The Museum of Science ranks among the best in the nation. The accolades don’t come without turmoil

The museum is embarking on a 10-year renovation plan despite its lack of a president, employee discontent, and the challenges of museum management.

Vanessa Atocha said money concerns led her to withdraw from Penn State University during her sophomore year.

The Great Divide

For low-income students, the suburbs are no sure path to college

Low-income students are only half as likely to graduate from college as their more affluent peers even when they attended top suburban high schools, according to Globe analysis of first-of-its-kind state education data.

For Diane DiTullio Agostino, her mother’s recipe cards are much more than cooking instructions.

Recipes are now in the cloud, not on cards. What have we lost?

Has the Internet swept all those essential family heritages stored on recipe cards away, and with them memories that no cooking app could ever conjure?

Toby Schine in 2015.

Executive director of Boston Children’s Theatre is out

His resignation comes on the heels of the departure of director Burgess Clark, who resigned at the end of October and was then accused by more than a dozen former students of inappropriate behavior. The decades-old theater will also be suspending its upcoming production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

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Londonderry, N.H. Fire Department honored with steel from World Trade Center

The steel, which features the words “WTC 9/11” and “NEVERFORGET” arrived by a special escort Friday organized by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation of New York City.

‘A bonding of the hearts’ at Islamic Society of Boston’s first cultural festival

Worshippers at Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury came Saturday afternoon to celebrate their differences at the center’s first cultural festival, where Muslims from 26 different countries presented their food, tea, music, and more.

California voters greet Deval Patrick dismissively

The former Massachusetts governor trekked across the country to attend his first Democratic Party gathering since launching a last-minute presidential campaign, and voters didn’t appear happy to see him.

Wrentham police investigating ‘threatening note’ found at regional high school

“The note does not include specific acts of violence, does not reference specific weapons, however; the language is clearly threatening in nature,” police said in a statement.

JetBlue’s ‘Bravest Blue’ plane lands in Worcester in tribute to fallen firefighter

The red plane, a tribute to the New York City Fire Department, landed at Worcester Regional Airport at 4:10 p.m. Saturday, according to the airline.

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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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Part of Summer Street to remain closed overnight after steam pipe leak

The block from Arch Street to Surface Road will remain closed while air quality testing continues, officials said Saturday evening.

The case describes 15 claims submitted to the insurer from the estates of the deceased victims, their relatives, and survivors of the June 21 collision that devastated members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, a group of former Marines who ride motorcycles and raise money for charities.

Insurer sues trucking company, victims’ estates over claims from N.H. motorcycle crash

Pilgrim Insurance Co. said it “is unable to determine the appropriate amounts to be paid” under the policy held by the trucking company, Westfield Transport, and wants a judge to divide the proceeds.

Fire destroys barn at historic Endicott Estate in Dedham

The barn was a total loss, but the fire should not effect other operations at the popular event venue owned by the town, a fire official said.

Neighbors react to Westborough officer-involved shooting: ‘I never suspected something like this’

Less than a day after a police officer shot and killed a suspect while responding to a domestic violence incident Friday, residents of an apartment complex remained on edge as investigators continued their probe into the shooting.

Duxbury man arrested on child pornography charge

Louis Ackerman Jr., 45, was arrested Friday after a search warrant executed at his home turned up hundreds of videos and images of child pornography on his laptop and stored under his bed, federal officials said.

Police investigate death of 5-year-old N.H. boy

Family members found the boy unresponsive Saturday morning, according to Dover, N.H., police.

Writes Yvonne Abraham: “It’s unclear if that America is big enough to elect any of the decent and accomplished Democrats in this stellar group. Though it shouldn’t even be close.”

Yvonne Abraham

In Donald Trump’s America, Democrats are playing by different rules

Any of the Democrats vying for the White House — any of the Republicans, for that matter — would be worlds better as president than Donald Trump. Given all that we know about him, or even just all we learned last week, any of them should be a slam-dunk against him in 2020.

Saturday brought one more cold note before temperatures start climbing

Boston reached a high of only 38 degrees Saturday, but that is expected to be the last shot of cold air before temperatures become milder next week, according to forecasters.

Lizzo performed onstage in September.

Former Boston-area courier sues rapper Lizzo for libel over food delivery tweet

Tiffany Wells, a 27-year-old who lives in Greater Boston, filed suit in federal court in California, saying that Lizzo “used her celebrity to publicly defame, disparage and threaten a private individual.”

Investigation into Boston police overtime fraud focused on three officers in evidence unit

The investigations into the force follow investigations into overtime abuses by state troopers and centers on allegations that the officers in some cases did not work their full four-hour overtime shifts.

Pedestrian struck in Bridgewater flown to Boston hospital

A 20-year-old woman from East Bridgewater was struck by a pickup truck after stepping off a curb on Plymouth Street around 1 p.m. Friday, Bridgewater police said.

Bernard Sigh had appealed an order to register as a sex offender in Massachusetts.

Deval Patrick’s intervention over ex-brother-in-law brings renewed criticism

The former governor late in his tenure made a controversial move — endorsing a decision that a man convicted of “spousal rape” did not have to register as a sex offender in Massachusetts. The legal dispute continues to this day.

State House committee reaches agreement on distracted driving legislation

The proposal would restrict the use of hand-held cell phones while driving and update existing law regarding racial profiling by law enforcement, according to a Friday announcement.

Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s friend said they committed 2011 triple slaying in Waltham, took cash, tried to clean up scene

The details were contained in a 2013 search warrant affidavit partially unsealed this week in connection with the pending appeal of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, now 26, the younger brother of Tamerlan and his co-conspirator in the bombings.

Firefighter Christopher Pace.

Worcester firefighter remains hospitalized after being injured in deadly blaze

Christopher Pace is in “good spirits and continues to recover from his injuries,” Worcester officials said in a statement Friday.

The city Board of Election Commissioners announced Friday evening that it would appoint an outside firm to oversee the recount of all of the city’s 22 wards, in response to petitions filed by both candidates, Julia Mejia and Alejandra St. Guillen.

Boston formally launches recount for City Council seat

The latest unofficial results show Alejandra St. Guillen trailing Julia Mejia by only eight votes.

Westborough police fatally shoot person while responding to domestic violence incident

The person was shot early Friday afternoon as officers responded to an ongoing domestic violence incident, according to the Worcester district attorney.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh stands in front of salt piles during a press conference on the city’s preparations for winter Friday afternoon.

As city prepares for winter, Walsh encourages residents to look out for each other

Mayor Martin Walsh said the city is ready for winter with 110 pieces of equipment and 48,000 tons of salt, but that the most important thing is for Bostonians to take care of each other during these upcoming cold months.

Methuen authorities responded to gas leak Friday afternoon

Several buildings near Route 28 in Methuen were evacuated Friday afternoon as authorities responded to a report of a gas leak, Methuen police said.

A music video by two Harvard students running for student body went viral for its creativity and message.

A campaign video by two Harvard students won over the Internet — and won the election

James Mathew and Ifeoma White-Thorpe had no clue that their clever campaign video would get so much attention.

State trooper borrows kayak to rescue woman from frigid waters at Wollaston Beach

State troopers braved the frigid waters at Wollaston Beach in Quincy on Friday afternoon to save a drowning woman, State Police said.

One day into his last-minute presidential campaign, former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick is already taking heat for how he plans to fund his daring — some would say doomed — leap into the Democratic presidential contest.

Deval Patrick takes heat for super PAC stance

“It’d be hard for me to see how we put all the resources together for an effective campaign without a PAC of some kind,” the former Massachusetts governor said.

3 dead in separate crashes within 6 hours in Southeastern Mass.

Three people died in separate crashes within six hours Thursday night and early Friday on highways in the towns of Freetown, Raynham, and West Bridgewater, Massachusetts State Police said.

Police recover more than 50 grams of fentanyl, arrest Roxbury man during traffic stop

When police officers on patrol in Boston on Wednesday morning saw a man driving who they knew did not have a valid license, they pulled him over and ended up recovering 53 grams of fentanyl, police said.

32 arrested as feds target Trinitarios street gang in Lawrence area

Authorities on Friday took on the feared Trinitarios street gang in the Lawrence area, busting up their alleged drug- and gun-running activities and taking a slew of suspects into custody, law enforcement officials said.

Christopher Edwards, Marsha Edwards, and Erin Edwards.

Slain BU student was shot by mother three times, autopsy finds

Officials found that the mother of Erin Edwards, a rising junior at Boston University, fatally shot her daughter three times in a murder-suicide in August, before turning the gun on herself.

Spectators on the State Pier in Plymouth watch a departure the Mayflower II in 2016.

Plymouth officials looking for poet laureate ahead of Mayflower 400th anniversary events

The town said the role of the poet is to “elevate poetry in the consciousness of Plymouth residents and to promote the community’s values, history, people, and cultural traditions through literary arts.”

Former coach accused of sexually assaulting boys arrested for not turning himself in to Vt. court

A former youth hockey coach was arrested Friday morning for failing to turn himself in to a Vermont court to face charges in that state, Massachusetts State Police said.

The house at 7 Stockholm St. was damaged in a fire Wednesday.

Woman remains hospitalized, baby OK after devastating house fire in Worcester

A woman who was injured in the fire that killed Worcester Lieutenant Jason Menard remains hospitalized, a city official said Friday morning.

Martin Fox left federal court in Boston in March.

Texas tennis academy president pleads guilty in college admissions scam

Martin Fox, 62, of Houston admitted Friday to his role in the college admissions cheating scandal that outraged the public, ensnared the rich and famous, and sparked heated debates about class privilege in higher education.

A note was among the tributes left at a makeshift memorial in front of Ladder Five’s firehouse in Worcester.

Here’s how you can help the family of Worcester Lieutenant Jason Menard

A memorial fund has been established for the family of the Worcester firefighter who died Nov. 13 after making “heroic efforts” to search for people trapped inside a burning building.

Peabody police search Veterans Memorial High School

Police conducted a “precautionary sweep” of Veterans Memorial High School morning after a student received a threatening message overnight, officials said.

1 dead in crash in West Bridgewater

A man was killed early Friday morning after his vehicle veered off the roadway and crashed.

Man struck, killed by car in Raynham as he crossed highway to help driver who hit deer

Luis Contreras of Taunton pulled his 2018 Toyota Tacoma over on Interstate 495 around 1 a.m. Friday, State Police said in a statement. He had seen a 2019 Audi Q7 strike a deer and stop in the middle of the highway.

1 dead in 3 car crash in Freetown

Other people were injured in the crash that occurred on Route 24 north, near exit 10, around 8:40 p.m. Thursday, State Police said.

Massachusetts state Senator Michael D. Brady, during his OUI trial in Quincy District Court  last June.

State Senate strips Brockton lawmaker of chairmanship after OUI arrest

The Senate Committee on Ethics found that Michael Brady violated a rule that prohibits a member using or trying to use “improper means to influence an agency . . . of the Commonwealth.” The full state Senate voted to accept the panel’s recommendations.

Manhole fires close streets in Wellesley

Washington Street and State Street will remain closed while investigators investigate the cause of the fire, police said late Thursday night.

Concord, MA - New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, left, and Diane Patrick, right, watch as Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts, signs a commemorative placard at the New Hampshire State House in Concord, N.H. on Thursday, Nov. 14. (Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe) Topic: 15deval

Deval Patrick launches 2020 presidential bid in N.H.: ‘I feel I have something to offer’

The 63-year-old Democrat kicked off his campaign with a web video, and an appearance in New Hampshire, filing paperwork to appear on the ballot in the first-in-the-nation primary state.

Former Massachusetts governor Jane Swift.

Massachusetts governors sure do like running for president

Could Jane Swift be next? Nope, she says.

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This 60-year-old, 45-foot tall white spruce tree on the property of Desmond Waithe and Corina Saunders of Nova Scotia was readied for its long truck trip to Boston for the lighting on Boston Common on Dec. 5.

With a ritual blessing and clean cut, Nova Scotians prepare Christmas tree for journey to Boston

It was a festive atmosphere in Nova Scotia’s Pictou County as hundreds of people gathered in a wide ring around a 45-foot white spruce.