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William “Rick” Singer left federal court in Boston Tuesday.

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Here’s how Boston investigators uncovered what’s being called the biggest college bribery scam in history

Officials in Boston got a tantalizing tip — a Yale University women’s soccer coach had asked a financial executive for a bribe to help get his daughter admitted into the elite school.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/03/12/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Walker_031219_13briberypic_30955x.jpg ‘After the 1st semester, he can move on.’ Mass. resident accused of paying for son’s fake sports credentials

John B. Wilson, a 59-year-old investor with homes in Hyannis Port and Lynnfield, is among dozens of wealthy parents charged by federal prosecutors.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/03/13/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/AFP_1EK9K2-24446.jpg As safety concerns increase, US grounds troubled Boeing 737 model

The United States ordered Boeing 737 Max jets out of the air, three days after a deadly crash in Ethiopia, and after nations around the world halted use of the aircraft.

Dozens of people are vying to be next Boston school superintendent

The search for a new superintendent of the Boston Public Schools has attracted more than three dozen candidates with a range of experiences and backgrounds.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/03/13/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/70c71993cf114aa6ac432880710077e2-70c71993cf114aa6ac432880710077e2-0.jpg 5 people are found dead after home fire in Sheffield

Authorities say five people have been found dead after a fire in a home in Western Massachusetts.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/01/17/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/PMheadshot(3)AA[1].jpg Lawmaker is cleared after accusation of grabbing colleague

State Representative Paul McMurtry faced allegations he grabbed the backside of an incoming legislator during a Dec. 13 cocktail hour.

The Nation

California’s new governor signs moratorium on executions

Gov. Gavin Newsom signs the executive order placing a moratorium on the death penalty at his Capitol office Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

By Don Thompson

The 737 inmates on the nation’s largest death row got a reprieve from California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday when he signed an executive order placing a moratorium on executions.

Senate GOP confirms Trump’s 36th pick for powerful appeals courts

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2017 file photo, Neomi Rao, President Donald Trump's nominee for a seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to advance President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on a high-profile appeals court. The committee voted 12-10 along party lines Thursday to endorse Neomi Rao for a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By Seung Min Kim

Senate GOP confirms Trump’s 36th pick for powerful appeals courts

Trump says he appreciates Pelosi’s stance against impeachment, ignores her view that he’s unfit for office

Trump says he appreciates Pelosi’s stance against impeachment, ignores her view that he’s unfit for office

The World

British Parliament rejects a no-deal Brexit departure, but may get one regardless

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May making a statement in the House of Commons in London on March 13, 2019 after MP's voted to reject leaving the EU with no deal. - British MPs signalled their opposition Wednesday to leaving the EU with no deal on March 29, in another blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's authority which opens the door to Britain requesting a Brexit delay. (Photo by HO / various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT

By William Booth

On Wednesday British lawmakers rejected a no-deal departure from the European Union, however the default legal position remains that Britain will exit the EU on March 29, deal or no deal.

Rights group: EU complicit in violence against migrants

By DARKO BANDIC

A leading rights group has accused European Union states of complacency in the “systematic, unlawful and frequently violent pushbacks” by Croatian border guards of thousands of asylum-seekers to squalid and unsafe refugee camps in Bosnia.

Italy outraged as court finds victim too ugly to be raped

By NICOLE WINFIELD

Italy’s Justice Ministry has ordered a preliminary inquiry into an appeals court ruling that overturned a rape verdict in part by arguing that the woman who was attacked was too ugly to be a credible rape victim.

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial

Trump makes a correct, if belated, call on the 737

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 operated by Southwest Airlines arrives for a landing at Hobby Airport, Wednesday afternoon, March 13, 2019, in Houston. President Donald Trump issued an emergency order Wednesday grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in the wake of a crash of an Ethiopian airliner, a reversal for the U.S. after federal aviation regulators had maintained it had no data to show the jets are unsafe. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)

President Trump was right to ground this troubled aircraft.

Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

The self-inflicted Brexit debacle — and its warning to other democracies

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By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

The Brexit debacle shows us we are in an age of irresponsibility.

Opinion | Michael A. Cohen

America’s backward approach to paid family leave

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By Michael A. Cohen

Lack of access to paid leave costs Americans millions in lost wages and forces many others into poverty when they take unpaid leave.

Metro

YVONNE ABRAHAM

In college admissions, the American Dream has gone bad

US Attorney Andrew Lelling spoke at the federal courthouse in Boston on Tuesday as he announced charges against dozens of individuals in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme.

By Yvonne Abraham

Will we finally fix the way we do college admissions in this country? Or will we still cling to the American fiction that every kid has an equal shot?

‘After the 1st semester, he can move on.’ Mass. resident accused of paying for son’s fake sports credentials

Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Office during a press conference at the federal courthouse in Boston on March 12.

By Michael Levenson

John B. Wilson, a 59-year-old investor with homes in Hyannis Port and Lynnfield, is among dozens of wealthy parents charged by federal prosecutors.

AG announces settlements after allegations that problems at nursing homes led to deaths

Candi Hitchcock took this photo of her mother, Betsy Crane, 89, on the day of her 20th fall at the Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center of Westborough. She died 10 days later of internal bleeding.

By Kay Lazar

Systemic failures at seven Massachusetts nursing homes led to at least five deaths and serious injuries, according to Attorney General Maura Healey.

More Stories

5 people are found dead after home fire in Sheffield

By Martin Finucane and Danny McDonald

TV Critic’s Corner

A ‘Game of Thrones’ fashion statement from John Varvatos

By Matthew Gilbert

Business & Tech

CHESTO MEANS BUSINESS

Who’ll benefit from Mass.’ new hotel taxes?

By Jon Chesto

The people who market the various corners of Massachusetts are watching the millions in new hotel taxes roll in, and they want a piece of the action.

Zipcar disruption reveals vagaries of tech connectivity

A logo is seen on a Zipcar in San Francisco, California in 2015.

By Max Reyes

Zipcar said an outage experienced by a third party telecommunications vendor disrupted connections between the company’s vehicles and its reservation software.

What’s in your phone?

Increase in consumer use of mobile person-to-person payment methods between 2014 and 2017, according to Boston-based research firm

By Suchita Nayar

Armed with digital devices, younger people are leading the way to a cashless future.

Obituaries

Harry Howell, star defenseman of the New York Rangers, dies at 86

By Richard Goldstein

NHL Hall of Fame defenseman Harry Howell, who played the most games in New York Rangers’ history, has died.

Paul Talalay, researcher who found cancer-preventing qualities in broccoli, dies at 95

By Emily Langer

When Dr. Talalay began his work, he lamented the difficulty of convening even a few scientists interested in discussing dietary means of preventing cancer.

Jacques Loussier, pianist who jazzed up Bach, dies at 84

By Daniel E. Slotnik

Mr. Loussier sold millions of albums and toured the world.

Sports

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

Trey Flowers got overpaid, and other early free-agency observations

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, center, holds his jersey beside coach Jon Gruden, left, and general manager Mike Mayock during an NFL football news conference Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Ben Volin

Props to the former Patriots star and Landon Collins for cashing in beyond their likely return and woe to any player thinking beyond two years.

BOYS’ HOCKEY ROUNDUP

It’ll be BC High and Pope Francis one more time in the Super 8 hockey title game

Framingham, MA - 3/13/2019 - BC High's Thomas Kramer's short handed goal in the third period past Xaverian goalie James Herring sealed the deal giving the Eagles a 7-3 lead over Xaverian in a Super 8 elimination game at Loring Arena. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Matthew Doherty, Topic: 14schboyshoc, LOID: 8.5.688743961.

By Matt Doherty

The Kramer brothers combined for four goals to lead BC High, and Hopkinton also advanced to the state finals.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Especially at wide receiver, Patriots need a talent infusion

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady left and head coach Bill Belichick speak on the sideline during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

By Christopher L. Gasper

New England got the most out of its roster last season, but all those breaks and that overachievement can’t be counted on again.