Councilors seek exploration of a Fire Department cadet program

One year after the police cadet program was reinstated, two city councilors are exploring a similar initiative for the fire force.

Activists and protesters with the National Center for Transgender Equality rallied in front of the White House last week.

Alarmed by Trump, schools protect vulnerable students

At least seven communities have sent home letters or posted statements after moves to restrict immigration and protections to transgender students.

Fingleton, a center at Holy Cross, during a 2002 practice.

‘Game of Thrones’ actor from Worcester had boisterous nature

Neil Fingleton, who stood at 7 foot 7 and played high school and college basketball in Worcester, died over the weekend.

A memorial took shape on Pond Street in Stoneham at the site of the fatal crash, with balloons, flowers, with a photograph of Sydney Coiro and her friends among the items.

16-year-old girl killed in Stoneham crash

“She was a very conscientious driver,” said the grandmother of 16-year-old Sydney Coiro. “We did not expect that this would ever happen.”

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Fast Forward: Trump to address Congress, Rihanna’s humanitarian award, and Fat Tuesday

A day to indulge before Lent comes around, and more of the news you need.

Peabody double murder suspect due in court

Wes Doughty is accused of participating in the murder of Jennifer O’Connor and Mark Greenlaw in Peabody.

Teenager fatally struck by commuter rail train in Ashland

The victim was about 17 years old and was walking on tracks near the Fountain Street Overpass.

How did the wrong envelope get into Warren Beatty’s hands?

The man who reportedly handed the wrong envelope to Beatty did so moments after tweeting a celebrity photo from backstage.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2017. There are 306 days left in the year.

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One person is dead after crash in Avon

One person has died in what State Police called a “serious crash” on Route 24 in Avon Monday night. The crash occurred in the northbound lanes of the highway near Exit 18.

Police investigate homicide after finding body in Everett apartment

The body of a man, believed to be in his 60s, was found Saturday in an “advanced state of decomposition.”

Critics of the Hampden Charter School of Science claim it has ties to Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen (above).

Charter school is approved despite claims of ties to Turkish cleric

The school can establish a second location in Westfield despite alleged ties to Fethullah Gulen.

Just 25 percent of all public school teachers statewide were men last year.

Mass. teaching force remains dominated by women

Last year, about 25 percent of all public school teachers statewide were men, down from about 32 percent in the early 1990s.

Ex-police sergeant who faced 40 complaints wins investigator’s license

Former Boston police sergeant Martin B. Kraft was the subject of 40 complaints alleging disrespectful treatment, untruthfulness, neglect of duty, unreasonable judgement, and use of force.

Hassan looking into 14-year-old’s extra screening at airport

US Senator Maggie Hassan’s office says it is looking into the case of a 14-year-old New Hampshire boy whose family says he was pulled aside this month for additional screening ahead of his flight to a baseball tournament in Florida.

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Blazes started by humans accounted for 84 percent of all US wildfires over the past two decades, according to a team co-led by a UMass Amherst researcher.

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It could be 70 on Wednesday, and then snowy on Friday

We’re not off the weather roller coaster quite yet.

Lexicon: Acting governor

When Karyn Polito’s office sent out her daily public schedule for Monday, it came with an unusual title: Not “Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito” but “Acting Governor Karyn Polito.”

Bye-bye advanced and proficient? Mass. seeks to rename MCAS scoring categories

Mass. education officials plan to rename the scoring categories on the revamped MCAS exams.

Aaron Hernandez spoke with defense attorney Ronald Sullivan in court.

Aaron Hernandez trial reaches key milestone with 16 people chosen to serve on jury

The final two jurors were selected Monday, paving the way for opening statements on Wednesday.

The MBTA on Monday announced an overhaul to keep the trolleys in service at least until the early 2020s.

MBTA makes medium-term commitment to Mattapan trolley line

The MBTA will pay $7.9 million to overhaul the World War II-era trolleys, keeping them in service until at least the early 2020s.

ImeIme Umana is the first black woman president of the Harvard Law Review.

Harvard Law Review breaks barrier with election of black woman as president

The prestigious 130-year-old publication had never elected a black woman as its president.

Police worked at the scene of Monday’s stabbing.

Boston police investigate afternoon stabbing in Dorchester

Police didn’t have information about the victim’s condition or circumstances of the incident.

Wes Doughty

Suspect in Peabody double slaying to be arraigned in Mass. Tuesday

Wes Doughty reportedly landed in Massachusetts Monday night to face charges in a double murder in Peabody last weekend.

Conviction upheld for Robel Phillipos, friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Robel Phillipos, 23, had sought to have his 2014 conviction thrown out, claiming statements he made to the FBI were coerced.

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The Lifesaving Care Act

Given that Jen Fox would be dead — or dead broke — without Obamacare, she’s defensive of it.

New Hampshire man arrested for murder of 3-year-old daughter

Jocarl Bureau was arrested on Feb. 24th for the 2016 death of his three-year-old daughter.

A hawk was hit by a car in Milford over the weekend.

Hawk gets stuck in grille of vehicle in Milford

The bird of prey is in the care of experts at Tufts Wildlife Clinic.

Jeanie Thomas walked past of the front of her home on Whately Road in Conway.

Residents in Conway stunned by tornado’s wrath

Thousands of trees were downed, roads were blocked, and residences were severely damaged by the unprecedented twister.

Boston man arrested after East Boston stabbing

A man was stabbed near 90 Bennington St. at around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Chatham man dies while snowmobiling in Maine

Dennis Picard is the seventh person to die in Maine this year in a snowmobile accident.

Massachusetts soldier who died in Iraq will be laid to rest Saturday

A soldier from Massachusetts who died in Iraq is being laid to rest this weekend.

Man in his 60s found slain in Everett apartment

Police found the man’s body on Saturday on Oakland Avenue after a landlord performed a well-being check.

The fire-damaged Massachusetts State Police Museum and Learning Center.

‘Spontaneous combustion’ caused fire at State Police Museum

The three-alarm fire broke out Saturday night spontaneously when rags and sawdust tossed together in a plastic bag heated up and ignited.

Three residents and two firefighters injured during Brockton fire

The six-unit apartment building was declared uninhabitable after the American Red Cross is working to provide temporary shelter for residents.

Unprecedented February tornado hits Western Mass.

It’s the first time a tornado has been reported in Massachusetts in February.

Two-family home in Belmont heavily damaged by fire

The fire was likely caused by a malfunctioning heating unit at 52 Grove Street.

Table: The student-teacher gender gap in each Mass. school district

See the gender breakdown of students and teachers in your local public school district.

Despite a cold start Monday with pre-dawn temperatures below freezing, the National Weather Service said temperatures in the 50s and 60s will return during the day.

Warm trend continues as work week resumes

Temperatures will rise into the 50s on Monday.

Faye Dunaway (left) began to open the envelope containing what she thought was the name of the winner for best picture at Sunday’s Academy Awards.

Fast Forward: The Oscar screwup, President Trump’s budget salvo, and remembering disco

The great award card miscue, and more of the news you need.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 2017. There are 307 days left in the year.

Crews reviewed the scene in March 2014 after a Green Line train derailed near Kenmore station. Six Green Line trolleys derailed in 2016, according to data from the National Transit Database.

MBTA leads nation in derailments

Eight T vehicles derailed in 2016, the nation’s highest figure.

Hateful graffiti at Mass. Eye and Ear was a “big slap in the face,” said Dr. Rebecca Hammon, a resident at the hospital.

Politics, prejudice pose problems in workplace

Vitriol has increasingly roiled the workplace in the Trump era, with charges of discrimination increasing.

Felix D. Arroyo in 2002.

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Suffolk Probate Court is a mess, but who caused it?

Defenders of Felix D. Arroyo described an agency in which entrenched employees resented serving people of color.

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The weekly game

The event, organized by local groups such as Indivisible Metrowest, drew more than 200 people Sunday afternoon.

Protesters compare Trump administration to Watergate era

A Boston Common rally called for an independent investigation into President Trump’s connections to Russia and the claims of the Kremlin’s interference in the election.

Civil rights investigators are probing allegations that the Lawrence and Braintree school systems have failed to provide interpretation for non-English-speaking parents of special education students.

US probes adequacy of interpretation services in Lawrence, Braintree schools

The investigations are the most recent into whether Mass. school systems are providing adequate programs for students from immigrant households.

Lynn faces cutback in outreach funding as opioid deaths rise

Opioids are believed to have claimed 11 lives in Lynn in 2017 as of Friday, more than double the number in the same period last year.


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// Ex-teacher molested pupils, Milton Academy says

Officials at the prestigious school disclosed the sexual misconduct involving the former employees after a nine-month investigation.

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// Boston Globe coverage and the movie ‘Spotlight’

“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.