Two Mass. schools placed on probation

A Boston charter school and the state’s first virtual public school will have at least a year to show academic improvement.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/robel150-8439.jpg Jury deliberations begin in Phillipos case

Robel Phillipos, a friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is accused of lying to investigators during the Marathon bombing probe.

2 boys killed in Lawrence fire

The two young boys were trapped in a third-floor bedroom, officials said.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/lawrence-fire.jpg Lawrence neighbors recall ‘awful’ scene at fatal fire

A four-alarm fire raced through the apartment building, according to neighbors.

Man held without bail in death of woman killed by errant bullet

Catherine Gomez, 35, was inside a Shawmut Street residence in Chelsea when she was struck by a stray bullet Sunday.

The New Bedford Harbor shows a mix of industry, fishing, pleasure boats and renewable energy.

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Address | location, location, location

What is it like to live in New Bedford?

Once known as “the city that lit the world,” New Bedford is on the way to becoming “the city that kept the lights on.”

Thing Tank

First ever #SnarkFreeDay on the Internet bound to be a huge success

In a move that will no doubt yield exactly the intended results, an alliance of PR firms have designated today the first-ever #SnarkFreeDay.

Carly Andrulat (right) of South Windsor, Conn., enjoyed the Northeast Marble Meet with her cousin, Maggie, and mother, Annette.

Would you pay $40,000 for a marble?

For committed collectors, marbles can generate thousands, maybe tens of thousands of dollars during a single weekend at a trade show.

A doctor is decontaminated after taking a blood sample from a mock Ebola patient during a training session held in Germany.

Why do some die of Ebola, while others survive?

It’s not clear why Ebola runs a different course in different people.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/demo150-8423.jpg Blackstone home where infants’ bodies found torn down

“The house is down right now,” and workers are “basically just putting the contents of the house into Dumpsters,” an official said.

Opinion

the podium | Michelle Holmes

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/21/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/456685784.jpg US should look to West Africa for Ebola practices

The reflexive, historical impulse to treat Africans as inferior may have cost Americans in the response to Ebola.