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Yvonne Abraham

Time to get serious about protecting evidence

How did we get here, yet again? This is the third staggering evidence scandal of the last few years.

Two goats injured by off-leash dog at Arnold Arboretum

The goats were taken to a veterinarian for treatment, and the dog, whose owner was cited, will be tested for disease.

Randolph police solve mystery of dog tag that belonged to WWI veteran

With the public’s help, Randolph police found the World War I veteran’s family and returned the dog tag to them.

Terrorism is topic of two-day conference in Cambridge

Speakers include local and national law enforcement officers and terrorism experts, and parents of people who have carried out attacks.

Political Happy Hour: Sept. 28, 2016

Political Happy Hour: D and R pols raising $$$ to stop Mass. pot legalization | Jay Ash’s Cambridge bid flames out | Baker to Israel

R.I. boaters describe talking with Carman before he set sail

Boaters at a marina in South Kingstown, R.I., remembered their interactions with Nathan Carman.

Bike, pedestrian advocates to press mayor on road safety

Hundreds of advocates and survivors of traffic accidents will converge on City Hall Thursday.

Bernie Sanders calls Hillary Clinton’s education plan ‘revolutionary’ in N.H.

Bernie Sanders called the November election ‘‘enormously important for the future of our country.’’

A new court ruling just made it harder for police to seize cellphones

The state’s highest court ruled police who want to seize a cellphone cannot rely on a common sense belief that criminals use them to talk.

New group aims to halt cage-free ballot measure

Agricultural interests, a big state retailers association, and an anti-poverty activist are joining together to oppose Question 3.

Police arrest 20-year-old man in Dorchester on gun, drug charges

Malik Hobson was arrested in Dorchester Tuesday afternoon for carrying an illegal firearm with an altered serial number and three bags of cocaine.

Jack Kirrane, at 88; captain of gold medal-winning US Olympic hockey team in 1960

On the 1960 team, Mr. Kirrane was the “concrete that held us together,” teammate Dick Rodenhiser said.

Former law student accused in various scams loses real estate license

David Scher faces forgery and perjury charges that cost him his state real estate license.

Girl, 7, runs over her toddler sister while starting family car

The Salem, N.H., 2-year-old was flown to Boston Children’s Hospital with injuries to her leg, chin, and scalp, as well as some bruising, police said.

Burlington football coach on leave for inappropriate behavior

Shawn Maguire was placed on paid leave after allegations of verbal misconduct toward the players.

Read the search warrant for Carman’s home

Authorities wrote in court papers seeking the search warrant that repairs that Nathan Carman was making to the boat himself rendered the vessel unsafe.

Roaming R.I. coyote may end up in New Bedford zoo

The coyote was set to be killed after it appeared at a bus stop crowded with children, but police rescinded the kill order after a public outcry.

Brookline woman sues over E. coli infection

The 25-year-old spent four days in the hospital after eating contaminated beef .

Nathan Carman thought boat ‘seaworthy’ before fatal sinking

A multistate investigation is underway after a 22-year-old man survived at sea while his mother apparently perished in a fishing disaster.

3 people killed in head-on collision in Westport

The entire eastbound side of Interstate 195 and the left lane of the westbound side were closed as police investigated the accident.

Man suffers head injury after fight with staff at Revere strip club

A police officer found the man unconscious outside the club after he was kicked out for allegedly being intoxicated.

New information in cold case slaying of Agawam teacher released

Lisa Ziegert was a middle school teacher who disappeared from her night job at an Agawam card store in 1992.

Former Dorchester layman faces sex abuse charges

The 79-year-old, who later became a Roman Catholic priest, is accused of assaulting a child while he served as a volunteer “altar boy coordinator.”

Fast Forward: Red Sox streak is over, your comments on the debate

Back-to-back documentaries of David Ortiz, a looming government funding deadline, and more of the news you need.

Widow of Tsarnaev friend who faces charges plans to stay in Russia

The mother of a woman accused of lying to the FBI after the Marathon bombings says she has not intention of returning to the US.

Charters haven’t been a drain on traditional schools, watchdog group finds

The study undercuts a central argument raised by teachers unions and other groups opposed to opening more charter schools.

Fewer travel lanes, more bike and pedestrian paths eyed for Morrissey Blvd.

The Dorchester road will lose travel lanes for cars but add bike and pedestrian paths under a proposed redesign.

Slow drive into Boston from north and south of the city

Drivers on the Southeast Expressway, Interstate 93 north of Boston, and on the Massachusetts Turnpike are all seeing delays.

Cool, cloudy, and drizzly Wednesday foreshadows the rest of the week

Temperatures will reach only into the 60s amid damp conditions.

1 dead in single-car Leominster crash

Details were not immediately clear, but State Police said the driver of an SUV was killed in the crash.

Driver killed in one-car crash in Leominster

The crash occurred at about 11 p.m. on Interstate 190 southbound in Leominster.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 28, the 272nd day of 2016. There are 94 days left in the year.

Sturbridge Wal-mart fire was “intentionally set,” officials say

No one has been arrested or charged in the two-alarm fire, which was reported at around 5:25 p.m.

City Council’s next target? Canada geese

The omnipresent herbivores that populate many of Boston’s public spaces, have a new predator.

Tightening contest could thrust New Hampshire into pivotal role

Both campaigns increasingly view the state as vital in determining who wins Nov. 8.

Hingham man is killed in fiery crash on I-93 in New Hampshire

Byran Martinez sped away from authorities at about 100 miles per hour when he lost control of his truck.

What’s happening at HUBweek on Wednesday?

Find out what’s happening on Wednesday to celebrate art, science, and technology.

Sampson’s lawyers prep list to try to spare him

Jurors will hear how Gary Lee Sampson brutally killed two people in Mass. and strangled another more than a decade ago. They’ll also hear about his troubled life.

Maine councilor urges support for Revere slots parlor

The Bangor official urged state voters to keep an open mind on the ballot question.

Which got more viewers — the debate or the 2015 Patriots Super Bowl?

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton didn’t draw the kind of numbers that Tom Brady and Russell Wilson did. Not even close.

Mass. reexamining role of student test scores in teacher evaluations

Mass. education officials are considering whether to scrap a controversial student-impact rating in educator evaluations.

The Cape Cod manatee is pregnant

It tuns out that the manatee is a she, not a he as first thought.

Walsh, at business meeting, highlights quashing city’s racial inequality

The mayor, who is planning to launch the city’s first race dialogues this fall, has long advocated for the city to confront and address its turbulent racial past

Vulgar and rude? Yes. Criminal harassment? No, SJC says

A Rehoboth man who wrote insulting letters to a town selectman and wife should not have been convicted of criminal harassment, the Supreme Judicial Court decided.

Political Happy Hour: Sept. 27, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Boston PDA | JKIII vs. Baker? | Gobble, gobble

It’s official: Billerica’s the ‘Yankee Doodle Town’

According to the town manager, the “Yankee Doodle” song originated in 1775 when a Billerica man went to Boston to buy a gun.

Helicopter crashes in Andover, N.H.

A helicopter crashed on Tuesday in Andover, N.H.

Bella Bond’s mother plans to testify against boyfriend

The mother of the 2-year-old whose body was found in a trash bag on Deer Island plans to testify at her ex-boyfriend’s murder trial.


Trump’s debate performance makes it clear: Be sure to vote

I defy you to read the transcript of Donald Trump’s answers. There’s nothing funny about any of this.

Boston fire department hosts demo for radiation detection equipment

Area police and firefighters were shown how to use the latest equipment in radiation detection, officials said.

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders to rally college students in N.H.

Clinton will appear at a University of New Hampshire rally alongside her former rival, speaking to students, supporters and voters about college affordability.

This Florida dog ended up in Swansea — and nobody knows how

The dog somehow traveled to Massachusetts from Jacksonville, Fla. — more than 1,000 miles away.

Watch live: Debate on Revere slots parlor question

The Globe is co-hosting a debate at 3 p.m. on Question 1, which would allow for a second slots parlor in the state, to be located near Suffolk Downs.

20 cats removed from Brockton home

Animal control received a complaint about the house at 22 Colgate Road and the owner gave possession of the cats to the MSPCA, officials said.

Jeb Bush heading to Harvard this fall

Bush will be a visiting fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School this semester, the school announced Tuesday.

Mass. trooper indicted for assaulting driver after pursuit

Joseph Flynn allegedly hit a suspect who was surrendering, in an incident that was recorded by television helicopters.

Why is #TrumpWon trending on Twitter?

Although many pundits declared Hillary Clinton the winner last night, the hashtag #TrumpWon took off on Twitter this morning. Why?

Animal Rescue League makes a rare rescue

The group found an iguana hanging out in a Dorchester tree Monday.

Hubway really, really doesn’t want you to ride a bike on busy highways

The plea posted this week was in response to a video showing a man riding a bike in a portion of the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. tunnel.

Killer denied parole for third time in slaying of 14-year-old

Rod Matthews, then 14, beat a classmate to death with a baseball bat in 1986, and then brought friends to view the body.

Boston Latin students hope for change after federal probe

While many of the students said they haven’t personally experienced racial discrimination, they’re hoping the school will address the problem at hand.

Joe Kennedy vs. Charlie Baker for governor in 2018?

A new poll shows that Joe Kennedy III is the one Democrat who might be able to bring Charlie Baker back down to earth.

Burglars break into Lexington church and leave stolen safe behind

The safe, which weighs about 250 to 300 pounds, was found near the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on Meriam Street Monday morning, police said.

Man in his 40s shot to death in Jamaica Plain

Officers found the man suffering from gunshot wounds, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Man, 51, charged with fatal Mattapan shooting

The man is accused of shooting and killing a 43-year-old in June.

Pro-charter group launches new TV spot

The 30-second ad rebuts teachers unions on a ballot question to expand charter schools in the state.

Fast Forward: Debate fallout, a sunken boat mystery, and a day for corned beef

The Red Sox return to the field, Clinton and Trump are back on the trail, and more of the news you need.

Man who survived boat sinking, but lost his mother, arrives in Boston

The 22-year-old man who survived a fishing disaster that apparently claimed his mother’s life was interviewed by officials while police searched his Vt. home.

Slow ride north and south of Boston

Drivers on the Southeast Expressway and on Interstate 93 north of the city are both seeing speeds well below 30 miles an hour early Tuesday.

Bring the umbrella — and the sunglasses

Tuesday will be a mix of much-needed rain followed by a sunny afternoon with temperatures reaching into the 70s.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 27, the 271st day of 2016. There are 95 days left in the year.

Lines were out the door for this debate watch party in Somerville

This wasn’t your typical bar scene. Across the Boston area, crowds gathered to imbibe and watch the first presidential debate.

Suspect in Stoughton shooting of teen arrested in Dorchester

Authorities on Monday night arrested a 23-year-old suspect in the shooting last week of a teenager inside a Stoughton CVS.

Officials take tour of apple orchards in Stow, Bolton

The goal was twofold: to gain a broader knowledge of how farms operate and to ensure residents that are plenty enough apples to provide for one of New Englands’ favorite fall pastimes.

Jamaica Plain homeless shelter moves female residents to Pine Street Inn site

The Shattuck Shelter that has served men and women since the 1980s moved about 25 female guests to a South End facility and will now operate as a male-only shelter.

Braintree’s deputy police chief put on leave in evidence room scandal

The fallout is forcing prosecutors to drop dozens of criminal cases.

Mass. marijuana doctor should not have lost license, judge says

Canna Care Docs used nurse practitioners to certify patients for marijuana use.

New England welcomed nearly 650 Syrian refugees in the past year

New England has taken in nearly 650 Syrian refugees from the US goal of 10,000 set by President Barack Obama.

Slots parlor group hires casino developer

The slots parlor proposal will be brought to a statewide vote in the November election.

What’s happening at HUBweek on Tuesday?

The events include walking tours, talks, and even a cornhole smackdown.

Want to see fall foliage? Head north. Or west.

Drought and moths could deprive much of Massachusetts of prime color this fall, but spectacular foliage could be a drive away.


When living history dies

They say old soliders never die, but try telling that to DelBrook Binns. The Greatest Generation is dying off, day after day.

Nine city workers to receive award for going “above and beyond”

The 2016 Shattuck awards honor “unsung heroes’’ for their work and public service.

Some people were betting on Monday’s debate — literally

Online betting was active before Monday night’s debate.

Political Happy Hour: Sept. 26, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Trouble at Boston Latin School | Low-key, thoughtful forum to enlighten millions tonight | Paul LePage’s binder! | $777 burger dinner

Advocates urge MBTA to offer late-night bus service

Transit Matters backs a $3.5 million proposal to run buses every 75 minutes during the overnights.

The 2016 MCAS math scores for 10th graders

How did 10th graders in your school district score on the math portion of the MCAS?

2016 MCAS science scores for 10th graders

How did high school sophomores score on the science portion of the exam?

2016 MCAS English scores for 10th graders

How did 10th graders score on the English portion of the MCAS?

Two Boston schools join the ranks of underperforming

The state’s education commissioner declared Brighton and Excel high schools in Boston and an elementary school in Fall River “underperforming” Monday.

Super PAC created by group backing millionaires’ tax

The political action committee will be able to raise and spend unlimited cash from labor unions and other people and groups.

Widow of man killed by FBI during Marathon investigation charged with lying

Reniya Manukyan has been accused of making a false statement to the FBI.

Waterfront restaurant Boston hoped for might not happen

The longstanding proposal to open a restaurant at the tip of Boston’s Long Wharf was dealt a possibly decisive setback.

Boston police arrest Dorchester man after violent struggle

An 18-year-old man was arrested on assault and illegal gun charges after a foot pursuit in Dorchester.

Framingham man wins second $1 million lottery prize in ten months

Howard Rankin claimed his first prize on Nov. 12, 2015 and his second one on Sept. 19.

Federal probe finds discrimination at Boston Latin

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz said that the investigation confirmed concerns about discrimination raised by students.

Fire that killed four in Greenfield appears accidental, authorities say

Brian Tower, a 28-year State Police civilian employee, and three of his family members were killed.

Jordan’s Furniture locations closing early for presidential debate

The company wants both customers and employees to witness the head-to-head debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Man searched in vain for mother after boat sank

The Coast Guard also said there was no record of a mayday radio call to ask for help as the boat was sinking.

Boston Latin, Clap schools lose top standing after 15 students opt out of test

The schools did not meet the 95 percent participation threshold required for maintaining Level 1 standing.

Police dogs give an assist in 23-year-old Brockton man’s arrest

The two dogs were able to locate the man, who was hiding, and the firearm he was carrying.

Bus rider allegedly threatens Transit Police officers with pitbull

The 19-year-old allegedly asked the dog, “Do you want to eat them?”

Northeastern students get a bit crabby, break record

The 376 students each had to “crab walk” for two consecutive minutes.


HUBweek gets underway with a debate of its own

The Faneuil Forum with Michael Sandel will tackle questions like whether it is fair to tax the rich to help the poor.

Boston University grad student missing in NYC

One of the music student’s friends said he was last seen Sept. 18 leaving his hotel near Midtown.

Relatives of slain veteran focus on their loss at killer’s sentencing

The killer of Stephen Perez Jr. was sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars for the 2012 murder.

Witnesses to Theater District stabbings asked to call police tip line

No arrests have been made as of Monday morning as police continue to investigate a violent incident that broke out over the weekend.

Fast Forward: Debate Day, proposed changes for BRA

It’s the first round of Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump, corruption allegations in New York and New Jersey, and more of the news you need.

Woman stabbed in Dorchester

The woman did not suffer life-threatening injuries, and a motive for the incident was not immediately clear.

Fires in Fitchburg kill 1, lead to a middle school being closed

A woman was rescued from a Cottage Street fire but died, while flames broke out at an abandoned school, leading officials to cancel classes at nearby Longsjo Middle.

Sunny Monday to be followed by rainy Tuesday

Temperatures will rise into the 60s and 70s, but rainy weather is expected to arrive late Monday and into Tuesday.

Top US military officer attends Gold Star monument dedication in Fall River

Marine General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., a South Boston native, spoke at Sunday’s event.

Crash slows ride on Expressway, while MBTA cancels 2 Newburyport commuter rail trains

Drivers on the Southeast Expressway are facing a struggle to get to Boston.

Police investigate Newbury Street shooting

The early Sunday incident on the Back Bay retail strip left a man injured, police say.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Sept. 26, the 270th day of 2016. There are 96 days left in the year.

After week at sea, missing boater found on life raft

Nathan Carman, 22, was on a fishing trip when his boat sank after taking on water. His mother, Linda Carman, is still missing.

Could Boston go to 6-year high schools?

Superintendent Tommy Chang is floating the idea of K-6 elementary schools and high schools that start in seventh grade.

Advocates, Governor Baker clash on nursing home pay hikes

They were counting on a new state law aimed at boosting their wages, but the Baker administration interpreted the law differently.


Lottery results from Sunday drawings

5-year-old Grafton boy dies after being struck by car

“The death appears to be the result of a tragic accident,” said Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Krystle Campbell Peace Garden opens with a spirit of recovery

The Medford memorial includes plaques bearing the name of each victim killed by the Boston Marathon bombers.

Lowest-paid nursing home workers left out of pay raise plan

That possibility has infuriated the workers’ union, which fought to secure money in this year’s state budget for the raises.

Boston corpse flower could bloom any day now

An amorphophallus titanum, better known as a corpse flower, is set to bloom at Franklin Park Zoo.

Adrian Walker

Tangled up in blue

Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans drew the wrath of his department’s largest union last week.

State Police investigate deadly hit-and-run in Medford

State Police are searching for the vehicle linked to a fatal hit and run in Medford.

Vandalism suspected in fires near Canton elementary school

Canton Fire Department extinguished two fires it said were intentionally started behind the John F. Kennedy Elementary School Sunday.

Early-morning fire displaces 9, causes $750,000 in damage

The blaze also sent a firefighter to Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary with minor injuries, officials said.

Muslim Festival celebrates faith, sparks dialogue

Organizers sought to honor diverse cultures and make sure other people knew what their religion is truly about.

Gun debate hits boiling point at Maine restaurant

Online ratings for Portland’s Grace and the Foreside Tavern plummeted after an anti-assault rifle post on Facebook.

Littleton cyclist struck by vehicle dies in hospital

A Littleton woman was fatally injured Saturday night while riding her bicycle there, according to Littleton Police.

Woman shot by police allegedly refused to drop knife

The incident in Weymouth comes amid increased scrutiny nationwide in police shootings.

Alleged drunk driver hits Newburyport police cruiser

Jeremiah Garrett-Levine, 28, was looking at his phone before the crash, according to police.

Man killed during police-involved shooting in Claremont, N.H.

Authorities identified the man killed as Cody Lafont of Claremont, but they released few other details.

Three adults and one child die in Greenfield fire

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire at a single-family home in the western Massachusetts town of Greenfield.

Seven people stabbed in Boston’s Theater District

No arrests had been made as of Sunday evening, and no information on a suspect or suspects was available, a police spokesman said.

Fran’s Place, iconic gay bar in Lynn, offers up a final farewell

One of the state’s first gay bars, which opened 40 years ago, threw a bash ahead of its closing Sunday.

Water main break prompts Hamilton to issue boil water order

Hamilton residents are advised to boil tap water before using it, after a major water main break left much of the North Shore town without water on Saturday.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Sept. 25, the 269th day of 2016. There are 97 days left in the year.

Fall River to dedicate Gold Star families memorial

General Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will deliver the keynote speech at the dedication Sunday.

USDA recalls meat from Athol farm

Seven people from four states were infected with the E.coli virus, which was traced back to the facility.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Maine facing fine for failing to meet welfare-to-work standards

The state faces a maximum $29 million in penalties that could mean lost federal dollars for its assistance programs next year.

Andover police arrest two, seize $15,000 worth of heroin

Detectives were conducting surveillance in the area of Campanelli Road at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday when they witnesses an alleged drug deal, police said.

Man, 21, killed in motorcycle crash in Worcester

The victim, who was not identified, died after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck Friday night, police said.

In Braintree evidence scandal, unheeded warnings

Despite growing concerns about Susan Zopatti’s behavior, the chief left her in charge of the evidence room.

Newton motorcyclist in critical condition after Waltham crash

A Newton man seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in Waltham was flown by helicopter to a Boston-area hospital.

starts & stops

New app helps blind riders navigate the MBTA

With Blindways, users find bus stops by hearing more about different features nearby, such as a tree, fire hydrant, or bench.


Markel, 12, seeks a special family that he can soon call his own

Markel is a playful 12-year-old boy of African American/Caucasian descent. Those who know Markel say he is sweet and has a great sense of humor.

Chess notes

News from the world of chess

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

Yvonne Abraham

A bit of friendly advice for Clinton before the debate

Advice for Hillary Clinton is simple: Be perfect. All she has to do is everything right.

Boy burned at Sandwich motel is flown to Boston hospital

The 8-year-old boy suffered burns over 10 percent of his body and was taken by helicopter to a Boston hospital Saturday morning.

Elizabeth Warren rallies in N.H. for Clinton and Hassan

“What this election is about is it’s about the health of our families,” Warren told volunteers in Nashua.

Janitors vote to authorize strike if no deal is reached

A strike would affect 13,000 janitors, most of whom are immigrants, who clean about 2,000 office buildings in the Boston area.

Did Al Capone have a soft spot?

A three-page letter the notorious gangster wrote to his son while at Alcatraz prison will be auctioned off by Boston-based RR Auction next week.

Dracut woman wins $5.7 million lottery prize

According to the Massachusetts State Lottery website, Gail Harmon claimed the grand prize — $1,000 a day for life — from the drawing held Sept. 22.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Sept. 24, the 268th day of 2016. There are 98 days left in the year.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Plymouth South cancels varsity, JV football games

In canceling the games, school officials cited “inappropriate behavior” at a parent-sponsored gathering for players.

Can a group of runners really outpace the T?

The rules are simple: Starting at Boston College Station, the group picks a train, chats briefly with the driver, and then proceeds to race it.

Police looking for suspect in Jamaica Plain assault

The victim told police that she and a friend were walking near Jamaica Pond when the man approached her, assaulted her, and left the area.

Coming to your town hall or veterans service office: The 22 push-up challenge

The social media challenge aims to bring awareness to the report that 22 American veterans commit suicide everyday.

Tickling the ivories on the streets of Boston and Cambridge

Are you the next Beethoven, Mozart, or Lang Lang? Or the next Billy Joel?

Two Chelsea High students stabbed near commuter rail tracks

Both victims, described as “young adults,” were rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Investigators honored for their work on Bella Bond murder case

Two members of the investigatory team that unraveled the mystery of Bella Bond were honored Thursday.

Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant evacuates employees after explosion

A large circuit breaker exploded and caught fire in the mezzanine area of the plant, creating a small blaze that firefighters quickly extinguished.

Political Happy Hour: Sept. 23, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Thumb down | Boris + Baker | Puppies

3 dozen baby birds found dead in park in Portland

The birds have all been found dead over the past month in a Portland, Maine, park.


Over seas and many years, a pair of remarkable pen pals

Their letters to each other, yellowed now with the age of nearly eight decades, are a time capsule that chronicles events big and small.

Court upholds conviction of woman who starved dog to death

Tasha Waller was convicted of one count of animal cruelty for starving her miniature dachshund, Arthur.

Foundation to honor two who helped West Roxbury neighbor stricken by heart attack

Two men are being hailed as heroes for rushing to save their neighbor who suffered a heart attack and collapsed on a West Roxbury sidewalk in October.

Whose ‘corpse flower’ will bloom first?

A pair of the rare and stinky specimens — one in Boston and the other in New Hampshire — inch closer to blossoming every day.

Man accused of assaulting teens now charged with intimidating witness

The defendant allegedly confronted one of the alleged victims on an MBTA bus and on a Roxbury street.

Did you buy a Powerball ticket in Springfield last year? You may be owed $1 million

The winning Powerball ticket was drawn on Sept. 26, 2015, and the winner has until the end of the day Monday to claim the prize.

Saint’s relic ends visit with Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross

The heart of St. Padre Pio has been in Massachusetts since Wednesday.

Stoughton police arrest two teenagers in CVS shooting

A 14-year-old and a 16-year-old were arrested, and police are still looking for a third suspect.

Man charged with 2nd OUI for allegedly hitting Lexington traffic officer

The officer was directing traffic near Pleasant Street and Follen Road when the driver allegedly went through the intersection and struck him.

Florida man charged with 6th OUI following arrest in North Reading

The 65-year-old is facing charges of drunken driving for a sixth time.

Fast Forward: A great day to be a Boston sports fan, street pianos are back

The Patriots and Red Sox are on top, what to do if you have a Yahoo account, and more of the news you need to start your day.

Donald Trump’s rhetoric energizes Muslim voters

Donald Trump’s harsh language has fueled his popularity, but it’s also motivating Muslim voters to get more active.

East Boston gears up to fight a casino, once again

Three years ago, residents rallied against a proposed casino. Now, the group is preparing to fight a proposed slots parlor next door in Revere.

Shuttle buses to replace some service for Fitchburg commuter rail train

Buses will be used between the Fitchburg and North Leominster stops instead of train 408.

A burst of summer followed by cool evening

Temperatures will reach the 80s before dropping in the evening.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Sept. 23, the 267th day of 2016. There are 99 days left in the year.

Lawrence man arrested for heroin trafficking on I-93

State Police found two kilograms of heroin in a “secret compartment” in the car.

Small fire, but no damage, at downtown office building

Boston fire officials believe a spontaneous combustion caused a small fire at a downtown office building Thursday night.

Former Springfield College leader reaped $4.1m compensation package

The size of the payout for Richard Flynn seemed extravagant to students and higher education specialists.

It’s the gun industry vs. Mass. AG Healey

A lawsuit argues that the AG’s enforcement notice is “unconstitutionally vague, invalid and unenforceable.”

The next fight after body cameras for Evans: Name tags

Police commissioner William Evans wants patrol officers to start wearing name tags, but the police union has called the move “unnecessary.”

Stoughton police investigating shooting inside CVS store

One person was shot following an altercation inside a CVS, police said.

Milton gathers for vigil at damaged Holocaust memorial

Community members gathered Thursday night to denounce the vandalism and pray for healing.

Andover police looking for suspicious ice cream truck

Officers arrived at High Plain Road and Beacon Street after the teenager told police a man in a vehicle marked “Ice Cream” said “hey” and “hello” from his truck before driving away, police said.

Adrian Walker

Change might be afoot at RCC’s Reggie Lewis Track

State lawmakers are close to a deal to remove Roxbury Community College as the overseer of the building.

Man injured in daytime shooting in Roxbury

The man was shot at 4:24 p.m. at 197 Humboldt Avenue in Roxbury, Boston police spokesman Stephen McNulty said.

Toddler captured on video trying to rouse allegedly overdosed mom

The child is now in state custody and police will seek child endangerment charges against the New Hampshire woman.

Political Happy Hour: Sept. 22, 2016

Political Happy Hour: New anti-charter TV spot — exclusive | Dickie McDonough is back | Voting from space

Man, 64, dies in motorcycle accident in Methuen

The accident happened on the border of Lawrence and North Andover, and two other people were taken to the hospital, officials said.

Mayflower II given grant to help fix rotting hull

Plimoth Plantation, which operates the 60-year-old replica, has received a $149,000 matching grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Cathedral of Holy Cross will wait to fix broken window

Church officials are waiting until after a relic of an Italian saint visits the church to fix the damage caused when a rock was thrown through the window.

Grim maps show how discarded needles litter ‘Methadone Mile’

City data shows needles show up in many public places, but a stretch of Mass. Ave. has been particularly troublesome.

Man killed after being struck by Amtrak train in Mansfield

The man was trespassing Thursday afternoon when he was struck by an Amtrak train heading into Boston, officials said.

R.I. man pleads guilty to ISIS conspiracy

Nicholas Alexander Rovinski will serve at least 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to support the terrorism organization ISIS.

Boston police seize $1,300, arrest three in Southie drug bust

Officers also found 24 bags of heroin and 35 bags of crack cocaine in the apartment, police said.

Group finally rescues wayward Cape manatee

The animal will head to a Connecticut aquarium, and then likely be flown to Florida.

Baker calls threat allegations ‘unbelievably disturbing’

A state worker said she was threatened with retaliation after her fiancé, a Democrat, launched a campaign against a sitting GOP state senator.

Photos: Fall is here

At 10:21 a.m. on Thursday, autumn 2016 officially began.

Barely gone from Acton, creature may have made its way to Sudbury

Several residents reported seeing a bear near Singing Hill Circle, off of Powder Mill Road, police said.

Worker rescues dog that was hit by commuter line train, lost its leg

The MSPCA amputated the rest of its leg and is looking for potential adopters and donations for Charlie’s medical bills.

Enrollment at UMass reaches a new high

A surge across all five campuses marks the first time enrollment has surpassed the 74,000-student benchmark.

Moose killed, driver injured in Westborough crash

Two other vehicles also hit the animal, which was about 400 pounds.

Bravery awards honor police, including Boston officer shot in face

The Trooper George L. Hanna Memorial Awards for Bravery memorialize the state trooper, who was killed in 1983 during a traffic stop in Auburn.

Teen driver held on $10,000 bail after Wednesday Roxbury crash

A 17-year-old driver was charged Thursday afternoon after a multi-vehicle crash involving a stolen car critically injured a passenger on Wednesday.

Drought conditions are no better, no worse

The latest map from the US Drought Monitor showed no change in New England, even after Monday’s rainfall.

J. Geils Band founder charged with drunken driving in Concord

John Geils, who lives in nearby Groton, was released after being arraigned.

Braintree Police chief retires amid evidence room scandal

Russell Jenkins will step down next month as Braintree’s police department reels from revelations that guns, drugs, and cash vanished from the evidence room.

Fast Forward: Hello autumn, Patriots play the Texans

Fall is here, a restoration gone bad for the Great Wall, and more of the news you need to start your day.

The roots of this drought go back further than you think

From January 2015 through the end of August, Boston received 55.06 inches of precipitation, a whopping 17.33 inches below normal.

Map: Wells in Massachusetts

A look at the number of wells in each town and city in the state.

Well, well, well . . . look what the drought’s doing now

“Is there enough water?” asked one DCR official. “We’re certainly recommending everyone conserve.”

As East Cambridge develops, its politics shift further left

Change is afoot in large swaths of Cambridge, as buildings rise in Kendall Square and homeowners see property values skyrocket.

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The presidential debate will make history. Here’s how.

No one has ever seen a presidential debate like this before. Here are four ways it will make history.

First day of autumn is more like summer

Daytime temperatures are expected to reach into the 80s on Thursday.

Slow ride into Boston north and south of the city

Speeds have dropped below 30 miles an hour on the Southeast Expressway and I-93 north of Boston.

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Commissioner’s response not up to his standards

Where was the William Evans Boston knows and respects this past Tuesday?

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Sept. 22, the 266th day of 2016. There are 100 days left in the year. Autumn arrives at 10:21 a.m. Eastern time.

Rock breaks window at Cathedral of Holy Cross

The cathedral is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Boston.

Man severely wounded in Mattapan shooting

The male victim was shot around 9:15 pm near 56 Cedar Street, and rushed to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, a police spokesman said.

Part of Route 128 will be shut for two days in November

Consider yourself warned.

Milton plans interfaith vigil at damaged Holocaust memorial

The vigil will be held at the site of the memorial by the cemetery’s pond, according to a statement from Rabbi Alfred Benjamin, a leader of the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association.

New England students to begin semester at sea with trip to Cuba

The nine-week voyage on a historic ship will have a stop in Havana, marking the first time in 57 years an original US tall ship will dock in the Cuban capital.

Tsarnaev prosecutor named assistant to US Attorney Ortiz

Carmen M. Ortiz said this week that she has appointed William Weinreb as her first assistant United States attorney.

Walsh sending volunteers to rally N.H. voters

The mayor told volunteers that too much is at stake in the general election to let Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump win the presidency.

Woman falls into side of Duck Boat in Back Bay

As the boat was stopping, the woman lost her balance and appeared to fall into the side of the duck boat, sustaining a minor leg injury.

Troopers allegedly sold several hundred State Police guns

The attorney general’s office is focusing on how the firearms were tagged as surplus and traded to a Greenfield dealer.

After chase, Clinton man charged with A & B on a police officer

A five-mile car chase ended with the arrest early Wednesday of a Clinton man who was allegedly driving a stolen car and assaulted a police officer.

Three men plead guilty in connection to sex trafficking of a minor

Three men, including two from Brockton, pleaded guilty in US District Court Wednesday in connection to the sex trafficking of a minor across state lines last year.

Political Happy Hour: Sept. 21, 2016

Political Happy Hour: The new Southie | Public TV viewers, take toke, er, note | ‘The Deflategate Scientists Unlock Their Lab’

Tommy Chang gets good marks in first job review

Overall, Chang earned a rating of proficient, the second-highest of four scoring categories.

Woman killed in pedestrian crash in Wilmington

The 52-year-old woman was struck at the intersection of Main Street and Richmond Street.

A day to remember and honor fallen officers

Two state law enforcement officers who were killed this year were remembered, and four others were added to a memorial.

Capital Source

Rick Steves’ latest adventure isn’t in Europe

It’s selling Massachusetts voters on legalized pot.

Boston School Committee takes up charter school question

The seven-member committee who opposes the ballot question, is expected to vote on the resolution at its next meeting on Oct. 5.

Salem man convicted for death of combat veteran

Peter Castillo, 28, was convicted of fatally shooting a combat veteran from Revere during an altercation in a parking lot in Boston’s Theater District.

The heart of a Catholic saint is on display in Lowell

It is the first time any major relic of St. Padre Pio has traveled outside Italy.

One dead, two hurt in shootings

Boston police are investigating a fatal shooting in Dorchester along with two other shootings in the city Tuesday night.

Man arrested after allegedly ‘upskirting’ MBTA passengers

Once Tranist Police arrested the man for making a secret video, they realized he was wanted for rape and indecent assault and battery.

Police issue dozens of tickets in crack down on street racing

The coordinated effort against illegal street racing in the Newmarket area led to 75 tickets, 35 criminal complaints, and filings to have licenses revoked.

Read: Walpole High principal’s letter on decision to cancel school dances

“Over the past two years, we had five consecutive dances where students arrived to the dance under the influence or were in possession of alcohol.”

After assaulting Muslim tenant, landlord must learn about Islam

The state’s highest court upheld the jail sentence and probation conditions imposed on a Somerville landlord and Christian minister.

Two dogs found abandoned, tied to tree in Arnold Arboretum

A park ranger at the arboretum found the pit bull mixes and stayed with them for hours to see if an owner would return.

Police investigating fatal motorcycle crash in Ashland

A 27-year-old Framingham man died Saturday evening in the single-vehicle crash.

Third man charged in January murder of Everett teen

The victim had allegedly told his girlfriend he was on his way to meet someone from the gang before he was killed in Everett.

A bear prompted an Acton school to shelter-in-place

A bear was reported in the woods behind the campus of Acton Public Schools.

How do you find a manatee that has overstayed its welcome?

As the weather cools, animal experts are desperately hoping to execute a rescue mission to bring the Cape Cod manatee back to Florida.

Fast Forward: Charlotte unrest, Adele’s ode to Brangelina, marijuana forum

Protests break out in North Carolina, an airstrike kills four medical workers in Aleppo, and more of the news you need to start your day.

The demographics of gun owners, and why they own them

Researchers from Harvard and Northeastern universities released some of findings from a new study on gun ownership in America this week.

3 percent of US adults own half the country’s guns, study says

An estimated 7.7 million adults nationwide make up a group of so-called gun super-owners, stockpiling anywhere from eight firearms per person up to 140, a report found.

Report faults Wheaton on sexual assaults

The Wheaton report is an example of how schools around the country struggle to adequately address sexual assault.

Another summer-like day as fall beckons

One day before the formal start of fall, temperatures in Greater Boston will peak in the 80-degree range.

Regular service resumes on Red Line

The Red Line delays had been caused by a disabled train near Wollaston Station.

Medical students’ intimate connection with the dead

Tufts’ medical school is expanding its anatomy lab, reinforcing its commitment to cadaver dissection.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 21, the 265th day of 2016. There are 101 days left in the year.

Man is killed in Dorchester shooting

The shooting occurred about 8:05 p.m. near 55 Downer Ave., and the victim appeared to be in his 20s.

Shades of Tamerlan Tsarnaev present in N.Y. bombing suspect

Both traveled to their home countries, only to come back to America with radical views of Islam.

Worcester holds active shooter training at DCU Center

The drill took place at the DCU Center to simulate an active shooter at a concert venue, Worcester police said in a statement.

2-year-old boy hit by car in Brockton

A Brockton police spokesman said the boy was flown to a Boston hospital with injuries that are “fairly serious.”

UMass Dartmouth begins nationwide search for a new chancellor

A panel of students, faculty, alumni, and others will search for a replacement for Divina Grossman, who stepped down last December.

In the debate over eggs, should chickens be free?

A ballot measure would mandate the sale of cage-free eggs and more humanely produced pork and veal in Massachusetts.

Political Happy Hour: Sept. 20, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Elizabeth Warren goes easy on bank exec | Charlie Baker, wicked popular | Splitsville

BU vows to avoid but not ban fossil-fuel holdings

Boston University said it would avoid investing in coal and tar sands in an effort to combat climate change.

Farmers in 11 Mass. counties damaged by freeze eligible for loans

The counties were designated “primary natural disaster areas” by the federal government.

Suffolk County man is hospitalized with West Nile virus

The man in his 70s is the third person diagnosed with the mosquito-borne disease in Massachusetts this year.

New app helps blind riders navigate the MBTA

The app uses crowdsourced directions to help blind people identify bus stops more accurately.

Tribal police shoot, kill armed casino patron at Foxwoods

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal police confronted the person in a parking garage, where police say the patron produced a weapon.


In Cambridge, mercy and justice for the homeless

Middlesex County’s new Homeless Court serves up a kind of collaborative criminal justice, laced with compassion.

Two women arrested for being drunk in parking lot with their babies

One of the N.H. women was found in a puddle, holding one of the babies above her head, police said.

Police arrest four, recover three guns in Dorchester

Police arrested four people and recovered three guns in two separate incidents in Dorchester Monday.

Caller from England’s Barnstaple stumps Barnstable, Mass., police

A few confusing minutes later, the two realized they were separated by the Atlantic Ocean: “Our response time is going to be about six hours.”

Robert F. Kennedy has a Navy fueling ship named after him

The Navy honored the former US attorney general and senator at a ceremony that drew dozens of members of his storied political family.

MBTA to target ‘troubled trees’

Out of 21 downed tree branches that have held up service in the past year, 18 happened on the D Branch of the Green Line.

Two firms will ‘audit’ Gloucester police chief, sergeant who were put on leave

The outside firms will conduct an “audit into the professional conduct’’ of chief Leonard Campanello.

Man sentenced to 1 year in rape of child on Nantucket

A district attorney declined to say how old the victim was, but it was been reported that it was a 3-year-old girl.

Evans defends officer in Back Bay pedestrian case

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said the man in the confrontation “wasn’t violently tackled” and that “his head wasn’t slammed to the ground.”

State Trooper rescues cat from the Callahan Tunnel

The animal was struck by a car and lying on the side of the road. Now, it will be put up for adoption after a six-week recovery.

Parallels between New York, Boston Marathon terrorist bombings

The use of pressure cookers and backpacks in the New York City bombing is just one of the similarities.

Foxborough police ask for public’s help to find robbery suspect

Police said “a firearm was displayed during the robbery” of the Sharon Credit Union on Main Street.

ISIS supporter to plead guilty in US court

Nicholas Alexander Rovinski, of Warwick, RI, was charged following the fatal shooting by police of Usaamah Abdullah Rahim in Roslindale in 2015.

Corpse flower set to bloom at Dartmouth College

Make sure to bring a clothespin. This flower exhibit stinks. Literally.

Black men have a reason to flee police, Mass. high court rules

The Supreme Judicial Court ordered judges to consider whether a black person who walks away from an officer is acting out of frustration.

Heart of Saint Padre Pio to visit Boston

The heart will be in Boston this week, marking the first time any religious relic of the Italian priest has left Italy.

Bowdoin Station on Blue Line briefly closed after unattended bag found

Transit Police examined an unattended bag and concluded it was not a security concern.

Fast Forward: More questions in NYC, N.J. blasts; Harry Potter’s house for sale

An arrest but unanswered questions in the weekend explosions, debating Question 3 on the Mass. ballot, and more of the news you need to start your day.

Rain is no match for drought

The soggy start to the week will do little to get us out of the current dry spell.

Massachusetts has sixth-highest rate of income inequality

The gap between the rich and the poor in the state ranks as one of the widest nationwide.

Providence mother throws her toddlers out window, police say

The twin boys are recovering at a Rhode Island hospital, officials said.

Water main break on Route 16 in Chelsea causing delays

The impacted area runs between Murray Street and Washington Avenue where westbound traffic is down to a single lane.

Summer-like hot and humid weather ahead of fall’s start

Temperatures will rise into the 80s with relatively high humidity.

Charlie Baker, still wicked popular

Seven in 10 voters approve of the job he’s doing as governor, a new poll found.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 20, the 264th day of 2016. There are 102 days left in the year.

Drug charges dismissed

A 2010 drug case against a Hyde Park man was dismissed Monday as a result of compromised evidence out of the Braintree Police Department, the Norfolk district attorney’s office said.

Bicyclist, 50, fatally struck by vehicle in New Hampshire

A 50-year-old cyclist was fatally struck by a vehicle on a New Hampshire highway on Monday afternoon.

Maynard bomb threat ‘most likely a hoax,’ police say

A town resident called police at around 6 p.m. to report a bag of shotgun shells on the sidewalk in front of her house, police said in a statement.

Vandals damage Holocaust sculpture at Milton cemetery

Someone stole two Stars of David from Myriam’s Memorial, which Fred Manasse created to honor his sister.

Why did the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act languish?

Associated Industries of Massachusetts, a powerful business lobbying group, is gaining clout and flexing its muscles on Beacon Hill.

See the skeleton that researchers have discovered aboard an ancient Greek shipwreck

The skeleton was found on the Antikythera Shipwreck, a Greek ship from 65 B.C.

Can’t wait to vote against [fill in blank here]? Your chance is soon.

The “Vote Early Boston” site on provides information on early voting, which runs Oct. 24 through Nov. 4.

Somerville to offer tours of Prospect Hill Tower

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the re-opening of the tower will take place Tuesday.

Political Happy Hour: Sept. 19, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Curt Schilling’s change of heart | Katherine who? | Jeb!

T could pour hundreds of millions into boosting Red Line capacity

An official said replacing 86 more cars — instead of overhauling them — and buying more vehicles could improve the quality of service.

Live debate | 3 p.m.

Two sides of cage-free egg campaign will face off

Representatives from the Humane Society and the New England Brown Egg Council will argue the question’s merits in a Globe-sponsored debate.

‘I just saw cops rushing to the scene,’ N.J. shootout witness says

Employees at the Linden Auto Body Shop in Linden, N.J., were sitting in their office when they suddenly heard gunshots.

Boston police seize five guns in seven hours on Saturday

The incidents happened between 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday.

Navy names ship after Robert F. Kennedy, 2 others after female leaders

Three replenishment oilers will be named after Lucy Stone, Sojourner Truth, and the former US attorney general.

Woods Hole researchers find human skeleton aboard ancient Greek shipwreck

DNA testing will be used to reveal secrets of the skeleton found aboard the Antikythera Shipwreck, a ship that last sailed about 65 BC.

JetBlue flight makes unscheduled landing at Logan Airport

The plane may have been struck by lightning on its way to Bermuda from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.

Big Papi gets an oceanic namesake

Add a 15-foot shark to the list of things fans have done to honor David Ortiz.

Transit Police boost patrols following bombings in New York and New Jersey

No connection was seen between those attacks and Massachusetts. Still, authorities urged vigilance.

Man freed after getting head stuck in R.I. jetty while fetching phone

A man who got stuck head-first between two rocks on a Rhode Island jetty while trying to retrieve his cellphone has been rescued with the help of olive oil.

Boy hit by car that drove around school bus with stop sign activated

The 6-year-old boy, who “sustained some bumps and scrapes,” was taken to a hospital.

Fast Forward: Red Sox surge, Bridgegate trial starts

The Sox are three games up on Baltimore, France holds a day of tribute to victims of the recent terror attacks, and more of the news you need to start your day.

Prosecutors doubt defendant’s health affected fatal Sweet Tomatoes crash

Bradford Casler, who has been charged in the March wreck that killed two people, has suffered from multiple sclerosis for 27 years.

Slowdowns reported on Boston-area highways

The ride into Boston is taking nearly 45 minutes on the Southeast Expressway.

Humid and rainy day to start work week

The rainfall could cause flooding in urban areas with chronic flooding concerns.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Sept. 19, the 263rd day of 2016. There are 103 days left in the year.

Allston shooting leaves victim fighting for life

A man was shot Sunday night on Linden Street, according to Boston police.

Milestone for Allston outreach: first student to attend Harvard

The university’s Ed Portal opened in 2008 as a conduit to the community.

Kelly Ayotte’s foe isn’t just Maggie Hassan. It’s also history

If the US senator loses reelection, she’ll be able pinpoint when it happened: when she won her first term.

Firm with spotty past regains state’s car inspection contract

Applus Technologies Inc. was selected to provide testing equipment to more than 1,900 Mass. inspection stations.

Security tightened across state following weekend incidents

Officials boosted security measures in the wake of violence in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota.

1 dead, 2 injured in Boston shooting

Police haven’t officially identified the victims. According to friends, the slain man was 21-year-old Phillip Woods.

Cape Cod boaters spot great white off Sandy Neck Beach

The great white shark momentarily disappeared before jumping about 5 feet out of the water.

Adrian Walker

Developers buying community support is an insider game

Civic groups should not be able to take money from developers looking to buy support, much less solicit payment.

Cambridge aims to take pets out of pet stores

A proposed city ordinance would stop breeders from supplying animals to shops.

Families gather at 35th South Boston Vietnam Memorial ceremony

More than 200 people came, including the families of many who are honored at the monument.

Chess notes

The weekly game

Beer, politics, and a whole lot of tech talk at HUBweek

HUBweek organizers are grappling with how to ensure the annual festival does not cater solely to the business and academic elite.

Bald eagle rescued in Burlington

An injured bald eagle was rescued in Burlington Sunday morning, police said.

Rain to give state a break from drought

Overnight showers are expected to give the state a very brief respite from the drought.

14-year-old killed by train was ‘a true friend to people’

The ninth-grader was “a super-creative, super-smart kid,” his family said as they continue grieving his death.

Diver who died off Nahant Saturday identified as Danvers man

Vinicius O. Vianna, 42, was an experienced diver and was certified as a rescue diver.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Sept. 18, the 262nd day of 2016. There are 104 days left in the year.

Teen killed by train was 14-year-old boy from Newton

The teen was on the inbound track on Friday when he was hit by a Worcester/Framingham commuter rail train.

Teen stabbed six times in Melrose; suspects flee

The 17-year-old male was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

7-year-old boy pulled from Attleboro pool

The boy was conscious and later transferred to a Providence hospital, a fire official said.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Harvard gives humanitarian award to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi

The activist urged people to go out into the world and prove for themselves that hatred is rooted in fear.

Man dies diving off Nahant

Officials responded to a 911 call at 4:40 p.m. to a call for two divers in distress, Nahant Fire Chief Michael Feinberg said.

Testimony of Brian R. Mahoney

Brian R. Mahoney, a community newspaper columnist and longtime civic association leader, was a defendant in a defamation lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court.

Testimony of South Boston Realtor Joyce Lebedew

South Boston Realtor Joyce Lebedew testified in a defamation lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court on July 25, 2016.

Supporters of recreational use of marijuana fill the Common

Massachusetts voters will decide in November whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Needing support from communities, builders pay for it

Local backing for a development project often comes with a price tag, bought as easily as lumber or drywall.

The great rabbit pardon of 2016

A Buddhist gardener felt sorry for rabbits being raised for slaughter at Codman Community Farms, so she bought them — 135 rabbits in all.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

Rejecting opioids, pain patients find relief with marijuana

But the world of medical marijuana bears little resemblance to usual medical care.

Families of murder victims seek help moving

There is no formal program to assist families of homicide victims who want to move because they fear for their own safety.

Rate of uninsured in Mass. reaches all-time low

The US Census reports 2.8 percent of residents had no health insurance in 2015, down from 4.4 percent in 2010.

Kevin Cullen

Counting your fish — and your blessings

Travis Roy got a chance to go ocean fishing, despite being attached to a 600-pound motorized wheelchair.

Yvonne Abraham

Few options for domestic violence victims

Like so many domestic violence victims, Wanda Rosa was powerless to separate herself from the abuser who murdered her.

Rhode Island driver killed in fiery late-night crash

The unidentified driver reportedly lost control while rounding a sharp corner near 550 Pontiac Ave. in Cranston, police said in a statement.

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Sunday’s Child: Eddie loves the outdoors and making people laugh

Eddie is a sweet, fun-loving, 12-year-old boy of Hispanic descent who loves to stay busy. He is friendly and kind.

Starts & Stops

MBTA failed to spend enough on repairs, expansion

To improve your commute, the T desperately needs to tackle a $7.3 billion backlog of repairs.

Chess notes

News from the world of chess.

Second boater in high-speed crash in Taunton has died

Stephen Joy, 67, of Bangor, Maine, died Thursday in Providence, authorities said.

One man dead after triple shooting in Dorchester

One person is dead and two more are injured following an early morning shooting in Dorchester.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Sept. 17, the 261st day of 2016. There are 105 days left in the year.

Teenager killed by commuter rail train in Newton

The male teenager was on the inbound track when he was struck in Newtonville on Friday evening, police said.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Baker orders new rules to reduce greenhouse emissions

The order comes after a court ruling that the state has not done enough to meet its obligations.

Lowell man sentenced to prison for attempted murder

A Lowell man was sentenced Friday to at least eight years in prison in connection to an attempted murder in March 2015, the Middlesex District Attorney’s office said.

Storm Irene’s impact still felt in N.H.

Hillsides have eroded, some footbridges are missing, and washed-down debris has elevated riverbeds.

Inmate at MCI-Norfolk pleads guilty to murder of fellow inmate

Christopher Fletcher, an inmate at MCI-Norfolk, interrupted the third day of his murder trial to make his guilty plea, the attorney’s office said in a statement.

Roslindale man arrested for lewdness at Back Bay T station

A Transit Police officer entered the restroom to investigate, and found 66-year-old Neville Pinnock.

As outcome of Boston Latin inquiry looms, Chang meets with US attorney’s office

The School Department said the superintendent has been part of “ongoing discussions.”

Two men charged with operating bi-coastal marijuana ring

Virayuth Chau, 40, of Temecula, Calif., and Ratanack Oung, 31, of Allentown, Pa. were charged in an indictment unsealed Thursday.

Judge denies request for public disclosure of Tsarnaev defense funds

A judge on Friday declined to make public the amount of taxpayer funds expended for the legal defense of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Woman tells police she was sexually assaulted while walking dog in Easton

The woman reported being kicked from behind before the attack, Easton police said in a statement.

Political Happy Hour: Sept. 16, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Charlie Baker’s quiet partisan parade | Gary Johnson and Bill Weld don’t make debates | Xenophon and the Asic registry

MBTA to subsidize Uber, Lyft rides for customers with disabilities

The first-of-its-kind partnership reflects a growing relationship between public agencies and ride-for-hire firms.

Weymouth home severely damaged by two-alarm fire

The duplex on East Street suffered more than $150,000 in damage in the Thursday evening blaze.

Judge orders city to allow 2-day marijuana rally

A judge granted an emergency order Friday that forced the city of Boston to grant a permit for this weekend’s rally.

UNH stands firm as critics question scoreboard plan

Some people have complained that the school has other needs that might better represent the legacy of the librarian who left $4 million.

Environmental Police seize 47 marijuana plants in Goshen

An officer stumbled upon the large marijuana grow site Thursday in a state forest.

Our winters are getting shorter — and warmer

Scientists say the impending changes — a result of human-caused global warming — are deeply troubling and will have major impacts on ecosystems and economies.

Man with 7 aliases charged with 2010 Lawrence murder

Juan Peguero was discovered serving time in a federal prison under an alias, Essex prosecutors said.

Sixteen stranded dolphins rescued in Wellfleet

The pod was transported to deeper waters in Provincetown, where the animals swam away.

Invisible poetry coming back to Boston’s sidewalks

The city announced this week that it is expanding a public art installation that causes verse to become visible in the rain.

Boston native William Bratton stepping down as head of NYC police

The Dorchester native is retiring on Sunday, capping a decades-long rise that began on the streets of his hometown.

Quietly, Baker hosts GOP governors in Boston

Governor Charlie Baker hosted a meeting of Republican governors in Boston this week. But you wouldn’t know it from his public schedule.

Jogger attacked by a rabid woodchuck in Medway

The town’s animal control officer is urging residents to keep an eye on children and pets.

Police must now record conversations with translators, SJC rules

The state’s highest court issued its new protocol Friday that now applies to every police force in Mass.

Officials celebrate new Kendrick Street ramps on Route 128 in Needham

The ramps are the first milestone in a broader project that will add a lane to the highway and reconstruct several other bridges.

Pair in Snapchat sex assault get 4-5 years in prison

The two were convicted of assault to rape, indecent assault and battery, and kidnapping in the attack that was carried out in the woods and shared on Snapchat.

Coast Guard rescues 3 from boat that ran aground in Merrimack River

Two people on board were injured and taken to hospitals after they were rescued from the stranded boat.

Fast Forward: Red Sox stunner, birther issue comes back

Donald Trump’s campaign says he has reversed his position on President Obama’s birthplace, the iPhone 7 is here, and more of the news you need to start your day.

Maine inmate says he was sexually abused by Catholic priests

A Maine State Prison inmate has filed a lawsuit against the bishop of the Diocese of Portland that alleges he was sexually abused by two priests.

Millennials: the boomerang generation, indeed

More than one-third of adults ages 18 to 34 in the US lived in their parents’ home last year.

Sunny clear weather streak continues into weekend

The end of the work week will be accompanied by blue skies, lots of sun, and temperatures reaching into the 70s.

Delays on Worcester/Framingham, Rockport commuter rail lines

Commuters are urged to take Train 508 or Train 582 as an alternative to Train 506, while a Rockport train had to wait for a drawbridge to open and close.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Sept. 16, the 260th day of 2016. There are 106 days left in the year.

National monument in waters off Cape Cod causes rift

The designation of a new marine national monument has exposed a divide between environmentalists and New England fishermen.

Bridgewater man arrested for watching pornography in public library

Fred Higgins, 43, was charged with lewd conduct, annoying a person of the opposite sex, and disorderly conduct, police said in a statement.

Man sentenced to 20 years in prison for Westborough rapes

A former Framingham man will serve at least 20 years in state prison for raping two women in Westborough 13 years ago.

Taunton man charged with manslaughter in fatal drug overdose

Scott Reynolds, 22, will be arraigned Friday in connection with the April death of a 25-year-old Berkley man.

Instagram’s next rising star: A ‘naked’ lovebird from Boston

She might be featherless and flightless, but that hasn’t stopped Rhea the lovebird from capturing the hearts of tens of thousands of people.

Townsend police find no evidence of child abduction claim

After multiple interviews with the boys and their parents, collecting tips sent to police, and reviewing surveillance footage, Townsend police said they could not verify the claim.

Appeals court tosses murder conviction in fatal shooting of Revere police officer

An appellate court on Thursday threw out a gang associate’s murder conviction in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Revere police officer.

Legal pot brownies: delicious or pernicious?

Marijuana edibles, the cutting edge of the burgeoning pot industry, are at the center of the legalization debate.

Why cannabis cocktails are at the center of a public safety debate

Marijuana edibles, the cutting edge of the burgeoning pot industry, are at the center of the legalization debate.

Could $22.3m budget gap threaten UMass Boston’s growth?

Several construction projects have been plagued by unexpected setbacks that will cost the university extra millions.

Most overdose deaths in Mass. caused by illegal drugs

Prescribed opioids are involved in only 8.3 percent of deaths, according to AN analysis of 2013 and 2014 data.

Paul F. McDevitt, helped homeless and those battling substance abuse

Mr. McDevitt founded Modern Assistance Programs of Quincy and over the years helped many who were struggling with substance abuse.

Norfolk DA will give grants to police departments to perform audits

The grants come after an audit of Braintree’s evidence room revealed the disappearance of guns, drugs, and money.

Revenue falls at Plainridge Park Casino, but gamblers gain

Gambling revenue at Plainridge Park Casino tumbled by more than 5 percent in August.

Adrian Walker

Controversy again engulfs Roxbury Community College

The firing of Keith McDermott, the longtime head of the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, has unleashed a controversy.

Political Happy Hour: Sept. 15, 2016

Political Happy Hour: The fisherman | 87,618 | Blindfold and a gun

Authorities arrest alleged member of the MS-13 gang

The FBI had previously offered a $20,000 reward for help finding Efrain Vasquez-Yanez.

Body of missing swimmer in Plymouth found

The body of the 26-year-old man was found in Great Herring Pond Thursday afternoon.

Teamsters head pleads guilty in Top Chef case

Five Teamsters members were accused of roughing up production crew members taping the Top Chef television show in a case with ties to City Hall.

Cambridge group wants to help residents get rid of an annoying light

A contest promises to pay for the replacement and installation of the most “loathsome” light in the city.

Massachusetts farmers continue to struggle in drought conditions

Many farmers in the state have access to some irrigation, but a lack of resources forces some to pick which plants to water and which plants to let die.

Police convince man with knife to drop weapon, seek treatment

The man was screaming “Just shoot me” in a Hyde Park Stop & Shop, police said.

It’s not just you: Boston commute times among longest in the country

Boston had the seventh-longest commute in the country, among the 50 largest cities.

Dead whale identified as a male humpback

The animal washed ashore on a private beach sometime this week on Martha’s Vineyard.

Big E to hold historical exhibit in honor of its 100th anniversary

The 17-day Eastern States Exposition will open for its 1ooth fair on Friday.

Beverly teen arrested for allegedly invading home, stabbing resident

The invasion occurred on Livingstone Avenue, where police officers found the 25-year-old resident suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Mini golf course closing, but iconic dinosaur staying putt

The looming orange T-Rex will stand as a reminder of the past amid a new development at the Saugus site.

Man claims to have bomb, triggering a 5-hour standoff in Rehoboth

38-year-old Benjamin Kimball walked into the store at the intersection of Winthrop and Anawan streets and threatened one of the employees.

Drought continues to spread across Mass., unabated

Over half of Massachusetts is in the midst of an extreme drought.

Jay Ash makes it to the final round in search for Cambridge city manager

Ash, a key aide to Governor Baker, is one of three finalists named by an appointed committee.

Fast Forward: Donald Trump’s fat, Hillary Clinton’s infected, wells are dry

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City Council preps for marijuana legalization if it happens

A city councilor wants to give historically disadvantaged persons priority in marijuana licensing — if it passes in November.

Delays reported on 2 commuter rail lines

Riders were advised to expect delays on the Kingston/Plymouth and Greenbush lines.

Crisp, sunny weather continues for the area Thursday

Temperatures are expected to hit a high of 68.

Obama grants federal protection to section of Atlantic

President Obama will designate a section off the Cape as a national monument, the first such classification in the Atlantic Ocean.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Sept. 15, the 259th day of 2016. There are 107 days left in the year.

Smoking materials caused Cohasset house fire

The fire resulted in about $1 million in damage and killed the family’s dog, fire officials said.

Too many Trump signs? Haverhill man won’t back down

Ricky Early says city officials are fining him because they don’t like his politics, but the mayor says everyone has to comply with the ordinance.

Search paused for missing swimmer in Plymouth

Officials plan to return to Great Herring Pond on Thursday morning and resume searching for the man.

Drugs, guns, and $400,000 missing from Braintree police

An audit found that heat-sealed drug bags were cut, bags of cash were sliced open, and at least 60 guns had disappeared.

Two hospitalized after Newton crash

The vehicle slammed into a utility pole on Route 9 in Newton, State Police said.

Communities scramble to find emergency water sources

On Wednesday, Worcester activated a connection to draw water from the MWRA at a cost of $1.7 million per month.

Peabody man sentenced to six years for possessing child pornography

The former YMCA employee received e-mails with sexually explicit images and videos of children as young as 1 year old, the US attorney’s office said.

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Kneeling for the anthem is fitting protest

Silently taking a knee during the national anthem is the picture of respectful dissent. It isn’t a rejection of America; it is a wish for a better America.

Rev. Terence Curley; wrote about grief and healing

A priest for more than four decades, The Rev. Terence Curley specialized in helping parishioners who were grieving the deaths of loved ones.

No surprise: Wynn isn’t happy about a Revere slots parlor

“It’s not fair to Wynn Resorts,” an executive said, noting it would run counter to the 2011 casino law that called for a single slots parlor in Massachusetts.

10m grant funds program to boost children’s mental health care

The TEAM UP for Children initiative provides $10 million to try to provide behavioral health care for children at the same place they see their primary care doctors.

R.I. authorities arrest fugitive accused of killing N.C. police officer

Authorities launched a nationwide manhunt for the suspect and learned that his sister had driven down and brought him back to Providence, State Police said.

Freedom Trail stops get facelifts

The initiative also includes a $25 million effort to improve access to historic sites around the city.

Crash near Sumner Tunnel ties up traffic around Logan

A two-car crash near the Sumner Tunnel is causing traffic delays near Logan Airport.

Political Happy Hour: Sept. 14, 2016

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Somerville’s innovative new school plan garners a $10 million grant

The grant will help to open a new high school that won’t have grade levels or traditional courses.

Dead whale found on Martha’s Vineyard

Officials do not know how the animal died, its sex, or its age.

Burlington plumber denied bail in 1993 slaying

Paul Weadick was indicted with former New England Mafia boss Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme in the killing of a South Boston nightclub owner.

Jury selection begins in Gary Lee Sampson death-penalty trial

It’s the second time a jury has been selected to determine the fate of the admitted serial killer.

2 charged after ramming police car

One of the two would later threaten police officers after he was placed under arrest for drug and firearm charges.

Nation’s first lighthouse greets new century

Boston Light, originally built on Little Brewster Island in 1716, was honored on Wednesday with a ceremony complete with a giant cake.

Activists project video of slain man’s mother across from police headquarters

Members of the Boston Coalition for Police Accountability said they want to shine a light on “killings of black people at the hands of police.”

MBTA police identify BU student killed by train

Xianhu Chen, 17, of China, was killed while walking along the tracks near the Mass. Pike overpass.

Endicott College dorm dedicated to Pete Frates

Pete Frates Hall was christened by 1,500 students participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Gloucester police chief leaves nonprofit after forced leave

The city’s mayor placed Leonard Campanello on indefinite administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

Worcester man accused of pulling out machete in bout of road rage

The 41-year-old allegedly became violent with another driver while his two teenaged children were in the family car.

2-year-old child struck by car in Norfolk

The child was flown to a local hospital after the crash.

Four-year-old pleaded with father to spare mom’s life

“No, Dad,’’ the child shouted as Emilio Delarosa choked the boy’s mother, Wanda Rosa, in her Methuen apartment Monday morning, according to the records.

How good is your child’s school district? These numbers are a place to start

Data on spending per student, average class size, SAT scores, attendance rates, and more, are available from the state’s Education Department.

Spending per student for each Mass. school district

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Average teacher pay for each Mass. school district

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Average class size for each Mass. school district

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SAT scores for each Mass. school district

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Dropout rates for each Mass. school district

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Graduation rates for each Mass. school district

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High school graduates’ plans for each Mass. school district

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AP exam scores for each Mass. school district

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Attendance rates for each Mass. school district

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Fast Forward: Aung San Suu Kyi to meet with Obama, Gary Lee Sampson in court

A morning report to help you get ready for the day.

This is the drought that doesn’t end. Yes, it goes on and on, my friends.

We’ll likely know who our next president is before these drought conditions start to subside.

Wednesday’s clear start to lead to stormy afternoon

The clear skies greeting commuters Wednesday morning will give way to turbulent clouds and the possibility of strong thunderstorms.

Moderate delays on the Green Line in both directions

A disabled train at Park Street Station led to moderate delays on the Green Line.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 14, the 258th day of 2016. There are 108 days left in the year.

State trooper involved in crash in Worcester

A State Police trooper sustained minor injuries after his cruiser and an SUV crashed in Worcester, a spokesman said.

N. End residents speak out against proposed nursing home sale

North End residents criticized a proposal to relocate a neighborhood nursing home to Brighton and sell the building.

Police chief hailed as a pioneer in opiate fight now on leave

Gloucester’s Leonard Campanello, who has pushed for treating rather than jailing addicts, is the subject of an internal investigation.

Frank Guinta has a narrow lead N.H. fight

Unlike the presidential primaries, the state’s voters selected more traditional politicians in the state’s primaries for governor and US Senate.

US appeals court hears ‘ballot selfie’ case

A federal appeals court panel seemed to wonder what the problem is that the law tried to fix.

Townsend police seek man in attempted abduction of teens

Three young teenage boys reported that “an older male allegedly jumped out from behind a large rock and startled them.”

Emerging scandal in evidence room puts hundreds of drug cases at risk

An audit revealed missing drugs, guns, and money from a Braintree evidence room, and cases may have to be thrown out.

Norfolk County man hospitalized with West Nile

The man, in his 70s, has the second case of the mosquito-borne illness reported this year in Massachusetts.

Charter debate focuses on funding, equity issues

A charter school supporter accused officials of not adequately educating all students, during a tense debate Tuesday.

There is still a group of students who need help with student loans

In a region of top colleges, low-income, first-generation, and minority students struggle disproportionately to repay their debt.

Political Happy Hour: Sept. 13, 2016

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Couples attempt to set world record for largest lesbian wedding

The owners of a Provincetown inn are organizing the Oct. 15 effort.

New Hampshire bride hitchhikes to wedding after limo fails her

A flat tire wasn’t going to stop a determined New Hampshire bride from walking down the aisle.

Two-alarm blaze in South End displaces 12 families

The blaze broke out about 3:30 p.m. in a four-story brownstone, fire officials said.

Winners announced for opioid crisis hack-a-thon

Nineteen teams pitched ideas to help combat the country’s rising opioid epidemic.

Fighter jet accidentally releases flares over New Hampshire

The two jets from the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard were doing target interception training, officials said.

Maine man posts ‘Black Rifles Matter’ sign. Controversy ensues.

The sign, placed at a private residence in Boothbay Harbor, has brought a lot of attention to one man’s yard.

Where in the world is Chester the parrot?

Chester the young, white-bellied caique, went missing from Framingham Aug. 10.

Three-alarm fire breaks out at Cohasset home

Crews are on scene now battling the blaze, and it doesn’t appear anyone was at the Rust Way home when the fire started.

Pedestrian in critical condition after being struck by car in Fall River

The 67-year-old Fall River man was struck by a car at about 9:45 p.m. Monday on Route 24.

Festival will include a reading of Emily Dickinson’s poems — all 1,789 of them

The “Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon” is one part of this year’s Amherst Poetry Festival.

Watch live: Debate on cage-free egg question

The Globe is co-hosting a debate on Question 3, which would require all eggs in Mass. to come from cage-free hens.