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‘Whitey’ Bulger wished for ‘peaceful death,’ prison letters say

Charlie Hopkins, a former Alcatraz inmate who corresponded with James

Matt Stamey for The Boston Globe

The ex-South Boston crime boss described a litany of worsening health problems that included several heart attacks and blackouts.

Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, accompanied by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, to discuss President-elect Donald Trump's conflicts of interest and ethical issues. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Katherine Clark elected to leadership post

US Representative Katherine Clark won a contested race to be the House Democrats’ vice chair against a centrist-oriented colleague.

The latest numbers may give would-be home buyers hope.

Bloomberg News

There are signs that the Boston area’s heated housing market is cooling

Data from two real estate groups show that price increases are starting to moderate.

BOSTON, MA - 2/27/2015: Three Boston Public Schools which may be targeted for closure such as West Roxbury Academy, 1205 VFW Pkwy, (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 01schools(1)

Big changes in store for Boston school buildings

West Roxbury, East Boston, and the southern part of the city near the Dorchester-Mattapan line would be among the first neighborhoods to get new school buildings.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, based in Washington, D.C., paid for two large billboards that went up this week near Logan Airport.

Here’s the story behind these anti-hot-dog billboards in Boston

They may be a childhood mealtime staple, but a national physicians group says that hot dogs have no place on the menu at Boston Children’s Hospital.

The Nation

Katherine Clark elected to leadership post

Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, accompanied by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, to discuss President-elect Donald Trump's conflicts of interest and ethical issues. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

By Victoria McGrane

US Representative Katherine Clark won a contested race to be the House Democrats’ vice chair against a centrist-oriented colleague.

Ivanka Trump Says Her Private Email Use Has ‘No Equivalency’ With Hillary Clinton’s

WASHINGTON — The president’s daughter and White House adviser, Ivanka Trump, said her use of a personal email account for government business was not the same as Hillary Clinton’s using a private email server, which the president and his supporters had long argued was illegal.

Border camp for migrant children has ‘dangerously low’ staffing

In this Nov. 25, 2018 photo provided by Ivan Pierre Aguirre, migrant teens held inside the Tornillo detention camp look at protestors waving at them outside the fences surrounding the facility in Tornillo, Texas. The Trump administration announced in June 2018 that it would open the temporary shelter for up to 360 migrant children in this isolated corner of the Texas desert. Less than six months later, the facility has expanded into a detention camp holding thousands of teenagers - and it shows every sign of becoming more permanent. (Ivan Pierre Aguirre via AP)

By John Tozzi

A holding facility for unaccompanied immigrant teenagers on the Texas border has a “dangerously low” number of clinicians, according to a federal watchdog report.

The World

His father-in-law labeled Mexicans as rapists. But Jared Kushner just won Mexico’s highest honor.

Jared Kushner (right) is White House senior adviser. He is President Trump’s son-in-law.

By Elisabeth Malkin

The outgoing president of Mexico had expected to end his troubled term on a positive note — signing a new free-trade deal with the United States. Now that has gone awry.

Brexit will make Great Britain less prosperous, government says

By Jill Lawless

No matter what sort of trade deal it has with the European Union, Britain’s economy will suffer, the report said.

North Korea tells Washington to back off on the human rights criticism

This Sept. 20, 2018, photo shows North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Kim Song at the United Nations Headquarters. North Korea is accusing the Trump administration and its supporters of trying to

By Simon Denyer

The North’s appalling human rights record has become the latest barrier to a rapprochement between Pyongyang and Washington.

Editorial & Opinion

Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

It’s not too late to avert catastrophe. First, accept climate change is real

By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

We can’t save ourselves if the White House stands in the way.

JOAN VENNOCHI

It’s downhill for Mayor Walsh

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 08: Marty Walsh, mayor of Boston during a session on how communities can use technology to grow and thrive at the U.S. Conference Of Mayors on June 8, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

By Joan Vennochi

As Boston morphs into something entirely new, with a shifting power base, Walsh looks more and more old school.

Michael A. Cohen

Mississippi stays Mississippi in election

JACKSON, MS - NOVEMBER 27: U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) speaks during an election night event at The Westin Hotel, November 27, 2018 in Jackson, Mississippi. Hyde-Smith defeated Democratic candidate Mike Espy in Tuesday's U.S. Senate special runoff election in Mississippi. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By Michael A. Cohen

Mississippi is one of the most racially polarized states in the country, and the election results confirm that uncomfortable reality.

Metro

‘Whitey’ Bulger wished for ‘peaceful death,’ prison letters say

Charlie Hopkins, a former Alcatraz inmate who corresponded with James

By Shelley Murphy

The ex-South Boston crime boss described a litany of worsening health problems that included several heart attacks and blackouts.

Mass. native killed in combat operations in Afghanistan

Army Sgt. 1st Class Eric Michael Emond.

By Danny McDonald

Army Sergeant First Class Eric Michael Emond was killed Tuesday in a blast in Afghanistan.

State GOP leader Hughes to step aside, opening competition

Kirsten Hughes, chairwoman of the Massachusetts Republican Party.

By Matt Stout

Kirsten Hughes, who’s led the state Republican Party for six years, will not seek reelection to its top post.

Business & Tech

CHESTO MEANS BUSINESS

Developers push for relief from the natural gas moratorium

By Jon Chesto

The stoppage and a months-long labor dispute have delayed the completion of offices, apartments, and single-family homes.

TECH LAB

Don’t let a bot bust your holiday budget

Under a new bill, a bot that tries to buy three or four LOL Surprise! dolls is just fine, while a program that seeks to buy 100 of them is out of bounds.

By Hiawatha Bray

Automated gift-buying programs drive up costs for consumers desperate to land popular toys and gadgets.

Investment executive Sean Healey leads $40m donation to Mass. General to fight ALS

Affiliated Managers Group, the investment firm that Sean Healey led as its CEO until May, is contributing $20 million in matching funds to Mass. General to fight ALS. BUSINESS. 11-29-18

By Jon Chesto

Healey, a member of Florida-based firm Affiliated Managers Group, which was headquartered in Beverly for many years, announced the gift in a statement Wednesday.

Obituaries

Ex-Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona’s 1st Hispanic congressman, dies

By Bob Christie

Former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, who championed liberal causes as Arizona’s first Hispanic member of Congress but was known for his bipartisanship, died after suffering a heart attack, his family said Wednesday. He was 75.

Jane Maas, trailblazing woman in advertising’s ‘Mad Men’ era, dies at age 86

By Emily Langer

Jane Maas, trailblazing woman in advertising’s ‘Mad Men’ era, dies at age 86

Lady Trumpington, code breaker and irreverent politician, 96

By Palko Karasz

LONDON — Lady Trumpington, who worked on the top-secret Bletchley Park code-breaking operation during World War II and later embarked on a political career that made her a celebrity in Britain in her 90s, died Monday. She was 96.

Sports

FRANK DELL’APA | SOCCER NOTEBOOK

Revolution will play English club Chelsea — but when?

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 24, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

By Frank Dell’Apa

The game will be at Gillette Stadium, and Chelsea will play its first-teamers, but finding a date is problematic.

NFL NOTEBOOK

Redskins say Reuben Foster may never play for team

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, San Francisco 49ers' Reuben Foster (56) jogs on the field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. The Washington Redskins claimed Foster off waivers on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, after the 49ers released the linebacker following a domestic violence arrest. The team says conversations with former Alabama teammates led to the decision to claim Foster. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb, File)

Coach Jay Gruden said the team will continue to investigate the 24-year-old linebacker’s legal problems.

MIAA DIVISION 3 SUPER BOWL

Tewksbury has a trio of senior linebackers it can count on

Foxboro-11/27/18 An MIAA Super Bowl breakfast was held at Gillette Stadium for teams playing on Friday and Saturday at the Stadium. From left, Tewksbury's Jake Kelly, Trace Trant, Zachary Weitz, Kyle Zervas, and Jay Connolly look at a photo they took of themselves on the field. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

By Karl Capen

Trace Trant, Zachary Weitz, and Jack Kelly will anchor a stout Redmen defense Saturday night in the Division 3 Super Bowl against Springfield Central.