Long journey home, by motorcycle, for Maine Civil War vet

Private Jewett Williams’ ashes were discovered in an Oregon insane asylum.

Boston police union challenges body camera program

Boston’s largest police union renewed its fight against body cameras Friday.

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Amtrak threatens to cut Boston rail service

Amtrak and the MBTA are embroiled in a legal dispute over the cost of track maintenance.

A home in Chilmark, on Martha’s Vineyard.

Filmmaker focuses on Vineyard’s big ‘starter castles’

Thomas Bena wants to curb the size of new construction and preserve the pastoral quality of Martha’s Vineyard.

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Salem to celebrate new Rainbow Times news box

A ceremony to unveil the new box, which replaces one blown up last week, is scheduled for Sunday at 7 p.m.

Tufts student awakes to intruder in bedroom

The man, who appeared to be of college age, fled through the front door and into a dark-colored sedan, police said.

Lunenburg teen killed in alleged OUI crash

A Gardner teenager has been charged with vehicular homicide for allegedly crashing his car while driving drunk, killing a passenger.

Two dead, two injured in overnight Boston shootings

Three of the four shootings appeared to be connected to late-night parties ahead of the city’s Caribbean festival, police said.

Spotlight | The desperate and the dead

Timeline of a broken system

Many hands have shaped Massachusetts’ mental health care system, from crusading activists and judges to groundbreaking filmmakers and political leaders of all stripes.

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The broken covenant

Behind the fragmented state of mental health care lies a political system failure that spans decades — and continues.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

This shell casing was found near the scene of the March shooting.

Man arrested in Atlanta faces charges in Roxbury killing

Dartanyan Pledger, 24, who was taken into custody by US Marshals, is accused of killing Allex Bryant in March.

Crews doused the site of the fire on Saturday.

Five-alarm fire destroys Plum Island home, damages others

Several cars were also destroyed and nearby houses were damaged in the Saturday afternoon fire.

Boston-08/27/2016- The annual Caribbean Carnival Parade was held in Dorchester as costumed marchers assembled on Martin Luther King Blvd. The parade with hundreds of marchers and dozens of floats ended at Franklin Park. Natalia Brown with the Royalty group wears aqua feathers in her headdress. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(metro)

J’ouvert and the carnival parade resound with revelry

Boston’s Caribbean carnival began with a parade and continued during the day in Dorchester, accompanied by pounding drums.

Drought takes major toll on region’s wildlife and crops

As the region struggles with one of the worst droughts in at least a decade, the consequences are dire for wildlife and agriculture.

Libertarian candidates William Weld and Gary Johnson arrived Saturday at a campaign rally in Boston.

Libertarian candidates make their case to Boston crowd

Former governor William Weld was critical of both major parties, but focused his most stinging barbs on Donald Trump.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Aug. 28, the 241st day of 2016. There are 125 days left in the year.

Wellesley’s schools superintendent would not discuss whether any Wellesley High School students were disciplined over the Facebook posts.

Wellesley father says racist posts shook family’s world

A family’s photo was defaced with jokes about lynching and shared on Facebook, leaving residents to grapple with racism.


sunday’s child

Shey, 13, is kind and supportive

Shey loves to keep active with sports, especially volleyball, and has expressed an interest in trying out gymnastics this year.

Man arrested on gun, drug charges in South End

The 25-year-old man was arrested after police found cocaine, marijuana, and a gun with a scratched off serial number.

Yvonne Abraham

Our drought plan is all wet

The state’s drought plan is inadequate and slow, and it will only be more so as climate change makes summers more severe.

Lanes reopen on Mass Pike after truck fire causes backup

A truck fire near Charlton caused severe delays that lasted for several hours on westbound Interstate 90.

Police arrest Hyde Park man in last weekend’s fatal shooting

Police say the man who was arrested shot and killed a man and wounded a woman last week in Dorchester.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Aubudon Society

From left, Garry Kasparov, 2016 Sinquefield Cup winner Wesley So, and Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield.

Chess notes

News from the world of chess

Sister Paula Merrill.

Arrest made in killing of nun who grew up in Mass.

Authorities in Mississippi arrested a 46-year-old man in the killing of two nuns, including one who grew up in Stoneham.

Man is charged in Hingham cafe crash that injured three

Two people in a Hingham cafe were seriously injured when a truck smashed through the front window Friday evening.

Boston ambulance is stolen, then quickly recovered in Everett

The vehicle was taken around 5:25 a.m. and then recovered about 25 minutes later.

I took the Flugtag plunge — and lived to tell this tale

Truck crashes into Square Cafe in Hingham

Police reported injuries, but did not say how many, or how serious the injuries were.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Aug. 27, the 240th day of 2016. There are 126 days left in the year.

Three arrested after BB gunfire shatters car windows

Gunfire from a white sports utility vehicle shattered windows of parked cars in Dorchester.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Officials ask students and families to pay attention to road restrictions on move-in day

Travelers looking for additional information about parking bans and road closures may sign up for alerts from the state’s DCR.

Two dead in apparent murder-suicide in Ashby

The adult man and woman were found outside a home Friday afternoon, authorities said.

Students of all abilities take to the waves in adaptive sailing event

The sailing event is hosted by the Department of Conservation and Recreation to allow people of all abilities to enjoy outdoor recreational activities.

Boston Police commissioner pleads for peace at weekend Carnival Day festivities

Evans said some people party overnight in anticipation of the morning celebration.

Political Happy Hour: Friday, August 26, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Zen master Paul LePage strikes again | Bill Weld, eternal optimist | Amber-colored liquid

Police found a 23 bags of marijuana, cash, and a gun in Rayshawn Mohameed’s possession.

Alleged drug dealer leads police on foot chase through Boston Common

An officer eventually caught up to the 18-year-old from Dorchester and a struggle ensued.

Josh Moriarty, of Newburyport, lifted his daughter Maggie to reach an apple at Russell Orchards in 2013. The worst drought in more than a decade won’t significantly impact the state’s apple orchards, growers say.

Apple pickers, rejoice: The drought has little impact on orchards

Apple trees are equipped to weather dry conditions because they have deep roots and are often irrigated.

Marine Pfc James Francis Mansfield.

Private First Class James Mansfield is coming home — 73 years later

The remains of the Plymouth native, killed in action on a Japanese battlefield during World War II, were discovered last year.

A worker posted a sign at the Brazilian consulate in Boston on Friday.

Brazilian consulates, including Boston’s, on partial strike

Workers launched a partial strike this week saying they are paid far less than other federal workers in similar jobs back home.

24-year-old Salem, N.H., man killed in Sumner Tunnel crash

Dillon Cohen was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, State Police said in a statement.

David Becker.

23,000-plus sign petition for judge to lose job over ‘light’ sentence in sex assault case

The judge sentenced David Becker, 18, to probation after he pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault.

Nashua karate instructor accused of sexual assault

Police say Daniel Rogers bit a young girl and touched her sexually.

David Ortiz’s image carved in to Sterling corn maze

Davis Mega Maze is honoring the retiring Red Sox legend as the theme of this year’s puzzle.

Worker on East Boston roof suffers electric shock

The man was doing work on the roof of an East Boston home when he received an electric shock at about 10 a.m.

FILE - In this July 25, 2016 file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Moving beyond “Obamacare,” political activists are looking to ballot questions in a couple of major states as a new election-year front in the nation’s long-running debate over the role of government in health care. California voters will decide whether to limit what drug companies can charge many state programs, while Coloradans will vote on a state version of a “single-payer” government-run health system, similar to what Sanders proposed in his hard-fought but unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Bernie Sanders to return to N.H.

The senator from Vermont will campaign for his former primary rival Hillary Clinton and other local Democrats on Sept. 5.

From the archives: Harvard Square newsstand sold the magazine that started a revolution

“I can still remember grabbing the Popular Electronics as if it was yesterday,” Paul Allen, who made the fateful purchase, said.

The fire marshal’s office is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for anyone with information about the incident.

Reward offered in Salem LGBT newspaper box explosion

Investigators are offering up to $5,000 for information that will help solve the case, which police are calling a possible hate crime.

Globe investigations

Private schools, painful secrets

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/06/14/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/160607_BH__ErikaSchickel3.jpg The unexpected price of reporting abuse: retaliation

The Globe found 15 instances of retaliation at New England private schools against students or employees who raised concerns about sexual abuse by staffers.

The story behind 'Spotlight'

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“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings.

Aaron Hernandez guilty of murder



The former Patriots tight end was convicted in the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd.