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Bump for Walsh on city’s mean streets

To some, the mayor’s comments about pedestrian and bicycle safety seemed mundane. To others, they were a call to arms.

// ‘The whole thing has been a witch hunt,’ Trump says

President Trump said the appointment of a special counsel ‘‘shows we’re a divided, mixed-up, not unified country.”

// Mass. lawmakers impatient with chaos, lack of action in D.C.

There’s anger. There’s agitation. But most of all, there is impatience.


// Like him or loathe him, Roger Ailes transformed the news

The pugnacious founder of Fox News Channel gave the news an explicitly ideological edge, and in the process he played a crucial role in the rise of President Trump.

The Nation

Mass. lawmakers impatient with chaos, lack of action in D.C.

President Donald Trump, right, listened as Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, left, spoke during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Thursday.

By Joshua Miller

There’s anger. There’s agitation. But most of all, there is impatience.

Car mows down Times Square pedestrians for blocks, killing 1


A man who appeared to be intoxicated steered his car onto a sidewalk running through the heart of Times Square on Thursday and mowed down pedestrians for three blocks, killing a teenager and injuring 22 others, before he was tackled by bystanders, authorities said.

White House drama threatens to upstage health care efforts

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has led attempts to bring a health care bill up for a vote.

By Paige Winfield Cunningham

As Republicans try to accelerate toward some kind of credible measure, the Trump controversies are getting in the way.

The World

Saudi Arabia will give Trump a royal welcome, ignore his slights

By Ben Hubbard

When President Trump heads to Saudi Arabia Friday it will be for much more than a run-of-the-mill state visit.

Airstrikes fuel Mosul gains as Iraq pushes for victory in Mosul

Smoke billows in a neighbourhood called 17 Tammuz following a car bomb explosion, west of Mosul, on May 18, 2017, during an ongoing offensive to retake the area from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYEAHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

By Susannah George

Half a dozen units of Islamic State group fighters holed up in western Mosul began their morning radio checks at just after 4 a.m.

Turkey seeks ouster of US envoy

By Kareem Fahim

Turkey’s top diplomat calls for ouster of American envoy in dispute over Kurdish fighters

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Brazil crisis deepens with probe of president, top senator


Editorial & Opinion

Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

The greatest self-inflicted witch hunt in history

US President Donald Trump waves as he walks towards Marine One while departing the White House on May 17, 2017 in Washington, DC en route to Connecticut. / AFP PHOTO / Olivier DoulieryOLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images

By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

Someone should tell President Trump he brought the special counsel upon himself with his actions.


Boston Teachers Union’s tall tale

Boston, MA - 12/13/2016 - Portrait of Boston Teachers Union President Richard Stutman who is stepping down in June. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Metro, Reporter: James Vaznis, Topic: 14btu, LOID: 8.3.994096604.

By Scot Lehigh

A certain annoyance has crept into Boston Teachers Union President Richard Stutman’s voice.


President just seems way too cozy with Russia

“There has to be something, as yet unexplained, causing Trump to behave this way.” — Brad Leland


Minority residents in Lowell file federal suit alleging unfair elections

In 2014, Rady Mom of Lowell became the first Cambodian-American elected to the state Legislature. But Lowell itself frequently lacks minority representation on the City Council and School Committee, a lawsuit alleges.

By Michael Levenson

The lack of minority representation is not a fluke, according to a federal voting rights lawsuit filed against the city Thursday.

To beach or not to beach on a May day

Michael Prevett read “The Hobbit” on Ipswich’s Crane Beach.

By Billy Baker

There’s something about going to the beach when you’re supposed to be somewhere else.

Amid Trump maelstrom, Maine senator plays key role

Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, has become a pivotal player amid the chaos of the Trump administration.

By Jim O’Sullivan

Susan Collins is the most senior female senator in the Republican caucus.

Business & Tech

On the former Medieval Manor site, a bookstore with a mission

“You’re free to be yourself here and grow in so many ways,’’ said Phedorah, a worker at More Than Words bookstore.

By Megan Woolhouse

In a part of the South End giving over to gentrification, a landlord is renting the former Medieval Manor to a nonprofit bookstore.

A study will explore expanding Boston’s convention center

The convention center authority controls about 30 undeveloped acres in South Boston.

By Jon Chesto

This authority is looking to hire a firm that will research the best way to expand the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Activist hedge fund targets athenahealth, calling it undervalued

for Business - 23athena - Watertown, MA 6/15/10 Jonathan Bush is CEO of AthenaHealth. The company is trying to capitalize on the newly expanded health care insurance rolls to build a business providing electronic medical records for doctors. Employees at Athena are working on technology to make medical records more efficient. (Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe)

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

One of Massachusetts’ best-known medical technology companies has grabbed the attention of a big activist investor — and for the wrong reasons.



Like him or loathe him, Roger Ailes transformed the news

Roger Ailes, at Fox News studios in New York in 2002, died Thursday at 77.

By Don Aucoin

The pugnacious founder of Fox News Channel gave the news an explicitly ideological edge, and in the process he played a crucial role in the rise of President Trump.

Chris Cornell, 52, singer and founder of Soundgarden, Audioslave

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, file photo, musician Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs during the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park in Chicago. According to his representative, rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died Wednesday night in Detroit at age 52. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

By Caryn Ganz and Christopher D. Shea

The powerful, dynamic singer died Wednesday night in Detroit of an apparent suicide.

Thomas A. Bolan, 92, understated force in New York law

Mr. Bolan (left) played the silent partner to the flamboyant Roy M. Cohn (center) in their politically potent law firm.

By Sam Roberts

Mr. Bolan was a founder of the Conservative Party in New York.



Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar suspended two games for anti-gay slur

In this photo taken Wednesday, May, 17, 2017, Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Pillar (11) looks on as both benches empty onto the field after he exchanged words with Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jason Motte (30) in the seventh inning of a baseball game , in Atlanta. Pillar has been suspended two games for yelling an anti-gay slur at a Braves pitcher. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Toronto center fielder was suspended without pay shortly after he apologized, saying he was ‘‘completely and utterly embarrassed.’’


Adam Frazier powers Pirates over Nationals

Pittsburgh Pirates' Adam Frazier is greeted by teammates in the dugout after scoring on a sacrifice fly by Josh Harrison in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Frazier had three hits in five at bats, scored two twice, and drove in four runs in the Pirates' 10-4 win. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pirates new left fielder went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and a career-high 4 RBIs in a 10-4 win Thursday.

World hockey championship

US out after losing to Finland in quarterfinals

U.S. players gather after losing at the Ice Hockey World Championships quarterfinal match between the United States and Finland in the LANXESS arena in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

The campaign ended with a 2-0 defeat, after a record-equaling run of six straight victories.

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Andrew Benintendi is in a real slump, but some good may come of it

By Nick Cafardo


BC High rugby turns up heat vs. Lincoln-Sudbury

By Owen Pence


Austin Collard sparks Wakefield boys’ lacrosse in win vs. Beverly

By Marisa Ingemi


Celtics must fight off feelings of intimidation

By Gary Washburn


Sam Travis is back to hitting like a top prospect

By Alex Speier


Isaiah Thomas named to All-NBA second team

By Gary Washburn

Christopher L. Gasper

Latest chapter of LeBron vs. Celtics reads like a horror story

By Christopher L. Gasper


Ground Game

These are the real ‘greatest witch hunts’ in political history

American politician Joseph McCarthy in 1954.

By James Pindell

Consider also these past political witch hunts, and judge for yourself if they are greater than the investigation into President Trump’s ties to Russia.


★ ★ ★ | Movie Review

Ridley Scott puts the scare back in the ‘Alien’ franchise

Katherine Waterston in a scene from “Alien Covenant.”

By Ty Burr

Ridley Scott has recaptured an element that was largely missing from “Prometheus,” his 2012 reboot of his 1979 classic “Alien” — the new movie’s scary.

art review

Fascinating Harvard exhibit explores the rise of anthropology

A 19th-century pipe carved by the Haida people of the Pacific Northwest.

By Mark Feeney

The 1893 World’s Fair looms large in a show at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

Movie review

Deadlines and dead subjects in ‘Obit’

Obituary writer Bruce Weber in the documentary “Obit.”

By Ty Burr

Vanessa Gould’s charming and soulful documentary is a tour through the minds and workdays of New York Times obituary writers.