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Critics say Christopher Blair, a.k.a. Busta Troll, is inciting a divided country for personal gain.

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One of the country’s biggest publishers of fake news says he did it for our own good

Experts say he’s one of the largest publishers of fake news on the Internet. Christopher Blair says he’s a satirist. The truth, in the Internet age, is hard to define.

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Speculation is swirling that Wynn Resorts might try to sell its Everett project because of the state’s probe into the company.

Could there really be five Mass. politicians running against Trump in 2020?

There’s a quintet of notable figures from the state showing up on political forecasters’ lists of possible 2020 contenders.

Martin McAllister, a former IRA man, stood in his backyard in County Monaghan, which is located in the Republic of Ireland. In the background is Northern Ireland.

Kevin Cullen/Globe Staff

Kevin Cullen

Irish hopes may be stopped at the border

We thought the war in Ireland was over, but 20 years after the Good Friday Agreement, the grim prospect of some kind of border is back.

The Nation

Could there really be five Mass. politicians running against Trump in 2020?

By Annie Linskey

There’s a quintet of notable figures from the state showing up on political forecasters’ lists of possible 2020 contenders.

Arizona, Texas troops begin arriving at border

By Paul J. Weber

The states plan to send 400 National Guard members to the border in response to President Trump’s request.

California storm raises rivers, and flood concerns

Officials were keeping a close eye on rising water at a damaged dam in the northern part of the state.

The World

Former Brazil leader ends standoff over arrest

Former Brazil president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (left), with ally Guilherme Boulos, greeted supporters Saturday.

By Marina Lopes

Protesters blocked Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s car from leaving a metalworkers union in Sao Bernardo do Campo.

2 dead in Germany after truck rams crowd

Police in Münster, Germany, had cordoned off the Old City while they examined evidence after a deadly car attack.

By Melissa Eddy

The motive was not determined, but news outlets said the driver had a history of psychological problems.

Palestinian journalist killed under Israeli fire in Gaza

Yaser Murtaja was laid to rest Saturday, his body carried through the streets of Gaza City draped in a Palestinian flag and the blue-and-white vest marked ‘‘press’’ that he was wearing when he was shot.

By Loveday Morris

Israeli troops used live ammunition as tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered to protest at the heavily guarded border.

Editorial & Opinion

EDITORIAL

Higher parking fines in Boston? Yes, please

At the core of Boston’s plan: Cars are not king. Really.

Renée Graham

All those views, likes, and retweets help tech companies — not you

By Renée Graham

The YouTube shooter, authorities say, was distraught about her declining view count.

Dante Ramos

Save gas; restrain the American driver’s id

The Trump administration plans to roll back goals for saving gas.

By Dante Ramos

We can meet ambitious fuel-economy standards, but US officials are afraid to ask drivers to make any sacrifices at all.

Metro

One of the country’s biggest publishers of fake news says he did it for our own good

Critics say Christopher Blair, a.k.a. Busta Troll, is inciting a divided country for personal gain.

By Billy Baker

Experts say he’s one of the largest publishers of fake news on the Internet. Christopher Blair says he’s a satirist. The truth, in the Internet age, is hard to define.

Yvonne Abraham

Springfield mayor tries ruling by whim

Faith leaders gathered at South Congregational Church in Springfield.

By Yvonne Abraham

Mayor Domenic Sarno decided to bring the full force of city government to bear upon a church offering sanctuary.

Kevin Cullen

Irish hopes may be stopped at the border

Martin McAllister, a former IRA man, stood in his backyard in County Monaghan, which is located in the Republic of Ireland. In the background is Northern Ireland.

By Kevin Cullen

We thought the war in Ireland was over, but 20 years after the Good Friday Agreement, the grim prospect of some kind of border is back.

Business & Tech

Five things you should know about TaShonda Vincent-Lee

TaShonda Vincent-Lee is a cofounder and executive at ELEVATE, a networking company that promotes diversity and inclusion in the cannabis industry.

By Dan Adams

After a long journey, Tito Jackson’s former campaign manager is ready to go all-in on the cannabis industry.

MICHELLE SINGLETARY | THE COLOR OF MONEY

Switching from watchdog to lapdog

Mick Mulvaney, acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, says the agency is “far too powerful.’’

By Michelle Singletary

Under Mick Mulvaney, they should just call it the Financial Services Protection Bureau.

TALKING POINTS: THE WEEK IN BUSINESS

Nearly 200 applications filed for recreational marijuana businesses in Mass.

The Cannabis Control Commission said it would publicly disclose information on individual applicants later this spring.

Sports

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Let’s revisit Ted Williams’s take on launch angle, and other thoughts

1955 Ted Williams baseball card

By Dan Shaughnessy

And now that the playoffs are finally (almost) here, admit it, you’re more excited about the Bruins than the Celtics.

TARA SULLIVAN

Reed-McIlroy showdown will make for a classic Masters Sunday

Patrick Reed chips in for an eagle on the 15th green during the third round of the Masters.

By Tara Sullivan

Reed, who won an epic battle against McIlroy at the 2016 Ryder Cup, owns a three-stroke lead that had both golfers engaged in a bit of showmanship following Saturday’s third round.

bruins 5, senators 2

The Bruins can lock up the top seed with one more win

Boston, MA - 4/07/2018 - (1st period) Boston Bruins right wing David Backes (42) and Ottawa Senators Englund (39) ***NOTE: HE IS NOT LISTED ON ROSTER. battle for the puck during the first period. The Boston Bruins host the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Kevin Paul Dupont, Topic: 08Bruins-Senators, LOID: 8.4.1529768223.

By Fluto Shinzawa

With any kind of win Sunday, the Bruins will finish first in the conference.

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RED SOX 10, RAYS 3

Red Sox tee off on Rays, get dominant pitching

By Peter Abraham

NCAA Frozen Four | Minnesota Duluth 2, Notre Dame 1

Minnesota Duluth captures NCAA men’s hockey title

SATURDAY’S SCHOOL ROUNDUP

Hingham boys’ lacrosse tops St. John’s Prep

By Nate Weitzer

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

Xander Bogaerts is, once again, the talk of the shortstop crowd

By Nick Cafardo

bruins notebook

Rick Nash (concussion) joins team for morning skate

By Fluto Shinzawa

BEN VOLIN I SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

The Rams’ all-in approach is risky, but it could work

By Ben Volin

Yankees 8, Orioles 3

Yankees bounce back against Orioles

By Scott Orgera

MASTERS NOTEBOOK

For Tiger Woods, a good round at Masters is even par

By Doug Ferguson

NASCAR | Texas Motor Speedway, Sunday (2 p.m., FS1)

Stewart-Haas Racing team to beat at Texas

By Stephen Hawkins

FLUTO SHINZAWA | SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

Hockey opened many doors for Andrew Ference. He wants others to see what it’s like.

By Fluto Shinzawa

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

What can we expect from the rejuvenated Red Sox-Yankees rivalry?

By Nick Cafardo

GARY WASHBURN I SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

A knee expert explains Kyrie Irving’s status, and what could come next

By Gary Washburn

Ideas

Ideas | Josh Macht

Can tech save the humanities?

The traditional liberal arts have faded in the higher-ed marketplace, but the seeds of a digital revival are sprouting

By Josh Macht

The traditional liberal arts have faded in the higher-ed marketplace, but the seeds of a digital revival are sprouting.

Ideas | Maria Devlin McNair

Is your diet a cult?

Food has always played an important role in religion. But diets can operate like religions of their own.

By Maria Devlin McNair

Food has always played an important role in religion. But diets can operate like religions of their own.

Ideas | Mark Peters

Trousers and pants — stripping down British and American English

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ANDY RAIN/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9286748c) The British Union flag and European Union flag outside parliament in London, Britain, 12 December 2017. British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to face another Brexit Bill showdown over a 'meaningful vote' on the final deal, when ministers vote at parliament 13 December. British Prime Minister May faces another Brexit Bill showdown, London, United Kingdom - 12 Dec 2017

By Mark Peters

For an American teaching English and linguistics in England, there are surprising differences and similarities.

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Ideas | Beth Wolfensberger Singer

Ten autopilot inventions that would be way more thrilling than a self-driving car

By Beth Wolfensberger Singer

Brainiac

Fear the monopsony

By Kevin Lewis

Brainiac

Retraction Watch: Whoops, my bad

By Adam Marcus

Brainiac

Big Data: Losing your nest egg can kill you

By Alex Kingsbury

Brainiac

Innovation of the Week: Eucharist by drone

By David Scharfenberg

Ideas | Michael Ohl

From the Hitler beetle to the Beyoncé fly

By Michael Ohl

Obituaries

Morris Halle, who helped found MIT’s linguistics program, dies at 94

Dr. Halle helped found MIT’s linguistics program, one of the most important in the world, and played a key role in bringing to the faculty Noam Chomsky, who became one of the field’s most significant figures.

By Bryan Marquard

An MIT institute professor emeritus, he was considered one of the field’s most influential scholars.

Carl Scheib, 91, youngest player in American League history

By Richard Goldstein

Mr. Scheib made his major league debut on Sept. 6, 1943, when he was 16 years, 8 months, and 5 days old.

Sheila Link, 84, sportswoman and firearms writer

Ms. Link channeled her enthusiasm into leading gun safety workshops and arduous survival expeditions.

By Sam Roberts

Ms. Link transformed her life to pursue two passions — firearms and the outdoors — becoming a noted authority on both.

Sunday Arts

NAMES

Is Brad Pitt dating an MIT professor?

Brad Pitt (left) has reportedly been spending time with MIT’s Neri Oxman (right).

By Jaclyn Reiss

According to Page Six, Pitt has been spending time with Neri Oxman after meeting her through an MIT architecture project.

book review

A striking, visionary novel about the environment

By Michael Upchurch

“The Overstory” is a big, ambitious epic, spanning the last half of the 20th century and asking what we’re doing to our planet.

NAMES

Julian Edelman to Instagrammer who may have helped prevent school shooting: ‘We appreciate you’

New England Patriots Julian Edelman poses for a picture at the opening of

By Kevin Slane

“Keep on going over all the comments. You’re like the comment police, bro.”

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Bibliophiles

Long books must justify themselves to him

By Amy Sutherland

@LARGE | Michael Andor Brodeur

Grindr, Craigslist, and the virtual erosion of LGBTQ turf

By Michael Andor Brodeur

Lynne Ramsay goes her own way

By Christopher Wallenberg

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

A woman’s painful memoir of her dead parents; Mass. as the cradle of women’s rights

By Nina MacLaughlin

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Humanity of humor in dark time

By Kate Tuttle

book review

Turning ‘bad ideas’ into cutting satire

By Michael Upchurch

Local bestsellers

By Robert Steiner

Photography review

The face of 19th-century America

By Mark Feeney

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

Village theatricals; film and fashion; Posner on parade

By Peter Keough

Movie REview

They’re that much more adorable in IMAX 3-D

By Peter Keough

Travel

Forever young on a Western road trip

Millie Willen (left) and Myra Fischman on their four-day journey amid Northern Arizona’s buttes and canyons.

By Liz Willen

Spectacular scenery, nostalgia, and tips on aging along the road to Antelope Canyon.

A real spring break for families

Martha’s Vineyard is cheaper and less crowded in the spring.

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

It’s the cheapest time of year for popular New England destinations, and the least crowded.

Quaint sugaring experiences in Quebec

Maple sap boils down in kettles at La Maison Amérindienne.

By Elizabeth Warkentin

If you know where to go, it’s possible to stay authentic in spite of modernization and the “Maple Syrup Cartel’s” stranglehold on the world’s liquid gold.

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Check-in

Hot Sara is back

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

Travel Troubleshooter

A heartbreaking loss, a missed vacation, and no refund

By Christopher Elliott

Real Estate

Is buying property in a college town worth it?

By Marni Elyse Katz

It’s not just the uber rich who are buying property where their kids go to school.

A guide to real estate pricing terms

What’s the difference between appraisal vs. assessment? How does it factor in the list price? For more expert advice, go to realestate.boston.com.

Checking out new towns at the checkout counter

By Nicole DeFeudis

We ask realtors and homeowners to share their best strategies. Where you should look may surprise you.

Magazine

Globe Magazine

Why ranting on Yelp is the wrong way to complain about awful service

By Neil Swidey

Ticked off about a lousy meal or surly service? Before trashing the business online, try telling someone who can actually fix the problem.

Globe Magazine

How giving food away saved a Maine restaurant

Laura Benedict shares a laugh with a customer on the lawn behind The Red Barn during a benefit for a local girls gymnastics team.

By Meadow Rue Merrill

Laura Benedict thought she’d have to shut down The Red Barn. Then she had an idea that turned into a saving grace.

Globe Magazine

7 steps to try before resorting to a bad review on Yelp

By Neil Swidey

We don’t always have to air our grievances about a business with the entire world before telling the business.

Globe North

BRION O’CONNOR | ON THE MOVE

Enter into running season gradually, with the right shoe

By Brion O’Connor

Avoid ramping up your fitness routine too quickly — and other tips for runners this spring.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

By Matt Case

Woburn’s Emily Arredondo allowed one earned run over 12 innings in two wins for Westfield State softball March 28 and 30.

HIGH SCHOOL RUGBY

Strength in rugby numbers? Not this year for St. John’s Prep

By Matt Case

Despite reaching the state title game in each of the last two seasons, the St. John’s Prep rugby team has suddenly become the underdog,

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Freedom fighter to speak at Northern Essex in Lawrence

By Kathy Shiels Tully

Solving riddles means pigging out

By Laura Elyse King

Globe South

When the T came for help, the helper helped itself, too

The MBTA used Asian-Americans who can speak an Asian language, such as Shirley Yao, to help customers navigate through the T's closure of the Wollaston station on the Red Line.

By Jill Terreri Ramos

Quincy Asian Resources Inc. turned a request from the transit agency into a new jobs program.

Touched by cancer, they’ll run against it

Katie Crowell, who has metastatic breast cancer, is running her eighth Boston Marathon, and her second on the Dana-Farber team.

By Julia Preszler

When the starter’s gun goes off at the Boston Marathon on April 16, more than 500 members of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge will be among those embarking on the 26.2-mile journey.

HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE

Walpole lacrosse players keep eyes on the prize

By Andrew Higginbottom

Walpole High seniors Darragh Fahey and Robert Colburn hope to take the school’s lacrosse team to a title.

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Mark Your Calendar

Musicals coming to a theater near you

By Robert Knox

NORWELL

School hoping to remain in Norwell area

By Johanna Seltz

Local Fare

A touch of French flair at The Atlantic Bistro

By Paul E. Kandarian

Community Bulletin Board

Community Bulletin Board

By Zipporah Osei

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeSouth: Noteworthy performances

By Andrew Higginbottom

Beverly Beckham

No good answer what to do with his encyclopedia

By Beverly Beckham

Globe West

HIGH SCHOOL RUGBY

In Belmont, rugby as it was meant to be

By Nate Weitzer

What began as a small after-school activity has become one of the most cohesive rugby programs in the region.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

By Nate Weitzer

Southborough’s Ryan Solomon led Northeastern baseball to a 3-1 week.

BUSINESS PLAN

Nut butters are a breeze for this Arlington entrepreneur

Breezy’s Butters was founded by Brianna DiLillo.

By Cindy Cantrell

Brianna DiLillo produces five varieties of Breezy’s Butters made from organic, all natural ingredients.