House freshmen are tangled up in Democrats’ leadership fight

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Newly elected Democratic members of Congress face a tough choice on whether to back Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House after distancing themselves from her on the campaign trail.

// Remains of N.H. teen missing since 1984 are identified

The remains of a New Hampshire teenager who went missing in 1984 were identified this week, and authorities are connecting her disappearance to a notorious serial killer.

Hemenway Elementary School principal Liz Simon spoke to the media while holding a message of support and love from one of her students.

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Community responds after Muslim girl, 10, receives hateful letters at school

The girl received hateful letters at Framingham’s Hemenway Elementary School, and her family hopes “this doesn’t happen to any other child at this age,” her uncle said.

// Trump aide departs West Wing after rebuke from first lady

Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel is leaving the White House, one day after first lady Melania Trump’s office issued an extraordinary statement calling for her dismissal.

Ground Game

// Maine’s ranked-choice voting is provoking questions. Here are some answers

Many thoughtful readers had good questions. Other thoughtful readers did not seem to understand ranked-choice voting. So let’s step back and clear a few things up.

// Boston’s plastic bag ban begins next month. Here’s what you need to know

Mayor Martin Walsh signed an ordinance to reduce single-use plastic bags last year. On Dec. 14, the new law comes into play.

// Geoff Diehl considering bid to lead state GOP

Diehl said Wednesday that he’s been encouraged by several people to seek the post, which has wide sway over the state Republican Party’s direction, fund-raising, and priorities.

// Michael Avenatti in police custody after domestic violence allegation

A law enforcement official says lawyer Michael Avenatti is in police custody in Los Angeles following a domestic violence allegation.

Reading MA 11/13/18 Anne Schwartz listening to residents opinions during a town select meeting discussing issues of racist graffiti found around town at Reading Memorial High School, Performing Arts Center. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

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A plague of racist graffiti has Reading schools on edge

Nearly every day, teachers at Reading Memorial High School scan their classrooms carefully, sweeping their eyes across floors and furniture in search of swastikas.

Dave Epstein

// Yes, the first snow of the season is really coming

This isn’t a major snowstorm, although some areas could see enough snow to constitute winter storm warnings being issued.

// These maps show how much snow Mass. could get starting Thursday

Parts of Massachusetts could see up to several inches of snow by Friday as a nor’easter bears down on the region starting Thursday night.

Fort Myers, FL 2/19/2018: At the same time that Red Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner (not pictured) were taking questions from the media, a short distance away, team CEO Sam Kennedy (left) was engaging in a conversation with WEEI morning drive talk show hosts Kirk Minihane (second from right) and Gerry Callahan (far right), as well as an unidentified man (second from left). The first full squad workout of Spring Training for the Red Sox was today at the Player Development Complex at Jet Blue Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Kirk Minihane will leave WEEI morning program, get a show on

Kirk Minihane, who has been on a leave of absence since September, will stay within the Entercom group.


// To the Catholic Church: I’m out

The culture of denial and cover-up about sexual abuse and sexual harassment has gone on for too long.

// Sleeping staff, disregard for safety found at Brockton VA nursing home

Investigators found a nurse and a nurse’s aide fast asleep during their shifts — one dozed in a darkened room while the other was wrapped in a blanket in the locked cafeteria.

// Fitchburg State basketball player suspended for elbowing opponent in the face

Junior guard Kewan Platt was suspended indefinitely from the team and barred from campus.


// Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen spotted at ‘Hamilton’ in Boston

“I just turned around — it was like, ‘Oh my god.’ ”

Virgina Newes loved using Zipcar, but then the car-sharing company abruptly dropped her after a minor accident.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

The Fine Print | Sean Murphy

Zipcar ended her membership because of a car dent. But was it really about her age?

An 89-year-old Cambridge woman was terminated from the service after a minor mishap in a parking garage.

WOBURN, MA - 10/25/2018: JB Simon wears a bowtie. After Reveneer relaxed their dress code, a handful of employees started

Top Places to Work

As casual dress takes over Boston offices, could ‘Formal Thursday’ become a thing?

Work attire is getting more casual. (Sweatpants, really?) But that doesn’t mean you can’t get dressed up once in a while.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 31: John Mayer performs onstage during


Mayer quit drinking after Drake party

In an interview in Complex magazine, Mayer revealed he has gone just over two years without drinking.

Elisa Del Genio and Ludovica Nasti portray the lead characters as preteens in the eight-episode HBO series “My Brilliant Friend.”

Television review

In HBO’s ‘My Brilliant Friend,’ the world of Elena Ferrante’s novel is beautifully realized

The series features astonishing turns by the young actresses who portray the two main characters, Elena and Lila.


The Next Bite

Every step in the way we eat — from before seeds hit the ground to the moment food hits your plate — is undergoing massive change. What will the future of food look like?

Opinion & Ideas


// In every job, Massport’s Tom Glynn always saw the big picture

In every job, Massport’s Tom Glynn always saw the big picture

Special reports

Globe Magazine

// Help was a few feet away. Why didn’t they save her?

My wife, Laura Levis, did everything she could to save herself when the asthma attack began. She went to Somerville Hospital and called 911, too. How could she have been left to die just outside the emergency room?


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The Big Picture

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The Big Picture

Globe staff photos of the month, October 2018

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: fall colors, Halloween, and a World Series victory.


// A startup for diabetes patients will only get paid by insurers if its service works

Virta Health is one of a number of medical companies experimenting with payment structures tied to how well patients fare.