Mark Sargent, 46, pleaded guilty Friday to arsons at three locations: a Marshfield marina and Scituate vacation home on Dec. 19, 2012, and a fire at a commercial property in West Bridgewater on Jan. 30, 2013. Argent and his stepson, Jeanmarie Louis, 24, were arrested after an investigation into about 30 arson fires in towns south of Boston in late 2012 and early 2013. In the map below, see images and locations from the wave of suspected arsons during that time period.
Time for Hillary Clinton to cut through the noise
Ads and high-profile endorsements can still be undermined.
Seeing Rijksmuseum’s 10-year renovation in stops and starts
Oeke Hoogendijk’s documentary “The New Rijksmuseum” looks at the renovation of the great Amsterdam museum.
Wes Craven, slasher of suburbs
Movies like “A Nightmare on Elm Street” required a generation of understimulated suburban teens.
Give it up, Ohio: Denali is back
Laying claim to another state’s landform seems more than a little presumptuous.
Could a negative Yelp review lead to a lawsuit?
A Charleston, S.C., restaurant’s “dining contract” warns guests against making defamatory statements. But can it be enforced?
Mass. General ad campaign takes on Children’s
“Your kids won’t always be young,” one ad declares, “but they’ll always be welcome at Massachusetts General Hospital.”
VHS Camcorder app is a retro delight
The wildly popular VHS Camcorder app uncannily mimics the look, feel, sound, and functionality of a clunky old VHS camera.
Maine’s public universities to increase use of local food
Officials with the University of Maine system said the state’s public universities are launching a program to use local growers and producers for a fifth of their dining hall expenditures by 2020.
‘Black Mass’ stars to attend local screening
The cast will be in town Sept. 15 for a screening of the Whitey Bulger biopic at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
A bird’s-eye view of Wes Craven’s Vineyard ties
The late horror filmmaker’s unique column for Martha’s Vineyard Magazine is recalled.
Miley Cyrus matures, intrigues on surprise new album
On “Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz,” which the pop star released by surprise and for free online Sunday night, Cyrus enlists the Flaming Lips to go beyond shock value.
Another grieving parent steps forward, while politicians cower
The men and women elected to serve our country can only offer empty empathy so long as they fear the wrath of the NRA.
Pollack finds self on other side in Green Line extension debate
Stephanie Pollack, the transit secretary giving voice to a worst-case scenario, has often pressured officials to keep their commitments.
Many Boston councilors attend few hearings
The Boston city councilors pushing hardest for significant raises have had the poorest attendance at hearings since January 2014.
Red flags follow commercial real estate lending’s fast rise
Industry officials say the competition for deals is so fierce that many banks are relaxing lending standards.
Recusal call clouds Gary Sampson case
Concerns over Judge Mark Wolf’s interactions at a film festival have disrupted one of the city’s most high-stakes federal cases.
Do animals dream?
At least since Aristotle, humans have pondered just what goes on in the minds of sleeping creatures. Researchers now have an idea.
Pokémon game lures all ages
The Poképalooza in Boston 10 days ago probably would have passed without notice, if not for an alleged mass shooting plot.
$113m New Bedford marine terminal sits largely idle
The site, built with state bonds to be a staging ground for a wind farm in Nantucket Sound, sits unused after Cape Wind canceled its lease.