Also: MLK Day; Trump's $11B border wall; Holy Cross student-athlete released from hospital following crash
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January 20, 2020

Good Morning Boston,

☁️ Cloudy with highs in the upper 30s.

Today: Martin Luther King Jr. Day; the aftermath of new report about Epstein donations at MIT; the Chiefs and 49ers will play in Super Bowl LIV. 

It's now widely known that accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was a benefactor to many Boston-area causes and universities, including MIT. But that wasn't always the case. There were new developments last week when MIT released a report that outlined exactly how much three senior leaders knew about Epstein's donations to the university, and how they tried to keep them quiet. Read the full report here and see education reporter Max Larkin's story about how the MIT community is responding below. 

— Meagan McGinnes

The Rundown

1. At MIT, Epstein Report Reopens Wounds — And Prompts Calls For New Leadership
The report by a prominent law firm concludes that none of the school's current senior administrators played a role in accepting gifts given by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Now, some MIT community members are questioning the report's conclusions and credibility.

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2. Student-Athlete Released From Hospital Following Crash That Killed Holy Cross Teammate
Several other members of the women's rowing team were injured in the crash. Four of them and a coach remain hospitalized.

3. Judge Orders Facebook To Turn Over Info Sought By AG Maura Healey
Healey launched an investigation in March 2018 following revelations that data mining firm Cambridge Analytica used ill-gotten data from millions of Facebook users through an app, then used the data to try to influence U.S. elections.

4. Lowell Students Teach Identity, Diversity And Narrative In National 'We Are America' Project
“I’m not the only one who struggled with English, or I’m not the only one who struggled leaving their country - there’s a lot of people who feel the same way I feel and that really helps. You understand you’re not alone in this world."

5. $11 Billion And Counting: Trump's Border Wall Would Be The World's Most Costly
And the Trump administration is on the hunt for funding to build even more. The Department of Homeland Security has asked the Defense Department to come up with money for 270 additional miles of border wall, which did not come with a dollar figure.

Anything Else?

  • The Kansas City Chiefs will play the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV in Miami next month.

  • Jazz saxophone legend Jimmy Heath has died. He was 93 years old.

  • The U.S. Navy says it will name an aircraft carrier after Doris "Dorie" Miller, the African American mess attendant who heroically leapt into combat during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Your Daily Must Listen

Radio Open Source: Sticker Shock

Rep. John Lewis' Fight For Civil Rights Began With A Letter To Martin Luther King Jr.

'Martin Luther King Loved This City': Remembering King's Legacy In Boston. Read more.

An 'Exhausted' Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final 31 Hours. Read more.

Here Is The Winning Design For The MLK And Coretta Scott King Memorial On Boston Common. Read more. 

What We're Reading

  • Really Seeing Marmee: Oh, How ‘Little Women’s’ Matriarch Has Changed (New York Times)

  • 'It's Got The Democratic Halo, But There's This Bourgeois Element': Meet The Obamoguls (Vanity Fair)

  • Living With HIV When You Expected To Die (Elemental)

From The Archives

Rarely Heard Worcester Speech Shows Another Side Of MLK
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Temple Emanuel in Worcester in 1961. For decades, tapes from this speech were stored in a crowded box belonging to Rabbi Joseph Klein, who invited King to speak at the temple.

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