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George H.W. Bush, a war hero and president, dies at 94

Former president George H.W. Bush in 2008.

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Bush, who died Friday, was a president and the father of a president, a World War II veteran, and a New England patrician whose political base was in Texas. He held a number of other roles in government, and was widely celebrated by both parties after his time in the White House.

// Companies tap into an underused but highly capable workforce

People considered to be “neurodiverse” — those on the autism spectrum, or with OCD, dyslexia, or communication disorders — often have unique abilities to see patterns and focus on repetitive tasks.

VA isn’t cutting checks quick enough for veterans-turned-students

The agency is struggling to update its massive, outdated computer system and chip away at a massive backlog of student claims.

// This #MeToo activist is focused on scientists

Neurobiologist BethAnn McLaughlin has been described as both a hero and a vigilante for her efforts.

// Judge Joseph Tauro’s landmark rulings gave people more rights

The federal judge is known to many for ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, but his rulings also aided the developmentally disabled.

The Nation

Earthquake shatters roads and windows in Alaska

By Rachel D’Oro and Dan Joling

Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 shattered highways and rocked buildings Friday in Anchorage and the surrounding area, sending people running into the streets.

Prosecutors say they are still weighing new charges against ex-Trump campaign chairman Manafort

Attorneys Kevin Downing and Thomas Zehnle (right), with the defense team for Paul Manafort, after a federal court hearing in Washington Friday.

By Spencer S. Hsu and Rachel Weiner

The hearing is the first in Manafort’s case since special counsel prosecutors accused him Monday of repeatedly lying to investigators and breaking his plea agreement.

House Democrats’ 1st bill aims for sweeping reforms

Representative John Sarbanes, Democrat of Maryland, spoke at a news conference Friday at the Capitol in Washington to discuss Democrats’ priorities when they assume the majority in the 116th Congress in January.

By Lisa Mascaro

House Democrats on Friday unveiled more details of their first bill for the new Congress, a package that would limit big money in politics, make it easier for citizens to vote, and require presidents to disclose their tax returns.

The World

Dodging friends, chased by legal troubles, Trump navigates G-20

President Trump and other world leaders lined up for a photo during the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires on Friday.

The president’s first day at the summit was a window into his idiosyncratic statecraft.

London court sentences Japan Airlines copilot to 10 months in prison

By Makoto Hirose

London court sentences Japan Airlines copilot to 10 months in prison

Australian students stage school strikes over climate change inaction

By Livia Albeck-Ripka

Thousands of students across Australia quit school for the day on Friday to protest government inaction on climate change.

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Mexico begins moving caravan migrants to new shelter

By Sarah Kinosian, William Branigin and Antonio Olivo

Editorial & Opinion


Climate warning sounded, and it’s resounding

FILE - This June 1, 2014, file photo show the coal-fired Plant Scherer in operation in Juliette, Ga. Despite what President Donald Trump says, scientists have long known that what's warming the planet isn't natural. It's us. Climate scientists say Trump was wrong. There are several ways they know that more than 90 percent of climate change is caused by emissions of heat-trapping gases from activities like burning coal and natural gas for electricity, or burning gasoline, diesel and jet fuel for transportation. In other words, humans. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

The dire predictions in the National Climate Assessment stirred readers to weigh in on our path forward.


Mount Auburn Cemetery and its chapel get a new look

A ceremony will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. to mark the completion of renovations and improvements to Mount Auburn Cemetery and the Bigelow Chapel (above).

By Katie Camero

Work at the cemetery and Bigelow Chapel lasted more than a year and cost $15 million.

After ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s killing, prison warden faces removal

Fotios “Freddy” Geas, shown in an undated photo, is considered a suspect in the killing of James “Whitey” Bulger.

By Danielle Ivory

Bulger’s death, coming just hours after he arrived at a West Virginia lockup, has been a major embarrassment for the already under-fire Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Man riding in back seat of car fatally shot in Dorchester

By Danny McDonald

The shooting at the corner of Talbot Avenue and Norfolk Street occurred shortly before 7:10 p.m., police say.

Business & Tech

chesto means business

Kennedy’s call to the corporate world generates big response

By Jon Chesto

Representative Kennedy says he didn’t expect such an outsized reaction to his New England Council speech on Monday, in which he urged business leaders to pursue “moral capitalism.”

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Worried about the Marriott data breach? It’s too late

Marriott’s international headquarters is in Bethesda, Md.

By Hiawatha Bray

Your personal information was probably long ago stolen, but that doesn’t let companies off the hook.

E Ink’s digital blackboard won’t kick up chalk dust

By Hiawatha Bray

The Billerica company known for making electronic book reader screens is unveiling its latest technology.


Judge Joseph Tauro’s landmark rulings gave people more rights

US District Court Judge Joseph L. Tauro inside his chambers at the Moakley Courthouse.

By Bryan Marquard

The federal judge is known to many for ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, but his rulings also aided the developmentally disabled.

Former President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94

By Michael Graczyk

George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94.

Gloria Katz, a writer of ‘American Graffiti,’ is dead at 76

By Neil Genzlinger

Gloria Katz went from a struggling screenwriter to a sought-after one when “American Graffiti” became a surprise hit of 1973.


Celtics 128, Cavaliers 95

This was a real shot of confidence for Gordon Hayward and the Celtics

Boston, MA - 11/30/2018 - (3rd quarter) Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) gets a hand from Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) after earning a trip to the charity stripe after drawing the foul during the third quarter. The Boston Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Adam Himmelsbach, Topic: 01Celtics-Cavaliers, LOID: 8.4.3975933757.

By Gary Washburn

Kyrie Irving scored 29 points in only 27 minutes — thanks to 11-for-15 shooting for the field

Celtics notebook

Jaylen Brown knows his role may change when he returns from back injury

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 115-107. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

By Gary Washburn

The third-year Celtic missed his second consecutive game Friday, but may make trip to Minnesota.

NFL notebook

Doug Williams: ‘Never in my life have I said anything so insensitive’

Redskins Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams apologized Friday for his remarks regarding Reuben Foster. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by John McDonnell

The Redskins VP of player personnel apologized to the organization, his wife, mother, sister, and six daughters for his remarks about Reuben Foster

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North Andover denies King Philip a three-peat in Division 2 Super Bowl

By Nate Weitzer


High-powered Nashoba Regional rolls to victory in Division 4 Super Bowl

By Brandon Chase

Good Life

In the Vermont countryside, riders keep the fox hunt tradition alive, without the fox

The hounds follow closely behind their Huntsman and Kennelman, Kate Selby. The dogs wear GPS collars so that Selby will be able to find them if they go astray.

By Photos and text Jessica Rinaldi

Through the crisp Vermont countryside, riders take part in an adventure at once ancient and modern: A formal fox hunt, no fox necessary.

Music Review

Nelsons and the BSO tackle a seasonal rarity

Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. (Photo by Winslow Townson) Andris Nelsons, conductor Carolyn Sampson, soprano Christine Rice, mezzo-soprano Sebastian Kohlhepp, tenor Andrè Schuen, baritone Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Boston Symphony Children’s Choir, James Burton, conductor

By David Weininger

Though there were pleasant moments, most in the second half, this was not a highlight of the BSO’s encounters with Bach.


Glass act

By Marni Elyse Katz

Holiday glass sale offers kaleidoscopic creations.

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love letters

She reached out on social media

By Meredith Goldstein

TV Critic’s Corner

Lots of reasons why Olivia Colman rules

By Matthew Gilbert