Question at center of Harvard trial: What counts as 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?

// 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.

// Who was talked about most at Sunday’s 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 the Hurricane Maria.

// Trump administration eyes defining ‘transgender’ out of existence

The Department of Health and Human Services is spearheading an effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, according to a memo.

A strong dollar is making US goods more expensive overseas, and foreign goods cheaper here at home.

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The biggest barrier to Trump’s plan for cutting the trade deficit? It’s Trump

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

// As Democrat seizes on national headwinds, a Republican seeks to avoid the D.C. ‘circus’

Rick Green has sought to insulate his campaign in the Third Congressional District from the daily news out of Washington — a difficult task as Lori Trahan and Democrats sew national calls of resistance into her pitch as a locally grown candidate.

// ‘No one will stop us, only God’: migrant caravan resumes advance toward US

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

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

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In Vermont, students take to the farm for a fresh start

The University of Vermont’s farmer-training program — one of only three in the country and the only one in New England — is a six-month, seed-to-harvest, total-immersion course that’s turned a range of neophytes into money-earning agrarians.

// Whale known as ‘Ladders’ washes ashore on Cape Cod

Researchers say a 54-foot fin whale that was found dead in Massachusetts was known to them for more than 30 years.

// Ryanair under fire over purported racist incident on flight

A video posted online appeared to show crew members failing to take action against a passenger who went on a racist tirade.

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Adusting on the fly? Now that’s the Patriot way

The Patriots found a way despite missing Rob Gronkowski all game and Sony Michel for most of it.

Ben Volin

// Despite the penalties and turnovers, this was a big win for the Patriots

The Patriots held on for a 38-31 victory on the road without Rob Gronkowski and Sony Michel (for most of the game).

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// How the Patriots stopped the Bears 1 yard short on the final play of the game

Duron Harmon and Devin McCourty were instructed not to jump, and it paid off.

// Boston expected to have near-freezing temperatures overnight

It’s been the coldest weekend this fall for many Massachusetts areas — with a few flakes of snow in some places — and it’s going to get colder overnight.

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.

// An MLB scout’s view of the Red Sox-Dodgers World Series

Kimball Crossley examined the matchups within the series to identify strengths and weaknesses on both sides.

// After swastika incidents, Reading residents rally against anti-Semitism

More than once, 17-year-old Reading Memorial High School senior Tali Shorr said she was told she should learn how to take a joke.

// Veteran Jason Kander stepped aside; now more may step forward

Kander’s struggle — and his candor about it — is a necessary reminder of something often lost as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan fade in the rear-view mirror of public consciousness.

// Louis C.K. makes surprise stop in Saugus on Saturday, addresses allegations

The comedian, who is from Newton, started his set at Giggles Comedy Club by addressing the allegations of sexual misconduct, according to the club’s owner.

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Ticks have been killing many moose calves in New England in recent years

Moose calves are dying at unprecedented levels in New England, mostly because of the hordes of winter ticks — as many as 90,000 on one animal.

// Boston wins climate challenge award from Bloomberg Philanthropies

Boston is among a group of US cities that will receive technical support and resources to help reduce carbon emissions.


TV’s 10 most moving moments

Forget the manipulations of “This Is Us” — here are some TV moments that managed to wring honest tears.

// 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.

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// Let Boston try e-bikes and scooters

Yes, motorized bikes and scooters need to be regulated, but not to the point of discouraging their use.

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.

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// 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.

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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.

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// 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.


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