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Two years later, brothers made good

In 2011, Billy Baker profiled two teenage brothers from Dorchester struggling to overcome steep odds as part of the Globe's Bus 19 series, a project in which a team of Globe reporters chronicled stories along one of the city's key bus routes. Two years later, Baker provided a follow-up on the subjects of his story in a series of Twitter posts, collected below.

The secret world of the Dunkin’ Donuts franchise kings

Inside the take-no-prisoners world of the Dunkin’ franchise kings.

State-by-state breakdown of Dunkin’ Donuts shops

The figures are from the Dunkin’ Brands Group, noting they are the most recent figures.

With ‘Bent,’ Zeitgeist explores another heavy topic

The 1979 play “Bent” may have been the first to look so squarely at one particular aspect of the Holocaust — the plight of the German gay community. The play, which opens for previews Friday, is the first production of Zeitgeist Stage Company’s 14th season.

All About Nantucket’s Meghan Trainor

All her Cape Cod friends were crowded together to take a picture when Meghan Trainor’s brother noted she was the odd duck. Her crew looked classically preppy in their white pants and pastel-colored shirts. Trainor was wearing her customary black-on-black.

To make the photo work, he put her in the middle.

“More shine for me,” Trainor recalls with a laugh.

Raised on Nantucket and Cape Cod, the 20-year-old Trainor has parlayed her independent shine into a surprise, chart-topping late entry in the “song of the summer” sweepstakes. “All About That Bass,” a happy-making modernized doo-wop ditty that celebrates plus-size figures who have “all the right junk in all the right places,” has hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

In Concord, dance therapist takes on Parkinson’s Disease

To a soundtrack of Patti Page singing about old Cape Cod, Susanne Liebich leads a group of seniors through a series of gentle dance moves.

Mass. model school program being reconsidered

After promoting model schools as a cost-saving approach, the state agency overseeing the construction process is reevaluating that approach.

Whitman again dealing with rat problem

For the second time in two years, some in town are complaining of an infestation — and officials are scrambling yet again to get rid of the rodents.

Movie celebrates bygone Norwood Arena racing days

Norwood Arena Speedway still sparks excitement among those who raced cars on the quarter-mile track or went there to watch them.

Vote set for later Natick high school start

A proposal designed to give high school students a little extra shuteye by starting classes later has been the talk of the town since last spring.

Salem mayor cites police chief’s errors in discipline case

Missteps by the chief limited the city’s ability to punish two senior officers accused of double-dipping, according to the mayor.

Abington to vote on town’s first new school in 50 years

Voters will be asked on Sept. 27 to say “yes” or “no” to a proposed $96.4 million middle and high school.

Former club owner revives Manchester-by-the-Sea eatery

Paul Barclay is bringing back and putting his own spin on one of Manchester’s landmark eateries: Seven Central.

Burned in fire, Armenian girl recovers with local help

In 2007. Diana Atabekyan was badly burned when her costume caught fire as she participated in a Christmas play in her village outside Yerevan, Armenia.

Kingston OKs sports fields, but preserves stone feature

Selectmen voted to set aside a fraction of newly acquired land intended for sports fields to preserve a Native American cultural feature called a stone row.

Dedham selectmen poised to pick town’s new manager

Dedham has been without a full-time finance director since Maryellen Murphy died in mid-April after an illness.

Shark attack in Salem? It’s all staged for a calendar

Special effects makeup artist Phil “Skippy” Adams is currently working on a calendar to showcase his unique talents.

Tracing family roots at the National Archives in Waltham

It’s a typical Tuesday morning at the National Archives in Waltham, and Mary Swansburg is trying to find her family.

Hingham folk artist carved a place in duck decoy history

Joe Lincoln harvested his white cedar wood from local wetlands, made their non-reflective paint himself to better imitate the real thing, and sold his work for $1 each.

No long trips, just a summer of simple pleasures

This was more like the summer that wasn’t.

Globe South Best Bets

Things to do south of Boston.

YMCA of the North Shore receives a major gift

The donation of $150,000 will help support financial assistance to children and families using Y programs and services.

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