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James David Christie has performed with the BSO.

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Colleges cut ties with acclaimed organist amid sex allegations

James David Christie, widely regarded as one of the greatest organists of his generation, has resigned his post at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.

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President Trump blamed the Justice Department on Thursday for the investigations surrounding him, criticized the deal struck with his former lawyer Michael Cohen, and lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who countered with a rare public rebuke of the president.

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A Somerville company is working on technology that reads facial expressions and body language to predict when a pedestrian will cross in front of a car.

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Those facing federal charges include City Councilor Michelle Wu’s former constituent services director who is currently employed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency.

Alexandra Chandler, Rufus Gifford, Daniel Koh, Barbara L'Italien,Juana Matias, and Lori Trahan participate in a debate between the Democratic candidates for the third district congressional seat in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 29, 2018. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Koh has small lead in Third District, but many voters still undecided, poll says

Despite Dan Koh’s small lead, with less than two weeks until the primary, nearly 30 percent of likely voters say are still unsure who they’ll pick in the Third Congressional District.

The Nation

Trump and Sessions feud over the direction of the Justice Department

In this Aug. 23, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable on the

By Katie Benner, Nicholas Fandos and Katie Rogers

President Trump blamed the Justice Department on Thursday for the investigations surrounding him, criticized the deal struck with his former lawyer Michael Cohen, and lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who countered with a rare public rebuke of the president.

Hurricane Lane soaks Hawaii’s Big Island with foot of rain

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER

Hurricane Lane soaked Hawaii’s Big Island on Thursday, dumping 12 inches of rain in as many hours as residents stocked up on supplies and tried to protect their homes ahead of the state’s first hurricane since 1992.

The World

Trump Cites False Claims of Widespread Attacks on White Farmers in South Africa

By Kimon de Greef

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — President Donald Trump waded into South Africa’s proposal to seize land from white farmers, saying in a post on Twitter late Wednesday that he had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “closely study” the “the large scale killing of farmers” — a claim disputed by official figures and the country’s biggest farmer’s group.

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial

Endorsement: Beth Lindstrom is clear GOP choice for Senate

US Senate candidate Beth Lindstrom.

The Globe endorses Lindstrom in the Republican Party’s Sept. 4 primary.

Opinion | Thomas E. Mann

The bankruptcy of the Republican Party

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 01: President Donald Trump (C) hosts Republican Congressional leaders (2nd L-R) Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA); Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and others during a working lunch in the Roosevelt Room at the White House March 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. The meeting comes the day after Trump layed out his policy priorities during a joint session of Congress. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Thomas E. Mann

The central element of our constitutional design — separation of powers with checks and balances — has proven the weakest link.

Opinion | Margery Eagan

Why don’t women have a role in the Catholic Church?

The Pro Eligendo Romano Pontefice ('For the Election of the Roman Pontiff') mass is presided by Angelo Sodano, the elderly dean of the College of Cardinals, and is also open to non-voting cardinals - those aged more than 80. The next pope will take over a Church beset by infighting, scandal and dwindling support, particularly in the West. EPA/MICHAEL KAPPELER

By Margery Eagan

Women have zero power in church decisions. Instead, hundreds of celibate men get together, by themselves, and decide what women need.

Metro

Colleges cut ties with acclaimed organist amid sex allegations

James David Christie has performed with the BSO.

By Malcolm Gay

James David Christie, widely regarded as one of the greatest organists of his generation, has resigned his post at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.

‘Everyone’s come together’ — foundation pays off mortgage for slain Weymouth officer’s family

Weymouth, MA - August 23, 2018: Frank Siller, right, chief executive of Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation delivers a mortgage payoff receipt to Cynthia “Cindy” Chesna and her children Olivia, left, and Jack during a press conference at the Weymouth Police Department in Weymouth, MA on August 23, 2018. A New York City nonprofit has raised enough money to pay off the mortgage on the home of slain Weymouth Police Sergeant Michael Chesna. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation scheduled the press conference at Weymouth Police Headquarters to present Chesna’s family with a mortgage payoff letter, said Frank Siller, chief executive of the foundation that honors his brother. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: metro reporter:

By Emily Sweeney

It was an emotional day for the Chesna family, but also a positive one, because they were there for a special occasion: their mortgage had been paid off.

Koh has small lead in Third District, but many voters still undecided, poll says

Alexandra Chandler, Rufus Gifford, Daniel Koh, Barbara L'Italien,Juana Matias, and Lori Trahan participate in a debate between the Democratic candidates for the third district congressional seat in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 29, 2018. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

By Matt Stout

Despite Dan Koh’s small lead, with less than two weeks until the primary, nearly 30 percent of likely voters say are still unsure who they’ll pick in the Third Congressional District.

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Business & Tech

Shirley Leung

In Vikki Spruill, aquarium has right woman at right time

Vikki Spruill is the new president of the New England Aquarium in Boston.

By Shirley Leung

Meet Vikki Spruill, New England Aquarium’s new chief executive, and all you can think about is this: Don Chiofaro may have finally met his match.

MGM rolls into Springfield with plenty of showmanship

Springfield, MA - 08/23/18 - Entertainers greeted guests outside the ballroom. The new MGM Springfield held a pre-opening press event and site tour. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Andy Rosen) Topic: (24mgm)

By Andy Rosen

A combination of glitz and grit helped MGM appeal to the people of Springfield, where the promise of thousands of jobs helped sell the city on the facility in a 2013 referendum.

Energy companies dominate list of top spenders on lobbying in Mass.

Partners HealthCare was the top corporate spender on lobbying, paying nearly $400,000 to outside lobbying for contracts.

By Jon Chesto

Five of the nine biggest corporate spenders on outside lobbyists so far have come from the energy industry.

Obituaries

Thomas Hofeller, Republican master of political maps, dies at 75

By Michael Wines

Mr. Hofeller’s mastery of redistricting strategy helped propel the Republican Party from underdog to the dominant force in state legislatures and the House of Representatives.

Former Senators pitcher Stone, unlikely winner in 1954 All-Star Game, dies at 87

By Dave Sheinin

Dean Stone was best known for earning the win in the 1954 MLB All-Star Game despite not retiring a batter.

Pearl Harbor survivor who pushed to identify ‘unknowns’ dies at 97

File - In this June 19, 2018, file photo, Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Emory speaks to guests at a surprise ceremony honoring him in Honolulu. Emory, who pushed for the remains of those buried as unknowns to be identified, has died. He was 97. He lived through the early morning Japanese aerial bombing but never forgot those who didn't. He spent the past few decades doggedly pushing for the remains of those buried as unknowns to be dug up, identified and returned to their families. A spokesman for Navy Region Hawaii says according to family members, Emory died Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in a hospital in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)

By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher

Ray Emory lived through the early morning Japanese bombing but never forgot those who didn’t.

Sports

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

David Price is finally the pitcher the Red Sox thought he would be

Boston, MA - 8/23/2018 - (8th inning) Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price with another quality start of 8 shutout innings pitched for the 7-0 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 4 of a four game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 24Red Sox-Indians, LOID:8.4.2915879269.

By Dan Shaughnessy

In six starts since the All Star break, Price is 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA, 40 strikeouts, and 7 walks.

ALEX SPEIER | MINOR DETAILS

Michael Chavis knows his PED suspension follows him, and he’s dealing with it

Boston Red Sox's Michael Chavis practices during spring training baseball, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

By Alex Speier

The Red Sox prospect is still bewildered about his positive test, but has made strides since returning with Portland.

NORA PRINCIOTTI

Here’s how the Patriots use their film archives to teach current players what to do

Boston, MA - 8/16/2018 - (2nd quarter) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) shows a little love to New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) during the second quarter. The New England Patriots host the Philadelphia Eagles in the second pre-season home exhibition game at Gillette Stadium. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: James M. McBride, Topic: 17Patriots-Eagles, LOID: 8.4.2854134805.

By Nora Princiotti

Not only does the team store exhaustive footage, but many of the coaches who taught those plays are still here.

Weekend

STAGES

Front Porch is building a home for artists of color

Front Porch Arts Collective’s core artistic team (from left): Maurice Emmanual Parent, Dawn M. Simmons, Victoria George, and Phyllis Smith.

By Terry Byrne

Only two years old, the theater group has taken a big step forward with new partnerships and its first productions.

music

Kenny Chesney talks hurricane recovery, his bond with Boston, and a Gillette surprise

Kenny Chesney at Gillette Stadium in 2016.

By Stuart Munro

The country superstar comes to Gillette Stadium this weekend for his 18th and 19th shows there.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

‘Resistant Currents,’ at the Boston Center for the Arts, looks at immigration

Layle Omeran’s “Negotiation of Identity — Portraits” is part of “Resistant Currents” at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Mills Gallery.

By Cate McQuaid

“Resistant Currents,” at the Boston Center for the Arts, looks at immigration.