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Education board approves probation for Boston charter school, state’s first virtual school

MALDEN -- The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday unanimously approved probation for a Boston charter school and the state’s first virtual public school, citing low achievement and other issues.

48 people have died in Mass. this year from fires

“Fire continues to take just an awful toll in our state,’’ State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said Tuesday.

Man arrested in murder of Chelsea woman killed by errant bullet

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

Closing arguments done, Phillipos case set to head to jury

An attorney for Robel Phillipos said his memory was clouded by marijuana when he spoke to federal agents.

Reports from the scene of fatal Lawrence fire

Two young boys were killed in a four-alarm fire at a Lawrence apartment building, according to authorities.

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Ashoka Mukpo contracted Ebola in Liberia while he was working as a camera man.

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R.I. man may leave Ebola facility soon

Doctors at a hospital in Nebraska where the man is being treated said they’re waiting for the CDC to confirm that he is free of Ebola.

// After Keene, N.H., riots, soul-searching and a mortified citizenry

For locals, the incident is a considerable black eye for the city, which is known for its postcard-cute Main Street and its beloved festivals.

Duxbury spent $128 million on a new high school.


Teaching the wrong lesson at Duxbury High

The town spent $128 million on a new high school, but can’t afford common sense for school administrators.

City Council raises also may boost pensions

A pay increase would increase Councilor Charles C. Yancey’s pension by at least $16,000 a year if he remained in office through 2018.

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// Boston homicides in 2014

Information about victims of homicides in Boston in 2014.

The 2014 election

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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.