Mass. RMV mistakenly tells thousands their licenses are being suspended

The Globe became aware of letters being sent erroneously after being forwarded an apparent copy of one.

Sean Gannon’s funeral service was held at Saint Pius X Church on Thursday.

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A man determined to choose violence. A cop determined to live a good life

Only three years apart in age, the police officer and the career criminal accused of killing him could not have been more different.

// Dog shot with Yarmouth police officer has long road to recovery

Nero was released from the Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in Buzzards Bay Wednesday.

// New details emerge on State Police payroll head’s alleged theft scheme

Denise Ezekiel allegedly transferred money from the agency to her personal bank account, attempting to disguise the payments as reimbursements for travel and training.

Nestor Ramos

// Transgender question puts bigotry and fear on the ballot

Never mind that the protections the state passed in 2016 have been an actual problem for exactly no one, Massachusetts is once again the front line of the culture wars.

FOR ONLINE: Student Protest story. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)

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Refusing to be silent, children of immigrants speak out

At a time when immigration policies are being fiercely debated, they say they don’t want pity or handouts, only the opportunity to honor their families’ sacrifices.

// State names 138 neighborhoods as ‘Opportunity Zones’

They could qualify for a new federal program that gives tax breaks for business and real estate investments.

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After a decade of searching, a mother found her son the care he desperately needed

Once aggressive and misunderstood, Ben Battis has shown incredible growth thanks to a team of pros and the love of his dedicated mom.

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Top spots to live in Greater Boston in 2018

The hottest towns for home buyers, for prices ranging from under $500,000 to more than $1 million.

Hall of Fame inductee Sparky Anderson views a display featuring artifacts from the Detroit Tigers' 1984 World Series win at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. Tuesday, April 18, 2000. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)

Here’s how baseball teams that started 15-2 (like the Red Sox) fared

Six other teams have started a season 15-2. Two of them went on to win the World Series.

Chad Finn | Sports Media

// Which Boston sports radio station is right about its morning show ratings?

We asked Nielsen Audio to provide some clarity on the ratings system. Here’s what we learned.

// Bill Belichick and his hoodie-wearing puppy watched a BU lacrosse game

A BU student spotted Belichick and longtime girlfriend Linda Holliday in the stands at the school’s Nickerson Field.

// What is 4/20, and why is it a stoner holiday? A look at how ‘420’ became linked to marijuana

How the marijuana-loving world came to mark the occasion is believed traceable to five Northern California men now in their 60s with bad backs and graying hair.

// The black men arrested at a Starbucks were in the store for two minutes before police were called

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, along with their lawyer Stewart Cohen, spoke publicly Thursday, and Philadelphia’s police chief apologized to the men.

// Somerville Rapid Response Network aims to notify community about ICE raids

Once The Welcome Project, a community-based immigrant advocacy group in Somerville, announced the launch of the text message alert system, the hate mail started rolling in.

A scene from the second season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu.

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Television Review

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ remains dark and bold

I was blown away by the first hours of the new season, which are so gripping that my blood pressure rose right along with my admiration for everyone behind this series.

// How to watch the Lyrid meteor shower this weekend

If you time it right, escape the city, and get a little bit lucky, astronomers say you’ll be able to watch a meteor shower light up the sky early Sunday.

// The median pay for Amazon employees? Less than $30,000 a year

Amazon reported the number for the first time under a new requirement that companies disclose the gap between pay for the rank-and-file and the person in the corner office.


// RFK Jr.’s daughter ‘devastated’ by billionaire boyfriend’s death

People magazine reports that Kick Kennedy, a model, had been dating banking heir Matthew Mellon for four months.

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// ‘Raising your value’ after a breakup

How climbing mountains and other “breakup accomplishments” can improve self-worth after a relationship ends.

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// Going off the rails with crazy railroad rules

The next commuter rail contract needs to toughen driver safety requirements.

A new chapter in the story of a terrier who found adventure in Milton

One day, in the friendly little town of Milton, a mysterious visitor arrived out of the blue. No one could say where, exactly, the little dog had come from. But before long, they began spotting it all over town . . .


Editorial: How to save thousands a year from gun violence

Massachusetts has the nation’s lowest rate of gun deaths. Here are #7steps your state can take to save lives.


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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2015, file photo, Prince presents the award for favorite album - soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. A Minnesota doctor accused of illegally prescribing an opioid painkiller for Prince a week before the musician died from a fentanyl overdose has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a federal civil violation, according to documents made public Thursday, April 19, 2018. Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016. An autopsy found he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Doctor who treated Prince pays $30,000 for illegal prescription

A Minnesota doctor accused of illegally prescribing an opioid painkiller for Prince a week before the musician died from a fentanyl overdose has agreed to pay $30,000.