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Amherst, Ma., 01/15/18, (EMBARGOED UNTIL 10:30am) Hampshire College is about to announce it is looking to merge with another college. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Hampshire College puts freshman class in doubt, merger on the table

Hampshire College in Amherst announced its desire to merge with another educational institution, citing financial strain that threatens its future.

(CREDIT: Gillette) Razor-maker Gillette has put out a powerful new ad urging men to be an example for compassion and respect in the age of #MeToo — and it’s sparking a backlash. 16Gillette BUSINESS 1-16-19

Christopher Muther

The backlash to the Gillette ad is exactly why it’s needed

Do you know who isn’t taking to Twitter to complain about the Gillette ad? Those of us who have been bullied, beat up, and sexually victimized. When I watched it, I saw myself.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/15/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/AP_19015766558742.jpg Purdue Pharma sought to put blame on addicts, Mass. says in lawsuit

Documents reveal new details about Purdue’s marketing of OxyContin and its cozy ties with Tufts University and Mass. General Hospital.

Jesuits release list of priests credibly accused of abuse, including 22 with Mass. ties

All but five of the priests with Massachusetts ties on the list are deceased, and among the living are some former clergy who were publicly accused of misconduct.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/15/BostonGlobe.com/Foreign/Images/AFP_1C98MG.jpg Theresa May loses Brexit vote in landslide

The humiliating defeat is thrusting the country into political chaos 10 weeks before it is scheduled to leave the European Union.

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They were the top of their class at Boston public schools. Then life happened

This morning, the Globe will release a multi-part investigation into how and why the lives of promising Boston valedictorians didn’t quite turn out the way they expected.