Globe investigating allegation top editor sent inappropriate text

Editor Brian McGrory said he did not recall the exchange but has told the Globe’s owners that they should try to retrieve the text by whatever means possible.

BOSTON, MA - 6/24/2016: The Brigham and Women's Hospital Shapiro Cardiovascular Center is pictured on Friday, June 24, 2016. Hospital officials said they were reducing patient capacity and bringing in hundreds of temporary nurses in anticipation of a strike by nurses on Monday. (Timothy Tai for The Boston Globe)

Jury awards black nurse $28 million in hospital retaliation suit

A Haitian-American nurse who sued Brigham and Women’s Hospital for discrimination and retaliation was awarded more than $28 million by a jury Wednesday.

Thousands of BPS students don’t graduate on time. And it’s a problem

About one in five students at public high schools in Boston are at least two years behind academically, a situation that could derail their chances of earning a diploma.

Construction at UMass Boston in a 2017 file photo.


What kind of candidate for chancellor would turn up at UMass Boston now? This guy

After a seven-month search, the three finalists to lead UMass Boston all abruptly withdrew. OK, fine, I’ll do it.

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‘It honestly sounded like gunshots’: MBTA train sparks fire during storm

As a quick-moving thunderstorm rolled through Boston Wednesday night, an MBTA train briefly sparked fire as it rolled out of service at Cleveland Circle Station.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, May 24, the 144th day of 2018. There are 221 days left in the year.


May 24, 2018

Rape reported at MIT frat house, police say

Police are investigating after an alleged rape occurred at an MIT fraternity house in Cambridge last weekend, according to authorities.

Natick police search for cigarette thief who ran away with skateboard

The man ran from the store after his debit card was declined. “Probably not far because, you know, he smokes,” police said.

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Fire officials offer new reward to find out who set fire to Rhode Island church

A total of $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever set ablaze the New Life Worship Center in Smithfield, R.I.

Cardinal O’Malley leads group of religious leaders, scientists calling for climate action

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley was among the 500 signatories to endorse an appeal that was released Wednesday calling for the climate crisis to be addressed.

13 arrested in North Shore drug bust

Authorities seized 2.6 kilograms of fentanyl, 3,000 pills and $415,000 from a fentanyl and oxycodone, Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement.

Full text of editor Brian McGrory’s note to staff

Globe editor Brian McGrory sent a note to staff Wednesday about allegations published on social media that he had engaged in an inappropriate text exchange with a former editor.

Mass. House passes bill to strip guns from people seen as a danger

The legislation, approved 139 to 14, would allow family members, roommates, current and former romantic partners, and police officials to petition a court to take away a gun owner’s weapons for a year.

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Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

State Police patrol much of the Seaport District and have a substation near Boston Fish Pier.

Police chiefs’ organization backs BPD in Seaport fight

The idea of sole law enforcement jurisdiction is an outdated model of policing, says a statewide police group.

Melrose man facing indecent assault charges now a fugitive

Olexandr Kushnarenko, 48, is on the lam and will be subject to immediate arrest “upon any attempt to re-enter the United States,” Melrose police said in a statement.

Prosecutors drop charges against woman involved in fatal Andover crash

The Essex district attorney’s office ceased the prosecution of Shiina Dionne on Wednesday in Lawrence District Court.

Former secretary at Brighton hospital charged in prescription scheme

Jillian Curran, 28, of Brighton is charged with allegedly stealing prescription forms that allowed herself and others to access painkillers.

Dallas Goreham, 11, found a letter in a bottle on a Nova Scotia beach. It had been written by an 80-year-old woman visiting Gloucester 18 years ago.

A wayward message in a bottle from Gloucester washed up in Nova Scotia after 18 years

Living on the coast, 11-year-old Dallas Goreham often finds things that have washed ashore – but last week, he found something quite out of the ordinary.

Vermont man accused of killing grandfather refused polygraph test

Nathan J. Carman said the notion that he had to prove his innocence was “abhorrent to me,” court records show.

Harvard students at the 2017 commencement.

Most Harvard seniors say they will make $70,000 right out of college

That’s not all: About one-fifth of this year’s graduates expect to make $90,000 or more.

Play rock, paper, scissors with us

A Connecticut high school baseball game was rained out, so they decided the winner over a game of rock, paper, scissors. Try your hand against us.

Police arrested four people on heroin trafficking charges Tuesday in Hampden County.

State Police seize more than 30,000 bags of heroin, arrest four people

State Police seized the bags of heroin in Hampden County on Tuesday and arrested four people allegedly involved in trafficking the Class A drug.

Massachusetts Gaming Commission chairman Stephen P. Crosby and his counterparts in three other jurisdictions said the expansion of sports betting is best handled by individual states.

Mass. gaming board chair says states should oversee sports bets

The statement, made with colleagues from three other states, is a rebuke to sports leagues.

Owen Charles, 5, was at a school program at the Mattahunt Elementary School.

Mattapan school celebrates a name and a language

Students, faculty, and elected officials gathered to celebrate the Mattahunt Elementary School and Toussaint L’Ouverture Academy.

Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme.

Makeup artist to disguise witnesses in Mafia boss trial

Two government witnesses in the trial of former New England Mafia boss Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme will be disguised by a “movie-industry” quality makeup artist to protect their identities.

Sex offender twice convicted of viewing child porn in Cambridge library will get new trial

The man will get a third trial on the grounds that his defense lawyer was barred from knocking two people off his jury.

Darin McNeil, 48, of Taunton was arrested for allegedly placing recording devices in the Learning Experience day care bathroom in Foxborough.

Contractor allegedly hid video camera in bathroom in Foxborough day care

An electrician working at a Foxborough day care allegedly installed a pen-like camera in the adult bathroom of the center.

Winthrop man pleads not guilty to drug charges; $1 million in cash seized

“He has no legitimate source of income,” a Suffolk prosecutor said of Peter Degan in court Wednesday.

The communications director for Robert Massie (above), Mara Dolan, has quit his campaign after six weeks.

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Robert Massie’s communications director departs, citing ‘finance’ issues

“She’s a very strong person,’’ the gubernatorial candidate said. Of her work, he added, “She’s very demanding.”

A Steamship Authority boat left Nantucket and headed toward Hyannis.

Mechanical problems have sidelined an island ferry yet again

It was the latest failure in a monthslong series of breakdowns that have island residents and public officials growing increasingly concerned about the agency’s ability to provide reliable service.

Horses knocked over farm fence before stopping traffic on Route 2

Two Suffolk Punch draft horses returned home safely after they escaped from their Littleton farm and stopped traffic on Route 2 in Acton Tuesday evening.

Catholic elementary school in Rockland to close at end of school year

The Rev. James Hickey sent a letter to parents and staffers at Holy Family School.

Looking to avoid Memorial Day traffic? Here are the worst times to leave Boston

The number of holiday travelers on the road is expected to increase nearly five percent this Memorial Day. Plan your trip accordingly.

Girl, 16, found with loaded 9mm pistol during traffic stop in Dorchester

The firearm was described by police as a 9mm Hi Point C9 handgun, which had been reported stolen by its legal owner, police said.

Abandoned baby owl recovering after found on hiking trial in North Andover

An abandoned baby barred owl in North Andover that was found and rescued two weeks ago is slowly doing better.

Aaron Hernandez.

Bristol and Suffolk prosecutors who worked on Aaron Hernandez cases win awards

Patrick Bomberg shared the award with Patrick Haggan, another prosecutor who tried Hernandez in a separate double murder case last year.

A woman ran on the Boston Harborwalk near the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday.

Let the sunshine in — and enjoy it while it lasts

The next few days will provide a sunny and warm kickoff to Memorial Day Weekend.

Political analyst Bill Kristol criticized Boston, and Twitter was not too thrilled

If you’re taking public digs at the city, expect to get some blowback.

Retired Holyoke police Officer Eddie Wrobleski, 101, was all smiles at his birthday celebration Tuesday.

Holyoke police celebrate birthday of force’s oldest retiree: 101-year-old Eddie Wrobleski

Wrobleski celebrated his birthday with police officers, including the force’s youngest member, Officer John McCoy.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2018. There are 222 days left in the year.


May 23, 2018

It’s that time of year again . . . when geese are rescued from WGBH rooftop

For the fourth consecutive year, the Animal Rescue League of Boston answered the call Tuesday morning to remove the geese from the grassy, but dangerously tall, rooftop.

One family, two shocking deaths

Nick Joyce, 16, was killed in Saturday’s violent crash in East Bridgewater, days after the burial of his cousin, Christopher Joyce, 23, who was shot to death in Jamaica Plain.

Chelmsford police shoot and kill fox accused of attacking two people

The fox will be taken to a state lab and tested for rabies, according to police.

The workers had performed political tasks for Galvin during work hours.

Galvin disciplines employees for performing political tasks on government time

Secretary of State William Galvin’s office said three employees had performed political tasks on Galvin’s behalf at times that seem to conflict with their taxpayer-funded work schedule.

Lilian Calderon is seeking legal status through her husband, Luis Gordillo. She was jailed for nearly a month.

ICE agents in Mass. halt controversial practice of office arrests

Federal agents in Massachusetts say they won’t arrest undocumented immigrants who are visiting government offices in hopes of gaining legal status, following sharp questioning by a judge in Boston over the practice.

Nathan Carman.

Lawyers for Nathan Carman’s aunts say he won’t turn over gun that could be tied to murder

Nathan Carman’s aunts are suing him in an effort to block him from collecting millions of dollars from the estate of his grandfather, John Chakalos.