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BC students face reprimand over recent campus protest

Boston College expects to issue warnings to students who did not obtain proper permits for a recent protest over the deaths of black men in Missouri and New York at the hands of police.

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Pair sentenced for altering fingerprints

A 61-year-old Dominican doctor and his 40-year-old assistant were sent to prison on Friday for altering the fingerprints of illegal aliens, officials said.

Woman, 89, drives car into Brockton pet store

An elderly woman crashed her car through a Brockton pet store at the Westgate Mall on Friday morning.

Cardinal O’Malley hails US-Cuba thaw, pope’s role

“It certainly is part of the mission of the Church to promote reconciliation and peace between peoples,” O’Malley said.

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At this moment, Ali Julia is the No. 1 ranked reviewer on Amazon.com.

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Mysterious Boston woman is top Amazon reviewer

“Ali Julia” is the nom de plume of a woman who has become a powerful figure, and something of an enigma.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wore a shirt, dark sweater, and slacks during his appearance under tight security in US District Court.

Brief Tsarnaev hearing attracts supporters, bomb victims

Alleged Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was seen in public for the first time in more than a year and a half.

Governor Deval Patrick reacted with laughter as he took a surprise call from President Barack Obama on WGBH’s “Ask the Governor” radio show.

Obama praises Patrick during farewell radio show

Governor Patrick got a surprise call on Thursday during his final appearance on his monthly radio show segment.

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Coverage of Thomas Menino

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Globe coverage of former Mayor Thomas Menino’s life and legacy.

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The 2014 election

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Full Boston Globe coverage, results, and analysis of the 2014 midterm elections.

Boston homicide map

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Information about victims of homicides in Boston in 2014.

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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.

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November’s election swept in a bevy of new Beacon Hill denizens, from freshly minted legislators to top aides.

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.