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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.

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

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.

Michael Avenatti arrested in LA on domestic violence charge


Michael Avenatti, who skyrocketed to fame as a critic of President Donald Trump and the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested Wednesday and booked on a felony domestic violence charge, Los Angeles police said.

A White House aide picked a fight with Melania Trump; the first lady won

By Anne Gearan, Josh Dawsey and Emily Heil

A White House aide picked a fight with Melania Trump; the first lady won

The World

Brexit withdrawal deal: Theresa May gets cabinet approval for her draft agreement

By William Booth

Brexit withdrawal deal: Theresa May gets cabinet approval for her draft agreement

Israel’s hawkish defense minister resigns after government agrees to cease-fire

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman speaks during a press conference at the Knesset in Jerusalem on November 14, 2018. - Lieberman announced his resignation today and called for early elections after a sharp disagreement over a Gaza ceasefire deal, throwing the government into turmoil. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP)MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images

By Isabel Kershner

The surprise resignation of Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s hard-line defense minister, could prompt early elections.

First Rohingya are to be returned to Myanmar killing grounds

FILE-- A destroyed mosque and charred palm trees in a Rohingya village that was razed in Maungdaw, Myanmar, July 26, 2018. About 2,200 Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar last year are set to be repatriated on Nov. 15. It is a process that has been repeatedly delayed, and one that few, apart from the Myanmar and Bangladesh governments, seem to think is a good idea.(Adam Dean/The New York Times)

By Hannah Beech

The United Nations doesn’t want it to happen. Dozens of rights groups say they are shocked.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Tom Mashberg

Survivor of Malibu fires: ‘The wind doesn’t care who you are’

A wildfire burns a structure near Malibu Lake in Malibu, Calif., Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. About two-thirds of the city of Malibu was ordered evacuated early Friday as a ferocious wildfire roared toward the beachside community that is home to about 13,000 residents, some of them Hollywood celebrities. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

By Tom Mashberg

A Malibu resident describes his frightening bolt to safety and punctures the myth that Malibu is only for the rich.


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.

Opinion | Una Hajdari

As Europe revisits wartorn times, Trump lays a minefield

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 10, 2018 US President Donald Trump (R) is welcomed by French president Emmanuel Macron prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on November 10, 2018, on the sidelines of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. - US President Donald Trump mocked Emmanuel Macron November 13, 2018 for his

By Una Hajdari

Trump has spent a good part of his presidency attacking NATO and unilaterally pulling out of key deals that directly endanger European safety and security.


For a pretty penny, you too can attend Governor Charlie Baker’s inauguration

By Matt Stout and Joshua Miller

Candlelight dinner, VIP access, reserved seats at the swearing-in? All yours and more for only $25,000.

Moulton legislation would push VA on medical marijuana for veterans

Sixth District Congressman Seth Moulton.

By Dan Adams

The Department of Veterans Affairs has long shied away from cannabis, even as more and more veterans turn to the drug for treatment. Representative Seth Moulton wants to change that.

Cold weather wins in race to restore gas service in Merrimack Valley

Lawrence, MA, 11/14/2018 -- Thomas Baca, 60, and his wife have been using their electric oven to warm their apartment in South Lawrence. With colder weather approaching they've finally broken down and called about getting a hotel and are waiting to hear back from Columbia Gas for arrangements. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 15Lawrence Reporter:

By Milton J. Valencia

Reality has begun to settle in: Cold weather has won the race against the effort to restore gas service following the Sept. 13 natural gas disasters across Lawrence, North Andover and Andover.

Business & Tech

Sign of the times: Citgo ad closer to landmark status

By Tim Logan

Boston Landmark Commission signs off; now it’s up to the mayor and city council.

Major concert club planned for near North Station

By Tim Logan

‘Big Night Live’ will occupy 40,000 square feet and hold up to 2,000 people.

MassChallenge is looking for a new CEO

By Andy Rosen and Jon Chesto

John Harthorne is stepping down to form a venture designed to help participants grow after they complete the program.


John D. Maguire, advocate of diversity in education, dies at 86

By Daniel E. Slotnik

Long before Mr. Maguire was a civil rights activist or developed inclusive college admissions standards, he grew up in the segregated South with views on race that were far from enlightened.

Ron Johnson, All-Pro running back, dies at 71

By Richard Goldstein

Mr. Johnson became the first player in New York Giants history to gain at least 1,000 rushing yards in a season, achieving the milestone twice in the 1970s.

Raymond Plank, coal miner’s son who prospered in oil, dies at 96

Mr. Plank witnessed the atomic-bomb attack on Nagasaki.

By Robert D. Hershey Jr.

Mr. Plank witnessed the atomic-bomb attack on Nagasaki and then returned from the war to help found one of the nation’s largest independent oil and gas companies, Apache.



Stars aligned when Bruins played Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen, left, checks Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand, who was trying to retrieve the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

By Matt Porter

Four of the top five scorers in the NHL (six of the top 25) clashed as the Bruins started their road trip.

Sports Log

IUPUI stuns Boston College in men’s basketball

IUPUI’s Cameron Justice scored 5 of his game-high 29 points in the closing three minutes in the upset at Conte Forum.


Celtics hammer Bulls at Garden

Boston, MA: 11-14-18: The Celtics Jaylen Brown brings the crowd out of their seats as he slams home two first quarter points on a breakaway dunk. The Boston Celtics hosted the Chicago Bulls in a regular season NBA basketball game at TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Adam Himmelsbach

Kyrie Irving had 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists for Boston.