White House suggests US may act against recreational pot

The Trump administration raised the prospect Thursday of a federal crackdown on recreational pot.

Boston broke the official high temperature for the day as Lesley University students Alexis Peck (left) and Caroline Acquaviva soaked up the sun on a blanket at the Boston Public Garden.

In late February, a day to savor

RIP winter 2017?

President Donald Trump.

Democrats are seeing a surge in local activism. Now what do they do with it?

A wave of political dissent has swept the country, causing a surge of activity on the ground floor of the Democratic Party.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in January.

Baker interrupted during Tufts talk

Protesters called on Governor Charlie Baker to more aggressively challenge President Trump’s immigration orders.

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This day in history

Today is Friday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2017. There are 310 days left in the year.


Feb. 24, 2017

Chelsea man charged for beating death held without bail

Kamaya Farifaki, 23, was arraigned in Suffolk County District Court Thursday on a murder charge connected with the death of Melvin Cortes, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Peabody man sentenced to prison for killing his longtime girlfriend

Brandon Hoar was convicted of voluntary manslaughter earlier this month by a jury in Salem Superior Court.

Transgender rally draws hundreds to Post Office Square

The crowd protested President Trump’s decision to roll back federal guidelines.

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Raman Handa, 67, a former Lexington resident and owner of the high-end Alpha Omega Jewelry chain, was taken into custody Thursday.

Former Cambridge jeweler arrested in LA on fraud charges

Former Alpha Omega owner Raman Handa was arrested Tuesday and faces 12 counts of wire fraud in federal court.

Amherst , MA., 10/21/16, The finishing touches are going up on the historic chapel. The historic Old Chapel at UMass Amherst reopens this fall after being closed for nearly 20 years because of safety concerns. Globe staff/Suzanne Krater

Update: Renovated UMass Amherst chapel opens

The Old Chapel, perhaps the university’s most recognizable building, has reopened to the campus community following a $21 million renovation.

Vice President Mike Pence.

Ground Game

Is this what Mike Pence wanted all along?

“Pence knew what he was getting into by signing up with Trump,” said one national political analyst.

Daylight shooting in Dorchester leaves person hospitalized

Boston police said the shooting happened near 24 Havelock St. shortly before 1:30 p.m.

Boston firefighters rescue dog from Jamaica Pond

Boston firefighters rescued a dog that fell through the ice at Jamaica Pond.

Political Happy Hour: February 23, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Ohmigosh it’s so nice out in Boston | Fishermen flummoxed | ‘Now, and forever, I am happy and playing cards, with Jameson, but not until 9 p.m.’

Oprah Winfrey to deliver Smith College’s 2017 commencement address

The media mogul will speak to Smith College’s class of 2017 on Sunday, May 21st.

Pratty’s in Gloucester is the backdrop for a fight in the film “Manchester by the Sea.”



Locals all over Cape Ann who’ve seen the Casey Affleck film recognize that it’s more about Gloucester than Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Rick La Civita of Randolph took advantage of the warm weather to kick back and read a newspaper at Wollaston Beach.

Fun stats about this weird winter warmth

Thursday’s high of 68 degrees put it in a three-way tie for the second-warmest February day ever recorded in Boston.

The Orin C, which sank in December 2015.

Reports point to training, condition of vessel in fatal 2015 rescue attempt off Cape Ann

The 16-page report examines what went wrong when the Orin C suddenly sank.

Boston police charge man in Roslindale with illegal gun possession

A gun was found on one man, and he was arrested after a brief altercation with the officers, police said.

Governor Charlie Baker signed a transgender public accommodations law bill into law last July, which he says will protect Mass. students in the wake of President Donald Trump’s move to lift similar federal protections.

Students will be ‘protected’ and ‘safe’ in Mass., Baker says

In July, Governor Charlie Baker signed a transgender public accommodations law.

BOSTON MA. 02/11/13: MORNING GRIDLOCK at 11am on Storrow Drive in both directions looking towards Charles Circle. Conditions after the storm ( David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 12snowmainphoto

Typical Boston commuter spent 2.5 days in traffic last year

Boston ranked as the 8th most-gridlocked city in the United States, and the 18th most congested worldwide, during 2016, according to a new study.

The first photo that Karl Baden took of himself in 1987, and a picture from this week.

See how this BC professor has changed over decades of daily selfies

Karl Baden has photographed his face every day since Feb. 23, 1987, with one exception.

Vanessa Marcotte

What we know about the Princeton murder case

Investigators have revealed some crucial details about the murder of Vanessa Marcotte.


Slow start to BYOB in Boston

While one application may seem like a stagnant start to kick-off the newly offered BYOB program, City Council president Michelle Wu said that she thinks it is great news.

James Richard Taylor, Sr. met with Mayor Walsh during the city's annual Homeless census in January.

Number of homeless Mass. families doubles in 9 years

More than 33,000 families – or more than 100,000 people – have spent at least one night in a homeless shelter since 2008.

Charlotte Schneider, 3, flew down the Snowzilla at the annual Children's Winter Festival held on Boston Common.

They came to chill at the Children’s Winter Festival, but it was 66 degrees

The consensus on Boston Common about Thursday’s record-shattering 66-degree weather? Quite possibly the best day ever.

Dog saved by owner after fall through ice in Westwood

Westwood and Dover Fire Departments responded Thursday morning to a call that a dog had slipped through the ice.

Wes Doughty

Frantic carjacking victim escaped to Boston pizza shop

A startled man who rushed into a Tremont Street pizza shop said he was kidnapped by a man wanted in connection with a Peabody double murder.

Powerball jackpot produces two $1 million winners in Massachusetts

While one person in Indiana was lucky enough to win the $435 million, two local players will also be taking home some cash.

Live video: Officials give update on Marcotte murder

Officials are giving an update on the murder Vanessa Marcotte.

Kevin Otto entered the courtroom for his arraignment.

Drain company, owner arraigned in trench deaths

Atlantic Drain Services and owner Kevin Otto are charged after two workers died when a trench collapsed.

Revere man rear-ends police cruiser during chase, injuring officer

Billerica police arrested a Revere man wanted for a serious domestic incident after a pursuit that went through multiple towns, authorities said.

Steven Therrien, standing next to his wife Diega, aunt and uncle to Vanessa Marcotte, reads a statement outside the First Congregational Church in Princeton, Mass., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Vanessa's parents John Marcotte and Rossana Marcotte stand by. The family of Vanessa, a 27-year-old New York City woman, who was killed while out running near her mother's Massachusetts home is establishing a foundation in her name and renewing a call for the public's help in solving the case. (Christine Peterson/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP)

Authorities are seeking person of interest in Marcotte murder case

“We want to do everything we can to find this killer,” Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - FEBRUARY 22: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump discusses the federal budget in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Fast Forward: Trump pulls transgender protection, a conservative divide, and bye-bye little thimble

A rift in the Trump administration over transgender youth, Republicans face angry crowds, Bruins play Kings, and all you need to start your day.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh spoke at a protest against Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration at Copley Square in January.

Walsh blasts Trump over transgender policy in schools

Mayor Walsh called the move “reckless” and said it undermines the promise of civil rights.

2/21/17 Wes Doughty (D.O.B. 08/22/1977). Mr. DOUGHTY is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Essex District Attorney's Office obtained an arrest warrant for DOUGHTY in connection with a double murder at 19 Farm Avenue in Peabody on Saturday, February 18th. Various law enforcement assets, including the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and the Peabody Police, have actively searched for the suspect since. If anyone sees him or knows his whereabouts, they are asked to contact 911 or the Massachusetts State Police at 1-800-KAPTURE (1-800-527-8873) immediately.

Carjack victim details ordeal with murder suspect

A suspect in a brutal double-homicide in Peabody is believed to have carjacked a male driver in Middleton on Wednesday night.

Quincy, MA -- 2/23/2017 - Sariya Cherrie, 6, of Waltham (L) ran to find rocks for the pool she was making in front of the sandcastle her cousin, Nakeena McCoy, 7, of Watertown was building at Wollaston Beach. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 24warm Reporter:

Temperatures soar in Boston to break heat record

The mercury in Boston climbed to 66 shortly after 12:30 p.m., beating the old record of 65, set in 1990.

Jury selection begins in the double murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, right, in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Defense attorney Ronald Sullivan is at left. (Pat Greenhouse/Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Boston Marathon bombing survivor excused from Hernandez jury

“It just made me more cautious,” she said. “I just don’t trust a lot of people.”

Trump’s former Miss Massachusetts wants to practice immigration law

During the last presidential campaign, she said she had an “epiphany” that immigration law might be her calling given her own family’s story from Jamaica.

Police investigate multiple shootings in Roxbury

The shootings occurred about an hour apart on Dudley Street and Shawmut Avenue and Albion Street.

FILE - In this May 17, 2016 file photo, a new sticker is placed on the door at the ceremonial opening of a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. A government official says the Trump administration will revoke guidelines that say transgender students should be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Mass. transgender advocates criticize Trump’s gender ID policy

The decision, an activist said, sends a message that transgender individuals “are not as important and their lives will not be protected.”

Boston School Committee Chairman Michael O’Neill is pushing later start times for high school students. Photo by Bill Brett for boston.com

Boston eyes later start times for high schools

The city is wading into the contentious debate about whether high school students should start classes later in the morning.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2017. There are 311 days left in the year.

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City seeks private partner to rebuild former Bromley-Heath complex

There is no federal money to repair or rebuild the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments. So housing officials are seeking proposals from private developers.

Time machine

Feb. 23, 1874: The Globe reports that there were 143 deaths in Boston the previous week, including 73 men and 70 women; 43 people “of American parentage” and 22 victims of consumption.

Dartmoith , Massachusetts 05/02/20 Umass Dartmouth campus scenes . ( Jonathan.Wiggs )Topic:Section:Reporter: Topic: Reporter:

Three finalists tapped as candidates to lead UMass Dartmouth

UMass President Martin T. Meehan will pick one of them to recommend to the Board of Trustees.

23bermuda - Former Premier and founder of Bermuda Healthcare Services Dr. Ewart Brown held a press conference on June 16, 2016, to address the arrest of Dr. Mahesh Reddy. Dr. Reddy had his home raided by police officers based on a suspicion that he had been overusing MRI and CT scanners. (Bernews)

Former Bermuda premier defends his ties to Lahey

Dr. Ewart Brown said he helped Burlington-based Lahey Hospital and Medical Center bring sophisticated health care to the British territory.

Roxanne Quimby, the founder of Burt's Bees, through her foundation, donated 87,000 acres to the federal government for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine's North Woods.

Paul LePage asks Trump to return national monument in Maine to private ownership

Maine’s governor said he’s hopeful Trump will heed opponents of the monument in Maine’s Second Congressional District.

Man arraigned in connection with explosive device found in Maynard

William O’Neil will be held for allegedly placing an explosive device on the porch of a house in Maynard Monday.


The Desperate and the Dead | Part 7

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One Texas city took on mental health as a community and became a national model. Why can’t Mass. do the same?

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.