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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, after more than an hour of delay over procedural questions, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh waits to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the third day of his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers has come forward to The Washington Post. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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Trump says if attack on Kavanaugh accuser was ‘as bad as she says,’ charges would have been filed

President Donald Trump on Friday questioned the credibility of the woman who has said Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were both teenagers. The president said that if the attack “was as bad as she says,” it would have been reported to authorities.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/download%20(1).jpg Baker, Columbia Gas unveil massive recovery plan

A retired Navy Seabee, Captain Joseph Albanese, has been hired by Columbia to take on the role of managing the multimillion-dollar effort to restore gas service.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/20/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/tlumacki_capesharkbusiness_business341.jpg After Cape shark fatality, tourism industry reels

Escalating shark attacks could keep people away, or attract even more. Either way, locals say, things need to change.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/09/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Swensen_18099_14yoyo(2)_0007.jpg With sponsorships and crowds of fans, an MIT student finds fame with a yo-yo

Alex Hattori, an engineering student at MIT, is also one of the nation’s best yo-yoers and, for now, second in the world.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/05/11/BostonGlobe.com/Spotlight/Images/Bedford_170510_VA_HOSPITAL_002-001.jpg VA report rejects whistle-blower claims of poor care at Manchester hospital

A 50-page report from the VA’s Office of Medical Inspector found flies are still present but that operating room isn’t used, and the instruments weren’t dirty, but simply discolored by the city’s water supply.

The Nation

Trump says if attack on Kavanaugh accuser was ‘as bad as she says,’ charges would have been filed

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, after more than an hour of delay over procedural questions, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh waits to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the third day of his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers has come forward to The Washington Post. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

By Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Eileen Sullivan

President Donald Trump on Friday questioned the credibility of the woman who has said Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were both teenagers. The president said that if the attack “was as bad as she says,” it would have been reported to authorities.

Rosenstein suggested secretly recording Trump and discussed 25th Amendment

By Adam Goldman and Michael S. Schmidt

The deputy attorney general suggested last year that he secretly record President Donald Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office for being unfit.

In reversal, Trump no longer demands declassification of Russia documents

By Michael D. Shear

In a rare retreat, President Trump on Friday reversed himself and said he was no longer demanding that documents related to the Russia investigation be immediately declassified and released to the public.

The World

Taiwan police arrest US 3-D gun proponent accused of sex with minor

Cody Wilson is reportedly wanted in the United States over an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward.

The Central News Agency said Taiwanese police found and arrested Cody Wilson in a hotel in Taipei on Friday evening.

UK leader May hits back on Brexit plan; pound falls

British Prime Minister Theresa May reiterated her position that a no-deal Brexit is better than a bad deal in a speech to the British people Friday.

By Jill Lawless

British Prime Minister Theresa May accused the European Union on Friday of creating an “impasse” in Brexit negotiations.

Tanzanian ferry capsizes, leaving at least 131 dead

The passenger ferry MV Nyerere capsized on Lake Victoria on Thursday with more than 300 people onboard, by some estimates.

By Joseph Goldstein

The death toll from the capsizing of a Tanzanian ferry on Lake Victoria had climbed to at least 131 people and could rise further, officials said Friday as they vowed to investigate the disaster.

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial

Fire Jeff Sessions . . . as the boss of immigration judges

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in Washington on April 25, 2018. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer.

A slew of new directives from Attorney General Jeff Sessions have spurred calls to finally make immigration judges truly independent.

Letters

We are witnesses to an accusation — one that hinges on uncertainty

Readers examine their own memories and beliefs as Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination hangs in the balance of an upcoming hearing.

Metro

Baker, Columbia Gas unveil massive recovery plan

By Milton J. Valencia, Matt Rocheleau and Laura Crimaldi

A retired Navy Seabee, Captain Joseph Albanese, has been hired by Columbia to take on the role of managing the multimillion-dollar effort to restore gas service.

NESTOR RAMOS

They claim they found the Red Sox banner. So maybe Louie and Jimmy could crack some real mysteries

Louie Iacuzzi and James Amaral in Malden.

By Nestor Ramos

With an open-ended mandate and a little seed money, who knows what they could turn up?

With sponsorships and crowds of fans, an MIT student finds fame with a yo-yo

By Dugan Arnett

Alex Hattori, an engineering student at MIT, is also one of the nation’s best yo-yoers and, for now, second in the world.

Business & Tech

Five budding entrepreneurs are living in a glass box at MIT this weekend

Five MIT students shut themselves inside a transparent glass box Thursday.

By Andy Rosen

Students have pledged to eat, sleep, and work in the cube all weekend, in full view of anyone wandering past.

Biotechs compete against each other for a common cause

Jerome Clark of Aldevron reacted to his shot while playing ladder golf during the FRAXA Biotech Games at MIT.

By Allison Hagan

Teams representing 42 Boston-area biotechswent head to head in lawn games such as cornhole and ladder golf at the first annual FRAXA Biotech Games on Thursday.

Major office development coming to Waltham

A rendering of the building planned for 225 Wyman Street in Waltham.

By Tim Logan

Plans call for more than a half a million square feet off of Route 128.

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Chesto means business

The Mass. taxman cometh — for online retailers

By Jon Chesto

Obituaries

Luigi Cavalli-Sforza, who tracked genes through history, dies at 96

By Denise Grady

The Italian physician and geneticist laid the groundwork for such DNA-testing companies as 23andMe and Ancestry.com.

Sports

Patriots hope Josh Gordon can recreate his old magic

Foxborough, MA - 9/20/2018 - New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) at New England Patriots practice at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Jim McBride, Topic: 21Patriots, LOID: 8.4.3128084960.

By Owen Pence

The talented but troubled receiver had one of his best NFL moments in a game against the Patriots in 2013.

RED SOX 7, INDIANS 5

Chris Sale pitches into fourth, Red Sox rally for record-tying win

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 21: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 21, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

By Peter Abraham

The ace allowed two runs in 3 innings and the bats came around to help Boston equal the franchise record with its 105th victory.

Harvard 31, Brown 17

Harvard steamrolls Brown once again

Harvard has won the last eight games in the series, holding an 86-30-2 advantage dating to 1893.

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RED SOX NOTEBOOK

If A’s advance, Red Sox will have work to do

By Peter Abraham

HS FOOTBALL | Abington 25, Norwell 7

Will Klein, Abington run over Norwell

By Dan Shulman

FRIDAY’S SCHOOL ROUNDUP

Luke Savoie connects for Mansfield boys’ soccer

By Peter Santo

FRIDAY’S SCHOOL FOOTBALL ROUNDUP

Tewksbury denies BC High, passes tough road test

By Nate Weitzer

HS FOOTBALL | Mansfield 24, Franklin 6

Aidan Sacco steps in for Mansfield

By Jake Levin

HS FOOTBALL | Catholic Memorial 42, St. Mary’s 14

Powerful CM pushes past St. Mary’s

By Jake Caccavaro

HS FOOTBALL | Stoneham 44, Burlington 14

Christos Argyropoulos (4 TDs) leads Stoneham past Burlington

By Brandon Chase

HS FOOTBALL | Andover 38, Lawrence 14

Andover tops Lawrence as communities continue to recover

By Karl Capen

FIRE AT REVOLUTION | SATURDAY, 7:30 P.M. (NBCSB)

Revived Revolution face Fire team that has finally shown spark

By Dan Shulman

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

A weary, bleary Bruce Cassidy checks out Bruins practice

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Good Life

COMMENTARY

‘The Black Clown’ unveils America’s three-ring circus of racism

Members of the cast of “The Black Clown.” (Maggie Hall)

By Jeneé Osterheldt

A.R.T.’s “The Black Clown” isn’t just a stirring performance of the Langston Hughes poem. From Botham Jean to Colin Kaepernick to Reginald Andrade, it’s the circus of racism in America.

HELP DESK

Where can you donate clothes in the Boston area so they’ll do the most good?

photos of families receiving clothing during their visits at Room to Grow; shoes, boots, and pjs! Please credit: Nicole Chan Photography,

By Abigail Freeman

Recycling clothing of good quality and donating it to local charities can have a lasting effect.

TV Critic’s Corner

Chris Evans to star in Boston-centric miniseries ‘Defending Jacob’

Chris Evans will also executive produce “Defending Jacob.”

By Matthew Gilbert

The series will be an adaptation of the novel by Boston author William Landay.

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hot ticket

Holiday shopping comes early this year

By Kara Baskin

love letters

We’re overwhelmed by grief

By Meredith Goldstein

obsession

Find this Boston-area estate sale online

By Marni Elyse Katz

movie review

‘Life’ and death (lots and lots of death)

By Amelia Nierenberg