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Bad Week: John Fish

This was to be Fish’s big moment on the public stage. The failure left his reputation badly damaged.

Jill Jellison, 51; fifth female jockey to win 1,000 races

“She had gifted hands, knew how to position her horse, and always had something left at the end,” said a friend and colleague.

Good week, bad week

Governor Charlie Baker remained carefully neutral on the Olympic bid, while few could have had a crummier week than John Fish.

Man, 38, dies after being tased during incident at Worcester market

A man who police tased on Wednesday after he allegedly smashined items and charged at officers, died Thursday, officials said.

Man in serious condition after S. Boston stabbing

The male victim was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was in serious condition, according to Boston police Officer Rachel McGuire.

Boston’s summer programs help combat learning loss during break

Across Boston, a record 6,500 children are fighting summer learning loss through 78 different educational programs.

Adrian Walker

What can we salvage from the Olympic bid?

The debate over hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics prompted a healthy discussion abut where the city is headed.


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

Major race track operator shows interest in Suffolk Downs

The operator of Pimlico and other well-known tracks says it is interested in returning thoroughbred racing to Suffolk Downs.

Risk of West Nile infection rises in 12 Boston-area communities

Health officials are urging residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites amid a growing risk of West Nile virus.

Head of FBI in Boston announces retirement

Vincent Lisi will retire after 26 years with the agency, and two years after he was appointed to run the regional office.

Governor Baker makes an Olympic joke. Too soon?

“So what do you think?” Baker asked at a ribbon cutting for the Boston Public Market. “A market like this, or a velodrome?”

Bridgeport, Conn.

Ex-lawmaker rejects plea deal in election fraud case

Former state representative Christina Ayala has rejected a plea deal in an election fraud case and a trial has been scheduled for September.


Audit finds repeated errors at child protection agency

Connecticut’s state auditors have found that repeated financial mistakes are being made at the Department of Children and Families.

Cranston, R.I.

ACLU prods mayor to release police assessment

The ACLU’s Rhode Island branch is calling on Mayor Allan Fung to release the full report of the state assessment of the Cranston Police Department.

Political Happy Hour: July 30, 2015

Political Happy Hour: New public records rules unveiled | Baker owning the T, part 10,000 | ‘Shellfish propagation’

Westerly, R.I.

Fisher cats, coyotes could be cause of missing pets

Officials say fisher cats or coyotes could be responsible for the abnormally high number of missing house cats in Westerly.

Rutland, Vt.

Once endangered, peregrine falcons now thriving in Vermont

Once considered endangered, peregrine falcons are having a great year in Vermont.

BU bans chairman of white ‘conservation’ group

The group had distributed flyers calling for the termination of a black professor who posted racially charged tweets.

Prosecutors move to have ex-priest declared ‘sexually dangerous’

Ronald H. Paquin, who was at the center of the church sexual abuse crisis, could remain in custody beyond his sentence.

This day in history

Today is Friday, July 31, the 212th day of 2015. There are 153 days left in the year.

Sutton man, 18, dies after swimming incident in Douglas pond

Timothy Ellsessar was swimming off a boat with friends and diving to the bottom of the Manchaug Pond when he surfaced and said he felt dizzy.

State splits leadership at the MBTA in two parts

The Baker administration is following through on its promise to overhaul the way the beleaguered transit agency is run.

Middlesex DA issues alert on summer water safety

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan issued a water safety alert Thursday as a part of a summer safety campaign to raise drowning awareness and encourage safe swimming.

Medical examiner needs more time to review findings in 1-year-old’s death

Aisling Brady McCarthy has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of the one-year-old girl.

Ex-MBTA chief Scott nominated for NTSB spot

The position would give the departed transit leader oversight of security matters in the sprawling US transportation system.

Police appeal for help finding man who shot at cruiser

The suspect, who police described as a white male wearing light-colored clothing, ran into the nearby woods.

Program encourages commuters to drive, then bike, to work

The initiative, which officials believe is the first of its kind, will open “hubs” at existing state-owned free parking lots.

Newburyport police officer injured when car crashes into cruiser

A driver crashed into a Newburyport police cruiser early Thursday morning, injuring an officer inside who was working a construction detail, police said.

3-year-old riding in bike trailer hit by Jeep in Medway

The child was struck was riding in a bicycle trailer steered by his father.

Baker sets new rules for public records requests

The move comes after complaints that some agencies took months, or demanded millions of dollars, to provide documents.

Taunton son, mother allegedly ran heroin distribution ring

The drug ring was led by the son, but operated out of the mother’s apartment on Winthrop Street, officials said.

Rip current warning given for southern coast of Mass., R.I.

Rip currents occur year round, and can be affected by weather patterns, wind strength, and several other conditions.

Two ‘career criminals’ arrested on gun charges in Dorchester

James Mendes, 24, of Dorchester and Jonathan Brown, 22, of Mattapan pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

US welcomes Christians and Jews. Atheists and Muslims? Not so much

Americans are all for religious freedom — but disagree on who can claim it.

Boston executive, daughter killed in plane crash near Milwaukee

Boston executive Joseph Trustey and his daughter, Anna, died in a single-engine plane crash while traveling to visit colleges.

Powerful thunderstorms move through Mass.

Some systems are capable of flooding roads and bringing winds up to 40 miles per hour.

Man dies after Worcester police use shocking device at market

A man who was shocked with a Taser-type device on Wednesday after allegedly wreaking havoc in a market has died.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, July 30, the 211th day of 2015. There are 154 days left in the year.


Man pleads not guilty to home arson

A Northampton man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he burned down his own house.


Police captain’s son pleads not guilty in plot to aid Islamic State

A Boston police captain’s son accused of plotting an attack on a college campus in support of the Islamic State pleaded not guilty Wednesday to weapons and assault charges.

South Boston man dies from injuries after near-drowning

The 54-year-old had been pulled from the waters off a beach nine days ago by an off-duty firefighter and three Milton teens.


Man in serious condition after being stabbed in Dorchester

A man in his mid-40s was stabbed with a bottle and seriously injured Wednesday night in Dorchester, police said.


Person is shot on Humboldt Avenue

A person was shot on Humboldt Avenue in Roxbury on Wednesday night, across the street from a park and a church, police said.A person was shot on Humboldt Avenue in Roxbury on Wednesday night, across the street from a park and a church, police said.

Yvonne Abraham

Will Mayor Walsh be hurt by the Olympic debacle?

Voters have a right to expect a more measured and thoughtful Walsh from now on.

Casino defense calls for testimony

lawyers asked US Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler to hold an evidentiary hearing to subpoena witnesses.

Person is shot on Humboldt Avenue

A person was shot on Humboldt Avenue in Roxbury on Wednesday night, across the street from a park and a church, police said.

Man in serious condition after being stabbed in Dorchester

A man in his mid-40s was stabbed with a bottle and seriously injured tonight in Dorchester, police said.

Rev. Edwin H. Cassem, 80; Jesuit served as MGH’s chief of psychiatry

The Jesuit priest served as chief of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Lawmakers override Baker’s education funding vetoes

State lawmakers voted by wide margins Wednesday to restore millions of dollars in education funding vetoed by Governor Charlie Baker.

Mourners gather at Dorchester vigil for slain mother

Family, friends, police officers, and elected officials attended the event in memory of Grisel Sanchez.


Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

Taunton officials seek creators of online page with nude photos

Officials want the creators of an anonymous Facebook page prosecuted for posting nude photos of underage girls.

Suit against Harvard, Brigham and Women’s is dismissed

In 2014, the hospital and medical school launched a review into allegations that two scientists falsified or fabricated data.


Soup kitchen seeks return of Jesus statue

“Have you found Jesus?”


Senator wants armed State House guards

One lawmaker is asking the governor to add armed guards to the building’s security detail in the wake of national shooting tragedies.


Bar owner beaten with pipe, robbed

Police in Chicopee are looking for two men who broke into a city bar, then beat the owner with a pipe before robbing him.

Boston public schools working to upgrade the cafeteria

Proposals by the School Department and a community advisory council aim to provide students with healthier dining options.

Fall River

Woman indicted for murder in fatal May stabbing

A woman has been indicted by a grand jury in the fatal stabbing of a 53-year-old man in Fall River on May 30, prosecutors said.A woman has been indicted by a grand jury in the fatal stabbing of a 53-year-old man in Fall River on May 30, prosecutors said.

Planned Parenthood ‘fully compliant’ with law, Healey says

The attorney general’s office conducted an inquiry of the state Planned Parenthood in response to videos related to fetal tissue donation.


Brockton’s last synagogue being sold, leaving city

Brockton’s last synagogue is being sold and the congregation is leaving the city, possibly to merge with a nearby temple.

Clergy, Walsh express heartbreak over woman’s killing

Mayor Martin Walsh condemned the “senseless tragedy” in which 31-year-old Grisel Sanchez died.

Invasive tree taking root in N.H. may trace back to Harvard

The Arnold Arboretum distributed specimens of the exotic plant as part of its centennial celebration in 1972.

Man’s body recovered from Charles River

Witnesses said the man jumped into the Charles River near the Museum of Science and did not surface.

Political Happy Hour: July 29, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Tax holiday moving | Trump talks Brady | ‘Here, kitty, kitty’

Medford mayor promises ‘decisive action’ after taped stop

Detective Stephen LeBert stopped a motorist while off duty and said he could “put a hole” in the driver’s head.

Capital Source

Steward CEO, once an Obama backer, picks Rubio in ’16

Leading a handful of other Steward executives, Ralph de la Torre has thrown his checkbook behind Senator Marco Rubio.

Judge sets 2017 trial date for two men charged in terror plot

Prosecutors say that David Wright and Nicholas Rovinski were plotting attacks in support of the Islamic State.

House passes bill setting this year’s sales tax holiday

The bill would suspend the sales tax for purchases on almost all retail items $2,500 and under for Aug. 15 and 16.

Fall River woman indicted for murder in May stabbing death

A 37-year-old woman has been indicted for murder by a grand jury for the fatal stabbing of a 53-year-old man.

Two held without bail in July 2 Boston killing

Elijah Small and Lamar Brison were already facing gun charges from a police chase immediately after the fatal shooting.

Court reinstates ex-Bulger handler John Connolly’s conviction

Former FBI agent John Connolly’s murder conviction for the 1982 shooting death of John Callahan had been overturned in 2014.

Memorial Mass held for child found on Deer Island

Investigators have run down hundreds of leads and received many tips since her body was found in June.

Dorchester shooting victim, a mother of three, was bystander

The gunfire was not meant for 31-year-old Grisel Sanchez, according to officials, but it did not matter.

Summer scorcher hits region as temperatures soar

The scorching weather continues in Massachusetts on Wednesday, as temperatures hover around 90.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2015. There are 155 days left in the year.

Woman in her 30s shot and killed in Dorchester

A police official said it was too early to say whether the woman was the target of the attack last night.

Demands for promises put Walsh, USOC in standoff

The mayor’s dramatic news conference on Monday was the culmination of weeks of behind-the-scenes tensions.

Panel backs City Council raise, but some councilors want more

Council President Bill Linehan called the $9,500 boost, the council’s first raise since 2006, “totally inadequate.”

Scientists, lawmakers seek solution to honeybee crisis

Massachusetts hives are left barren of bees, save for a small cluster of larvae, nurse bees, and an abandoned queen.