Critic?s Notebook

In Springfield, Dr. Seuss is at center of a cultural clash

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield recently removed a mural featuring an image of a Chinese character that plays into an archaic stereotype.

An image created by Theodor Geisel years ago is resonating in an unintended ? and to some, an unpleasant ? way today.

The view down the coastline of multiple lots at the Preserve at Dolly Head in Steuben, Maine.

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If you like the ocean and solitude, this land sale in Maine has lots for $20,000

After 13 years on the market and few sales, developers in Steuben, Maine, are planning to sell oceanfront lots Saturday at deeply discounted prices.

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Dave Epstein

Why New England?s peak fall foliage is a little later than usual

While the leaves change color each year no matter what, some autumns are different in terms of how the colors appear.

TOPSHOT - View of damages in San Juan del Sur beach, following the passage of Tropical Storm Nate, in Rivas, Nicaragua, on October 6, 2017. Tropical Storm Nate gained strength as it headed toward popular Mexican beach resorts and ultimately the US Gulf coast after dumping heavy rains in Central America that left at least 22 people dead. / AFP PHOTO / INTI OCONINTI OCON/AFP/Getty Images

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Hurricane Nate moves toward Louisiana

Category 1 Nate had top sustained winds of 85 mph as it moved north. Louisiana?s governor warned residents to take the storm seriously.

This undated photo provided by Eric Paddock shows his brother, Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock. Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, killing dozens and wounding hundreds. (Courtesy of Eric Paddock via AP)

?He was the king of microaggression?

Unlike most mass shooters, who are usually younger, Stephen Paddock was the product of decades of experience and rumination.

// Danish police find head, other body parts in submarine case

Danish divers found the decapitated head, legs and clothes of a Swedish journalist who was killed after going on a trip with an inventor on his submarine, police said Saturday.

State Attorney General Maura Healey.

Maura Healey sues Trump over birth control coverage

The newly issued rules give employers the right to deny women birth control coverage by claiming religious or moral objections.

// N.H. Representative Carol Shea-Porter unexpectedly announces she?ll retire

The announcement, which came with no warning, will undoubtedly set off a wave of interest.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Police officers speak to members of the public on Exhibition Road after a car mounted the pavement and collided with pedestrians outside the Natural History Museum on October 7, 2017 in London, England. A man has been detained at the scene after the crash, which left a number of people injured. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

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Pedestrians are injured as car strikes people in London

Police detained the driver outside the Natural History Museum in London. A witness said the driver ?looked really proud of himself? after he was handcuffed. ?He was laughing.?

Houston, TX - 10/06/2017 - (3rd inning) An angry Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz (31) slams his glove after only pitching into the third inning before he was lifted. The Houston Astros host the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 07Red Sox-Astros, LOID: 8.3.3941304829.


Red Sox are on the wrong end of a mismatch so far

Astros hitters are teeing off, and there seems to be little Boston?s pitchers can do about it.

GE chief executive John Flanner.

GE continues its makeover as longtime execs depart

John Flannery is separating himself from his predecessor with a management shake-up that will see three top executives step down.

Harvey Weinstein.

Ty Burr

How women finally toppled the notorious Harvey Weinstein

The movie mogul has been creeping on women ? that?s a tactful way to put it ? for almost three decades. So why is the king only now being chased from his throne?

// A pair of crises tests Trump?s presidential empathy

White House officials urged President Trump to show restraint in his response to the Las Vegas shooting: No speculative tweets, no over-the-top bluster.

08doctalk I AM EVIDENCE Film Info Directors: Trish Adlesic, Geeta Gandbhir Producers: Trish Adlesic, Mariska Hargitay Length: 89 minutes Year: 2017 Images courtesy of the GLOBEDOCS FILM FESTIVAL.

A thought-provoking GlobeDocs Film Festival lineup

The issues probed in the documentaries include the squandering of food resources, urban youth violence, the failures of the criminal justice system, and more.

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Where the boys are ... in Ubers

In pre-ride-hailing days, chauffeurs were for rich kids. But now a growing number of teens have private drivers.

// Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts endorses Mayor Walsh for reelection

The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts plans Saturday to make its first-ever endorsement in a city mayor?s race.

From left to right,  Jose Rosado, Alexi Crepo and Chiki Rivera reacted as a cow who got loose in Hurricane Maria that they rounded up tries to jump out of the trailer.

Battered by Maria, farms in Puerto Rico face long recovery

Hurricane Maria destroyed an estimated 80 percent of the value of Puerto Rico?s agricultural crops, costing the island some $780 million.

// ?I don?t want anyone in Puerto Rico to ever feel forgotten again?

Lin-Manuel Miranda?s ?Almost Like Praying? is an upbeat charity single featuring an all-star lineup of Latin artists from across genres and generations.

//,location_biz1.jpg At Boston Public Library, a new outreach position for the homeless

Mike Bunch, an outreach case manager social worker at Pine Street Inn, has been hired to work at the library?s central branch in Copley Square, according to the mayor?s office.

Dinner With Cupid

// Blind date: ?When she told me she might get ?Hamilton? tickets next year, I was smitten?

He blew his chance with Oprah, will he rebound with Cupid?

// Ralphie May, brash comedian, is dead at 45

His publicist said he had been treated for pneumonia and had canceled some shows over the past month.

// The Season Ticket podcast

Chad Finn and Jim McBride are Chris Gasper?s guests following a huge sports day in Boston that saw the Red Sox, Bruins, and Patriots all play significant games within hours of each other.

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// 108 Stitches

Red Sox reporter Alex Speier writes about everything baseball with an eye for analytics and an insider?s knowledge of the game.

Special reports

Spotlight follow-up

// Children of priests step out of the shadows

A growing number of people who say their fathers are priests are speaking out, drawing attention to an invisible legion of suffering.

Opinion & Ideas


// Jim Mattis is right: Stay in the Iran deal

The tone was low key, but its significance was unmistakable.

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Fall Arts Preview 2017

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// A guide to the best of what to see and do in Boston

A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.


// An outbreak waiting to happen

Hepatitis A marches through San Diego?s homeless community.


// Play the crossword

Puzzled? Keep trying and see if you can triumph.