Online vendetta leads to $4.8m civil jury award

A series of horrors was inflicted upon the family of James Lyons in 2008, two years before he was elected to the state House.

A harsh, snowy, and slippery winter is contributing to the rise in car insurance premiums for many Massachusetts drivers.

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Car insurance rates on the rise in Mass.

Overall rates are jumping by as much as 6 percent this year, and premiums are expected to swell again next year, too.

// Slow-moving sales for UMass Amherst specialty plates

Since the plates debuted in 2013 to raise money for the alumni association, only 1,554 have been sold.

Jack Kane stopped by Brookdale Cemetery in Dedham on Sunday to visit the graves of his parents, John and Ruth, who both died this year. His father was a veteran of the Korean War. Families across the area are remembering those who lost their lives in combat.

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Families of fallen honor their sacrifice on Memorial Day

For some families Memorial Day is a day of traditions. For others, it’s an improvisation of what feels right.

// Remembering the toll the Iraq, Afghanistan wars had on Mass.

Since the wars began in 2001 and 2003, 124 US servicemen and women from Mass. have died.

// Boy, 7, shot as he rode bicycle in Dorchester

Boston police said at the scene that a bullet also grazed the head of a 20-year-old man.

// Proposed R.I. casino could undercut plans in Southeastern Mass.

A 1,000-slot casino is being proposed for a 45-acre area in Tiverton, R.I., only 380 feet from Fall River, Mass.

Traffic jams like this one near the Sagamore Bridge in July 2013 have boosted a proposal to use a public-private partnership to erect a third bridge across the Cape Cod Canal.

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Investors sought for a new Cape Cod bridge

Traffic jams have boosted a proposal to use a public-private partnership to erect a third bridge across the Cape Cod Canal.

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// Don’t give up on the Red Sox just yet

It’s not time to start dusting off the rolling rally route, but it’s also far from time to declare the Red Sox a hopeless cause.

// Families with a transgender child learn and change

No one can truly understand the journey unless they’ve gone through it — or supported a loved one during the process.


// Helping children deal with the loss of a grandparent

How are we supposed to simultaneously act as a parent, an emotionally supportive partner, and a mourner?

Brittany Howard  of Alabama Shakes.

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Boston Calling returns in Sept. with diverse lineup

The music festival’s fall lineup will include the Avett Brothers, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Hozier, Father John Misty, and more.

EverQuote cofounders Seth Birnbaum (left) and Tomas Revesz.

EverQuote breaks mold of youthful startup

The little-known company, a comparison shopping site for auto insurance, looks almost nothing like a hot consumer technology firm.

The initiative is being run by Brian Forde, who will raise money for the project. 

MIT sets up bitcoin research, development

MIT hopes to help the sprawling bitcoin project shed its chaotic past and emerge as a more versatile platform.

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// A Pakistani man’s unwelcome return to work

Mamnoon Khan is hoping to find the peace in the legal system that he could not find at his former employer, OneBeacon.

The Big Picture

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Oil spill in California

The governor declared a state of emergency after about 105,000 gallons of oil were spilled, affecting nine miles of the scenic coast.