Congregations in Mass. preparing to shelter immigrants

Some Massachusetts churches and synagogues are preparing to join a national movement to offer shelter to immigrants in danger of being deported.

Thousands did not qualify for residential tax exemption, data show

Since 2010, the city has removed the residential tax exemption from 6,604 homeowners, according to assessing information.

Foreign nationals were arrested earlier this month during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

What we don’t know about Trump and immigration

A little-noticed provision in an executive order may have made immigration arrest and court records public for the first time.

Lottery revenue has dropped by 16 percent between 2008 and 2015, accounting for inflation. In an increasingly cashless society, officials say, fewer people are likely to have money on hand to buy lottery tickets at convenience and liquor stores.

Online lottery could yield windfall for private companies

Companies are stepping up their lobbying, putting themselves in a position to receive lucrative lottery contracts if this law passes.

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Hearing on Owen Labrie’s quest for a new trial set for Tuesday

Labrie was convicted in 2015 of several misdemeanor counts, but acquitted of raping a classmate at St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2017. There are 313 days left in the year.

Fight at Chuck E. Cheese’s in Everett ends in injury

The incident is the second physical altercation to break out in the last three months at the Gateway Center location.

Boston eyes later start times for high schools

The city is wading into the contentious debate about whether high school students should start classes later in the morning.

Lynn clinic works to bring tuberculosis out of hiding

A Lynn health center aims to find people with latent tuberculosis and treat them before they get sick.

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Tweet of the day

“Have you noticed the Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment memorial outside of the State House? — @marty_walsh (Mayor Martin J. Walsh), part of a series of tweets as the city recognizes #BlackHistoryMonth

Time Machine: New data from the Arctic

Feb. 21, 1989: The Globe reports that new data from the Arctic, indicating that northern polar regions may be significantly more vulnerable to ozone destruction than previously thought, has immediate implications for New England.

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Would feisty kiwis embrace an Ambassador Scott Brown?

The former senator may be in line to be US ambassador to New Zealand.

(POOL PHOTO)Brighton, MA., 02/03/16, Tina Cellucci, wife of the severely injured Kevin Cellucci of Dorchester, speaks to her disabled husband in the courtroon. NIKOLAS PAPADOPOULOS (D.O.B. 4/8/95) was sentenced following his conviction for negligent operation of a motor vehicle in a Sept. 6, 2013, collision on the Arborway that left one victim unable to speak or move on his own, another victim paralyzed from the waist down, and several others with less serious injuries. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Father who was severely injured in 2013 Arborway crash dies

In 2013, a driver crossed the center line, rolled over and collided with the pick-up truck that Kevin Cellucci was driving.

Lawyers’ committee blasts BPD on lack of diversity, drug tests

The group called on Boston to reverse course and to embrace measures that will help diversify its police force.

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A doctor experiences pain, and it’s a window toward empathy

The opioid epidemic has led to what Dr. Paul Konowitz believes is a well-intentioned but misguided change in prescribing pain medication.

Want to avoid Trump’s businesses? There’s a browser extension for that.

A local startup is giving buyers the option to shop somewhere else, and send a message to the companies to ditch goods tied to President Trump.

Police investigate suspicious package at Maynard home

The State Police Bomb Squad was called out after a homeowner found a suspicious device on his porch Monday.

Smith College announces record fund-raising

Smith College’s “Women for the World” fundraising campaign raised $486 million, the largest ever for a women’s college.

Rhode Island woman dies after carbon monoxide poisoning

The mother and her three children were exposed to high-levels of carbon monoxied inside their home on Wednesday evening.

Woman dies after being dragged by vehicle in Dorchester

Police said Cusandra Webb and Brianna Smith had been driving together when they stopped on Mass. Avenue, got out of the SUV, and fought.

A Mass. State Police trooper broke the window of a car after a high-speed pursuit ended Monday.

Police chase driver from Cape Cod to Middleborough

A State Police helicopter was used to trail the car during the chase.

Postal Service dedicates JFK stamp

The event marks Presidents Day along with the centennial year of Kennedy’s birth.

A New England Cottontail rabbit.

Have you seen this rabbit? Endangered New England cottontail needs help

Fewer than 300 New England cottontail rabbits live in Maine, so biologists want residents to report if they see the brown rabbits this winter.

A police officer stood in front of the apartment building in Peabody where a man was arrested in connection with a double homicide.

Suspect arrested in Peabody double homicide; another still at large

The father of Jennifer O’Connor, one of two homicide victims in Peabody, said the woman had a lifetime of health problems.

From the archives

14 years ago today: Remembering the Station nightclub fire

The fire killed 100 and injured many more.

Driver in custody after high-speed chase in New Hampshire

The unidentified driver is being treated at a Nashua-area hospital, police said.

A ferry sat in the dock in Hingham. Ferry service from Hingham to Boston will be suspended until Friday.

Hingham ferry service suspended until the end of the week

Commuters are urged to use other transportation options, including the commuter rail and bus lines.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2017. There are 314 days left in the year. This is Presidents Day.

Pedestrian hit by car in Needham

Police said the victim went to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, but they did not know his condition.

7 arrested in Worcester ‘anti-Presidents’ Day’ protest

Many of the protesters were wearing masks, and some carried baseball bats, police said.

The glowing crane near the Prudential Center was the idea of Richard Friedman’s, CEO of Carpenter & Co., developer of a luxury high-rise.

The Dalton Street crane, Boston’s newest landmark

It could have been left naked, just another crane saluting the city. But One Dalton’s developer instead decided to make a splash.

Investigators at first struggled to determine the number of victims in the house at 19 Farm Ave. in Peabody “because of the condition of the scene.”

Peabody crime scene so ‘messy,’ it was hard to get a body count

Police requested X-ray equipment to help determine an accurate body count.


As focus turns to history, new stamp honors JFK centennial

The 10 a.m. dedication ceremony will take place Monday at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Owl flies down chimney into Methuen living room

“Animals do strange things sometimes,” said a spokesman for the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

By the numbers

2,426: The number of pothole cases reported to the City of Boston’s 311 nonemergency constituent services line between Dec. 1 and Feb. 15.

Three friends fall through ice on Attleboro pond

The children were trying to retrieve a football.

Tweet of the day

Facts don’t speak for themselves. (Occasionally, someone has to speak for them.)@errolmorris (Cambridge filmmaker)

Former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney and President Trump spoke at the Dana-Farber fundraiser.


Trump attends controversial Dana-Farber fund-raiser at Mar-a-Lago

President Trump was at a fund-raising event for the Boston hospital Saturday night at Trump’s resort in Florida.

The Mount Rushmore monument in South Dakota.

What’s open, closed on Presidents’ Day

Supermarkets? Libraries? Liquor stores? Here’s a look at what’s open and what’s closed on Monday.

Although managed by Roxbury Community College, the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center is a vital community center and a hub for Massachusetts high school athletics.

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Roxbury Community College case closed, but headaches remain

Now that he has been cleared of any suspicion of wrongdoing, where does Keith McDermott go to get his reputation back?

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The weekly game

The best signs from the science rally in Boston

Here are some of the most pun-tastic signs from the science rally in Copley Square on Sunday.

Woman severely injured when she is dragged by vehicle in Dorchester

Brianna Smith, 26, has has been charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, a vehicle, and operating under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury.

Police find store of marijuana during stabbing investigation

Officers made the discovery at the department where the alleged incident happened.

Juvenile, Dorchester man charged with having illegal gun

Officers allegedly found a revolver in the trunk of the suspects’ car.

Matthew Muresan, an electrical engineer from Somerville, wore a gag and held up a sign during the rally.

Photos from Boston’s ‘Stand Up for Science’ rally

Hundreds of people attended a rally in Copley Square Sunday in a call to fight against President Trump’s efforts to discredit science.

Taunton boy seriously hurt while playing in trash container

The 9-year-old’s grandmother found the boy unconscious with his head trapped between a metal rim and plastic lid.


Trump attends controversial Dana-Farber fund-raiser at Mar-a-Lago

President Trump was at a fund-raising event for the Boston hospital Saturday night at Trump’s resort in Florida.

Today’s springlike temperature could break record for Boston

It was 59 degrees just before 3:30 Sunday afternoon, but still 7 degrees shy of the area’s record.


The Desperate and the Dead | Part 7

// The San Antonio solution

One Texas city took on mental health as a community and became a national model. Why can’t Mass. do the same?

The story behind ‘Spotlight’

// 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.