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Deerfield Academy has about 650 students in grades 9 through 12 and a $590 million endowment.

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‘Better dead than coed’: Deerfield Academy confronts its male-only past

One of the nation’s oldest and most elite boarding schools remains a place where female students have a sense that this is not their Deerfield.

Governor Chris Sununu staunchly opposes marijuana legalization, declaring it “the next major battle.”

‘Live free or die, but don’t touch that plant’: A clash over marijuana in New Hampshire

With marijuana legalization sweeping through New England, cannabis consumers in the “Live Free or Die” state are now surrounded by places where residents are, at least in one sense, more free.

State officials say 911 issues in Mass. ‘have been corrected’

Access to 911 services was disrupted Friday for callers in multiple states — including Massachusetts. Officials thought they had the problem solved earlier in the day, but sporadic outages continued.

Baker signs long-awaited Airbnb bill, opening new era for industry

The new rules will take effect July 1 and could transform a market that spans the state.

Erich Stelzer

Woman survives knife attack by date, who dies after police use Taser

After meeting a woman through the Tinder dating app, Erich Stelzer was allegedly stabbing the 24-year-old when police intervened.

The Nation

EPA proposes rule change that would limit pollution control for years to come

Many utility companies say the proposal offers little benefit. Above, a coal-fired power plant in Glenrock, Wyo.

By Lisa Friedman

The Trump administration Friday announced a plan designed to make it easier for coal-fired power plants to once again release mercury and other pollutants into the atmosphere.

Trump hasn’t ordered Afghan troop withdrawal, White House says

There are 14,000 US troops left in Afghanistan.

By Shannon Pettypiece and Bill Faries

A statement from the National Security Council’s spokesman contradicts reports that the president directed the military to pull 7,000 troops out of a conflict he’s long criticized.

N.C. elections board dissolves, adding new chaos in House race

“Democrats would object to any attempt by [Mark] Harris [above] to be seated on January 3,’’ incoming House majority leader Steny Hoyer said in a statement to The Washington Post.

By Felicia Sonmez and Eli Rosenberg

Incoming House majority leader Steny Hoyer said Friday that Democrats next week will not seat a North Carolina Republican amid allegations of election fraud.

The World

Japan shows video of alleged radar lock-on by South Korea warship

By Mari Yamaguchi

Japan released video footage Friday it said proved a South Korean warship locked its fire-control radar onto a Japanese warplane off the northeastern coast in the latest move of an escalating row between the Asian neighbors.

Syria’s Kurds ask an unlikely party for protection: Assad’s regime

A member of the Kurdish security forces patroled a market in Manbij, Syria, earlier this year. Kurdish leaders have asked for help from the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad in an attempt to avert an attack by Turkey.

By Ben Hubbard

The request appeared to open the way for President Bashar Assad’s forces to start retaking the Kurdish-held part of the country near Turkey’s border.

Autopsy says dead Guatemalan boy had influenza

New Mexico authorities said an autopsy performed on 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, a Guatemalan boy who died in US custody, shows he had the flu.

Felipe Gomez Alonzo died at a New Mexico hospital after suffering coughing, vomiting, and a fever. Another Guatemalan child, 7-year-old Jakelin Caal, died in US custody on Dec. 8.

Editorial & Opinion

EDITORIAL

Fall River recall election is anti-democratic

No one would ever think that you’d need to recall a mayor twice. But that’s exactly what Fall River residents are grappling with.

Letters

Walls and bridges and all things Trump

US President Donald Trump greets members of the US military during a stop at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, on December 27, 2018. - President Donald Trump used a lightning visit to Iraq -- his first with US troops in a conflict zone since being elected -- to defend the withdrawal from Syria and to declare an end to America's role as the global

Globe letter writers respond to the president’s demand for a border wall, and to all other things Trump.

Metro

‘Live free or die, but don’t touch that plant’: A clash over marijuana in New Hampshire

Governor Chris Sununu staunchly opposes marijuana legalization, declaring it “the next major battle.”

By Naomi Martin

With marijuana legalization sweeping through New England, cannabis consumers in the “Live Free or Die” state are now surrounded by places where residents are, at least in one sense, more free.

Woman survives knife attack by date, who dies after police use Taser

Erich Stelzer

By Travis Andersen and Jackson Cote

After meeting a woman through the Tinder dating app, Erich Stelzer was allegedly stabbing the 24-year-old when police intervened.

Commission reverses course on recommended penalties for impaired drivers

By Naomi Martin

A panel concluded pressuring drivers to answer police questions as part of the drug recognition expert evaluation would violate drivers’ constitutional rights.

Business & Tech

ON THE JOB

Earning a living as a poet? You know it.

Regie Gibson has been nominated for a Boston Emmy and just concluded as the poet-in-residence at the Museum of Fine Arts.

By Cindy Atoji Keene

Lexington’s Regie Gibson says he enjoys “breaking stereotypes.”

Mass. Health Connector sign-ups rise by 9 percent

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

This enrollment period for the insurance exchange is the smoothest here since the 2013 rollout of the Affordable Care Act, officials said.

National Grid, unions say no deal yet to end lockout; negotiations to continue

Members of the United Steelworkers who work for National Grid have been locked out since the summer.

By Mark Arsenault and Katie Johnston

The company presented a revised offer around 11:30 p.m. Friday, and the two sides have agreed to schedule meetings for the unions to formally respond, according to a joint statement.

Sports

Bob Ryan

Please, don’t hate us. All we do in Boston is win, win, win.

When the Red Sox celebrated their first World Series championship in 2004 with a rolling rally through the streets of Boston, who knew the team would enjoy three more duck boat parades, including in 2018?

By Bob Ryan

Upon reflection, 2018 was another year to haul out the duck boats, and another reason for Them to loathe Us.

Brady keeping his focus on here and now

Foxboro-12/26/18 The Patriots practiced at their practice field at Gillette Stadium. QB Tom Brady warms up during practice.Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

By Julian Benbow

After talking about future plans earlier in the week, Tom Brady limited his remarks Friday to the Jets as Sunday’s game approaches.

Bruins’ David Backes suspended for three games

Boston Bruins right wing David Backes (42) plays against the Detroit Red Wings in third period during an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

By Kevin Paul Dupont

The right wing was penalized for an illegal check to the head of New Jersey’s Blake Coleman in Thursday’s game.