Houston TX 10/17/18: Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello reacts after Astros Tony Kemp solo home run in the fourth inning. Kemp (left) rounds the bases. Houston Astros hosted Boston Red Sox in Game Four of ALCS at Minute Maid Park Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Jim Davis//Globe Staff)

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Red Sox are in a battle in Houston

The Red Sox lead the Astros in the ALCS, 2 games to 1, with a trip to the World Series at stake.

Houston TX 10/17/18: Astros George Springer reacts after umpire called Jose Altuve fly ball was fans interference in the first inning. Houston Astros hosted Boston Red Sox in Game Four of ALCS at Minute Maid Park Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)


Fan interference call latest episode in memorable Red Sox-Astros series

Good thing we weren?t in the Bronx. There might have been a riot in the stands.?

Houston, TX: 10-17-18: Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, who will not be starting Game Five on Thursday night as planned, did some throwing in the outfield before Boston took batting practice. The Boston Red Sox visited the Houston Astros for Game Four of their ALCS baseball matchup at Minutemaid Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)


Red Sox are weighing their options with Chris Sale ailing

Manager Alex Cora said the plan is for the ace lefthander to build up his strength for a possible Game 6 start Saturday at Fenway Park.

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 17: President of Baseball Operations and General Manager of the Houston Astros Jeff Luhnow addresses the media prior to the Game Four of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park on October 17, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)


Baseball?s version of ?Spygate? adds some intrigue to ALCS

The Astros must be feeling like the Patriots right now: Win a championship and everyone suspects you.

Ty Burr

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Fighting fire with, uh, fire.

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Boston Planning & Development Agency

Walsh calls for major investment to guard city against flooding

Mayor Martin Walsh will roll out an array of projects designed to protect Boston from rising sea levels. And he?s asking business leaders for their help to make them happen.


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Even if you?re not one of the airline?s biggest spenders, there are ways to up your odds of securing an upgrade.

Love Letters

He wants to meet the daughter he gave up to marry me

Twenty years later, he?s having second thoughts about relinquishing his parental rights.

Globe Magazine

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The state will be the first to use a ballot that lets voters rank their preferences.

Jeanne Ashworth with a trophy from the Middle Atlantic Outdoor Speed Skating Championships in 1959.


Jeanne Ashworth, first US woman to win Olympic speed skating medal, dies at 80

Ms. Ashworth, who was from Wilmington, won the bronze at the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley, Calif., in the first year of the women?s competition.

Treasurer Deborah Goldberg and other officials, including Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, announced the program Tuesday.

A new Mass. program aims to help parents, but its hashtag has some chuckling

Twitter users quickly inserted the hashtag into songs and jokes, and otherwise poked fun at its many possible meanings.

Jay Gonzalez puts Charlie Baker on the ropes in TV debate

Boston, MA - 10/17/2018- ] Candidate Jay Gonzalez speaks to the press after a debate against Governor Charlie Baker at WGBH on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. (Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe) Topic: (Metro)

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Democrat Jay Gonzalez pressed Republican governor Charlie Baker in a televised debate to decide between party loyalty and backing a candidate who opposes abortion rights and supports President Trump.

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Ayyadurai, a Belmont entrepreneur with four degrees from MIT, is running for Senate in a campaign that may seem quixotic, but is certainly animated.

E-mails show how donors are considered in Harvard admissions

When Harvard University admitted several applicants tied to influential donors to its Kennedy School, the school?s dean sent an e-mail calling the head of admissions ?my hero.?

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An internal memo describes a behind-the-scenes effort by police to void two traffic citations, one of which was issued to a colonel?s friend.


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If the ?Pocahontas? slur hobbles Warren beyond Trump?s base, it?s a problem. And it looks like it might be.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russia probe soon after the November midterm elections.

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A retired professor organized a one-credit course for University of Southern Maine students to protest Republican Senator Susan Collins in Washington.

Opinion & Ideas

Opinion | Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

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The Trump administration?s eagerness to whitewash an ally?s apparent extrajudicial killing of a critic is appalling but not surprising.

Special reports


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We go beyond just sharing stories: We?ll give you a window into how we report and hold officials accountable. We?ll share documents and data, and use your feedback to better inform our work. Join us.

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We?ve started an early-morning version of our popular afternoon Talking Points business newsletter. Try it out here.

Real Estate

How to prepare a swoon-worthy vacation rental

If you?re thinking of listing your home as a vacation rental, have a listen to what travelers say makes a space inviting and welcoming, and what?s a turnoff. For starters, amenities and cleanliness matter.

The Big Picture

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The Big Picture

Globe staff photos of the month, September 2018

Here?s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: gas explosions in Lawrence, 9/11 remembrance ceremonies, and primary elections.


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Some are almost professionally done, others are closer to scribbles, but all give insight into how immunotherapy works.

Love Letters: The Podcast

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In a special bonus episode, Meredith Goldstein explores what happens to summer romance when the summer ends, and ?Wet Hot American Summer? creator David Wain shares a girl-crazy memory from his own camp days.

Listen:   Apple Podcasts   |   Stitcher   |   RadioPublic


Real Estate

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Mobile homes may be the least expensive and most effective means of addressing the region?s housing shortage.

Globe event

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Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan spoke at a Globe event on how innovation is shaping our world, and she?s in high demand among the hundreds of mayors gathered in Boston.


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Puzzled? Keep trying your hand at our interactive crossword and see if you can triumph.