Donald Trump is not being lynched. But the effects of lynch culture are real

Black men were murdered for looking white men in the eye. Black women were raped by white men as punishment. We like to think of these things as America’s tragic history. Except black people are still dying.

Regional Administrator Deziel (left) with Bret Stearns, the Natural Resrouces Director for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head.

New EPA chief in New England barred from many decisions because of conflicts

A former chemical industry lobbyist, Dennis Deziel, has been barred from overseeing a range of vital issues in N.E. because of conflicts of interest that could compromise his public duties.

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Vertex wins fast approval for cystic fibrosis drug

Vertex Pharmaceuticals won approval Monday for a new combination drug that is expected to benefit 90 percent of patients with cystic fibrosis, the rare and deadly genetic disease that has long been the quarry of the Boston biotech.

Trooper at center of discrimination case the State Police lost is still vetting recruits

The trooper who conducted the background investigation that triggered a black recruit’s rejection is still working in the unit responsible for vetting new recruits.

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Keytar Bear featured in a Snapchat augmented reality filter

The popular fuzzy busker plays music and dances wherever you are, appearing on your screen via a downloadable, temporary filter.

Driver fatigue suspected in N.H. crash that injured Lawrence man

Carlos Adames, 43, of Lawrence, Mass., was seriously injured when his pickup was rear-ended on the Everett Turnpike in Nashua, officials said.

Woman’s body recovered from Merrimack River in Lowell

The body was found around 9 a.m. Tuesday in the area of O’Donnell Memorial Bridge, Lowell police said.

Newtonville Commuter Rail Station temporarily closed, MBTA says

The station on the Framingham/Worcester line will remain closed while repairs are made to its stairs, the MBTA announced Tuesday.

Mom of slain Revere teacher recalls suspect telling her, ‘She’s dead, she’s cold’

Karen Masucci, fighting tears on the stand at Andrew MacCormack’s murder trial, said she pleaded with MacCormack to perform CPR on Vanessa MacCormack, telling him, “ ‘Just do it, just do it,’ ” but “he wouldn’t do it.”

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The house at 212 Forest St.

He bought the fencing coach’s house. Then his son got into Harvard

The Needham house was assessed at $549,300, but sold for nearly a million dollars. The buyer, who never lived a day there, would sell it 17 months later at a substantial loss in what may become the next chapter in the national debate over fairness in college admissions.

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Man charged with murder of Framingham woman

Christopher McKoy, 25, of Brockton, was charged Tuesday with the fatal stabbing of Jamee Ammons-Maddrey, according to the Middlesex district attorney’s office.

The candidates all signed a poster when they were at the debate at WBUR Tuesday.

Eight candidates for four at-large council seats lay out their platforms

The eight finalists for the four at-large Boston City Council seats laid out their platforms in a debate Tuesday.

Julie Eldred waited to testify at a hearing at the State House before the Joint Committe on the Judiciary forbidding judges from sending people to prison when they violate probation by using drugs.

State legislators hear testimony on bill that would prohibit judges from requiring people on probation to remain drug-free

The bill would give addicts who get into legal trouble a choice: If judges order them not to use drugs or alcohol during their probation and they relapse, they could ask to be placed in treatment instead of being incarcerated.

Representatives Lindsay Sabadosa, Maria Robinson, and Tami Gouveia.

Senate drops tax change that pitted trio of House women against leadership

For days Beacon Hill has been abuzz about a dustup between House leadership and a trio of newly elected progressive women. A Senate committee just delivered what the women were seeking.

Emerson College professor struck and killed by train in Beverly

Moses Shumow was struck by a commuter train at Beverly Depot Tuesday morning while riding a bicycle through a pedestrian lane, the college said.

In Boston and Hong Kong, debate over masks

Eight thousand miles away, in Hong Kong, the legality of face masks has been playing out in real time amid the violent pro-democracy protests roiling the territory.

The new charges in the third superseding indictment allege that 11 defendants, including actress Lori Loughlin, conspired to commit federal program bribery through bribing employees at the University of Southern California to facilitate their children’s admission, authorities say.

Prosecutors increasing pressure on ‘Varsity Blues’ defendants with new charges, experts say

Federal prosecutors are using new charges in the sprawling college admissions cheating case as a way to encourage 11 defendants, including Hollywood star Lori Loughlin, to reach plea deals, legal experts said Tuesday.

University of Connecticut students participated in a rally Monday at UConn in front of the Student Union, calling on administrative action in response to the video that surfaced last week of a group of students walking past a black student's dorm using racial slurs.

2 students charged with shouting racial slur on UConn campus

Two University of Connecticut students have been charged with shouting a racial slur outside a campus apartment complex in an incident that was caught on video and has led to protests at the school.

The Massachusetts State House in Boston.

A Mass. bill up for a hearing today would make saying the ‘B’ word a fineable offense

A Massachusetts bill up for a hearing Tuesday afternoon would make saying the “B” word in a derogatory way an offense that could result in a $200 fine.

Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins.

DA Rachael Rollins endorses Ed Markey, as law enforcement takes sides in Senate race

Rollins’s endorsement comes amid a wave of Democratic law enforcement officials picking sides in the high-profile race.

Firefighters battle two-alarm fire in Milford

Milford firefighters battled a two-alarm house fire on East Street Tuesday afternoon, according to a dispatcher at the Milford Fire Department.

TSA officers seized a loaded gun from a man scheduled to fly out of Logan Airport Friday, the Transportation Security Administration said.

TSA seizes loaded gun from man at Logan Airport; third weapon seized in October

Security officials discovered a loaded gun in a Yarmouth man’s carry-on bag at Logan Airport Friday, marking the third time this month a gun was confiscated at the airport, the Transportation Security Administration said.

Commuter rail trains halted briefly as police chase alleged shoplifter across tracks in Braintree

A shoplifter ran from police across commuter rail tracks in Braintree, causing delays Tuesday morning, officials said.

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Read the full statement on the additional charges against parents in the college scandal

The following is the full statement released by US Attorney of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling’s office on Tuesday.

Actress Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli left federal court in Boston after a hearing in August.

Lori Loughlin, other defendants face additional charges in college scandal

The office of US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said the actress and 10 others are now being charged with conspiring “to commit federal program bribery by bribing employees of the University of Southern California (USC) to facilitate their children’s admission.”

Boston police recover handgun, arrest barricaded suspect in Dorchester

Boston police arrested a Dorchester man who allegedly threatened someone with a handgun and then barricaded himself in an apartment Monday.

Last month, a 54-year-old Asian elephant died at The Big E fair in West Springfield after collapsing, the Globe reported. The death of the elephant, Beulah, renewed efforts by animal rights advocates across the state to free large wild animals from performing in traveling exhibits and shows.

Animal advocates rally to support legislation to ban exotic animals from traveling shows

About 30 supporters of legislation that would ban wild exotic animals from traveling shows in Massachusetts rallied on the steps of the State House on Tuesday ahead of a committee hearing on the bills.

A view of the loading dock where Marie gave birth.

The story behind the baby born on a loading dock

Stories can come together in mysterious, even accidental ways — like one by Globe staffer Evan Allen, about a baby born one frigid night last winter on a Chinatown loading dock. Listen here to the story behind the story.

Skeletal human remains discovered among vegetation next to Wareham shopping plaza

The body was found around 12:13 p.m. Monday near Cranberry Plaza at 2899-3015 Cranberry Highway, Wareham police said in a statement.

Electric clothes dryer sparked Vermont house fire that killed two boys, investigators say

An electric clothes dryer and vent system ignited a fire that destroyed a single-family home in North Hero, Vt., Saturday and killed two small boys, police said.

Man, 21, found shot on street in Lowell

Lowell police are investigating after a man was found shot and injured Monday night, police said.

Devin Morris (right) and Jabari Peddi (left, plaid shirt) are cofounders of the Teacher’s Lounge.

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The Teachers’ Lounge: Recess for educators of color

Educators of color in Boston come together at The Teachers’ Lounge to both party and brainstorm better ways to serve students.

The McLean photo exhibit at Logan Airport in the corridor between Terminals B and C.

Famed artist’s wife joins effort to combat stigma against mental illness

Glass artist Dale Chihuly disclosed his bipolar disorder two years ago. Now his wife, Leslie, is highlighting the role of caregivers.

Woman found stabbed to death in Framingham

The victim was a woman in her 20s, according to officials.

A mother and her child outside a day care center.

Settlement talks underway in lawsuit over banned day-care workers

Lawyers are discussing a potential settlement in a suit that challenges the state’s unusual new lifetime ban on child-care workers who have juvenile records.

Health officials discover fly infestation at Grasshopper Restaurant

It’s the second such closure in as many years for the Grasshopper, a Chinese mainstay in Allston.

Man’s body found near field in Hyde Park

Officials are investigating, but said the death does not appear suspicious.

Boston, MA - 10/21/2019 - Mary Landale of Watertown, left, and Amanda Nash of Gloucester wear masks before being told to remove them before the hearing on the proposed Boston ban on face-coverings at protests at the City Council Chambers at City Hall in Boston, Mass. on Monday, Oct. 21. (Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe) Topic:22facemask

In Boston, protesters and police face-off over proposed ban on masks

Boston City Council is considering a law against “wearing a mask to conceal one’s identity on public property,” resulting in protesters — and their masks — turning out for today’s meeting.

Lawrence teenager arrested in connection with fatal hit-and-run in Methuen

The teenager, who was not identified, was involved in a crash that killed 57-year-old Timothy Lafferty last Monday, police said.

Dick Stratton, (center) his wife, Alice (right) and Navy vice admiral Matthew Kohler at the dedication of Stratton Way in North Quincy on Saturday.

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When they name a street after you while you’re still alive, you must have done something right

Dick Stratton grew up in North Quincy, got a bug to fly, spent six years in prison in Vietnam, and has had a wonderful life. Now there’s a street in Quincy named after him. And he’s still here to enjoy it.

Funerals for Kurdish fighters were held Monday in al-Hasakeh in north Syria.

An assessment of Trump’s Syria pullback: a misstep or a credibility calamity?

The American withdrawal from Syria has been widely condemned as a gift to US foes like Iran, Russia, and Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, all of which seek to fill the power vacuum. Scholars and diplomats say the move hurts America’s ability to make promises in the future.

People visited a roadside memorial in July for the seven motorcyclists in Randolph, N.H.

Pickup truck driver faces 16 more charges in N.H. crash that killed 7 motorcyclists

Authorities have said Zhukovskyy was high on drugs and reaching for a drink when the pickup he was driving with an attached trailer collided with a group of motorcyclists.

FILE - In this June 24, 2019 file photo, Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, of West Springfield, the driver of a pickup truck in a fiery collision on a highway in rural Randolph, N.H., that killed seven motorcyclists, stands with his attorney Donald Frank during a hearing in Springfield District Court in Springfield, Mass. The Boston Globe reported Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, that a federal report it obtained found that Zhukovskyy tested positive for an unspecified drug after his pickup truck crossed the center yellow line and crashed into the motorcyclists. The document also said Zhukovskyy admitted that he reached for a drink just before the crash. (Don Treeger/The Republican via AP, Pool, File)

Driver in N.H. crash that killed 7 motorcyclists indicted on 23 counts

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, the driver accused of causing a collision that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire, has been indicted on 23 charges saying he negligently caused the deaths and was under the influence at the time.

Man accused in N.H. wedding shooting allegedly assaulted his lawyer in jail

Dale E. Holloway Jr. allegedly left his court-appointed lawyer with serious head injuries.

Jessica Meir and Christina Koch preparing for their spacewalk Friday. Now Meir, a Maine native, wants to go to the moon.

Astronaut Jessica Meir’s next dream? To walk on the moon in 2024

The Caribou, Maine, native said she’s not satisfied with just walking in space. She wants to walk on the moon.

Sheila Bentley (right), with actress Rebecca Gibel, who is playing her in “The Prince of Providence,” the ongoing show about her ex-husband, former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci.

How the Globe got Buddy Cianci’s ex-wife to finally tell her story

Everyone has a Buddy story, but Sheila Bentley is one of the few people who had never told her — until now

“I’ve come to expect stuff like this, but I feel bad for my neighbors and my staff that they were subject to this type of behavior,” said City Councilor Michael Flaherty (above).

City man accused of threatening to kill Boston city councilor Michael Flaherty

Police arrested a city man Monday morning in relation to threats against Flaherty, the councilor confirmed.

10/21/2016 - Boston, MA - October 21, 2016: Emergency personnel work to secure a hole on Dartmouth St. in Boston, MA on October 21, 2016. Two people were killed Friday afternoon when workers apparently punctured a water main on a South End sidewalk, trapping the victims in a deep trench as it filled with a torrent of water from the broken pipe, officials said. (Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe) Section: metro reporter:

Relatives of two workers who drowned in South End trench collapse testify at manslaughter trial

Three years after two workers drowned in a flooded trench at a South End construction site, their relatives testified Monday as their employer’s trial got underway.

Three-alarm fire at Barnstable vacation home was intentionally set

A three-alarm fire that blazed in Barnstable Sunday afternoon was intentionally set, officials said.

Police arrest 2 suspects in Hyde Park home invasion

Two men were arrested Sunday night after allegedly breaking into a home in Hyde Park with guns and attempting to rob at least 10 victims, and there could be more suspects, police said.

Sunny skies were a staple of this past weekend, and they’ll be back later this week.

Dave Epstein

Rain will make a brief appearance, but sunshine will soon return

After a soggy Tuesday night, the sun will come out on Wednesday and temperatures will rise into the 60s.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 29, 2019, US President Donald Trump (R) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka. - Trump said on October 18, 2019, that Erdogan had assured him that he wants the

Here’s the story behind the parody presidential letter Hillary Clinton tweeted

Hillary Clinton tweeted out a parody that imagined what it would look like if John F. Kennedy had written Nikita Khruschev in the same way Trump wrote Turkish president Erdogan.