New transit station to connect Allston to downtown

The tentatively titled West Station is meant to help transform the huge swath of land near the Allston-Brighton tolls.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst will suspend the use of confidential informants pending a full review of its program.

UMass halts drug informant program

The school said it would suspend the program pending a full review after a disclosure that a student informant died of a heroin overdose.

Major Jan Mohammad Arash, Captain Noorullah Aminyar, Captain Mohammad Nasir Askarzada.

Afghan soldiers who left Cape Cod feared death at home

They spent more than $1,600 on taxis to travel from Cape Cod to the border in Niagara Falls — just steps away, they hoped, from asylum.

Children’s Hospital probes link between virus, paralysis

Health officials and doctors are investigating whether the cause of muscle weakness or paralysis in four children might be enterovirus D68.

Saugus father faces charge in son’s assault case

The Saugus man allegedly misled police investigating whether his son filmed a sexual assault of a teen.

Investigators looked into the cause of an overnight fire at the Old City Hall in Quincy Center.

Blowtorch likely cause of Quincy fire

The 170-year-old building is undergoing a restoration project that was expected to cost more than $8 million.

Aaron Hernandez was taken from his home after his arrest in June, 2013.

Hernandez’s lawyer, DA spar over cellphone evidence

The cellphone appears to be a crucial piece of evidence in the sensational case involving the former Patriots star.

Brockton Fair owner applies to offer horse racing in ‘15

The owner of a long-closed horse track in Brockton filed an application with the state to bring thoroughbred horse racing back to that city.

High Island is a small, uninhabited island a mile off the coast of St. George, Maine

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To preserve access to Maine island, they may have to buy it

A local campaign aims to prevent High Island from going the way of others that have been snapped up by wealthy buyers and closed to the public.

Five firefighters and one civilian were killed when an exterior wall collapsed on them during a fire on the former Trumbull Street in the South End.

Tragedy of 1964 Trumbull Street fire still resonates

Within a half hour, the 1964 South End fire morphed into a devastating tragedy that took the lives of five firefighters and a civilian.

John Sampas, Kerouac’s literary executor and brother-in-law, stood by the new monument.

Lowell monument captures Jack Kerouac’s spirit

Literary tourists have long come to the author’s gravesite, identified for years only by a simple plaque.

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With casino vote, Springfield’s fortune at stake

An enormous economic life raft for Springfield will either be launched or scuttled in next month’s vote.

Eldon Burrier

Instructor in fatal skydiving accident loved being airborne

A Cape Cod skydiving company said it believed Eldon Burrier had tried to save both his student and himself.

Candidate for governor Charlie Baker was seen during a debate focused on human services at Faneuil Hall.

Baker’s shifts give fodder to Democrats

Charlie Baker’s altered policy stances, say Democrats, hint at a candidate who’s willing to say anything to win over voters.

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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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