Lawrence teen allegedly confessed to decapitation of classmate

06lawrence - 12/5/16. Mathew Borges, 15, of Lawrence, is brought into the prisoner dock before being arraigned in Lawrence District Court. Borges is accused of decapitating Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino, 16, of Lawrence. (PAUL BILODEAU/Pool)


15-year-old Mathew Borges was held without bail in the decapitation and death of a classmate.

// Investigators rule out arson in 10-alarm Cambridge fire

More than 125 people, including up to 30 children, are among those displaced by Saturday’s blaze, which caused an estimated $10 million in damages.

 Cambridge Ma 12/5/16 Childrens toys in a debris pile form a home destroyed by fire A fire scene, burned out buildings, Cambridge fire now says 16 buildings damaged in ten alarm fire.... Globe photo David Ryan

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Photos: Poring through the rubble of the Cambridge fire

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BOSTON, MA - 7/3/2016: Boston Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon smiles after scoring in the fifth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park. (Timothy Tai for The Boston Globe)


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The Raiders are in the No. 1 spot in the AFC, with the Patriots right behind at No. 2 with four games to play.

// Kimmel to host the upcoming Oscars telecast

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