50 miles an hour across the state.

N.H. woman who kept dozens of Great Danes at her home found guilty of animal cruelty charges

A New Hampshire woman was found guilty of animal cruelty charges this week for keeping dozens of Great Danes in inhumane conditions at her home.

Arlington police warn residents of house breaks

A recent spate of house breaks and burglaries in Arlington, including five on Dec. 8, are under investigation, police said.

Swastikas found in Andover classroom hours before Hanukkah

The drawings marked the third time in recent months that a swastika was found at Andover High.

State Police arrest Lynn man on firearm, driving charges

Noe Iraheta-Carrillo, 24, was charged with possession of a firearm, operation of a motor vehicle on a suspended license, driving with an open container of alcohol, failing to stop, and failing to wear a seatbelt, State Police said.

South Boston’s James F. Condon School will start classes next school year at 7:15 a.m. instead of 8:30 a.m.

Parents question educational benefits of early school starts

Dozens of Boston families plan to turn out for Wednesday’s School Committee meeting to protest the changes.

An inmate in her cell at MCI Framingham’s Intensive Treatment Unit for inmates with mental health issues.

Lawmakers are looking at treatment of mentally ill in courts, prison

A bill winding through the state Legislature could provide solutions to a long-standing problem.

Deval Patrick’s brother-in-law faces assault charges

Bernard Sigh of Milton is being held without bail after he was arraigned on the charges, including assault with intent to rape.

Prosecutors allege that David Scher, after his release from jail earlier this year, lied about his credentials and claimed “to be employed as ‘in-house patent counsel’ for an Abington business,” the statement said.

Newton man jailed for forgery faces more legal trouble

David Scher was charged Tuesday with falsely claiming to hold a law degree and taken into custody.