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Passengers rescue person who fell onto Orange Line tracks

The person fell onto the tracks at State Street station early Saturday, but was rescued from the pit.


Children’s Hospital surgeon mixes humor, healing

Look up brain surgeon in the dictionary and a picture of Dr. Alan R. Cohen, or “Big Al,” is not there.

Diverse campuses, but still few black students

At BU, MIT, Northeastern, and Tufts, only 3 percent of students are black, according to recent federal data.

Relative of alleged Bulger victim criticizes ‘Black Mass’ movie

The brother of Debra Davis said the film is an insult to those grieving for loved ones slain by the crime boss.

Augusta, Maine

Plan for cabins for veterans advances

A measure to build cabins for homeless Maine veterans with $1 million in state money has overcome its first hurdle.

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Lisa Gaylord, a dispatcher for the Northbridge Police Department, has fielded many phone calls intended for police of a community with the same name in Australia.

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Northbridge police field calls a bit outside their jurisdiction

The town’s police force has seen a strange deluge of calls from Australia, sent via a search engine glitch from a community there of the same name.

Patient Wyatt Schlaht, 14, with Dr. Al Cohen at a follow-up visit after surgery.


Children’s Hospital surgeon mixes humor, healing

Look up brain surgeon in the dictionary and a picture of Dr. Alan R. Cohen, or “Big Al,” is not there.

Commuters stream through the open tolls at North Station.

Complimentary T rides turn transit into a free-for-all Friday

The free rides were a good-will gesture to passengers who endured service meltdowns during the historic winter.

Tufts University police prevented pizza from being delivered to protesters sitting in at Ballou Hall on Friday afternoon.

Tufts protesters end sit-in demanding fossil fuel divestment

A spokeswoman for Tufts Climate Action called the 55-hour protest a success, and said it would continue to push the university on the issue.

US v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his now-deceased brother, Tamerlan, allegedly set off explosives at the Boston Marathon.

Aaron Hernandez on trial



The former Patriots tight end is charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, whose body was found near Hernandez’s home.


President Obama awarded the 2013 National Humanities Medal to Dr. Abrams during a ceremony at the White House.

M.H. Abrams, 102; professor shaped study of Romanticism

Dr. Abrams, a Harvard graduate, edited the first seven editions of “The Norton Anthology of English Literature,” a virtual Bible in literature survey courses.

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.

Boston's 2024 Olympic bid


Boston will compete with cities from around the world as it seeks to host the Summer Games in nine years.

Data desk

// Bike fatalities rise in Greater Boston’s suburbs

The number of reported bicycle accidents has increased in recent years, and fatalities have more than tripled.

Coverage of Thomas Menino


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

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// Recent investigative reports

Read recent stories and ongoing investigations from the Globe’s journalists.

Special Report: The Longest Road


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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// Fourteen political moments of 2014

A mysterious fisherman. A geography blunder. A change of the guard at City Hall. Here’s a look at some of the top political moments of 2014.