Firefighters Michael Kennedy and Edward Walsh were killed in the fire after they became trapped in the basement of 298 Beacon St.

OSHA fines welding company in Back Bay fire

A federal investigation found the Malden company did not follow safety precautions, a failure that led to the fatal blaze.

Thomas Farragher

A wholesome family treat at the Big E

There are no one-arm bandits or pit bosses or scantily clad waitresses. What’s left instead is a piece of Americana.

Artist Liz LaManche worked on a tattoo to represent England, one of the many countries represented along a dock in East Boston.

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Artist’s ‘tattoo’ project will cover pier

Liz LaManche’s work on a long, narrow East Boston pier is part of the neighborhood’s annual HarborArts Festival.

Police angered by criticism over ‘Blarney Blowout’

Top law enforcement officials don’t think they should be less aggressive when handling large disturbances.

Boston Children’s Hospital sees uptick in respiratory illnesses

The hospital has admitted 90 such patients in the last week, and 12 samples are being tested for enterovirus D68.

Rehoboth man charged with sexually assaulting 15-year-old

The man allegedly raped a teen he lured into the woods on Wednesday night, police said.

Arlington police help break human trafficking case

Two men are accused of coercing a 17-year-old Arlington girl into prostitution.

Suffolk Downs could extend racing into October

The track, in what’s expected to be its final season, could hold thoroughbred races as late as Oct. 4.

After stagnant MCAS results, 6 more schools ‘underperforming’

Third-graders failed to budge years of low reading scores, with only 57 percent scoring proficient or advanced.

Dacia Evans (far left), Aaron Da Grasa (center), and other students danced with Headmaster Lindsa McIntyre (right) after MCAS scores were released Friday.

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Cheers at Burke High School as it sheds ‘underperforming’ designation

The Jeremiah Burke High School became the first in the state to shed the label under a 2010 education overhaul law.

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Michael Krauser of Ipswich maneuvered his way out of his slip at Tuck’s Point in Manchester-by-the-Sea on Friday.

Manchester-by-the-Sea deals with its unique moniker

Many locals fear the name makes a town that already had a snobby reputation sound even snobbier.

Martha Coakley, center, spoke during a roundtable discussion in Boston Sunday with US Sen. Elizabeth Warren (left) and US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of N.Y. (AP Photo)

Martha Coakley criticized for ambiguous answers

Martha Coakley’s campaign defended her, casting the gubernatorial candidate as open to collaboration.

// Walsh begins Ireland trip, invoking JFK

The mayor touched down in Shannon early Friday, discussing his parents’ journey from that same airport to Boston.

// Mayor Walsh travels to Ireland

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is in Ireland on the first trade mission in 16 years by a mayor of the city.

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.

The 2014 race for governor

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