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‘He is a con man. And he is a cheat,’ Cohen says of Trump

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Brushing off fierce criticism from Republicans, Michael Cohen offered a version of the inner workings of President Trump’s political and business operations. “I am not protecting Mr. Trump anymore,” Cohen said.

Ground Game

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There were several eye-popping snippets involving Trump — some of which could open the door to more inquiries into the president.

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The proposal has exposed a rift among environmental groups over whether the state should focus more on curbing emissions or trying to blunt the impact of climate change.

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Federal authorities say they’re clearly illegal but others interpret the law differently.

At Kelley Square in Worcester, seven roads come together and drivers proceed at their own risk. 
Kelley Square will be redesigned later this year into more of a typical rotary configuration.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Nestor Ramos

Worcester’s Kelley Square: Terrifying. Woefully confusing. Peak Massachusetts.

It’s terrifying. It woefully confusing. It’s Worcester’s Kelley Square. Your best bet for getting through? Be a shark. Be a wolf. And don’t ever stop moving.

The Nation

Cohen alleges President Trump knew in advance of WikiLeaks plan

By Peter Baker and Nicholas Fandos

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer accused him on Wednesday of an expansive pattern of lies and criminality, offering a damning portrayal of life inside the president’s orbit where he said advisers sacrificed integrity for proximity to power.

Ground Game

10 big moments from Cohen’s testimony

Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 27, 2019. - Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen called the US president a conman, a cheat and a racist in explosive congressional testimony Wednesday, saying he was ashamed of a decade of working for the real estate billionaire. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

By James Pindell

There were several eye-popping snippets involving Trump — some of which could open the door to more inquiries into the president.

‘He is a con man. And he is a cheat,’ Cohen says of Trump

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

By Peter Baker and Nicholas Fandos

Brushing off fierce criticism from Republicans, Michael Cohen offered a version of the inner workings of President Trump’s political and business operations. “I am not protecting Mr. Trump anymore,” Cohen said.

The World

Trump offers public embrace of Kim Jong Un as summit begins in Hanoi

US President Donald Trump (L) speaks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. (Photo by Saul LOEB / AFP)SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

By David Nakamura and Simon Denyer

The president said he believed the summit will match or exceed their first summit in Singapore held up Vietnam as a model for economic growth for North Korea.

28 women dragging suitcases march for abortion rights in Northern Ireland

Independent MP Heidi Allen (2R) joins demonstrators pulling suitcases to symbolise the women who travel from Northern Ireland to Great Britain for a termination, as they take part in a protest calling for change to Northern Ireland's abortion laws, during a protest in central London on February 26, 2019. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images

By Iliana Magra

Twenty-eight women dragged suitcases across Westminster bridge in London this week to protest restrictive abortion laws in Northern Ireland and demand the expansion of abortion rights.

White House bars 4 US journalists from Trump’s dinner with Kim in Hanoi

President Donald Trump has dinner with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Hanoi. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

By Michael M. Grynbaum and Katie Rogers

Given the backdrop, the move sent a starkly different message than those delivered in such settings by Trump’s predecessors, who often sought to encourage expressions of press freedom when meeting with representatives of autocratic regimes.

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial

It will take more than a fare hike to fix Mass. transit

Boston, MA, 02/11/2019 -- Traffic is bumper to bumper on I-93 headed South coming out of Boston. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

Beacon Hill must come up with a real plan that generates the billions of dollars needed to adequately maintain the transportation system the Commonwealth has today and upgrade it for the future.

JOAN VENNOCHI

A lying rat says he’s telling the truth

Photo illustration by Lesley/Globe Staff; Globe file photo; Adobe

By Joan Vennochi

Michael Cohen testified against President Trump, while acknowledging his complicity in their shared sleazy activities.

Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

Autocrats rising, democracies flailing

Vladimyr Lenin monument in Kharkov. Built in 1963.

By Indira A. R. Lakshmanan

Pay attention to the real emergency: democracy in decline around the globe.

Metro

Some of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s prison writings sold for $7,000. Here’s what they said

This holiday card featuring James “Whitey” Bulger's 1959 Alcatraz mugshot was recently put on the auction block.

By Emily Sweeney

A letter and card that James “Whitey” Bulger wrote while serving time in a Florida federal prison recently sold at auction for $1,430.

NAMES

Taylor Swift showed up to this Emerson grad’s engagement party and serenaded the couple

Alex Goldschmidt (left) and his fiance, Ross Girard, were serenaded by Taylor Swift at their Los Angeles engagement party.

By Steve Annear

An Emerson College alum’s fiance surprised him with an engagement party this week that included a very special guest: Taylor Swift.

Wait, is this legal? When it comes to safe consumption sites, the law is unclear.

A client of the Insite supervised injection Center in Vancouver, Canada, prepared a dose of drug to inject.

By Felice J. Freyer

Federal authorities say they’re clearly illegal but others interpret the law differently.

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Boy, 7, dies, woman hurt in Hampton, N.H., house fire

By Emily Sweeney and Travis Andersen

Big Plans

5 things to do in Boston this weekend

By Kevin Slane

TV Critic’s Corner

Summer will bring ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ ‘event series’

By Matthew Gilbert

Business & Tech

Jobcase, the employment site for blue-collar workers, raises $100m

“We think capitalism’s a little out of balance . . . that there’s not a lot of thought to the worker stakeholder in boardrooms,” Jobcase CEO Fred Goff said.

By Andy Rosen

The Cambridge company said Wednesday it is gearing up for a big expansion.

The Fine Print | Sean P. Murphy

Lacrosse player sidelined by helmet issue is back on field with new headgear

Alex Chu modeled his new lacrosse helmet.

By Sean P. Murphy

Alex Chu, the Wheaton College lacrosse goalie sidelined for months because the team couldn’t get a helmet big enough to fit him, is back in goal.

DEVRA FIRST

Who is on the James Beard list of semifinalists for 2019?

Chickadee in the Innovation and Design Building.

By Devra First

Many local favorites appear, from perennial mentions to some exciting new names.

Obituaries

Jeraldine Saunders, whose book begat ‘The Love Boat,’ 95

By Neil Genzlinger

Jeraldine Saunders, whose 1974 memoir of her time as a cruise director inspired the long-running television series “The Love Boat,” died Monday at her home in Glendale, California. She was 95.

Dorothy Masuka, South African singer, activist

By Giovanni Russonello

Dorothy Masuka, a vocalist and songwriter who blazed a trail for female pop stars in South Africa and became a dogged advocate of the struggle against apartheid, died Saturday at her home in Johannesburg. She was 83.

Mark Hollis, singer who led influential rock band Talk Talk

By Harrison Smith

Under Mr. Hollis, a plaintive-voiced singer who counted free-jazz artist Ornette Coleman and bluesman John Lee Hooker as major influences, Talk Talk became a genre-blurring band like few other acts in pop music.

Sports

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

It’s easy to sound like Bill Belichick — it’s the winning that’s hard

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

By Christopher L. Gasper

Belichick’s former coaches find it’s difficult not to bring at least some of the Patriot Way to their new jobs.

MIAA ALPINE SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

It’s a repeat scenario as Marblehead boys’, Hingham girls’ ski teams win state titles

02/27/2019 Princeton MA-. MIAA 2019 Ryan Hamilton (cq) Marblehead High School, at the Alpine Championships at Wachusett Mountain. He was competing in the Men's Slamon event. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe StaffReporter:Topic:

By Scott Souza

Marblehead boys’ finished ahead of St. John’s Prep while the Hingham girls’ squad finished first over Marblehead.

TARA SULLIVAN

Once again, Alex Cora lends perspective and empathy in time of grief

By Tara Sullivan

Days after a writer’s death, a Red Sox player lost a brother, and the manager spoke from the heart.

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RED SOX SPRING TRAINING REPORT

Wednesday’s spring training report: Split squads drop a pair

By Peter Abraham

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

Forget the standings. The Celtics need to get their game in playoff shape

By Gary Washburn

TRAIL BLAZERS 97, CELTICS 92

The Celtics say they ‘found something,’ but they lost yet again

By Adam Himmelsbach

BEN VOLIN|ON FOOTBALL

Detail man Brian Flores settling in with Dolphins

By Ben Volin

NFL COMBINE NOTEBOOK

It’s a new experience for Raiders GM Mike Mayock

By Jim McBride

Stan Grossfeld | Postcard from Spring Training

Dwight Evans approves of Harold Baines’s Hall of Fame selection

By Stan Grossfeld