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The accusers, clockwise from left: Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick, who submitted allegations Wednesday against Brett Kavanaugh in a sworn statement. 
“Our lawyers are on it right now,’’ Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said of the latest allegation.

Kavanaugh, Ford set to face the nation

Today’s historic Judiciary Committee hearing comes on the heels of the news that a third woman has accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexual misconduct.

analysis

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/26/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/1041066436.jpg What’s missing from the agenda on today’s hearing: the truth

If he is confirmed, Brett Kavanaugh will carry a lasting stain onto the high court from the specific, lurid allegations of sexual misconduct made against him.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/27/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/DrChristineBlaseyFord-7563-U843065322708l9E--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg How experts would prepare Christine Blasey Ford for Kavanaugh testimony

Ordinary private citizens rarely testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Schools receiving targeted assistance from the state represent 14 percent of all those statewide. They include 41 in Boston.

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Mass. will require new assistance to 230 struggling schools

Under a new system to be unveiled Thursday, the state will have to aid schools where performance fell short on the latest round of MCAS scores or other measures.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/26/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Clipboard-21271.jpg Crosby resigning as Mass. Gaming Commission chairman

In a statement, Stephen Crosby said he has been twice accused of prejudging the outcome of an ongoing investigation into the suitability of Wynn Resorts in recent days.

The Nation

How experts would prepare Christine Blasey Ford for Kavanaugh testimony

President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

By Beth Teitell

Ordinary private citizens rarely testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Kavanaugh, Ford set to face the nation

The accusers, clockwise from left: Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick, who submitted allegations Wednesday against Brett Kavanaugh in a sworn statement.

By Jess Bidgood

Today’s historic Judiciary Committee hearing comes on the heels of the news that a third woman has accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexual misconduct.

analysis

What’s missing from the agenda on today’s hearing: the truth

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is surrounded by reporters following a closed-door meeting of Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill, September 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By Annie Linskey and Michael Levenson

If he is confirmed, Brett Kavanaugh will carry a lasting stain onto the high court from the specific, lurid allegations of sexual misconduct made against him.

The World

Pope Francis asks Chinese Catholics to trust his deal with government

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

By Jason Horowitz

In his letter, he acknowledged “certain confusion” about the agreement, but asked Chinese Catholics to “place your trust ever more firmly in the Lord of history and in the church’s discernment of his will.”

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Susan Prout

I am Chessy Prout’s mother. I know what happens when a 15-year-old sexual assault victim speaks out

Chessy Prout photographed September 9, 2016. (Darron R. Silva for the Boston Globe)

By Susan Prout

The mother of Chessy Prout recounts the aftermath of her daughter’s sexual assault and challenges the cover-up playbook used to protect powerful abusers.

JOAN VENNOCHI

Joe Biden’s Anita Hill problem

Former Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, D.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

By Joan Vennochi

No matter how woke Biden is now, back then he was very much part of an old boy’s network.

SCOT LEHIGH

Scot Lehigh: Republicans must hit the pause button on Kavanaugh

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh listens to a question while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

By Scot Lehigh

It’s not certain that Julie Swetnick’s allegations are true, but they certainly must be investigated.

Metro

Mass. will require new assistance to 230 struggling schools

Schools receiving targeted assistance from the state represent 14 percent of all those statewide. They include 41 in Boston.

By James Vaznis

Under a new system to be unveiled Thursday, the state will have to aid schools where performance fell short on the latest round of MCAS scores or other measures.

Female leadership lags at public colleges

Names- Dr. Laurie Leshin, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Dr. Paula Johnson, Wellesley College; Margaret McKenna, Suffolk University; Gloria Larson, Bentley University. (handout)

By Laura Krantz

While nearly half of all private college presidents are women, just one of the 15 state universities has a female president, according to a new study released Wednesday.

Yale joins Harvard as target of DOJ discrimination investigation

FILE - In this May 24, 2010 file photo, future graduates wait for the procession to begin for commencement at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. The U.S. Education Department said in a letter to the Asian American Coalition for Education on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, that it will investigate 2016 allegations of discrimination against Asian-American applicants at Yale. The complaint from the New Jersey-based coalition says Yale, Brown University and Dartmouth College unfairly denied Asian-American applicants by treating them differently based on their race. The Education Department said it had enough information to investigate Yale.(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

By Deirdre Fernandes

The US Department of Justice and Department of Education have opened an investigation into whether Yale University discriminates against Asian-American applicants.

Business & Tech

Financing secured, construction of tower at Government Center Garage starts next summer

The tower is proposed to have a million square feet and rise 528 feet high.

By Tim Logan

At 1 million square feet, it would be Boston’s biggest office building in decades.

Aly Raisman teams up with Needham meal-kit company Purple Carrot

Aly Raisman started eating a plant-based diet about six months ago and said that for a long time, she thought drinking milk and eating meat was the only way to get enough protein.

By Kara Baskin

The gymnast has joined with Needham-based Purple Carrot to help spread the word about the benefits of a plant-based diet.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

The Fed is slowing the economy in order to save it

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.

By Evan Horowitz

The plan: Use a series of deliberate rate hikes to stanch further economic improvements and keep the US economy poised on the near side of the line between strong growth and unsustainable growth.

Obituaries

Charles Kao, Nobel laureate who revolutionized fiber optics, dies at 84

By Mike Ives

Dr. Kao’s research helped lay the technical groundwork for the Information Age.

Sports

Frank Dell’Apa | Soccer notebook

Wherever their new stadium is, grass will be greener for Revolution

Foxborough, Ma---August 11,, 2018-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff--- Teal Bunbury of the New England Revolution warms up before a game against the Philadelphia Union at Gillette Stadium.

By Frank Dell’Apa

The team has decided to go with an all-natural surface, which could provide some benefits.

Rex Burkhead and Ja’Whaun Bentley go on injured reserve

Rex Burkhead heads for the locker room after being injured Sunday night vs. Detroit.

By Jim McBride

Burkhead (neck) and Bentley (undisclosed injury) will miss a minimum of eight weeks.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

‘He can do a lot of damage’: Rafael Devers blasts two impressive homers

Boston, MA: 9-26-18: The Red Sox Rafael Devers (as well as home plate umpire Ryan Blakney, backround right) follow the flight of his bottom of the eighth inning home run, his second round tripper of the game. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a day-night MLB baseball doubleheader at Fenway Park (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Peter Abraham

The shots traveled a combined 879 feet.