For blacks in Boston, a shortage of power

Despite Boston’s reputation as a liberal bastion, the region’s power base remains largely white men. Blacks’ political achievements are more occasional than institutional. There are no black faces in Massachusetts’ congressional delegation, nor among statewide officeholders, and the only black to win election to statewide office since 1972 is former governor Deval Patrick.

At ESPN, the problems for women run deep

“ESPN has failed to address its deeply ingrained culture of sexism and hostile treatment of women,” said Adrienne Lawrence, who filed a complaint this summer with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

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The unforgiving culture at the sports media behemoth has led some women to feel pressured to hide pregnancies or take short maternity leaves. One anchor even did her scheduled broadcast while she was having a miscarriage.

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Maura Healey sues Betsy DeVos, again

This marks Attorney General Maura Healey’s third lawsuit against the education department under the Trump administration and Secretary Betsy DeVos.

// Finding the right gift is harder than ever

Despite expanding notions of what counts as a “gift”--a jerky subscription--Americans waste $9.5 billion on unwanted presents.


// Educated, black, and dead

Duncan Ketter worked for his money, six days a week, at a rental car company. He believed in the power of education, enrolling in college, hoping to become an engineer.

// Cambridge police putting GPS inside packages — and chasing down the crooks who steal them

You’d better watch out; you’d better not steal.

//[1].jpg Rosenberg’s husband draws FBI scrutiny

The FBI has begun looking into allegations that Bryon Hefner, husband of state Senator Stan Rosenberg, allegedly assaulted several men and boasted of his influence on Beacon Hill.

// Huntington Theatre project wins approval

City signs off on $290 million, 32-story apartment tower plan that includes room for expanded arts venue.

Star Wars fans, some dressed in costumes, waited to be let in for

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Star Wars fans line Tremont Street hours before premiere of ‘The Last Jedi’

May the Force keep them warm.

// It’s been 25 years since he killed a Tufts graduate. Today, he was sentenced to life

For 25 years, James Witkowski had escaped punishment for raping and murdering Lena Bruce inside her South End apartment.

// White nationalist now faces first-degree murder in Charlottesville killing

A man who has voiced racist and pro-Nazi views faces the possibility of life in prison in the death of a woman during clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A look at the approximate number of children killed by gunfire since Newtown

The number of children under the age of 17 killed or wounded by gunfire in the United States is astounding.

// Watch this 16-year-old’s reaction when he finds out he was accepted to Harvard

A video of Ayrton Little, a student in Louisiana, has been viewed millions of times.

// The Omarosa mystery: What exactly happened yesterday?

Did she try to get into the White House residence to ask her friend Donald Trump to keep her on? It’s not clear.

// Interior Dept. says 1 in 3 employees report being harassed

More than one-third of employees at the Interior Department said they were harassed or discriminated against in the previous year.

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// Roy Moore lost, but his noxious vision rides on

The failed Alabama Senate candidate will fight to keep his antebellum ideas in the spotlight.


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//[1].jpg He put BSO on the map — then landed in a world of trouble

One hundred years ago, one of the world’s top conductors was ensnared in a scandal involving patriotism and sex. It almost toppled Boston’s famed orchestra.

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