Baker consultant wields influence on commuter rail, charter schools

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E-mails show that a consulting firm working for Keolis Commuter Services helped orchestrate the communication strategy with the administration on a controversial proposal.

Family of driver in deadly wrong-way crash ‘heartbroken’

Valantein Burson, 31, was a Stoughton native who once worked counseling teens, relatives said Tuesday.

Boston, MA: 10-25-2016: Bill Weld, the Libertarian candidate for vice-president and former Massachusetts governor, during press conference at the Parker House hotel in Boston, Mass. October 25, 2016. Photo/John Blanding, Boston Globe staff story/Frank Phillips, Metro ( 26weld )

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Weld rips into Trump, saying he feels ‘fear for our country’

Former Mass. governor William Weld, the Libertarian vice presidential candidate, slammed Donald Trump but did not endorse Hillary Clinton.


// Kelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan both worked the same job—and they hated it

They both agreed it was the worst job they ever had.

// Colin Powell says he will vote for Hillary Clinton

Powell, a Republican who served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush, made his announcement in Long Island on Tuesday.

Campaign signs outside of a polling precinct in Akron, Ohio.

Fearing Election Day trouble, some US schools cancel classes

The claims, threats, and passions surrounding the 2016 race have led communities to move polling places out of schools or cancel classes.

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// Is Trump the one who’s choking now?

The latest polls suggest that Donald Trump will end the race in the same way as Mitt Romney did: a loser.

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Attention family business owners: An important tax rule is about to change

The IRS will soon be changing how businesses get passed down from one generation to the next. Learn what you need to know before these changes take effect.

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Boston reaches deal with Winthrop Square developer

Millennium Partners plans to turn the shuttered Winthrop Square Garage into one of Boston’s tallest towers.

// Patriots acquire linebacker, then trade away A.J. Derby

Shortly after acquiring Kyle Van Noy from the Lions, the Patriots sent one of their tight ends to Denver.

Boston, MA--9/27/2016--Mayor Marty Walsh (cq) answers media questions after addressing the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (cq), on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 28walshchamber Reporter: Jon Chesto

Walsh will tout tuition-free community-college plan at White House event

Boston is planning to expand its program that offers low-income public school graduates free tuition.


// What if your kids were stuck in a poorly performing school?

Make no mistake, charter schools provide educational options for urban kids.

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// Is Obamacare entering a downward spiral?

President Obama’s signature health care law is about to get a lot more expensive. Is this the beginning of the end?

Medical marijuana buds.

Answers to common questions on marijuana legalization

Question 4 would legalize pot for recreational use on Dec. 15th of this year.

In this Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, photograph, Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, left, jokes with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock as they attend a press conference to announce plans to build a shelter for homeless women in northeast Denver. Aquila and the church have been at the forefront of an effort to derail a measure on the November general election ballot that would allow the terminally ill to seek medical aid in dying, which would make Colorado the fifth state in the union to permit medically-assisted suicide. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP)


For many Catholics, endorsements from the pulpit don’t work

Most Catholics don’t want political endorsements from the pulpit. They want a church that helps the poor, visits the sick, and works for social justice.

// Harvard men’s soccer players gave female players sexually explicit ratings

A member of the 2012 team wrote and circulated a sexually explicit “scouting report” on incoming freshmen.

// The Rolling Stones are going to rack up a big bill at the Four Seasons

A conservative estimate would put the total cost for lodging at about $50,000 nightly, including taxes, though the tab could easily reach into the six figures.

A school bus crashed on Quarry Street in Quincy on Tuesday.

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Seven hospitalized after crash involving school bus in Quincy

Five children, the school bus driver, and a driver of another vehicle were taken to local hospitals for minor injuries.

// Man is charged with killing his father in Dedham

Alex Anderson allegedly stabbed and beat his father, then threw him down a flight of stairs.

Shrimp tacos at Casa Verde in Jamaica Plain.

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Casa Verde: A Mexican restaurant for all of JP

The folks who run the place — also behind Tres Gatos and Centre Street Cafe — clearly understand the neighborhood.

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The desperate and the dead

// The broken covenant

Behind the fragmented state of mental health care lies a political system failure that spans decades — and continues.

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Big Picture

Traveling back in time on the Mattapan trolley

The trolleys that rolled out of Worcester’s Pullman-Standard factory in 1944 and 1945 are still rolling, seven decades later, along Boston’s most scenic commute.

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Downtown Boston neighborhood named to state’s ‘Most Endangered Historic Resources’ list

Every year, Preservation Massachusetts, the state's historic preservation organization, puts together a list of historic properties and/or neighborhoods that are at risk of being lost. This year, a Boston neighborhood is featured on the list.