Rats suddenly surge in Boston suburbs

Long considered an urban scourge, rats are infesting well-to-do neighborhoods, startling residents and flummoxing local authorities.

US Senator Elizabeth Warren and her challenger, Republican Geoff Diehl, took part in Sunday’s debate in Springfield.

Trump takes center stage in second Senate debate between Warren and Diehl

They sparred on the Republican-passed tax cuts, GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, gun control, and Washington’s response to the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico.

Republican Rick Green campaigned last week at the Littleton Cafe. Green has made the opioid crisis an intense focus of his campaign.

As Democrat seizes on national headwinds, a Republican seeks to avoid the ‘D.C. circus’

Rick Green has sought to insulate his campaign in the Third Congressional District from the daily news out of Washington — a difficult task as Lori Trahan and Democrats sew national calls of resistance into her pitch as a locally grown candidate.

In June, Governor Charlie Baker joined Attorney General Maura Healey in announcing a lawsuit targeting a maker and marketer of prescription opioids.

Baker gets praise for handling opioid crisis, but challenges remain

As the governor seeks reelection, even his fans identified shortcomings in confronting a catastrophe that no one believes is close to ending.

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A frigid start, but a ‘nice autumn day’ ahead for Boston

Although temperatures started out in the 30s in the Boston area in the morning, the forecast for Monday is dry, and things should warm up a bit as the day goes on.

Suspicious death investigation under way in Wolfeboro, N.H.

Authorities were investigating a suspicious death, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office said Monday.

The latest ‘Last Seen’ episode: ‘Befriend + Betray’

Did the Boston FBI sabotage another FBI agent’s undercover bid to recover the Gardner art? Listen to find out.

Amesbury man injured in crash after allegedly fleeing police on I-95

A 29-year-old Amesbury man was seriously injured after he crashed his car while fleeing a state trooper on I-95 in Amesbury early Sunday morning, police said.


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This day in history

Today is Monday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2018. There are 70 days left in the year.

J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts were prepared for the cool weather during Sunday’s workout at Fenway Park.

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It’ll feel like fall in Boston for the Fall Classic, but not so much in L.A.

Temperatures will be below average Tuesday and Wednesday, but players will have to adjust to warmer climes once the World Series heads west.


Lottery results from Sunday drawings

Louis C.K. makes surprise stop in Saugus on Saturday, addresses allegations

The comedian, who is from Newton, started his set at Giggles Comedy Club by addressing the allegations of sexual misconduct, according to the club’s owner.

“How is the death of 6 million of my people a joke?”student Tali Shorr asked the crowd at Sunday’s rally.

After swastika incidents, Reading residents rally against anti-Semitism

More than once, 17-year-old Reading Memorial High School senior Tali Shorr said she was told she should learn how to take a joke.

Navy veteran Norman Franks spent four months in a cramped tent in a campsite on the grounds of Hanscom Air Force Base.

Left in cold by VA medical center, homeless veteran finds kindness in strangers

Members of an American Legion post, volunteers from a Catholic parish, even a congressman’s staff all felt obliged to aid former sailor Norman Franks.

Jason Kander said he hopes his decision helps others know “you don’t have to try to solve it on your own.”

A veteran steps aside; now more may step forward

Kander’s struggle — and his candor about it — is a necessary reminder of something often lost as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan fade in the rear-view mirror of public consciousness.

A woman cheered at a rally in Copley Square last week to support the lawsuit against Harvard University.

Question at center of Harvard trial: What counts as discrimination?

For at least 18 years, the admissions rate for Asian-American students at Harvard was less than that of white applicants and most other minorities. But is that actually proof of anti-Asian bias?

Chess notes

The weekly game

State Police name man accused of stabbing trooper in New Salem

Nghia Le, 18, of Manchester, N.H., is being held on $1 million bail. He remains hospitalized.

Addison Weening harvested napa cabbage at the University of Vermont’s farm program.

In Vermont, students take to the farm for a fresh start

The University of Vermont’s farmer-training program — one of only three in the country and the only one in New England — is a six-month, seed-to-harvest, total-immersion course that’s turned a range of neophytes into money-earning agrarians.

Week Ahead

Playing it safe on Halloween

Many cities and towns across the region will offer community trick or treating.

Time Machine

Oct. 22, 1952: Tens of thousands turned out on Boston Common during a visit by Republican presidential nominee Dwight Eisenhower, the Globe reported.

Postal service worker arrested, accused of larceny

Police say Thomas Medeiros of Wareham stole money from a woman’s purse at a convenience store.

Male driver dies after losing control of car, striking a tree in Norton

A male driver died early Sunday morning after losing control of his car and crashing into a tree in Norton.

FILE--This is an undated family handout photo of Holly Piirainen, a 10-year-old Grafton, Mass., girl who had been missing and then was found dead over two years ago. No arrests have been made.(AP Photo/Family Photo)

Family of Holly Piirainen hosts tip campaign on 25th anniversary of her disappearance

Tuesday marks the 25th anniversary of the disappearance of Holly Piirainen, the 10-year-old Grafton girl who was murdered in Sturbridge in 1993, and her family is still looking for answers.

Early voting for Nov. 6 election starts Monday

Local election officials expect to put in long hours over the next two weeks to make it easier for voters to cast ballots ahead of Nov. 6.

Man dies Friday night after being shot by police in Brockton

Christopher Calabro, 25, was shot after he brandished a knife at officers near 209 Court St. at about 12:19 p.m., according to the Plymouth district attorney’s office.

Duxbury-08/20/18-A fin whale washed up on Duxbury Beach, as members of the New England Aquarium took measurements and photos at the scene. Onllokers stand at the beach to watch. ()

Whale known as ‘Ladders’ washes ashore on Cape Cod

Researchers say a 54-foot fin whale that was found dead in Massachusetts was known to them for more than 30 years.

BOSTON, MA - 7/12/2018: A view of Boston SKYLINE waterfront, International Place, Rowes Wharf, Harbor Towers, Custom House (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand alone photo

Boston wins climate challenge award from Bloomberg Philanthropies

Boston is among a group of US cities that will receive technical support and resources to help reduce carbon emissions.

The latest ‘Last Seen’ episode: ‘Befriend + Betray’

In a tale with roadblocks to spare, was the Boston FBI one of them. Did they sabotage retired FBI art recovery agent Bob Wittman’s efforts to recover the Gardner art?

Chicago, IL - 10/21/2018 - (2nd quarter) New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) makes the reception for a first down during the second quarter that helped set up New Englands touchdown drive in the second quarter. New England Patriots vs. Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Ben Volin, Topic: 21Patriots-Bears, LOID: 8.4.3538702313.


Patriots hold on for the win in Chicago

A last-second Hail Mary came up short for the Bears, giving the Patriots their fourth straight win and their first road victory of the season.

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Ticks have been killing many moose calves in New England in recent years

Moose calves are dying at unprecedented levels in New England, mostly because of the hordes of winter ticks — as many as 90,000 on one animal.

BOSTON, MA - 10/19/2018:A touch of winter for early morning commuters walking along Dewey Square Boston on their way to work. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand alone photo

Boston expected to have near-freezing temperatures overnight

It’s been the coldest weekend this fall for many Massachusetts areas — with a few flakes of snow in some places — and it’s going to get colder overnight.

Teenager arrested for triple stabbing at Foxwoods mall

A 15-year-old was accused of stabbing three young adults at the Tanger Outlet mall Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

Man shot in Dorchester, sustained non-fatal wound

The victim was shot around 8:07 p.m. in the area of 10 Whitfield St., according to a Boston police spokesperson.

Russell Giacchetto

Cambridge police arrest stabbing suspect

Russell Giacchetto, 51, is facing a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, police said.

Workers are continuing to replace or service gas lines in Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence.

Columbia Gas says nearly 35 miles of pipeline replaced in Merrimack Valley

The company will also have 158 work crews replacing pipeline on Sunday in Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence, officials said.

Thomas Shannon Daniels worked as principal of Swampscott’s Stanley Elementary School from 2012 to 2018. Daniels was put on paid administrative leave after coming out as transgender earlier this year.

Genderfluid educator will move to classroom role in Swampscott

Former principal Thomas Shannon Daniels was placed on administrative leave after coming out as transgender, and the district later announced it would not renew Daniels’ contract.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Charlie Baker spoke with The Globe’s editorial board on Friday.

Charlie Baker open to State Police leadership rule change

The governor said allowing his office to consider candidates who have a law enforcement background but are not within the State Police ranks “is certainly worth talking about.”

Marc R. Pacheco, the state’s longest serving senator, has spent at least 240 days traveling since January 2013, at a cost to others of at least $68,000. Senate President Karen E. Spilka jetted to France this summer for leadership training.

Lawmakers make most of travel option

Members of the Massachusetts House and Senate have racked up about 3,000 traveling days since January 2013, a Globe review found.

Family, friends, and members of the surfing community joined in a

Friends, family, and surfers gather to remember victim of shark attack

“This is what I love. This is the life I want to live,” the group of nearly 150 chanted, repeating words Arthur Medici spoke in Wellfleet on his final day.

Dean Kaplan and Sarah Heintz chatted in the apartment they share in Cambridge.

Empty-nester + young adult = perfect roommates?

A new website connects young people and empty-nesters in hopes of giving benefits to all.

A young Babe Ruth during his Red Sox days.

Handwritten 1923 letter from Babe Ruth to Boston Globe writer up for auction

The letter that is being auctioned was written after Ruth’s only MVP-winning season. That year, the Bambino hit .393.

Crews of eight raced up the Charles River after passing under a bridge at the Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday.

Crowds from all over the world flock to Cambridge for 54th annual Head of the Charles

The 54th annual Head of the Charles was colder than usual this year, but still attracted thousands of spectators and rowers to celebrate the regatta.

Jessica Kirk has tried for years to find consistent, affordable treatment for her daughter, Georgia, who has bipolar disorder.

Unhealthy Divide

For many, a struggle to find affordable mental health care

Treatment has become, in large measure, a private-pay business that operates outside the insurance system.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2018. There are 71 days left in the year.

Bird sightings across the region

Recent sightings from the Mass. Audubon Society.

Chess notes

News from the world of chess

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Sacoya is into swimming, gymnastics

Sacoya is an outspoken, charismatic teenage girl who is always open to exploring new activities and settings.