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Brett Kavanaugh is angry and defiant as he faces accuser Christine Blasey Ford

Brett Kavanaugh’s performance offered the Senate and the country a stark choice between his impassioned denials of sexual misconduct and the specific, detailed allegations of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school.

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It was an uncomfortable and rare sight — a performance that seemed tuned as much to defending Brett Kavanugh’s honor as to salvaging his nomination.

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Excruciating. Offensive. Heartbreaking. And yet familiar. Many women who watched Christine Blasey Ford testify cringed through her questioning and identified with the witness more than they might have expected.

Former state senator Brian Joyce.

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Former state senator Brian Joyce found dead at his home

Foul play is not suspected, and the state medical examiner is expected to determine the cause and manner of his death. Joyce was 56.

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Analysis

Judicial ambition and #MeToo collide in a public spectacle

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Christine Blasey Ford speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Photo by Melina Mara-Pool/Getty Images)

By Annie Linskey

It was an uncomfortable and rare sight — a performance that seemed tuned as much to defending Brett Kavanugh’s honor as to salvaging his nomination.

Ford’s testimony leaves women riveted

Christine Blasey Ford testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

By Stephanie Ebbert and Laura Krantz

Excruciating. Offensive. Heartbreaking. And yet familiar. Many women who watched Christine Blasey Ford testify cringed through her questioning and identified with the witness more than they might have expected.

Brett Kavanaugh is angry and defiant as he faces accuser Christine Blasey Ford

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Christine Blasey Ford (C) is sworn in before testifying the Senate Judiciary Committee with her attorneys Debra Katz (L) and Michael Bromwich (R) in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. In prepared remarks, Ford said, ÒI donÕt have all the answers, and I donÕt remember as much as I would like to. But the details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget. They have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult.Ó (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By Jess Bidgood

Brett Kavanaugh’s performance offered the Senate and the country a stark choice between his impassioned denials of sexual misconduct and the specific, detailed allegations of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school.

The World

Israel accuses Iran of harboring ‘secret atomic warehouse’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displayed a picture of what he called “Iran’s secret atomic warehouse.”

By Jennifer Peltz and Angela Charlton

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran on Thursday of keeping a “secret atomic warehouse” just outside its capital, despite the 2015 deal with world powers that was meant to keep it from obtaining nuclear weapons.

China criticizes US B-52 bomber missions as ‘provocative’

An Air Force B-52 bomber flew over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. China has labeled a recent mission by nuclear-capable US B-52 bombers over the disputed South China Sea as

By Christopher Bodeen

Two B-52s flew over the South China Sea, largely claimed by China, earlier this week in what the Pentagon called a routine mission. Separately, two B-52s also flew this week over the East China Sea.

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial

Charlie Baker’s chance to shape the Gaming Commission

FILE- In this April 26, 2018 file photo construction cranes tower over the Wynn Resorts casino site in Everett, Mass. A lawsuit accuses casino mogul Steve Wynn and the company he founded of lying and covering up misconduct to unfairly win a license for a casino near Boston. The lawsuit filed Monday, Sept. 17, in Boston's federal court says Sterling Suffolk Racecourse would have won the license over Wynn Resorts had there been an

Big decisions are on the horizon — choices that will have far-reaching impact on thousands of jobs and millions in state tax revenues.

JOAN VENNOCHI

Brett Kavanaugh and the tears of a bully

US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2018. - University professor Christine Blasey Ford, 51, told a tense Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that could make or break Kavanaugh's nomination she was

By Joan Vennochi

Kavanaugh went before the Senate Judiciary Committee and poured every ounce of emotion he could summon into saving his nomination.

SCOT LEHIGH

Christine Blasey Ford was more credible

Christine Blasey Ford listens to opening statements before testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

By Scot Lehigh

Absent an FBI investigation of sexual misconduct allegations, Brett Kavanaugh shouldn’t be on the court.

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Feinstein played Ford like a pawn

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Metro

Two named to lead search for Boston school chief

FOR ONLINE: Alexandra Oliver-Davila (left) and J. Keith Motley. (Kieran Kesner and Aram Boghosian for the Boston Globe)

By James Vaznis

The task begins as interim superintendent Laura Perille has repeatedly declined to say whether she will apply for the job.

‘They’re eating our children’: Cape Cod shark attacks rile residents

Wellfleet, MA - 9/27/2018- Olaf Valli, owner of surf shop Sick Day, expresses his concerns as a surfer at a public meeting held at Wellfleet Elementary School on Thursday, September 27, 2018. (Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe) Topic: (metro)

By Dugan Arnett

Around 300 Cape Cod residents filled a Wellfleet school’s gymnasium to voice an array of concerns.

NAMES

Museum of Fine Arts makes a major addition to its photography holdings

Coltrane and Elvin Roy Rudolph DeCarava (American, 1919–2009) 1960 Photograph, gelatin silver print *The Howard Greenberg Collection—Museum purchase with funds donated by the Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Charitable Trust *Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 28Namesmfa

The museum has purchased the Howard Greenberg Collection of photographs.

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Business & Tech

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Back seat driver? New car cams may soon sense driver fatigue, texting, other distractions

Affectiva Automotive AI identifies a driver’s state of mind, such as drowsiness, distraction or anger.

By Hiawatha Bray

Boston-based Affectiva is testing facial-recognition software in cars to determine if a driver is distracted, angry, scared, sleepy, or drunk.

AG, public health agency weigh conditions for Beth Israel-Lahey merger

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health have criticizing the formula used to calculate the projected cost increases, calling the numbers misleading.

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

The state Health Policy Commission on Thursday voted to send its critical findings to Attorney General Maura Healey for further review.

SEC seeks to oust Tesla CEO over tweet

Security regulators say CEO Elon Musk made false statements on Twitter about taking Tesla private.

By Matthew Goldstein

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit Thursday against Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, accusing him of making false public statements with the potential to hurt investors.

Obituaries

Marilyn Lloyd, Tennessee trailblazer in Congress, dies at 89

By Daniel E. Slotnik

Marilyn Lloyd was the first woman from Tennessee to be elected to a full term in Congress, winning a House seat in 1974 that she held for the next two decades.

Richard P. FitzGerald, longtime interior designer known as ‘Mr. Fitz,’ dies at 80

27mrfitz -- obit photo of Richard FitzGerald (Michael Fein/Courtesy of New England Home)

By Bryan Marquard

Though Mr. FitzGerald had worked at design magazines early in his career, he let his work advertise itself in Boston. He preferred to avoid publicity.

Ehsan Yarshater, Iran scholar with a monumental vision, dies at 93

FILE -- Ehsan Yarshater in New York, July 16, 2011. Yarshater, an eminent Iranian historian who founded and edited the Encyclopedia Iranica, a magnum opus of Iranian history and culture that helped transform the modern understanding of Persian civilization, died on Sept. 2, 2018, in Fresno, Calif. He was 98. (Marcus Yam/The New York Times)

By Amir-Hussein-Radjy

The eminent Iranian historian founded the Encyclopedia Iranica, an opus that helped transform the modern understanding of Persian civilization.

Sports

WEEK 4: HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW

These EMass offensive linemen among the best and the brightest

Andover, MA - 9/27/2018 - Feature on Andover High senior captain Ethan Coyle. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Nathaniel Weitzer, Topic: 28schfbprev, LOID: 8.4.3307021465.

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HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL NOTES

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Boston, MA: 9-26-18: FOR POSSIBLE USE WITH FUTURE RED SOX STORY....Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale is pictured. 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)

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

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Weekend

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Art REview

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Music

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