Tsarnaev friend in gun charge had past drug arrest

Stephen Silva allegedly told police when he was arrested, “I smoke a lot of weed everyday because my best friend was the bomber.”

Voters split on sheltering migrant children in Mass.

A Globe poll found Mass. voters split on providing temporary shelter for up to 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children on a state air base.

Walsh to attend US Olympic meeting in Colorado Springs

Mayor Walsh will meet with leaders from the four US cities in the running to bid for the 2024 Summer Games.

Westfield man identified in scuba drowning off Marblehead

Gregory Cole, found after an hours-long search, apparently drowned while diving for scallops Tuesday.

Mass. tops US in study of children’s well-being

Young people have a better chance to thrive in Massachusetts than in any other state, according to a new national analysis.

The goats will live on site at the West Street Urban Wild for eight weeks

Boston deploys goats against poison ivy in Hyde Park

The city has enlisted the four-legged helpers to clear an area overrun with invasive plants.

Philip Chism (center) was arraigned Wednesday in the assault of a state worker.

Philip Chism arraigned for alleged assault on state worker

Chism, the teen accused of killing a Danvers teacher, allegedly tried to strangle a female worker at a state facility.

A pipeline could have sent Canadian tar sands oil to South Portland’s port, where tankers would have exported it.

Maine’s tar sands oil ban a win for activists

The South Portland City Council voted Monday night to ban the export of unrefined crude from its port.

In July 1974, a woman’s remains were found in the National Seashore in Provincetown. Her hands were amputated, and she had been nearly decapitated.

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The mystery of Provincetown’s Lady of the Dunes, 40 years later

She was found dead in the sand, and even now police want to know who she was and what happened to her.

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.

MCAS results

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

Arrest of Aaron Hernandez

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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.

Coverage

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

Globe Investigations

Special section

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