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-- PHOTO MOVED IN ADVANCE AND NOT FOR USE - ONLINE OR IN PRINT - BEFORE DEC 13, 2015. -- Alan Dershowitz, the criminal defense attorney, in New York, Nov. 11, 2015. Dershowitz is in an increasingly virulent war with one of the few attorneys whose fame matches his own, David Boies, who is representing a woman alleging that Dershowitz had sex with her when she was underage. “This is very serious,” Dershowitz said. “It involves my life, my legacy, my career, my history, my reputation.” (Todd Heisler/The New York Times)

The Martha’s Vineyard crowd strikes back at Alan Dershowitz

The former Harvard Law professor’s high-profile friends have turned combative because of his vocal and visible support of President Trump.

// Trump administration changes course on affirmative action

The move is seen as a signal that the federal government may challenge Harvard University’s admissions practices and prod other schools to drop race-conscious policies. On Tuesday, Harvard and other universities defended their admissions policies as legal.

// Restoration has made George Wright and Franklin Park golfing jewels

Boston’s two public golf courses are in such great shape that this year’s Mass. Amateur will be played on them.

// People deemed to be a danger can lose gun rights under new law

The law gives courts the authority to strip weapons from people who are a danger to themselves or others, strengthening the state’s already strict gun laws.

// Former Mass. State Police trooper pleads guilty in overtime fraud case

Gregory Raftery regularly left shifts early or failed to show up for them at all, but still collected the extra cash. The guilty plea comes days after three additional troopers were indicted for similar alleged fraud.