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Clarence Smoyer waved as he rode in a Sherman tank to the Charlestown Navy Yard on Wednesday.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

‘Here’s an old friend. This tank saved my life’: WWII veteran rides on Sherman tank again

Clarence Smoyer was a gunner on tanks with the Third Armored Division in the drive into Germany. Now 95, he had the chance to ride on one again in Charlestown on Wednesday.

NESTOR RAMOS

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Tally up all the candidates announced and rumored and you’ve got a field so sprawling that it makes the unwieldy 2016 Republican primary feel intimate.

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The Maine senator has long had a reputation for bipartisanship and moderation. Lately in her home state, she’s inspiring the kind of liberal animus typically directed at people named Trump.

Mueller is said to be nearing end of his investigation into Trump and Russian interference

Justice Department officials believe Special Counsel Robert Mueller is completing his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and expect a report in the coming days.

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Bishops and Catholic leaders from around the world, including Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, are meeting in Rome for the three-day summit.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/14/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/explosionSlider14.jpg Toll from natural gas disaster in Merrimack Valley passes $1 billion

Columbia Gas’ parent company said its cost could keep growing and that it is seeking to settle the numerous lawsuits filed against it.

The Nation

Mueller is said to be nearing end of his investigation into Trump and Russian interference

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 21, 2017 former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russia investigation, leaves following a meeting with members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the US Capitol in Washington. - An explosive report from BuzzFeed News alleging that US President Donald Trump directed his lawyer to lie to Congress is

By Devlin Barrett, Josh Dawsey and Matt Zapotosky

Justice Department officials believe Special Counsel Robert Mueller is completing his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and expect a report in the coming days.

Self-proclaimed white nationalist planned mass terror attack, government says

In an image from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland, 15 firearms and more than 1,000 rounds of mixed ammunition, displayed in a photo that was included in a court filing. The cache of weapons was recovered from the home of Christopher P. Hasson, a Coast Guard lieutenant and self-described white nationalist. A court filing called him a domestic terrorist. (U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland via The New York Times) -- FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY

By Lynh Bui

The suspect, a Coast Guard lieutenant, called for ‘‘focused violence’’ to ‘‘establish a white homeland’’ and dreamed of ways to ‘‘kill almost every last person on earth,’’ according to court records filed in US District Court in Maryland.

Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Can’t Return Home, Pompeo Says

By Rukmini Callimachi

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that a woman born in the United States who joined the Islamic State four years ago did not qualify for citizenship and had no legal basis to return to the country.

The World

The Forbidden City Offers a Rare Nighttime Glimpse of China’s Imperial Past

By Claire Fu

BEIJING — The Forbidden City has not really been forbidden to the public for decades, except in one respect. It was closed at night to all but the privileged few — until this week.

Italy’s checking if NKorean envoy’s daughter was forced back

By FRANCES D’EMILIO

Italy is investigating if the daughter of a former North Korean diplomat posted to Italy had been forcibly returned to Pyongyang after her parents disappeared in an apparent defection, the Italian foreign minister said Wednesday, as lawmakers and rights activists demanded to know what happened to her.

Egypt executes 9 over 2015 assassination of top prosecutor

By SAMY MAGDY

Egypt on Wednesday executed nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of the country’s top prosecutor, security officials said.

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial

Beacon Hill can reform secret court hearings, and it should

Two bills before the Legislature could reform clerk-magistrate hearing system of “secret courts.”

JEFF JACOBY

Voter ID laws aren’t worth fighting over

In this Nov. 8, 2016, photo, a voter fills out his ballot at the Wilson School House in unincorporated Wilson, Idaho. Donald Trump’s victory came as a surprise to many Americans, the nation’s pollsters most of all. Heading into Election Day, most national surveys overstated what will likely be a narrow popular vote advantage for Hillary Clinton and led many to believe she was a shoo-in to win the Electoral College. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

By Jeff Jacoby

A sweeping new study finds no evidence that requiring voters to show ID before voting suppresses minority turnout.

JOAN VENNOCHI

Is there a rift between Cardinal Sean O’Malley and Pope Francis?

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 12: Pope Francis greets Archbishop of Boston, Franciscan Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley during an Eucharist celebration at the St. Peter's Basilica on December 12, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis delivered the homily at Mass in St Peter's Basilica to mark the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. (Photo by )

By Joan Vennochi

Is Cardinal Sean O’Malley trying to rescue the pope — or replace him?

Metro

As clergy abuse summit begins, survivors say Vatican must act

Pope Francis sat in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican during his weekly general audience Wednesday.

By Mark Arsenault

Bishops and Catholic leaders from around the world, including Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, are meeting in Rome for the three-day summit.

Toll from natural gas disaster in Merrimack Valley passes $1 billion

GAS SLIDER LAWRENCE, MA - 9/14/2018:Aftermath scenes of Lawrence gas exposion, a home destroyed at 60 Jefferson Street in Lawrence (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 15lawrencepic

By Milton J. Valencia

Columbia Gas’ parent company said its cost could keep growing and that it is seeking to settle the numerous lawsuits filed against it.

Senator Susan Collins is feeling the heat

FILE- In this Sept. 21, 2018 file photo, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks to news media at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.Democrats are eager to unseat Collins. Critics are still incensed over the prominent centrist's vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and are angry over the government shutdown. They say she has veered to the right and are no longer confident she'll stand up to President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

By Stephanie Ebbert

The Maine senator has long had a reputation for bipartisanship and moderation. Lately in her home state, she’s inspiring the kind of liberal animus typically directed at people named Trump.

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Partners ponder angles on infidelity

By Amy Dickinson

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5 things to do in Boston this weekend

By Kevin Slane

TV Critic’s Corner

Latest series revival: ‘The L Word’

By Matthew Gilbert

Business & Tech

Walsh announces 459 new affordable housing units across Boston

Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration announced Wednesday more than $26 million in funds to support affordable housing projects, including 459 new units across seven neighborhoods.

By Max Reyes

A lion’s share of the funding for the city’s new units — $18 million — comes from the Community Preservation Fund, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Wednesday.

CHESTO MEANS BUSINESS

Settlement may be near for Quebec-to-Mass. power line

Hydro-Quebec aims to deliver power to Massachusetts. Above, its Manicouagan-2 dam.

By Jon Chesto

If you want to build a massive power line through northern New England, it sure helps to get the Conservation Law Foundation on board.

Kane’s starts making doughnuts off Route 1 — next to the Orange Dinosaur

Saugus, MA - 2/13/19 Head baker Rigoberto Cartagena (cq) flours dough on the sheeter. Kane's Donuts (cq) is opening a new location in Saugus, near the orange dinosaur. (The shop and the dinosaur date from the 1950s.) Co-owner and president Paul Delios (cq) said the expected hard opening will be by March 1. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: Kane's Reporter: Jon Chesto

By Jon Chesto

Doors will open to the public next week. But the road here began back in the summer of 2016, at a fund-raiser that auto mogul Ernie Boch was holding in Norwood for his Music Drives Us charity.

Obituaries

Don Newcombe, fierce Dodger hurler who broke bats and barriers, dies at 92

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 1949, file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers Dodger catcher Roy Campanella, left, congratulates pitcher Don Newcombe after an 8-0 win against the New York Giants, at the Polo Grounds in New York. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness.(AP Photo/Matty Zimmern, File)

By David Marino-Nachison

The hard-throwing ace, one of the first black players in the major leagues, won the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, and Cy Young awards.

Wallace Broecker, who helped popularize term ‘global warming,’ dies at 87

By Harrison Smith

Wallace Broecker was a geochemist who issued early warnings on global warming and later developed a sweeping, widely accepted model for how the oceans circulate heat and affect the Earth’s climate

‘Small Island’ author Andrea Levy dies of cancer at age 62

British author Andrea Levy in 2005.

Ms. Levy’s novel “Small Island” won accolades for her story about the Windrush generation of immigrants that came to Britain from the Caribbean.

Sports

KEVIN PAUL DUPONT I ON HOCKEY

Acquiring Charlie Coyle a smart move by Bruins

Arizona Coyotes' Nick Cousins, right, shoves Minnesota Wild's Charlie Coyle along the boards during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Coyle likely will make his Black and Gold debut Saturday in St. Louis on David Krejci’s right wing.

WEDNESDAY’S SCHOOL ROUNDUP

New Mission tops O’Bryant, TechBoston holds off Charlestown in boys’ City League semifinals

2-20-19 Boston, MA: New Mission's Dhakarl Brown (center) battes for the ball on the floor with O'Bryant's Gary Whyles (left) and Manny Mendes (under him at right). New Mission met O'Bryant in the boy's semi finals of the Boston City League Championship basketball tournament. (Jim Davis /Globe Staff)

By Nate Weitzer

The winners meet Thursday for city bragging rights.

SPORTS LOG

Baseball cracking down on stealing signs

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2017, file photo, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a news conference at the annual MLB owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. A person familiar with the agenda tells The Associated Press that owners plan to vote on a new term for Manfred, a new television contract with Fox and an agreement for in-game cut-ins with the subscription video streaming service DAZN when they meet next week in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Commissioner Rob Manfred has circulated a five-page memo enforcing the league’s existing sign stealing rules and outlining new ones.

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NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Steve Pearce breaks the analytics mold by flourishing at age 35

By Nick Cafardo

BOSTON CITY LEAGUE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL SEMIFINALS

Fenway girls net emotional City semifinal win for their coach

By Greg Levinsky

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ BASKETBALL I SPARTAN CLASSIC

Springfield Central pushed to the limit by St. Mary’s

By Nate Weitzer

RED SOX SPRING TRAINING REPORT

Wednesday’s spring training report: A leadoff home run

By Peter Abraham

BOSTON CITY LEAGUE HOCKEY FINAL | LATIN ACADEMY 10, O’BRYANT 1

Latin Academy skates to fourth straight Boston City League title

By Alex Bensley