For one night, these kids got the New England Aquarium all to themselves

Three pediatric patients and their families made the aquarium their playground as part of the Sea Exploration and Adventure Star program.

Pope Francis arrived at a beach near Iquique, Chile, on Jan. 18.


Pope Francis, company man

The promise of this pontiff died in Santiago, Chile, this week when he slandered victims of sexual abuse.

Passengers waited on the platform for a Red line train at the Downtown Crossing station in Boston Friday.

When a ‘minor’ delay on the T isn’t so minor

The MBTA’s handling of delays and the warnings it sends to riders leave many feeling frustrated and helpless.

Diana McEvoy gave a victim impact statement in September at the sentencing hearing of Carlos Hunter, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal fentanyl overdose of McEvoy's son, Joshua Miller.

Mass. high court rules judges must consider victim’s viewpoint in sentencing

The court concluded that expanding victims’ roles does not violate constitutional bans on excessive or cruel punishment.

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Ferries serving Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard ban cable news

Ferry-goers traveling between Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard will soon be entering a politics-free zone.

Subaru crashes into Bourne Post Office

The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, and the building’s structure might be compromised, police said.

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Take a look at the areas Amazon is considering for HQ2

Amazon’s short list skews toward the East Coast and Midwest.

Coyote rescued after getting stuck in fence in Dorchester

The animal was stuck in a fence on Morton Street in Boston Friday morning, but animal control and the fire department helped set it free.

3 arrested, 2 guns recovered, in incidents in Roxbury and South End

Boston police arrested a 15-year-old boy in Roxbury with a loaded handgun on Thursday and later arrested two men with a loaded pistol in a separate South End incident that day.

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This day in history

Today is Saturday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2018. There are 345 days left in the year.

This season, the flu is already the most widespread nationally since public health authorities began tracking it more than a dozen years ago.

With flu hospitalizations up again, MGH turns to Gatorade in place of IVs

With significant numbers of extra patients showing up recently with flu-like illnesses, it has stretched the hospital thin.

On Friday afternoon, half of New England was hanging on Tom Brady’s every finger.

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Is Tom Brady shilling Uggs for hands? And other thoughts on his injury

This is far from the first time in history we’ve all been fixated on a particularly notable set of digits.

Christa McAuliffe and six other crew members were killed in the Challenger explosion on Jan. 28, 1986.

NASA astronauts to teach lessons that Challenger victim Christa McAuliffe planned to give in space

A nonprofit is teaming up with NASA to honor the New Hampshire teacher killed in the Challenger explosion.

Brighton man convicted of murder in 2012 shooting

Patrick Malone, who was 21 at the time he shot LeRoy Cooper to death, is facing a mandatory life sentence.

Route 24 to close during afternoon commute to repair power lines damaged in morning crash

A two-car crash sent three people to the hospital, including a woman taken by medical helicopter to Boston.

Fatal New Bedford fire caused by ‘improper use of smoking materials’

Agnes Leite, a 56-year-old New Bedford resident, died in an apartment fire caused by improper use of smoking materials.

FILE - In this March 7, 2016, file photo, gymnast Aly Raisman poses for photos at the 2016 Team USA Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Calif. Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman’s gymnastics career has set the stage for what she believes is the next chapter in her life: as a spokesperson for victims of sexual abuse. The 23-year-old detailed her own history of abuse by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor in her recently released autobiography. Raisman says the book is just the beginning in her quest to bring change to her sport.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Read Aly Raisman’s full statement to her abuser

Read what Raisman had to say to Larry Nassar, who sexually abused her and many others.

15lawlor - (Boston, MA 12/14/16) Craig Lawlor stands during his arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court on manslaughter related charges stemming from an alleged drunk driving crash. Wednesday, December 14, 2016. (John Wilcox/POOL)

Man convicted of manslaughter in Sumner Tunnel crash

Craig Lawlor was convicted of vehicular manslaughter for the 2016 drunk driving crash that killed his friend, 24-year-old Dillon Cohen.

Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain appointed a minister for loneliness Wednesday, calling it a “sad reality of modern life.”

A minister of loneliness? Cambridge expert welcomes British focus on public health issue

A Cambridge psychiatrist who’s an expert on loneliness said the United States needs to pay attention to the issue, too.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

With shutdown looming, Baker anticipates minimal Mass. disruption

“If this is a short shutdown, I don’t believe there will be much disruption of any kind,” Baker told reporters.

Owners of Lowell condo complex built on top of old dump could collect damages, SJC rules

Some owners of the Grand Manor condominium in Lowell on Friday got another chance to collect millions of dollars they say the city owes them for allowing their homes to be built on top of a dump the city closed some 60 years ago.

According to a 33-page civil complaint, there were only about 455 right whales in 2016, and at least 17 died last year, “pushing the species even closer to the brink of extinction.”

Federal government failing to protect right whales from destruction, lawsuit alleges

The whales are not protected from from getting tangled in lobster gear, a leading cause of death, the suit says.

“As a book lover, my heart goes out to him,” Stephen King told the Bangor Daily News about the destruction at Gerald Winters’s book shop. “I will eventually reach out and see if I can help in any way.”

Stephen King’s ‘heart sinks’ when he thinks of manuscripts damaged by flooding

Stephen King said he was “horrified” when he heard the news.

The show must go on. The audience lit the stage with their smartphones when the lights cut out during a middle school play in Hamilton.

When the lights went out at this school play, the audience lit the stage with their phones

The student actors never skipped a beat, continuing their theatrics in the pitch black — then help from the audience arrived.

In an effort to save millions in labor costs, the Baker administration put MBTA bus maintenance work at three garages out to bid last summer.

MBTA, maintenance workers reach contract amid outsourcing dispute

But both parties refused to discuss details of the agreement, and it is unclear how it will affect the agency’s proposal to outsource up to three garages that service buses.

Former Olympians Aly Raisman, left, and Jordyn Wieber in the courtroom.

Needham Olympian Aly Raisman addresses her abuser

She called the abuse of gymnasts by their team doctor the “worst epidemic of sexual abuse in the history of sports.”

Ice jam problems keep Athol bridge closed

Ice on Millers River broke up and formed a dam that damaged several steel fasteners on a water main that runs underneath the Exchange Street.

Two men arrested in undercover fentanyl sting at Woburn area hotel

Manuel Perez, 42, of Lynn, allegedly agreed to sell an undercover state troopr 800 grams of fentanyl in exchange for $56,000, officials said.

The federal lawsuit, filed by the parents of Chessy Prout, contended that the assault was a “direct result of [St. Paul’s] fostering, permitting, and condoning a tradition of ritualized statutory rape.”

St. Paul’s School settles lawsuit with victim in ‘Senior Salute’ case

The school says it has settled a lawsuit brought by the parents of a former student who said she was sexually assaulted.

Easton man suffers life-threatening injuries after two-vehicle crash

The 79-year-old man was hurt after the car he was driving collided with a pickup truck being driven by an 18-year-old man Friday morning.

Psychic gets 26 months in prison for concealing $3.5m in payments

A psychic was sentenced to 26 months in federal prison for concealing the payments from a client with dementia on Martha’s Vineyard who was desperate to be rid of demons.

Boston police seize ‘large amount’ of cash, marijuana during traffic stop

Boston police arrested two men who they say were driving around with more than $36,000 in cash and “large quantities” of pot.

A group of people dressed in inflatable T-Rex costumes gathered in Thailand last month. A similar gathering is planned for Saturday in Portland, Maine.

T-Rex herd set to descend on Portland, Maine

A Facebook event is calling for more than 100 people in inflatable dinosaur costumes to head to Portland’s Monument Square on Saturday and dance around.

Woman barricades self in Haverhill building

The situation was resolved peacefully, police said.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2018. There are 346 days left in the year.

‘Caramel’ the kitten reported stolen from MSPCA center in Methuen

Surveillance video captured the orange-and-brown striped cat peeking through the top of a woman’s handbag, according to a police report.

Hubway rolls out ‘SNAP Card to Ride’

Low-income residents of Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville may be eligible for discounted rates on the popular bike sharing program.


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

Jury awards former MWRA worker $1.2 million for wrongful termination

A jury found that the authority wrongly fired Richard DaPrato, a data resources manager.

Nearly half of the UNH teachers whose contracts are ending taught English as a Second Language, helping boost the speaking and writing skills of international students.

UNH won’t renew contracts for 18 lecturers

The University of New Hampshire notified 18 lecturers in its liberal arts college that their contracts would not be renewed.

Boston, MA- June 30, 2017: William B. Evans, center, Commissioner of the Boston Police Department, addresses the media during a press conference regarding the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at the Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston, MA on June 30, 2017. (CRAIG F. WALKER/GLOBE STAFF) section: metro reporter:


Even in the #MeToo era, some people are catching a break

People who can’t keep their wandering hands to themselves are increasingly out of a job. But not always.

Firefighters respond to a successful horse rescue in Westhampton

Firefighters rescued a 40-year-old former racehorse when he struggled to stand back up on his own Wednesday morning in Westhampton.


  FATAL ACCIDENT A 27-year-old Gloucester man was killed in a construction accident on Thursday morning in the North Shore city, according to the Essex District Attorney’s office. The worker, whose name was not released, was fatally injured while working on a site at 23 Nashua Ave., according to the office. State and Gloucester police and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration are investigating.

Boston, MA - 5/29/1957: From left, waiters Charles Bischoff, Pat Donovan, Ernie Kunstler and Alfred Elias pick up their plates inside Jacob Wirth Co. in Boston, May 29, 1957. (Bill O'Connor/Globe Staff) --- BGPA Reference: 180118_ON_001

The history of Jacob Wirth Co.

Here’s how the historic beer hall — one of Boston’s oldest restaurants — got its start.

‘I did something bad’: Boy writes apology to Somerville police after 911 prank

When a Somerville boy got caught and the police came knocking, he knew it was time to come clean. Here’s his letter.

Boston, MA - 1/18/18 - Brookline Chief of Police Dan O'Leary is retiring after 41 years on the force. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Emily Sweeney) Topic: (19brookline)

Brookline police chief retiring after four decades on the force

Brookline Police Chief Daniel O’Leary’s last day on the job is Jan. 19.

Quote of the day

“It’s every saloon you’ve seen in every Western. That’s because so many Germans settled in Texas.” -- William Kevin Fitzgerald, owner of the venerable restaurant Jacob Wirth Co. which is up for sale.

Man dies in Gloucester construction accident

A 27-year-old construction worker was killed in a construction accident Thursday morning in Gloucester.

Texas outlaws allegedly came to Boston for Celtics game — and stayed to commit crimes

A band of Texas outlaws allegedly traveled to Boston for a playoff game, then launched a crime spree, stealing safes and ATMs.

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Another bald eagle sighting on the Charles River

Once devastated by DDT, bald eagles are making a comeback.