The story behind the decision to let gay veterans march in South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade
An overture from an organizer of South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade led to the acceptance of a gay veterans group.
Merry Christmas, kids: Dorchester teacher donates six-figure prize winnings to her school
Nicole Bollerman, a teacher at UP Academy, donated her six-figure winnings in a contest to her school.
How the PERCEPT app works
Here is how a blind or visually impaired commuter would use the PERCEPT application to navigate the inside the Arlington MBTA station.
New app will help blind navigate MBTA stations
Trials are being conducted on PERCEPT, a smartphone application that uses audio directions to help the visually-impaired make their way through a T station.
Before shooting two officers, N.Y. gunman bragged about his plans
NEW YORK — The man who shot and killed two police officers in New York City, targeting them solely because of the uniforms they wore, boasted to two people about what he was about to do just moments before he opened fire on the officers as they sat in their patrol car, authorities said Sunday.
Investigators said the gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, had expressed a hatred for police and the government online, and apparent had a history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself.
Caret’s legacy enlivens search for next UMass president
Robert Caret earned high marks for lobbying lawmakers to boost funding and for his advocacy of public education.
Boston’s Olympic plan distinct among US cities
Boston’s bid would make extensive use of area college venues, unique among competing plans.
On PBS’s ‘Sacred Journeys,’ a long walk with God
“Sacred Journeys With Bruce Feiler,” follows religious pilgrims to Lourdes, Jerusalem, the island home of a revered figure in Japanese Buddhism, and other devotional sites.
Police officers’ deaths acutely felt in Brooklyn
NEW YORK — The two officers lived at opposite ends of Brooklyn, one in Gravesend and one in Cypress Hills. They were stationed in another neighborhood, in Brooklyn Heights, and died in yet another.
The pain felt by the murders of Officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, could be felt throughout New York and the nation, but nowhere was the loss, and the legacies they left, felt more acutely than in Brooklyn.
Obama considers returning North Korea to terror list
HONOLULU — As the United States moves closer to taking Cuba off the list of state sponsors of terrorism, President Obama said he would “review” whether to return North Korea to the list, part of a broader government response to a damaging cyberattack on Sony’s Hollywood studio.
“We have got very clear criteria as to what it means for a state to sponsor terrorism, and we don’t make those judgments just based on the news of the day,” Obama said.
Blue Heron performs contemplative seasonal program
An unlikely seasonal hit, early-music ensemble Blue Heron’s annual holiday concert reflects on more somber aspects of the season.
Civil rights leaders fear backlash from killings of officers
NEW YORK — Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two city police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
In the hours after the killing of the officers, police union officials and politicians accused those who have protested the deaths of Garner and Brown of fanning antipolice fervor.
Former Cabinet official elected Tunisia’s new president
TUNIS — Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old Cabinet minister from previous regimes, won Sunday’s presidential runoff, according to exit polls, cementing his dominance in a country where his party already controls Parliament.
Sigma Conseil company’s exit polls, which have consistently matched official results in Tunisia, gave Essebsi 55.5 percent of the vote and his opponent Moncef Marzouki, the outgoing interim president, 44.5 percent.
‘When Books Went to War’ by Molly Guptill Manning
During World War II, more than 120 million free books were distributed to American soldiers. Manning unfurls the history of this unprecendented project.
Baker team leaves Western Mass. wanting
Of the approximately 175 people named to Charlie Baker’s transition team, none hails from Berkshire, Hampshire, or Franklin counties, three of the state’s four westernmost counties -- all three of which voted for Baker’s opponent, Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley, in last month’s gubernatorial election.
Fugitive allegedly kills Florida police officer
MIAMI — A Tarpon Springs police officer was shot and killed early Sunday by a fugitive trying to evade a warrant, authorities said.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said police arrested 23-year-old Marco Antonio Parilla Jr. on suspicion of first-degree murder. The shooting does not appear to have any connection to the ambush killings of two New York police officers.
Romania’s new president sworn in with promise to fight corruption
BUCHAREST — Romania’s Parliament swore in a former mayor as the country’s new president after an election he called a triumph for democracy 25 years after communism ended.
Pro-Western Klaus Iohannis, 55, promises a different style from combative outgoing leader Traian Basescu, who left office Sunday having served 10 years. Iohannis also vowed to fight corruption and build ‘‘a powerful nation.’’
BC chemist’s toy collection beckons student to ponder: How does it work?
T. Ross Kelly’s eccentric collection of science-themed toys and gizmos began, innocuously enough, with the purchase of a cheap soccer player figurine in Milan about three decades ago.
Tent city sprouts in resurging Detroit
DETROIT — Bankruptcy behind it, Detroit’s atmosphere swirls with the promise of better days. But a tent city has sprouted in the shadow of a resurgent downtown, where rental occupancy is close to full and restaurants and shops are doing brisk business.
Charles Floyd Jones, one of 10 residents in the makeshift community, can only hope that the city’s good fortune trickles down to him.
New US policy has young in Cuba rethinking their futures
HAVANA — For a generation of Cubans who grew up believing that the best way to pursue their dreams was to leave the island, the announcement last week that Cuba will open relations with the United States is prompting many to reevaluate their futures.
At the same time, Cuban-Americans are considering what the changes will mean for their lives, with some even wondering whether they are significant enough to present a chance for them to return.