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Meet the first legal recreational marijuana customers in Massachusetts: a pair of veterans

Iraq veteran and medical marijuana advocate Stephen Mandile and Northampton Mayor and Air Force veteran David Narkewicz will make the legal pot purchases on Tuesday.

Scooter riders made their way along Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence, where a pilot scooter program is underway.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Fast, cheap, and sometimes out of control: Is Boston ready for electric scooters?

If experience in other cities where they’ve landed is a guide, we may be in for a new breed of aggressive, erratic drivers.

Elena Lowry, 78, has moved from the Somerville Home to an apartment in the VNA Senior Housing in Somerville.

Rest homes in Mass. keep closing as financial pressures mount

When it closes on Dec. 1, the financially troubled Somerville Home will become the 100th such facility in the state to shut down in the past two decades.

Former governor Deval Patrick (left) and Senators Elizabeth Warren (center) and Bernie Sanders are among the New Englanders who could face off in New Hampshire in 2020.

The 2020 Democratic primary in N.H. could have a New England flavor

It’s a tradition: If a New England Democrat runs in the New Hampshire presidential primary, he or she wins it. But what if several run at the same time?

Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker

Trump says he wouldn’t stop acting attorney general from curtailing Mueller probe

The president also essentially shut the door to sitting down with the special counsel, saying his written answers mean ‘‘probably this is the end’’ of his involvement in the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

The Nation

Searchers in California wildfire step up efforts before rain

A search-and-rescue team member documented its sign marking a home’s ruins in Paradise, Calif., on Sunday.

By Sudhin Thanawala

Although the rain could help tamp down the blazes that have killed 76 people so far, it also could wash away telltale fragments of bone, or turn loose, dry ash into a thick paste that would frustrate the search.

Trump says he wouldn’t stop acting attorney general from curtailing Mueller probe

Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker

By Felicia Sonmez

The president also essentially shut the door to sitting down with the special counsel, saying his written answers mean ‘‘probably this is the end’’ of his involvement in the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

Trump suggests Navy SEAL commander should have found bin Laden faster

President Donald Trump listens to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, right, following Trump's meeting to discuss potential damage from Hurricane Michael, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The comments represent the latest point of tension between Trump and a group of retired general officers who have criticized the commander-in-chief publicly for his handling of national security and military matters.

The World

How China is rewriting its own script

Jon Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, Elton John, and Miley Cyrus have been barred from entering China over behavior deemed inappropriate or critical of the Chinese Communist Party.

By Amy Qinand Audrey Carlsen

When was the last time you watched a movie with a Chinese villain?

Landslides kill 13, leave 4 missing in south central Vietnam

A disaster official said the landslides from heavy rains triggered by Tropical Storm Toraji collapsed several houses and buried victims in some villages in Nha Trang, Vietnam.

Landslides due to rains from a tropical storm have killed 13 people and left four others missing in south-central Vietnam.

Macron, Merkel seek common approaches to Trump, euro

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met on Sunday in Berlin.

By David McHugh

President Emmanuel Macron of France and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, both limping in the polls, are looking for common approaches to President Trump and fixing the flaws in the euro currency.

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial

Mass. should mandate federal safety board recommendations and end gas moratorium

Lawrence, MA--9/13/2018-- Workers stage at Columbia Gas of Massachusetts in Lawrence. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

The state needs to act on recommendations from the NTSB as well as end the moratoriums on new gas hookups.

Opinion | Margery Eagan

In a troubling time for Catholics, Thomas Keating was an inspiration

Tibetan exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, center, greets people in the audience with Trappist monk Thomas Keating, right, before taking the stage at the start of an event called

By Margery Eagan

In a troubling time for Catholics, the priest and spiritual writer Thomas Keating — who died last month — continues to be an inspiration.

Opinion | Thomas Gagen

Don’t run, Senator Warren, don’t run

Sen. Elizabeth Warren gives her victory speech at a Democratic election watch party in Boston, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

By Thomas Gagen

Elizabeth Warren would face problems inherent in the Massachusetts political culture if she runs.

Metro

The 2020 Democratic primary in N.H. could have a New England flavor

Former governor Deval Patrick (left) and Senators Elizabeth Warren (center) and Bernie Sanders are among the New Englanders who could face off in New Hampshire in 2020.

By James Pindell

It’s a tradition: If a New England Democrat runs in the New Hampshire presidential primary, he or she wins it. But what if several run at the same time?

Meet the first legal recreational marijuana customers in Massachusetts: a pair of veterans

Stephen Mandile, an Iraq war veteran from Uxbridge, will be the first recreational marijuana customer at Cultivate in Leicester.

By Dan Adams

Iraq veteran and medical marijuana advocate Stephen Mandile and Northampton Mayor and Air Force veteran David Narkewicz will make the legal pot purchases on Tuesday.

Fast, cheap, and sometimes out of control: Is Boston ready for electric scooters?

Scooter riders made their way along Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence, where a pilot scooter program is underway.

By Beth Teitell

If experience in other cities where they’ve landed is a guide, we may be in for a new breed of aggressive, erratic drivers.

Business & Tech

WORK SPACE

For the Woods Hole ‘tender,’ it’s always bridge season

From his station beside the Eel Pond Bridge in Woods Hole, Michael Botelho watches boat and car traffic and works the controls to open and close the span, sometimes using a hand crank to accomplish the task.

By Michael Levenson

Michael Botelho has long tended to a small — but important — drawbridge in Woods Hole. He loves the job.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

Massachusetts must do a better job hyping its digital health care smarts

Vertex Pharmaceuticals CEO Jeffrey Leiden helped finance the Massachusetts Innovation Catalyst Fund.

By Scott Kirsner

A much-hyped effort to make the commonwealth a leader in the technology hasn’t made enough progress.

Obituaries

Bill Fischer, pitching coach who helped Red Sox win pennant, dies at 88

“He had a rough and gruff exterior and you had to earn your stripes with him, but deep down he was a beautiful person and one of the greatest human beings I ever met,” Hurst added.

By Marvin Pave

Mr. Fischer also holds the Major League Baseball record of pitching 84 consecutive innings without giving up a walk.

Sports

ADAM HIMMELSBACH

Seven thoughts about Celtics’ toughness and the state of the team

Boston MA 11/17/18 Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens on the bench against the Utah Jazz during first quarter action at TD Garden. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

By Adam Himmelsbach

Coach Brad Stevens called into question his team’s mind-set and toughness following Saturday night’s dismal loss to Utah.

Joey Logano beats the odds to capture NASCAR championship

Joey Logano waves his steering wheel as confetti flies after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Championship auto race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

By Jenna Fryer

Logano won the season finale at Homestead to grab his first Cup championship in a season in which he barely contended until the playoffs began.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

This is a year the Patriots need a first-round bye more than ever

Ben Roethlisberger’s late touchdown stunned the Jaguars.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The Steelers’ victory over the Jaguars means the Patriots are third in the AFC, and this team needs all the help it can get.