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Asya Partan-Tveteraas stood near two of the four pillars that replaced original walls.

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People in open-concept homes are realizing the walls were there for a reason

For decades, the “open concept” has been a home buyers’ religion. But now, experts say, people are starting to openly yearn for walls.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren’s vow to avoid private fund-raisers with millionaires has turned heads among Democrats, including the Iowa voters who listened to her pitch.

In major shift, Facebook puts focus on users’ privacy

Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook would develop a highly secure private communications platform, a move that follows a brutal series of crises at the company that hammered its reputation.

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Mayor Martin Walsh plans to roll out a multipronged transportation strategy Thursday intended to improve pedestrian safety and reduce congestion on city streets.

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Town wells near Fort Devens tested positive for the toxic substances, some well in excess of what public health officials consider safe.

The Nation

Will Warren’s ban on big donations backfire?

Senator Elizabeth Warren in Iowa last month.

By Jess Bidgood and Liz Goodwin

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s vow to avoid private fund-raisers with millionaires has turned heads among Democrats, including the Iowa voters who listened to her pitch.

Homeland Security chief cites ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ on southern border

A small group of protesters leave as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2019, before the House Homeland Security Committee. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

By Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Michael D. Shear

Kirstjen Nielsen implored Congress to support President Trump’s call for a wall and changing laws to crack down on asylum-seekers and illegal border-crossers.

Cohen: Pardons discussed with a second Trump lawyer

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 06: Michael Cohen, former attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump, arrives at the secure offices of the House Intelligence Committee in the basement of the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol March 06, 2019 in Washington, DC. This is the second time in as many weeks that Cohen has testified to the committee behind closed doors. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Karoun Demirjian

Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen returns to Capitol Hill to discuss documents he’s turned over that would purportedly prove that the Trump administration edited his infamously false congressional testimony in 2017.

The World

India, Pakistan again target army posts, villages in Kashmir

A Pakistani police officer stands guard outside a mosque belonging to a banned religious group in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Pakistan on Wednesday continued a crackdown on seminaries, mosques and hospitals belonging to outlawed groups, saying the actions were part of the government efforts aimed at fighting terrorism, extremism and militancy. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

By Munir Ahmed and Aijaz Hussain

Indian and Pakistani soldiers shelled military outposts and villages along their highly militarized frontier in disputed Kashmir on Wednesday, in an outbreak of new violence despite stepped-up diplomatic efforts by the rival countries to ease tensions.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Will Kim Jong Un return to brinkmanship as a weak economy forces his hand?

By Choe Sang-hun

Experts on North Korea say Kim Jong Un may be boxed in: He returned from the nuclear talks without sanctions relief amid strong signs North Korea’s economy is continuing to contract.

Oil Spill Near UNESCO World Heritage Site in South Pacific Is Spreading

By Jacqueline Williams

SYDNEY — An oil spill from a cargo ship that ran aground near a World Heritage site in the South Pacific is spreading, alarming environmentalists and government officials about the threat to the delicate local ecosystem and to people living there.

Editorial & Opinion

Editorials

Sam Tyler: Numbers cruncher with a moral compass

City reforms mark his tenure at Boston Municipal Research Bureau, but so does his celebration of all that is good about public service.

Editorials

Cap on kids was a failed welfare experiment

Repeal efforts find support on multiple fronts at the State House as concern rises for the Commonwealth’s neediest children.

Opinion | Elizabeth Woyke

The complicated race for 5G

Start up or fast connection concept. The launch paper rocket with smart phone on blue sky with clouds. Origami. Paper cut. Top view

By Elizabeth Woyke

The United States and China are pursuing such different paths that it’s almost impossible to say which is ahead or behind.

Metro

Yvonne Abraham

Is Boston truly looking out for immigrants? Not in this case.

Amy Grunder, Director of Legislative Affairs at MIRA, held a sign as Mayor Walsh spoke at a rally supporting immigrant families to speak out against the Trump Administration's change to the

By Yvonne Abraham

Something is seriously amiss if the Trump administration protects the rights of an undocumented worker better than the city of Boston does.

People in open-concept homes are realizing the walls were there for a reason

Asya Partan-Tveteraas stood near two of the four pillars that replaced original walls.

By Beth Teitell

For decades, the “open concept” has been a home buyers’ religion. But now, experts say, people are starting to openly yearn for walls.

Baker wants increased state oversight of private colleges

By Laura Krantz

Legislation filed on Wednesday would strengthen the state’s ability to monitor the financial health of private colleges.

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big plans

5 things to do in Boston this weekend

By Kevin Slane

TV Critic’s Corner

A closer look at three sharp sitcoms on Comedy Central

By Matthew Gilbert

Business & Tech

The Gorton’s Fisherman has a new crew

After four decades at the helm of the Gloucester-based company’s advertising campaign, Gorton’s famous yellow slicker-clad fisherman is now cavorting with a rather odd cast of seafaring creatures: Mythical beings and social media influencers.  

By Janelle Nanos

The 170-year-old Gloucester seafood brand is relying on mer-bros and influencers to help drive fish stick sales.

Developers Skanska, US2 may team up to kick-start Union Sq. development

By Tim Logan

One of Boston’s biggest developers appears ready to join plans to redevelop Somerville’s Union Square, a move that could kick-start the long-debated project.

An effort in Mass. to diversify tech has caught the eye of Silicon Valley

Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan.

By Andy Rosen

The program announced Wednesday that it got a $75,000 grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Obituaries

Jean Fairfax, civil rights activist who helped integrate Southern schools, dies at 98

By Harrison Smith

Ms. Fairfax was an organizer and policy advocate, religious scholar, college administrator, and philanthropist.

Tristan O’Tierney, Square cofounder, dies at 35

By Hamza Shaban

Mr. O’Tierney is the second prominent tech leader in recent months to die suddenly.

Hal Thomas of Hingham, a retired teacher with a Transcendentalist touch, dies at 94

Mr. Thomas, who taught in Weymouth for 37 years, “was all for fun, all the time,” said his wife, Mary.

By Kathleen McKenna

A woodworker and craftsman, Mr. Thomas taught industrial arts in Weymouth for 37 years.

Sports

MIAA gIrls’ basketball roundup

Pembroke girls roll into Division 2 South sectional final

By Nate Rollins

With Jayne Howe (17 points) leading the way, the Titans added another first to a stellar year so far.

HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY

Pope Francis, BC High to meet again in Super 8

3-6-19 Lowell, MA: Hingham's Ryan Reilly (left) battles with Pope Francis' Spencer Stewart (right) in first period action. Hingham took on Pope Francis in a second round Super 8 high school hockey game at the Tsongas Arena. (Jim Davis /Globe Staff).

By Jake Levin

Last year’s runners-up, the Cardinals scored four times in the third period to reach Monday’s winners bracket final, where the Eagles await.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Kyrie Irving is as exasperating as he is talented

Mercurial guard Kyrie Irving leads the Celtics in scoring and assists.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The Celtics aren’t likely to go far in the playoffs without him, but it’s difficult to place much trust in him.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

MIAA rules that football teams can add a game this year

By Nate Weitzer

Gary Washburn | On Basketball

Win over Warriors reminds us these Celtics are capable of brilliance

By Gary Washburn