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A fool and his money are soon parted. Or maybe not

Alex Feldman handed out money Wednesday, or tried to. He’s done it for 23 years on April Fools Day in what has become a type of social experiment.

A minister’s hard fall from grace

For decades, Shaun O. Harrison was a self-styled minister and a would-be player in city antiviolence circles, talking passionately about projects he said would save troubled young men from the streets.

Legislature passes bill to allow simulcasting at Suffolk Downs through 2016

The bill could help set the stage for the return of horse racing to the track this year.

Many New Hampshire Republicans won’t care about Mike Pence or his new Indiana law

Republican presidential hopefuls have lined up in support of the law. That may help them in Iowa, but probably not in New Hampshire.

Two elderly women found dead in Dorchester

The women were found in a Dorchester home, dead apparently from natural causes.

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Alexander Bradley testified during Aaron Hernandez’s first-degree murder trial.

Testimony aims to tie Hernandez to murder weapon

Alexander Bradley said that months before Odin Lloyd’s death, he saw Aaron Hernandez with a gun similar the one used to shoot Lloyd.

Good luck writing code on one of these.

Typewriters, rotary phones, and whiskey in the office?

An elaborate April Fools’ Day prank transported Cambridge office workers to a scene out of “Mad Men.”

Harvard University in Cambridge.

Harvard admission rate dips to record low 5.3 percent

Admission letters were sent to 1,990 of 37,307 applicants, the college said, for an acceptance rate of only 5.3 percent.

A breeding female blackpoll warbler. In the fall, the birds undertake a marathon migration over the ocean.

Tiny blackpoll warblers make mind-boggling migration

Researchers confirmed the small birds make incredible transoceanic flights by outfitting some of them with geolocator devices.

US v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his now-deceased brother, Tamerlan, allegedly set off explosives at the Boston Marathon.

Aaron Hernandez on trial



The former Patriots tight end is charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, whose body was found near Hernandez’s home.


Jill O’Malley Conroy (left) in 2010, with her brother, Matt, and sister, Christine O’Malley.

Jill O’Malley Conroy, at 41; teacher and blogger

Ms. Conroy was a special education teacher in Boston and Dubai who also wrote a blog, The Indignant Teacher.

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

Farragher is a Globe columnist and associate editor. He spent eight years as editor of the Spotlight Team. His columns appear Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Boston's 2024 Olympic bid


Boston will compete with cities from around the world as it seeks to host the Summer Games in nine years.

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// Bike fatalities rise in Greater Boston’s suburbs

The number of reported bicycle accidents has increased in recent years, and fatalities have more than tripled.

Coverage of Thomas Menino


Globe coverage of former Mayor Thomas Menino’s life and legacy.

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// Recent investigative reports

Read recent stories and ongoing investigations from the Globe’s journalists.

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.


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// Fourteen political moments of 2014

A mysterious fisherman. A geography blunder. A change of the guard at City Hall. Here’s a look at some of the top political moments of 2014.