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Your (lousy) options during the Mass. Pike and Comm. Ave. closures

That secret shortcut you’ve been planning? Good luck with that.

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About that scaffolding on the State House lawn...

Historic preservationists, don’t panic when the scaffolding goes up in the coming weeks on the old John Hancock pasture that is now the State House lawn.

Former Romney aide considers running against Warren

Beth Lindstrom has held conversations with top state Republicans about the prospect of seeking the party nomination to run against Elizabeth Warren.

A step-by-step look at the Comm. Ave. bridge work

Constructed in 1965, the Commonwealth Avenue overpass bridge deck is in poor condition and in need of replacement.

One-armed, machete-wielding clown arrested in Maine

Corey Berry is accused of drunkenly strolling down a road in Maine wearing a clown mask and brandishing a machete taped to his amputated arm.

Yvonne Abraham

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

Kevin Cullen

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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.

Thomas Farragher

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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

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

The story behind ‘Spotlight’

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

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“The only thing — only thing — that matters when it comes to allowing military personnel to serve is whether or not they can handle the job,” Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted just before 8 a.m.

Warren: Trump cares ‘more about extreme ideology than military readiness’

Meanwhile, Ed Markey called transgender service members “dedicated patriots” and said, “We welcome their service & honor their love of country.”

Graphic: A look at how the massive Dorchester fire ignited

The fire in a Dorchester condo building last month started when an improperly installed exhaust pipe ignited wood framing.

Ex-FBI agent John Connolly would be 98 in 2039, the year when a Florida panel has said he is eligible for parole.

‘Whitey’ Bulger’s handler, John Connolly, given 2039 parole date in slaying

Former FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr. won’t be eligible for parole until 2039 for his role in a 1982 slaying orchestrated by Bulger.

Brockton officials investigating cat impaled by dart

Authorities asked for the public’s help in gathering information on a cat that was seriously injured by a handmade dart.

GROUND GAME

Three theories on the timing behind Trump’s transgender policy change

Donald Trump’s decision to jump the gun on that policy announcement had opponents steaming and D.C. insiders scratching their heads.

Angelo Colon-Ortiz, back right, stood in a hallway outside the courtroom during his arraignment in Worcester Superior Court for the murder of Vanessa Marcotte on Wednesday.

Man accused of murdering Vanessa Marcotte held without bail

Marcotte, a BU grad and Google employee, was killed in 2016 after she went out to exercise while visiting her mother in Princeton.

Body found ‘under suspicious circumstances’ in Worcester

A 53-year-old man died “under suspicious circumstances” in Worcester, police said.His body was discovered by police on Halmstad Street.

Authorities try to determine whether horse on Amesbury farm was hit by arrows

A 15-year-old horse boarded at Dream Spirit Farm was found with two wounds Tuesday morning.

14-year-old boy shot in Worcester

The boy was standing in front of his house when someone drove by and shot him once in his left leg, police said.

Officials ask for public’s help in Waltham 10-alarm fire investigation

The 10-alarm fire burned through a luxury apartment complex that was under construction at 20 Cooper Street.

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Potential Elizabeth Warren challenger to hold first event

John Kingston, a Winchester Republican moving toward a run against US Senator Elizabeth Warren, will hold his first campaign event next week, “cocktails and dinner” at a Boston steakhouse.

Large fish spill snarls morning traffic in Taunton

Fish spilled across Route 24, blocking morning traffic along the Southern Massachusetts freeway.

Two arrested for robbing a man of his marijuana at gunpoint in Brookline

Brookline police arrested two people early Wednesday for the pre-dawn robbery of a man who had his marijuana stolen at gunpoint.

Temperatures in Greater Boston will hit the mid 70s, and away from the coast, temperatures will nick 80 degrees, forecasters said.

Delete ‘Singin’ In the Rain’ from your playlist - for now

After days of dark skies, the sun and some warmer temperatures return today.

Bristol sheriff looks to replace in-person visits with video conferences

The Bristol County Sheriff’s office is looking to end in-person visitations at two Dartmouth facilities in a move that could affect hundreds of inmates.

Train strikes truck, kills driver, in Abington

A commuter train struck a pickup truck in Abington Tuesday night, killing a 78-year-old man who was driving, police said.

On Tuesday, voters in the Fourth Middlesex District turned to the aide who most often stood by Kenneth Donnelly’s side at the State House: his chief of staff, Cindy Friedman.

Longtime political aide Cindy Friedman wins state Senate seat

The late state senator Ken Donnelly’s chief of staff is poised to take the seat Donnelly left vacant after his death.

Lottery

Lottery results from Tuesday drawings

Mitt Romney.

Romney, long out of the political fray, takes to the water

Well, Romney sure looks relaxed.

‘Suspicious vehicle’ found at Bunker Hill Community College

The State Police bomb squad spent about two hours at the scene, an official said.

Students from the Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot School load school buses on August 29, 2013.

Drivers union blasts new school bus plan

“This might be the biggest mistake that this mayor will make,” says Andre Francois, the union president.

First mate Michael Mulveen weighed a fish aboard the Duke O'Fluke fishing boat during an outing in the Great Egg Harbor Bay near Somers Point, N.J.

Trump administration steps in on fishing limits, and the implications could ripple

For the first time, the federal government has overruled a recommendation by a panel that oversees fishing issues on the East Coast.

Judge Jonathan R. Tynes ruled at the Tuesday arraignment of Shaquille Brown and Keith Cousins that the men be held without bail in connection with a June shooting.

Two men held following arraignment for fatal Dorchester shooting

Christopher Austin was shot on his way to work on June 28 and died two days later, officials said.

Political Happy Hour: July 25, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Traffic apocalypse | Baker aides press health reform package | ‘Time will tell.’

BLOTTER

 WILD STRUGGLE The Boston police officer had his hand on the barrel and the suspect allegedly had his hand near the trigger during a dangerous struggle over a firearm, a fight in Dorchester on Monday that left the officer injured and the suspect facing illegal gun charges. The harrowing drama unfolded Monday when an officer pulled over a car with an expired registration plate around 5:30 p.m. on Washington Street, according to police. A two-man unit came to assist the sole officer. The driver of the car, identified as Tyrone C. Hicks, 41, complied with police requests, stepped out of the car, and was arrested for driving after his license was expired. The passenger, identified as Darnell R. Pierre, allegedly started moving his hand toward the waistband of his pants, leading an officer to start a pat frisk on the 26-year-old Dorchester man, according to police. “A violent struggle ensued, during which the officer held on to the barrel of a firearm as Pierre attempted to pull the firearm out,” police wrote in a statement. Police were able to subdue Pierre and said they recovered the Taurus Millennium G2 .40 caliber handgun. The officer was treated and released at a Boston hospital, police said.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, July 26, the 207th day of 2017. There are 158 days left in the year.

Diver who passed out near Andrea Doria wreck has died

The Coast Guard says a diver pulled unresponsive from waters near the wreck of the Andrea Doria off Massachusetts has died.

Boston police showcase art project aiming to combat youth violence

The Boston Police Department spent Tuesday afternoon unveiling a new tool used to combat violence in the city at their headquarters — art.

Man serving life sentence for killing two teens in Rowley granted parole

A 63-year-old man serving a life sentence for his role in the stabbing deaths of two teenagers in a wooded area in Rowley in 1980 has been granted parole.

The team’s lease at Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium expires in 2020.

Worcester officials are wooing Pawtucket Red Sox

City officials have launched a full-scale push to persuade the team to relocate, enlisting assistance from the Baker administration.

Halloween candy is already hitting shelves — and people aren’t pleased

Some say July is far too early to offer up small-sized chocolate snacks to the public.

Man who allegedly attacked woman outside Planet Fitness was looking for revenge

The man allegedly targeted the victim as an indirect act of revenge against a relative of her former boyfriend, court records show.

Registered nurse Julia Ravinal, left, gave a wave to 10-month-old Baby Eamonn before being released from Franciscan Children's Hospital.

Baby born prematurely discharged from Boston hospital after 10 months

Born prematurely at 24 weeks, baby Eamonn was finally strong enough to leave Franciscan Children’s and join his family on Tuesday.

A new app from the Hubway system will show the nearest station and how many bikes and open docks are available at each location and also allow riders purchase tickets or annual passes on their phones.

Starts & Stops

Hubway’s new app offers $1 bike rentals during Comm. Ave. project

Several third-party apps have been released in the past for the regional bike-share system, but this is the first official Hubway release.

Joseph G. Rachal was captured after he fatally shot Walter B. Howe, 23, in 1968 in Brookline.

Career criminal should get 9 years for bank heist, prosecutors say

The suspect killed a man in Brookline in 1968 and repeatedly escaped from custody.

Two armed men invade home in Quincy

The home invaders fled when several occupants rushed downstairs at the sound of a woman’s scream.

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A look back at the Andrea Doria on the 61st anniversary of its sinking

Fifty people were killed when the Italian luxury liner sank in July 1956 after colliding with the MS Stockholm in what became an infamous maritime disaster.

A group of documents released online from the National Archives will allow the public to gain a firsthand look into the investigation of his assassination.

Thousands of records on JFK assassination released online

The documents, from the National Archives, will allow the public to gain a new window into the investigation.

A Taurus Millennium G2 .40 caliber handgun was taken by police after a struggle over the weapon.

Boston police officer injured during violent struggle over gun in Dorchester

The Boston police officer had his hand on the barrel, and the suspect had his hand near the trigger.

Dr. Ann C. McKee — the lead author of the study and the director of BU’s CTE Center and chief of neuropathology at the Boston VA — analyzed brain tissue in May at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank in Jamaica Plain.

‘It’s impossible to ignore this anymore’: CTE study details devastating toll on football players

Researchers studied the donated brains of 202 players, and interviewed their loved ones about mood and behavioral problems.

State Police charge Lynn man in Cambridge hit-and-run

The driver responsible for a three-car crash in Cambridge Monday was located Tuesday in Chelsea, police said.