Thomas Farragher

Amid the ashes of fatal Lawrence blaze, shattered lives

Outside the burned on Kingston Street in Lawrence, Elvin Medina (at left) was comforted by a Red Cross worker. Relatives identified one of the tow boys who died in the fire as Medina’s son Kelvin, age 9, who had just moved to Lawrence from Puerto Rico this summer.

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Investigators will write reports. Neighbors will help neighbors. And a family that lived on the third floor will plan twin funerals.

Firefighters worked inside the Lawrence building where Kelvin Medina, 9, and another boy died.

48 people killed in fires this year in Mass.

“Fire continues to take just an awful toll in our state,’’ State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said Tuesday.

Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker squared off in a debate in Botson.


Closing arguments emerge in gubernatorial debate

The face-off between Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker two weeks before the election broke little new ground.

Democrats say New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (right) is protecting GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker over a $10,000 donation to the New Jersey GOP.

No finding on legality of Baker donation until after election

The New Jersey state treasurer’s office is weighing the legality of Charlie Baker’s controversial donation to Governor Chris Christie’s state party.

Once-booming law firm Bingham McCutchen struggling

Bingham McCutchen LLP, one of Boston’s most prominent law firms, has cut 225 lawyers since 2012

Ben Bradlee and Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham celebrated the 1971 ruling allowing publication of the Pentagon Papers.

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Legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93

Bradlee led the Washington Post through its coverage of the Watergate scandal.


// No on Question 1: Keep gas tax tied to inflation

If the referendum passes, the amount of gas tax collected from each gallon would steadily lose its buying power.


// Yes on Question 2 to expand bottle bill

The measure would address the proliferation of plastic bottles and discourage litter.