Here's a rundown of what's coming up today.
What's it like outside? Mid-80s, so a tad cooler than today. Leave the bun coolers at home.
Commuter alert: On the Red Line, buses will replace trains between JFK/UMass and Braintree all day Saturday and Sunday. For you poor saps who ride the commuter rail, Spring schedules start Monday. That means that only the trains that actually have springs will run.
While you were sleeping: Sweden decided to stop investigating those sexual assault (rape and molestation) allegations against Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he's been holed up for almost five years. The Brits want to arrest him for jumping bail in 2012, and Assange also worries that the US has a secret indictment for him for publishing classified material.
Hey, sport: The Celtics will strap on their big-boy pants and try to avoid being embarrassed at the Garden again by LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the second game of the Eastern Conference finals (8:30 p.m., TNT and 98.5 FM).
The Red Sox play the second game of their weekend series in Oakland (9:35 p.m., NESN and WEEI radio). Last night, the A's weren't fooled at all by pitcher Hector Velazquez, who gave up two home runs in the very first inning, another one later on. (And the Sox lost, 8-3.) In all, he was smacked around for six runs on nine hits in five innings. Ouch. Pawtucket's lookin' pretty good this morning.
The Boston Cannons, who have had a slow start at 1-3, face the 2-1 New York Lizards (that's the name of their lacrosse team, not a nickname for the Yankees) at Harvard Stadium Saturday (7 p.m., Lax Sports Network or Twitter).
The 8th-place Revolution (3-4-4) welcome the 3rd-place Columbus Crew (6-5-1) to Gillette Sunday (2:30 p.m., CSN).
The AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament is going on in Irving, Texas, with James Hahn and Ricky Barnes ahead by two shots. You can watch it streaming live online today and from 4 to 7 p.m. on the Golf Channel; the live stream and Golf Channel coverage continues over the weekend, but CBS jumps in from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Trump escapes the Sturm und Drang of his young presidency today by taking off on his first foreign trip, a nine-day affair that has him visiting Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, and then Rome. He'll attend a NATO meeting in Brussels Wednesday, then fly to Sicily for a G7 meeting on the 26th. And you know what? Aides say he doesn't really want to go.
First, he has high-profile, high-pressure meetings with dozens of fellow world leaders in settings that are wholly unfamiliar to him. Heck, the Saudis, giddy over having someone other than Barack Obama in the White House, have invited most of the Muslim world to their shindig, which includes a summit, chats with the king (can he grant pardons?), the opening of a counterterrorism center, business forums, and a country music concert by Toby Keith. Nap time!
But he also complained to his aides that the trip is too long. Don't forget, Trump is a homebody. During the campaign, no matter where he had a rally, he usually flew back to New York so he could sleep in his own bed in Trump Tower. Maybe he finds gold plate soothing. Melania will be with him; let's hope she packed his binky.
Meanwhile, it turns out foreign leaders have been trading tips on how to handle meetings with an impetuous, prickly, inexperienced leader with a big ego, according to The New York Times. And here's the checklist they've developed:
-- Keep it short - no 30-minute monologue for a 30-second attention span.
-- Do not assume he knows the history of the country or its major points of contention.
-- Compliment him on his Electoral College victory.
-- Contrast him favorably with President Barack Obama.
-- Do not get hung up on whatever was said during the campaign.
-- Do not go in with a shopping list, but bring some sort of deal he can call a victory.
-- Afterwards, stay in regular touch.
Working to Trump's advantage is his hail fellow well met persona; he values personal relationships, and foreign leaders who have met him so far have found him to be a warm and congenial host, generous with chocolate cake but a mite stingy with the ice cream.
Oh Lord, not him again: The feds are going to charge former US Representative Anthony Weiner, Democrat of New York, with something -- it's not entirely clear yet -- in connection with his sexting messages with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. He'll be in federal court at 11 a.m. The New York Times says he'll plead guilty to a charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. It's not clear if that obscene material was Hillary's e-mails.
House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz is expected to announce today that he's leaving Congress at the end of June to take a job at Fox News. Some Republicans want him to give up his chairmanship now; US Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, who held reams of fruitless hearings into Benghazi, is angling for the post.
Bike riders and their supporters held a "Streets Are for People" vigil at Boston's City Hall Plaza this morning to honor riders and pedestrians killed by vehicles on the streets of the city. They're also upset that Mayor Marty Walsh suggested that safety is a two-way street (sorry) when he asked walkers and riders to be more alert ("take your headphones off") and obey the rules: Cross in crosswalks, wait for walk signals, etc. They felt as though he was blaming the victims. BTW, today is National Bike to Work Day.
Millions of Iranians are waiting in long lines for hours today to vote in the presidential election. Hassan Rouhani, the moderate incumbent who favors closer ties with the West and who struck the deal to curb his country's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions removal, is facing a tough challenge from Ebrahim Raisi, a rightwing hardliner who wants to revive the country's Islamic revolution.
The very last performance of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus is Sunday on Long Island, the victim of sagging ticket sales, rising costs, pressure from animal rights groups, and complaints from clowns still stuck in tiny cars.
The Billboard Music Awards are Sunday night (8 p.m., ABC), and Adele and Beyoncé face off again in two categories: Top Artist and Top Female Artist. Let's see if these judges try to make up for the Grammys' slight of Beyoncé.
Finally, "Twin Peaks" returns to TV Sunday night on Showtime, and if you were hooked on the uniquely bizarre murder-mystery on ABC back in 1990, you'll subscribe to the cable station just for another fix.
Granted, back then the second -- and supposedly last -- season started veering off into the ridiculous after creator David Lynch stopped writing the show. But Lynch is back (as is most of the original cast, including Kyle McLachlan as straitlaced FBI special agent Dale Cooper). Season 3 is an 18-hour chapter we hope is still full of cherry pie, log ladies, and black eye patches.
Catherine E. Coulson, who played the Log Lady in the original “Twin Peaks” series, died in 2015, and it doesn’t appear as though there will be a new Log Lady in the revival. However, she recorded at least an intro for the new season before she died; watch it here.
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