Liquor license, opioid bills pass Mass. Legislature

The bills were part of a flurry to finish major legislation on the final night of formal sessions.

// Inspector rips former Westfield State chief

A scathing report by the state inspector general said Evan Dobelle “violated the public trust” with spending on dubious items.

A police officer foiled a robbery at Eastern Bank on Main Street in Wilmington.

Accused bank robber caught on 3d try

A man sought in multiple bank robberies Thursday was arrested in Wilmington, police said.

Woman charged in theft of Revere firefighter’s wallet

The woman allegedly stole a firefighter’s wallet from his station while he was out battling a blaze in the town.

Sexton John Habib cleaned up shards from a broken stained-glass window at the Community United Methodist Church on Thursday.

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Vandalized Quincy church picks up the pieces

“This was deliberate and malicious,” a reverend at the church said in describing the damage.

Immigration activists call for changes to proposed Boston ordinance

The proposal does not offer enough protections for detainees, the activists said.

Rev. Moses J. Taylor, father of murder victim Daniel Taylor, spoke to reporters outside a South Boston courthouse.

Colleagues had attended party before fatal Boston shooting

The Rev. Moses J. Taylor Sr. expressed compassion for the family of the accused shooter.

Next Mars rover to include MIT-led instrument

The rover will carry MOXIE, an instrument able to produce oxygen.

Former probation commisioner John J. O’Brien was convicted last week.

Juror blasts Walsh’s support of ex-probation chief

The juror called Mayor Walsh’s comments defending political patronage on Beacon Hill “reckless.”


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// In the right place at the right time

Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire is everywhere, often in the right place at the right time to make a splash.

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// Boston homicides in 2014

Information about victims of homicides in Boston in 2014.

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// 2013 MCAS rankings by district

Results for each of the state’s districts in English, math, and science, sorted by grade.

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.

JFK: 50 Years Later

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A five-part series examining the profound impact of former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

The Boston Marathon bombings

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Coverage of deadly blasts that shook the city, and the ensuing manhunt resulting in the death of an MIT police officer, the death of one suspect, and the capture of another.

Casino gambling in Mass.



Globe coverage of the state’s implementation of resort gambling following the 2011 law legalizing casinos.

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