Baker gets high marks for work on opioids, but challenges remain

As the governor seeks reelection, even his fans identified shortcomings in confronting a catastrophe that no one believes is close to ending.

// Question at center of Harvard trial: What is discrimination?

For at least 18 years, the admissions rate for Asian-American students at Harvard was less than that of white applicants and most other minorities. But is that actually proof of anti-Asian bias?

10/20/2018 MARBLEHEAD, MA Rich Cyr (cq), lead technician from B & B Pest Control, enters a crawl space to place rat traps at a home in Marblehead. ***Note: owner refused to be photographed and doesn't want address shared published. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

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Oh, rats: Rodents are flocking to the ’burbs

Residents are startled. Officials are flummoxed. Aren’t rats a city problem?

// ‘Transgender people are frightened’ over Trump’s possible move

The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, according to a memo.

// Who was talked about most at the Warren-Diehl debate? Trump

Elizabeth Warren and challenger Geoff Diehl sparred over tax cuts, the Affordable Care Act, gun control, and Washington’s response to Hurricane Maria Sunday in Springfield.

Addison Weening harvested napa cabbage at the University of Vermont’s farm program.

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Introducing agricultural novices to life down on the farm

The University of Vermont’s farmer-training program is the only one in the region. It’s a six-month, seed-to-harvest, total-immersion course that turns neophytes into money-earning agrarians.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/10/19/ Who’s hurting Trump’s effort to cut the trade deficit? Trump

It’s the tax cutter versus the anti-free-trade crusader, and so far the cuts are winning.

// State Police name man accused of stabbing trooper in New Salem

Nghia Le, 18, of Manchester, N.H., is being held on $1 million bail. He remains hospitalized.

// Mueller digs for Roger Stone’s connections to WikiLeaks

Did Stone, a longtime Trump adviser, have advance knowledge of the site’s plans to release hacked Democratic e-mails in 2016?

// ‘No one will stop us, only God’: migrants resume their journey

They marched on through Mexico like a ragtag army of the poor, shouting triumphantly slogans like ‘‘Si se pudo!’’ or ‘‘Yes, we could!’’


// Adjusting on the fly and finding a way to win? That’s the Patriot way

The Patriots pulled off a 38-31 win Sunday in Chicago despite missing Rob Gronkowski all game and Sony Michel for most of it.

Ben Volin | On Football

// Special teams bailed out the Patriots this time

The unit has been downright uninspiring all season, but it came through with a pair of key touchdowns Sunday.

Dave Epstein

// It’ll feel like fall in Boston for the Fall Classic, but not so much in LA

Temperatures will be below average Tuesday and Wednesday, but players will have to adjust to warmer climes once the World Series heads west.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora was supportive throughout Craig Kimbrel’s family plight in March, and quick to embrace his closer following the ALCS Game 5 clincher in Houston.

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For the Kimbrels, the only save that truly mattered came in March

Craig Kimbrel and wife Ashley stood by as their 4-month-old daughter battled a congenital heart condition that necessitated multiple major surgeries. Lydia Joy Kimbrel will be a year old in 13 days.

// During surprise set in Saugus, Louis C.K. addresses sexual misconduct allegations

The Newton comedian started his set at Giggles Comedy Club by discussing the ongoing controversy, according to the club’s owner.


// Here’s your road map for the week in TV

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert helps you navigate the week, highlighting the best of what’s on, what’s new, and what’s worth a second look.

Opinion | Karyn Polito, Joseph P. Kennedy III, and Jeffrey Leiden

// We need to train more women and minority students for careers in STEM

There’s a shortage of female and minority students studying for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

// He said the VA wouldn’t take him in, but these volunteers stepped up

Members of an American Legion post, volunteers from a Catholic parish, even a congressman’s staff all felt obliged to aid former sailor Norman Franks.

// Come see Globe Live

After two sold-out seasons, Globe Live — a live storytelling show featuring the Globe’s top journalists — returns to the Emerson Paramount Center Nov. 3 & 4.

Opinion & Ideas


// US must act like leader of the free world it once called itself

Writing the truth about Saudi Arabia killed Jamal Khashoggi. Now the US must hold the murderous Saudi regime accountable.

Real Estate

US home sales fell in September to slowest pace in 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales fell for the sixth straight month in September, a sign that housing has increasingly become a weak spot for the economy. The National Association of Realtors said Friday that sales declined 3.

Special reports


// Talking Points AM

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The Big Picture

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The Big Picture

Globe staff photos of the month, September 2018

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: gas explosions in Lawrence, 9/11 remembrance ceremonies, and primary elections.


// With genome sequencing, some sick infants get a shot at healthy lives

When babies become very ill, it can be difficult to know why. Answers can be hiding in their genes.

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-9070.jpg Are we ignoring — or outright banning — an easy affordable-housing fix?

Mobile homes may be the least expensive and most effective means of addressing the region’s housing shortage.

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.


// Play the crossword

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