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Brookline officials warn of ‘inspection’ scam

Brookline officials said they have received reports of a person claiming to be a fire department representative who has tried to conduct home inspections.

Bitterly cold temperatures next week and up to a foot of snow expected Monday

The snow is forecast for areas south of the Mass Pike and could complicate both commutes Monday.

US agents tackle fake Super Bowl items

Authorized to seize counterfeit goods on sight, agents uncovered $100,000 worth of apparel last weekend alone.

Meeting on southeastern Mass. casino license planned Thursday

The deadline for applying for the license to operate a resort casino in the region passed Friday, but it brought no resolution on what companies will compete for the state’s final gaming license.

Heroin deaths surged in Middlesex County in 2014

The spike in deaths stunned local law-enforcement officials and prompted a broad reevaluation of ways to curb the crisis.

Man, 79, killed in accident involving backhoe in Westborough

A 79-year-old Shrewsbury man was killed in an accident involving a backhoe in Westborough on Friday, authorities said.

Afghan soldier who fled training on Cape Cod is denied asylum

Major Jan Arash was one of three Afghan military officers who were detained after being denied entry into Canada.

This Day in History

Today is Saturday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2015. There are 334 days left in the year.

Taunton

Suspect was ‘casing’ bank for robbery, police say

A Taunton man is facing charges after he was allegedly caught “casing” a bank in preparation for a robbery, State Police said.A Taunton man is facing charges after he was allegedly caught “casing” a bank in preparation for a robbery, State Police said.

Boston

State officials estimate 4.8% revenue growth

State tax revenue will grow a moderate 4.8 percent in the fiscal year that begins July 1, according to a new joint estimate by the governor’s office and the state Legislature’s top budget writers.

Thomas Farragher

A special place at Children’s Hospital endangered

One of Boston’s most treasured and least known green spaces, the Prouty Garden, is about to be bulldozed to make room for a hospital expansion.

Shutdown during storm spurs NRC review of Pilgrim

The Plymouth site will be under review following an unplanned reactor shutdown during this week’s blizzard.

WOBURN

Lowell man convicted of assault, kidnapping

A Lowell man was convicted Thursday of assaulting a woman and holding her captive, authorities said.

Boston

Canadian rail car maker joins suit against MBTA in contract dispute

The lawsuit accuses the MBTA of displaying favoritism in awarding a $566.6 million contract for new Red and Orange line cars.

Remains found in Swampscott belonged to missing woman

The Essex DA’s office said the remains belonged to Jaimee Mendez, 25, who was last seen Nov. 6.

Taunton man was allegedly ‘casing’ bank for robbery

A Taunton man is facing charges after he was caught “casing” a bank in preparation for a robbery, State Police said.

Yarmouth man, 97, ‘tough until the end’

Richard MacLean had survived the Great Depression and World War II.

Brandeis president to resign, join Yale Law School

Frederick Lawrence, in his post since 2011, said he will step down at the end of the academic year.

Tsarnaev defense cites finish line shoveler in seeking venue change

The coverage of the man “symbolizes the unprecedented level of public feeling” over the Marathon bombing, attorneys said.

Live video: Martin Walsh speaks on Super Bowl preparations

Walsh is speaking about the preparations being made for the game between the Patriots and Seahawks.

Police seize drugs, cash and arrest 2 in Methuen

More than 50 grams of heroin, a handful of oxycodone pills, and more than $6,000 in cash were found in an apartment, officials said.

Scott Brown files for Mass. state pension

Brown has applied for his state pension based on his nearly 17 years of state, county, and municipal service.

Walsh wants to revise deal that bars Olympics criticism

Mayor Walsh signed an agreement that prevents city workers from criticizing the bid to host the 2024 Games.

Governor Baker chides T for reaction to Quincy mishap

“I’m disappointed with the MBTA’s response,” Baker told reporters a day after the incident.

Boston says rowdy Super Bowl celebrations will get ‘no tolerance’

The mayor and Boston’s police commissioner are asking college students to behave responsibly after Sunday’s game.

Newton firm to settle overcharge claims for blood storage

New England Cord Blood Bank Inc. has agreed to pay more than $40,000 in refunds and penalties to settle the allegations.

Graphic testimony in Aaron Hernandez trial rattles victim’s mother

Ursula Ward, mother of Odin Lloyd, fled the courtroom after a photo of her deceased son was shown.

2 brothers shot dead on Brockton street

Steven Afonso, 28, and David Afonso, 26, were pronounced dead at local hospitals, according to the Plymouth DA’s office.

Mass. could see up to a foot of snow following Sunday storm

Meteorologists had enough confidence in the forecast to issue a winter storm watch for areas south of the Mass. Pike.

Taking measure of walk to school after the blizzard

It seemed only right for a reporter to use his children to test Mayor Walsh’s decision to cancel a third straight day of classes.

Teens care for siblings as adults go back to work

Adults had to report to real life, but their older children did not.

Adrian Walker

Teacher’s gift to school an ethical no-brainer

Far from being a violation, Nicole Bollerman’s actions exemplified what public service is about.

SEABROOK, N.H.

Shop owner has to pay nearly $14,000 to charity

The Meat House’s owner pleaded guilty to not giving money from a fund-raiser to a charity.

Boston

Marty Walz resigns as Planned Parenthood CEO

The former Democratic state representative had held the post since early 2013.

Students evacuated after bomb scare at Monson High School

More than 300 students and 50 faculty members were evacuated at about 9 a.m., the superintendent said.

BURLINGTON, VT.

State’s new Catholic bishop installed

The Rev. Christopher Coyne — the Catholic Church’s first blogging priest to be elevated to a bishop — has been formally installed as Vermont’s new Roman Catholic bishop.

State senator’s lavish gift raises concerns on ethics

Designer sunglasses given by Brian Joyce to his colleagues may violate ethics rules for the cut-rate price that he paid for them.

Falmouth man, 74, rescued from snow dies at hospital

A 74-year-old Falmouth man who was rescued from the snow by his neighbors on Tuesday has died, hospital officials said.

Bridgewater State Hospital patients sue care providers

Three former patients say the firm that provides care at the hospital violated their rights by subjecting them to prolonged periods of seclusion.

N.J. treasurer’s office clears Baker in pay-to-play probe

Governor Baker did not violate pay-to-play laws with a controversial donation, according an audit by the N.J. treasurer’s office.

Mass. House votes to abolish term limits for Speaker DeLeo

The vote extended indefinitely the reign of Robert DeLeo, one of the most powerful politicians on Beacon Hill.

Kerry fined for failing to shovel sidewalk outside home

Boston officials slapped John Kerry with a $50 fine for failing to clear a snow-clogged sidewalk at his Beacon Hill mansion.

For truck after truck, Boston snow farms are the destination

Several “snow farms” are being used to store the tons of snow that have bottled up the city this week.

Boston public schools to reopen Friday

Boston public schools will reopen Friday, the city tweeted.

PORTLAND, MAINE

Audubon seeks return of stuffed hare, turtle

In what sounds like a cruel twist on an ancient fable, Maine Audubon is seeking the return of a stuffed hare and turtle that it uses for educational purposes.

BOSTON

Suspect caught napping after break-in

Police arrested a Dorchester man early Thursday after finding him asleep in a home that he allegedly broke into, officials said. Police arrested a Dorchester man early Thursday after finding him asleep in a home that he allegedly broke into, officials said.

PROVIDENCE

Lifespan opens urgent care center for mental health issues

Rhode Island’s largest health system has opened a new psychiatric urgent care and outpatient center.

Political Happy Hour: January 29, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Judge rejects Partners’ deal | Term limits. What term limits? | Marty Walz resigns from Planned Parenthood post | The news from Harvard | The news from Dartmouth | Dinner with Scott Brown

PROVIDENCE

State graduation rate rose to 81%

Education officials say Rhode Island’s high school graduation rate rose to 81 percent in 2014.

WATERBURY, CONN.

Muslims want schools to note holidays

A group of Waterbury Muslims is asking the Board of Education to recognize two religious holidays on the school calendar.

Mass. heroin deaths down in January, but officials still worried

So far this month, 68 deaths are suspected to have been caused by overdoses, State Police said.

Full remarks of Dartmouth president on hard alcohol, Greek life

Reforms include a campus ban on hard alcohol and a prohibition on pledging at fraternities and sororities.

Students evacuated after bomb scare at Monson High

A student apparently discovered writing on a locker room wall that said “bomb” with Thursday’s date written underneath it.

Hundreds of bricks fall off building in Beacon Hill

Approximately 300 bricks fell off the facade of a building and onto the sidewalk on Charles Street, officials said.

Aerial photos of blizzard cleanup across the state

Globe photographer David L. Ryan got a birds-eye view of the cleanup following the first blizzard of 2015.

Man stabbed to death was devoted to children, music

Charles Floyd’s musical career had just begun to take off, but his heart belonged to his children, family said.

Man stabbed to death Monday night in Roxbury during snowstorm

A man was stabbed to death in Roxbury on Monday night, according to Boston police. The man was found lying in the street in the area of 8 Shetland St. at about 8:55 p.m., according to a police statement. The man was taken by Boston EMS to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Suspect caught napping after break-in at Dorchester home

Boston police arrested a Dorchester man early Thursday morning after finding him asleep in the home he allegedly broke into.

Who’s who in the Aaron Hernandez case

The former New England Patriots tight end has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of Odin L. Lloyd.

Two suffer serious injuries in tractor-trailer crash on I-290

Medical helicopters were called to the scene of a crash in Marlborough involving a tractor-trailer truck and two other vehicles.

2 people trapped in vehicles in tractor-trailer crash on I-290

Two medical helicopters were on the scene of a tractor-trailer crash on I-290 eastbound in Marlborough on Thursday morning, officials said.

Audio: Hear a witness describe the Red Line evacuation

Kristin Bello, a nurse at Fisher College, said she and another man helped passengers out of a smoke-filled car.

Investigators tell of finding body of slain Danvers math teacher

Troopers who investigated Colleen Ritzer’s 2013 killing gave graphic accounts of her injuries and described evidence suggesting she was raped.

Friday storm to drop up to 8 inches of snow

Two storms are expected to hit after midnight into Friday and Sunday into Monday.

Yarmouth man, 97, found dead in snow outside home

Richard MacLean was found next to a carbon dioxide exhaust vent, police said.

2 men arrested over shooting at Forest Hills station

Two innocent bystanders were wounded, officials said, and a 62-year-old woman remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Images, reports on Red Line evacuation

The evacuation took place around 7:20 a.m. and caused severe delays on the MBTA line.

Dartmouth bans hard alcohol, forbids Greek life pledging

The major overhaul places the school among the leaders of colleges targeting binge drinking, sexual assaults, and other problems.

Potential Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley to visit N.H.

O’Malley, another potential Democratic challenger to Hillary Clinton, will visit Concord and Nashua for two days in mid-March.

Lawyers offer divergent portraits of Aaron Hernandez

In opening statements, prosecutors laid out the evidence that they say proves Hernandez’s role in the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Smoke-filled Red Line train causes panic

Frantic passengers kicked out the train’s windows at Quincy Center station to escape when the doors failed to open.

Dorchester woman, 62, dies in 2-alarm house fire

The woman is the first fire fatality of 2015 in Boston, according to fire officials.

Live video: Aaron Hernandez in court

The former Patriots tight end is standing trial in the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd.

Aaron Hernandez coverage

The accusations against the former Patriots tight end stunned the region and the football world.

Live updates from the Aaron Hernandez trial

The former Patriots tight end is standing trial in the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd.

Boston

Police search for driver in Dorchester hit-and-run

A vehicle struck the 63-year-old man on Morton Street on Saturday night, police said.

Maine governor LePage asks for clarity on lawyers

Paul LePage wants Maine’s highest court to weigh in on whether he can hire private lawyers without the attorney general’s permission.

Working parents fret over 3rd no-school day in Boston

For parents forced to return to work while their children had another snow day, the announcement was frustrating.

Resourceful Bostonians rise to a ritual challenge

Many of the city’s residents spent the day bent over, shovel in hand.

Hudson wins Mass. snowfall jackpot

The Blizzard of 2015 and 36 inches of snow brought this small community a state championship.