Blackstone seeks solace at vigil

Some 150 people gathered at dusk Sunday at a field in Blackstone, the town where authorities found the remains of three infants in a squalid house last week. A pastor asked for prayers not just for the infants, but also for four children taken from the house earlier and for their mother, who has been characterized as deeply troubled.

150 people gathered at a dusk vigil Sunday while a cleanup crew at the house discovered a second dead dog and a second dead cat.

Where the gubernatorial candidates stand on taxes

Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker have one thing in common: both tread cautiously when it comes to talking taxes.

At the Heritage Coffee Shoppe in Auburn, politics is often on diners’ plates. Sixty percent of voters in the Central Massachusetts town are unlisted.

Martha Coakley, Charlie Baker are familiar candidates, but voters still ponder

As the candidates seek to shake the loser label from 2010, voters who passed on them four years ago are trying to make up their minds.

Adrian Walker

Martha Coakley’s base shows fissures

Voters view Martha Coakley as a bland, timid, white-bread candidate. And it’s hard to get more exciting in your fourth run for statewide office.

Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker.

Baker, Coakley ramp up governor’s race

In campaign stops Sunday, the top gubernatorial contenders underscored how they stand apart.

Republican Frank Guinta (left) defeated Democrat Carol Shea-Porter in 2010, and she, in turn, defeated Guinta in 2012 to wrest back the First Congressional District seat.

Shea-Porter, Guinta gear up for battle No. 3

Carol Shea-Porter and Frank Guinta are the candidates in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District for the third straight time.

Charles Lightbody boasted he had found a way to profit from the casino sale.

As casino decision looms, new questions arise

A business partner of the felon Charles Lightbody stands to make more than $1 million from the sale of land in Everett to Steve Wynn for a casino.

The statues as they were atop the Old State House.

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Historic statues will be restored

The lion and unicorn statues on the Old State House were lowered from their perches and a time capsule may have come down with them.

Officials seek new leads in death of airline worker 22 years ago

Susan Taraskiewicz was murdered 22 years ago and police are hoping to gain new information.

Burlington’s Electric Department purchased the 7.4 megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric facility on the Winooski River.


100% of power for Vermont city now renewable

With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold this month with the purchase of a hydroelectric project.

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.


Leonard Fein, at 80; illuminated roles of America’s Jews

Cofounding the magazine Moment in the 1970s, Dr. Fein became one of the nation’s most visible writers and thinkers about Jewish ideas and issues.

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.

Thomas Farragher

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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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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.