Proposed land sale splits townsfolk in Holbrook

Some residents are concerned their town is preparing to sell a 32-acre plot to a housing developer for a pittance.

Ben Eramo, 18, has been playing Billy Joel songs for about 10 years.

Sing us a song, you’re the tribute band

Ben Eramo, of Byfield, has been obsessively rehearsing Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Billy Joel’s catalog for about 10 years.

Real Estate Professional Colette Harron of Sotheby’s Realty at Katherine Hepburn's former Fenwick estate. The home in Old Saybrook, Conn. is on the market for $11,800,000. The home has over 8,000 square feet with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. (Steven G. Smith for the Boston Globe)


A Connecticut home fit for Hollywood royalty

Colette Harron has returned to Fenwick, a tiny and tony borough at the mouth of the Connecticut River, again and again to market the Katharine Hepburn home.

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts -- 3/29/2017 - Rabbi Matt Soffer of Temple Israel searches for pine cones for Passover at the Arboretum. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 30seder Reporter:

A pine cone could be a new symbol for an ancient Jewish tradition

Boston’s largest Reform synagogue is proposing an addition to the Passover Seder: a pine cone to represent prisons and criminal justice reform.

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Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez takes stand in Aaron Hernandez trial

Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez seemed to frustrate the prosecution when she repeatedly said she could not recall details about her conversations with Hernandez.

Dave Epstein

Remembering that April Fool’s Day blizzard 20 years ago

Don’t worry, this year’s storm won’t produce the same results.

‘The Codfather,’ a New Bedford fishing mogul, pleads guilty

Carlos Rafael pleaded guilty to mislabeling hundreds of thousands of pounds of fish, and faces more than four years in prison.


A banner week for ‘Lock’em Up’ Hodgson

Details have never been Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson’s strong suit. He tends to paint with broad strokes.

Photos from Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez’ testimony

Aaron Hernandez’s childhood sweetheart testified Thursday, often frustrating prosecutors by saying she could not remember key events.

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Flynn kicks off council campaign with fundraiser

Edward Flynn, seeking replace Bill Linehan on the city council, officially kicked off his campaign last week and raised nearly $58,000.

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Man ordered held without bail in Lynn slaying

A man who allegedly murdered a deliveryman in Lynn and then allegedly raped a convenience store clerk in North Andover was arraigned in the murder case Thursday and held without bail.

Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence casts deciding vote in effort to roll back Obama-era abortion rules

The measure would undo a rule preventing states from blocking funding for family planning clinics that also provide abortions.

Beverly man identified as victim in Tuesday crash

Beverly police identified the victim of Tuesday evening’s fatal crash as 28-year-old Jeffrey Delorenzo of Beverly.

Boston, MA - 11/20/2016 - Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during an event to promote his book

Bernie Sanders visits Boston for three sold-out events Friday

Senator Bernie Sanders comes to Boston Friday for a whirlwind day of appearances, most of which appear to be already at capacity.

Boston, MA - 2/27/2017 - Pedestrians walk through Kenmore Square as sunlight falls on the Citgo sign in Boston, MA, February 27, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Pedestrian deaths in US surge as drivers, walkers distracted by phones

The number of pedestrians killed on is estimated to have spiked by about 11 percent, including at least a slight increase in Mass.

Dave Epstein

A foot of snow could be headed to parts of N.E.

The storm has the potential to drop over a foot of heavy wet snow across northern New England, with lesser amounts closer to Boston.

Falmouth fire claims one life

The victim is the 25th civilian to die in a fire in Massachusetts this year.

North Reading police seize 14 grams of fentanyl

The synthetic opioid has been linked to dozens of overdose deaths in Massachusetts.

Ride-hailing company Uber says it fields thousands of reports each week from customers who accidentally leave items behind.

The 50 weirdest things people left behind in Ubers

The ride-hailing company, in an effort “to acknowledge Uber’s most forgetful riders,” released statistics on the most commonly forgotten items.

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Eventually, pregnancy protection bill became Beacon Hill priority

Nothing like a bit of bad press to nudge Beacon Hill legislators to get off the dime — six months later.

Residents urged to lock cars after thefts reported in Weymouth and Quincy

Dozens of people reported that their cars were broken into over the past week.

Researchers based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences identified 11 factors that correlate with problem gambling, including demographics.

Daily lottery play linked to gambling addiction

People with a gambling problem are most likely to play the lottery each day and have a greater portion of friends and family who gamble themselves, a study found.

Stray bullet hits truck driver’s windshield in Easton

A bullet went though one truck driver’s windshield as part of an apparent case of road rage in Easton Wednesday evening.

2-alarm fire destroys Tewksbury home

A 2-alarm fire tore through a vacant home in Tewksbury Wednesday night, officials said.

BOSTON, MA - 3/30/2017: Bus displaying anti-transgender messages, the so-called Free Speech Bus is travelling through Boston with stops at City Hall and seeen here by the State House with protesters greeting it. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 31bus

Anti-transgender bus rolls into Boston, is promptly greeted by protests

On the same day the “Free Speech Bus” visited City Hall, Mayor Walsh raised the transgender flag outside the building.

Worcester student walks across state for Spring Break

The 138-mile journey took 21-year-old Gilbert Hernandez from Pittsfield to Boston.

One person killed in Falmouth crash

The driver of an SUV was killed when his vehicle crashed head-on into a tree on Ostrom Road Thursday night.

GOP lawmakers in North Carolina announced late last night that they have reached a deal to repeal the controversial HB2 law and will vote on it this morning.

Fast Forward: N.C. to kill LGBT bias law, and taking a walk in a park to chillax

Say bye-bye to the nasty HB2 law in North Carolina, and more of the news you need to start your day.

Boston police are trying to identify this man suspected of breaking into a North End restaurant.

Boston police seeking identity of suspect in North End break-in

Boston police posted surveillance images of the man suspected of robbing the Vinoteca Di Monica restaurant on Wednesday.

Spring storm could bring six inches or more in parts of Mass.

The stormy weather will arrive in Western Massachusetts Friday and slowly migrate into Boston.

Governor Baker.

Baker may join Trump’s opioid panel

Governor Charlie Baker is in line to join a panel of presidential appointees led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Former jail guard, inmate arraigned on drug charges

Marlon Juba, 29, of Lynn allegedly cooperated with Zenon “Doughboy” Rodgriguez, 27, of Chelsea, an inmate at the South Bay House of Correction, prosecutors said.

Haze in Lawrence building prompts hazmat response

Tests have determined the substance to be a type of refrigerant, but the exact chemical composition is still undetermined.

Major gas leak in Providence closes parts of I-195

A gas line ruptured and blew through the surface of a road, according to reports.


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This day in history

Today is Thursday, March 30, the 89th day of 2017. There are 276 days left in the year.

Hundreds turn out for Israeli parliament town hall

Five members of Israel’s Knesset held an open discussion with the greater Boston Jewish community.

Trucker allegedly drove cross country nonstop fueled by drugs

Police have arrested a trucker they say drove nonstop from Seattle to Massachusetts fueled by crystal meth, LSD, and cocaine.

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in court.

Shooting evidence detailed in Hernandez case

Jurors in the double murder trial also will not hear a jailhouse conversation Hernandez had with his mother in which she made reference to the “bad things” he told her.

Revere suspends police officer charged with beating sons

Officer Angela Halcovich, 31, was with beating her two young sons, ages five and eight, in January along with her boyfriend Marcos R. Garcia.

Portrait of Chris Louras inside the Speak Easy Cafe, Rutland VT (Corey Hendrickson for the Boston Globe)

Unwelcome plan for refugees shakes up Vermont city

The five-term mayor of Rutland, Vt., recently lost a re-election bid after he supported a controversial plan to bring in Syrian refugees.

05/06/2016 -Rutland, VT- A pedestrian crosses Center Street in Rutland, VT on May 06, 2016. Rutland Mayor Chris Louras has created a plan to resettle 100 Syrians in the city beginning this fall. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Metro reporter: macquarrie

Syrian refugees face pushback in Vt.

City aldermen are fighting controversial resettlement of an estimated 100 refugees in Rutland, Vermont.

Khizr Khan said when he and his wife were deciding whether to speak last summer, they considered what their son would want them to do.

Reluctant at first, Khizr Khan now embraces spotlight

Khizr Khan said when he and his wife were deciding whether to speak last summer, they considered what their son would want them to do.

Aliakbar Zangiband (right) with his son’s friend Marven Abda, at a memorial for his slain son Mohammadreza Sina Zangiband.

Road rage may have led to Lynn deliveryman’s murder

Surveillance videos led investigators to believe that the confrontation “may have been the result of a road rage incident,” police said.


Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

Boston, MA - 2/21/2017 - Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker speaks during a news conference to announce the state's criminal justice system's review findings at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, MA, February 21, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Governor Baker boosts funding for early education

The funding, if approved by the Legislature, will translate directly into raises for teachers.

Parts of Mass. could get up to 8 inches of snow this weekend

A potential storm could drop up to 3 inches in the Boston area, while there is the possibility for up to 8 inches in the far northwest part of the state.

Photos provided by Everett and State Police show David Grossack, who was arrested Tuesday in connection with an Everett killing.

Man arraigned for Everett artist’s killing

David Grossack, 47, was ordered held without bail at his arraignment Wednesday, according to the Middlesex DA’s office.

Students demanding that Harvard University publicly declare it will no longer invest in coal and other “dirty energy” industries blocked doorways at an office building in Harvard Yard.

Anti-coal Harvard students block administration building doors

The students are pushing the school to declare it will no longer invest in the coal industry.


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