Nation briefs


Man charged with threats to journalists

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles man who authorities said kept a small arsenal in his home was charged with making a series of phone calls threatening to kill journalists at The Boston Globe for what he allegedly called “treasonous” attacks on President Donald Trump.

Robert Chain, 68, was arrested Thursday at his home in the Encino neighborhood. A neighbor said more than 30 armed agents showed up and took him away in his boxer shorts.


High school won’t play ‘Dixie’ anymore

ARAB — The fight over Confederate symbolism has landed in an Alabama town where education leaders have banned the high school marching band from playing “Dixie” as the fight song.

Opponents of the decision packed a school board meeting Thursday in support of the tune, which they depict as a traditional part of life in their small, Southern town rather than an ode to the days of slavery in the Old South.

New York

Cancer survivor advertizes for kidney

NEW YORK — A cancer survivor who lost both kidneys to the disease is using a Times Square billboard to plead for a new one.

The New York Post reported that a friend paid for the digital billboard seeking a kidney donor for Marc Weiner, 53, of Great Neck, New York. The billboard features a photo of Weiner and the words “My name is Marc. I need a kidney. YOU can help!”