Columbia Gas withdraws $33 million rate increase

The rate hike for customers was supposed to take effect while the utility is responding to a gas catastrophe in the Merrimack Valley.

// Pedestrian killed, driver then attacked in Watertown

A woman was fatally injured Wednesday when she was struck by a tow truck, spurring a man believed to be her son to allegedly stab the driver five times.

Mourners including Miguel Rondon (left), the father of Leonel Rondon, left his funeral at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Church in Lawrence.

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Lawrence teenager killed in gas explosion is mourned at funeral

Leonel Rondon was killed after a gas explosion toppled a chimney onto the car he was in. He was the only fatality in explosions and fires that rocked the Merrimack Valley.

// Baker, Warren have large leads in new poll

In a new Suffolk University Political Research Center/Boston Globe poll, incumbents Governor Charlie Baker and US Senator Elizabeth Warren are far ahead of their challengers.

Tim Dibble of the Department of Conservation and Recreation used a tractor while burying Atlantic surf clams on Revere Beach in Revere on Wednesday.

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Mass die-off of clams fouls Revere Beach

The state parks and environmental agencies were trying to determine the cause of a mass die-off of clams.

// Trump slams Sessions again: ‘I don’t have an attorney general’

President Trump said he’s ‘‘so sad over Jeff Sessions,’’ whom he has repeatedly denounced for recusing himself from the Russia investigation.

// Trump lavishes sympathy on Kavanaugh amid debate over who should testify

President Donald Trump showered sympathy on his embattled nominee and as Senate Republicans and Democrats fought determinedly over who should testify at a high-stakes hearing.

// New developer signs on to Andrew Square housing project

Samuels & Associates’ participation could help move forward stalled plans to build 656 apartments and condos.

// Former state trooper to plead guilty in overtime fraud scam

Gary Herman collected $12,468 in overtime payments but never showed up for work.

Red Sox banner returned: In the end, Malden man gets nothing

The bizarre case of a Red Sox division title banner that went missing came to an end Wednesday when a Malden man who says he found it in Somerville brought it to Fenway Park.


// Bill Belichick bent the rules in college, and other revelations from a new book about him

“He told me how to use an illegal lacrosse stick,” a college teammate told author Ian O’Connor in the new book about the Patriots coach.


// Josh Gordon joins right in at Patriots practice

The new receiver didn’t appear limited in drills despite reports of a hamstring injury.

Watertown, MA., 09/12/18, Jack Keating is upset that a truck using an overhead boom to deliver building materials to a neighbor's house pulled down the overhead wires and ripped the electrical service off his house. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

A delivery truck took down wires and power to a Watertown neighborhood. The truck owner says it’s not to blame

New England Building Supply, whose truck yanked down the wires, said it’s not to blame and is refusing to reimburse residents.

Fall Fashion | Magazine

// Forty years later, is the advice in ‘Dress for Success’ old hat?

The influential book set the standard in its day. In today’s workplaces, much has changed, and a few rules remain, says a former Filene’s stylist.


// Rob Delaney pens an essay about his son’s death

After posting the link to the essay on Twitter Tuesday with the caption, “I hope this helps,” the Marblehead native received over a thousand comments online wishing him well and thanking him for sharing.

Love Letters

I’ve got a huge crush on my husband’s friend

We’re happily married with kids, but this flirtation has been going on for five years.

// Dumpster ‘snafu’ distracts from research into minke whale’s death in N.H.

Efforts to load the dead animal into a Dumpster for transport didn’t go quite as planned.

Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

// Trump and Chinese tariffs: How not to make a deal

Trump’s (mis)understanding of the most rudimentary rules of trade and foreign policy has him wielding a blunt cudgel where a sophisticated tool is needed.

Ben Dickey as Blaze Foley, and Charlie Sexton as Townes Van Zant in Ethan Hawke’s Blaze.”

Movie Review

In ‘Blaze,’ a winning view of a beautiful loser

“Blaze” is Ethan Hawke’s fourth and best feature as a director; it’s immensely touching, and only deceptively shapeless.


// Where can you donate clothes in the Boston area so they’ll do the most good?

Recycling clothing of good quality and donating it to local charities can have a lasting effect.

Opinion & Ideas

Opinion | Jill Abramson

// Jill Abramson: Has anything changed since 1991?

Christine Blasey Ford must be ready to face what confronted Anita Hill in 1991.

Special reports

Stranger in the house

// The US has a huge need for home health care, and many from Ghana do the hard work

The need for home care is soaring, and much of it is done by immigrants willing to take on this hard and low-paying work.


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// Black patients are being left out of clinical trials for new cancer therapies

They’re widely underrepresented in clinical trials for cancer drugs, even when the type of cancer disproportionately affects them.

Love Letters: The Podcast

// Until next year, my sweetheart

In a special bonus episode, Meredith Goldstein explores what happens to summer romance when the summer ends, and “Wet Hot American Summer” creator David Wain shares a girl-crazy memory from his own camp days.

Listen:   Apple Podcasts   |   Stitcher   |   RadioPublic


Real Estate

//$medium.jpg Despite debt, millennials are the biggest home-buying generation. How?

Slightly more than a third of all home purchases were made by millennials over the past year.

Globe event

// Seattle’s mayor talks growing pains that offer some lessons for Boston

Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan spoke at a Globe event on how innovation is shaping our world, and she’s in high demand among the hundreds of mayors gathered in Boston.


// More about Last Seen: The Largest Unsolved Art Heist ever

A true-crime podcast about the most valuable — and confounding — art heist in history: the theft of 13 irreplaceable artworks from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

The Big Picture

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The Big Picture

The destructive aftermath of Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence brought heavy winds and rain to the Southeast coast of the United States, leaving devastation in its wake.


// Play the crossword

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