MBTA reports on rise for aggravated assaults

Apple-picking has started to become a fruitless pursuit for thieves on the T — leading to fewer thefts on the region’s transit system.

Lawmakers agree on deal to tighten Mass. gun laws

The gun bill, domestic violence legislation, and a sales tax holiday are headed for votes on the final day of the session.

Immigration issues may get shelved

Massachusetts lawmakers appear increasingly unlikely to act on other immigration measures before they depart Beacon Hill this week.

Father relieved arrest is made in his son’s death

The Rev. Moses Taylor of Dorchester welcomed the arrest but bemoaned “this problem of senseless violence.”

Wesley Ray Thomas, a baritone, performed in June with the Me2 Orchestra at the University of Vermont. The orchestra is a classical ensemble for those with mental health issues.
Wesley Thomas has overcome mental health issues to become an accomplished singer who dreams of performing at the Met in New York. He recently sang in the North End.

Letting loose in the city gives ‘Opera Guy’ stability

For Wesley Thomas, Boston’s self-proclaimed “Opera Guy,’’ singing for tourists doubles as therapy.

Johnny Depp captures the menacing tone of Whitey Bulger.

Whitey movie eerie experience for ‘Black Mass’ coauthor

The authenticity of the adaptation, which wraps filming in Boston Friday, is evident in moments big and small for Dick Lehr.

Yvonne Abraham

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The mayor showed a gobsmacking display of cluelessness in commenting on the trial.

The emerald ash borer is spreading in Massachusetts.

Invasive emerald ash borer found in Arnold Arboretum

A beetle that can quickly kill ash trees has now been found in three Mass. counties, officials said.

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This year, unions are savoring a number of victories in the state, including a higher minimum wage and protections for housekeepers.

Boston homicide map

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Information about victims of homicides in Boston in 2014.

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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.

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

Globe Investigations

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