Worcester cleans up after tornado hits city

David Berthiaume took a chainsaw to a giant tree that fell onto the house of his friends, Leslie and Patrick Courtney, on Vernon Street in Worcester.

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The twister snapped and uprooted trees in its path, damaging cars and homes.

Afternoon traffic on the Mass Pike on Friday, August 8.

Construction makes Mass. Turnpike a road to misery

The $22.3 million Boston project has ruined the usual August respite from traffic.

Steve Grossman (left) has run mostly positive TV ads. One spot emphasizes his support for universal pre-kindergarten in the state. At right, a Don Berwick ad, which his campaign said is set to begin airing Tuesday, shows two children, dressed up as Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman, who “play politics.”

Candidates try and make TV ads resonate

Candidates and super PACs hope they have the answer to creating ads that resonate.

Laura Smales of Toronto relaxed along the wall overlooking Hyannis Harbor on Sunday.

Cape Cod winds down a successful summer

The Cape saw a lot of sun, making for a good tourist season for businesses and visitors alike.

Two killed in N.H. plane crash

“It dropped, just dropped out of the sky,” a man who witnessed the crash said.

Vacationing couple assaulted in their Hyannis hotel room

A man broke into the elderly couple’s room and robbed them at knifepoint, police said.

Student injured in fall from MIT fraternity window

A student was rushed to the hospital when she fell from a window, officials said.

Man killed in Dorchester shooting Sunday night

A 25-year-old man was shot to death inside the yard of a home on Claybourne Street at 9:21 p.m. Sunday.

Protesters who blocked coal shipment set for trial

Protestors plan to argue that their actions were necessary due to the threat of climate change.

Special Report: The Longest Road

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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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The latest coverage of the race to replace Deval Patrick as governor of Massachusetts.

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Candidates for attorney general Warren Tolman and Maura Healey are tapping into different impulses within the party.

The Jobs of Summer

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This seasonal Globe feature highlights the quintessential warm-weather jobs of New England.

Boston homicide map

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Information about victims of homicides in Boston in 2014.

MCAS results

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Results for each of the state’s districts in English, math, and science, sorted by grade.

Arrest of Aaron Hernandez

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

JFK: 50 Years Later

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A five-part series examining the profound impact of former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Casino gambling in Mass.

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Globe coverage of the state’s implementation of resort gambling following the 2011 law legalizing casinos.