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Heavy rains may bring flooding tonight, Thursday

Steady, heavy rainfall throughout the next two days could flood the region overnight and into Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

Multi-vehicle crash ties up Pike traffic at Prudential Tunnel

Traffic was delayed at the exit of the Prudential Tunnel on the Mass. Pike westbound Wednesday morning, State Police said.

Family of slain Danvers teacher remembers her legacy

Colleen Ritzer’s family expressed thanks to supporters who help them find “light and hope.’’

State to review campus policies on sex assaults

The review of sexual assault response and prevention policies will extend to public colleges and universities statewide.

Thomas Farragher

Amid the ashes of fatal Lawrence blaze, shattered lives

Investigators will write reports. Neighbors will help neighbors. And a family will plan twin funerals.

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Firefighters removed debris from the building where Kelvin Medina, 9, (right) and another boy died.

Aram Boghosian for the Globe (left)

With deaths of 2 boys in Lawrence, 2014 fire toll mounts

The two young boys are the latest victims in a year that has seen the most fire-related deaths in Mass. since 2011.

Outside the burned on Kingston Street in Lawrence, Elvin Medina (at left) was comforted by a Red Cross worker. Relatives identified one of the tow boys who died in the fire as Medina’s son Kelvin, age 9, who had just moved to Lawrence from Puerto Rico this summer.

Thomas Farragher

Amid the ashes of fatal Lawrence blaze, shattered lives

Investigators will write reports. Neighbors will help neighbors. And a family will plan twin funerals.

The Board of Health allotted two days to demolish the home and clear the plot of debris.

Officials raze Blackstone house where infants’ bodies were found

“The house is down right now,” and workers are “basically just putting the contents of the house into Dumpsters,” an official said.

Ashoka Mukpo arrived in Omaha, Neb., Oct. 6.

R.I. man declared free of Ebola

The Nebraska hospital that has been treating Ashoka Mukpo says he no longer has the virus and is expected to be released soon.

Chelsea slaying suspect had been on bail in robbery cases

Katerin Gomez, 35, was inside a Shawmut Street residence in Chelsea when she was struck by a stray bullet Sunday.

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Information about victims of homicides in Boston in 2014.

The 2014 election

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In 1999, former prime minister Gough Whitlam campaigned in Melbourne to make Australia a republic.

Gough Whitlam, at 98; Australian prime minister ushered in many changes

The flamboyant Australian prime minister was a controversial social reformer whose grip on power was cut short by a bitter constitutional crisis.

Kevin Cullen

Cullen is a columnist for the Metro section who previously wrote for the Foreign desk and Spotlight team. His column appears Tuesdays and Sundays.

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.


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// Patrick’s legacy shows dents

As the candidates running for governor try to match his electoral success, Deval Patrick gets mixed reviews from voters.

Globe Investigation: Shadow Campus


The Globe investigation of off-campus housing in Boston revealed a collision of greed, neglect, and mismanagement.

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.