New residential buildings are full of amenities, but oh that pretentious name

All over greater Boston, luxurious new living quarters are sprouting up like gleaming, modernist weeds. And a lot of them, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear, have ostentatious names.

Senator John McCain stepped off his campaign bus in front of Exeter High School, and into a sea of students in Exeter, NH.

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A painful diagnosis for John McCain, a man of integrity

People love John McCain. It’s hard not to, even if you live on a different political planet.

Cedric Cromwell, Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.

The Mashpee Wampanoag could seek a state casino license

While appeals to the federal government are playing out, the tribe is quietly discussing an option it once firmly rejected — applying to the state for a commercial casino license.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh was interviewed by Meghna Chakrabarti and Meghan Irons at UMass Boston on Thursday.

As mayor, ‘I think I’ve become a better listener,’ Walsh says

Mayor Martin J. Walsh touted his first-term record on affordable housing and alleviating homelessness Thursday.

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It was a team accustomed to being background noise. Then came the summer of 1967, and the Sox became the soundtrack of Boston.

Framingham man who allegedly fired at police prompting standoff due in court

The man who allegedly fired shots at Framingham police during a domestic violence incident.

Hot time in the summertime continues

It’s going to be in the 90s again, but with a less humidity in Greater Boston, the National Weather Service said.

Framingham suspect arrested after police standoff

The suspect shot at officers, then fled on foot and climbed to the top of a pizza shop, Framingham police said.

Body of missing NJ hiker found in White Mountains

Greg Auriemma, 63, of Brick, New Jersey, went missing while hiking in the White Mountains a few weeks ago.

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Former Nahant, Saugus official pleads guilty to fraud charges

Andrew Bisignani, 70, was sentenced to six months home confinement and two years probation, prosecutors said

Quincy police search for teen

The 13-year-old boy wandered away from his parents at Home Depot on Centre Street Thursday night, police said.

Pavel Mylnikov of Moscow, Russia, worked on his sculpture

Photos: A look at the sand sculptures on Revere Beach

More than 900,000 visitors are expected at the weekend-long festival, where master sand sculptors will vie for first prize in the solo competition.

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Haverhill pols line up for chance to replace Dempsey on Beacon Hill

A special election will be held in the fall to fill the seat state Representative Brian S. Dempsey is vacating to join a lobbying firm.

Lynn man faces charge for allegedly stealing eggs from 3-year-old girl

The man allegedly stole four dozen eggs, plus a small amount of cash, from the stand the little girl ran with her mother, Rowley police said.

Trooper reels in massive 650-pound tuna during fishing trip

This type of tuna can weigh up to 1,499 pounds, though that’s rare.


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

Scores of protesters demonstrated across the street prior to Paul Ryan’s arrival, critical of the House-backed repeal of Obamacare. They chanted, “No hate, no fear, Paul Ryan is not welcome here.”

Protests greet House Speaker Paul Ryan in Lawrence

Ryan was also due on Nantucket for a political fundraiser later Thursday, two people familiar with his plans said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan.

At New Balance factory, Paul Ryan vows tax reform by year’s end

The US house speaker pitched the outlines of his tax reform package Thursday, promising that congressional Republicans are united on the issue.

Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey.

Simpson’s former ‘Dream Team’ lawyers’ thoughts on his parole

“It was the right decision, based on the law,” said Alan Dershowitz, a member of O.J. Simpson’s so-called legal Dream Team from the 1990s.

Canton detectives in another home invasion case are asking the public to help them identify the suspects and the vehicle.

Baby sitter tied up during home invasion in Randolph

Armed men forced themselves into a home and bound the baby sitter and oldest child with duct tape and zip ties while they ransacked the house, according to police.

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Montreal based artist, FONKi, stood back to get a better look at his mural as he takes part in the mural festival.

Art becomes an agent of change in Lynn

Throughout this old industrial town, a new narrative is being told that celebrates Lynn as a “City of Firsts” rather than a “City of Sin.’’

Mellanie Rodriguez, 10, accompanied by her grandmother Jessie Rodriguez, waited to deliver a letter in the Governors office following a rally for the release of her father, MIT janitor Francisco Rodriguez at the State House Thursday.

Daughter of detained MIT janitor asks Baker to intervene

“If he goes, I’m going with him,” said the 10-year-old daughter of Francisco Rodriguez, an MIT janitor who faces deportation.

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera surveyed his city from the driver’s seat of his Ford Explorer.


A desperate mayor desperately wants help

The heroin problem, worsened by fentanyl, is bigger than any struggling city, any state. Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera is desperate enough to think big.

These German troops are bathing on the beach of Dunkerque on July 27, 1940, amid the mementoes left by the fleeing British and French troops who managed to escape the Flanders trap which developed when the Nazi columns smashed through the French line north of the Maginot line.

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Today is Friday, July 21, the 202nd day of 2017. There are 163 days left in the year.

Live Civil War artillery shells found at Carlisle library

The State Police Bomb Squad safely removed two live antique artillery shells from a library closet after they were discovered Thursday morning.

Dartmouth College.

Dartmouth women’s swimming, diving team on probation for hazing

The team will not be allowed to participate in several meets, according to a statement.

17-year-old admits to killing his mother’s boyfriend in R.I., police say

A male from Rhode Island is being arraigned in family court Thursday after admitting to killing his mother’s boyfriend with a handgun Wednesday.

Legislators send pot overhaul to governor

The Senate’s top Republican, Senator Bruce Tarr, issued a sharp warning to legislators: One key provision might prompt lawsuits.

Watch: Mayor Marty Walsh interviewed live

The mayor is participating in the second of two interviews with the leading candidates for mayor of Boston.

A booking photo combo provided by the FBI shows Donald Eugene Webb in 1981.

Widow of slain Pa. police chief says suspected killer’s wife ‘did whatever he wanted her to do’

Lillian Webb dug a grave in the yard for her fugitive husband at his request and buried him there after he died from his second stroke in 1997.

Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement that the initiative is part of Vision Zero, the city’s plan to eliminate fatal and serious traffic crashes in Boston.

Five communities targeted for ‘Slow Streets’ program

The local communities are Chinatown, Grove Hall and the Quincy Corridor, Highland Park, Mount Hope and Canterbury, and the West of Washington Coalition.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Tito Jackson.

Watch: Full interviews with Tito Jackson and Marty Walsh

City Councilor Tito Jackson participated Wednesday in the first of two conversations with the city’s leading mayoral candidates.

Erin Field, 21, is currently in Massachusetts General Hospital recovering from injuries she suffered when a chimney collapsed on top of her.

Woman hurt in North End chimney collapse has long road to recovery, family says

“It would be a miracle if she can walk again,” the woman’s sister said in an interview.

Massachusetts State Trooper John DeNapoli held a long-haired house cat he rescued from the median on Interstate 93.

6-week-old kitten rescued by state trooper

A 6-week-old kitten nearly lost his life to heat exhaustion on the median of Interstate 93 near Canton.

Heat advisory in effect for southeastern Mass. and R.I.

High temperatures and humidity could hit southern portions of Massachusetts, with strong thunderstorms possible Thursday evening into Friday.

Barbara Lynch.

Chef Barbara Lynch released without bail after OUI arrest in Gloucester

Lynch was released on personal recognizance after her arraignment in Gloucester District Court.

Dr. David Reardon is a oncologist who was involved in Ted Kennedy's treatment.

The same tumor, 10 years later: Will McCain face better prospects than Kennedy?

Glioblastoma, as the tumor is called, usually returns despite treatment and remains one of the most difficult and deadly cancers.

Man injured while fighting off robbers on Blue Hill Avenue

The victim suffered minor cuts to his hands when he grabbed the knife used by his attackers, according to Boston police.

Fuel spill closes Route 6 ramp in Sandwich

A fuel spill closed a Sandwich exit ramp Thursday morning.

Feds seeking 87-month sentence for MS-13 gang member who ‘protected’ cocaine shipments

The government filed its sentencing request Wednesday in US District Court in the case against Efrain Yanes-Vasquez.

Pedestrian struck and injured on Huntington Avenue

The person suffered a “significant injury,” according to Boston Emergency Medical Services.

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson chats with an inmate at the Bristol County House of Corrections.

Snarled by traffic, Bristol sheriff facing contempt hearing

Judge William Young ordered Tom Hodgson to appear for a contempt hearing because he showed up two hours late.

Humpback whale's right pectoral flipper is raised as it falls back into the water, in this spin breach, in the southeast corner of Stellwagen Bank.

Whale watching can brighten even a gray day

Will you see a humpback if you take a whale watch tour on a rainy day? Lucky for you, whales are just as likely to surface on a dreary day as they are on a nice one.

“We’re all hurting, man,” Andres Cruz Jr. said outside West Roxbury Municipal Court after suspects were arraigned in the death of his father. “I loved him.”

Three men suspected in death of Mission Hill hardware store owner ordered held without bail

Jerome Hobson, 38, of Dorchester, and Shawn Redden, 26, of Brockton, were each arraigned on murder and other charges in West Roxbury Municipal Court.

Lowell man sentenced to probation in shaken baby case

Anthony Mansolilli, 30, was sentenced to five years probation Wednesday in Lowell Superior Court, officials said.

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Newburyport police lift shelter in place order, teen arrested

The 19-year-old had been considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Brockton police investigate shooting

The shooting occurred on North Warren Avenue Wednesday night, police said.