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Displaced Long Island homeless crowd South End shelter

700 former residents of the homeless shelter on Long Island live in cramped, disorienting conditions with fewer amenities than they previously had.

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Elizabeth Warren will join Jeanne Shaheen in N.H.

Warren, who unseated Brown two years ago, is set to go after her old nemesis again this weekend.

Top bid to build new MBTA subway cars is from China

The possible deal comes amid concerns about the company’s links to the Chinese government, which has been criticized for human rights abuses.

In Galvin’s contracts, little public process

Secretary of State William Galvin’s office has scant records of its decisions to award state contracts to a firm that has done work for his campaigns.

City Council raises also may boost pensions

A pay increase would increase Councilor Charles C. Yancey’s pension by at least $16,000 a year if he remained in office through 2018.

No bail for school bus driver in alleged drunken driving case

After the driver allegedly ran red lights while driving Hopkinton High School’s cross-country team, an alarmed coach quietly called police.


Teaching the wrong lesson at Duxbury High

They just spent $128 million on a new high school, but for all that money, they can’t afford common sense for their school administrators.

High education commissioner Richard Freeland to step down

Freeland, 73, says he will step down at the end of the academic year, capping what will be a six-year tenure.

Former mayor Thomas M. Menino hospitalized with dehydration

The former mayor’s dehydration may be related to a new treatment for cancer.

Newton police, Lasell College investigate reported sex assault

The victim reported being attacked on campus in the area of the Bancroft House and Van Winkle Quad, according to authorities.


Man now faces murder charge in mother’s death

A Winchester man was charged with homicide Monday after his 70-year-old mother was found dead in her apartment last week, according to Winchester police and the office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan.


Ebola travel advisory sent to state’s workers

Connecticut state employees are being asked to avoid travel to countries experiencing outbreaks of Ebola unless such travel is essential.

Scarborough, Maine

Civil War soldier gets new headstone

A Maine Civil War soldier has a new grave because of the actions of one of his descendants.

Chinese company is top bidder to build Red, Orange line cars

The Chinese company would construct a factory in Springfield to build the cars.


Woman dies in Dorchester stabbing; police investigating

Police responded to a call about a fight on Washington Street early Saturday morning and found a woman who had been stabbed.

R.I. man may leave Ebola facility soon

Doctors at a hospital in Nebraska where the man is being treated said they’re waiting for the CDC to confirm that he is free of Ebola.

Rhode Island man with Ebola expected to head home soon, doctor says

The Rhode Island man who contracted Ebola in Liberia is doing well and may be discharged later this week, said Dr. Mark E. Rupp, an infectious disease specialist at the Nebraska Medical Center.

Proposal for horse racing in Brockton wins support from mayor

Brockton’s mayor told members of the Gaming Commission that thoroughbred racing would be welcomed in his city.

State’s first-ever virtual school under probation threat

If the problems persist at the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School, it could be forced to close in two years.

Police seek help in identifying sexual assault suspect

The suspect allegedly indecently assaulted a female at the Ruggles MBTA Station around 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29.

Fall River man held on $10,000 cash bail in North End sex assault

Judge Tracey-Lee Lyons ordered that Wagner Nieto wear a GPS monitoring device if he posts bail.

Event raises funds to help domestic violence survivors

The event held Wednesday raised more than $2,000 and was intended to ensure victims have access to services.

Plan ahead: Tip O’Neill Tunnel to close Tuesday night

The tunnel will close at 11 p.m. Tuesday for maintenance work, such as roadway sweeping, and wall and sign washing.

Political Happy Hour: October 20, 2014

Political Happy Hour: Elizabeth Warren to campaign with Jeanne Shaheen in N.H. | More new ads in the gov race | Funny commercial from state treasurer candidate | Hillary to Maine | Gov hopefuls speak to clergy | Charlie Baker’s tie | Profane restaurant review of the month?

Martha Coakley, pro-Baker super PAC both release new ads

Coakley’s ad frames her as fighter for everyday people and describes her rival, Charlie Baker, as a typical Republican. Meanwhile, a pro-Baker PAC released a new spot lauding him.


Quincy man arrested in Dorchester slaying

Edgardo Clark, 29, faces murder charges after he allegedly stabbed a man to death on Thursday, Boston police said.

DA clears Salisbury police officers in fatal shooting

A 29-year-old man with a history of psychological issues charged at police officers with a machete and another knife, the DA’s office said.

UMass Lowell building found safe after bomb threat

The threat comes less than a week after a Boston man was charged with making a bomb threat against Assumption College.

N.Y. man drowns while swimming in Cape Cod pool

The 68-year-old man was found at the bottom of the pool and was declared dead at a hospital.

Student from Needham found dead in UMass dorm

No foul play was suspected in the death of the 21-year-old student, university officials said.

How much more will city councilors earn than those they represent?

The proposed $20,000 pay hike would put some in Boston’s City Council into the highest income brackets in their districts.

How much more will city councilors earn than those they represent?

The proposed $20,000 pay hike would put some in Boston’s City Council into the highest income brackets in their districts.

Warren to campaign for Shaheen in tight N.H. race

Senator Elizabeth Warren is set to go after old nemesis Scott Brown this weekend.

Ex-Dorchester funeral director pleads not guilty to 278 charges

Joseph O’Donnell allegedly hid the bodies of clients in a storage facility and gave relatives the cremated remains of other people.

Shooting on Mass Ave. in Cambridge damages MIT Museum

Cambridge police are investigating a shooting on the 200 block of Massachusetts Avenue early Monday morning.

Hopkinton school bus driver held without bail in OUI case

The man, facing his third OUI offense, allegedly said, “You’ve got me,” when police stopped the bus.

Victims of 2 unrelated Chelsea shootings identified

A mother of three who was struck by a stray bullet and killed in Chelsea shortly after midnight Saturday has been identified as 35-year-old Catherine Gomez, according to law enforcement officials.Catherine Gomez, 35, was struck by a stray bullet and Juan Rodriguez, 36, was shot inside the French Naturalization Club.

After Keene, N.H., riots, soul-searching and a mortified citizenry

For locals, the incident is a considerable black eye for the city, which is known for its postcard-cute Main Street and its beloved festivals.

Evan Horowitz

What is net neutrality all about?

Net neutrality puts all Internet companies on the same footing, and in that way it helps support innovation and entrepreneurship.

Cooler, sunny Monday before several days of rain

A rainy coastal system moving in Tuesday will moderate temperatures while it soaks the region.

Danvers High marks one year since teacher’s slaying

The school plans to honor Colleen Ritzer’s memory this week.

Questionnaires will be printed for potential Tsarnaev jurors

During a brief hearing, a judge went over plans for jury selection with federal prosecutors and lawyers.

Videos from unrest in Keene, N.H.

Scenes from the riots and aftermath in the New Hampshire town that hosts an annual Pumpkin Festival.

Man injured in Lowell hit-and-run crash

A 52-year-old man was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash in Lowell Sunday evening, police said.


City Council pay raise is a relative bargain

Sure, $20,000 is a big raise, especially if you award it to yourself, but residents still might wind up paying less.

Desperately seeking lost pet cockatiels

As the weather begins to grow too cold for these birds from the other side of the world, owners’ efforts to find them are growing desperate.

Waltham housing inspector accused of abusing tenants

Four tenants say Angelo Ciano, 71, used his power and access to their apartments to assault and take advantage of them.

Two killed in Middleton as car crashed into building

Two people were killed in a fiery crash Sunday evening after a car struck a Peabody Street building, officials said.

Coakley, Baker rally supporters as election looms

With polls showing a neck-and-neck race, the gubernatorial candidates are marshaling their networks for Nov. 4.

Betting on Fung’s chances in R.I., Chris Christie joins in gubernatorial bid

The New Jersey governor said he wouldn’t aim resources at what he calls landslides or lost causes.

Adrian Walker

Dawnn Jaffier’s legacy of love

At the Allston community center that played such a huge role in Dawnn Jaffier’s life, it’s almost as if she is still alive and well.

Report sees fewer educated workers

The new projections raise concerns about labor shortages in a state that thrives on knowledge-based industries.

Brunswick, Maine

Woman taken into custody after standoff

A Brunswick woman has been taken into custody after a nearly eight-hour standoff with police.

Economy key in N.H. governor’s race

Both candidates for governor are using facts about the state’s economic health to woo voters who say it is one of their biggest issues.


Man pleads guilty to La., Ga., drug charges

The US attorney in New Orleans says a Boston man has pleaded guilty to drug charges brought in both Louisiana and Georgia.

Durham, N.H.

UNH scientists to get $1m for NASA research

Some University of New Hampshire scientists are part of a team of researchers who have received a nearly $9 million award from NASA to study the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe.

Hhopkinton, R.I.

Warning issued after home invasion

Police in southwestern Rhode Island are warning residents about home invasions involving three men posing as water company workers.


Police look into cause of fatal crash

Springfield police are trying to determine the cause of a crash that killed a man who was ejected from his car after it hit a utility pole.

When birds in hand make for the bushes

Cockatiels make for imperfect pets. They screech and they bite and they poop on the furniture. And most confounding to those who love them, they are fundamentally built to disappear into the uncaged world. But beloved cats sometimes claw the couch, and the bladders and bowels of even the most obedient old dogs can’t be trusted. When they’re family, we forgive. And when they’re lost, we look for them.

Teachers union still backs Coakley despite anger over charter school comments

The president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, Barbara Madeloni, said Sunday Attorney General Martha Coakley still has the full support and gubernatorial endorsement of the powerful educators’ union and the group is “absolutely not” considering pulling or lessening its backing of Coakley.

Casinos no death knell for lotteries

Comparable states where casino gambling has been legalized have seen only modest effects on lotteries.

Hopkinton school bus driver arrested for OUI

An Ashland man was accused of drunkenly driving a school bus filled with high school students.

In humorous new ad, GOP candidate for treasurer has family as commercial’s crew

Mike Heffernan, the Republican candidate for state treasurer, an office the vast majority of Massachusetts voters probably don’t know much about is poised to launch a light-hearted television advertisement Monday, with his family, the ad’s “crew,” extolling the highlights of his resume.

Comedians poke at Keene, N.H. pumpkin fest long before disturbance

Months before this weekend’s disturbances, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver mentioned the festival alongside events in Ferguson.

Small plane skids off runway in Beverly

No one was hurt Sunday when the plane’s landing gear gave out at Beverly Airport, fire officials said.

A first-hand account of Saturday’s events Keene

Zachery Lariviere was visiting for the Pumpkin Fest and shot video footage of the events Saturday.


Sex offender arrested at Back Bay MBTA station

A Jamaica Plain man was arrested Friday for allegedly exposing himself in a bathroom at the Back Bay MBTA station.

Man arrested in North End indecent assault

A 36-year-old man was arrested in Fall River after a woman reported an indecent assault in Boston early Saturday morning.

Women from Everett, Revere killed in Jamaicaway crash

The head-on crash also injured three others just before 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

Keene State students help clean up after riot

The crew moved in hours after hordes of young people tore across campus in a wave of vandalism.

Kevin Cullen

A society’s vulnerable citizens, out in the open

The ramifications of the shutdown of Long Island continue to affect those who need help the most.

They all have something in (Boston) Common

An eclectic mix of statesmen, casual strollers, and the city’s most downtrodden converge in Boston’s most celebrated park.

On the stump, it’s hand-to-hand combat

One candidate talks a lot with her hands, while her opponent tries to stay away from hand gestures.

Political use of hands: An illustrated guide

You might not think much about what your hands are doing as you talk, but you’re probably not running for office.

Amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experiences make us social misfits

The best connections stem from shared experiences, not from out-of-the-ordinary tales we think will impress our colleagues.

Yvonne Abraham

Martha Coakley takes the Proust Questionnaire

Democratic candidate for governor Martha Coakley tells us about the person within by submitting to the Proust Questionnaire.

Maine teacher on leave over Ebola worry

Parents expressed concerns that the teacher could have been exposed while attending a conference in Dallas.

Interfaith group rallies in Brockton for sick leave measure

More than 40 people demonstrated on the steps of Brockton District Court to support Question 4.

Therapy horses a calming influence on veterans

Little by little, through grooming a horse or sitting in a saddle, female veterans at the BINA Farm Center are finding their strength.

John S. Waugh, 85; expert on nuclear magnetic resonance

Dr. Waugh, of Lincoln, was an MIT professor who conducted pioneering research on NMR.