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A plague of racist graffiti has Reading schools on edge

Reading MA 11/13/18 Anne Schwartz listening to residents opinions during a town select meeting discussing issues of racist graffiti found around town at Reading Memorial High School, Performing Arts Center. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Nearly every day, teachers at Reading Memorial High School scan their classrooms carefully, sweeping their eyes across floors and furniture in search of swastikas.

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., center in red, gets a hug from Rep.-elect Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, second from right, following a photo opportunity on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, with the freshman class. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

House freshmen are tangled up in Democrats’ leadership fight

Newly elected Democratic members of Congress face a tough choice on whether to back Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House after distancing themselves from her on the campaign trail.

Boston, MA - 2/27/2018 - Massport CEO Tom Glynn of Massport speaks during a panel to discuss the Boston Globe Spotlight Team's series on race at the JFK Memorial Library in Boston, MA, Feb. 27, 2018. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Keith Bedford/Globe Staff/File 2018

Can the Massport board look beyond the usual players as it hires a new CEO?

The Massachusetts Port Authority board hasn’t picked a headhunting firm yet to replace its departing CEO, but the jockeying for the job has already begun.

Building 4 at the Brockton VA Community Living Center.

Sleeping staff, disregard for safety found at Brockton VA nursing home

Investigators found a nurse and a nurse’s aide fast asleep during their shifts — one dozed in a darkened room while the other was wrapped in a blanket in the locked cafeteria.

Virgina Newes loved using Zipcar, but then the car-sharing company abruptly dropped her after a minor accident.

The Fine Print | Sean Murphy

Zipcar ended her membership because of a car dent. But was it really about her age?

An 89-year-old Cambridge woman was terminated from the service after a minor mishap in a parking garage.

The Nation

House freshmen are tangled up in Democrats’ leadership fight

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., center in red, gets a hug from Rep.-elect Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, second from right, following a photo opportunity on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, with the freshman class. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

By Liz Goodwin

Newly elected Democratic members of Congress face a tough choice on whether to back Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House after distancing themselves from her on the campaign trail.

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial

Ending abuse of the disabled

When it comes to protections for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Massachusetts still has a long way to go.

JOAN VENNOCHI

To the Catholic Church: I’m out

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica is partially engulfed in the fog behind statues of saints adorning the colonnade designed by 16th century Italian sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

By Joan Vennochi

The culture of denial and cover-up about sexual abuse and sexual harassment has gone on for too long.

Metro

Sleeping staff, disregard for safety found at Brockton VA nursing home

Building 4 at the Brockton VA Community Living Center.

By Andrea Estes

Investigators found a nurse and a nurse’s aide fast asleep during their shifts — one dozed in a darkened room while the other was wrapped in a blanket in the locked cafeteria.

‘Squad’: Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib band together at orientation

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley in a Twitter photo from September 2018.

By Steve Annear

They’re documenting the start of their congressional journey on Instagram.

Business & Tech

Chesto Means Business

Gillette battles back in razor business

P&G employs about 1,350 people in South Boston (above) and Andover.

By Jon Chesto

A P&G spokesman says the grooming business enjoyed double-digit sales and volume growth in the last quarter in the United States.

Sports

High school signings

Burke’s Levar Williams signs with New Jersey Institute of Technology

Burke's Levar Williams (2) drives the ball past Apponequet's Timothy Johnson (4) during the second half of the MIAA South Sectional Basketball Finals in Taunton Friday, March 9, 2018. Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe.

By Nate Weitzer

The 6-foot guard becomes first male basketball athlete at Jeremiah E. Burke High School to earn a Division 1 scholarship.