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Mathew Locke is arraigned in in East Brookfield District Court.

Suspect arraigned in murders of West Brookfield mother, children

DNA traces that matched Mathew Locke — a cousin of the man whose wife and children were murdered — were found on one of the young victims, according to prosecutors.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/04/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Rinaldi05priestfather02.jpg DNA test tells man the bittersweet truth: His father was a Catholic priest

James Graham spent decades chasing a rumor: that he was born of an ill-fated love affair between his mother and a runaway priest. On Tuesday, a DNA test finally gave Graham his answer.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/05/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/RinaldiDems09.jpg Ayanna Pressley is hailed as a sign of the times

Ayanna Pressley is the latest political wunderkind to topple an entrenched politician. On Wednesday, she called it “surreal.”

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/05/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/RinaldiDems16.jpg Ayanna Pressley’s victory gives a win to Maura Healey

The attorney general’s backing of Ayanna Pressley was all the more striking given the political heavyweights — such as Mayor Walsh and Deval Patrick — who lined up behind Michael Capuano.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/05/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/koh.jpg As few as 52 votes separate Trahan, Koh after Third District race

While Lori Trahan claimed victory — she said she was “confident that I am your Democratic nominee” — Dan Koh was already preparing to petition local election officials.

The Nation

Trump slams ‘gutless’ New York Times ‘resistance’ op-ed

By Philip Rucker

Trump slams ‘gutless’ New York Times ‘resistance’ op-ed

Obamas jumping into midterm campaign

Michelle Obama will headline voter registration rallies in Las Vegas and Miami later this month.

By Alexander Burns

Barack and Michelle Obama will headline events across the country, focusing especially on get out the vote efforts and on aiding Democrats in vulnerable districts.

Kavanaugh ducks questions on presidential powers

By Michael D. Shear

WASHINGTON — Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, on Wednesday dodged direct questions about whether the Constitution would allow Trump to use the powers of the presidency to thwart the Russia collusion and obstruction investigations that are swirling around his administration.

The World

Pakistan PM ‘optimistic’ after brief talks with Pompeo

By Kathy Gannon

Pakistan’s newly-elected Prime Minister Imran Khan met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Islamabad on Wednesday, saying he was “optimistic” he could reset the relationship with Washington after the U.S. suspended aid over the country’s alleged failure to combat militants.

Aceh region bans unmarried couples at same table in cafes

A district in Indonesia’s deeply conservative Aceh province has banned unmarried couples from sitting at the same table in restaurants, cafes or coffee shops, an official said Wednesday.

Gunmen kill drug-linked Philippine town mayor in his office

A Philippine town mayor who was linked by the president to illegal drugs was fatally shot in his office Wednesday in the latest brazen attack on local officials.

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial

Ranked-choice voting to the rescue?

Lowell, Massachusetts - 4/29/2018 - Candidates (Left to right) 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)

Ranked-choice voting is an electoral reform that would revitalize democracy in Massachusetts.

Editorial

Boston City Council, now a hot ticket

Boston, MA - 03/03/2016 - Passersby walk through Boston City Hall Plaza in Boston MA, March 03, 2016. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Ayanna Pressley has revived a dormant tradition of city councilors using the office as a launch pad for higher office.

Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

Crazytown, USA: Have we finally reached peak Trump?

Bob Woodward’s book “Fear’’ details Donald Trump’s paranoia, abusive rants, and failure to grasp the basics of law, trade, and national security.

By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

Bob Woodward’s book “Fear’’ details Donald Trump’s paranoia, abusive rants, and failure to grasp the basics of law, trade, and national security.

Metro

In challenge to Charlie Baker, Jay Gonzalez trying to capture primary enthusiasm

On Wednesday, Jay Gonzalez (left) celebrated winning the Democratic nomination to challenge Governor Charlie Baker.

By Matt Stout and Victoria McGrane

Gonzalez is vying to knock off Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican who’s enjoying the benefits of incumbency, a large campaign bank account, and a pitch built on bipartisanship.

As few as 52 votes separate Trahan, Koh after Third District race

As of Wednesday  morning, few votes were separating Lori Trahan (left) and Dan Koh

By Matt Stout

While Lori Trahan claimed victory — she said she was “confident that I am your Democratic nominee” — Dan Koh was already preparing to petition local election officials.

DNA test tells man the bittersweet truth: His father was a Catholic priest

Jim Graham embraced Ann Marie Mires, who had shared the results of a DNA test with him.

By Michael Rezendes

James Graham spent decades chasing a rumor: that he was born of an ill-fated love affair between his mother and a runaway priest. On Tuesday, a DNA test finally gave Graham his answer.

More Stories

Suspect arraigned in murders of West Brookfield mother, children

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TV Critic’s Corner

Lewinsky to appear in ‘Impeachment’

By Matthew Gilbert

Business & Tech

Janet Yellen sides with Harvard in admissions bias case

Janet Yellen became the most high-profile economist to defend Harvard’s position in a lawsuit over admission practices.

By Deirdre Fernandes

The former chairwoman of the Federal Reserve is the most high-profile economist to defend the Ivy League school’s position that it does not discriminate against Asian-American applicants.

Huge water park and sports complex proposed for former casino site

By Tim Logan

The location in Palmer is near the Mass. Pike, where Mohegan Sun once sought a gambling complex.

Necco trustee sues former owner and executives, alleging mismanagement

The Necco factory in Revere was abruptly shut down in July by its new owner, an unspecified candy manufacturer.

By Jon Chesto

The Necco candy plant in Revere abruptly closed in July, ending a century-long tradition of candy-making in Massachusetts. Now comes the fight over the scraps.

Obituaries

Alvin ‘Ab’ McDonald, scored Stanley-Cup winning goal for Chicago, dies at 82

The forward played 14 seasons, including one with the Boston Bruins.

Sports

‘The single most important year in my development’: Bill Belichick, Ernie Adams and the 1970 Andover football team

By Nora Princiotti

The story of Bill Belichick, Ernie Adams, and the undefeated 1970 Andover football team. You can see, even back then, hints of football greatness that Belichick and Adams would go on to achieve.

PATRIOTS 2018 PREVIEW | SPECIAL TEAMS

As always, expect Patriots to kick it up a notch on special teams

Foxborough, MA--7/29/2018-- Patriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson pulls down a pass during a drill at Patriots Training Camp at Gillette Stadium. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Patriots Reporter:

By Nora Princiotti

Bill Belichick never takes these units for granted, and Cordarrelle Patterson could add an explosive element.

Revolution 1, New York City FC 0

Hey look, the Revolution finally won a game

By Frank Dell’Apa

Brian Wright’s first MLS goal helped New England snap a nine-game winless streak.