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Clark says she’s received ‘positive’ reaction to her boycott of inauguration

Congresswoman Katherine Clark is one of about two dozen members of Congress who have announced plans to protest Donald Trump’s victory.

Adults present at party where man was stabbed, UMass Boston chancellor says

UMass Boston chancellor J. Keith Motley said adults were at his home early Sunday when a 20-year-old man was stabbed at a party there.

At MLK breakfast, Chang-Diaz calls for criminal justice reform

Sonia Chang-Diaz, who represents a diverse swath of Boston, ripped into Beacon Hill leaders Monday for dragging their feet on fixing the justice system.

Warren won’t say Trump is ‘legitimate president’

Elizabeth Warren decried President-elect Donald Trump’s negative comments about civil rights hero John Lewis.

Officials investigating manhole explosions in Brockton

No customers lost power in the incident, according to National Grid.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2017. There are 349 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.


Libel trial pitted supplement maker against a critical researcher

This jury trial had momentous implications for the future of research into the safety of weight-loss and muscle-building pills.

Four Lawrence men arrested in connection to cockfighting

When State Police Trooper Sergio Figueiredo first found the roosters, he feared two were already dead.

Writers use poetry and prose in protest of Trump’s election

Writers Resist held a local event Sunday at the Boston Public Library.

Knitting protesters grab back at Trump with pink cat hats

These cheeky pink hats will appear by the thousands at the Women’s March on Washington, D.C.

Church is urged to hear MLK’s words as wisdom for today

Former City Councilor Charles Yancey gave the Martin Luther King Lecture Sunday in Copley Square.

Vacancies affect many state boards

About one-third of the seats on the state’s nearly 700 state boards and commissions are vacant or held by “holdover” members.

Many state boards plagued by vacancies

One woman on the African-American Advisory Commission died last spring, but is still listed as a member.

Lawsuit over fatal fire goes before state Supreme Court

The court is taking up the question of whether Bridgeport officials can be sued in connection with a fire at a public housing complex that killed four.

The bald and the bold: Eagles’ resurgence comes at a price

The eagle has landed — on chickens and rare birds, with talons at the ready.

Time machine

When plans for underground transit in Boston were mocked.

Adrian Walker

Donald Trump picked the wrong foil in civil rights hero John Lewis

A tweetstorm is not likely to make Lewis go away. He’s faced much worse.

Sampson lawyers want to see mysterious letter juror slipped to the judge

One of the jurors slipped the note into the verdict envelope without it being seen by any of the others.

Honoring King through music, words, and deeds

Boston and surrounding communities will see events ranging from concerts and community service to discussions of bias and civil discourse.

Boston police arrest two men, recover guns in two separate incidents

It was the second incident of the day in which police said they found an illegal gun.

Pittsfield fire destroys mixed-use building, injures five

The injured were treated at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.

What we know about the Great Molasses Flood of 1919

Sunday marks the 98th anniversary of the flood, one of history’s most bizarre disasters that has remained a topic of grim fascination ever since.

Man arrested in Worcester meat cleaver attack

Both victims are expected to survive.

Chess notes

The weekly game

Photos from the Faneuil Hall rally to save Obamacare

Thousands of people gathered outside Boston’s Faneuil Hall calling on Congress to save the Affordable Care Act.

Thousands protest health care repeal at Faneuil Hall

A crowd estimated at more than 6,000 denounced plans to revoke President Obama’s signature health care law.

Some are taking opioids meant for pets

Much of the medication prescribed to animals is the same medication prescribed to humans.

Man is stabbed at party at home of UMass Boston chancellor

A 20-year-old man was stabbed during a party at the home of Keith Motley, who was not there.

Driver is killed in Mansfield crash, car engulfed in flames

The driver of a vehicle died early Sunday morning in Mansfield after failing to negotiate a turn, leaving the vehicle “fully engulfed in flames,” police said.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2017. There are 350 days left in the year.

City police recover two guns, including one from teen

The guns were picked up Friday evening and early Saturday, according to Boston police.

As Obama departs, black youth question place in Trump’s America

Black youth in Ferguson, Baltimore, and Boston are confronting the paradox of President Obama’s historic ascension and the start of the Donald Trump era.

Martin Richard’s father tells of son’s generosity on the day boy died

Bill Richard spoke to more than 300 eighth-graders who had completed a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

O’Malley is named to Vatican office that reviews abuse cases

Cardinal Sean O’Malley has played an influential role in addressing the clergy sex abuse crisis worldwide.

Hundreds march for ‘Trans and Queer Liberation’

Amelia Spinney, one of the organizers, said the rally’s intention was to hold local elected officials accountable.

Seven years on, Haitians reflect on devastating earthquake

Nearly 50 people gathered at the Cambridge Public Library Saturday to mark the opening of a photographic exhibit commemorating the 7th anniversary of the earthquake.

Eighth-graders from all over the state give service to honor MLK

At least one student ambassador from almost every one of the state’s 351 cities and towns came to Boston to volunteer in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Inauguration sparks writers to lead protest

Writers will stage rallies against the policies of the incoming Trump administration at 90 places around the nation.

Yvonne Abraham

It’s time to finally honor Martin Luther King’s ties to Boston

A statue for King in the city that helped form him is long overdue.

Police decision to pull back on social media monitoring draws praise

“I think they listen to the community,” said City Councilor Andrea Campbell.

Friends, family remember slain Chelsea teen

A group honored Jimmy Vasquez with a makeshift memorial of candles, flowers, and a white poster board filled with tributes.

Coast Guard rescue two lobstermen off York, Maine

The Coast Guard rescued two men from a sinking lobster boat off the shore of York, Maine, Friday afternoon.

Kevin Cullen

At Middlesex jail, a sheriff’s program worth praising

“We wanted to create a unit that could specifically address the needs of those who have served in the military,” Peter Koutoujian said.

Dartmouth police seek info on robbery outside CVS

Dartmouth police are seeking information regarding an armed robbery that occurred outside a CVS Pharmacy Friday night.

Chess notes

News from the world of chess

Starts & Stops

Chris Dempsey named head of Transportation for Massachusetts

Dempsey, a Brookline native, is eager to lobby the state to improve its transit systems.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Aubudon Society

Officials identify man fatally shot outside his home in Lynn

Officials have identified the man killed in Lynn Friday night as 29-year-old Hanky Betancourt.

Worcester teens arrested, charged with attempted armed robbery

Police were flagged down in the area of 205 Chandler Street by a 46-year-old male who told police that a group of teens jumped him and tried to rob him.

Man, 29, fatally shot in Lynn

A 29-year-old man was fatally shot in Lynn Friday evening, according to the Essex district attorney’s office.

Boston police will think twice about monitoring social media

Police said they were scrapping a controversial plan to use software to keep tabs on social media for criminal activity or threats, at least for now.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 2017. There are 351 days left in the year.


Jan. 14, 2017


A large storm will produce freezing rain along an approximate 1,300-mile swath from the Oklahoma Panhandle to northern Delaware on Saturday. In the northern Ohio Valley, central Appalachians and mid-Atlantic, a thin glaze of ice will occur in some locations.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Four days, three rehearsals, and 100 amateurs at Symphony Hall

“It’s like playing a softball game at Fenway Park,” said one of the eager musicians.

Man struck, seriously injured, by vehicle in Randolph

A 69-year-old man suffered serious injuries Friday evening after being struck by a vehicle in Randolph, according to police.

Nine safety violations cited at Pilgrim Plant

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission cited the Plymouth plant for nine safety violations that were considered to have “very low security significance.”

Troubled nursing home company hires management firm to improve care

The nursing home chain has been cited by state regulators for serious injuries and deaths in its Massachusetts facilities.

Blackstone man, once jailed for threatening to kill Clinton, held in N.J.

A Blackstone man who is a person of interest in the murder of his 83-year-old father was held on $300,000 bail Friday in New Jersey as a fugitive from justice.

New tolling rates frustrate some commuters

For some commuters, the new overhead gantries are quietly siphoning more money from their transponder accounts.

The biggest threat to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago? Climate change

In South Florida, scientists are warning public officials to plan for nearly 7 feet or more of sea level rise by the end of the century.

Ortiz officially resigns her post as federal attorney

US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz officially resigned from her post effective midnight Friday.

Capital Source

Women’s march planned for Boston day after Trump’s inauguration

Boston is among the cities coordinating marches on Jan. 21, in all 50 states and in nations around the world.

One teen dead, another injured, in Chelsea shooting

A 16-year-old boy was fatally shot in the stomach and a 15-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to his foot, police said.

No bail for MIT student who allegedly kept guns in his dorm room

An engineering student at MIT was ordered held without bail Friday for allegedly keeping guns in his dorm room.

Capital Source

New Balance founder gave nearly $400,000 to Trump

Jim Davis, founder and chairman of New Balance, sent a $396,500 check to Trump Victory in September, according to records.

Man arrested after leading police on short foot chase in Chicopee

A Chicopee man is under arrest after leading police on a short chase after being pulled over.

‘I’m lucky to be alive,’ says man whose car was hit by falling pole on I-93

“It came out of nowhere. I never expected anything like that to happen in my life,” Bill Sprague of Wrentham said.

Political Happy Hour: January 13, 2017

Political Happy Hour: An honest mistake | ‘Friends in the end’ | Trump calls Clinton ‘guilty as hell’

NECC salesman testifies on fatal meningitis outbreak

A former salesman for the New England Compounding Center recalled the sense of denial among management that they could be at fault for the outbreak.

SJC upholds conviction in fatal 2000 Everett bombing

Sandra Berfield was murdered by Steven J. Caruso, a Medford handyman who was obsessed with her, the court ruled.

Aide charged with stealing jewelry from N.H. nursing home

A nursing home aide is under arrest for allegedly stealing jewelry from the residents.

N.H. State Police chase stolen car suspect into Lawrence

A Westborough, Mass., man, Joseph Hart, allegedly stole two vehicles during chase that covered some 30 miles.


In Wisconsin, stubbornly optimistic about the new president

Optimism is running through the heart of Trump country. People are confident that their guy is going to deliver on his promises.

Two men injured in Route 24 crash early Friday morning

Two men were injured early Friday morning in a two-car crash on Route 24 north in Stoughton, authorities said.

Rivals Walsh and Jackson embrace at MLK breakfast

Together, the men were all smiles and shared a warm embrace Friday.

Fast Forward: Pats in the playoffs, Ortiz steps down (um, Carmen), a day of superstition

The Patriots face the Texans tomorrow, US Attorney Carmen Ortiz resigns, and more of the news you need.

Ticks devastate Maine, N.H. moose populations

“The moose are being literally drained of blood. This is about as disgusting as it gets out there.”

Delays on Lowell and Haverhill commuter rail lines

Drivers are facing slow ride on the Southeast Expressway and Interstate 93 north of city.

Greater Boston chills out after near-record warmth

Temperatures in Greater Boston will be some 30 degrees colder than Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2017. There are 352 days left in the year.

Man arrested for selling cocaine at Blue Line station

Transit police riding the Blue Line arrested the man at the State Street station.

MassDOT to inspect light poles on I-93 overnight

The inspections are being done after a light pole fell early Thursday morning near exit 12.

6-year-old Haverhill boy struck while getting off school bus

Police responded to the intersection of North Broadway and Lake Street shortly before 4:30 p.m. to find the boy conscious and alert.

Lynn company ordered to recall over 3,000 pounds of ‘Mom’s Chicken Soup’

The soup, sold at Whole Foods locations across New England, is actually Italian Wedding Soup.

Mass. homicides slightly higher due to gang feuds, experts say

The number of people killed in Mass. last year remains among the lowest number of homicides in at least a dozen years.

Adrian Walker

Tito Jackson kicks off mayoral campaign as champion of those left behind

City Councilor Tito Jackson says Mayor Martin J. Walsh is shortchanging the schools and ignoring the working class.

Jackson’s campaign will put black voters in spotlight

Boston’s black leaders have been yearning for the chance to run the city since Mel King made it to the November election in 1983 and lost.

Warren, Neal ask Obama to consider pardoning Ethel Rosenberg

Senator Elizabeth Warren and US Representative Richard Neal have asked President Obama to carefully weigh a request to exonerate Ethel Rosenberg before he leaves office.


By the numbers

Dave Epstein

The Texans may be in for a temperature shock this weekend

Temperatures in Foxborough will be in the 20s Saturday, so if you’re tailgating before the game, be sure to dress warmly.

Northeast warming more rapidly than most of US

New England is likely to experience more warming over the coming decades than the rest of the planet, according to a new study.

A liberal arts college without English majors?

As middle-class families struggle, so do small schools that have traditionally drawn from a regional, middle-class pool of students.

Elderly Salem woman struck while crossing street

The driver remained on the scene, police said.

Wanted: Boston police officers for Big Brothers Big Sisters roles

Last month, officers in police departments in Barnstable, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Miami joined Bigs in Blue.

Ground Game

Legal pot, opioid crisis come to an awkward crossroads in N.E.

Across New England, two issues appear to be driving legislatures this year — and they both have to do with drugs.

Bridgewater man beaten after home invasion, police say

The man, 56, was taken at gunpoint by three men, who drove him to multiple ATM machines and forced him to withdraw money, police said.

In the halls of high-tech MIT, he still paints professors’ names on doors

If a name appears written in black letters on a professor’s office door at MIT, it’s more likely than not that Glenn Silva put it there.

Two men stab each other near Boston Common

Two men were stabbed on Tremont Street just before 4 p.m. Thursday, police said.

Blackstone man arrested in New Jersey after father’s slaying

Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. declined to say how Walter Armstrong, 83, was killed.


The Ship may go down on Route 1

Like the Hilltop, Weylu’s, and Route 1 Miniature Golf, the highway landmark may be demolished to make way for development.

Political Happy Hour: January 12, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Baker luvs lotsa O’care | No-new-taxes Baker backs new tax | Crikey!

Tito Jackson formally announces run for Boston mayor

The 41-year-old Jackson made the announcement at a Thursday news conference.

Capital Source

GOP Senate candidate readies for ‘street fight’

Allen Rodney Waters describes himself as an “angry, conservative black man with a chip on his shoulder”

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

Bay Staters flocking to Medicaid

An average of 6,000 new people have signed up for MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program, every month since mid-2015.

Police disarm gun-toting suspect after violent struggle

Boston officers twice knocked a gun out of the hands of man who had allegedly pointed the weapon at a fellow officers in Dorchester, police said.

Emerson students get more time to cross the street

Students had rallied for additional seconds to be tacked on at the busy crossing of Boylston and Tremont streets.

Couple facing charges of running human trafficking ring

The husband and wife from West Roxbury were held on $500,000 bail.

Remembrance service to be held for Laura Levis

Ms. Levis’s story drew national attention after her husband, Peter DeMarco, published a tribute in The New York Times.

Drought persists in Mass., experts say

Drought conditions in the state have not changed much despite a few recent days of precipitation, according to the latest calculations by the US Drought Monitor.

Concord-Carlisle Regional Concord student arrested for threat

The unnamed student is accused of writing threats against members of the school community.

Read the letter Governor Baker sent to Congress

The Republican is pushing federal lawmakers to maintain several key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Republican Baker urges Congress to keep key provisions of Obamacare

Governor Charlie Baker is bucking congressional Republicans but is also pushing for a key change so fewer working people can choose government-subsidized health insurance.

Electricians who rescued cat from I-93 girder to be honored

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will give IBEW Local 103 a certificate of recognition this week.

Police probing possible assault on jogger

The attack happened just after sunset Wednesday in Chestnut Hill.

Man killed in Hyde Park crash

The accident happened Wednesday evening at the edge of Stony Brook Reservation.

Fast Forward: Obamacare repeal begins, Tito Jackson makes it official, and leave gingers alone

Intelligence officials will brief lawmakers on Russia’s election-related hacking, Tito Jackson launches his mayoral campaign, and more of the news you need.

Slowdowns mark the highway ride to Boston as Thursday commute begins

Drivers are seeing delays on the Southeast Expressway and Interstate 93 southbound north of Boston as well as on the Mass. Pike in Framingham.

Another spring-like day before temperatures plummet

The unseasonable weather, which came on a damp day, matched a mark set on Jan. 12, 1975, and in 1913.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2017. There are 353 days left in the year.

Georgia man pleads guilty to filming underage performers

William H. Allen, 64, of Athens used his position as co-owner of Cirque de la Symphonie, a company that staffs performers for musical acts, to secretly capture nude images of two performers under the age of 16, prosecutors said.

Worcester nurse admits to stealing painkillers

Lea Roberge, 32, worked at Holy Trinity Nursing and Rehabilitation center where, she removed morphine sulfate from emergency narcotics kits.

Boston dogs make Puppy Bowl roster

Two pups from Last Hope K9 Rescue in Boston will appear in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XIII on Super Bowl Sunday.

Woman charged with death of Arlington man, 91

Berta Rodriguez faces charges of vehicle homicide and others that allegedly led to the death of William Dotson in 2015.

Sudbury School Committee cancels meeting after crash

The board was already scheduled to hold its meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Ephraim Curtis Middle School, before a bus from the school crashed at about 1 p.m. on Interstate 95.

Feisty debate erupts in City Council meeting

Councilor Tito Jackson had called for a hearing on violence; until today, not everyone was on board.

SJC overturns gun conviction, citing wrongful arrest

The unanimous decision found officers overstepped their bounds on April 29, 2006, when they stopped McGregory Meneus.

Woman lived with sister’s body in kitchen for more than year

A cousin of the sisters discovered the body last month in the kitchen of the $1.2 million Brookline home.

Yvonne Abraham

An L.L. Bean boycott is not the way to go

L.L. Bean is a company committed to caring for the environment, generous with donations, and good to its workers.

Healey wins showdown with Exxon Mobil

Attorney General Maura Healey demanded company documents on climate change dating back 40 years.

‘I want to become the 55th mayor of the City of Boston’

Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson vows a vigorous campaign against his friend and former ally Mayor Martin Walsh.

Pedestrian who shoulder-bumped Cambridge cop charged with disorderly conduct, not assault

A Dorchester man whose run-in with a Cambridge police officer drew national attention will be charged with disorderly conduct.

Political Happy Hour: January 11, 2017

Political Happy Hour: ¡Trump! | Scott Brown doesn’t get Veterans Affairs post | Maine guv: ‘There’s 50 less pounds of me to hate’

Naturopaths get their own licensing board in Mass.

Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a controversial bill that lincenses the alternative medicine practitioners.

Be careful when you dispose of those ashes in the fireplace, officials warn

Improper disposal of ashes can lead to trouble. It’s already happened at least twice this winter, officials said.

Student recounts terrifying Waltham bus crash

“Everyone started screaming, because we started tilting,” Jaira Pimentel said.

Patriots tight end ‘saved the day’ by fulfilling school fund-raiser

Martellus Bennett gave $2,500 to the Maurice J. Tobin K-8 School, so they could buy books for a reading space.

Firefighters rescue fisherman and two police officers who fell through ice in Plymouth pond

Firefighters in Plymouth Tuesday rescued a 67-year-old ice fisherman who fell through the ice and two police officers who also fell through as they tried to render aid, officials said Wednesday.

Photos: Bus crash in Waltham

Several children were injured after a school bus rolled over in Waltham.

Malden police warn residents of snowblower thefts

In a Twitter post, police urged owners to record the make, model, and serial number of their snowblower after a “large uptick” in thefts.

Students injured after I-95 school bus crash

Ten students were hospitalized with minor injuries and 12 as a precautionary measure after the crash near Waltham.

Capital Source

Will Trump weigh in on state GOP fight?

In Ohio, Trump encouraged party activists to dump an ally of Governor John Kasich. The Massachusetts party chairman vote is later this month.

Fatal single-car crash in Raynham

A 37-year-old New Bedford man was killed when his 2003 Honda Accord struck a bridge abutment Wednesday morning on Interstate 495 in Raynham, State Police said.

ground game

10 things that happened at Trump’s press conference

For the first time since July, the president-elect held a press conference — nine days before he is set to be sworn into office.

Demolition gone awry damages Lawrence building, forces out tenants

No one was reported injured but residents of six apartment were displaced.

T rider accused of exposing himself to woman he believed voted for Hillary Clinton

The 30-year-old Orange Line rider was arrested on allegations of open and gross lewdness.

Brown doesn’t get nod for VA post

Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown had hoped for a job running the Department of Veterans Affairs under President-elect Donald Trump.

MassArt takes on task of laser-cutting new city seals

The wooden fabrications will sit front and center on the mayor’s podium during public appearances.

State Police record 87% clearance rate in homicide investigations in 2016

Between 2003 and 2014, State Police had clearance rates above 80 percent.

Fast Forward: Donald Trump will finally have a press conference, Mass. considers a new time zone, and Monopoly’s changing tokens

Senate confirmation hearings continue for Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks, Mass. considers a new time zone, and more of the news you need.

Will Baker face a real reelection battle?

By most traditional measures, Charlie Baker is in an extremely enviable position as the 2017-18 election cycle kicks off.

Spring-like weather on tap for Wednesday

It’s damp, it’s gray, it’s warm, but no, it’s not spring yet.

Roads south of Boston seeing slowdowns

Drivers were facing delays as the Wednesday commute got underway.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2017. There are 354 days left in the year.

Local pols praise Obama’s farewell speech

The president briefly referenced Trump’s upcoming inauguration in his speech, saying the world will witness the nation’s peaceful transfer of power during the Jan. 20 ceremony.

With too few nurses for kids’ home care, parents push for action

The parents of severely ill children are hoping Beacon Hill will raise reimbursement rates for nurses who care for kids in their homes.

Mass. has lowest US rate of gun deaths

Advocacy groups on Tuesday attributed the state’s ranking to its tough firearm laws.

The lives of the faithful come into view with release of parish records

A new collaboration is bringing more than a century’s worth of the Catholic Church’s records within reach of the nearest Internet connection.

Time machine

Time machine

Sex offender ordered to be held without bail for double rape in South End

Ronald Brown, 52, was arraigned on charges of indecent assault and battery, evidence tampering, assault for the purposes of racial intimidation, burglary with assault, two counts of aggravated rape, robbery, kidnapping, and witness intimidation


In Trump’s middle America, a sense of optimism

“I’m feeling good about America,” a small-business owner in Bellevue, Ohio, said.

Construction worker seriously injured in Framingham

A heavy duty vehicle slid down a snowy hill, pinning him underneath, fire officials said.

Fiery car crash in Andover leaves one dead

The victim’s car rear-ended a tractor trailer and burst into flames, State Police said.

Leader of No Boston Olympics tapped for transportation group

Chris Dempsey said he is eager to lobby the state to improve its transportation systems.

CDC investigator says fungal meningitis outbreak rivaled Ebola epidemic

“This was really a public health tragedy,” Dr. Benjamin Park told jurors in the first federal criminal trial related to a meningitis outbreak that killed more than 60 people.

The plight of the bumblebee

The rusty-patched bumblebee once thrived from Maine to the Midwest. Now, the furry insect is on the verge of extinction.

Capital Source

GOP businessman may challenge Elizabeth Warren for re-election

Rick Green, a multi-millionaire who has made it no secret he wants to run for a major public office, is quietly exploring his options.

12-year-old pedestrian struck in Hopkinton

No information on the extent of the boy’s injuries was immediately available.

Holyoke mayor wants to make his city a recreational pot hub

The city, with a high poverty rate, requires an infusion of new industry. And the marijuana business, Alex Morse says, would be a perfect fit.

Close encounters of the asteroid kind

A previously undetected asteroid that could rival the size of a mid-sized Boston office building passed by Earth within half the distance of the moon.

Traffic stop leads to gun arrest in Roxbury

A traffic stop uncovered illegal guns and drugs in Roxbury.

Political Happy Hour: January 10, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Rick Green running for US Senate in Mass.? | Just how many pot plants is too many? | Enter stage left at Trump Tower ... a Kennedy

Three things about the Shirley prison

The Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center finds itself in the spotlight after a riot broke out Tuesday evening.

Despite recent precipitation, much of Mass. remains under a drought warning

Even with the recent precipitation, much of the state remains under a drought warning.

Capital Source

From Baker, not quite transparency

Governor Charlie Baker rejected a record request seeking documents about Keolis in the weeks before his administration forgave $839,000 in fines.

Oil truck overturns in residential Saugus neighborhood

The truck skidded on some ice and crashed onto its side, trapping the driver and leaking oil onto the area of Sampson Street and Dewey Street.

Lowell police find alleged drug dealer, firearms, while investigating robbery

Sambath Lay, 29, was arrested on firearm and cocaine trafficking charges following an alleged armed robbery of a convenience store on Sunday morning.

Photos: The aftermath of the Shirley prison riot

The Massachusetts Department of Corrections released photos of the scene after inmates seized control of a unit inside the prison.

Dorchester man imprisoned for harassing Suffolk prosecutor

Bradley Sylvestre pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years behind bars.

Jurors can view Hernandez tattoos as evidence, judge rules

The ink on the former Patriots star allegedly links him to the 2012 double murder.

Prisoners in riot were ‘getting ready for war’

A group of 47 prisoners armed with clubs, shivs, and iron bars seized control of a unit inside the state’s maximum-security prison for three hours Monday.

Rah! Rah! Go, Amherst . . . Hamsters?

A list of 30 semifinalists of possible mascots for the liberal arts school includes the small rodent.

Commissioner Evans selected for historic church’s MLK award

Twelfth Baptist Church, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached, said it chose Evans for his commitment to the city’s residents.

Dave Epstein

Brief winter reprieve in the works for Mass.

By the end of this week, you might be able to see the ground again.

Dorchester man, 19, is city’s first homicide of 2017

The man became Boston’s first homicide victim of 2017 after he was shot near the community center in the Orchard Gardens housing development.

Fast Forward: Cabinet nominee hearings, Obama’s farewell speech, preparing for pandemics

President Obama prepares to say farewell, manhunt continues for suspect in fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer, and more of the news you need.

Man wanted in girlfriend’s slaying commits suicide, prosecutor says

The body of a 38-year-old man accused of murdering his girlfriend in Brockton was found in Braintree.

Drivers face slow ride into Boston

Commuters on the roads and rails are struggling to get into the city on Tuesday.

Today’s weather will be snowy, rainy, and foggy

The shifting conditions are the result of a warming trend that will push the bitterly cold temperatures from the early morning into the low 30s.

1 lane on I-495 in Andover closed to clear truck rollover

No injuries were immediately reported in the crash.

Poverty, economic inequality are big concerns for US mayors

The rising cost of urban life and a lack of job opportunities for the middle class have mayors nationwide concerned.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 10, the 10th day of 2017. There are 355 days left in the year.

Amherst College men’s cross-country team on probation over e-mails

The team had been suspended after a student publication revealed sexist and racist e-mails sent among the team.

Brockton woman is shot dead in apartment

A Brockton woman was found fatally shot Monday evening, triggering a police search for her boyfriend.

Company being sued by Aaron Hernandez asks judge to toss lawsuit

The company that Aaron Hernandez is suing over a security breach of his phone calls asked a federal judge Monday to throw out the lawsuit brought by the former New England Patriots tight end.

Worcester gun dealer agrees to halt sale of illegal handguns

A Worcester gun shop violated state law by selling firearms that were not on the state’s approved roster, including handguns manufactured by Glock that didn’t meet Massachusetts safety regulations.

Shots fired during Roslindale robbery

Shots were reportedly fired during an armed robbery Monday night at a Roslindale gas station.

Once a refugee, she welcomes newcomers at an uncertain time

Mary Truong, executive director of the state’s Office for Refugees and Immigrants, hopes her example will help others like her.

By the numbers

By the numbers



Man is shot on Dearborn Street in Roxbury and taken to hospital

A man was shot Monday night on Dearborn Street in Roxbury.

Lexington man had history of erratic behavior, court records show

Court records detail Robert A. Ivarson’s erratic behavior, dating back to 1994.

Why were some places walloped by Saturday’s snowstorm and others not so much?

Saturday’s storm left East Bridgewater under 19.5 inches of snow while 25 miles away only 7.2 inches of snow fell on Logan Airport.

Inmates at Shirley prison used makeshift weapons to wreak havoc

Violence broke out at the Shirley facility after a fight between two inmates who were part “of a security threat group.”

Alstead, N.H. man, 57, fatally shot in his home

A 57-year-old man was fatally shot in his home over the weekend in Alstead, N.H.,

Store at epicenter of Boston’s addiction problem closes

The Cumberland Farms near Boston Medical Center was a gathering point for people at nearby treatment centers.

Plainville EMT sentenced for molesting three boys

A former EMT will spend up to seven years in state prison for molesting three boys in the Plainville area.

Books detail the how-to’s on cultivating pot

The Boston Public Library has a number of books about marijuana, including several volumes on home growing.

Political Happy Hour: January 9, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Kerry sounds alarm on climate | The great Massachusetts Kiwi Divide | Beppe Grillo, jilted!

Woman who fired shotgun at her spouse is sentenced to prison

Deborah Armstrong, of Rehoboth, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of armed assault with intent to murder.

Man surrenders after barricading himself inside Haverhill building

Police believe the man fired at law enforcement officers Monday afternoon before barricading himself inside.


When dying is a choice

My father lingered for several weeks after he told me he wanted to die, suffering greatly.

Dorchester educator is finalist for national Teacher of the Year

Sydney Chaffee of Codman Academy was named Massachusetts’ Teacher of the Year in May.

MBTA board votes to privatize warehousing department

The agency had previously said the department, which orders, stores, and moves mechanical parts, is “completely broken.”

Kerry issues a dire warning on climate change

Secretary of State John Kerry said the country risks environmental and economic consequences if climate change isn’t addressed.

Supreme Court won’t hear appeal over escort ads

An appeal from three sex trafficking victims accused of helping to promote the exploitation of children.

Shoplifting suspect allegedly drove into Plainville police officer

The 38-year-old man is accused of hitting an officer who was investigating him for allegedly shoplifting at a Target.

It was ‘all hands on deck’ to rescue man from icy Provincetown Harbor

A US Coast Guard official recounted the daring rescue during Saturday night’s heavy snow.

Federal jurors give Gary Lee Sampson the death penalty

“This has been so brutal, I’m so glad it’s over,” the mother of one of Gary Lee Sampson’s victims said.

In joke image, stolen Gardner paintings used as space savers

A fake report about the paintings was filed on the city’s 311 app.

Live: John Kerry at MIT

The outgoing secretary of State will discuss climate change and clean energy at the Cambridge university.

Pharmacist’s greed led to 25 deaths, prosecutors say

Barry Cadden is charged with causing the deaths of 25 people in the 2012 meningitis outbreak.

Fast Forward: The Patriots know their opponent, meningitis trial starts, a slowdown in Boston

New England gets ready to take on the Houston Texans, a new speed limit for Boston, and more of the news you need.

Boston Public Schools bus monitor taken to a hospital after crash

At least two students were treated at the scene of the Jamaica Plain crash, and the monitor was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Healey wants lawmakers, not courts, to decide right-to-die issue

AG Maura Healey and other top state law enforcement officials want a judge to dismiss a right-to-die lawsuit filed by a Falmouth cancer patient.

The hardy kiwi: scourge or savior for farmers?

A proposal to ban the smooth-skinned cousin of the famous, fuzzy kiwi fruit has divided New England’s gardening and horticultural community.

Bitterly cold temperatures blamed for some commuter rail woes

The MBTA is citing “mechanical” and “signal” issues for delays and cancellations on several commuter rail lines.

‘Bundle up’ for cold conditions with temperatures in 20s

The work week will start cold before a warm trend arrives on Tuesday.

star watch

When seeing stars means seeing stories

We’re starting New England’s coldest weeks of the year and the bright moon these icy nights provides cold comfort indeed.

East Boston apartment building evacuated over carbon monoxide

The high levels of carbon monoxide were also found in the nearby East Boston District Court, officials said.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2017. There are 356 days left in the year.

Cyc spin studio to reopen in original space at Boston’s Park Plaza

The popular studio closed temporarily last month after the DavidBartonGym it was located in shut down permanently.

City Hall promised lobbying reform. Nothing happened.

Corporations and interest groups continue to employ lobbyists to quietly influence city government with practically no public scrutiny.

Nat Hentoff, a jazz critic, free speech advocate, and ‘Boston Boy’ memoirist, dies at 91

His was a life of improvisation, provocation, and dedication to free speech, rooted in a rebellious upbringing in Roxbury.

Mass. police increase dementia training

Every municipal police officer in Massachusetts will be required to received training about dementia by June.

Adrian Walker

It’s time to fix solitary confinement, before more abuse occurs

In the wake of a report that eight patients with mental illness were placed in solitary confinement, Mass. should curtail the practice.


Lower speed limit debuts in Boston

On Monday, Boston’s default speed limit will drop from 30 to 25 miles per hour.

Suspicious death in Nashua ruled a homicide

An autopsy revealed the cause of Javier Rivera Afanador’s death was multiple blunt force trauma to the head.

Boston’s 25 mile-per-hour default speed limit takes effect Monday

The speed limit will not apply to state-owned roads or to other locations with posted signs.

Time machine

January 9, 1946: A discharged soldier from Hudson turns a discarded Boston city bus into a home for himself, his wife, and his baby daughter, the Globe reports. Total cost of the renovation: $350.

Around the region

Around the region

Vermont swim coach recalls scene in Fort Lauderdale airport

Gerry Cournoyer said athletes and staff overcame fear and confusion during the shootings.

Police blotter

Police blotter

Chess notes

The weekly game

Suspected shoplifter hits Plainville police officer

The officer, Todd Holbrook, is expected to survive, according to police.

The first inaugural photograph — of Lincoln — to be displayed at Bowdoin College

On the morning of Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration, the country was braced for the worst. Seven states had seceded from the Union. Many Americans feared their new president wouldn’t make it through the ceremony alive.

North Attleborough man killed while snowmobiling in Maine

Richard Dumont, 52, plunged into Messalonskee Lake just before 3 p.m. Saturday.

Cambridge biotech firm mourns loss of worker hit by vehicle

Jessica Cosman worked at Cambridge-based Relay Therapeutics, where her colleagues were “stunned and devastated” by her death.

Worcester convenience store clerk is shot during robbery

A masked man shot a convenience store clerk during a robbery in Worcester Saturday afternoon, police said.

Man stabbed in fight outside the Middle East Nightclub in Cambridge

The Haverhill man, who was leaving a concert with friends, was stabbed during a large physical altercation outside the nightclub.

A frigid day of digging out, but relief is on the way

Temperatures will remain low Monday, but the latter half of the week will feature unseasonably warm weather.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2017. There are 357 days left in the year.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

In one hour, two incidents, three arrests

Boston police arrested three men in two separate incidents involving illegal firearm possession and driving without a license Friday afternoon.

Woman is struck by car and killed in Mission Hill

A 22-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car near Hillside and Sunset streets in Boston late Saturday afternoon, police said.

UVM women’s swim team members injured in Florida airport panic

The team’s 37 athletes and five coaches were in the next terminal over from where the shooting occurred.

New England news in brief

New England news in brief


Taking a long road trip to look for Trump’s America

“This town is dying now,’’ said 81-year-old Paul Hromadik of Ford City, Pa. “All the young people are moving out.”

A horse and his caretaker form an enduring bond

In eight years, Donnie MacAdams has not spent a night away from 40-year-old retired Standardbred for whom he cares.

Yvonne Abraham

For Bristol County sheriff, a badge of dishonor

Thomas Hodgson’s dream of becoming America’s loopiest sheriff — the new Joe Arpaio — is closer than ever.

Teen charged in stepfather’s fatal stabbing in South Yarmouth

The boy, who is being held at a juvenile facility, is due to be arraigned Monday.

Bird sightings in Massachusetts

Bird sightings reported by the Massachusetts Audubon Society

Chess notes

News from the world of chess

Sunday’s Child

Danielle looks for positives in everyone

She loves school and wants to learn. Her favorite subjects are reading and social studies.

Baker says the MBTA is prepared for winter

As a snowstorm raged across the region Saturday, Governor Charlie Baker met with more than 20 officials to review preparations.

Up to 20 vehicles are in crash in Conn. during storm

Up to 20 vehicles were in a crash on Interstate 91 in Middletown, Conn., on Saturday during a snowstorm.

Dave Epstein

South of Boston, 7 to 12 inches of snow so far

The Boston area may get up to a foot of snow, and areas to the south in Massachusetts may get more.

First big storm of the year hammers much of Mass.

In Boston, the heaviest snow was expected to fall into the evening Saturday, leaving behind about 8 to 12 inches.

WCVB, WMUR are back for New England DirecTV subscribers

DirecTV subscribers in New England can now watch WCVB (Channel 5) and WMUR (Channel 9), the company confirmed early Saturday.

Gas leak stopped at Spectra Energy Weymouth station

The leak was the result of a one inch valve freezing, a Spectra Energy spokesman said.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2017. There are 358 days left in the year.


Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017

Randolph police arrest Boston man on gun charge

Darius Bass, 22, is being held without bail and will be arraigned Monday at Quincy District Court.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Deaths of 5 teens in wrong-way crash reclassified as murder

The reclassification from ‘‘highway fatality’’ to ‘‘murder’’ is an effort to help block public access to the incident report for the Oct. 8 crash.

Milton armed robbery suspect leads police on chase

A man was arrested Friday evening after allegedly robbing two stores in Milton at knifepoint and then leading police on a chase through several cities and neighborhoods.

SJC looks at marijuana sobriety tests for drivers

Can field sobriety tests be administered to demonstrate that a person is too high to operate a motor vehicle?

Arlington apologizes for not treating streets ahead of snow

Residents claimed there were spinouts and unsafe driving conditions, and the streets were like an ice rink.

Nursing home sued over fatal Christmas accident

The lawsuit alleges inadequate staffing, training, and supervision at Woodbriar Health Center caused the death of 83-year-old Mary Meuse.

Meningitis trial opening arguments slated for Monday

Barry Cadden is the first person to go to trial on charges that he was responsible for deaths that resulted from the 2012 outbreak.

TSA rules allow guns, ammo in checked bags

The gunman at the Fort Lauderdale airport Friday had flown there with a gun in a checked bag, authorities said.

Puerto Rican flavor for JP’s Three Kings Day bash

The festivities, sponsored by the Hyde Square Task Force, marked the day that the Three Magi, or kings, arrived with gifts for the newborn Jesus.

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Driver killed in Georgetown crash

A 77-year-old Rowley man was killed Friday morning in Georgetown when his car spun out of control and collided with an oncoming car, police said.

Boston Grand Prix assets frozen in bankruptcy case

A federal judge froze the assets of Boston Grand Prix president John Casey as part of an $11 million bankruptcy case stemming from the failed race.

After Fla. shooting, Logan security increased

Passengers and visitors to Logan Airport were met with heightened security measures in the wake of the deadly shooting in Florida.

Man and dog treated after falling through ice

A man and his dog are reported to be fine after falling into icy water on a walk in Andover.

The latte a loafer thief left behind may help track him down

Dec. 16 was a day for latte and loafers, according to Natick police.

Two snowplows struck by cars in Boston and Bourne

The phrase MassDOT wants drivers to know this winter: “Don’t crowd the plow.”

Snow totals for Massachusetts

How much snow fell in your town?

James Morales’ escape from R.I. jail captured on video

Some four hours elapsed before officials at the maximum-security Rhode Island jail realized that James W. Morales had escaped.

Police seize guns from Lexington man facing civil rights charges

Police searched Robert Ivarson’s Tarbell Avenue home following his arrest on civil rights charges.

Fast Forward: Teams try to poach Pats’ coordinators, Trump gets briefed, No-Pants Subway Ride

Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up today.

New South Boston zoning could mean more parking and slow down development

The regulations are an attempt to restore order and fairness to a booming neighborhood that can feel like one big construction site.

Brookline gets extension on affordable housing proposals

But the state declined to grant the town’s request for a six-month moratorium on new Chapter 40B applications.


Finding friendship — and love — walking the mall

“Every time I go to the doctor’s they ask me what’s my secret and I tell them walking and socializing,” says Judy Johnson, 77, of Danvers.

All day snow on Saturday to be heaviest in the afternoon

Towns in the upper Cape, mainly Sandwich, Bourne, and Barnstable, are expected to accumulate the most snow.

MassDOT deploys plows and sanders during Friday commute

Drivers are facing slow rides into Boston from the north and the south.

Early morning blaze in East Boston

The fire was put out by 4 a.m., and it’s believed to have caused $100,000 in damages. No injuries were reported.

Search tied to TelexFree case turns up $20m hidden in bed

Federal authorities seized roughly $20 million in cash hidden inside a mattress in a Westborough apartment this week.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2017. There are 359 days left in the year.

Dartmouth teen stable after hit-and-run

The incident occurred shortly after 5 pm on Dartmouth street. The girl was taken by helicopter to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, where she is listed as in stable condition.

Dave Epstein

Boston could see up to 6 inches of snow Saturday

The region will see two separate snowstorms Friday and Saturday. Here’s what to expect in terms of snowfall.

BPS chief warns against ‘rat race’ of school closings, cuts

“We have got to get out of this rat race of closings and making cuts every single year,” said Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang.

Lexicon: Fair Share Tax

In a speech kicking off the 2017 session of the Massachusetts Senate this week, President Stanley C. Rosenberg gave a shoutout to a proposal called the Fair Share Tax. “Even today,” Rosenberg said, “some believe we can continue to cut our way to success. I do not. I believe we need to invest our way to success. And in 2018, the people of the Commonwealth can make a bold move in that direction by passing the Fair Share Tax.” Never heard of it? What Rosenberg was talking about has also been called the “millionaires tax.” Whatever you call it, the idea is to scrap the state’s flat income tax — everyone currently pays at a rate of 5.1 percent — and create a two-tiered system, with all earnings over $1 million taxed at a rate 4 percentage points higher. The plan would raise more than $1 billion a year, earmarked for education and transportation. Does that sound fair to you? Voters will have their say at the polls in November 2018.

In big speeches, governors have made promises, threats

In the past, some governors have used the big State of the Commonwealth address in a variety of ways: self-congratulation, big ideas, dire warnings.

Judge calls ex-lobbyist a liar, prepares strict probation terms

If Richard McDonough, who served five years for public corruption, fails to comply with the conditions, he could be sent back to federal prison.

Hundreds of church sex abuse victims continue to come forward

Victims continue to come forward by the hundreds worldwide, advocates said Thursday.

Medical examiner to retire, leaving a complicated legacy

The Massachusetts chief medical examiner, Dr. Henry Nields, is widely admired, but also struggled to cope with controversies under his watch.

Adrian Walker

Bristol County’s sheriff has no place in the US-Mexico border debate

Maybe Thomas Hodgson needs a map. The sheriff seems to think his jurisdiction has some relationship to Mexico.

At Suffolk, staff get a surprise paycheck

On Thursday the college accidentally issued direct deposit paychecks to a number of employees, and then began to try to get the money back.

Keolis may have rivals when rail pact ends

If Charlie Baker is re-elected, the MBTA will not seek an extension of its current commuter rail contract with Keolis.

Meet MGH’s 100-year-old doctor

“I haven’t retired because my interests are the same now as they were 50 years ago,” Dr. Walter Guralnick said.

Watch live: Update on capture of escaped R.I. fugitive

James Morales, who escaped a federal jail in R.I. on Saturday, was captured after a foot pursuit in Somerville following a days-long manhunt.

Salem State University’s president to retire this summer

President Patricia Meservey will retire after a decade at the helm

Capital Source

New role for ex-Patrick aide

Kofi Jones has opened her own consulting firm with a focus on health innovation.

Capital Source

Another GOP candidate-turned-health-marketer

Gerry Dembrowski, who challenged Edward J. Markey for Congress in 2010 and ran for state Senate in 2012, now runs something called the 20Lighter Program.

Capital Source

Is Yancey plotting a comeback?

Charles Yancey, the former long-serving city councilor, sent out a fundraising letter this week.

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Talk about a pricey accident: Lamborghini involved in I-93 crash in Quincy

A yellow Lamborghini was involved in a crash on I-93 south in Quincy on Thursday, according to State Police.

Weed advocates don’t like this Mass. senator

State Senator Jason M. Lewis became perhaps the most public face of the opposition to Question 4.

Capital Source

Baker ventures into an unexpected controversy

Governor Charlie Baker should have checked before he ventured down to the South Coast to swear in Sheriff Thomas Hodgson for another term Wednesday.

Mass. to begin Uber, Lyft driver background checks

Drivers for ride-hailing companies will begin undergoing what officials say are the country’s most stringent background checks.

Capital Source

Mum’s the word on boycott talk

Governor Charlie Baker spoke with a government official about the controversial anti-boycott legislation that Jewish groups in Boston have been pushing on Beacon Hill.

Would-be fire truck thief caught after turning on siren

A 63-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with attempted larceny after fire officials say he tried to steal one of their trucks.

Capital Source

For Setti Warren, a fundraising hurdle

The Newton mayor has just a mere $74,547 in his campaign account — about half of what Charlie Baker pulls in over two weeks.

The full list of the 42 Sears stores closing around the US

Here’s a list of the stores that are slated to close.

The full list of the 108 Kmart stores closing around the US

Here’s a list of the stores that are slated to close.

Live: Attempted bank robbery in Cambridge

The suspect may match the description of a man who escaped from a federal detention center in R.I. on New Year’s Eve.

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What can blue states do to thwart Trump’s policies?

There are lots of ways for local governments to limit the impact of his policies.

Cat found safe 9 days after falling from vehicle on I-93

Juno was hiding along a steel girder high above I-93 when electricians from Local 103 rescued her.

Mass. trooper snares R.I. fugitive after 5-day manhunt

James Morales, who escaped a Rhode Island jail on Saturday, was captured and arrested after a foot chase on Thursday.

Police allegedly find 901 bags of heroin in pickup truck on I-91

A Vermont woman is under arrest after the discovery.

Yes, the rain helped. Less of Mass. is now in ‘extreme drought’

As recently as last week, close to 40 percent of the state was experiencing extreme drought conditions.

The full list of the 68 Macy’s stores closing around the US

Here’s a list of the stores the retailer said it is moving to close.

How Obama views his legacy in criminal justice

President Obama’s commentary in the Harvard Law Review addresses how presidents can exert influence over the criminal justice system.

Fast Forward: Intelligence briefings on the Hill, shadows on the Common, skating at Fenway

Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up today.

Unproven, potentially dangerous — and possibly licensed under a new bill

A long-sought bill, now on the governor’s desk, would confer professional legitimacy on naturopathy, a controversial practice.

Mass. population growing faster than New England, but slower than US

Massachusetts continued to grow at a faster rate than any other state in New England, but lagged behind the rate of growth for the country as a whole.

Traffic picks up on highways at height of Thursday commute

Volume is beginning to build on highways as the Thursday trek gets underway.

Windy Thursday could end with snowfall

Temperatures will top out at around 34 degrees before dropping down to the mid-20s, forecasters said.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2017. There are 360 days left in the year.

Lynnfield postal worker pleads guilty to importing anabolic steroids

John Psehoyas, 54, purchased the steroids online from suppliers in China, Poland, Turkey, and Romania.

Bridgewater Police search for armed bank robber

The alleged armed robbery took place at an Eastern Bank branch on 110 Main St. at approximately 11:15 a.m.

Mass. mentally ill wait longer in ER, study says

A new study found patients with medical problems rarely experience these holdups.

Westford school bus crash sends one student to hospital

A high school student sustained minor injuries when the school bus collided with a minivan, whose driver also sustained minor injuries.

More names pop up for Roxbury, South Boston city council seats

The early speculations are coming as councilors are fund-raising and campaigning for this year’s election.

Officials want public meeting over Pilgrim Power Plant safety

The call for a meeting comes amid the ongoing NRC review of operations at the plant, which the agency has classified as having a poor safety record.

Bristol Sheriff offers inmates to build Trump’s Mexico wall

“I can think of no other project that would have such a positive impact on our inmates and our country than building this wall,” Thomas Hodgson said.

Drivers who stop in bike lanes could be fined $50 under new Mass. bill

The measure is in part a response to the increasing use of bicycles for exercise and to commute.

Yvonne Abraham

Lo and behold, higher Boston meter rates are already opening up spots

Make street parking more expensive, the theory goes, and people will be less likely to use on-street spots for longer than they should.

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John Kerry to talk climate change at MIT

US Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver a climate-change speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Monday.

Where Moby-Dick got his name, and other whale facts

Volunteers will take turns reading passages from the novel, start to finish, Friday through Sunday at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Suspect arrested in Cambridge after assaulting convenience store clerk

A Cambridge man slashed a store clerk in the arm with a knife in an attempt to steal food.

When in New Bedford, check out one of the best US sunsets

The city found itself on a list of places from around the country that are ideal for watching the sun go down.

Man dies after being hit by car while walking in Attleboro

The driver was cited for leaving the scene of an fatal accident.

Public may view videotape of Chism interrogation, SJC rules

The tape shows police interrogating the 14-year-old Danvers High School student hours after authorities said he murdered and raped his math teacher.

‘Race the T’ will pit runners against Green Line trolley

It’ll be your two legs against the might of the Green Line if you register for the unique event, hosted by a Boston Marathon participant.

Bicyclist dies after being hit by truck in Brockton

The bicyclist was struck by a box truck in the area of North Montello and Locust Streets.

2 arrested after shoplifting becomes chase at Nashua Mall

A Boston-area man and woman are under arrest after fleeing police who were responding to a shoplifting report at the Nashua Mall.

Senate president stresses criminal justice reform, income disparity

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg called for reforming the state’s criminal justice system and tackling “the gnawing disparity” in incomes in Massachusetts.

A baby overdosed on fentanyl. Was it an accident or a crime?

Methuen police are trying to determine who, if anyone, poisoned a 10-month-old girl with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.

Mockup of new Orange Line train ships from China

The model train is traveling by boat from China and is expected to reach the Conley Terminal in South Boston.

Former aide to Deval Patrick considers challenging Charlie Baker

Jay Gonzalez, who resigned as chief executive of CeltiCare Health last month, is “seriously exploring” a gubernatorial bid in 2018.

Deliberations over death penalty set to begin in Sampson trial

Sampson killed two men in Massachusetts and a third man in New Hampshire during a crime spree in 2001.

Fast Forward: Israeli soldier conviction, eating and swearing on Beacon Hill, New Year’s haikus

President Obama will strategize with congressional Democrats, the sentencing phase in Dylann Roof’s federal death penalty trial begins, and more of the news you need.

The 10 most unusual things TSA confiscated in 2016

A fake hand grenade, a bladed dragon claw, and a prop corpse. Yes, people really tried to get these items through airport security.

Programs smooth college path for foreign students

Pathway programs serve as a gateway to American colleges for students with poor English proficiency, but do the systems lower a school’s standards?

Slow ride into Boston on highways

Speeds on the Southeast Expressway and Interstate 93 north of the city are below 30 miles an hour.

Mild Wednesday with temperature nearing 50 degrees

The skies will be mostly cloudy as New England enjoys some warmth before winter weather returns later this week.

Students allegedly made false reports of a threat from a classmate

An eighth-grade boy was falsely accused of plotting to attack classmates at East Bridgewater’s junior-senior high school.

Concord firefighters battle blaze at ‘home away from home’

When the alarms sounded early Wednesday morning, the three firefighters on duty didn’t have far to go: Their own fire station was ablaze.

After two years on the run, Brockton man arrested

James Stewart, 32, was wanted on warrants for shooting another man in Dorchester in 2014 , as well as attempting to burn down the house of an ex-girlfriend in Roxbury in 2012.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2017. There are 361 days left in the year.

Roxbury advocate to run against Tito Jackson

Rufus Faulk said he is ready to take his advocacy around public safety and other issues to the chambers of City Hall.

Belmont police seek witnesses to hit-and-run

The vehicle, possibly a dark-colored SUV, struck a woman near the Belmont Center Bridge.

Sex charges against former school superintendent dismissed

Charges against former private school headmaster Steven Bliss were dismissed due to “lack of prosecution,” his lawyer said.

Son of WWII veteran getting his father’s medals, with help of Mass. probation officer

Mark Costa, a Fall River probation officer, was overseeing about 200 offenders when a handwritten note in one of their files stopped him cold.

Rolling the dice on a hepatitis C-tainted liver

A Westwood man is one of the few hepatitis C-negative patients in the US to get a liver from a donor who has the disease.

First Roman Catholic bishop indicted in clergy abuse scandal dies

Former Springfield bishop Thomas L. Dupre was never prosecuted for his crimes because the statutes of limitation had expired.

Goodbye, waterfront fireworks: New Year’s festivities in Copley are here to stay

The company that organizes the festivities said it plans to forgo fireworks at midnight in favor of a pyrotechnics, light, and sound show in Copley Square.

Man arraigned on 2004 Fitchburg murder charge

Robin Calzado allegedly escaped to the Dominican Republic following the 2004 stabbing death of Frederick Martinez.

Man allegedly targeted family of color with banana peels

A Lexington man is accused of tossing as many as 30 to 40 banana peels in the past year onto the property of a family of color on his street.

Hassan sworn in as Democratic senator from New Hampshire

Democrat Maggie Hassan was sworn in Tuesday as a U.S. senator, becoming only the second woman to serve as a governor and senator in American history.

Sea turtles rescued off Cape moved to Florida Keys

The juvenile turtles have pneumonia as a result of ‘‘cold stunning’’ but are expected to make a full recovery.

From presidents past, some inspiration for Trump

Here’s some inspiration for the president-elect from the inaugural words of his New England forebears.

Woman rescues dog after it falls though ice in Needham pond

Needham firefighters responded after a woman and her dog fell through thin ice in Cutler Park.

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Man sought after bank robbery in Jamaica Plain

Police looking for the man accused of robbing a bank in Jamaica Plain

Iconic Boston hiphop store, website getting a second life

After announcing its immediate closure, is coming back.

What’s on Beacon Hill’s agenda?

Here’s a quick primer on some of what’s expected to be on the docket when the Legislature’s two-year session begins Wednesday.

Parking meter hikes tested in Back Bay, Seaport

Discerning drivers greeted the first day of higher meter rates in the Back Bay and the Seaport District with a mix of contempt, denial, and sunny optimism.

Live: Officials giving update on search for James Morales

Law enforcement officials are providing updates into the search for James Morales, who escaped from a maximum-security federal detention center in Rhode Island on New Year’s Eve.

Harvard Law School dean to step down

Martha Minow will step down at the end of the academic year, the school announced Tuesday.

Proposed changes to medical marijuana rules aren’t enough, patients say

Regulators have ignored problems that hamper patient access to medical marijuana, advocates said.

Yarmouth parents charged after 3-year-old shoots self in hand

The girl remains hospitalized, but is expected to fully recover, police said.

$325 plastic bags — with free weed ‘gift’ — advertised on Craigslist

“I am selling you an empty bag,” the person who placed the ad wrote. “Marijuana placed in that empty sandwich bag is simply a legal gift.”

Where’s Wessie? You might not want to know.

A state biologist says the snake, spotted by Westbrook residents in Maine, likely didn’t make it past October due to the cold.

Globe photos of the month, December 2016

Take a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month.

Police look for help in identifying suspect in Dorchester package theft

Police said that the package was stolen on December 7 at about 1 p.m. near Harborview Street.

Ground Game

An unrecognizable Congress in 2017

The ethics about-face is a fitting start for the legislative body that will operate in a drastically different fashion from which it has functioned for years.

Your guide to Boston’s parking meter changes

Metered parking in some of Boston’s hottest neighborhoods is about to get a lot more pricey. Here’s what you need to know.

Off-duty firefighter spots fire on roof of Chelsea bakery

About 65 workers were safely evacuated from the Muffin Town commercial bakery on Crescent Avenue.

Framingham woman says fugitive knocked on her door

The Framingham resident claims James Morales, who escaped from a federal detention center in R.I., knocked on her door on New Year’s Eve before leaving.

Boston man arrested in alleged carjacking

The 25-year-old is accused of forcing his way into a car in Roxbury and pantomiming that he was armed with a handgun.

Fast Forward: Donald Trump has inside hacking info, Congress to be sworn in, driverless car in Southie (watch out!)

The 115th Congress will be sworn in today, get ready to pay more to park in parts of Boston, and more of the news you need.

Alleged drunk driver hits police cruiser, injuring sergeant

William Shea of Brockton was charged with operating under the influence, fourth offense.

Learning about dog fighting in order to stop it

Through graphic videos and images, veterinary students, law enforcement officers, animal control officers, and federal agents learned about the brutal activity.

Fact-checking the ‘Patriots Day’ movie

Like many Hollywood movies based on reality, the film doesn’t always accurately depict what actually happened.

Rainy and windy weather marks 2017 as work week begins

Rain is expected to arrive Tuesday afternoon and last through the evening commute.

Car triggers delays on Worcester commuter rail

The vehicle was removed from the tracks at the Framingham station around 6 a.m.

1 dead, 1 seriously injured in Vt. roadside shooting

Ethan Gratton, 26, was taken into custody after the incident.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2017. There are 362 days left in the year.

1st bishop indicted in US on sexual-abuse claim dies at 83

The former Bishop of Springfield Thomas Dupre died Friday.

Wild horses couldn’t drag you away — from a brook? Horse sedated, pulled from water in Templeton

One equine resident of Templeton has a New Years Resolution: stay away from the water.

Thinking globally, suing locally: Chelsea activists join fight against Exxon Mobil

The first-of-its-kind lawsuit is drawing new attention as the oil giant’s chief executive faces scrutiny as President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state.

A system outage for customs kicked off 2017

The outage, which does not appear to be “malicious in nature,” affected international travelers throughout the nation, including Boston.

Mass. physicians open debate on end-of-life options

A debate about whether to poll physicians about their views on end-of-life care exposed deep divides in the Mass. medical community, including over terminology.

Trial set to start for pharmacy owner in deadly meningitis outbreak

Barry Cadden faces more than 90 charges in the case, which saw hundreds sickened and more than 60 deaths.

2 R.I. detention center workers placed on leave after escape

The suspect in an armory break-in is still on the loose after escaping from a federal detention center in R.I. over the weekend.

Time Machine

Time Machine

 By the numbers

By the numbers

Cambridge high school tackles gender climate head-on

After allegations of inappropriate behavior by male students, Rindge & Latin’s leaders gather to examine their own notions of manhood and of relationships between men and women.

LiveRespect goals

LiveRespect goals

How much do state lawmakers make?

Massachusetts legislators are getting a 4 percent bump in pay. Here’s a look at other states.

Body is recovered in O’Neill Tunnel in Boston

Investigators recovered a body Monday night on the roadway inside the Tip O’Neill Tunnel.

Doctors are cutting opioids, even if it harms patients

More than half of doctors across America are reducing opioid prescriptions, although that can hurt patients with chronic pain.

New Hampshire man charged with assault, arson

Police in Lebanon, N.H., were already looking for Anthony K. Boisvert in connection with two suspicious fires, including one that destroyed a historic local church, when they arrested him Sunday night for allegedly stabbing two people.

Mass. schools look overseas for competition

Some districts are turning to international testing for a perspective on how well programs are preparing students for college and beyond.

Boston mayor reappoints School Committee chairman

Michael O’Neill, chairman of the board for four years, was first appointed to the School Committee in 2008.

Plympton woman charged with OUI after driving into shallow water on New Year’s Eve

A woman who allegedly drove her car into waters off Wareham escaped to safety with her male companion.

Dartmouth man allegedly assaults acquaintance, steals car

The driver came into police headquarters to report the incident.

Methuen police arrest man, seize nearly $1.2 million of fentanyl

Police said they seized 15 kilograms of the drug, from Robinson Rojas-Rosario, 32, of Queens, N.Y.

The firefighters saw the signs of a ‘flashover,’ and they issued a Mayday call

Two firefighters entered a burning building in Oxford to search for anyone who might be trapped and almost became victims themselves.

New Year’s Eve arrest yields gun in Dorchester

The officers allegedly had information, based on a gang investigation, that a man had a gun.

State police helicopter finds five-time OUI suspect hiding in the woods

Authorities used a helicopter to help track and locate an alleged drunk driver who fled into the woods after a single-vehicle car crash in Wareham Saturday.

Ten dolphins rescued from Wellfleet Harbor on New Year’s Day

The Risso’s dolphins were safely transported to Truro after hours of heavy lifting.

Clear, cool Monday, but rain in forecast for Tuesday

Dress warmly and prepare to get wet during Tuesday’s commute.

Ten-month-old revived twice after being exposed to fentanyl

The 10-month-old girl is the latest victim of an opioid epidemic that has been blamed for hundreds of deaths in Massachusetts.

Overturned trailer halts traffic on Mass Pike

An overturned tractor trailer blocked two lanes of eastbound traffic near the Allston/Brighton exits.

Death toll at two in Holyoke apartment building blaze

The fire broke out shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday in a circa-1905 red brick building in Holyoke’s Flats neighborhood.

Armless Syrian boy, thriving here, hopes family can come to US

‘‘I want my mom to come here. I feel like I’m losing her,” said Ahmad Alkhalaf, now attending fourth grade at a school in Sharon.

Woman seriously hurt in N.H. mountain fall

The 64-year-old woman was taken out to the trailhead by sled and went to a hospital.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2017. There are 363 days left in the year.

Quote of the day

Quote of the day



Chess notes

The weekly game

UMass Boston professors upset by cut in funding for library

Healey Library is struggling with a 20 percent loss in funding, or $700,000.

Around the region

Around the region

Amherst College program helps new students to adapt

Amherst is finding ways to extend elements of the orientation process further into the college experience.

Fire at Holyoke apartment building kills one, displaces dozens

Officials have confirmed one fatality, a person who authorities believe umped from the building.


Some things to do to get started on the new year

After you overcome the inertia to de-clutter, perhaps you’ll have time to take in these somewhat offbeat happenings around Boston.

Despite Trust Act, Boston police handed over immigrants for deportation

A loophole in the act let police to send nine people with “serious criminal histories” to Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2015.

Man dead after crash on Interstate 495

The accident happened on Interstate 495 northbound before Exit 21 in Hopkinton.

DirecTV customers in Greater Boston lose access to several channels

DirecTV subscribers in New England who wanted to watch WCVB (Channel 5), WFXT (25), and WMUR (9) on Sunday had to reach for the rabbit ears instead.

Man dies after car struck by commuter rail train in Holbrook

A preliminary investigation showed the man attempted to drive around lowered crossing gates, police said.

Driver charged in death of pedestrian in East Boston

A Lynn man was arrested on charges of killing a pedestrian and drunken driving in East Boston early New Year’s Day morning.

Nearly 1,000 people join L Street Brownies for annual New Year’s Day swim

“What better way to wash off all that was bad last year, than with a dip in the ocean?”

Dozens of residents displaced after five-alarm blaze in Lynn apartment building

Two firefighters sustained minor injuries in the fast-moving blaze, which took about nine hours to extinguish.

Hunt still on for prisoner who escaped from R.I. facility

Police say James Morales, 35, formerly of Cambridge, fled in a car stolen from a parking lot just over the Mass. border.

Boston’s first baby, born at 12:01 a.m., is already an ‘overachiever’

Kennedy Lynn Schmitt checked in at 6 pounds 15 ounces and measured 19¼ inches, Beth Israel Deaconess said.

Despite chilly rain, First Night parties on

As the clock ticked toward midnight, chilly rain and wind couldn’t dampen Boston’s First Night celebration

Forever timeless: 2016’s notable deaths

Gone last year were people of genius, power, and fame in every flavor.

For immigrants, Trump’s ascension is time of doubt

The lives of millions of immigrants and their family members will hang in the balance when Donald Trump becomes president.

3-alarm fire in Jamaica Plain displaces nine

Nine people were displaced after a three alarm fire ripped through a three and a half story house in Jamaica Plain Saturday evening, a Boston fire official said.

Man drowns in Merrimack River

Officials said foul play is not suspected.


Advocates: Mass. unlawfully isolates mentally ill inmates

The prisoners remain in isolation despite the state’s promise to end the practice, according to an attorneys’ group.

Where and when OUI convicts had their last drinks before arrest

These graphics show where and when OUI convicts had their last drinks in Massachusetts before they were arrested.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

MBTA runs free after 8 p.m. on First Night

The T will be free for all riders because of First Night celebrations until about 1 a.m. Sunday.

Starts & Stops

Bikes, trains, automobiles: Big stories in 2017

Here are the top transportation stories to look for in the new year.

2016: The year that was in local news

A look at some of the biggest local news stories of 2016. Yes, President-elect Trump is on the list.

sunday’s child

Siblings want a family they can share

Daequan and Raya are affectionate siblings who are looking to be placed together with a family.

Driver stabbed in attempted robbery

The victim suffered multiple stab wounds after being attacked at a red light in Worcester on Friday night.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

Chess notes

News from the world of chess.

Man is dead in overnight crash in Boston

The crash happened at the intersection of American Legion Highway and Walk Hill Street in Roslindale early Saturday morning.

First Night preparations draw hundreds to downtown Boston

Hundreds of Boston residents and visitors braved the Saturday cold to check out First Night preparations in Copley Square and the Boston Common.

Ministers call on residents, houses of worship to burn ‘100 lights’ for peace

“We want to light up the community” against street violence, said one minister.

Blue Line service halted between Government Center and Bowdoin stations

Blue Line train service is suspended in both directions between Government Center and Bowdoin stations, according to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

3 people, including 2 teens, dead in Easton crash

A teen and his father were among those killed in Friday’s SUV wreck.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Dec. 31, the 366th and final day of 2016.

Driver in fatal wrongway crash in Middleborough had marijuana, alcohol in system

A toxicology report showed a blood alcohol content of 0.16 and marijuana in the bloodstream of Valantein V. Burson, 31 of Fall River, who drove the wrong way on Route 495.

Family mourns teen found stabbed in East Boston

Hours before he disappeared on Christmas Eve, Luis Fernando Orellana Ruano spoke with his mother in Guatemala.

Two dead, two injured, in Easton crash

Two people are dead, and two others seriously injured in a head-on collision on Route 123 in Easton.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Are there more fish in the ocean than regulators say?

Fishermen say the cod are out there, and they’re using high technology to try to prove it.

Hampden sheriff to retire after 42 years on the job

Hampden County Sheriff Michael J. Ashe Jr. is retiring Tuesday after 42 years on the job.

New Bedford shooting victim dies

Justin Ortiz was pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital Friday afternoon, Bristol County prosecutors said.

Boston’s homicides up slightly, shootings down

Homicides in Boston are up slightly this year after reaching a 15-year low in 2015.

Man’s body found on Merrimack River bank

The body of an adult male dressed in winter clothing showed no visible signs of trauma, according to the Essex district attorney’s office.

Dennis police search for missing man

Dennis police are asking for the public’s help to locate a man missing since Wednesday.

The season’s first nor’easter brought nearly a foot of snow to parts of Massachusetts

Western and Central Massachusetts saw up to 11 inches of snow when the first nor’easter of the season swept through New England Thursday.

Opioid treatment can help, but most addicts don’t finish

Fifty-one percent of adults fail to finish treatment in state-licensed residential substance abuse programs.

Widow of state trooper killed in Mass. Pike crash sues driver

Reisa Clardy filed a negligence lawsuit Friday in Middlesex Superior Court.

Man pleads guilty to 52 charges related to arson in Worcester County

Jonathan Shyllberg, 33, pleaded guilty Friday to setting dozens of fires in Worcester and Shrewsbury.

Conn. court reinstates Skakel murder conviction

Connecticut’s highest court has reinstated the murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel.

State report reveals barriers in opioid addiction treatment

More than half of the adults entering residential addiction treatment centers in Mass. do not complete their treatments.