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Some Asian American students and organizations have argued that Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policies hurt Asian American applicants. Others insisted that affirmative action helped land them a coveted spot at Harvard.

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff/File 2017

Harvard lawsuit divides many in Asian American community

Asian Americans say they are deeply divided about whether they are penalized in elite college admissions and whether affirmative action policies are at fault.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/02/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/RinaldiTufts02.jpg Teachers, parents blast Legislature for inaction on school funding

The Mass. House and the Senate have been working for nearly three years on bills to update the state’s 25-year-old school funding formula.

Law credited with protecting fish and livelihoods is being targeted by GOP

Fishing regulations have helped revitalize certain species and now some Republicans in Congress want to give more leeway to local councils in rebuilding overfished stocks.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/02/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/02lawyers-illo-page-7010.jpg On Trump-obsessed cable TV, the defense never rests

They aren’t exactly in a courtroom. Instead, they are focused on making their cases in the court of public opinion.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/06/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/kreitre_mgh3_splt.jpg How to land an appointment with a sought-after doctor

Here are some strategies for getting in to see some of the region’s top doctors.

The Nation

On Trump-obsessed cable TV, the defense never rests

By Matt Viser

They aren’t exactly in a courtroom. Instead, they are focused on making their cases in the court of public opinion.

Harvard lawsuit divides many in Asian American community

Some Asian American students and organizations have argued that Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policies hurt Asian American applicants. Others insisted that affirmative action helped land them a coveted spot at Harvard.

By Deirdre Fernandes

Asian Americans say they are deeply divided about whether they are penalized in elite college admissions and whether affirmative action policies are at fault.

Poll calls for shift in NASA focus

By MARK SCOLFORO

NASA’s focus should not be on the cosmos but on Earth, according to a wide-ranging Bloomberg poll of Americans’ views on space.

The World

Russian filmmakers killed in Africa were investigating mercenaries close to the Kremlin

By Anton Troianovski

The three journalists were shot dead in an ambush as they were driving across the Central African Republic.

Army fires on opposition protesters as Zimbabwe waits for election results

Opposition MDC party supporters protested in the streets of Harare and clashed with police on Wednesday.

By Christopher Torchia and Farai Mutsaka

Army opens fire on violent opposition protests in Zimbabwe’s capital during wait for election results

Taliban surge routs Islamic State in Afghanistan

A young Islamic State fighter was one of more than 200 who surrendered.

By Najim Rahim

More than 200 Islamic State fighters and their two top commanders surrendered to the Afghan government on Wednesday to avoid capture by Taliban insurgents.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Arthur W. Lambert

Can the US stop the scientific brain drain to China?

The United States is in danger of losing its primacy in scientific research.

By Arthur W. Lambert

The United States is in danger of losing its primacy in scientific research.

Opinion | Leila Philip

North American wildlife depends on gun sales for survival

Historically the fur trade had devastated wildlife. But today’s fur trappers play a more complex role.

By Leila Philip

Historically the fur trade had devastated wildlife. But today’s fur trappers play a more complex role.

Letters

Family finds salvation at Boston hospital

I am “delighted that you chose to place this story on your front page.”

Metro

A black Smith College student was eating her lunch when an employee called police

By Emily Williams

Smith College is investigating after an employee reported a person on campus who “seemed to be out of place.” The person was a student of color who was on break from her campus job.

Beacon Hill leaves many key bills out of last-minute deal-making

Lawmakers entered the chamber of the House of Representatives on the last day of the Legislative session at the State House. The Legislature was the last state body in the country to pass a budget.

By Matt Stout

Amid a flurry of activity at the end of its formal session, the Legislature left several proposals on the cutting room floor.

How to land an appointment with a sought-after doctor

Massachusetts General Hospital.

By Liz Kowalczyk

Here are some strategies for getting in to see some of the region’s top doctors.

Business & Tech

Airbnb bill is now uncertain in Mass. after Baker’s changes

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 2, 2017 shows the logo of online lodging service Airbnb displayed on a computer screen in Paris. After the enormous success of Airbnb, which celebrates its ten years in the summer of 2018, European metropolises such as Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Barcelona are organising a riposte to avoid a outbreak of rents. According to an estimate made in 2017, the company worths 31 millard dollars. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel BONAVENTURELIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

By Tim Logan and Matt Stout

Governor Charlie Baker’s small changes could throw a big wrench into complex legislation that was years in the making.

The Fine Print

With his inspection sticker missing, this vehicle owner drives into trouble

“I just wanted my day in court,” Al Lepera said of a remote citation he was issued for driving without an inspection sticker. “I wanted to give my side of the story.”

By Sean P. Murphy

Al Lepera opened the envelope from the RMV to find a citation for driving without the sticker. It could cost him as much as $1,000 in fines and insurance surcharges.

Sheet metal workers go on strike

Workers trained at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 17 Training Center in Boston.

By Katie Johnston

About 1,400 sheet metal workers went on strike Wednesday after their union rejected a proposal that would have provided a wage and benefits package totaling nearly $97 an hour.

Obituaries

obituary

Anthony F. DiFillippo, 90, of Topsfield, former president of UniFirst Corp.

“You always had to call him Tony. There was no pretense,” said his son David, UniFirst’s senior vice president of operations.

By Marvin Pave

Whether on a sales trip representing Wilmington-based UniFirst Corp. or chatting with its employees, Mr. DiFillippo wasn’t concerned with formalities.

Sports

SPORTS LOG

Juventus beats MLS All-Stars on penalty kicks

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 01: Mattia De Sciglio #2 of Juventus is congratulated after scoring the fifth penalty shot to give Juventus a 5-4 penalty shootout win over the MLS All-Stars during the 2018 MLS All-Star Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Italian powerhouse prevailed after a 1-1 draw in regulation before a record crowd of 72,317 in Atlanta.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

Patriots release wide receiver Jordan Matthews

New England Patriots wide receiver Jordan Matthews runs on the field during NFL football practice, Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

By Jim McBride

Matthews suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday’s practice.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

The Patriots think they have a good grasp on NFL’s new helmet rule

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Nelson Agholor #13 of the Philadelphia Eagles makes a catch against Patrick Chung #23 and Duron Harmon #30 of the New England Patriots during the second half in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

By Ben Volin

The league hopes its instructional videos will reduce the head-scratching about the new rule.