Who are ‘antifa’ activists and how do they operate?

Antifascist organizers argue that white supremacism is so dangerous that it has to be confronted directly with force or it will spread further into the mainstream.

Jay Denniston, director of science for Dixie Elixirs, a cannabis company in Denver, standing in the company laboratory.

When it comes to marijuana foods, regulation drives innovation

Marijuana-infused product manufacturers, which make a highly regulated product, face more challenges than most.

The Confederate war memorial on George's Island has been boarded up since June 16.

Fate of Massachusetts’ only Confederate memorial still uncertain

The memorial on Georges Island has been boarded up since June 16, an official said.

(FOR FUTURE PUBLICATION.) Seneca, South Carolina, 08/09/17, Jim Graham, son of a Catholic priest, holds his father's crucifix at his home. Spotlight story on the children of priests. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Children of Catholic priests live with secrets and sorrow

A Globe review finds the children are often denied love and support and pressured to keep the scandal secret. And the church has done little to help.

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Alt-Right? Alt-Left? A short glossary

Following the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, the news is awash in buzzwords like Alt-Right and Alt-Left. Here a look at some of those terms and their origins.

Pharmacies could collect used needles under council proposal

The proposal is already meeting opposition from retail associations that represent pharmacies.

Quote of the day

“If they decide to come. We are going to make sure . . . that no one gets hurt.” -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh, laying down rules for Saturday’s planned “free speech rally” that bar weapons or anything that can be used as one, including sticks and flag poles.

150 HUBweek events planned for fall

Registration opened Wednesday for more than 150 HUBweek events, the annual Greater Boston ideas festival.

State Police helicopter has near collision with large drone over Lawrence

The drone was in illegal airspace when the helicopter almost collided with it, state police said.

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If you have been a victim or witnessed a hate incident, share your information here so we can investigate.

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“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

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Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

Alleged member of Latin Kings pleads guilty to dealing crack in New Bedford

An alleged member of the Latin Kings street gang pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to distributing crack cocaine in New Bedford, prosecutors said.

Jane Richard (center) shoveled dirt Wednesday along with other members of her family and public officials at the official groundbreaking for Martin’s Park at Smith Family Waterfront.

Youngest Boston Marathon bombing victim is remembered at park’s groundbreaking

Hundreds gathered Wednesday to celebrate Martin Richard’s legacy and break ground on Martin’s Park near the Boston Children’s Museum.

Escaped bull from Littleton spotted in Ayer

The animal escaped from a livestock auction barn overnight, Littleton police said.

Read the permit issued to organizers of the ‘free speech’ rally on Boston Common

The Boston Free Speech Coalition has received a permit for its Saturday rally.

02/16/2015 Boston Ma. Margaret McKenna (cq) Suffolk University President talking with the Boston Globe Editorial Board at the newspaper. Globe/Staff Photographer Jonathan Wiggs

Ousted Suffolk president compares herself to Reince Priebus

In a 371-word Facebook post, Margaret McKenna criticized the university’s efforts to reform its board and search for a new president.


 NANTUCKET DROWNING A man drowned at a Nantucket beach amid rough seas after a high surf advisory was issued by the National Weather Service Wednesday due to Hurricane Gert located hundreds of miles off shore. The man was found off Nobadeer Beach shortly after 12 p.m., when around a dozen swimmers there became caught in a rip current, Nantucket police Chief William Pittman said. “There were probably close to a dozen people at the beach outside of the lifeguard zone,” Pittman said. “They appeared to be in distress.” Pittman said around six to eight lifeguards entered the choppy waters to assist the distressed swimmers when “one of the lifeguards saw something or somebody in the water 300 yards away.” The lifeguard swam out and found that “an individual was face down in the water, floating,” Pittman said.

John Medlar, an organizer of Saturday’s “free speech rally” on Boston Common.

‘Free speech’ rally in Boston gets its permit — with stiff restrictions

“No weapons, no backpacks, no sticks,’’ Mayor Walsh said. “If anyone gets out of control — at all — it will be shut down.”

Political Happy Hour: August 16, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Outrage in GOP over Trump presser; Baker ‘deeply disappointed’ | Important new opioid data | A *different* kind of Civil War parade in Boston

The path of totality will cross the United States Monday morning into the afternoon.

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Skies are forecast to be clear in Northeast during eclipse

Clouds would obscure the eclipse. But a high pressure system is forecast to produce clear skies in New England.

The MBTA’s new general manager, Luis Ramirez, was introduced Tuesday.

New T general manager muses about politics in online blog

But will Luis Ramirez run the trains on time?

Educators and labor officials mourn loss of first woman to lead Boston Teachers Union

Kathleen Kelley died Sunday at the age of 72.

The anatomy of a solar eclipse

Here’s a visual explainer of Monday’s rare astronomical event.

The Daily Stormer, the white supremacist website that promoted the Charlottesville rally and called 32-year-old rally victim Heather Heyer ‘‘fat’’ and ‘‘childless,” is listed as having two chapters in Massachusetts.

Where hate calls ‘home’ in Massachusetts

There are at least 12 organized hate groups in Massachusetts, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Coast Guard officials did not estimate how much fuel was discharged into New Bedford Harbor but said the spill spread 1.5 miles into Fairhaven.

Coast Guard overseeing oil spill cleanup in New Bedford Harbor

A fishing vessel sank early Wednesday morning and started to leak fuel.

The map uses colored dots to represent levels of education for residents age 25 and older: blue for graduate degrees, green for bachelor’s degrees, yellow for some college, orange for high school, and red for less than high school.

Where are Boston’s most educated neighborhoods?

Check out this interactive map that uses colored dots to represent levels of education for residents age 25 and older.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

Read Cardinal O’Malley’s statement on children of priests

“The gift of life must be protected and cared for in any and all circumstances,” O’Malley said.

An image from Facebook promoted the Plymouth fight.

MMA promoter says fighter was not killed by blows

The event promoter said Sutton fighter Rondel Clark was “a cherished soul throughout his athletic career.”

New Fore River Bridge opens to traffic Wednesday night

The new bridge connecting Route 3A between Quincy and Weymouth will open to one lane of traffic in each direction.

Rules implemented by Guinness officials state that in order to claim the title, the pair must use video cameras to document the journey in its entirety and have two witnesses and timekeepers present.

Two men want to spend 8 hours on the T — on purpose

If they accomplish their mission, they’ll land themselves a spot in the Guinness World Records books.

Nicholas Fuentes posed in March in his BU dorm room.

18-year-old who attended rally won’t return to BU

“I do fear for my life in some regards,” said Nicholas Fuentes.

Driver charged in fatal Quincy crash surrenders to police

Christopher Murch, 22, of Quincy is due to be arraigned in Quincy District Court on Wednesday.

Graphic: A primer on Mass. concussion law

Some basic information on the state’s laws on youth head injuries and concussions in extracurricular athletic activities.

At least for a moment yesterday, President Trump united the political class under a common belief: The president should not have blamed both sides for the bloodshed in Charlottesville that led to the death of a young woman.


Trump comments unite Democrats, GOP in denunciation

President Trump united the country under a common belief: The president should not have blamed both sides for the bloodshed in Charlottesville.

Defendant in Peabody double murder case due in court next month

A Peabody man is due in court Wednesday afternoon for a key hearing on his accessory charges related to the grisly double slaying of a couple in that city.

Getting a ‘safe look’ at next week’s solar eclipse

For those viewing the celestial event outside the path of totality, special safety lenses are recommended to prevent eye damage.

Gary Lee Sampson at his 2001 arraignment.

Judge denies Gary Lee Sampson’s request to toss death sentence

The twice-condemned serial killer suffered another legal setback Tuesday.

Hurricane Gert is generating potentially life-threatening surf conditions in coastal communities in southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands.

Man drowns off Nantucket as high surf advisory is issued for southern beaches

Hurricane Gert was generating potentially life-threatening wave conditions and rip currents in Massachusetts on Wednesday.

Boston is expected to peak at 84 degrees while the Cape and Islands are the cold spots with temperatures rising only into the 70s.

Blue skies smiling at you today

Temperatures will be in the 80s, humidity will be largely absent, and cooling breezes will define Wednesday’s sunny weather.

See which Mass. schools failed to report concussion data

This table shows whether schools sent data to the state for 2015-16, the most recent reporting year.

Want the license plate X1? It’s up for grabs in RMV plate lottery

If you have a hard time remembering the letters and numbers on your license plate, you may be in luck, because the state’s low license plate lottery is accepting applications.

Defendant John Fidler (right) left the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse after being found not guilty in the “Top Chef” trial.


The takeaway from the ‘Top Chef’ case? It belonged in state court

The idea that the jury gave every union picketer a green light to threaten the lives of non-union workers and slash tires with impunity is just not true.

An invisible legion of suffering: the stories of children of priests

They can be found wherever the Catholic church has a presence, children whose fathers broke are priests who broke their vows of celibacy — and often their children’s hearts.

The New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston was vandalized on Monday.

Firefighter, DEA agent tackled alleged Holocaust Memorial vandal

Another person later was arrested after allegedly kicking over a bouquet of flowers someone had left at the site of the incident.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2017. There are 137 days left in the year.

From left to right, Sasha Kaufman, Roni Simcha Miller and August Eberlein, embrace after a vigil at the Holocaust Memorial.

Hundreds gather at vigil for Boston’s Holocaust memorial

Speakers denounced white supremacy “in all its forms” and led the crowd through several songs in an expression of “love and solidarity.”


Lottery results from Tuesday drawings

The new MBTA General Manger/CEO Luis Ramirez, left, and Secretary of Transportation and MassDOT CEO Stephanie Pollack took questions from the media during a press conference at the State Transportation Building on Tuesday.

MBTA names former GE executive as new general manager

The next head of the MBTA is a business executive with no public transit experience.

Boston, MA - 8/16/2017 - Bike and car traffic moves along the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge as its re-opens to automobile traffic in Boston, MA, August 16, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Commonwealth Avenue in Boston to reopen to Green Line and vehicles

The state Department of Transportation announced Tuesday night that the Commonwealth Avenue and Boston University bridges would reopen Wednesday morning.

These are new football helmets that were given to a group of youth football players from the Akron Parents Pee Wee Football League in Akron, Ohio, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. These youth football players from low income families, are among thousands nationwide who benefit from a youth safety and helmet replacement program, partially sponsored by the NFL, to improve player safety. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

With new tool, Mass. hopes to get more schools to report concussions

The latest push comes amid rising concern nationwide about the long-term health ramifications of concussions, particularly for young developing brains.

John Medlar, one of the organizers of Saturday's Boston Free Speech Coalition rally on Boston Common.

Who is the Boston Free Speech Coalition behind Saturday’s rally?

The group has become a source of outrage in Boston, a bane for City Hall, and an outlet for those who feel their voices are being shut out.