Litany of problems led to officials’ ouster, Patrick says

Governor Patrick said the sex offender registry officials’ problems included the handling of a case involving his brother-in-law.

State Police search for driver in fatal I-495 hit-and-run

Authorities identified the victim as Robin L. Mendonca of North Andover, who was on foot at 3:40 a.m.

Missing Afghan soldiers detained at Canadian border

The three men went missing from a training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod over the weekend.

Parking attendant is robbed at knifepoint at commuter rail station

A parking attendant was robbed at knifepoint this afternoon at the North Scituate station on Country Way.

Impromptu vigil honors Winchester crash victim Patrick Gill

What began as a somber gathering on Sunday night erupted into a celebration of Patrick Gill’s spirit.

Firefighters responded to a downtown office building Monday afternoon.

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Boston high-rise evacuated due to smoky fire

A 44-story high-rise was evacuated after a fire in some pipe installation generated smoke on the fifth and sixth floors.

A motorcyclist passed by a poster to Mayor Martin Walsh of in Galway, Ireland.

Long before Walsh, Mayor Hynes received hero’s welcome in Ireland

Hynes made the trip to his ancestral homeland in 1953, a few years before Walsh’s parents immigrated to Boston.

Among the vehicles that were damaged, some belonged to customers.

Vehicles destroyed in fire at Sudbury car dealership

A large fire at a car dealership this morning destroyed or damaged 19 cars.

Police union, Somerville at odds on Narcan

The drug is used to combat heroin overdoses and the police say it constitutes a new duty.

Special Report: The Longest Road


At 17, the shadow fell: a devastating diagnosis of mental illness. Trouble, hospital, home, into the depths again. Now, he aims to make his way back.

The 2014 race for governor

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Get full Boston Globe coverage and analysis of the 2014 race to replace Deval Patrick as governor of Massachusetts.

Kevin Cullen

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The Jobs of Summer


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Marathon bombings — One year later

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Profiles of a city healing and recovering a year after the attack.

Arrest of Aaron Hernandez



Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is charged with the murder of Dorchester man Odin Lloyd, whose body was found near Hernandez’s home.