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Meryl Streep (left) jokingly bowed down to Gloria Steinem as they arrived to speak at the Massachusetts Conference for Women.

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12,000 women, stories of sexual harassment at women’s conference in Boston

No sessions officially addressed it, but attendees and panelists — including Meryl Streep and Gloria Steinem — had plenty to say about sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement.

State Auditor Suzanne Bump spoke to the media at her office in the State House regarding issues found with the Department of Children and Families on Thursday.

Scathing audit finds Department of Children and Families failed to report crimes against children

In some cases, social workers didn’t know that children they were monitoring had been badly hurt, the state audit found.

85 percent of Boston schools will get new start times

Boston joins a small but growing number of school systems in Mass. and across the nation that have pushed high school start times later.

A view of trees on Boston Common with many leaves still on trees.

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When they leave but still won’t go

It’s December. Some leaves are still clinging to the trees. What gives?

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Jackie Bradley Jr. On Yankees' Splashy Offseason: 'Paper Doesn't Win Ballgames'

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and other senators rush to the chamber to vote on amendments as the Republican leadership works to craft their sweeping tax bill in Washington.

Maine’s Susan Collins was a health care hero, but now advocates are branding her a villain

What dismayed health care advocates is part of the tax-cut legislation that wipes out a fundamental element of the ACA: the “individual mandate,” which requires that all Americans either purchase insurance or pay a tax penalty.

The Nation

Maine’s Susan Collins was a health care hero, but now advocates are branding her a villain

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and other senators rush to the chamber to vote on amendments as the Republican leadership works to craft their sweeping tax bill in Washington.

By Victoria McGrane

What dismayed health care advocates is part of the tax-cut legislation that wipes out a fundamental element of the ACA: the “individual mandate,” which requires that all Americans either purchase insurance or pay a tax penalty.

Fat squirrel steals pricey goods left out for delivery folks

‘‘We now have our chocolate in a jar that requires opposable thumbs,’’ the homeowner wrote

FBI director defends bureau’s integrity as GOP lawmakers question him about probes

By Devlin Barrett

FBI director defends bureau’s integrity as GOP lawmakers question him about probes

The World

North Korean ‘ghost ships’ keep washing up on the shores of Japan

Korean writing on a cigarette package on a wooden boat that washed ashore with eight corpses inside on northwestern Japan’s Miyazawa Beach in Oga, Dec. 4, 2017. The boat was just one of 76 fishing vessels, many bearing signs that they came from North Korea, that have ended up on Japanese shores since the beginning of the year, 28 of them in November alone. (Ko Sasaki/The New York Times)

By Anna Fifield

November alone has seen 28 fishing vessels drift onto Japanese beaches. Many experts believe it is a reflection of food shortages in North Korea, possibly a result of recent sanctions.

Erdogan, on landmark visit to Greece, sets diplomacy aside

By Niki Kitsantonis

ATHENS, Greece — Turkey’s president made a landmark visit to Greece on Thursday, but any expectation for diplomacy was quickly deflated by his call for changes to an international treaty that defined the borders between the rivals, and by suggestions that Greek authorities were discriminating against their Muslim population.

EU takes Czechs, Hungary, Poland to court over refugees

By Lorne Cook

The European Union announced Thursday that it is taking the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to court for failing to accommodate their fair share of refugees under a plan agreed to by the 28-country bloc two years ago.

Editorial & Opinion

SCOT LEHIGH

Al Franken’s graceless exit

In this image from video from Senate Television, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., speaks on the Senate floor of the Capitol in Washington, Thursday morning, Dec. 7, 2017. Franken said he will resign from the Senate in coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and a collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star. (Senate TV via AP)

By Scot Lehigh

Despite eight women making accusations that he groped or forcibly kissed them, Franken essentially waved it all away.

Opinion | Mahsa Rouhi

Trump’s decertification doesn’t mean the death of the Iran nuclear deal

President Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Oct. 13, announcing that he will not certify the Iran nuclear deal.

By Mahsa Rouhi

Having the United States on the sideline could actually shield the deal from its chief opponents.

Opinion | Jeremy D. Goodwin

Trump’s slashing of national monument lands would be an irreversible mistake

FILE - This May 8, 2017, file photo shows Arch Canyon within Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. President Donald Trump is expected to announce Monday, Dec. 4, plans to shrink Bears Ears National Monument as well as Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah that were created by past Democratic presidents. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

By Jeremy D. Goodwin

Turning protected wilderness over to commercial development is a blunder that can’t be reversed.

Metro

KEVIN CULLEN

A Wentworth love story

Frank Rooney and Lois Ascher in London in the 1990s.

By Kevin Cullen

Lois Ascher, the first female professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology, was about as welcome on campus as the flu. Until Frank Rooney came along.

When they leave but still won’t go

A view of trees on Boston Common with many leaves still on trees.

By Michael Levenson

It’s December. Some leaves are still clinging to the trees. What gives?

Deval Patrick heads to Alabama to campaign in heated Senate contest

By James Pindell

The former Massachusetts governor will spend the weekend campaigning for Doug Jones, days before a nationally watched special election against Roy Moore.

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Business & Tech

Work on the long-delayed Fenway Center project finally about to start

Phase One of the long-awaited Fenway Center project - a pair of apartment buildings along Beacon Street - is set to break ground by year's end.

By Tim Logan

The initial phase — a $260 million apartment complex — is less ambitious than developer John Rosenthal’s original vision.

12,000 women, stories of sexual harassment at women’s conference in Boston

Meryl Streep (left) jokingly bowed down to Gloria Steinem as they arrived to speak at the Massachusetts Conference for Women.

By Katie Johnston

No sessions officially addressed it, but attendees and panelists — including Meryl Streep and Gloria Steinem — had plenty to say about sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement.

Bitcoin spikes to a new record — again. Will it ever come down?

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: A visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin on December 07, 2017 in London, England. Cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Lightcoin have seen unprecedented growth in 2017, despite remaining extremely volatile. While digital currencies across the board have divided opinion between financial institutions, and now have a market cap of around 175 Billion USD, the crypto sector coninues to grow, as it continues to see wider mainstreem adoption. The price of one Bitcoin passed 15,000 USD across many exchanges today taking it higher than previous all time highs. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

By Andy Rosen

When the party ends, many latecomers are going to wish they had stayed away, one expert said.

Obituaries

Prize-winning author-critic William Gass, 93, experimental writer

Mr. Gass’s first book was ‘‘Omensetter’s Luck.’’

By Hillel Italie

Mr. Gass was an award-winning essayist and translator, and an influence on many younger writers.

Gillian Rolton, 61, Australian who won gold despite broken bones

By Richard Sandomir

Ms. Rolton was repeatedly injured during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, but remounted each time.

Ron Meyer, 76; was Patriots coach for ‘snowplow game’ in 1982

Former Patriots head coach Ron Meyer (right) with wide receiver Irving Fryar in 1984, before Meyer’s final season with the Patriots. Meyer, 76, died Tuesday.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Meyer spent the better part of three seasons with the Patriots and also coached the Indianapolis Colts.

Sports

MIAA examines rules on golf after gender controversy

In this Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, photo, Lunenburg High School's Emily Nash tees off during the Central Massachusetts Division 3 boys' golf tournament at Blissful Meadows in Uxbridge, Mass. Nash, who had the best score at a boys' golf tournament in Massachusetts, has been denied the trophy because she's a girl. The tournament director tells The Telegram & Gazette he made Nash aware of the rule before the tournament began. (Christine Peterson/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP)

By Dan McLoone

Golf Committee recommends girls be eligible for boys’ individual tourney if they declare so beforehand.

Quick turnaround as Patriots again prepare to face Dolphins

Foxborough, MA: 11-26-17: FLOWER POWER......Patriots defenders Marquis Flowers (top) and teammate Trey Flowers (bottom) combine for a third quarter sack of Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (8). The New England Patriots hosted the Miami Dolphins in a regular season NFL football game at Gillette Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Nora Princiotti

With Belichick as coach, the Patriots have played 74 games (50-24) against an opponent they’ve already faced in a season.

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

Celtics, Cavaliers already in a two-horse race

Boston, MA: 12-06-17: The Celtics Terry Rozier (left) and Jayson Tatum (right) battle with the Mavericks Wesley Matthews (center) for a fourth quarter loose ball. Tatum was whistled for a foul on the play, a call which he and the Celtics bench disputed vocally. The Boston Celtics hosted the Dallas Mavericks in a regular season NBA basketball game at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Gary Washburn

One-third of the way through the schedule, last season’s Eastern Conference finalists appear to be the cream of the crop once again.

Weekend

Movie Review | ★ ★ ★ ★

Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ is a bold, romantic masterpiece

Sally Hawkins with Doug Jones in “The Shape of Water.”

By Ty Burr

The Guillermo del Toro film stars Sally Hawkins as a mute cleaning lady who falls for an imprisoned creature from the deep.

Stage Review

Burying the hatchet (again and again) in ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jesus?’

Ryan Landry and Larry Coen in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jesus?”

By Don Aucoin

Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans deliver a parody of the Bette Davis-Joan Crawford film.

★ | Movie Review

Woody Allen’s ‘Wonder Wheel’ is a Coney Island dog

Juno Temple in Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel.”

By Ty Burr

The strained 1950s melodrama appears to have been written poorly on purpose.