Boston may end most use of MCAS

Most Boston public schools would drop the MCAS next spring in favor of a new online testing system.

Harvard Stadium is one of the historic Boston venues that could be used in a Summer Olympics.

Compact Boston may have Olympic advantage

In contrast with its rivals’ spread-out plans for the 2024 Summer Games, Boston is offering itself as a city with a close array of venues.

Boston-area casino bidders agree to substantial changes

The two finalists for the Greater Boston resort casino license agreed to a number of substantial changes to their applications.

Witness recounts behavior of group accused of killing delivery man

Aline Valery testified that she saw blood dripping from one of her friend’s hands.

Amid outcry, a vote to oust Saugus town manager

The Saugus Board of Selectmen voted to suspend Town Manager Scott Crabtree, citing nine charges, including the unauthorized use of town funds.

Tsarnaev defense rejects claim it posed as FBI

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense attorneys called the claim of misrepresentation “false and facially preposterous.”

Workers in hazmat suits removed bags of waste from Erika Murray’s home in Blackstone on Sunday.

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More serious charges may be next for Blackstone mother

The more serious charges could be filed after examinations are completed of the remains of three infants found in the house.

David Waller surveyed the lantern room, a glassed-in area atop the Graves Island Light Station, early this month. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff)

Renovation of Graves Island lighthouse inches forward

Boston businessman David Waller aims to covert it into equal parts family vacation home and historic preservation project.

Welles Remy Crowther


Parents of Welles Crowthers brimming with pride

Alison and Jefferson Crowther, whose son died saving lives in the Sept. 11 attacks, were honored guests at the BC-USC game.

// Partners in Health staff to join African Ebola fight

Leaders of the Boston-based aid group are heading overseas to assist in rural parts of Liberia and Sierra Leone.

“It’s long overdue in my opinion,” City Council President Bill Linehan said.

Linehan proposes 29% raise for City Council

City Council President Bill Linhan filed an order that would increase councilors’ annual salaries to $112,500.

// 2nd woman dies from Crane Beach lightning strike

The two women were hit by lightning during a microburst on Sept. 6.

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 analyis of the 2014 race to replace Deval Patrick as governor of Massachusetts.


Janet Packer led the strings department at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge for 12 years.

Janet Packer, 64; concert violinist, inspiring teacher

Ms. Packer was a longtime violinist with symphonies as well as a beloved teacher, in her private studio and at Longy School of Music in Cambridge.

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// What Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley need to do to win

With the primaries behind them, the major party candidates for governor have a big challenge ahead.

The Jobs of Summer


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

Globe Investigation: Shadow Campus


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

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Information about victims of homicides in Boston in 2014.

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.