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Rats suddenly surge in Boston suburbs

Long considered an urban scourge, rats are infesting well-to-do neighborhoods, startling residents and flummoxing local authorities.

Addison Weening harvested napa cabbage at the University of Vermont’s farm program.

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In Vermont, students take to the farm for a fresh start

The University of Vermont’s farmer-training program is a six-month, seed-to-harvest, total-immersion course that turns neophytes into money-earning agrarians.

// Question at center of Harvard trial: What counts as discrimination?

For at least 18 years, the admissions rate for Asian-American students at Harvard was less than that of white applicants and most other minorities. But is that actually proof of anti-Asian bias?

// Trump administration eyes defining ‘transgender’ out of existence

The Department of Health and Human Services is spearheading an effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, according to a memo.

In June, Governor Charlie Baker joined Attorney General Maura Healey in announcing a lawsuit targeting a maker and marketer of prescription opioids.

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Baker gets praise for handling opioid crisis, but challenges remain

As the governor seeks reelection, even his fans identified shortcomings in confronting a catastrophe that no one believes is close to ending.