Digging into my family’s claims of Cherokee ancestry

Umphrey Green Smith (1843-1927) was born in Alabama, lived in Oklahoma and died in Arkansas.

I thought about my ancestor and supposed Native American roots last week while covering Senator Elizabeth Warren’s speech to the National Congress of American Indians.

Teacher Cathy Kuhns demonstrated on a corner in Parkland, Fla.

Teachers slam Trump proposal to arm educators

Trump’s controversial proposal, made previously by others, has prompted a social media backlash from teachers.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez comforts a classmate during a CNN town hall meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the BB&T Center, in Sunrise, Fla. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Student asks Rubio about NRA donations

Parents, teachers, and students brought their questions and concerns to local leaders — including US Sen. Marco Rubio — Wednesday night. Here are some of the key highlights.

// Poehler, ‘Parks and Rec’ team in Twitter tussle with NRA

The National Rifle Associated referenced the show in a tweet, but stars Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, and the show’s creator took exception.

// MBTA driver allegedly paid someone $2,000 to beat him up

Thomas Lucey allegedly staged the attack and is now facing criminal charges that he fraudulently collected worker’s compensation and private disability insurance.

// State trooper placed on paid leave after internal affairs investigation

State Police aren’t disclosing why Trooper Leigha Genduso, who started her career as a dispatcher before joining the force in 2014, was placed on leave.

// Billy Graham to lie in honor at the US Capitol

The late Rev. Billy Graham will become the first religious leader to be honored by the nation in that way.

// Developers cool to downtown Boston sites the state sees as hot properties

With no offers despite years of trying, state officials have no plans to market a big site near a train and bus station.

// Snowy owl dies after being struck by motorist inside O’Neill Tunnel

Massachusetts Environmental Police transported the animal to Tufts Wildlife Clinic for treatment, but the animal died a few hours later.

The focus of camps at Highland Mountain Bike Park is in the name.

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Action sport summer camps can make your kids smarter

Kids can learn rock climbing, skateboarding, parkour and more at New England camps, and get a cognitive boost to boot.

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// Our newest American heroes

Goals like the one that brought the US women the gold are destined to be remembered. It was that good. That ridiculous. That remarkable.

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medal winners Kendall Coyne #26 and Hilary Knight #21 of the United States celebrate after defeating Canada in a shootout in the Women's Gold Medal Game on day thirteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

More than half of the US women’s Olympic hockey team has Mass. connections

From Mass. natives to stand-out local college hockey players, here are the 13 women who have connections to the Commonwealth.

Elizabeth Swaney competed in PyeongChang.

Elizabeth Swaney says she deserved her spot in the Olympics

“It’s very strange to hear that I took a spot from someone else,” Swaney said. “That’s not the case at all, that’s really unfounded.”

A liqour ad engulfed a Green Line train before former Mass. governor Deval Patrick took office.

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Governor Baker, please take the liquor ads off the T

How can you be serious about cutting down on addiction in the Commonwealth when you are using public property to get people to drink?

// Infamous Boston police tweet was apparently inspired by a plaque at TD Garden

Not everyone is peeved by the Boston Police Department’s tweet about Red Auerbach, the legendary Celtics coach who has his own statue in the city.

// Ousted Vineyard hospital chief lands job in Alaska, but legal fight with Partners isn’t over

Health-care executive Joseph Woodin is trading one scenic vista for another.

// Trump seems to have insulated himself from #MeToo movement

In the era of #MeToo, President Trump’s behavior would be fireable and career-ruining for most CEOs or celebrities, according to experts. But the Republican Party is increasingly invested in his success.

// N.H. firm helps move a new arm the old-fashioned way

If all goes as planned, Ron Currier will soon have two prosthetic hands controlled solely by muscle signals transmitted from the brain.

// Arctic temperatures soar 45 degrees above normal, flooded by extremely mild air

The thaw occurred as a pulse of extremely mild air shot through the Greenland Sea.

Actress and model Abbey Lee; below as a teenager.

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Modeling’s glamour hides web of abuse

The fashion industry is built on glamour and allure, but many models, especially the very young, know it for something else: sexual exploitation and abuse.

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// MS-13: Separating truth from fiction

Most of what Americans know about MS-13 comes from an unreliable source: President Trump.


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Parkland. Las Vegas. Sutherland Springs. Newtown. On and on: In America, mass shootings have become so familiar that they seem to follow the same sad script.

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Olympic celebrations

Capturing the moments when Olympic athletes celebrated a win or their performance at the PyeongChang Games.