Closing arguments done, Phillipos case heads to jury

An attorney for Robel Phillipos said his memory was clouded by marijuana when he spoke to federal agents.

Two Mass. schools placed on probation by education board

A Boston charter school and the state’s first virtual public school will have at least a year to show academic improvement.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/lawrence-fire.jpg Lawrence neighbors recall ‘awful’ scene at fatal fire

A four-alarm fire raced through the apartment building, according to neighbors.

2 boys killed in Lawrence fire

The two young boys were trapped in a third-floor bedroom, officials said.

UMass student accused of writing racist messages

A student is facing charges in connection with two racist messages found written on the doors of campus dorm rooms this month.

Champions of the printed word

The Boston Book Festival is expected to draw 25,000 people, suggesting the world of analog books isn’t going to evaporate.

Thing Tank

First ever #SnarkFreeDay on the Internet bound to be a huge success

In a move that will no doubt yield exactly the intended results, an alliance of PR firms have designated today the first-ever #SnarkFreeDay.

Carly Andrulat (right) of South Windsor, Conn., enjoyed the Northeast Marble Meet with her cousin, Maggie, and mother, Annette.

Would you pay $40,000 for a marble?

For committed collectors, marbles can generate thousands, maybe tens of thousands of dollars during a single weekend at a trade show.

A doctor is decontaminated after taking a blood sample from a mock Ebola patient during a training session held in Germany.

Why do some die of Ebola, while others survive?

It’s not clear why Ebola runs a different course in different people.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/demo150-8423.jpg Blackstone home where infants’ bodies found torn down

“The house is down right now,” and workers are “basically just putting the contents of the house into Dumpsters,” an official said.

Opinion

the podium | Michelle Holmes

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/456685784.jpg US should look to West Africa for Ebola practices

The reflexive, historical impulse to treat Africans as inferior may have cost Americans in the response to Ebola.