Our veterans are getting older, fewer in numbers

Nearly 74 percent of Massachusetts’ veterans are 55 or older, and the membership in traditional veterans organizations also has fallen.

Black bear yearlings.

Emboldened bears in N.H. town must die, state says

The Department of Fish and Game’s plan to capture and euthanize the bears isn’t sitting well with residents of Hanover and beyond.

The campus of Milton Academy in 2005.

Milton Academy taps social justice expert to confront bias incidents

The prestigious school has faced a series of student protests this week about administrators’ response to bias incidents.

UMass Boston baseball coach Brendan Eygabroat spoke to his team on Tuesday.

UMass-Boston has built a baseball powerhouse

UMass-Boston has been battered by bad press but its once homeless baseball team is going back to the Div. 3 College World Series.

Latest Metro headlines

Multi-vehicle crash on Southeast Expressway southbound

At least one person was injured in a multi-vehicle crash in the southbound lanes of the Southeast Expressway in Dorchester during the rush hour Friday.

Brookline Town Meeting calls on Congress to investigate Trump

The vote called on Congress to launch an investigation into whether Trump’s business dealings violate the Constitution.

Lawrence police arrest four for home invasion

The search is on for a fifth suspect in connection with the March invasion on Haverhill Street.

Former Lowell building inspector found guilty of stealing elderly neighbor’s home

A former building inspector in Lowell has been convicted of larceny for convincing his elderly neighbor in 2010 to sign over her home to him on her death bed.

New JFK exhibit offers a glimpse into the president’s humanity

Nearly 40 documents and artifacts will be displayed for the first time at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, starting Friday.

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Abraham is a Metro columnist. Her work appears on Thursdays and Sundays.

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

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Walker has been a columnist for the Metro section since 1998. His column appears Mondays and Fridays.

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This day in history

Today is Friday, May 26, the 146th day of 2017. There are 219 days left in the year.

North Reading’s Nana awaits her crowning moment

The 13-year-old chocolate lab is one of four finalists for the title of queen in the Grey Muzzle Organization’s virtual Senior Dog Prom.

‘Love, Rick’: Letters from teacher at elite Mass. private school track an attempted seduction

The first letter was hand-delivered, written on a store-bought card that was as goofy as it was flirtatious.

North Andover B & E at Richdale store

Police described the suspect as a heavier set white or light skinned Hispanic male, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, gloves, and a mask that covered half of his face.

“It’s going to be a rough budget conference,” said Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg.

Senate OK’s $40.8 billion state budget

The spending plan includes several types of new taxes and fees.

Reading investigating swastikas found at high school

Two swastikas were found on separate days in a classroom and a bathroom in the field house at Reading Memorial High School.

Devon Arthurs is accused of shooting two Mass. men he was sharing a Tampa condominium with.

Mass. men allegedly killed by roommate in violent outburst in Fla.

Authorities said Devon Arthurs, a self-described former neo-Nazi and convert to Islam, fatally shot the men in a Tampa condominium.

International journalist Christiane Amanpour spoke at Northeastern University’s 2017 Commencement.

Get Smart

Some of the most memorable quotes from 2017 commencement speeches

A look at a few of the memorable and noteworthy moments from this year’s speeches.

Lottery

Lottery results from Thursday drawings

“Let’s face it, you accomplished something I never could,” the Facebook founder and dropout said in his remarks, sparking laughter from attendees huddled under umbrellas.

Zuckerberg urges Harvard grads to tackle big problems

Despite the Facebook founder’s recent denials that he is interested in running for office, his speech might do little to quell the notion.

Boston has more millennials than other large cities, study finds

They’re also better educated and more diverse than in other major cities, according to a new study by The Boston Foundation.

The commuter rail station in Framingham.

As commuter rail service improves, Worcester/Framingham line lags

Nearly one in five trains on the heavily trafficked line was late during the second week of May.

Tony Marcus, left, joined Globe cafeteria workers cheering on Kim Robey as she danced with Globe technology columnist Hiawatha Bray at a farewell celebration for the cafeteria’s impending closure. Robey more typically has to demand that Bray stop prevaricating and order at the cafeteria’s sandwich bar.

KEVIN CULLEN

A bad taste in leaving for the Globe’s caf workers

The people who work in the Globe cafeteria fed us and our sense of community. They shouldn’t be starved going out the door.

Political Happy Hour: May 25, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Conn. guv’s looooong blame game | Beacon Hill’s budget fantasy world | You’ll never guess what Charlie Baker’s favorite ice cream flavor is (no, it’s not low-sugar vanilla)

Legoland will name giant giraffe ‘Gio’ after 6-year-old Medford boy who died

It looks like a Medford family will get their wish, after all.

Immigrant who can’t be deported to Cambodia released from detention

Sreynuon Lunn had been in the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement since Feb. 6.

Roxbury gets a cultural boost

Roxbury has been designated a cultural district by the state, after a years-long effort to attract people seeking out authentic slices of Boston’s ethnic mosaic.

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After dropping out, Mark Zuckerberg finally gets his Harvard degree

‘‘If I get through this speech today, it'll be the first time I actually finish something here at Harvard,’’ the Facebook founder said. (He did.)

Capital Source

Walsh not too proud to brag

The mayor’s campaign boasted that it had collected 38,521 signatures. Mayoral candidates need 3,000 to qualify for the ballot.

Capital Source

Henriquez remains hopeful in District 7 bid

Carlos Henriquez is a high-profile candidate making a foray back into politics after his 2014 conviction in an assault and battery case.

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Mark Zuckerberg chokes up while speaking about an undocumented student

“It says something about our situation today that I can’t even say his name because I don’t want to put him at risk,” Zuckerberg said at Harvard.

Capital Source

New England GOP versus ‘liberal media’

In New Hampshire, Republicans were smarting over coverage of an event featuring White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.

Political Happy Hour: May 25, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Conn. guv’s looooong blame game | Beacon Hill’s budget fantasy world | You’ll never guess what Charlie Baker’s favorite ice cream flavor is (no, it’s not low-sugar vanilla)

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Read Mark Zuckerberg’s full Harvard commencement speech

The Facebook founder, who famously dropped out of Harvard University more than a decade ago, spoke at the elite school’s commencement on Thursday.

A screengrab of The Harvard Crimson’s homepage after Thursday’s hack.

‘Dum dum computer boy’? Student paper hackers have fun at Zuckerberg’s expense

Yes, there were Winklevoss references.

A plant worker collected and crates sealed lunches destined for Boston’s public schools at the Whitsons Culinary Group headquarters in Islandia, New York in 2015.

Boston parents urge school system to dump food contractor

The Boston Citywide Parent Council, upset that too many students are tossing their lunches into the trash, has launched a letter-writing and phone-call campaign.

SFC Robert Bean played “Taps” on the Common.

Fallen soldiers remembered at Memorial Day Flag Garden

The families of fallen soldiers gathered on the Common Thursday morning to add nearly 300 flags to the annual Memorial Day Flag Garden.

Dave Epstein

A guide to stargazing in New England this weekend

With skies partially clearing late Friday and Saturday night, it might be a good time to check out some of astronomical attractions.

Capital Source

Candidate Baker proposed bold anti-patronage plan

Nearly 2½ years into his tenure, not a peep of any plan. At the same time, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito are under fire for filling environmental agencies with political and personal allies.

Former Wayland athletic director files whistle-blower suit

Stephen Cass said he lost his job after complaining about unequal treatment of boys and girls sports teams.

Stolen painting of Big Papi returned to the Quincy library

The priceless paintings from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum may still be missing, but one piece of stolen art has been returned to the library in Quincy— a painting of a Mr. David Ortiz valued at $1,000.

Former House Speaker Sal DiMasi was released from prison in November. He’s shown after arriving at Logan Airport.

Judge ends home confinement for ex-speaker Salvatore DiMasi

Former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, convicted of federal corruption charges, is now free to move about Massachusetts without limit.

Chelsea fire chief and union battle over ballistic gear for firefighters

Chelsea firefighters at the scene of an active shooter incident this week wore ballistic vests, but the union contends the vests should not have been deployed without more training and a change in hazard pay rules.

Fire damages West Barnstable home

West Barnstable Fire Chief Joe Maruca’s feet are still cold and wet 12 hours after battling the fire that broke out Wednesday night in a home on Lothrop’s Lane.

Acting general manager Brian Shortsleeve.

MBTA general manager Shortsleeve to step down

It will be the third time since 2015 the MBTA has changed leadership.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.

With state budget in crisis, Conn. governor says history will vindicate him

Connecticut is the wealthiest state in the country, but it faces a massive budget gap and the prospect of even higher taxes and more painful budget cuts.

Cambridge trash trucks are outfitted with special sensors from MIT

Sensors attached to the vehicles by researchers from MIT’s Sensible City Lab are now tracking infrastructure needs and air quality.

Man charged with raping woman in massage studio at Logan Airport

Darnell E. Williams is an employee of the Be Relax Massage Studio inside Terminal B, which is not managed by the Massachusetts Port Authority.

Furry fare evader gets on train at Jackson Square Station

Passengers were cleared after a squirrel boarded and the train went on its way. “To have delayed the train any longer than necessary would have been nuts,” a T spokesman said.

The GOP candidate for Congress in Montana, Greg Gianforte, was charge with misdemeanor assault after reportedly bodyslamming a newspaper reporter to the ground and punching him.

Fast Forward

Pol charged with assaulting reporter, JFK centennial weekend

‘Star Wars’ is turning 40 and more of the news you need to know to start your day.

Watch live: Mark Zuckerberg is speaking at Harvard commencement

The Facebook founder and former Harvard student returns to Cambridge to speak at this year’s graduation.

Investigations

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If you have been a victim or witnessed a hate incident, share your information here so we can investigate.

The story behind ‘Spotlight’

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“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.