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JOSH REYNOLDS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Sororities, fraternities sue Harvard over social club crackdown

Groups say Harvard’s crackdown on single-gender social clubs discriminates against women and discourages students from exercising their rights of free association.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/24/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/Boghosian_28foundation2_BIZ.jpg Cambridge biotech’s cancer test turns out to be a ‘lifesaver’

John White, a retired North Attleborough bioengineer, was diagnosed in early 2015 with aggressive prostate cancer.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/03/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/debtlumackifuneral066-23666.jpg Baker calls for Newton judge to be pulled from bench amid probe

The Globe reported a federal grand jury is looking into whether Judge Shelley Joseph and other court personnel helped an undocumented immigrant evade immigration officials.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/03/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/RinaldiLawrence08-001.jpg With more plumbers, could Lawrence have seen faster gas service?

A revised plan deploying hundreds more plumbers turned out to be highly effective. So some ask: Why wasn’t Plan B Plan A?

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/11/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/ryan_statehouse_met-5838.jpg A year after Baker’s push for more housing, it’s still in limbo

The slow pace highlights how hard it is for the state to make even limited changes to housing policies fiercely protected by cities and towns.

The Nation

4 days of events honoring former President George H.W. Bush

By Peter Baker and Sheryl Gay Stolberg

Former President George H.W. Bush will be honored during several public and private events in Houston and Washington before his burial Thursday in Texas.

USPS will suspend mail delivery on Wednesday as the nation mourns Bush

The US Postal Service said it will suspend regular mail delivery Wednesday out of respect for former president George H.W. Bush, who died Friday.

Black man killed by officer was shot 3 times in back

The parents of shooting victim Emantic

By Jay Reeves

A forensic examination shows a black man was shot three times in the back when an Alabama police officer mistook him for a shooter at a crowded shopping mall, the man’s family said.

The World

Soros-backed university is forced to close in Hungary

People walk inside the Central European University (CEU) building in Budapest on December 3, 2018. - Hungary's renowned CEU announced it had been

By Marc Santora

Founded after the collapse of the Soviet Union to foster democracy, Central European University has long been the target of nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Dutch court rejects man’s request to be 20 years younger

Emile Ratelband plans appeal.

By MIKE CORDER

The court refused a request to shave 20 years off the age of Emile Ratelband, saying it would “have a variety of undesirable legal and societal implications.”

Man at center of Nobel Literature scandal loses rape appeal

By DAVID KEYTON and JAN M. OLSEN

The man with ties to the Swedish Academy that awards the Nobel Prize in literature lost his appeal Monday to have his rape conviction and a two-year prison sentence reversed and instead was convicted of a second rape.

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial

Boston should stop dragging its feet on marijuana shops

People line up on the opening day of sales of Marijuana to the general public at New England Treatment Access (NETA) in Northampton, Massachusetts on November 20, 2018. (Photo by Joseph PREZIOSO / AFP)JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images

With two marijuana stores opened in Central in Western Mass., Bostonians are asking, “What about us?”

Opinion | Ron Kaufman

George H.W. Bush completely transformed a poor kid from Quincy

Ron Kaufman with President George H.W. Bush in February 1992.

By Ron Kaufman

A family-like bond with George H.W. Bush went beyond politics and career.

JOAN VENNOCHI

Bush’s relationship with Dukakis begins and ends with Willie Horton

George H.W.  Bush (left) and Michael Dukakis shook hands before a September 1988  debate in Winston-Salem, N.C.

By Joan Vennochi

The nasty Republican campaign of 1988 was lowlighted by Bush’s willingness to sanction race-baiting.

More Stories

Opinon | Ricardo B. Salinas

High expectations for Mexico’s new president

By Ricardo B. Salinas

Opinion | Stephen P. Crosby

UMass Boston needs resources to continue to fulfill its unique role

By Stephen P. Crosby

Opinion | Emily Reichert and Quincy Miller

Mexico City’s transit solution could be ours: better buses

By Emily Reichert and Quincy Miller

Metro

THOMAS FARRAGHER

The local police force in this tiny Vermont village has gone — and may never be coming back

Hillary Leicher, a manager at Chef’s Market, and egg farmer Chris Recchia discuss law enforcement in Randolph, Vt., which is now covered by the Orange County sheriff’s office.

By Thomas Farragher

This little town of 2,000 is now pondering life without its local cops. And the cost of rehiring men and women with guns and badges.

Healey rejects several local moratoriums on marijuana businesses

Jen Borgstedte, 29, of Pawtucket , looked at the opening menu of Cultivate in Leicester.

By Dan Adams

Three towns that tried to extend their freezes on pot businesses into 2019 were rebuffed by the Attorney General’s office.

With more plumbers, could Lawrence have seen faster gas service?

Lawrence, MA, 12/3/2018 -- Workers deliver a new stove to a home in South Lawrence. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 04lawrence Reporter:

By Milton J. Valencia

A revised plan deploying hundreds more plumbers turned out to be highly effective. So some ask: Why wasn’t Plan B Plan A?

Business & Tech

A year after Baker’s push for more housing, it’s still in limbo

A year after Governor Charlie Baker proposed the Act to Promote Housing Choices, it remains in limbo on Beacon Hill.

By Tim Logan

The slow pace highlights how hard it is for the state to make even limited changes to housing policies fiercely protected by cities and towns.

Cambridge biotech’s cancer test turns out to be a ‘lifesaver’

“I was only given months to live four years ago . . . I am still thriving,” said John White.

By Jonathan Saltzman

John White, a retired North Attleborough bioengineer, was diagnosed in early 2015 with aggressive prostate cancer.

CHESTO MEANS BUSINESS

Revere’s mayor is still looking to land its big fish

The biggest potential opportunity: Suffolk Downs, on the Revere-Boston line.

By Jon Chesto

Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo is about to figure out what life after failing to win Amazon’s HQ2 will be like for his city.

Obituaries

obituary

A quiet hero: Andy Fitzgerald, last surviving crew member from daring Cape Cod rescue, dies at 87 

Mr. Fitzgerald posed next to the spotlight he manned on the night of the rescue in 1952 aboard motor lifeboat CG36500.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Fitzgerald’s crew was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal, the Coast Guard’s highest honor, for its 1952 rescue of 32 men off an oil tanker, and was immortalized in the 2016 blockbuster “The Finest Hours.”

Ruth Haring, top chess player who led US federation, dies at 63

By Dylan Loeb McClain

Ms. Haring played for the national women’s team in five consecutive Chess Olympiads and became a rare female president of the US Chess Federation.

Thomas Altizer, proponent of ‘God is dead’ theology, dies at 91

Dr. Altizer questioned whether a benevolent God could exist.

By Katharine Q. Seelye

Mr. Altizer, who taught religion at Emory University in Atlanta, and others questioned whether a benevolent God could exist.

Sports

Chad Finn

Patriots should be delivering more on offense

Foxborough, MA 12/02/18- New England Patriots Tom Brady 5 yard run against the Minnesota Vikings during first quarter action at Gillette Stadium Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.(Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)

By Chad Finn

It’s strange to see a team with this much talent leave points on the field in this age of light-’em-up pinball offenses.

Red Sox notebook

Red Sox would love to retain World Series hero Nathan Eovaldi

Los Angeles, CA: 10-28-18: Red Sox pitchers David Price (left) and Nathan Eovaldi (right) pose with the trophy as the Red Sox celebrate their World Series victory. The Boston Red Sox visited the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five of the World Series at Dodger Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Peter Abraham

Dave Dombrowski said the Sox want to bring back the free agent, but competition for his services will be stiff.

Patriots notebook

Bill Belichick gives Patriots’ D high marks

Foxborough, MA 12/02/18- The Patriots defense, including Dont'a Hightower, Stephon Gilmore, Elandon Roberts and Kyle Van Noy combine to stuff the running attempt of the Viings Dalvin Cook. The New England Patriots play against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.(Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Nicole Yang

Sunday’s 24-10 victory over the Vikings was a step in right direction for a defense that has battled inconsistencies this season.

Tuesday Stories

Music review

At the Garden, Travis Scott takes fans along on the ride of his life

Travis Scott performs at TD Garden.

By Isaac Feldberg

On a stage that featured a roller coaster and carousel, the rapper performed a ferocious 85-minute set.