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The closest Boston has come to electing a black mayor was Melvin H. King in 1983. King lost the final election that year by 30 percentage points.

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Part Six: Power

For blacks in Boston, a power outage

Despite Boston’s reputation as a liberal bastion, the region’s power base remains largely white men. Blacks’ political achievements are more occasional than institutional. There are no black faces in Massachusetts’ congressional delegation, nor among statewide officeholders, and the only black to win election to statewide office since 1972 is former governor Deval Patrick.

“ESPN has failed to address its deeply ingrained culture of sexism and hostile treatment of women,” said Adrienne Lawrence, who filed a complaint this summer with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

At ESPN, the problems for women run deep

The unforgiving culture at the sports media behemoth has led some women to feel pressured to hide pregnancies or take short maternity leaves. One anchor even did her scheduled broadcast while she was having a miscarriage.

State Senator Stanley Rosenberg (left) and his husband, Bryon Hefner.

Rosenberg’s husband draws FBI scrutiny

The FBI has begun looking into allegations that Bryon Hefner, husband of state Senator Stan Rosenberg, allegedly assaulted several men and boasted of his influence on Beacon Hill.

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Despite expanding notions of what counts as a “gift”--a jerky subscription--Americans waste $9.5 billion on unwanted presents.

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Guest host Chad Finn chats with NFL analyst and former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher.

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Walt Disney Co. said it reached a $52.4 billion deal to buy most of the assets of Twenty-First Century Fox, the conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch.

The Nation

At ESPN, the problems for women run deep

“ESPN has failed to address its deeply ingrained culture of sexism and hostile treatment of women,” said Adrienne Lawrence, who filed a complaint this summer with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

By Jenn Abelson

The unforgiving culture at the sports media behemoth has led some women to feel pressured to hide pregnancies or take short maternity leaves. One anchor even did her scheduled broadcast while she was having a miscarriage.

Firefighter fatality reported at huge California wildfire

A firefighter died Thursday while working a colossal wildfire burning in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles that has become the fourth largest in California history.

Oklahoma man kept stepdaughter captive for 19 years

By TIM TALLEY

A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted a 63-year-old man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for 19 years in Mexico and elsewhere while fathering her nine children.

The World

Suicide bomber kills 18 at Somalia police academy

Somali men covered the body of a victim Thursday’s suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu.

By ABDI GULED

An Islamic extremist suicide bomber disguised as a police officer killed at least 18 people at a police academy in Somalia’s capital on Thursday, authorities said. The Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Jeffrey D. Sachs

Stopping Armageddon

By Jeffrey D. Sachs

A military solution to the “Security Dilemma” with North Korea would be reckless and immoral.

SCOT LEHIGH

The nation needs to hear Trump’s accusers

Rachel Crooks, left, Jessica Leeds, center, and Samantha Holvey attend a news conference, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in New York to discuss their accusations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump. The women, who first shared their stories before the November 2016 election, called for a congressional investigation into Trump's alleged behavior. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

By Scot Lehigh

The sexual innuedo was obvious in Donald Trump’s tweet about Senator Kirsten Gillbrand.

Opinion | Roland Merullo

The power of touch, good and bad

This picture taken on August 17, 2017 shows an elderly Indian Parsi couple holding hands while entering a Fire Temple during Navroze, the Parsi New Year, in Mumbai. The Indian government's fertility programme 'jiyo Parsi' (Live Parsi) scheme, with an initial budget of 100 million rupees, has recorded over 100 successful births over a stretch of three years using modern conception methods including in-vitro-fertilization (IVF). This demographic spurt, though miniscule, is positive news for the powerful Parsi community as their numbers kept dwindling every decade since 1950s. / AFP PHOTO / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / TO GO WITH AFP STORY 'INDIA-SOCIETY-PARSI-COMMUNITIES,FEATURE' by Vishal MANVEINDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images

By Roland Merullo

I hope we find a way to continue to be able to touch each other, when it feels right — for both parties.

Metro

Rosenberg’s husband draws FBI scrutiny

State Senator Stanley Rosenberg (left) and his husband, Bryon Hefner.

By Yvonne Abraham

The FBI has begun looking into allegations that Bryon Hefner, husband of state Senator Stan Rosenberg, allegedly assaulted several men and boasted of his influence on Beacon Hill.

A hot attraction among Boston’s many: obese squirrels

A Public Garden squirrel wasn’t shy about wrangling a snack from a visitor to the park.

By Dugan Arnett

Boston’s plump squirrels have visitors — and residents — marveling.

It’s been 25 years since he killed a Tufts graduate. He was sentenced to life Thursday

Eva Mitchell carried a photo of Lena Bruce as she arrived for the sentencing of James Witkowski at Suffolk Superior Court Thursday. Eva Mitchell was Lena Bruce's sorority sister at Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

By Travis Andersen

For 25 years, James Witkowski had escaped punishment for raping and murdering Lena Bruce inside her South End apartment.

Business & Tech

Disney Makes $52.4b deal for 21st Century Fox in big bet on video streaming

HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES Mandatory Credit: Photo by THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9292355a) Bob Iger and Rupert Murdoch Walt Disney Co. to buy 21st Century Fox, --, --- - 14 Dec 2017 A undated handout photo made available by Walt Disney Co. showing Walt Disney chief executive Bob Iger (L) and Fox owner Rupert Murdoch at an undisclosed location. Walt Disney Co. announced 14 December 2017 it will purchase 21st Century Fox's businesses containing Sky Television of which Fox owns 39 per cent and entertainment activities of 20th Century Fox film studios in a deal valued at 52.4 billion USD in stock, and the total transaction being valued at some 66.1 billion USD. A new company will be set-up consisting of remaining assets of Fox that include Fox News and Sports. Disney says it will also assume some 13.7 billion USD of net debt of 21st Century Fox.

By Brooks Barnes

Walt Disney Co. said it reached a $52.4 billion deal to buy most of the assets of Twenty-First Century Fox, the conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch.

State pledges to sustain child health program, even if Congress fails to provide funding

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

About 172,000 children in Massachusetts from low- and moderate-income families are covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

Booming Kendall Square will get a long-sought supermarket as MIT projects advance

A Brothers Marketplace, from Roche Bros., planned in the ground floor of One Broadway in Kendall Square.

By Tim Logan

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Roche Bros. announced a deal to put a small-format supermarket in an MIT-owned office building.

Obituaries

Barbara Boch, philanthropist and matriarch; at 86

Barbara Boch

By Bryan Marquard

Barbara Boch was a philanthropist with her late husband, the well-known car dealer Ernie Boch, and was the matriarch of her family.

Vera Katz, mayor who oversaw Portland’s flowering, dies at 84

By Sam Roberts

Vera Katz was a refugee from Nazi Germany and a former Brooklynite who became a feminist force in Oregon and a three-term mayor of its largest city, Portland.

Sports

MIAA Meeting

MIAA Board of Directors address hot topics at meeting

By Dave Souza

Controversial topics involved Golf Committee’s findings after Emily Nash’s victory in Div. 3 Central boys’ tourney and transfer waiver process.

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

The Celtics spread some holiday cheer, and took a little home as well

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: (L to R) Boston Celtics Al Hordford, Daniel Theis, and Marcus Morris visit Thomas at Boston Children's Hospital December 14, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images for Boston Children's Hospital)

By Gary Washburn

For one day, the records and statistics didn’t matter. The Celtics were heroes at Boston Children’s Hospital.

capitals 5, bruins 3

No matter what the Bruins tried, they’re still no match for Capitals

Boston-12/14/17 Boston Bruins vs Capitals- Bruins Brad Marchand and Capitals Jay Beagle battle for position in the Capitals end in the 1st periodc. John Tlumacki/Globe staff (sports)

By Fluto Shinzawa

Washington is unbeaten in its last 11 meetings with Boston.

Weekend

Photography review

Photography show explores many meanings of family

Ernest C. Withers’s “Twins at WDIA, Memphis,” from “(un)expected families,” which runs at the Museum of Fine Arts through June 17.

By Mark Feeney

The exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts includes many photos that are terrific, unfamiliar, or both.

classical music

For this new opera company, ‘company’ means friendship

Co-artistic directors Zack Winokur (left) and Matthew Aucoin with managing director Jennifer Chen.

By Zoë Madonna

Artistic directors Matt Aucoin and Zack Winokur have gathered some of the most intrepid young performers on the scene, and they’re kicking things off with the “Run AMOC!” Festival, presented by American Repertory Theater.

Dispatch pushes toward 2018, reinvigorated but incomplete

Chad Urmston, Brad Corrigan, and Pete Heimbold of Dispatch.

By Jeremy D. Goodwin

The band returns to Boston for three sold-out shows at the Paradise, minus Pete Heimbold, who has been on indefinite leave since March.