Patrick ousts two, with motive partly personal

Governor Patrick acknowledged that the sex offender agency shakeup was due in part to the handling of his brother-in-law’s case.

Afghan soldiers left Cape, headed for Canada

The mystery surrounding their whereabouts drew national attention and sparked concerns about the three men’s motives.

Casino law ad focuses on jobs

The first television spot defending the state casino law debuts Tuesday and highlights the benefits of a casino in Springfield.

Grants for research get scarcer

With federal research funding flat lining even the best in their fields have to court new sources of support.

Delay in marijuana outlets is decried

Some seeking access to medical marijuana said they may sue the state government over delays in opening dispensaries.

Horses rounded the track at Suffolk Downs.

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Suffolk Downs says last day of racing will be Oct. 4

The track rescheduled its final day of 2014 — and possibly forever — for a Saturday so people can say goodbye.

Carlos Ramos (left) and Francisca Alvarado, immigrants from El Salvador, have permission to stay in the United States, but immigration officials are trying to deport their son Carlos (with his back to camera).

US deporting children of parents allowed to stay

The Obama administration is deporting the children of adults they have allowed to remain in the United States.

Lauren LaFortune (left) of Winchester sailed off North Beach in Chatham. Kate E. Iaquinto (right), a marine biologist at the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

On Monomoy Beach, it’s kiteboarders vs. piping plovers

Federal authorities want to ban the sport on the beach, saying the plovers perceive the kites as predatory birds, prompting them to abandon their eggs.

Charlie Baker, who ran for the corner office in 2010 and lost women by 24 percentage points, has taken several steps in an attempt to avoid repeating mistakes of the past.

Charlie Baker calls for Roger Goodell to quit

As headlines swirl with allegations against NFL players, the issue of domestic violence has found prominence in the governor’s race.

The fire in Hyannis where an 8-year-old child died.

Boy, 8, is killed in shed fire in Hyannis

Authorities don’t believe the fire to be suspicious and said the death was likely an accident.

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.

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The Jobs of Summer


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Marathon bombings — One year later

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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.