Kavanaugh accuser reportedly has new deadline

Christine Blasey Ford has until 2:30 p.m. today to decide whether she will testify about allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, according to reports.

Alan M. Dershowitz

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This is an adversarial confrontation, and reasonable people could disagree about the appropriate procedural steps. But there are certain basic rules that must be followed for hearings of this kind to be fair.

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US Senator Susan Collins said she wants to understand the allegation made by a former classmate of Brett Kavanaugh’s that he had sexually assaulted her in high school.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/12/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/tlumacki_pumpkinharvest_metro007.jpg Autumnal equinox comes Saturday night with fall weather to match

In Boston, a high temperature of 70 degrees was expected Saturday, matching the normal high for this time of year, with an overnight low in the low 50s. Autumn begins at 9:54 p.m.

Lawrence, MA - 9/21/2018 - Food is served at Beacon Courts Lawrence Housing Authority neighborhood cook out. Continuing coverage of ongoing gas recovery efforts in Lawrence and profile of Lawrence Mayor Dan Riveria. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Metro, Reporter: Milton Valencia , Topic: 22lawrence, LOID: 8.4.3248830370.

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National Guard members are delivering hot plates to residents in Lawrence

The distribution of 7,000 hot plates will be followed by an effort to provide about 24,000 space heaters to residents in the coming week.

Westford jogger is fatally hit by car

A 40-year-old man from Westford was jogging when he was fatally hit by an SUV in the town Friday night.

Two bear cubs shot, killed after getting into resident’s chicken coop and beehive

The resident was within his right to kill the animals. But officials say there are better ways to mitigate a bear problem.

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Trump issued an ominous warning on Friday, promising further firings to get rid of a “lingering stench” following reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording the president.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/ryan_redsoxbanner1_met-002.jpg Red Sox division title banner mystery thickens; replacement hung at Fenway Park

Tony Lafuente, a former Somerville alderman whose company made both banners, confirmed Friday that he’s filed a report with local police concerning the incident.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Graffiti%20I.jpg Esplanade art mural vandalized

The State Police are investigating a report that the vibrant mural painted on concrete pillars was vandalized overnight Thursday into Friday.

With sponsorships and crowds of fans, an MIT student finds fame with a yo-yo

Alex Hattori, an engineering student at MIT, is also one of the nation’s best yo-yoers and, for now, second in the world.

Clay Matthews of the Packers lined up the Vikings’ Kirk Cousins for a sack that resulted in a highly questionable roughing the passer penalty.

BEN VOLIN | SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

NFL is taking rules to protect quarterbacks too far

Even some quarterbacks are speaking out on behalf of defensive players whose hands are tied by penalties.

Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, who has a .289 batting average with 30 homers and 100 RBIs, is making $599,000 this season.

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

Rating baseball’s biggest value players — and its worst

While some players have turned in 2018 seasons far beyond the value of their contracts, others have gone in the opposite direction.

Orleans-09/20/18 How will the shark attack death affect Cape Cod's embrace of everything shark. A shark weathervane atop a totem pole of signs at Nauset Beach. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(business)

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After Cape shark fatality, tourism industry reels

Escalating shark attacks could keep people away, or attract even more. Either way, locals say, things need to change.

CAMPAIGN NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/17/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/davis_trahan9_met.jpg The ‘rally in support of Lori Trahan’ was missing one thing — Lori Trahan

The Democratic nominee in the Third Congressional District announced just hours before the party-organized event that she wouldn’t be attending.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_st10m_spts-22259-U84140327939896D--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg Kirk Minihane gives an update on his status: ‘I’m still working through some stuff’

“Not sure I’m going to come back or not when this is over yet,” the WEEI morning show co-host said in an audio clip on the show.

Some Internet vendors were unsure how the state Department of Revenue would interpret the Supreme Court’s Wayfair decision in June. DOR just issued a memo to address the uncertainty, essentially telling them to start forking over sales taxes — for the past 12 months.

Chesto means business

The Mass. taxman cometh — for online retailers

Massachusetts tax collectors have two words for online retailers: pay up.

Dinner With Cupid

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Could this possibly be Cupid’s best matchup ever?

Aman Narang and Steve Fredette , two of the cofounders of Boston startup Toast.

INNOVATION ECONOMY

Toast finds its bread-and-butter business

After a slow start, the Boston restaurant tech company is rising fast.

Ideas | David Scharfenberg

Computers can solve your problem. You may not like the answer.

What happened when Boston Public Schools tried for equity with an algorithm.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/1037046244.jpg We tested the new iPhone XS Max. Here’s why you might need one — and why you wouldn’t

If you’ve bought an iPhone in the last year or two, you needn’t bother buying this new model. But if you’re in the market anyway, XS Max has a handful of technical tweaks that do matter.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/10/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/WALKER_101518_FEATURE_4807.jpg Three great foliage hikes in New England

Each site is about 2½ hours from Boston. We’ve given you easy to intermediate hikes and a range of peak foliage dates.

Opinion & Ideas

Editorial

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A slew of new directives from Attorney General Jeff Sessions have spurred calls to finally make immigration judges truly independent.

Special reports

Stranger in the house

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/14/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Globe_arrival_BAT.jpg 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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Newburyport, MA - 5/10/2017 - Dr. William

VA report rejects whistle-blower claims of poor care at Manchester hospital

A 50-page report from the VA’s Office of Medical Inspector found flies are still present but that operating room isn’t used, and the instruments weren’t dirty, but simply discolored by the city’s water supply.

STAT

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/GettyImages-106156169-1024x576.jpg Puppies are making people sick — and it’s people’s fault

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria that have infected more than 100 people have been linked to pet store puppies.

Love Letters: The Podcast

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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

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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.

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.

Crossword

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