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Ceremonies for Bush draw together presidents, world envoys

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 05: President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and former presidents, vice presidents, first ladies and spouses attend the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral December 05, 2018 in Washington, DC. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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The nation’s capital bids its final farewell to the late former President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday in a service of prayer and praise..

As state transportation officials chart the future of the region’s commuter rail system, four years before a new contract is awarded, they are asking a range of far-reaching and fundamental questions about the network’s mission.

Mass. officials have big ideas — and big decisions — for the MBTA commuter rail

How often should trains run? How much should a ride cost? And who’s going to operate it, anyway?

Progressive Marriott union contract could have ripple effects

Protections for immigrants, required training for new technology, and a registry of guests accused of sexual harassment are being seen as a boon for workers everywhere.

At the Hynes Convention Center, Deval Patrick reacted after winning the election to become the new governor of Massachusetts.

Deval Patrick won’t run in 2020, citing ‘the cruelty of our elections process’

The former governor had considered launching an aspirational, unifying presidential campaign at a time of deep national division.

Medical examiner Dr. Mindy Hull testified during a murder trial in 2014.

The state medical examiner’s office is doing fewer autopsies. What does that mean for the public?

Under its new leader, the state’s chief medical examiner’s office has routinely forgone autopsies in favor of less-rigorous testing to investigate deaths.

The Nation

Ceremonies for Bush draw together presidents, world envoys

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 05: President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and former presidents, vice presidents, first ladies and spouses attend the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral December 05, 2018 in Washington, DC. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Peter Baker

The nation’s capital bids its final farewell to the late former President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday in a service of prayer and praise..

Trump used a motorcade to travel 250 yards to greet George W. Bush

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04: (AFP OUT) Former first lady Laura Bush and former President George W. Bush greet President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump outside of Blair House December 04, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Trumps were paying a condolence visit to the Bush family who are in Washington for former President George H.W. Bushs state funeral and related honors. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

By Globe Wire Services

The motorcade prompted questions about why the Trumps were unable — or unwilling — to simply walk across the street.

DHS: Coast Guard Academy retaliated against woman instructor

Officials at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy retaliated against a faculty member who had complained of harassment and bullying based on her gender and race, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General released Tuesday.

The World

UK Parliament, May’s government face off in Brexit showdown

Demonstrators for and against Brexit protest opposite the Houses of Parliament in London on December 5, 2018. - British Prime Minister Theresa May returns to the House of Commons today after a series of stunning defeats by MPs that threaten her government and could change the course of Brexit. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

By Jill Lawless

The release of previously secret legal advice provided more ammunition for opponents of Prime Minister Theresa May’s unpopular divorce agreement with the European Union.

Global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018

Smoke billowing from a large steel plant in Inner Mongolia, China, in November 2016.

By Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney

“We are in deep trouble with climate change,” United Nations Secretary General António Guterres says.

Putin: If US develops banned missiles, so will Russia

By Nataliya Vasilyeva

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday warned the United States that if it walks out of a key arms treaty and starts developing the type of missiles banned by it, Russia will do the same.

Editorial & Opinion

JEFF JACOBY

If Iowa and New Hampshire didn’t always go first, presidential campaigns would be shorter

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, greets supporters Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

By Jeff Jacoby

The length of time the United States spends on presidential campaigns is unreal, unhealthy, and, for many of us, unbearable. Here’s a way to make them shorter.

JOAN VENNOCHI

Let the voters decide Ed Markey’s fate

By Joan Vennochi

Markey’s longevity is running up against ambitious colleagues and voters restless for change.

Letters

In Boston pot rush, it looks like business as usual

“The manager of Ascend, the first company to sign an agreement with Boston to sell marijuana, is not just a ‘woman of color.’ ”

Metro

Deval Patrick won’t run in 2020, citing ‘the cruelty of our elections process’

At the Hynes Convention Center, Deval Patrick reacted after winning the election to become the new governor of Massachusetts.

By Michael Levenson and Victoria McGrane

The former governor had considered launching an aspirational, unifying presidential campaign at a time of deep national division.

Mass. officials have big ideas — and big decisions — for the MBTA commuter rail

As state transportation officials chart the future of the region’s commuter rail system, four years before a new contract is awarded, they are asking a range of far-reaching and fundamental questions about the network’s mission.

By Adam Vaccaro

How often should trains run? How much should a ride cost? And who’s going to operate it, anyway?

Ayanna Pressley praised, honored at one of her last Boston City Council meetings

Boston, MA, 12/5/2018 -- Ayanna Pressley embraces former Chief of Staff Jessica Taubner (L) following a farewell at City Hall. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 06ayanna Reporter:

By Milton J. Valencia

Her fellow councilors lifted Pressley — the first black woman elected to the council and the first elected to represent Mass. in Congress — as a symbol of the work they strive to do.

Business & Tech

chesto means business

Trillium, humbled by pay flap, boosts wages of retail workers

Esther and JC Tetreault, owners of Trillium Brewing Co., are vastly improving wage levels after being roundly criticized over how — and how much — they pay workers.

By Jon Chesto

One of the buzziest craft brewers around was blasted for paying tip wages to retail employees.

This 18-year-old company is somehow one of Massachusetts’ hottest startups

For Aras founder and chief executive Peter Schroer, the rising tide of investment proves that the nearly two decades of risks he’s taken on the company are paying off.

By Andy Rosen

Aras makes software to help businesses manage the development of complex products.

Takeda’s Long Battle for $62 Billion Shire Deal Gets Victory

By Lisa Du

Christophe Weber, the chief executive officer of Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., has faced a string of challenges in his $62 billion pursuit of U.K.-listed drugmaker Shire Plc. The Japanese company’s shares tumbled, dissident shareholders tried to derail the deal and Shire repeatedly rebuffed his initial bids.

Obituaries

Philip Bosco; prolific stage actor won Tony Award

FILE -- Philip Bosco and Swoosie Kurtz in

By Robert Berkvist

Philip Bosco, a character actor who was a familiar face for years in movies, on television and especially on the Broadway stage, where he won a Tony Award and was nominated for five more, died Monday night at his home in Haworth, New Jersey. He was 88.

Sports

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

The Patriots don’t have an identity problem. Their identity is adaptability

Chicago, IL - 10/21/2018 - (2nd quarter)New England Patriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) returns a kickoff for a touchdown during the second quarter. New England Patriots vs. Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Ben Volin, Topic: 21Patriots-Bears, LOID: 8.4.3538702313.

By Christopher L. Gasper

While this hasn’t felt like a classic Patriots season, this is a classically Patriots team.

ADAM HIMMELSBACH

Marcus Smart’s 2 a.m. gym trips have helped him stay connected to his late mother

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 2: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics reacts during the preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden on October 2, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Adam Himmelsbach

“It’s really my time for me just to be alone and really grieve on my own,” Smart said.

ALEX SPEIER

Why having multiple Tommy John surgeries won’t hurt Nathan Eovaldi’s value

Houston TX 10/16/18: Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi in the second inning. Houston Astros hosted Boston Red Sox in Game Three of ALCS at Minute Maid Park Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Alex Speier

The medical landscape has changed dramatically for the better regarding these kinds of procedures.