Close friend of Tsarnaev faces gun charge

A firearm in a case involving a Tsarnaev friend is the same model alleged to have been used in the shooting of Sean Collier.

Wellesley Police Chief Terrence Cunningham held up pictures of rifles during a press conference on Tuesday to advocate for police chief discretion in the issuance of FID cards as a critical public safety provision that should be included in final gun violence prevention legislation.

Police chiefs rip change in Mass. gun control bill

The state Senate stripped a provision from the bill aimed at keeping rifles and shotguns out of the hands of dangerous people.

A pipeline could have sent Canadian tar sands oil to South Portland’s port, where tankers would have exported it.

Maine’s tar sands oil ban a win for activists

The South Portland City Council voted Monday night to ban the export of unrefined crude from its port.

Authorities want to talk to anyone who saw a girl carrying the bag on the right or wearing the clothes on the right.

In cryptic appeal, officials seek public’s help in Abigail Hernandez case

Authorities are seeking information from anyone who saw the teen, who was missing for 9 months, shortly before she was reunited with her family.

Mass. tops US in study of children’s well-being

Young people have a better chance to thrive in Massachusetts than in any other state, according to a new national analysis.

Lawyer says JetBlue pilot not buying drugs

JetBlue pilot John Manwaring, 42, who faces a heroin possession charge, denies allegations that he used drugs.

Aaron Hernandez murder trial to start in January

The former Patriots star’s trial in the 2013 shooting death of Odin L. Lloyd will start early next year.

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.

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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.