In recent months, the state Department of Children and Families has come under fire over alleged lapses and management issues, including the disappearance and death of five-year-old Jeremiah Oliver of Fitchburg. Here's a timeline of the agency's troubles
Shawn Mendes parlays online stardom to chart success
Mendes is the 16-year-old singer-songwriter who came to fame via the six-second video app Vine.
Like Ben Affleck, I felt shame over my family’s past
It’s a messy American tale of ancestors who owned slaves, others who died to free them, and a family’s Cherokee fable.
Local couple in Nepal found safe
As one family’s anxiety turned to joy, hundreds of Nepali residents of Boston gathered at a vigil in Copley Square Sunday night.
Few favor death for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, poll finds
Less than 20 percent of Mass. residents believe the convicted Marathon bomber should be put to death, according to a Globe poll.
Snow work leaves budgets battered
President Obama’s decision to make Mass. eligible for far less aid than state officials wanted will put pressure on local budgets.
Beacon Hill power trio in tune — mostly
Competing ideas on issues like how to fix the MBTA underscore an ideological split in the state’s political leadership.
Death toll and fears rising in Nepal
As officials announced more than 3,200 died in Saturday’s earthquake, recurring aftershocks kept everyone on edge.
Making weapons of our own destruction
Most of the weapons being sold by US corporations in the Middle East are for use in anarchic sectarian conflict.
Doctors group seeking better ways to interact with patients
Atrius Health’s “innovation center” will study ways to shake up how health care is delivered.
Minority girls given fewer chances in school sports, report says
A new report says heavily minority schools offer fewer than half as many spots on teams than heavily white schools.
Justices poised to hear debate on gay marriage
The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear extended arguments in highly anticipated cases about the rights of same-sex couples.
Backers of Iran bill are striving to fend off amendments
The bill’s proponents must first win a battle with colleagues determined to change the legislation in ways that could sink it.
No one likes spending caps, so they must be good
The caps force members of Congress to set priorities and make choices.
How to get kids involved in household chores
My children are old enough to help out. So how do I make it happen?
Chef Michael Schlow to shutter Park Square’s Via Matta
After 13 years, Schlow will replace Via Matta with a Greek restaurant, Doretta Taverna and Raw Bar, in the fall.
Group rallies to save cherished spot at Children’s Hospital
Parents and caregivers want the city to bestow protective landmark status on Prouty Garden, a half-acre splash of green at the heart of the area.
Somber protest held outside Baltimore wake for Freddie Gray
Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died after an encounter with police left him with grave spinal injuries.
Fear and loss amid the devastation in Katmandu
“Everyone is scared,” said Samir Thapa, 30, a security guard who slept in a tent city with thousands of other residents.
St. Columbkille school rebounds with help from Boston College
The Brighton school hopes to serve as a model for Catholic schools not just in Boston but across the country.
Colo. theater shooting trial to begin Monday
James Holmes will go on trial on murder charges stemming from one of the worst mass shootings in US history.