Urban nonprofit celebrates 25 years of giving youths a voice

The Center for Teen Empowerment will produce a play about the effects of racism in Boston, that runs Saturday at the Paramount Theatre.

Then-governor Deval Patrick spoke with his secretary of administration, Jay Gonzalez (left), and Timothy Murray.

Campaign season splinters former Patrick team

The sheer human sprawl of Deval Patrick’s two statewide campaigns and eight years atop Beacon Hill made some measure of fracturing inevitable.

Construction at UMass Boston.

This UMass Boston program faces uncertain future

The nursing school, one of the campus’s most successful programs, is looking for a new home.

Matthew A. Cummings was fired in 2012 over allegations that he used vulgar and sexist language with female employees.

Court upholds back pay for fired Newton police chief accused of sexism

The court did not specify how much back pay Matthew A. Cummings is owed, but his lawyer said “the potential for his recovery is substantial.”

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Wellesley High track coach arrested on child porn charge

Walter Johnson, 69, 0f Framingham, was arrested at his home Thursday morning by federal agents.

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Today is Friday, April 28, the 118th day of 2017. There are 247 days left in the year.


April 28, 2017

MIT graduate dies on campus in ‘apparent accident’

Nicholas Paggi, who graduated in 2015, died on Tuesday, the school newspaper reported. There was no other information about his death.

After firing administrator over rape allegation, Lawrence Catholic school places two on leave

A Catholic high school in Lawrence, reeling from allegations that a fired administrator drugged and raped a student in 2006, disclosed Thursday that two more staffers were placed on leave.

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Body of missing Randolph teen pulled from reservoir

Christopher Defreitas, 16, was a well-liked soccer player, police said.

State trooper injured when alleged drunk driver hits cruiser in Methuen

A state trooper was hospitalized with minor injuries Thursday night after an alleged drunk driver struck his cruiser in Methuen.


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Caitlin MacLeod-Bluver, shown with students. has won a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship to travel to Arctic Svalbard.

Boston International High School teacher set for Arctic

Come June, Caitlin MacLeod-Bluver is set to travel aboard the National Geographic Explorer to Arctic Svalbard on an expedition to the “Land of the Ice Bears.”

State plans to shut child psychiatric unit at Westwood Lodge

A surprise inspection Tuesday found “a number of significant issues’’ and the unit was closed to new admissions, the state Department of Mental Health said.

N.H. House has its own special cast of characters

For leaders of the enormous New Hampshire House — a 400-member body where legislators earn just $100 a year — dealing with controversial characters generally comes with the job.

General Dunford returns to Quincy to honor Vietnam vets

Marine General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at an event for the 30th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Clock Tower at Marina Bay.

Choate Rosemary Hall, an elite boarding school in Wallingford, Conn.

No charges over sexual misconduct claims at Conn. boarding school

Police say former staff members accused of sexual misconduct at Choate Rosemary Hall boarding school can’t be charged.

Martin Santiago cut his ankle bracelet and fled Thursday morning.

Man accused of food stamp fraud, money laundering flees on day of trial

Martin Santiago cut off his ankle bracelet and fled about 6 a.m. Thursday morning.

Marco Belluardo-Crosby leads his Dance Jam class on Sunday morning, March 19, 2017, at the Lynch van Otterloo YMCA, located in Marblehead. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

Get into groove, you’ve got to move

Four professionals by day spend their nights and weekends teaching others how to break free through dance in Marblehead.

Kaboom! MIT students drop confetti-filled piano off building

After a one-year hiatus, MIT students gathered once again Thursday to watch a piano fall from the sixth story of a dormitory.

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Billy I. Morris, 18, was arrested after a failed robbery left a woman in the hospital.

Teens arrested for Taunton robbery that left clerk wounded

The woman was shot with a shotgun and is in serious but stable condition, Taunton police said.

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That’s no jackhammer — woodpecker season is upon us

They’re loud, and they want everyone to know it. Woodpeckers are out in full-force to attract mates

J. Keith Motley will step down as UMass Boston’s chancellor at the end of the academic year .

Motley to step down as UMass Boston chancellor

J. Keith Motley will step down at the end of the academic year amid a cloud of unrest on the campus over its financial problems.

Recently harvested medical marijuana that has been tested and approved is ready for clients at the Healthy Pharms facility in Georgetown, which will open May 8. (Healthy Pharms)

Medical marijuana sales growing north of Boston

With two dispensaries in business, a third to open in Georgetown, and nine others awaiting state approval, the industry is poised to blossom in the region.

Members of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s stranding team worked on a male juvenile humpback whale that had washed ashore in February.

Scientists to study surge in humpback whale deaths

NOAA has declared the recent uptick in humpback whale deaths an “unusual mortality event.”

Boston Mayor Martin  J.  Walsh.

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‘Ten people on Twitter’ flap is back

Mayor Martin Walsh disparaged opponents of the city’s Olympics bid as “10 people on Twitter” back in 2015. The controversy has returned.

An attendee held two books in her lap to be signed by Ohio Governor John Kasich.

John Kasich wants to sell you a book. Really. (Romney said the same thing)

“People ask why I am back,” Kasich said. “I am back to sell books.”

A portion of the UMass Boston campus underground garage.

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An upside to UMass Boston parking crunch

The campus received the state’s highest award for eco-friendly commuting. Students and faculty have little choice.

Partners HealthCare‘s corporate offices in Somerville's Assembly Row.

Partners, Brigham and Women’s to pay $10m in research fraud case

The settlement resolves allegations that a stem cell research lab fraudulently obtained federal grant funding.

Frederick Weichel was released on bail Thursday.

Frederick Weichel freed on bail after serving more than three decades for 1980 murder

A South Boston man who served more than 30 years in prison for a 1980 murder was freed on $5,000 bail Thursday.

Boston police charge St. Louis man in connection to 1988 double murder

Boston police have arrested a Missouri man in connection with a 1988 double murder in Roxbury.

Jury selection begins in the double murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, as jury selection begins in his double murder trial.(Pat Greenhouse/Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Aaron Hernandez’s family demands end to leaks

The request came from a lawyer working on behalf of the convicted murderer’s family as questions surrounding his estate were raised.

Fans walked down Lansdowne Street before the opening day game earlier this month.

As a precaution, police to shut Lansdowne Street on Red Sox game days

The move comes after attacks around the world in which terrorists drove cars or trucks into large groups of people.

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Four stabbed in East Boston

Boston’s Emergency Medical Services crews rushed three men to area hospitals with serious stab wounds.

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April 27, 2017

New allegations surface about fired Lawrence Catholic high school administrator

A 2008 graduate of Central Catholic came forward last week with the allegation against Andrew Nikonchuk, the school president said.

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WCVB back on DISH Network

Got the DISH Network? Then you’ve got Channel 5 back in your life.

Chelsea MS-13 gang member pleads guilty to attempted murder

Angel “Bravo” Pineda, 21, would serve 10 years in prison and be deported to his native Honduras under a plea agreement.

Liquor store clerk shot in Taunton

The woman was shot in the mid-section and taken to Rhode Island Hospital, police said.

Two Gloucester men charged with scamming elderly woman

Sean Peres and Michael Lorenzana pleaded not guilty to charges that they stole a safe.

Family that owns Nick’s Famous Roast Beef in Beverly sentenced for tax fraud

Nicholas Koudanis, 67, of Topsfield, his wife and son, were sentenced for under-reporting the restaurant’s income by $6 million, prosecutors said.

President Donald Trump, right, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, second from left, and his wife Karen, left, applauded after recognizing 2017 National Teacher of the Year award to Codman Academy 9th grade humanities teacher Sydney Chaffee.

In recognizing Boston educator, Trump says nothing more important than being a teacher

Sydney Chaffee, a teacher at a public charter school in Dorchester, was recognized as the National Teacher of the Year.

Man lights up by ‘no smoking’ sign in T station. Transit Police find he is wanted in 2 states.

The man, identified as 38-year-old Peter Moniz of Fall River, is wanted in two states for financial crimes, Transit Police said.

Memorial service for Jonathan Moore

A celebration of the life and career of Jonathan Moore, who formerly served in the administrations of six presidents, will be held at 11 a.m. June 3 in Memorial Church in Harvard Yard.

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Creating inclusive schools for LGBTQ students

A conference Wednesday focused on ways to improve experience of LGBTQ students in Boston Public Schools.


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