Martha Coakley, Democratic candidate for governor.

At health care forum, Coakley defends Partners deal

The attorney general defended her decision to allow Partners HealthCare to acquire South Shore Hospital and Hallmark Healthcare.

Arrest made in Lowell double slaying

Police have arrested the man they believe fatally shot two sons of a retired Lowell police sergeant.

Michael Sullivan, who is running against Marian Ryan for Middlesex district attorney, met wtih voters in Harvard Yard, where he attended a luncheon.

In Middlesex DA bid, Michael Sullivan relies on family

Sullivan comes from a long line of politicians and is the latest leader from a family that has held county office since 1936.

Galvin to launch inquiry into lobbyist

Secretary of State William Galvin criticized Attorney General Martha Coakley’s handling of a case involving a prominent lobbyist.

Tsarnaev friend to plead guilty

In a courtroom sketch, Dias Kadyrbayev (center) testified in federal court.


A lawyer for Dias Kadyrbayev said the details of the guilty plea will be made clear Thursday afternoon.

Boston firefighters are battling a four-alarm fire at 105 Murdock Street.

Firefighters battle four-alarm blaze in Brighton

Four firefighters suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene and transported to local hospitals, the department said.

// James Foley’s parents hope his values endure

“I pray that . . . he not have died in vain,” his mother, Diane, said.

Protesters in Ferguson, Mo., held roses as they demonstrated for justice after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

In Ferguson protests, teens seek a wider justice

Michael Brown’s death has deepened the stress of being young black teens living in areas of concentrated poverty and crime.

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Thomas Farragher

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James Foley wanted to report from the world’s danger zones.


James Foley, exemplar of bravery to many, dies at 40

“He just had this gene that didn’t know fear,” said Jeremy Osgood, a friend of the reporter since their childhood in rural N.H.

Boston homicide map

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// Boston homicides in 2014

Information about victims of homicides in Boston in 2014.

MCAS results

Sortable Data

// 2013 MCAS rankings by district

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

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.

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.



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

Globe Investigations

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// Recent investigative reports

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