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Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles heard a racial slur hurled at him from the stands at Fenway this year, triggering national coverage of racism in Boston.

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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.

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.

analysis

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Alabama showed President Trump the path to victory early in his campaign. A year into his presidency, the state warned of looming failures.

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The day after suffering a political blow in the Alabama special Senate election, congressional Republicans sped forward with the most sweeping tax rewrite in decades.

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Kyle Draper on what the Cavs shakeup means for the Celtics.

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Regulators also approved measures to help small businesses and minorities enter the marijuana industry.

The Nation

Senators forge deal for tax overhaul

Lawmakers hold a conference meeting to reconcile House and Senate Republicans tax deal.

By Jim Tankersley and Thomas Kaplan

The day after suffering a political blow in the Alabama special Senate election, congressional Republicans sped forward with the most sweeping tax rewrite in decades.

analysis

This time, Alabama sent Trump a different message. Will he listen?

MOBILE, AL- AUGUST 21: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes the stage at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on August 21, 2015 in Mobile, Alabama. The Donald Trump campaign moved tonight's rally to a larger stadium to accommodate demand. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

By Matt Viser and Astead W. Herndon

Alabama showed President Trump the path to victory early in his campaign. A year into his presidency, the state warned of looming failures.

Rosenstein defends Mueller’s impartiality as Republicans try to discredit Russia inquiry

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Oversight on Capitol Hill December 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

By Nicholas Fandos and Charlie Savage

The deputy attorney general said he believes Robert Mueller is running his office appropriately.

The World

Irish Lawmakers Back Repeal of Abortion Ban

By ED O’LOUGHLIN

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.

Abbas says UN should replace US as Mideast mediator

By Karin Laub and Zeynep Bilginsoy

Breaking with years of courting the U.S., Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Wednesday for the United Nations to replace Washington as a Mideast mediator and suggested he might not cooperate with the Trump administration’s much-anticipated effort to hammer out an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Retired military leaders urge Trump to choose words, not action, to deal with North Korea

By Mark Landler

Retired military leaders urge Trump to choose words, not action, to deal with North Korea

Editorial & Opinion

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Pat Purcell’s service to Boston

06/22/2008 Boston, MA Boston Herald newspaper headquarters - Boston Herald publisher Patrick Purcell granted an interview with Boston Globe reporter Joseph Kahn on Tuesday afternoon, June 24, 2008. Story by Joseph Kahn/Globe Staff. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff.

Pat Purcell and the Boston Herald have done vital journalism. The paper deserves to continue its important work.

JOAN VENNOCHI

Craziness has its limits in Alabama

Roy Moore rides his horse, Sassy, to the polling station to vote in Gallant, Ala., on Tuesday.

By Joan Vennochi

In Alabama, Roy Moore came to represent a bridge too far for at least 671,151 voters.

EDITORIAL

One last chance for Collins to reject bad GOP tax bill

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks to members of the media in the basement of the Capitol in September.

It’s becoming clear that Republican leaders in Congress won’t meet the conditions that Maine Senator Susan Collins set out in the tax legislation. So now what?

Metro

Parents protest new school start times

Audience members expressed opposition during a Boston School Committee meeting on Wednesday.

By James Vaznis

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.

Three schools sever ties with influential musician amid abuse allegations

Eric Alexander Hewitt

By Malcolm Gay and Kay Lazar

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

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

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

By Billy Baker

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

Business & Tech

Hiawatha Bray | TECH LAB

On Net neutrality, it’s time for Congress to act

The debate over Net neutrality has been a long-running one.

By Hiawatha Bray

Ferocious backlash against the FCC could spur Congress to settle the long-running Net neutrality debate.

Union will press Herald for pension contributions, severance pay

The Herald’s offices are currently located on Fargo Street in the Seaport District.

By Katheleen Conti and Jon Chesto

A union representing The Boston Herald newsroom and business employees will press a bankruptcy judge to have the embattled company honor its financial obligations.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

Interest rate increases alone won’t solve the nation’s economic puzzle

Janet Yellen on Wednesday is expected to hold her last news conferfence as chair of the Federal Reserve.

By Evan Horowitz

The Federal Reserve still has to deal with slow wage growth, the mystery of continued low inflation, and the potential effect of tax cuts.

Obituaries

Tommy Nobis, 74, dominate linebacker on lackluster Falcons’ teams

In this Dec. 13, 1966, file photo, Tommy Nobis of the Atlanta Falcons poses.

By Paul Newberry

Tommy Nobis was the first player ever drafted by Atlanta in 1966 and a hard-hitting linebacker who went on to spend his entire 11-year career with the Falcons.

Sylvia Ferrell-Jones, former president and CEO of YW Boston, dies at 60

Sylvia Ferrell-Jones.

By Bryan Marquard

Ms. Ferrell-Jones previously worked in finance and real estate investment management.

Sports

WEDNESDAY’S SCHOOL ROUNDUP

Franklin boys’ hockey rallies against St. Mary’s

Franklin's Matt Holmes and St. Mary's Jared Coppola position for the puck in the first period of play. Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe.

By David Souza

Panthers strike for three goals in the third, including a go-ahead goal by junior Zac Falvey at 4:21, in 4-3 victory over the host Spartans.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Eduardo Nunez remains on the Red Sox’ radar

Houston, TX - 10/05/2017 - (1st inning) Boston Red Sox designated hitter Eduardo Nunez is carried off the field after injuring himself during the first inning. The Houston Astros host the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALDS at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 06Red Sox-Astros, LOID: 8.3.3942722192.

By Peter Abraham

The free agent utilityman who hit .321 in 38 games for the Red Sox last season is recovering from a late-season knee injury.

CELTICS 124, NUGGETS 118

Celtics beat the Nuggets at their own game

Boston, MA: 12-13-17: The Celtics Kyrie Irving jumps up from the bench to signal

By Adam Himmelsbach

Defense took a back seat Wednesday as the Celtics’ offense came alive and more than matched the quick-strike Nuggets.

Thursday Scene

Movie Review | ★ ★ ★ ★

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is a thrill ride with gravitas

Daisy Ridley as Rey in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

By Ty Burr

The new film is a smartly made, fully felt pop entertainment that brings hope to this cultural moment.

Errol Morris tangles with truth and fiction in ‘Wormwood’

Errol Morris

By Christopher Wallenberg

In his six-part Netflix series the documentarian has fashioned his most daring and experimental work.

Thing Tank

Keaton Jones, viral tweets, and crimes against toast: It’s a thing

Keaton Jones

By Michael Andor Brodeur

A review of the week online.