High school students get the hottest ticket in town — Hamilton — and a fresh look at history for $10

While tickets for the Broadway blockbuster typically cost hundreds of dollars, the high school students paid only $10 for a special performance.

Brockton, MA - 11/1/2015 -Republican State Representative Geoff Diehl campaigns with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker(R) in Brockton, MA, November 1, 2015. Diehl is running against Democratic State Representative Michael Brady to replace the late State Senator Tom Kennedy. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Charlie Baker tried to reshape the state Republican party. Then Donald Trump happened

Even his mea culpa after Wednesday night’s debate was far from enthusiastic: Baker did not utter Geoff Diehl’s name in any of his responses.

Medford-05/09/15- Runners give a thumbs up to POTS awareness at the start of the POTS 5k race. Hundreds took part in a 5k race to raise money for POTS, a little know disease. The event was held at the Mystic River Bend Reservation and was organized in honor of an MIT student with POTS who killed herself. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki (metro)

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What is POTS? Medford to benefit research on little-known disorder

Over 75 percent of patients with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome are initially misdiagnosed, according to research.

Bradford Casler (left) sat next to his attorneyThomas Giblin in court Thursday.

Newton man wasn’t told not to drive before fatal pizza shop crash, attorney says

Bradford Casler, a Newton man with multiple sclerosis, is charged with driving his SUV into the Sweet Tomatoes pizza shop in Newton, killing two patrons and injuring seven others.

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Walsh launches GRAD Last Mile Fund to help Boston students in last leg of college

The program, launched with the Frieze Family Foundation, will provide up to $2,500 to cover transportation, rent, and other non-academic costs, officials said.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Oct. 19, the 292nd day of 2018. There are 73 days left in the year.


Oct. 19, 2018

Firefighters battle two-alarm house fire in Winthrop

The fire broke out at 36 Wilshire St. around 10:15 p.m. Thursday, a fire dispatcher said.

Everett man pleads guilty to unemployment fraud scheme

A 53-year-old Everett man pleaded guilty this week in federal court to trying to swindle more than $1 million from the state’s Department of Unemployment Assistance, prosecutors said.

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Boston police investigate stabbing

A person walked into Boston Medical Center Thursday evening and was treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Car crashes into, then rolls under tractor-trailer on I-295 in North Attleboro

Neither the driver of the car, a 33-year-old Rhode Island man, nor the tractor-trailer driver, a 53-year-old Attleboro man, were injured in the crash Thursday evening.

Aaron Hernandez’s helmet flies off as he collides with an opposing player. Those types of hits can cause not only concussions, but also subconcussive injuries.

The NFL, brain damage, and Aaron Hernandez

Hernandez’s most lasting legacy in football may be one of his organs: His brain. It would show why football, through history, has generated controversy.

Fox attacks two women in Scituate

The women, who were attacked in separate incidents, were treated for bite wounds and police are working with Animal Control to locate the fox.

Dorchester charter school overpaid leader nearly $100,000, state says

Trustees at the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy charter school in Dorchester allegedly lavished its former executive director with hefty pay increases and other perks.

Missing hikers found on Appalachian Trail loop in Sheffield

Authorities began their search around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and crews were en route to retrieve the hikers on Sages Ravine shortly after 6 p.m.

If you had a young children, would you let them play tackle football?

Hernandez’s most lasting legacy in football may be one of his organs: His brain.


The NFL, brain damage, and Aaron Hernandez

Hernandez’s most lasting legacy in football may be one of his organs: His brain. Read the final episode in the series “Gladiator,” the Globe Spotlight report about Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.

Head of Boston’s FBI office retiring, will become Massport security chief

Harold H. Shaw, the head of FBI operations in four New England states, including Massachusetts, is retiring, according to the agency.

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What’s ballot question No. 2 about?

WBUR, the Globe, and UMass Boston hosted a debate Thursday on the lesser-known ballot initiative.

Boston police Officer Kurt Stokinger and his wife Janella Stokinger.

Boston officer’s lawsuit targets online gun marketplace

Boston police Officer Kurt Stokinger, who was shot and injured by a handgun purchased through Armslist.com, is suing the company.

Quote of the day

“Look, he’s running his race. I’m running my race.” — US Senate hopeful Geoff Diehl, responding to Governor Charlie Baker’s stumble during a debate Wednesday when asked whether he would vote for Diehl, who is challenging Senator Elizabeth Warren.

A new NOAA forecast predicted a warmer-than-normal winter for the northern and western three-quarters of the nation, including New England.

It could be a warm winter, but that doesn’t mean it won’t snow

A warmer-than-normal winter could be in store for New England. But the jury is out on whether it will be wetter than normal.

N.Y. gang nabbed using counterfeit money at Leominster mall, police say

Several of the four people arrested had criminal records involving the use of counterfeit money or counterfeit credit card machines.

Plane veers off runway at Norwood airport

The pilot was the only person on board when the plane landed around 11 a.m.

Live video: Watch a debate on Question 2

Question 2 would establish a state commission that would advocate for an amendment to the US Constitution limiting corporate money in politics.

Geoff Diehl.

Baker hesitated on saying he’d vote for Diehl. Here’s how Diehl responded

Governor Baker stumbled over several questions about Geoff Diehl, a supporter of President Trump who’s running for US Senate, during a Wednesday gubernatorial debate.

A woman prepared a slip for the Mega Millions lottery jackpot in Los Angeles.

‘Somebody’s gotta win, so you never know’: How Bostonians are prepping for a $970m jackpot

The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday’s drawing increased to a record-high $970 million Thursday.

Pedestrian hit in Malden, suffers life-threatening injuries

The woman was struck at the intersection of Fellsway East and Savin Street and was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Man arrested in stealing of copper, tools from Brookline construction site

Police searched for the Boston man for more than two hours before arresting him outside his home.

Boston police seek help in slaying of woman in Dorchester

Alicia Restrepo, 24, was killed Monday night around 9:36 p.m. while in a car parked near the intersection of Charles and Ditson streets.

The North Washington Street bridge is about to be rebuilt, a five-year construction job that also promises to be a traffic nightmare.

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The North Washington Street bridge replacement might not be so awful with this new fix

Officials are planning to install a temporary bridge to move more traffic during the five-year construction job.

Child abducted from Mass. found in Florida

Authorities say Christina Hale fled Webster with her now-5-year-old son after a court awarded full custody to the child’s father in 2016.

A dusting of snow near Sterling, Ma., Thursday.

Parts of Massachusetts saw first traces of snow

Most of the places that did receive snow, according to social media posts, got less than one tenth of an inch, which is considered unmeasurable.

‘John Doe’ drops civil case against Bryon Hefner and Stanley Rosenberg, former Senate president

The former State House aide known as John Doe abruptly dropped his civil lawsuit against Bryon Hefner and his husband, former state Senate president Stanley C. Rosenberg.

The two other winners of $1 million bought their tickets in New Jersey and Kentucky. One player in Florida won $2 million.

Massachusetts Powerball player wins $1 million

The two other winners of $1 million bought their tickets in New Jersey and Kentucky. One player in Florida won $2 million.

Wind advisory in effect for most of Massachusetts until mid-morning

Thursday morning will be unseasonably chilly and windy, with gusts reaching up to 45 miles per hour.

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)

Jay Gonzalez puts Charlie Baker on the ropes in TV debate

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.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Oct. 18, the 291st day of 2018. There are 74 days left in the year.


Oct. 18, 2018

Tell us what you make of Aaron Hernandez’s time in prison

Hernandez found a mixture of anguish and solace behind bars, until he chose to end it all.

Man dies after reporting difficulty breathing while being taking into custody in Malden

The man, who was not identified, is believed to have been under the influence of a drug, officials said.

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.”

Man arrested for ‘upskirting’ at Charles/MGH station

A Boston man was arrested for placing a cell phone underneath a woman’s dress at the Charles/MGH Red Line station Tuesday afternoon.

Salmonella outbreak sickens 92, including 9 in Mass.

An outbreak of salmonella linked to raw chicken products has sickened 92 people throughout the country, including nine in Massachusetts.


Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

BOSTON, MA - 9/05/2018: Boston Public School busses ...ready ? Busses seen hare in the Charlestown lot. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand alone photo Bus

Students, parents denounce plans to shutter Boston schools

For more than two hours, students, parents, and teachers told the Boston School Committee that they don’t want to see schools and programs shut down.

Gun safety group endorses Charlie Baker

The political arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, which calls itself the largest gun violence prevention organization in the United States, gave the Republican the nod in his race against Democrat Jay Gonzalez on Wednesday

Harvard, MIT professors receive $3m Breakthrough Prizes

The awards are meant to honor fundamental discoveries in the life sciences, physics, and mathematics that are changing the world, the organization said.

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)


Here’s how the Red Sox outlasted the Astros in Game 4, inning by inning

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to give the Red Sox the lead.

Boston, MA - 10/03/18 - A visitor rests on Mycena- small delicate mushrooms that can appear in profusion during wet periods. Mushrooms are proliferating in Olmsted Park in Jamaica Plain. Mushrooms were identified by David Babik and others of the Boston Mycological Club. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (in caps, pun intended) Topic: ()

It’s a good time to be fungi

The recent rain storms and cool, cloudy days have led to prolific mushroom fruiting.