Students, parents denounce plans to shutter Boston schools

For more than two hours, students, parents, and teachers told the Boston School Committee that they don’t want to see schools and programs shut down.

Boston, MA - 10/17/2018- ] Candidate Jay Gonzalez speaks to the press after a debate against Governor Charlie Baker at WGBH on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. (Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe) Topic: (Metro)

Jay Gonzalez puts Charlie Baker on the ropes in TV debate

Democrat Jay Gonzalez pressed Republican governor Charlie Baker in a televised debate to decide between party loyalty and backing a candidate who opposes abortion rights and supports President Trump.

E-mails show how donors are considered in Harvard admissions

When Harvard University admitted several applicants tied to influential donors to its Kennedy School, the school’s dean sent an e-mail calling the head of admissions “my hero.”

Boston, MA - 10/03/18 - A visitor rests on Mycena- small delicate mushrooms that can appear in profusion during wet periods. Mushrooms are proliferating in Olmsted Park in Jamaica Plain. Mushrooms were identified by David Babik and others of the Boston Mycological Club. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (in caps, pun intended) Topic: ()

It’s a good time to be a fungi

The recent rain storms and cool, cloudy days have led to prolific mushroom fruiting.

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Today is Thursday, Oct. 18, the 291st day of 2018. There are 74 days left in the year.

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Oct. 18, 2018

Tell us what you make of Aaron Hernandez’s time in prison

Hernandez found a mixture of anguish and solace behind bars, until he chose to end it all.

Man dies after reporting difficulty breathing while being taking into custody in Malden

The man, who was not identified, is believed to have been under the influence of a drug, officials said.

Man arrested for ‘upskirting’ at Charles/MGH station

A Boston man was arrested for placing a cell phone underneath a woman’s dress at the Charles/MGH Red Line station Tuesday afternoon.

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Salmonella outbreak sickens 92, including 9 in Mass.

An outbreak of salmonella linked to raw chicken products has sickened 92 people throughout the country, including nine in Massachusetts.

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Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

Gun safety group endorses Charlie Baker

The political arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, which calls itself the largest gun violence prevention organization in the United States, gave the Republican the nod in his race against Democrat Jay Gonzalez on Wednesday

Harvard, MIT professors receive $3m Breakthrough Prizes

The awards are meant to honor fundamental discoveries in the life sciences, physics, and mathematics that are changing the world, the organization said.

Houston TX 10/17/18: Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello reacts after Astros Tony Kemp solo home run in the fourth inning. Kemp (left) rounds the bases. Houston Astros hosted Boston Red Sox in Game Four of ALCS at Minute Maid Park Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Jim Davis//Globe Staff)

RED SOX 8, ASTROS 6

Here’s how the Red Sox outlasted the Astros in Game 4, inning by inning

The Red Sox lead the Astros in the ALCS, 3 games to 1, with a trip to the World Series at stake.

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Aaron Hernandez seemed oddly comfortable in jail

Hernandez found a mixture of anguish and solace behind bars, until he chose to end it all. Read Part V of the “Gladiator” podcast series.

Allston hedge fund manager pleads guilty in Ponzi scheme

The money manager told clients he would invest their cash in stocks and bonds, but he actually diverted millions to business and personal bank accounts.

Authorities probe fatal carbon monoxide incident in Western Mass.

Authorities are investigating after an apparent carbon monoxide exposure killed one person and sent another to the hospital in Wales.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital opens new and improved helipad

The helipad, which is intended for use by helicopters transporting emergency patients seeking immediate medical attention, was relocated last year.

Secretary of State William F. Galvin predicted strong voter turnout in Massachusetts for the midterm elections.

Galvin sees ‘strong and healthy’ voter turnout Nov. 6

Wednesday was the last day to register in Massachusetts to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.

Governor Charlie Baker’s administration requested the funding for state troopers in a supplemental budget.

New Mass. State Police training class approved by Legislature

Funding for a new State Police recruit class has been approved by the House and Senate, with the goal of training and graduating approximately 160 new troopers.

Dorchester man pleads guilty to kidnapping, loansharking, illegal gambling

A 25-year-old Dorchester man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a trio of charges in connection with a violent attempt to collect a $40,000 gambling debt.

Senator Susan Collins of Maine.

Maine university bans professor who planned Susan Collins protest course

A retired professor organized a one-credit course for University of Southern Maine students to protest Republican Senator Susan Collins in Washington.

Duck boat, MBTA vehicle crash in Boston; no major injuries

The operator of the Ride vehicle was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of a minor injury, but no other injuries were reported.

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_ People have asked us to be bold. I’m not sure if any other city in America has planned for this the way we have. Now we want to get ahead of this game before something happens.” -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh, outlining new projects to protect Boston from rising sea levels

File-This Aug. 3, 2017 file photo shows Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, speaking at the City Club of Cleveland, in Cleveland. Neighbors of Lewandowski say he harassed them in a land dispute and threatened to use his

Corey Lewandowski and his N.H. neighbors settle most issues in land dispute

Glenn and Irene Schwartz countersued Lewandowski after he filed a $5 million lawsuit over access to a pond-front property in Windham, N.H.

Auburn man charged with animal cruelty after his dog was found dead in basement

Eric J. Hannon, 26, of Auburn is due back in court on Dec. 6.

Environmental Police higher-ups helped scuttle tickets for colonel’s friend, record shows

An internal memo describes a behind-the-scenes effort by police to void two traffic citations, one of which was issued to a colonel’s friend.

The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday’s drawing has reached a record-high $900 million.

Mega Millions jackpot reaches all-time high of $900 million

The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday’s drawing is the second-largest in US lottery history.

FILE - This file booking photo released March 1, 2018, by the Beverly Police Department shows Daniel Frisiello, of Beverly, Mass., accused of mailing five envelopes in February with threatening messages and a white substance, including one to Donald Trump Jr., that landed his wife, Vanessa, in the hospital. Frisiello is expected to plead guilty Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in federal court in Boston. (Beverly Police Department via AP, File)

Beverly man pleads guilty to mailing threatening letters, powder to Trump’s sons

Daniel Frisiello, 25, mailed letters laced with white powder to Eric Trump in March 2016 and Donald Trump Jr. in February 2018.

The ads from Senator Elizabeth Warren don’t explicitly mention she’s running for the US Senate, which means they may also serve Warren’s potential presidential ambitions.

In first ads of reelection campaign, Warren touts record of delivering results for Mass.

The first ad is narrated by Boston Marathon bombing survivors Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, newlyweds who lost their left legs in the attack.

Man accused of hitting cyclist in Jamaica Plain arraigned

Jonathan Costa, 27, of Brookline was slated to appear in West Roxbury Municipal Court on Wednesday.

Man dies in two-car crash in Chelmsford

The crash happened Tuesday night near the intersection of Main Street and Lovett Lane.

Chemical spill reported in North Reading

A corrosive chemical spill was reported at a UPS facility on Wednesday morning.

Aaron Hernandez never ruled out returning to football despite murder charges, lawyers say

The striking claim appeared in a court filing in federal court in Pennsylvania, where a lawsuit filed on behalf of Hernandez’s young daughter is pending against the NFL.

Harvard, MIT professors win $3m Breakthrough Prize from Facebook and Google co-founders

MIT’s Angelika Amon won for her work on irregularities in the number of chromosomes, while Harvard’s Xiaowei Zhuang won for her work on cell structure.

An inert grenade was found in a Wrentham house.

Inert grenade found in empty Wrentham house

Wrentham officials are urging the public to err on the side of caution if they find old explosives in their homes.

All told, 386 cases of AFM have been confirmed since 2014, more than 90 percent in children younger than 18. The average age of patients was 4.

Two Massachusetts children contracted rare muscle-weakness syndrome this year

The CDC reported that 62 cases of acute flaccid myelitis had been confirmed in 22 states this year and an additional 65 are under investigation nationwide.

Wednesday is going to get very windy by the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

A blast of cold air is about to hit the region

It’s going to get very windy Wednesday afternoon and then turn much colder at night, according to the National Weather Service.

This health care workers union is staying on the sidelines of the ballot question debate

The Service Employees International Union has not taken a position on Question 1, the ballot initiative to regulate nurse staffing, even while many other labor groups have supported it.

BOSTON, MA - 10/16/2018: Mayor Martin J. Walsh and others broke ground on the new Boston Arts Academy building. a $125 million project. (Demolition of the old building, across the street from Fenway Park, is apparently under way.) This ground breaking is part of a broader agenda by Walsh moving forward with a sweeping plan to overhaul the school system's aging buildings, most of which went up prior to World War II. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 17bps

Boston plans to build or renovate a dozen schools

Boston school officials are planning to build or extensively renovate a dozen schools, gradually phase out middle schools, and merge several elementary schools over the next decade.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2018. There are 75 days left in the year.

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Oct. 17, 2018

Police investigating after newborn found dead at Conn. recycling plant

Material at the plant was dropped off from companies that operate in Andover, Mass., Connecticut, and New York.

Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke to the Globe's editorial board Tuesday.

Elizabeth Warren defends decision to release DNA test

Warren told the Globe’s editorial board she went public when she did because that’s when the analysis came back.

Nancy Pelosi spoke to reporters as US House candidate Lori Trahan (right) looked on in Lawrence.

Amid GOP attacks, Nancy Pelosi barnstorms through Mass. to tout Democrats’ chances

“You can’t let the opposite party choose your leaders of your party,” the House minority leader told a crowd in Cambridge.

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Lottery results from Tuesday drawings

Harvard University has been accused in a lawsuit of unfairly restricting the number of Asian-Americans it accepts.

Harvard’s history with Asian-American applicants in the spotlight

The Ivy League school has been dogged by questions about race-based admissions for nearly 30 years.

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When Aaron Hernandez became a murderer

The Patriots became the only NFL team with an active player accused in three murders. Some big warning signs were missed — or minimized.

FILE - In this April 1, 2015 file photo, former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez listens as prosecution witness Alexander Bradley testifies during his murder trial, at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. The sheriff who had former Hernandez in custody for more than 18 months said Tuesday, April 21, 2015, that he's a master manipulator and will probably do fine in prison now that he has been sentenced to life for murder. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said Hernandez knows how to use his charm and manipulate better than anyone he has ever seen. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool, File)

A double life revealed through texts

The texts show just how much Hernandez was spinning out of control.

Who, if anyone, could have stopped Aaron Hernandez’s violent behavior in his final year as a Patriot?

The Patriots became the only NFL team with an active player accused in three murders.