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

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

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

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

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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.

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Is it supposed to be this cold? It isn’t, said the National Weather Service.

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An expert panel on Thursday unanimously recommended that the FDA approve Epidiolex for two rare and devastating forms of epilepsy.

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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.

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A historic rules change passed Wednesday — which was inspired by senator and new mother Tammy Duckworth — allows the newborns of members into the chamber.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

Amy Schumer stars as a woman with body and self-esteem issues in “I Feel Pretty.”

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Amy Schumer’s comedy ‘I Feel Pretty’ is half daring, half a neurotic mess

Are we supposed to laugh with Schumer’s protagonist or at her? The movie wants it both ways at different times.

A black bear peeked into a resident’s window in Bedford, N.H.

The bears are back in Bedford, N.H. Be on the lookout

Police are advising people to be aware of bears in the area after several recent sightings by residents.

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

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High school seniors have until May 1 to weigh the costs versus the benefits of the colleges where they’ve been accepted.

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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 . . .

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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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Thousands of runners competed in miserable weather conditions during the 122nd running of the Marathon.

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As the spring house hunt gets underway and National College Decision Day nears, thoughts are turning to campus housing.

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