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.
Growth along Route 128 and I-495 brings more jobs — and traffic
The Route 128 and Interstate 495 corridors are booming once again, spinning off thousands of new jobs, but the resurgent economy may be generating a frustrating side effect: traffic congestion.
Book review: ‘Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography’ edited by Pamela Smith Hill
In the more than eight decades since the Little House books based on Wilder’s life first were published, millions of fans have found courage in the stories about covered wagons and huddling around the cookstove while blizzards or wolves raged outside. And the fans always have yearned to know more about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life. Now they are getting their wish. The South Dakota Historical Society Press has published the earliest known version of Wilder’s memoir, “Pioneer Girl,” in a paperback volume heavily annotated by Pamela Smith Hill, who wrote a short biography of Wilder seven years ago.
Book review: ‘A Map of Betryal’ by Ha Jin
The protagonists of Ha Jin’s latest novel, “A Map of Betrayal,” occupy the “treacherous territory” of margins — Gary Shang, “the biggest Chinese spy ever caught in North America,” and his daughter, Lilian Shang, American-born, “half-Chinese and half-Irish.” The novel alternates between Lilian’s first-person account of her quest to “piece together [her father’s] story” after the death of her mother in 2010 and a third-person recounting of Gary’s life starting in 1949. Communist and newly married, he stumbles into espionage, works as a CIA translator, starts a second family in the United States (despite having a wife and twins back in China), and spirals through arrest, trial, and tragic death in the early 1980s.
Sensuality in Chinese art on full display at the MFA
Eroticism — coy and coded, or brazen and brash — is the subject of “Court Ladies or Pin-Up Girls?” at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Jen Kirkman (reluctantly) can come home again
The Needham native is performing four shows at Laugh Boston, and she’s a little worried about how friends and family might react.
D.L. Hughley won’t shy away from the controversial
The comedian’s first responsibility is to get the laugh, but he also doesn’t shrink from taking strong stands on political and social issues.
Space is the next frontier for theater companies
When we asked a bunch of Boston theater people what they hoped for in 2015, the answer was often “space.”
‘Skylight’ by José Saramago
Lost for nearly 40 years, Saramago’s novel has now been translated into English for the first time by Margaret Jull Costa.
Many familiar faces at Miller Yezerski Gallery
John Goodman’s “HomeTown” is a photographic walk down Boston’s memory lane.
Borromeos celebrate 25 years with Beethoven
A series of performances featuring Beethoven’s last string quartets is among the highlights in coming months at the Gardner Museum.
8 hours as an extra on the new Miles Teller film
A reporter spent a day at the filming of “Bleed For This,” the Martin Scorsese-produced film about Rhode Island-bred boxer Vincent “Vinny Paz” Pazienza.
Melissa Ferrick hones new model to reach her fans directly
The acclaimed singer-songwriter has some direct ideas about how to market her music and connect to her fans.
Ring in the New Year with these First Night highlights
James Reed rounds up musical highlights from First Night programming, including Thalia Zedek Band, Dom Flemons, and others.
Indie-rock mainstay Yo La Tengo celebrates 30 years
Ira Kaplan reflects on the group’s milestone, who are one of the major attractions at the First Night Boston festivities.
AG investigates Santander for auto lending practices
The move comes over concerns the bank may be engaged in the type of practices that led to the financial crisis years ago.
Chelsea rapper Stiz Grimey leaves troubled past behind
Having overcome drug abuse, the rapper concentrates on his music in hopes that his victory might inspire others.
Termanology, ‘Shut Up and Rap’
On his seventh studio LP, the Lawrence rapper laments a lack of “real rappers,” and invites his friends and colleagues to show listeners how it’s done.
Dicky Barnett prepares for Hometown Throwdown
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones vocalist shares holiday-themed songs he’s been rocking out to as he prepares for this year’s Hometown Throwdown.
New Year’s Eve Boston 2015
Five of Boston’s hottest clubs and venues go all out for their New Year’s Eve celebrations, each with its own theme.
For many, Charlie Chaplin did for comedic acting what Orson Welles did for dramatic acting. So revisit or introduce yourself to some of his greatest short comedies in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his Little Tramp character. Dec. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Free admission, donations of $5 encouraged. Wilton Town Hall Theater, 40 Main St., Wilton, N.H. 603-654-3456. www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com