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A new chapter in the story of a terrier who found adventure in Milton

One day, in the friendly little town of Milton, a mysterious visitor arrived out of the blue. No one could say where, exactly, the little dog had come from. But before long, they began spotting it all over town . . .

St. Petersburg, FL: 3/28/2018: Red Sox outfielders (left to right) Jackie Bradley, Jr. J.D. Martinez, Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts had some fun as they get ready for Opening Day. Martinez will be making his Red Sox debut in the game. The Boston Red Sox held a workout session today to get ready for the Opening Day of the 2018 baseball season at Tropicana Field. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Jim Davis/Globe Staff

In the six months since the Red Sox last played, a different world has emerged

With the start of the season upon us, we’ve compiled a lineup of nine of the biggest developments since Dustin Pedroia grounded out to end last season, a snapshot of how quickly, and decisively, the world can change.

As many as two-thirds of prisoners have a substance-use disorder in Massachusetts.

US investigating treatment of addicted prisoners in Mass.

Officials are investigating whether prisons are violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by preventing inmates from taking addiction medications behind bars.

Stephen Davis, left, and Robin Alexander Brown are co-developers of a hotel called Studio Allston. They were photographed in one of the rooms with art by Thomas Buildmore.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

A wave of new hip hotels is headed for long-overlooked corners of Boston

The transformation of the old Days Hotel on Soldiers Field Road is an example of a new type of hotel that’s hitting Boston.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/03/28/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/Rex_US_President_Donald_J_Trump_to_9482995A.jpg Trump ousts Veterans Affairs chief David Shulkin in administration’s latest shake-up

President Trump fired his embattled Veterans Affairs secretary Wednesday and tapped as his replacement atop the chronically mismanaged agency the president’s personal physician.

The Nation

Trump ousts Veterans Affairs chief David Shulkin in administration’s latest shake-up

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MICHAEL REYNOLDS/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9482995a) David Shulkin and Donald J. Trump US President Donald J. Trump to replace US Secretary of Veterans Affairs Shulkin, Washington, USA - 08 Mar 2018 (FILE) US Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin (L) listens to US President Donald J. Trump (R) deliver remarks during a meeting with members of his Cabinet, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 08 March 2018 (reissued 28 March 2018). According to a statement by US President Donald J. Trump on 28 March 2018, US Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin will resign and Trump intends to nomimate White House physician Dr. Ronny Jack to replace him.

By Lisa Rein and Philip Rucker

President Trump fired his embattled Veterans Affairs secretary Wednesday and tapped as his replacement atop the chronically mismanaged agency the president’s personal physician.

All female senators want debate on anti-harassment bill

By Alan Fram

‘‘Inaction is unacceptable,’’ all 22 female senators said Wednesday in a letter to the chamber’s leaders.

Trump aide spoke during campaign to associate tied to Russian intelligence

By Mark Mazzetti

A top Trump campaign official had repeated communications during the final weeks of the 2016 presidential race with a business associate tied to Russian intelligence.

The World

Ahead of Trump summit, new activity at North Korea nuke site

Increased activity at a North Korean nuclear site has once again caught the attention of analysts and renewed concerns about the complexities of denuclearization talks as President Donald Trump prepares for a summit with Kim Jong Un.

By Eric Talmadge

Increased activity at a North Korean nuclear site has once again caught the attention of analysts and renewed concerns about the complexities of denuclearization talks as President Donald Trump prepares for a summit with Kim Jong Un in the coming weeks.

Kim’s China visit strengthens his hand heading into nuclear talks

China's President Xi Jinping shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Beijing.

By Jane Perlez

North Korea’s leader has yet to say what concessions he is willing to make, or what he may demand from the United States in return for scaling back his country’s nuclear program.

Ethiopia chooses new leader

By Paul Schemm

Ethiopia chooses new leader

Editorial & Opinion

DANTE RAMOS

Your commute stinks because Greater Boston can’t fathom its own growth

Boston, November 22, 2017- Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff- Traffic merging from South Bay crawls on to the 93 South at 11:30 AM

By Dante Ramos

Growth doesn’t just happen in Arizona or Florida. The Boston area needs to embrace its expanding population — and plan accordingly.

Alex Beam

Could hip surgery have saved Tom Petty and Prince?

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007, file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. Carver County prosecutors have agreed to provide Prince's siblings with documents connected to their investigation into his death. John Goetz, an attorney for Prince's siblings, says he expects prosecutors will provide the medical examiner's autopsy investigation this week and the remaining investigative files next week. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

By Alex Beam

Corrective hip surgery might have erased their terrible pain.

JOAN VENNOCHI

When does journalism become criminal trespass?

Did New York magazine writer Olivia Nuzzi break the law when she entered Corey Lewandowski’s office uninvited?

By Joan Vennochi

Did New York magazine writer Olivia Nuzzi break the law when she entered Corey Lewandowski’s office uninvited?

Metro

Yvonne Abraham

Sometimes, a shield is needed from those wearing a badge

By Yvonne Abraham

In an ideal world, we wouldn’t need a law to prohibit on-duty police officers from having sexual relations with people in their custody. But this isn’t an ideal world.

State senator enters alcohol treatment

State Senator Michael D. Brady was arrested over the weekend for drunken driving and pleaded not guilty this week.

By John R. Ellement and Joshua Miller

State Senator Michael Brady also apologized Wednesday to his constituents and colleagues “for the embarrassment that this incident has caused.”

What if your house was used in a porn shoot? This homeowner says hers was, and she’s suing

29vineyard -- 7 Skye Lane in Aquinnah is allegedly the site of pornographic movies. (Gabrielle Mannino/Martha's Vineyard Times)

By Steve Annear

The suit alleges that the defendants used the residence to shoot scenes for pornographic movies that prominently featured her personal artwork as background props.

Business & Tech

Obituaries

Stéphane Audran, 85, star of Oscar-winning ‘Babette’s Feast’

Stephane Audran as Babette in the 1987 film Babettes Gaestebud, released in the USA as Babette's Feast. (Photo by  John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

By Neil Genzlinger

Ms. Audran served up one of cinema’s most sumptuous meals as the title character in the film.

Lawrence Grossman, at 86; longtime television executive

Mr. Grossman was the top executive at PBS in the 1970s and 1980s.

By Matt Schudel

Mr. Grossman expanded public television programming as PBS’s top executive in the 1970s and 1980s.

Sports

Cathedral students protest termination of AD/basketball coach

By Nate Weitzer

Students walked out of class in support of Larry Merritt, who was fired for violating school policy.

For Red Sox ace Chris Sale, it’s pitch, not ponder

St. Petersburg, FL: 3/28/2018: Opening Day starting pitcher Chris Sale, (left) who told reporters that the first major league baseball game he ever same was in this dome, and it was also the first game ever played here, laughs as he is patted on the back by Red Sox manager Alex Cora (right) who will manage his first big league game tomorrow here at the conclusion of the practice. The Boston Red Sox held a workout session today to get ready for the Opening Day of the 2018 baseball season at Tropicana Field. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Peter Abraham

The lanky lefthander, one of the best pitchers of his generation, lets others do the thinking when he takes the mound.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Manager Alex Cora confidently strides toward his dream day

St. Petersburg, FL: 3/28/2018: Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (center) who is on the Disabled List will miss his first Opening Day in many years. He was in uniform, and took some batting practice, but spent a lot of the time today sitting in a cart with his leg up. His manager and close friend Alex Cora (left) gave him a hug at one point. J.D. MArtinez is at right. The Boston Red Sox held a workout session today to get ready for the Opening Day of the 2018 baseball season at Tropicana Field. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Peter Abraham

The first-year skipper is excited, but not nervous, heading into today’s season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Thursday Scene

Mackenzi Lee is a rising star in YA historical fantasy

Mackenzie Van Engelenhoven is known to fans of her YA novels as Mackenzi Lee.

By S.I. Rosenbaum

The best-selling Jamaica Plain author who works at Trident Booksellers was recently tapped by Marvel Comics to write a series of YA sagas.

Stage review

Painting as if his life depended on it in New Rep’s ‘Masterpiece’

Benjamin Evett and Laura Latreille in New Repertory Theatre’s production of “The Bakelite Masterpiece.”

By Don Aucoin

In “The Bakelite Masterpiece,’’ Benjamin Evett plays an art forger threatened with execution in postwar Amsterdam and Laura Latreille portrays his interrogator.

Music

It’s more than a feeling for Dashboard Confessional

Chris Carrabba brings Dashboard Confessional to the House of Blues.

By Ryan Burleson

Touring off the band’s first album in nine years, emo icon Chris Carrabba has turned his inward gaze outward.