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Amid the ashes in Lawrence, shattered lives

Investigators will write reports. Neighbors will help neighbors. And a family that lived on the third floor will plan twin funerals.

Coakley, Baker spar in first one-on-one televised debate

Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker, in their first one-on-one televised debate, on Tuesday night revealed glimpses of their personalities and threw occasional jabs as they attacked one another’s records and plans for the future.

Female student reports sexual assault at Framingham State; third attack in less than 30 days

Framingham State University police issued a community alert Tuesday after a female student reported that she was sexually assaulted on campus last week, according to a spokesman.The alleged victim reported Monday that she was walking home from an off-campus party Friday night with a male acquaintance, who she said sexually assaulted her after they had arrived back on campus, university spokesman Dan Magazu said.

In Conn., governor, challenger spar over relations with towns

The candidates portrayed themselves Tuesday as friends to cities and towns.

Providence

Planners: Don’t lower the river? Raise the bridge

With silt building up in the Providence River and dredging costs expected to rise, planners are looking instead at raising a pedestrian bridge linking parks on both sides.

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The fire in the six-unit building on Kingston Street was reported Tuesday morning.

2 young boys killed in 4-alarm Lawrence fire

A powerful fire ripped through an apartment building, killing two boys who were trapped in a third floor bedroom, officials said.

Charlie Baker

Democrats decry late release of investigation of Baker donation

The N.J. review of Charlie Baker’s controversial donation will not be made public until after the election.

Robel Phillipos (center) is charged with lying to the FBI.

Phillipos marijuana defense a ‘smoke screen,’ prosecution says

Jurors are to return to their deliberations Wednesday in the trial of Robel Phillipos.

Man held without bail in slaying of mother in Chelsea

Katerin Gomez, 35, was inside a Shawmut Street residence in Chelsea when she was struck by a stray bullet Sunday.

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Information about victims of homicides in Boston in 2014.

The 2014 election

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Get full Boston Globe coverage and analysis of the 2014 elections.

Obituaries

In 1999, former prime minister Gough Whitlam campaigned in Melbourne to make Australia a republic.

Gough Whitlam, at 98; Australian prime minister ushered in many changes

The flamboyant Australian prime minister was a controversial social reformer whose grip on power was cut short by a bitter constitutional crisis.

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.

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.

Capital

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As the candidates running for governor try to match his electoral success, Deval Patrick gets mixed reviews from voters.

Globe Investigation: Shadow Campus

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The Globe investigation of off-campus housing in Boston revealed a collision of greed, neglect, and mismanagement.

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.