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Officials kickoff maple season, though cold may delay the flow of sap

Officials kicked off maple season Friday, although the sap may not flow for a few more days until temperatures warm up.

Boston announces crackdown on sex trafficking

The city is joining a national campaign to crackdown on sex trafficking, reducing it by 20 percent in two years.

Dedham preschool evacuated due to cracking noises in ceiling

Little Sprouts, a preschool in Dedham, evacuated staff and around 85 students Friday, after strange noises from the ceiling sparked fears of a roof collapse, fire officials said.

MacKenzie sentenced to 12 years for swindling church

Edward MacKenzie was convicted of “preying on society’s most vulnerable members” for swindling the church he managed.

Convicted con man MacKenzie sentence to 12 years for swindling church

Edward J. MacKenzie, convicted of “preying on society’s most vulnerable members” for swindling the church he managed was sentenced t0 12 years in federal prison on Friday on charges of racketeering, extortion, bribery, and money laundering.

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Bill Richard, depicted on the stand Thursday in federal court.

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KEVIN CULLEN

Bill Richard’s testimony an act of grace

The testimony of Martin Richard’s father were the words of a man who, in all his loss, still possesses something more powerful than a bomb.

Shaun Harrison was arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court.

Pastor, activist charged with shooting English High student

Shaun Harrison allegedly committed an “execution-style shooting’’ of an English High student.

High school student’s faux Harvard rejection letter goes viral

Molly McGaan’s work was full of references to hip-hop mix tapes and Internet memes.

Carol Martin Bailey was a next-door neighbor of Aaron Hernandez at a Franklin apartment complex he rented.

Former neighbor describes Aaron Hernandez as ‘unpleasant and unfriendly’

The woman, who lived next to Hernandez in Franklin, said he “just looked at me and grunted” when she introduced herself.

US v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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

Aaron Hernandez on trial

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

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

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

Data desk

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Yes, we write software and design websites. But the New England economy chugged along for almost 400 years on the strength of other products.

Coverage of Thomas Menino

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

Globe Investigations

Special section

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

Special Report: The Longest Road

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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.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/25/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/BG_Moments_final2-7646.jpg 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.