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Arlington church’s ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign defaced again

Four Arlington churches on Sunday will hold a special blessing for a “Black Lives Matter” banner that was vandalized twice since Thanksgiving.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Nov. 29, the 333rd day of 2015. There are 32 days left in the year.

Dueling Hartford rallies held on refugee policy

Opponents and supporters of plans to accept Syrian refugees into the United States held dueling but peaceful rallies Saturday in Hartford.

Teens are encouraged to intervene

A study of teens at three New England high schools highlights the need for sexual aggression training programs to encourage intervention.

Trial to start for UMass rape defendant

The trial of a fourth defendant charged with raping a UMass student in her Amherst dorm room three years ago is scheduled to start Monday.

Woman is charged in West Springfield stabbing death

Police have charged a woman with murder in the fatal stabbing of another woman during what appeared to be a domestic dispute.

Chess notes

Savielly Tartakower was one of the strongest players and certainly the greatest chronicler of the immediate post World War I chess era.

Leicester man allegedly stole boat to flee police

Police in several Central Massachusetts towns were looking for a man wanted by Worcester police for an unspecified crime.

State weighs raising legal age for buying tobacco to 21

The minimum legal age for tobacco sales has emerged in recent years as a new front in the battle to curb smoking.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

John ‘Wacko’ Hurley, 85; organized St. Patrick’s Day parade

Mr. Hurley played a role in running the South Boston parade for more than 50 years.

The case of the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife still isn’t closed

With lingering questions about its origin, a papyrus fragment that mentions the ‘wife’ of Jesus remains a confounding mystery at Harvard and beyond.

Child deaths go unsolved as autopsies fall behind

The state medical examiner’s office takes an average of 242 days to find an official cause of death in child abuse and neglect cases.

News in brief

New England news in brief

Shoppers take to the streets in the rain to support small businesses

Mayor Walsh announced a campaign dubbed #5onMain, encouraging residents to make five purchases from small businesses on the city’s main streets.

Colo. Planned Parenthood shooting suspect mentioned ‘no more baby parts,’ official says

Robert Lewis Dear’s attack on the clinic was ‘‘definitely politically motivated,’’ said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Sunday’s Child is Michael, 20

Michael is a 20-year-old who has never given up hope, even after many years in state care, that the right adoptive family is out there for him.

Archdiocese polls Catholics on views of church, leaders

Questions include: How often do you go to Mass? Should women have a larger leadership role in the church?

Lawsuit alleges discrimination against deaf inmates

Prisoners’ rights advocates allege the state Department of Correction discriminates against deaf and blind prisoners.

Yvonne Abraham

Make cities livable for old and disabled

We’re all getting older, and the city isn’t even close to ready.

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Grandmother used to giving asks for help

About three years ago, she said, she was left with no choice but to assume full custody of two grandchildren.

Starts & Stops

Support grows for MBTA discounts for low-income riders

Two fiscal control board members are pushing for a program that would give discounts to low-income riders.

Bird sightings in Massachusetts

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Body found inside burned-out car in Mattapan

The man, believed to be in his 50s, may have died from a fire lit inside the car, according to a police spokesman.

Girl whose body was found on Deer Island is laid to rest

Bond was buried in Winthrop, where she was welcomed as daughter even before investigators knew who she was or how she died.

Colo. shooting victim recalled as brave, kind

As a campus police officer, Garrett Swasey was not obligated to respond, but friends and loved ones say he was a brave and compassionate man.

Officer killed in Colo. shooting was Melrose native

Garrett Swasey grew up in Melrose but moved to Colorado in the 1980s to pursue his first love — competitive figure skating.

Police cite bar near where rail conductor was fatally shot

Boston police have cited the Yawkey Way sports bar Who's on First after a fatal shooting outside the establishment.

Single mother of a two-year-old boy is in nursing school. She needs help to make her son’s face light up at Christmas.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Nov. 28, the 332d day of 2015. There are 33 days left in the year.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Plan for Station nightclub memorial advances

After more than 12 years, organizers raising money to build a memorial to the 100 people killed in the nightclub fire are closing in on their goals.

Fenway shooting victim’s ambitions extended to family, friends

Friends said Jephthe Chery, killed in a shooting outside Fenway Park, pushed everyone to follow his ambitious lead.

Those touched by opioid addiction find a release

At the Randolph gym, they put on boxing gloves to vent their anger, punch by stinging punch, at how opioids have devastated their families and friends.

Boston school police renew bid for right to carry pepper spray

The officers say members of the force often lose time from work after sustaining injuries while subduing disorderly students or trespassers.

To cheers, Downtown Crossing tree illuminated

Santa Claus led the crowd in a 10-second countdown at 6 p.m. before the massive pine tree was illuminated above the Macy’s entrance.

Man accused of jumping fence at White House left suicide note

The note was left with friends and a will with his mother, telling her she may never see him again, court documents show.

Boston police investigating alleged confrontation involving Jahlil Okafor

The Philadelphia 76ers rookie was involved in an incident outside the Storyville Nightclub in Boston early Thursday morning.

N.H. man arrested for 2 Andover break-ins

Andover police arrested a man Friday morning after he allegedly broke into two homes while he was high on crack cocaine.

Promoting local Christmas tree farms, governor declares today ‘Green Friday’

“I encourage everyone to support our Christmas tree growers this holiday season by purchasing a Massachusetts-grown tree,” said Governor Charlie Baker.

Two charged in ‘vicious’ North Reading attack

Two men are facing felony charges after allegedly beating an auto repair shop’s owner and employees with a hammer and crowbar.

Drug arrests made in Dorchester, Roxbury

Several drug-related arrests were made in Dorchester and Roxbury this week, Boston police said.

Jimmy Fund cannister stolen from Norwood store

On Friday, the man who stole the donations turned himself in.

Archdiocese announces recipients of award for unsung leaders

Cardinal O’Malley will present 128 leaders throughout the Archdiocese of Boston with Cheverus Award Medals on Sunday.

Police make gun possession arrests in Dorchester, Mattapan

Boston police officers arrested two men for illegally possessing guns in two separate incidents this week, according to a statement from the department.

Countdown clocks for MBTA working again

The clocks are up and running again after a systemwide malfunction this morning,.

After mid-60s today, weather cools through weekend

Bay Staters can forgo heavy layers this late November day and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

Timeline for dismantling Vermont Yankee

The owner and regulatory agencies have agreed to a 60-year process to clean up and restore the site for future generations.

East Boston church a sanctuary for homeless family

More and more immigrant families are finding they cannot afford what landlords demand.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2015. There are 34 days left in the year.

New Hampshire state senator shares photos from 576 mountain hikes

The 11,000 pictures Jeb Bradley has snapped of New Hampshire’s White Mountains may sound like a lot, but maybe not when spread across “The Grid.”


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

Connecticut family-owned farm to celebrate 275 years

Through wars, financial panics, and a freeze that destroyed its peach crop a century ago, eight generations of the Lyman family have sustained its farm in the hills of central Connecticut.

GOP candidate for Vermont governor softens refugee stance

Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott says he’s become more comfortable with the vetting of Syrian refugees after learning more about how they are screened.

Haitian families gather in gratitude for good fortune

Three families and three generations convened in Carole Paul-Donna’s festive Roslindale home Thursday.

From Syria to Waltham, from despair to hope

For Ali Al Jundi, the month of November will always be full of celebration.

A father’s true American dream, realized

He faced struggles aplenty after fleeing China. None of that matters to Yau King Eng’s sons, who say they’re thankful for their father’s sacrifice.

Owner of docked Nova Star ferry seeks vessel’s release

The owner of the docked Nova Star ferry that ran between Maine, and Nova Scotia, asked a federal court to release the vessel so it can be put to work elsewhere.


A mother asks for gifts her disabled daughter can use

Ten-year-old needs toys she can play with from a stationary position; she likes board games and puzzles.

Gregory H. Adamian, 89; former Bentley College president

Mr. Adamiam, of Medford, expanded the campus and reputation of the school during his 21 years as president.

Some MBTA service to run on a modified schedule Friday

Schedules for some MBTA trains and buses will reflect the holiday-like nature of the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Security, storage concerns linger at closed nuclear sites

The Vermont Yankee plant stopped producing power last year, but hundreds of tons of radioactive waste at the site remain an issue.


Man convicted of manslaughter after running over co-worker

The men worked together at an asbestos removal company.

Ex-Millis officer linked to bomb threat, shootout found dead

There were no signs of foul play and the death is not being investigated as a homicide.

Six vehicles pile up on I-90

Troopers with the state police barracks in Charlton said no one was injured.

Man shot outside Brighton Avenue bar

One man was shot and another man was stabbed near Patron’s bar in Allston early Thursday. Both are expected to survive.

The weather is no turkey this Thanksgiving

Temperatures are forecast to climb to the mid-50s Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Shots outside Fenway bar take a cherished son

Boston’s top police official described the man who was killed as “an innocent” who got caught in crossfire.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Nov. 26, the 330th day of 2015. There are 35 days left in the year. This is Thanksgiving Day.

Two convicted in fatal 2013 New Bedford shooting

Two men have been convicted of second-degree murder in the 2013 killing of a New Bedford man.

Ashland lawmaker won’t seek a sixth term

State Representative Thomas Sannicandro, a five-term Democrat from Ashland, will not seek reelection in 2016.

Fourth defendant in UMass rape case ruled competent for trial

The last of four men charged with raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst dorm room three years ago has been ruled competent to stand trial.

Relative of slave trader to head plan to create slave museum

A direct descendant of a prominent slave trader has been named to lead the creation of a slave trade museum in a now-closed Providence cathedral.

Two sisters, one teacher, and a family with love to spare

The teacher and the student had known each other in a Mattapan school. Little did they realize then they would become a family.


Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

New Hampshire fugitive arrested in Groton after chase

Groton police arrested a New Hampshire fugitive on Tuesday night who led officers on a wild pursuit through the Granite State and Massachusetts.

UMass president aims to fire Dartmouth chief

Under Divina Grossman’s three-and-a-half-year tenure, enrollment has fallen and private fund-raising has plummeted.

Globe Santa is back for the 60th year

The times have changed, but the needs of poor families, so vivid against the backdrop of Christmas, are every bit the same.

Cops for Kids with Cancer raises 17K

State and local police have been serving up lasagna, chicken parmigiana, and pizza this holiday season to help support local families.

Hyde Park family still thankful after losing everything to fire

The house that Marilyn Jhurilal and her late husband, Leslie, purchased 21 years ago was destroyed in a fire Saturday.