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Thursday, October 13, 2022
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Healey, Diehl spar on Trump, abortion rights, and affordability in first TV debate

Democrat Maura Healey and Republican Geoff Diehl tangled in their first televised debate on Wednesday, parrying over Donald Trump, abortion rights, and who voters should trust most as governor to help lower costs and taxes across the state. Continue reading →

Crime & Courts

At 91, Jean McGuire fights off attacker who stabbed her multiple times at Franklin Park

The former Boston School Committee member and longtime leader of the Metco program is recovering after the stabbing in Franklin Park. Continue reading →


COVID-era rent relief programs are vanishing, and evictions could follow

As federal aid dries up and a state program takes its place, advocates see eviction filings on the rise again and worry more vulnerable tenants could be out on the street. Continue reading →

Real Estate

As development booms in Allston-Brighton, city to vote on plan for Western Avenue

New zoning for the corridor would be the first neighborhood zoning plan approved under the Wu administration. Continue reading →


Sandy Hook families win $1 billion from Alex Jones

The families of eight Sandy Hook shooting victims Wednesday won nearly $1 billion in damages from Infowars fabulist Alex Jones, a devastating blow against his empire and a message from the jury that his lies and those of his followers have crippling consequences. Continue reading →

The Nation


Violent threats against Jan. 6 witnesses spread on fringe sites

Since the committee began hosting prime-time hearings in June, the nonprofit Advance Democracy has identified a tide of vitriol targeting key witnesses and prominent Jan. 6 committee lawmakers on online forums with reputations for fostering extremism and right-wing views. Continue reading →


New evidence to show Trump was warned of violence on Jan. 6

What will probably be the final public hearing Thursday of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol is expected to highlight newly obtained Secret Service records. Continue reading →


Lawyers group asks court to punish author of Trump electors scheme

On Wednesday, several dozen prominent legal figures submitted an ethics complaint to the Supreme Court of New York’s attorney grievance committee, calling Kenneth Chesebro, one of the lawyers who aided former president Donald Trump’s attempt to stay in power despite losing the 2020 election, “the apparent mastermind behind key aspects of the fake elector ploy” and accusing him of conspiring “with Mr. Giuliani, Mr. Eastman and others to subvert our democracy.” Continue reading →

The World


Biden’s national security strategy focuses on China, Russia, and democracy at home

President Biden declared Wednesday that the overwhelming challenge for the United States in the coming years would be “outcompeting China and restraining Russia” while focusing on restoring a damaged democracy at home. Continue reading →


Protests galvanize Iranians abroad in hope, worry, and unity

As antigovernment protests roil cities and towns in Iran for a fourth week, tens of thousands of Iranians living abroad have marched on the streets of Europe, North America, and beyond in support of what many believe to be a watershed moment for their home country. Continue reading →


The ‘age of PCR prosperity’? China’s COVID-testing strategy comes under strain

As a stubborn strain of COVID-19 rippled through China earlier this year and forced hundreds of millions of people into lockdown, officials turned to a new tool: regular mass PCR testing. By testing every citizen several times a week, authorities hoped to isolate cases more quickly and avoid future crippling lockdowns. Continue reading →

Editorial & Opinion


Elon Musk’s ‘X’ files

Musk has grander plans for X, meaning the placeholder internet site Continue reading →


A painful day for Boston

The stabbing of 91-year-old Jean McGuire, a trailblazing leader and first Black woman elected to the School Committee, sent the community into shock. Continue reading →


Calming a perfect storm of confusion

A confluence of factors has made it harder than usual for voters to decode ballot Question 4. Secretary of State William Galvin is considering whether to print a supplemental voter guide to hand out at polling stations; doing so would be well worth the expense. Continue reading →



US Treasury to probe Florida governor’s alleged use of COVID-19 relief funds to fly migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, letter says

United States Treasury officials are looking into whether Florida Governor Ron DeSantis improperly used COVID-19 relief funds to fly roughly 50 Venezuelan migrants last month from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard. Continue reading →


Some Mass. Democrats seek to cap tax refunds slated to start going out next month

A group of progressive lawmakers is pushing legislation to limit what taxpayers could receive under a round of automatic state tax refunds slated to start going out next month, arguing the disparity between what the state’s top earners and some of its poorest could receive is “unconscionable.” Continue reading →


A Boston giant, still standing.

“When you hurt Jean McGuire, you hurt a lot of people in this community.” Continue reading →


Bruins 5, Capitals 2

Opening win? Czech. David Pastrnak, David Krejci lead Bruins past Capitals

Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, and Taylor Hall scored to give the Bruins a 3-0, second-period lead. Continue reading →


Mac Jones is showing better mobility in practice as Patriots prepare for Browns

The rehabbing quarterback looked more free and easy but still wasn't able to put full force behind his throws. Continue reading →

On hockey

How Jakub Lauko literally fought in the offseason to be part of the Bruins’ season-opening lineup

He went back to his small hometown outside Prague and sandwiched his usual offseason skating sessions with exhausting workouts in Greco-Roman wrestling and Muay Thai boxing. Continue reading →



COVID-era rent relief programs are vanishing, and evictions could follow

As federal aid dries up and a state program takes its place, advocates see eviction filings on the rise again and worry more vulnerable tenants could be out on the street. Continue reading →


Boston startup Ascidian Therapeutics charts vision for therapies that ‘rewrite RNA’

The Boston-based startup already has its sights set on developing an RNA-altering medicine for an inherited form of vision loss called Stargardt disease, for which there is no treatment. Continue reading →


LabCentral opens its biggest site yet in the heart of Kendall Square

The site, which is opening at a time when lab leases are commanding premium prices, has room for 13 startups focused on making cutting-edge medicines, including cell and gene therapies. Continue reading →



TV and film actor Eileen Ryan, Sean Penn’s mother, dies

The matriarch of the steeped-in-the-arts Penn family was 94. Continue reading →


Anita Kerr, a key voice in the Nashville Sound, dies at 94

Her vocal group, the Anita Kerr Singers, provided the lush backdrop a great swath of the Nashville Sound. Continue reading →


Andy Detwiler, armless farmer who became a YouTube star, dies at 52

Using his toes, teeth, chin, and a single remaining shoulder, he learned how to drive a tractor, feed horses and goats, shoot a handgun, loosen screws with a screw gun, paint antique farm equipment, custom-build his own farm equipment, operate a snow plow — and film himself all the while, becoming one of YouTube’s most popular and beloved farming personalities. Continue reading →

Arts & Lifestyle


Indicting history and evoking memory through a richly layered ‘Requiem for the Enslaved’

The new work by Carlos Simon received its first live performance on Sunday at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Continue reading →


The Glitter Boys keep disco alive on Fridays at the Sinclair

The Cambridge music venue’s basement fills with disco lights and ‘70s and ‘80s music — a sure sign of the Glitter Boys, two Massachusetts-born and -bred DJs who host the weekly night, Dance with The Glitter Boys. Continue reading →


Choreographed by Paula Josa-Jones, KAIROS Dance Theater’s ‘HUSK/VESSEL’ explores the coverings that contain us

The new work became a pandemic-era project for the Boston-based company and will finally premiere at Boston University Dance Theater this weekend. Continue reading →