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William Quinn, 86; ex-Newton police chief

Mr. Quinn was a World War II veteran and considered an innovator in his time as Newton’s top officer.


Framingham man gets 20 years for raping teen

Nathan Williams was also sentenced to 30 years of probation after pleading guilty to child rape with force, according to a published report.


Worker dies in accident at road salt facility

An employee of a Westfield road salt manufacturing facility has died in a work-related accident, police said.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh fires another department chief

Walsh announced the firing of another department head Thursday, environment commissioner Nancy Girard.

US attorney asked to block local marijuana clinics near schools

Under federal law, the 15 dispensaries provisionally approved in Mass. could face prosecution if they open too close to a school.

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Shui Tuen Chim (left), received food from volunteer Delia Alvarez at the Franciscan Food Center at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston. Agencies that help those in need report much higher demand this year.

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Holiday of plenty puts spotlight on the needs of many

Food pantries and social service agencies are helping a rising tide of poor residents get through Thanksgiving.

Adrian Walker

Leveling the playing field at Daly Field

Environmentalists complain that the state has cut too generous a deal for Simmons College and a community group to reclaim the field.

Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans

Boston police urge peaceful protests over Ferguson

Commissioner William Evans appealed to students who might protest the outcome of the investigation.

Firefighters put out the blaze at a two-story building on Water Street in about 90 minutes. One firefighter had to jump from a second-floor window after a room burst into flames. The damage was extensive.

3 firefighters injured in Saugus fire

A three-alarm fire in Saugus injured three firefighters and forced one of them to jump from a second-floor window, officials said.

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Chief Quinn oversaw a move to computerize Newton’s police records.

William Quinn, 86; ex-Newton police chief

Mr. Quinn was a World War II veteran and considered an innovator in his time as Newton’s top officer.

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.

Adrian Walker

Walker has been a columnist for the Metro section since 1998. His column appears Mondays and Fridays.

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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.

Arrest of Aaron Hernandez



Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is charged with the murder of Dorchester man Odin Lloyd, whose body was found near Hernandez’s home.