Robert Kraft said to reject plea offer in soliciting prostitution case

Kraft believes the proposal from state Attorney Dave Aronberg’s office pushed the legal requirements for what is called “deferred prosecution” beyond what is routinely expected.

// Chilling new details emerge in Boston kidnapping, rape case

Victor Pena, 38, accused of abducting a 23-year-old woman outside a Boston bar in January and holding her captive in Charlestown for three days, pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

// Mayor Walsh calls vandalism at city monuments an ‘act of cowardice’

Boston’s mayor Wednesday strongly condemned the recent spate of vandalism of city monuments for war veterans and slain police officers.

// Federal Reserve foresees no interest rate hikes in 2019

The Federal Reserve forecast no rate increases at all this year, a big change from its forecast just three months ago.

UNH researchers find new clues to development of autism

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire say they may have found a clue to the mystery of why autism is four times more common in boys than in girls.

// Fall River voters seek to block results in mayoral election

Ten Fall River voters who filed a lawsuit over the special election held March 12 want a judge to stop the city from certifying the results in which Mayor Jasiel Correia was recalled and reelected on the same ballot.

// With $28.6 million gift, MIT will establish center for Down syndrome research

The Alana Down Syndrome Center will encourage interdisciplinary research between biologists, engineers, and students.

The fire raged at Flatpoint Farm in West Tisbury.

Garrison Vieira/West Tisbury Police Dept.

Barn fire kills 81 animals in West Tisbury

Eighty-one animals were killed Tuesday morning on Martha’s Vineyard after a heat lamp apparently ignited bales of hay stored inside a barn at Flat Point Farm, fire officials said.

// Off-duty pilot who hitched a ride saved Lion Air 737 day before deadly crash

That extra pilot, who was seated in the cockpit jumpseat, correctly diagnosed the problem and told the crew how to disable a malfunctioning flight-control system.

President Trump says it’s ‘‘ridiculous’’ that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is writing a report to summarize his findings — but says he’s looking forward to seeing what it says.

Trump says Mueller report is ‘ridiculous’ but should be released

The president is urging the Justice Department to release it to the public, saying: ‘‘Let it come out, let people see it,’’ adding: ‘‘Let’s see whether or not it’s legit.’’

// The parody Twitter account Devin Nunes is suing just surpassed him in followers

Representative Devin Nunes recently filed a high-profile, $250 million lawsuit against Twitter and some of its users, alleging defamation and negligence.

// Poll: Support rises in all age groups for legal pot

A growing majority of Americans say marijuana should be legal, underscoring a national shift as more states embrace cannabis for medical or recreational use.

Tamara Lanier, who is suing Harvard University for ownership of daguerreotypes of slaves whom she counts as ancestors, at home in Norwich, Conn., Feb. 28, 2019. The case renews focus on the role that the country’s oldest universities played in slavery, and also comes amid a growing debate over whether the descendants of the enslaved are entitled to reparations. (Karsten Moran/The New York Times)

Karsten Moran/The New York Times

Harvard sued over use of photograph of slave

A Conn. woman is suing Harvard for allegedly profiting from a photo of her ancestor, an African slave forced to pose in what is believed to be one of the oldest images of a slave in the US.

// Who was Louis Agassiz?

Here’s a look at the man behind Harvard’s controversial slave photos.

Dan Shaughnessy | 2019 Baseball Preview

// What happened to the bad old days of the Red Sox?

Clubhouse culture and team karma have changed for the better since Alex Cora arrived.


// When will we know what it is Mookie Betts wants?

Though other pieces of the financial puzzle are falling into place now, he still may test the market in two years.

// This New Hampshire resident built a surfboard out of 700 foam Dunkin’ coffee cups

Korey Nolan created the Dunkin’ surfboard for a contest in October. He took home second place — and did something good for the planet.

A demonstration shows off technology developed by ClearMotion, which makes

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Here’s what it’s like to drive a car with a Mass.-made suspension that eliminates bumps

As another crop of potholes emerges, ClearMotion wants to transform the experience of driving over them.

// March tends to bring a spike in fires across Massachusetts, data show

A series of devastating fires across Massachusetts have grabbed headlines this month.

Ideas | Julie Scelfo

// ‘Helicopter parents’ are so 20th century. Say hello to the ‘snowplow parents’

Some parents will go to extreme lengths to protect their kids, and themselves, from failure.

Globe Magazine

// In 1948, we were human guinea pigs in the strangest house in Dover

The first habitable building heated entirely by the sun was designed by a woman using technology developed by a woman and funded by a woman.

// Labrador retriever most pup-ular US dog breed for 28th year

Labrador retrievers aren’t letting go of their hold on US dog lovers, but German shorthaired pointers are tugging on the top ranks of doggy popularity.

Opinion | Stephen Kinzer

// Trump is strangling Venezuela with sanctions — and it’s not working

We used to overthrow foreign leaders the old-fashioned way: with our military. The new approach is just as egregious — and ineffective.


// Elizabeth Warren shows what she’s made of

The senator would clean Donald Trump’s clock in a debate.


// AG Maura Healey defends Mount Ida decision

Bringing a claim against a defunct school would waste taxpayer dollars but reform of the system is long overdue.

Opinion | James K. Galbraith

// Is there a better model to explain economics in the Trump era?

“Modern monetary theory” explains things about our current economy that mainstream economics can’t.


// You could grab a drink with Robert De Niro in Boston

The Oscar winner is hosting an exclusive cocktail party — and Tribeca Film Institute fund-raiser — in Boston with Chazz Palminteri.


// How to protect your digital photos for years to come

I used the free photo sharing site Flickr for a long time. But then I got an e-mail from Flickr threatening to delete my photos unless I was willing to pony up $50 a year. I wasn’t willing. What to do?

// The ‘Stranger Things’ season 3 trailer’s out and the kids look to be living in a teenage wasteland

By noon Wednesday, the new trailer already had almost half a million views and was trending on Twitter.


// Ground Game

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Love Letters: The Podcast

Season Two: How do you meet someone?

Dating in 2019 is…complicated. Frustrating. Sometimes completely exhilarating. In Season 2 of the podcast, Meredith Goldstein goes deep on one of her most-asked questions.

Listen:   Apple Podcasts   |   Spotify   |   RadioPublic


Munch Madness

Munch Madness

// See which restaurants advanced to Round Two

The top 32 restaurants have advanced to the second round of Munch Madness. Vote to keep your favorites in the running.

Special reports

They were the top of their class at Boston public schools. Then life happened

Read a multi-part investigation into how and why the lives of promising Boston valedictorians didn’t quite turn out the way they expected.

The Big Picture

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The Big Picture

Students stage global protest to speak out on climate change inaction

Students worldwide skipped classes Friday to protest their governments’ failure to act against global warming as part of the “Fridays for Future” movement.

Real Estate

15 homes for under $500,000 along the Providence/Stoughton commuter rail line

If you love southeastern Massachusetts, but work in Boston, living on the Providence/Stoughton Line might be for you. A train leaving Wickford Junction in North Kingston at 6:35 a.m. on a weekday will get you into South Station in an hour and 41 minutes, according to the timetable.

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.


// China is reviving a discredited AIDS immunotherapy — for cancer

Injections of malaria parasites, a discredited AIDS treatment once promoted by the father of the Heimlich maneuver, is being tested in China as a cancer immunotherapy.