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Cambridge, MA, 01/14/2019 -- Marcelle Harrison listens as she chats with neighbors inside the kitchen of her home at 6 Ashburton Place where she has lived since the late 70's. She and her family are facing eviction from the house because distant relatives from Barbados have laid claim to the home. Massachusetts law allows for direct descendants to inherit property of anyone who didn't leave a will. Topic: 17cambridge Reporter:

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

A patriarch leaves no will and the home he meant for his Cambridge family may be lost

For decades, Marcelle Harrison’s family has lived in a three-story home near Central Square. Now, she stands to lose the home to a group of relatives she barely knows.

Rosa Parks sat in the front of a city bus in Montgomery, Ala., in 1956.

NESTOR RAMOS

If Rosa Parks rode a bus in Boston today, she’d see nearly the same segregation she fought

There are no signs enforcing segregated seating on buses anymore, but structural barriers and institutional neglect ensure that de facto segregation, by race and by income, endures.

Mass. high court upholds Michelle Carter ruling

Michelle Carter acted with criminal intent when she cajoled Conrad Roy III into killing himself, so her involuntary manslaughter conviction will stand, the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court ruled.

MIT President L. Rafael Reif listen to a panel discussion at the school in 2017.

Despite criticism and complaints, MIT won’t cut ties to Saudi Arabia

MIT’s president, L. Rafael Reif, denounced the behavior of the Saudi regime for violating human rights but rejected calls to unilaterally pull out of engagements in the country.

Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/30/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/wiggs_Crotty_02.jpg His truck broke down minutes after buying it. He still hasn’t gotten a refund

Robert Crotty Jr., 18, drove away from the used car lot in his new pickup filled with pride and excitement. Three blocks away, the 2002 Dodge Dakota died.

The Nation

Charlie Baker urges Washington to act on climate change

Governor Baker testified before the House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday.

By Jess Bidgood

The governor, a Republican, testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources, which held its first hearing on climate change since 2009.

New Trump-Russia probe will focus on reports of money laundering, financial compromise, Schiff says

House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam B. Schiff of California on Wednesday announced a broad inquiry into President Trump’s financial dealings.

By Nicholas Fandos

New Trump-Russia probe will focus on reports of money laundering, financial compromise, Schiff says

Pelosi says she would accept a bipartisan deal on border security

A section of the US-Mexico border fence seen from Tijuana, Mexico.

By John Wagner, Mike DeBonis, Erica Werner and Elise Viebeck

Pelosi says she would accept a bipartisan deal on border security

The World

EU chief ponders ‘special place in hell’ for some Brexiteers

Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (L) and European Council President Donald Tusk shake hands at the European Council headquarters in Brussels. Varadkar warned Tusk that his comments would not go over well in the British press.

By Lorne Cook and Jill Lawless

European Council President Donald Tusk’s comment, as predicted, drew outrage from British Brexiteers.

Children raised by same-sex couples do better in school, new study finds

A woman placed a ring on her partner’s finger.

By Heather Long

Because people in same-sex couples with children are often older, wealthier, and more educated, their children are more likely to outperform their peers, the study suggests.

Taliban: Half of US troops to leave Afghanistan by May 1

By FRANCESCA EBEL

The U.S. has promised to withdraw half of its troops from Afghanistan by the end of April, a Taliban official said Wednesday, but the U.S. military said it has received no orders to begin packing up.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Bandy X. Lee and Leonard L. Glass

Institutional silence on Trump’s mental state

Photo illustration by Lesley Becker/Globe Staff; Adobe

By Bandy X. Lee and Leonard L. Glass

The voice of the American Psychiatric Association has been largely lacking.

EDITORIAL

Infrastructure Week can’t be a punch line anymore

Caution tape is seen near a giant sinkhole caused by a busted 24-inch water main that displaced 75 local residents and caused extensive street flooding in Los Angeles, California on December 22, 2018. - Crews are working around the clock to repair the burst water main which is a common problem in the city due to its aging infrastructure. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

A big infusion of infrastructure spending could be a real win for the country, but to make it happen the president needs to move it to the top of his priority list — now.

Michael A. Cohen

Trump’s State of the Union: Nothing matters

President Donald Trump gives his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at the Capitol in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence, left, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi look on. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

By Michael A. Cohen

When you have a president whose word is largely worthless, how can anyone take what he says seriously?

Metro

NESTOR RAMOS

If Rosa Parks rode a bus in Boston today, she’d see nearly the same segregation she fought

Rosa Parks sat in the front of a city bus in Montgomery, Ala., in 1956.

By Nestor Ramos

There are no signs enforcing segregated seating on buses anymore, but structural barriers and institutional neglect ensure that de facto segregation, by race and by income, endures.

Proposed Boston schools budget would overhaul science instruction

A modest budget increase will allow the Boston school system to overhaul science instruction in the lower grades and provide more funding for low-performing schools.

By James Vaznis

The $1.14 billion budget for Boston Public Schools is a modest increase and comes amid a call by mayors for more state aid.

A patriarch leaves no will and the home he meant for his Cambridge family may be lost

Cambridge, MA, 01/14/2019 -- Marcelle Harrison listens as she chats with neighbors inside the kitchen of her home at 6 Ashburton Place where she has lived since the late 70's. She and her family are facing eviction from the house because distant relatives from Barbados have laid claim to the home. Massachusetts law allows for direct descendants to inherit property of anyone who didn't leave a will. Topic: 17cambridge Reporter:

By Maria Cramer

For decades, Marcelle Harrison’s family has lived in a three-story home near Central Square. Now, she stands to lose the home to a group of relatives she barely knows.

Business & Tech

A 200-foot observation wheel on Boston’s Long Wharf?

La Grande Roue De Montreal, in the Old Port section of the city, has been in operation since the fall of 2017.

By Tim Logan

Canadian developers have quietly proposed a Ferris wheel, possibly at the end of Long Wharf, although other locations are in the mix.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Teaching old cars new tricks, with high-tech safety systems

Sound In Motion in Allston adds the latest car technology to older vehicles. The shop specializes in items like rear view cameras, as seen here with Derek Kenney.

By Hiawatha Bray

For a few hundred to a few thousand bucks, most cars can be retrofitted with modern digital safety features that come standard in many new cars.

Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

His truck broke down minutes after buying it. He still hasn’t gotten a refund

Robert Crotty has for months sought a $3,535 refund after he bought a used truck that almost immediately died.

By Sean P. Murphy

Robert Crotty Jr., 18, drove away from the used car lot in his new pickup filled with pride and excitement. Three blocks away, the 2002 Dodge Dakota died.

Obituaries

Finnish ski jump icon Matti Nykanen dies at 55

Mr. Nykanen’s personal life was affected by alcohol problems.

Bob Friend,stalwart pitcher for Pirates, dies at 88

Mr. Friend, who holds the Pirates record for innings, starts, and strikeouts, was an NL All-Star in three seasons.

Sports

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ BASKETBALL NOTES

State champs in soccer, Norwell’s Lexi Rothmann and Kristi Vierra aim for crossover success on the court

Norwell High girls' basketball players Kristi Vierra (left) and Lexi Rothmann. 2/5/19

By Nate Rollins

After leading Norwell to the Div. 3 soccer title, Rothmann and Vierra striving to do the same with tourney-bound Clippers (10-4).

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

EMass girls’ basketball: Beverly’s Hailey Anderson headlines Players of the Week

By Greg Levinsky

The junior guard scored 31 and 32 points in back-to-back wins for Beverly.

CHAD FINN

After Red Sox and Patriots, do we dare dream of a championship ‘Slam’?

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: A detail of a New England Patriots player raising the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

By Chad Finn

No city has held the crowns in all four major sports at once — but Boston has a chance.