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Youth may fade, but ability to learn does not

Our capability to perform certain functions, like learning new words, doesn’t peak until later in life, according to a new study.

Ex-Arlington substitute teacher charged with rape of former student

James Henry Martin III, 36, allegedly took the teenage student to a parking lot to commit the rape, police said.

Parents, teachers speak out against closing alternative schools

The Thursday meeting of about 60 supporters came after Boston officials revealed plans to close five public schools.

Tsarnaev admission may be part of strategy to avoid death penalty

Allowing jurors to reach a verdict gives them the cathartic opportunity to convict a heinous criminal, but still show compassion, specialists say.

Baker’s budget plan shifts Medicaid payments

A significant part of Governor Baker’s proposal involves squeezing savings out of the state-federal health care program.

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Bill Richard (right) is depicted in a courtroom sketch while testifying during the federal death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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In emotional testimony, Bill Richard recalls Marathon attacks

“I saw a little boy who had his body severely damaged by an explosion,” William Richard said of his son.

KEVIN CULLEN

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/04/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/cullen-8647.jpg Tsarnaev had four minutes to change history

After four minutes, the alleged Marathon bomber turned right, while everybody else’s head jerked left, looking down Boylston.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/25/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/rathe_icedam_living02.jpg Minnesota crews come to the rescue of Mass. rooftops

Hundreds of people in the Boston area are begging for help from Minnesotan contractors who specialize in dealing with ice dams.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/04/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/baker150-8017.jpg Baker budget aims to rein in state spending

Governor Baker said his plan also makes key investments in education, transportation, and to cities and towns.

Aaron Hernandez on trial

Coverage

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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.

US v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/23/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/brands[1].jpg A sampling of what gets produced in New England every day

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.