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By Dave Dombrowski’s reckoning, time had run out on John Farrell in Boston.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

John Farrell’s firing is an only-in-Boston moment

Back-to-back first-place finishes weren’t enough for the manager to save his job.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/11/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Chin101117BostonMayoralDebate_Met6.jpg First debate in Boston mayoral campaign is contentious

Mayor Martin Walsh and Councilor Tito Jackson clashed Wednesday over which of them can best lead Boston.

ty burr | commentary

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/12/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/burr.png-9452.jpg After Weinstein, time for some introspection

Maybe things will be different. But don’t hold your breath. We still live in a patriarchy, and men still set most of the rules.

12dutchgift / Osias Beert (Flemish, about 1580–1623) Still Life with Various Vessels on a Table about 1610 Oil on canvas Overall: 72.4 × 108.6 cm (28 1/2 × 42 3/4 in.) Framed: 97.8 × 132.1 cm (38 1/2 × 52 in.) Susan and Matthew Weatherbie Collection

Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Massive gift of Dutch art is a coup for MFA

The donation of 113 Dutch and Flemish paintings, including masterpieces by Rembrandt and Rubens, marks one of the most important gifts in the museum’s 140-year history.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/28/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Image%20Tease%20Place%20Holder.png The Season Ticket podcast

Host Chris Gasper and NBA writer Gary Washburn process Gordon Hayward’s ghastly injury in the Celtics' season opener.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/10/06/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/kreiter_espousalcenter3_met.jpg Across region, communities mull seizing private property

Brookline is not the only town where officials have proposed to take private land for what they call a pressing public need.

The Nation

Police arrest 10, one from Mass., in drinking death of LSU fraternity pledge

By Michael Kunzelman

Ten people were arrested Wednesday on hazing charges in the death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge whose blood-alcohol content level was more than six times the legal limit for driving, officials said.

‘A serious, critical, catastrophic event’: 21 dead as Calif. fires spread

Homes destroyed from fires are seen from an aerial view in Santa Rosa, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

By Cleve Wootson Jr., Kristine Phillips and Joel Achenbach

The deadly wildfires devastating Northern California continued to spread across dry hills and vineyards Wednesday, prompting more evacuations.

In historic shift, Boy Scouts to expand girls’ participation

By Julie Bosman

In its latest momentous policy shift, the Boy Scouts of America will admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and establish a new program for older girls based on the Boy Scout curriculum that enables them to aspire to the coveted Eagle Scout rank.

The World

Spain asks Catalonia: Did you declare independence, or not?

Pro-independence supporters rallied in Barcelona Tuesday. The region’s leader called for dialogue with Madrid.

By Raphael Minder

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy took a tentative step toward seizing administrative control of Catalonia, but asked the region’s leader to first clarify whether he had actually declared independence.

Ehud Barak, Israeli Hawk and No Friend of Iran, Urges Trump to Keep Nuclear Deal

By Mark Landler

WASHINGTON — Ehud Barak, the former Israeli leader known for his hawkish views on Iran, said it would be a “mistake” for President Donald Trump to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, both because it would play to Iran’s advantage and because it would scuttle any hope of a negotiation with North Korea.

Kenya says all previous candidates can run in fresh election

By TOM ODULA

All eight candidates for the Kenya presidential election that was annulled can participate in the new vote later this month, the election commission announced Wednesday, saying opposition leader Raila Odinga is still considered a candidate because he hasn’t turned in the required withdrawal form.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Jeffrey D. Sachs

15 questions about tax reform

By Jeffrey D. Sachs

Can the United States afford tax cuts?

Opinion | Kenneth Rogoff

Betting on bitcoin

epa06170774 A visitor holds a Bitcoin (virtual currency) souvenir coin, during a webinar by Russian businessman, Orthodox activist and founder the Crypto exchange CryptoSterlingClub Alisa, German Sterligov at the main office of CryptoSterlingClub Alisa in Moscow, Russia, 29 August 2017. According to media reports, Russian Finance Ministry stated that cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are a high risky 'financial pyramid' and trading should be limited to only 'qualified investors'. The CryptoSterlingClub Alisa was opened on 24 August 2017. EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

By Kenneth Rogoff

Even if the price of bitcoin collapses, the technology of digital currency will thrive.

A lighter take

The IQ test to determine who the moron really is

President Donald Trump with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, speaking to members of the media following their meeting at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

By Debra A. Klein

It’s Trump vs. Tillerson.

Metro

ty burr | commentary

After Weinstein, time for some introspection

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2016 file photo, producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Harvey Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman, tells People magazine she is leaving her husband. She said in a statement her heart breaks for all the women who have suffered because of Weinstein's

By Ty Burr

Maybe things will be different. But don’t hold your breath. We still live in a patriarchy, and men still set most of the rules.

Wheelock College and Boston University finalize merger

The deal offers Wheelock’s students and some of its faculty and staff a new home at Boston University.

By Deirdre Fernandes

The merger between Wheelock and its much larger neighbor has been in the works for the past few months.

Yvonne Abraham

A battle we’ve already waged

By Yvonne Abraham

Opponents of transgender rights have put a question on the 2018 ballot, and transgender men and women are responding.

Business & Tech

TECH LAB

T-Mobile/Sprint merger: Good for them, probably bad for us

Sprint used to be number three in the US market but lost that distinction to T-Mobile.

By Hiawatha Bray

The major phone carriers are slashing prices to attract new customers. Yet it could all end soon, as Sprint and T-Mobile US work out a merger deal.

Worcester home health company’s owner accused of stealing $2.7m from MassHealth

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

The owner is accused of using her company to overbill the state Medicaid program for services that were not authorized by a physician.

Utilities drove up electric prices in peak winter, group contends

By Jon Chesto

The Environmental Defense Fund says that its research shows utilities Eversource and Avangrid essentially reserved excess gas pipeline capacity on frigid days, causing the cost of natural gas to rise significantly.

Obituaries

Bob Schiller, veteran ‘I Love Lucy’ writer, dies at 98

By Frazier Moore

Bob Schiller was a comedy writer whose credits reach back to TV’s infancy.

Murphy Albert Lewis, former music director for the Boston Public Schools, dies at 69

A warehouse containing hundreds of musical instruments for Boston Schools. Murphy Lewis head of musical instruments looks over shelves of instruments.

By Bryan Marquard

Murphy Lewis formerly was music director for the Boston Public Schools.

Sports

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

John Farrell’s firing is an only-in-Boston moment

By Dave Dombrowski’s reckoning, time had run out on John Farrell in Boston.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Back-to-back first-place finishes weren’t enough for the manager to save his job.

WORLD CUP SOCCER

US men’s soccer has many flaws, and a lot of work to do to fix them

FILE - In this April 10, 2017, file photo, Sunil Gulati, President of the United States Soccer Federation, attends a news conference in New York.A bumbling, stumbling, tumbling qualification campaign ended with a 2-1 loss to an already eliminated Caribbean nation. Now comes the fallout, which almost surely will lead to a new coach and possibly to a new head of the U.S. Soccer Federation. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

By Frank Dell’Apa

The need for change was evident in the US’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

GOLD HELMET AWARD

Framingham State’s Jaquan Harris earns honors

By Craig Larson

Senior ties NCAA Division 3 record with five interceptions against Fitchburg State.

Thursday Scene

Few read poetry, but millions read Rupi Kaur

By Sonia Rao

The 25-year-old got her start on Instagram and has never won a Pulitzer Prize, or a National Book Award, or been US poet laureate, but her book sales dwarf those who have. Why?

Television Review

Sex, stand-up, and getting ‘White Famous’

Jay Pharoah in “White Famous.”

By Matthew Gilbert

Jay Pharoah of “SNL” is droll on this slick new Showtime series, playing a comic who leaves behind an act geared to black audiences to become a movie star who can attract white fans.

Music

A bigger sound and big plans for electro-rockers PVRIS

Lynn Gunn with bandmates Brian MacDonald Jr. and Alex Babinski.

By Maura Johnston

A lot has happened for the Lowell-born band featuring singer and multi-instrumentalist Lynn Gunn.