Suffolk Probate Court is a mess, but who caused it?

Defenders of Felix D. Arroyo described an agency in which entrenched employees resented serving people of color.

Gunshot victim Kynndal Martin worked in the cafeteria at Boston Medical Center where he got his job through the job-placement program with the hospital's violence intervention advocacy program.

Is violence a contagious disease?

A national drive works to recast the fractured lives that time and again put young people in danger.

A memorial took shape on Pond Street in Stoneham at the site of the fatal crash, with balloons, flowers, with a photograph of Sydney Coiro and her friends among the items.

16-year-old girl killed in Stoneham crash

“She was a very conscientious driver,” said the grandmother of 16-year-old Sydney Coiro. “We did not expect that this would ever happen.”

Civil rights investigators are probing allegations that the Lawrence and Braintree school systems have failed to provide interpretation for non-English-speaking parents of special education students.

US probes adequacy of interpretation services in Lawrence, Braintree schools

The investigations are the most recent into whether Mass. school systems are providing adequate programs for students from immigrant households.

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This day in history

Today is Monday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 2017. There are 307 days left in the year.

MBTA leads nation in derailments

Eight MBTA vehicles derailed in 2016, the nation’s highest figure.

Politics, prejudice pose problems in workplace

Vitriol has increasingly roiled the workplace in the Trump era, with charges of discrimination increasing.

Chess notes

The weekly game

Protesters compare Trump administration to Watergate era

A Boston Common rally called for an independent investigation into President Trump’s connections to Russia and the claims of the Kremlin’s interference in the election.

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Lynn faces cutback in outreach funding as opioid deaths rise

Opioids are believed to have claimed 11 lives in Lynn in 2017 as of Friday, more than double the number in the same period last year.

The bears were fitted with radio collars and had their ears tagged Tuesday.

Central Mass. bears’ den yields clues

In a long-term study, the state’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife are monitoring and tracking the movements of the bear population.

Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello will be honored at the White House Friday for his effort to reach out to people struggling with drug addiction instead of shuttling them into the criminal justice system.

Gloucester police chief receives White House award

Leonard Campanello was honored at the White House Friday as a “Champion of Change.”

N.H. barber shop employee assaulted with snow

The suspect hit the employee over the head, causing minor abrasions.

City pressing state for more neighborhood-based liquor licenses

A new plan would reserve licenses specifically for certain neighborhoods until they had a restaurant that is ready to apply for one.

State’s first-ever February tornado hits Conway, Goshen

Residents in parts of western Mass. are working to assess damage to their homes after a heavy storm swept through the area.

Man set for arraignment in Price Chopper barricade

Todd McCabe, 41, of Southbridge, allegedly shut himself inside a bathroom in the Hopkinton store.

Quote: Tommy Chang

“We will continue to stand up for all of our students and families, regardless of their immigration statuses.” — Boston Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang

Eleanor Roosevelt was a UN delegate in 1947.

The Week Ahead

Three more charter schools up for a vote

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is slated to decide Monday on proposals in Westfield, Plymouth, and Sturbridge.

New Hampshire man dies in Andover crash

The victim was a 34-year-old man from Plaistow, N.H.

Five evacuated from fire in Salem senior housing

Firefighters had to use a ground ladder to rescue a man who lived in a second-floor apartment.

Elias Dasilva and his daughter climbed a melting pile of snow on Boston Common on Friday.

Don’t put away that winter coat just yet

Although we just had three consecutive days of record-breaking temperatures, forecasters say next weekend could see some chance of snow.

Milo Wilson, 3, from Kingston hit golf balls with his dad, Pete at Sandbaggers Driving Range in Pembroke on Saturday.

Boston enjoys another warm day — and another record breaker — before colder weather moves in

Boston broke a high temperature record for the third consecutive day.

3-alarm fire damages State Police museum in Grafton

The museum’s exhibits and galleries sustained only smoke and water damage, a State Police spokesman said.

Tyngsborough police searching for missing 79-year-old man

Paul Allard was last seen at 189 Frost Rd., police said.

Connecticut girl safe after Amber Alert

Aylin Sofia Hernandez was abducted by her father, Oscar Hernandez, who drove off with her in a rented 2017 silver Hyundai Sonata, according to Connecticut State Police.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2017. There are 308 days left in the year.

Beverly fire that killed elderly woman ‘appears accidental,’ state says

The Beverly blaze marks is the 13th fire death of the year, according to the state fire marshal’s office.

The snowmobile ridden by Steven Weiss, who managed to make it to shore when his machine broke through the ice. The two friends with him drowned.

Death on Derby Day in N.H.

On the morning of Feb. 11 — Derby Day in New Hampshire — everything looked postcard-perfect. But looks can be deceiving.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

From right: Sara Mohamed, Nawal Abdullahi, and Naima Abdullahi, were among those at an event in Jamaica Plain to discuss President Trump’s immigration policies.

Teens speak out against Trump’s immigration policies

The event at First Baptist Church included musical performances, skits about the immigrant experience, and stories from teens that are immigrants or the children of immigrants.

Boston police arrest two on gun charges

A 17-year-old male and a man from Roxbury were arrested less than three hours apart in separate instances on Friday, police said.

Customers visited the new Amazon bookstore at Legacy Place in Dedham on Saturday.

Amazon gives customers a peek at its first Mass. bookstore

The store at Dedham’s Legacy Place, which officially opens Tuesday, was filled Saturday,

Among those attending the convention for nerds at the Hynes Convention Center on Saturday were (from left) Cecilia Lallmann of Detroit, Hwayoun Kang of Boston, and Erin King of Cambridge.


Nerd Nation calculates that it has arrived

More than 3,300 nerds came to Boston to celebrate their eccentricities.

Health professionals joined a rally outside the State House to save the federal health law.

Advocates rally at State House to preserve the Affordable Care Act

The Boston rally was one of 50 such events taking place across the US Saturday.

US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III in July 2016.

Joe Kennedy tells NAACP members of hope in ‘dark and difficult times’

The congressman spoke about safeguarding minority rights under the Trump administration.

Felix D. Arroyo, in an undated handout photo.

Suffolk Probate Court has ‘serious deficiencies’

The findings came after Register of Probate Felix D. Arroyo was suspended from his elected post.

Man with pipe arrested after police standoff at Hopkinton supermarket

The man, who was not identified, peacefully surrendered to police after about an hour-and-a-half standoff at a Price Chopper store.

Survivors denounce Vatican handling of Peru abuse case

Victims of Latin America’s latest charismatic Catholic leader-turned-sexual predator are denouncing the Vatican’s handling of the case, saying the six-year delay and final resolution are anything but satisfactory for survivors of his sexual, psychological and physical violence.


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Isaiah, 14, loves puzzles, sports

Isaiah is sweet and shy with a great smile. He is athletic and enjoys playing basketball and other sports. He also loves puzzles and puzzle books.

Condo fire in Lynn displaces up to 15 residents

The two-alarm fire broke out Saturday afternoon, fire officials said.

Rakesh Khurana, dean of the college.

Harvard dean stands firm against single-sex ‘final clubs’

“What’s most important to underscore is that our commitment to a non-discriminatory experience is unwavering,” Rakesh Khurana said.

Starts & Stops

How much parking is too much parking in Greater Boston?

A study from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council showed that there may be too much parking in several cities close to Boston.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

Chess notes

News from the world of chess

Truck that killed toddler was driven by family acquaintance

“This one is the worst I’ve ever seen in 29 years” as a police officer, said Mashpee’s police chief.

Man driving stolen vehicle dies after crashing into MBTA bus

A man driving a stolen minivan died Saturday morning after he suffered a medical emergency and crashed into an MBTA bus at a stop in Dorchester, police said.

Man is hit and killed by car in Quincy Friday night

A 77-year-old man was struck and killed by a car in Quincy late Friday night. The driver was passing through the intersection with a green light, officials said.

Quincy man, 27, killed rollover crash on I-95 in Sharon

Sean Kearney, and his passenger, a 37-year-old Quincy man, were thrown from the vehicle when it rolled over on Interstate 95 around 12:30 a.m.

Belongings from a pedestrian who was struck were strewn in the street in Quincy Friday night.

Pedestrian struck by car in Quincy

The victim was rushed to a local hospital, said police on the scene.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2017. There are 309 days left in the year.


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// Boston Globe coverage and the movie ‘Spotlight’

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