Kavanaugh, GOP take shots at ‘coordinated effort’

Republicans, pushing back against the accusations, say they’ll vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh “in the near future.”

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The harrowing allegations of an attempted sexual assault, and Republicans’ defense of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, are reverberating in battleground congressional districts.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/25/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/marshfield_suspect.jpg Search for ‘person of interest’ in murder of woman in Marshfield continuing

Allen Warner is a “person of interest” in the death of his estranged wife, who was shot to death in Marshfield Monday night.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/25/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Rinaldi25ColumbiaGas01-U843265269502YbF--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg ‘We have an obligation to make things right,’ utility chief says

In his first extensive interview since the string of explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley two weeks ago, Steve Bryant of Columbia Gas vowed to make victims whole financially.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Swensen_180921_JoeAlbanese_0002.jpg He’s led sailors, and he’s now leading recovery effort

Joe Albanese, founder of Commodore Builders and a retired Navy captain, was named chief recovery officer following this month’s gas explosions.

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President Trump says no decision will be made until later in the week. “We’re going to have a meeting on Thursday when I get back,” he said.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/25/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/200_jay_gonzalez.jpg Abortion rights group backs Jay Gonzalez in governor’s race

NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts PAC says it wants a more forceful advocate for abortion rights and family planning on Beacon Hill.

The ballot question backed by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, a labor union, would limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurses at any one time.

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Health care watchdog will look at costs of nurse staffing question

The analysis by the Health Policy Commission will be the first independent look at the polarizing issue.

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A key focus for Ernst & Young will be how the state’s largest law enforcement agency manages and monitors employee earnings and benefits.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/25/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/wiggs_FishingBoat_02aa.jpg Fishing boat crewmember dead after confrontation aboard ship off Nantucket

Franklin Vazquez was arraigned Monday on murder and attempted murder charges after allegedly assaulting three crewmembers on a Virginia-based fishing boat.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 2

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Lee_092418_bosbalt10_spts-U841403279398OeH--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg The Red Sox win, again, and they make history in the process

Boston cruised past Baltimore to earn a franchise-record 106th victory. The Sox also clinched home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora allowed for a moment of reflection after Monday night’s 6-2 victory.

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Nick Cafardo | On baseball

The Red Sox should take a moment to soak in the success

There’s work to be done in October, of course, but breaking a 106-year-old record is a big deal.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1038952928.jpg Here are three reasons for Patriots’ poor start to season

Their subpar performance can be traced to self-inflicted wounds, including Tom Brady skipping offseason workouts.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/04/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/ryan_turnpike1_landmark.jpg Should Mass. Pike remain elevated or come back to earth? Yep, we’re debating this again

The biggest question around the city’s most significant highway project since the Big Dig sounds like a debate from that era.

Scores of squirrels have been killed on the roads of New England this summer and fall, including one in Epping, N.H.

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‘Squirrel-nado’: Squirrel population in the midst of unprecedented boom

A recent abundance of acorns is the reason for an unprecedented surge in squirrel populations throughout New England, most particularly in New Hampshire.

Federal officials have slashed herring quotas and are considering even more draconian steps to reduce the catch.

The herring population is plunging, and other fish suffer

The small, silver fish provides a crucial source of food to cod, striped bass, humpback whales, and seabirds such as puffins.

Key bus routes like the 111 will likely go untouched, MBTA officials said.

MBTA plotting a bus map of the future

New routes could launch — and existing ones could be cut — as part of a broad rework of the transit agency’s bus system.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/greenhouse_25threats-1_metro.jpg Man accused of making Globe threats may have harassed others, too

Authorities are investigating whether Robert Chain made similar calls to the New York Times and the National Football League.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/25bureau209.jpg Veteran Boston police officer chosen to lead beefed-up community policing program

The new Boston Police bureau aimed at enhancing the city community policing strategy will be led by a 22-year veteran of the department.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/03/15/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/2c3b0e4e-2982-44a5-9df6-290dbed04af7.jpg Instagram’s cofounders will leave company

The departures of Mike Krieger and Holliston’s Kevin Systrom add to the challenges facing Instagram’s parent company, Facebook.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/24/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/25maineisland_001.jpg You may have just missed your chance to own this historic Maine island

At $950,000, the next owner is close enough to the mainland, but far enough out to enjoy some peace and quiet.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/25/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/74fe910a-c00f-11e8-be77-516336a26305.jpg Implant, intense rehab help 3 paralyzed for years take steps

The milestone, reported by two teams of scientists working separately, isn’t a cure; the patients walk only with assistance.

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The church must change its ways if it wants to keep future generations, the pontiff said during a stop in Estonia.

Opinion & Ideas

Editorial

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Monday’s theatrics served as an urgent reminder that Mueller’s investigation rests on a fragile foundation that Congress needs to reinforce.

Special reports

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/02/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/RinaldiDrama33.jpg The world, the stage, the way ahead

Lost and alone, Deb made a decision to reclaim the only home she’d ever had, whatever the risk.

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The Big Picture

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Big picture

A drama unfolds in Peabody

Deb was still new to this high school in Peabody, and had found her way to the vaunted theater program, establishing a foothold in a realm that felt magical.

STAT

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Screening practices and the extent of collaboration with mental health providers vary widely from one clinic to the next.

Love Letters: The Podcast

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/29/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/200_love_letters_bonus.jpg 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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/17/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/millennials$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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/08/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/SeattleTimes_10kirsner02_biz.jpg 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.

Podcast

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/18/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/FlfQGTy9_585.jpg 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.

Crossword

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Puzzled? Keep trying your hand at our interactive crossword and see if you can triumph.