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Boston police officer injured by falling debris

The officer was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, a department spokesman said.

Friend of pilot killed in Methuen crash says the experimental aircraft was his passion

Bob Di Meo said he advised Alan Lavender through the process of building his own plane, and is unsure why the aircraft crashed.

Fugitive calves are on the loose in Harwich woods

Two calves escaped from a farm in Harwich on Feb. 23 and have been loose since.

Springfield officials investigating shop that ‘gifts’ free pot for fee

“Mary Jane Makes Your Heart Sing” is clearly violating state law, police and elected leaders in Springfield say.

State asks for bids in $2 million North-South rail link study

The one-mile rail link has the backing of such names as Congressman Seth Moulton, and Governors Michael Dukakis and Bill Weld.

Fire damages gym in Haverhill

A three-alarm fire broke out at a fitness club complex in Haverhill early Wednesday morning, officials said.

Affordable housing activists protest overnight at City Hall

What started as a meeting with city officials became a drawn-out, all-night protest on the floor of a hallway in City Hall.

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Bob Kraft played key role in new Beacon Hill exports panel

The Patriots owner helped persuade lawmakers to create a new committee focused on economic development through exports.

Storm threats diminish for Mass. as track shifts south

Areas well south of New England will likely experience severe thunderstorms, the National Weather Service said.

Map: 10 of the busiest spots for bikes in Boston

The busiest spot in the city was the area around a Back Bay intersection, near Mass. Avenue and Beacon Street.

NTSB among agencies probing cause of Methuen plane crash

Witnesses reported the airplane “took a steep descent and disappeared behind the trees” before crashing into the building, an investigator said.

Fast Forward: Reaction to Trump speech, celebrating pigs

Auctioning off some mold, and more of the news you need.

Newton eyes whether to regulate and tax Airbnb

City councilors are looking at how other communities regulate these types of short-term rentals.

With new Northeastern post, VFW hopes to recruit new generation of vets

At a time when veterans groups are losing members, the post is reaching out to Northeastern University students and others who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Aaron Hernandez had ‘deadly accuracy’ in 2012 shooting, prosecutors say

The former New England Patriot has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder in the deaths of two men in Boston’s South End in 2012.

Pedestrian struck, killed on Southeast Expressway

At its peak, the closure created a 20-mile backup on the South Shore, pushing traffic back onto Routes 3 and 24.

Springfield police seize more than 10,000 bags of heroin, arrest two

Hernan Santana, 35, and Jose Pena, 37, both of Springfield, are facing multiple heroin drug and firearm charges.

Worcester man added to State Police list of Most Wanted fugitives

Victor D. Kelley is wanted on charges related to a nonfatal shooting outside the Diamond Inn around 1 a.m. on October 15, 2014

Report: Half of Boston’s school buildings in ‘fair’ condition

The BuildBPS initiative examined the condition of every building, from the roof to the boiler room to the water bubblers and the wiring.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, March 1, the 60th day of 2017. There are 305 days left in the year. Today is Ash Wednesday.

Trader Joe’s employee struck, killed in parking lot of Acton store

The employee, identified only as a woman in her 60’s, was hit at about 7 p.m. Tuesday night, authorities said.

Jewish leaders decry spate of anti-Semitic incidents

Local Jewish leaders are deeply concerned about the spate of recent anti-Semitic incidents and threats.

UMass students decry changes in Africana Studies

Tight finances have resulted in cuts to programs that are not fair, several speakers said at a forum on campus Tuesday night.

Abuse scandal at Milton Academy was 30 years in the making

The school finally revealed that it employed an accused serial predator for 14 years.

By the numbers

With an average temperature of 35 degrees, the meteorological winter that ended Tuesday was the fifth warmest in Boston’s history, the National Weather Service said.

Time machine: ‘Teeth extracted, teeth inserted’

March 1, 1879

Suicides in Mass. rise 40 percent in a decade

Middle-aged men, struggling financially and reluctant to seek help, are driving the trend.

Pilot recalled as friendly fixture in the community

“He was one of the kindest, nicest people anyone would ever want to meet.”

Housing costs aggravate area’s inequality, report says

Greater Boston is more racially and economically segregated because of housing costs, even as the area becomes more diverse.

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At Stonehill College, a small gift yields big rewards

The school put a $117,000 donation to a novel use: it’s become a rainy-day fund to help low-income students in a pinch.

3 things to watch for in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez goes on trial Wednesday in the fatal drive-by shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston’s South End in July 2012. Here are three things to watch as the trial progresses:

Police investigate Dorchester shooting

The victim suffered a gun shot wound to the leg, police said.

State Police identify Avon crash victim

Cory Wasilewski, 20, of Brockton was driving north on Route 24 when he attempted to pass, State Police said.

Customs officials in Boston ask police for space for detainees

Advocacy groups fear the federal government is building up jail space to facilitate President Trump’s immigration crackdown.

Political Happy Hour: February 28, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Massachusetts *is* the best | Will the real Trump immigration policy please stand up | Polar bear cubs are the best

UMass Boston student falls from 3rd floor of campus center

The male student, who was not identified, was rushed to a hospital.

House Speaker Paul Ryan to visit Rhode Island on Thursday

The Republican will be making a visit to deeply Democratic Rhode Island this week, and protesters say they plan to greet him.


Goodbye, Boston Winter.

On Tuesday, a clean-up crew was using shovels to scrape away the remnants of that rink on City Hall Plaza.

In Methuen, residents have long worried about planes

Some residents joke that you can wave to the pilots, and feel the breeze when they fly by.

147 great white sharks identified off Cape Cod last year

Great white sharks have shown no sign of skipping their annual visits to Cape Cod waters to hunt for prey.

Three men expected to be arraigned for fatal shooting in Dorchester

Tyshawn Sanders, 19, Tyshawn Cummings, 22, and Jamari Manning, 21, are all facing charges of first-degree murder along with unlawful possession of a firearm.


Senator blasts ‘corporate tentacles’ wrapping around Donald Trump

Whitehouse said that he wants to increase discussion on how corporations influence politicians and regulators. So he wrote a book about it.

Photos from the plane crash in Methuen

A pilot has died after his small plane crashed into a residential complex in Methuen Tuesday afternoon, according to local authorities.

Ballot snafu haunts Lynn override vote

About 200 absentee voters who filed before the error was identified have been mailed new ballots.

Live video: Plane crash in Methuen

Live video from Fox 25’s Facebook page of the plane crash in Methuen.

Small plane crashes into Methuen building, killing pilot

Former Newburyport Mayor Alan Lavender died when his plane plunged into the roof of a Methuen housing development.

Nail salon owner crashes into his own store

Acton police said Phuong Tran accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake.

Winter ranks as fifth warmest in Boston’s history

Four of the five warmest Boston winters have happened since 2000.

MBTA sets May opening for New Balance commuter rail station

The new stop, located next to New Balance’s $500 million headquarters, brings the commuter rail back to Brighton after more than 50 years.

Capital Source

Katherine Clark’s guest for Trump speech is immigration advocate

Veronica Serrato, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, will join the Mass. congresswoman at Tuesday’s night’s address.

Fire that killed elderly woman in Beverly started in her stove, officials say

Investigators said the woman’s Hale Street home was so cluttered there was no clear path to safety.

Cape Cod man charged with murdering wife, a schoolteacher

Christopher Fratantonio is accused of killing Mary Fratantonio in the couple’s house early Tuesday while their young children were home.

Wanted man arrested in Everett after pursuit

Thirty-one-year-old, William Seaburg had been wanted on an assault and battery warrant.

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Warm days in February might be here to stay

With three days of record warmth reaching June-like levels, severe thunderstorms, a tornado in Western Mass., this February is going into the record books.

Artist who was once homeless is identified as Everett homicide victim

Francis “Frank” Brescia, whose body was found Saturday in his Everett apartment, said his struggles gave focus to his art.

State’s high school graduation rate sets record as Boston makes strides

Boston Public Schools also saw improvement, with the graduation rate climbing to 72.4 percent.

In boon for Baker, Mass. ranked best state

Massachusetts topped its 49 competitors in US News & World Report’s rankings because of its strong performance in health care and education.

Journalist won’t have to testify about Aaron Hernandez’s tattoos

A USA Today reporter interviewed the former Patriots star in 2009.

Fast Forward: Trump to address Congress, Rihanna’s humanitarian award, and Fat Tuesday

A day to indulge before Lent comes around, and more of the news you need.

Peabody double murder suspect held without bail

Also Tuesday, authorities disclosed the causes of death for a Peabody couple found dead in a Farm Avenue home earlier this month.

Teenager fatally struck by commuter rail train in Ashland

The victim was 16 years old and investigators found no evidence of foul play.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2017. There are 306 days left in the year.

One person is dead after crash in Avon

One person has died in what State Police called a “serious crash” on Route 24 in Avon Monday night. The crash occurred in the northbound lanes of the highway near Exit 18.

Police investigate homicide after finding body in Everett apartment

The body of a man, believed to be in his 60s, was found Saturday in an “advanced state of decomposition.”

Charter school is approved despite claims of ties to Turkish cleric

The school can establish a second location in Westfield despite alleged ties to Fethullah Gulen.

Ex-police sergeant who faced 40 complaints wins investigator’s license

Former Boston police sergeant Martin B. Kraft was the subject of 40 complaints alleging disrespectful treatment, untruthfulness, neglect of duty, unreasonable judgement, and use of force.

Alarmed by Trump, schools protect vulnerable students

At least seven communities have sent home letters or posted statements after moves to restrict immigration and protections to transgender students.

Hassan looking into 14-year-old’s extra screening at airport

US Senator Maggie Hassan’s office says it is looking into the case of a 14-year-old New Hampshire boy whose family says he was pulled aside this month for additional screening ahead of his flight to a baseball tournament in Florida.

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By the numbers

Blazes started by humans accounted for 84 percent of all US wildfires over the past two decades, according to a team co-led by a UMass Amherst researcher.

Councilors seek exploration of a Fire Department cadet program

One year after the police cadet program was reinstated, two city councilors are exploring a similar initiative for the fire force.

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It could be 70 on Wednesday, and then snowy on Friday

We’re not off the weather roller coaster quite yet.

Lexicon: Acting governor

When Karyn Polito’s office sent out her daily public schedule for Monday, it came with an unusual title: Not “Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito” but “Acting Governor Karyn Polito.”

Bye-bye advanced and proficient? Mass. seeks to rename MCAS scoring categories

Mass. education officials plan to rename the scoring categories on the revamped MCAS exams.

MBTA makes medium-term commitment to Mattapan trolley line

The MBTA will pay $7.9 million to overhaul the World War II-era trolleys, keeping them in service until at least the early 2020s.

Harvard Law Review breaks barrier with election of black woman as president

The prestigious 130-year-old publication had never elected a black woman as its president.

Boston police investigate afternoon stabbing in Dorchester

Police didn’t have information about the victim’s condition or circumstances of the incident.

Conviction upheld for Robel Phillipos, friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Robel Phillipos, 23, had sought to have his 2014 conviction thrown out, claiming statements he made to the FBI were coerced.

Political Happy Hour: February 27, 2017

Political Happy Hour: I bought pot for work. You’ll never guess what happened next! | Play-Doh | Trump draws


The Lifesaving Care Act

Given that Jen Fox would be dead — or dead broke — without Obamacare, she’s defensive of it.

New Hampshire man arrested for murder of 3-year-old daughter

Jocarl Bureau was arrested on Feb. 24th for the 2016 death of his three-year-old daughter.

Hawk gets stuck in grille of vehicle in Milford

The bird of prey is in the care of experts at Tufts Wildlife Clinic.

Residents in Conway stunned by tornado’s wrath

Thousands of trees were downed, roads were blocked, and residences were severely damaged by the unprecedented twister.

Boston man arrested after East Boston stabbing

A man was stabbed near 90 Bennington St. at around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Massachusetts soldier who died in Iraq will be laid to rest Saturday

A soldier from Massachusetts who died in Iraq is being laid to rest this weekend.

Chatham man dies while snowmobiling in Maine

Dennis Picard is the seventh person to die in Maine this year in a snowmobile accident.

How did the wrong envelope get into Warren Beatty’s hands?

The man who reportedly handed the wrong envelope to Beatty did so moments after tweeting a celebrity photo from backstage.

Man in his 60s found slain in Everett apartment

Police found the man’s body on Saturday on Oakland Avenue after a landlord performed a well-being check.

‘Spontaneous combustion’ caused fire at State Police Museum

The three-alarm fire broke out Saturday night spontaneously when rags and sawdust tossed together in a plastic bag heated up and ignited.

‘Game of Thrones’ actor from Worcester had boisterous nature

Neil Fingleton, who stood at 7 foot 7 and played high school and college basketball in Worcester, died over the weekend.

Three residents and two firefighters injured during Brockton fire

The six-unit apartment building was declared uninhabitable after the American Red Cross is working to provide temporary shelter for residents.

Unprecedented February tornado hits Western Mass.

It’s the first time a tornado has been reported in Massachusetts in February.

Two-family home in Belmont heavily damaged by fire

The fire was likely caused by a malfunctioning heating unit at 52 Grove Street.

Suspect in Peabody double slaying to be arraigned in Mass. Tuesday

Wes Doughty reportedly landed in Massachusetts Monday night to face charges in a double murder in Peabody last weekend.

Table: The student-teacher gender gap in each Mass. school district

See the gender breakdown of students and teachers in your local public school district.

Mass. teaching force remains dominated by women

Last year, about 25 percent of all public school teachers statewide were men, down from about 32 percent in the early 1990s.

Warm trend continues as work week resumes

Temperatures will rise into the 50s on Monday.

Fast Forward: The Oscar screwup, President Trump’s budget salvo, and remembering disco

The great award card miscue, and more of the news you need.

Aaron Hernandez trial reaches key milestone with 16 people chosen to serve on jury

The final two jurors were selected Monday, paving the way for opening statements on Wednesday.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 2017. There are 307 days left in the year.

MBTA leads nation in derailments

Eight T vehicles derailed in 2016, the nation’s highest figure.

Politics, prejudice pose problems in workplace

Vitriol has increasingly roiled the workplace in the Trump era, with charges of discrimination increasing.

Adrian Walker

Suffolk Probate Court is a mess, but who caused it?

Defenders of Felix D. Arroyo described an agency in which entrenched employees resented serving people of color.

Chess notes

The weekly game

Protesters compare Trump administration to Watergate era

A Boston Common rally called for an independent investigation into President Trump’s connections to Russia and the claims of the Kremlin’s interference in the election.

Lynn faces cutback in outreach funding as opioid deaths rise

Opioids are believed to have claimed 11 lives in Lynn in 2017 as of Friday, more than double the number in the same period last year.

Central Mass. bears’ den yields clues

In a long-term study, the state’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife are monitoring and tracking the movements of the bear population.

N.H. barber shop employee assaulted with snow

The suspect hit the employee over the head, causing minor abrasions.

Is violence a contagious disease?

A national drive works to recast the fractured lives that time and again put young people in danger.

City pressing state for more neighborhood-based liquor licenses

A new plan would reserve licenses specifically for certain neighborhoods until they had a restaurant that is ready to apply for one.

State’s first-ever February tornado hits Conway, Goshen

Residents in parts of western Mass. are working to assess damage to their homes after a heavy storm swept through the area.

Man set for arraignment in Price Chopper barricade

Todd McCabe, 41, of Southbridge, allegedly shut himself inside a bathroom in the Hopkinton store.

Quote: Tommy Chang

“We will continue to stand up for all of our students and families, regardless of their immigration statuses.” — Boston Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang

The Week Ahead

Three more charter schools up for a vote

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is slated to decide Monday on proposals in Westfield, Plymouth, and Sturbridge.

New Hampshire man dies in Andover crash

The victim was a 34-year-old man from Plaistow, N.H.

Five evacuated from fire in Salem senior housing

Firefighters had to use a ground ladder to rescue a man who lived in a second-floor apartment.

Don’t put away that winter coat just yet

Although we just had three consecutive days of record-breaking temperatures, forecasters say next weekend could see some chance of snow.

16-year-old girl killed in Stoneham crash

“She was a very conscientious driver,” said the grandmother of 16-year-old Sydney Coiro. “We did not expect that this would ever happen.”

Tyngsborough police searching for missing 79-year-old man

Paul Allard was last seen at 189 Frost Rd., police said.

Connecticut girl safe after Amber Alert

Aylin Sofia Hernandez was abducted by her father, Oscar Hernandez, who drove off with her in a rented 2017 silver Hyundai Sonata, according to Connecticut State Police.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2017. There are 308 days left in the year.

3-alarm fire damages State Police museum in Grafton

The museum’s exhibits and galleries sustained only smoke and water damage, a State Police spokesman said.

Death on Derby Day in N.H.

On the morning of Feb. 11 — Derby Day in New Hampshire — everything looked postcard-perfect. But looks can be deceiving.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Teens speak out against Trump’s immigration policies

The event at First Baptist Church included musical performances, skits about the immigrant experience, and stories from teens that are immigrants or the children of immigrants.

Boston police arrest two on gun charges

A 17-year-old male and a man from Roxbury were arrested less than three hours apart in separate instances on Friday, police said.

Amazon gives customers a peek at its first Mass. bookstore

The store at Dedham’s Legacy Place, which officially opens Tuesday, was filled Saturday,


Nerd Nation calculates that it has arrived

More than 3,300 nerds came to Boston to celebrate their eccentricities.

Advocates rally at State House to preserve the Affordable Care Act

The Boston rally was one of 50 such events taking place across the US Saturday.

Joe Kennedy tells NAACP members of hope in ‘dark and difficult times’

The congressman spoke about safeguarding minority rights under the Trump administration.

Suffolk Probate Court has ‘serious deficiencies’

The findings came after Register of Probate Felix D. Arroyo was suspended from his elected post.

Man with pipe arrested after police standoff at Hopkinton supermarket

The man, who was not identified, peacefully surrendered to police after about an hour-and-a-half standoff at a Price Chopper store.

Survivors denounce Vatican handling of Peru abuse case

Victims of Latin America’s latest charismatic Catholic leader-turned-sexual predator are denouncing the Vatican’s handling of the case, saying the six-year delay and final resolution are anything but satisfactory for survivors of his sexual, psychological and physical violence.

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Isaiah, 14, loves puzzles, sports

Isaiah is sweet and shy with a great smile. He is athletic and enjoys playing basketball and other sports. He also loves puzzles and puzzle books.

Condo fire in Lynn displaces up to 15 residents

The two-alarm fire broke out Saturday afternoon, fire officials said.

Harvard dean stands firm against single-sex ‘final clubs’

“What’s most important to underscore is that our commitment to a non-discriminatory experience is unwavering,” Rakesh Khurana said.

Starts & Stops

How much parking is too much parking in Greater Boston?

A study from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council showed that there may be too much parking in several cities close to Boston.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

Chess notes

News from the world of chess

Beverly fire that killed elderly woman ‘appears accidental,’ state says

The Beverly blaze marks is the 13th fire death of the year, according to the state fire marshal’s office.

Truck that killed toddler was driven by family acquaintance

“This one is the worst I’ve ever seen in 29 years” as a police officer, said Mashpee’s police chief.

Man driving stolen vehicle dies after crashing into MBTA bus

A man driving a stolen minivan died Saturday morning after he suffered a medical emergency and crashed into an MBTA bus at a stop in Dorchester, police said.

Man is hit and killed by car in Quincy Friday night

A 77-year-old man was struck and killed by a car in Quincy late Friday night. The driver was passing through the intersection with a green light, officials said.

Boston enjoys another warm day — and another record breaker — before colder weather moves in

Boston broke a high temperature record for the third consecutive day.

Quincy man, 27, killed rollover crash on I-95 in Sharon

Sean Kearney, and his passenger, a 37-year-old Quincy man, were thrown from the vehicle when it rolled over on Interstate 95 around 12:30 a.m.

Pedestrian struck by car in Quincy

The victim was rushed to a local hospital, said police on the scene.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2017. There are 309 days left in the year.


Feb. 25, 2017

14-month-old dies after being struck by car in Mashpee

The driver remained at the scene and has not been charged at this time, according to the Mashpee police chief.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Amid setbacks to shaken-baby cases, one mother waits

“Six months is a long time to have zero information,” said Lindsey Keane.

Charlie Baker to visit White House on D.C. trip

Baker will spend Sunday evening at the White House with President Trump and the First Lady, according to a copy of his schedule.

One dead, one seriously injured after Charlton crash

Jeremy Ferreira, 63, of Spencer was taken to U-Mass hospital with serious injuries and the name of the deceased driver has not yet been released.

In ‘Walden’ video game, the challenge is stillness

It’s certainly a long way from “Grand Theft Auto.”

Walsh affirms Boston’s role as sanctuary city

Mayor Walsh offered a passionate defense of immigration and religious diversity at the city’s largest mosque Friday.

Can they do that? Startup delivers lemonade with ‘very special gift’

HighSpeed advertises $55 Jalapeno Lemonade delivery with “a very special gift” — a small black bag of marijuana. Is it legal?

Picture perfect: A beautiful day in Boston

A look at how some people enjoyed the warmest February day on record.

How White House press briefings usually work

The Trump administration veered from longstanding White House protocol on Friday.

BPS launches website to provide aid to immigrants

The website offers information in 15 languages on a range of immigration issues.

Teen cyclist struck in Newton

A 16-year-old boy was injured Friday afternoon when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in Newton, according to police.

Maine’s LePage asks AG Sessions to boost drug prosecution

Maine’s Republican governor has asked US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ramp up prosecution of drug crimes.

Witches are apparently casting a spell on Donald Trump

There’s a growing movement to “bind” the president’s behavior, according to a spell circulating online.

Political Happy Hour: February 24, 2017

Political Happy Hour: White House bars news outlets (!) | Al Gore warned us | Sitting quietly at Walden Pond, the video game

Assembly Square station contractors inflated pay estimates for project

A contractor and subcontractor have agreed to pay more than $420,000 to resolve allegations that they knowingly submitted “false and inflated pay estimates.”

Dog abandoned in Hingham gets adopted

The dog, found abandoned in a crate by the side of a busy Hingham road, was adopted after the shelter received thousands of inquiries.

Jeep buried for 40 years is unearthed from Cape Cod sand dune

The aged vehicle was plucked this week from its unintended burial plot along Ballston Beach.

2nd suspect in Peabody double slaying captured in S.C.

A second suspect in the Peabody double slaying has been captured in South Carolina.

Man arrested in Auburn for illegal gun possession

A man was arrested for owning an illegal handgun after he failed to pull over for a State Trooper.

Feeling hot, hot, hot: Temperature soars to 73 in Boston, breaking a record

You call this February? Friday was the second day in a row of record-breaking temperatures for Boston.

Two-alarm fire destroys Lowell home

All 12 occupants of the TWO-family building were able to evacuate when the fire broke out shortly after 5 a.m.

Fast Forward: Trump at CPAC, a political Oscar show, and eliminating plastic straws

Another unseasonably warm day, President Trump addresses conservatives, the Oscars are this weekend, and all the other news you need.

Prospective juror excused because she was shocked Aaron Hernandez ‘killed those people’

Another juror, who was selected to serve, admitted that he was a New York Giants fan. “You’re very brave to say that,” the judge responded.

Should a town that doesn’t sell lottery tickets take in less lottery revenue?

Under the state’s current formula, towns with high per-capita lottery spending get less in aid than they paid in.

N.H. Police investigating death of toddler

Police say they’re investigating the death of a 15-month-old boy in Nashua, New Hampshire.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2017. There are 310 days left in the year.


Feb. 24, 2017

Chelsea man charged for beating death held without bail

Kamaya Farifaki, 23, was arraigned in Suffolk County District Court Thursday on a murder charge connected with the death of Melvin Cortes, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Protesters interrupt Baker talk, demand stronger stance against Trump

Protesters called on Governor Charlie Baker to more aggressively challenge President Trump’s immigration orders.

Peabody man sentenced to prison for killing his longtime girlfriend

Brandon Hoar was convicted of voluntary manslaughter earlier this month by a jury in Salem Superior Court.

Will Trump crack down on marijuana?

The Trump administration raised the prospect Thursday of a federal crackdown on recreational pot.

Transgender rally draws hundreds to Post Office Square

The crowd protested President Trump’s decision to roll back federal guidelines.

In late February, a day to savor

RIP winter 2017?

Former Cambridge jeweler arrested in LA on fraud charges

Former Alpha Omega owner Raman Handa was arrested Tuesday and faces 12 counts of wire fraud in federal court.

Update: Renovated UMass Amherst chapel opens

The Old Chapel, perhaps the university’s most recognizable building, has reopened to the campus community following a $21 million renovation.

Democrats are seeing a surge in local activism. Now what do they do with it?

A wave of political dissent has swept the country, causing a surge of activity on the ground floor of the Democratic Party.

Ground Game

Is this what Mike Pence wanted all along?

“Pence knew what he was getting into by signing up with Trump,” said one national political analyst.

Daylight shooting in Dorchester leaves person hospitalized

Boston police said the shooting happened near 24 Havelock St. shortly before 1:30 p.m.

Boston firefighters rescue dog from Jamaica Pond

Boston firefighters rescued a dog that fell through the ice at Jamaica Pond.

Political Happy Hour: February 23, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Ohmigosh it’s so nice out in Boston | Fishermen flummoxed | ‘Now, and forever, I am happy and playing cards, with Jameson, but not until 9 p.m.’

Oprah Winfrey to deliver Smith College’s 2017 commencement address

The media mogul will speak to Smith College’s class of 2017 on Sunday, May 21st.



Cape Ann locals who’ve seen the Casey Affleck film recognize that it’s more about Gloucester than Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Fun stats about this weird winter warmth

The past two days have seen two of the three warmest tempatures ever recorded in February.

Reports point to training, condition of vessel in fatal 2015 rescue attempt off Cape Ann

The 16-page report examines what went wrong when the Orin C suddenly sank.

Boston police charge man in Roslindale with illegal gun possession

A gun was found on one man, and he was arrested after a brief altercation with the officers, police said.

Students will be ‘protected’ and ‘safe’ in Mass., Baker says

In July, Governor Charlie Baker signed a transgender public accommodations law.

Typical Boston commuter spent 2.5 days in traffic last year

Boston ranked as the 8th most-gridlocked city in the United States, and the 18th most congested worldwide, during 2016, according to a new study.

See how this BC professor has changed over decades of daily selfies

Karl Baden has photographed his face every day since Feb. 23, 1987, with one exception.


Slow start to BYOB in Boston

While one application may seem like a stagnant start to kick-off the newly offered BYOB program, City Council president Michelle Wu said that she thinks it is great news.

Number of homeless Mass. families doubles in 9 years

More than 33,000 families – or more than 100,000 people – have spent at least one night in a homeless shelter since 2008.

They came to chill at the Children’s Winter Festival, but it was 66 degrees

The consensus on Boston Common about Thursday’s record-shattering 66-degree weather? Quite possibly the best day ever.

Dog saved by owner after fall through ice in Westwood

Westwood and Dover Fire Departments responded Thursday morning to a call that a dog had slipped through the ice.

Frantic carjacking victim escaped to Boston pizza shop

A startled man who rushed into a Tremont Street pizza shop said he was kidnapped by a man wanted in connection with a Peabody double murder.

Powerball jackpot produces two $1 million winners in Massachusetts

While one person in Indiana was lucky enough to win the $435 million, two local players will also be taking home some cash.

Live video: Officials give update on Marcotte murder

Officials are giving an update on the murder Vanessa Marcotte.

Drain company, owner arraigned in trench deaths

Atlantic Drain Services and owner Kevin Otto are charged after two workers died when a trench collapsed.

Revere man rear-ends police cruiser during chase, injuring officer

Billerica police arrested a Revere man wanted for a serious domestic incident after a pursuit that went through multiple towns, authorities said.

Authorities are seeking person of interest in Marcotte murder case

“We want to do everything we can to find this killer,” Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said.

Fast Forward: Trump pulls transgender protection, a conservative divide, and bye-bye little thimble

A rift in the Trump administration over transgender youth, Republicans face angry crowds, Bruins play Kings, and all you need to start your day.

Walsh blasts Trump over transgender policy in schools

Mayor Walsh called the move “reckless” and said it undermines the promise of civil rights.

Carjack victim details ordeal with murder suspect

A suspect in a brutal double-homicide in Peabody is believed to have carjacked a male driver in Middleton on Wednesday night.

Temperatures soar in Boston to break heat record

The mercury in Boston climbed to 66 shortly after 12:30 p.m., beating the old record of 65, set in 1990.

Boston Marathon bombing survivor excused from Hernandez jury

“It just made me more cautious,” she said. “I just don’t trust a lot of people.”

Trump’s former Miss Massachusetts wants to practice immigration law

During the last presidential campaign, she said she had an “epiphany” that immigration law might be her calling given her own family’s story from Jamaica.

Mass. transgender advocates criticize Trump’s gender ID policy

The decision, an activist said, sends a message that transgender individuals “are not as important and their lives will not be protected.”

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2017. There are 311 days left in the year.

Police investigate multiple shootings in Roxbury

The shootings occurred about an hour apart on Dudley Street and Shawmut Avenue and Albion Street.

City seeks private partner to rebuild former Bromley-Heath complex

There is no federal money to repair or rebuild the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments. So housing officials are seeking proposals from private developers.

Time machine

Feb. 23, 1874: The Globe reports that there were 143 deaths in Boston the previous week, including 73 men and 70 women; 43 people “of American parentage” and 22 victims of consumption.

Three finalists tapped as candidates to lead UMass Dartmouth

UMass President Martin T. Meehan will pick one of them to recommend to the Board of Trustees.

Former Bermuda premier defends his ties to Lahey

Dr. Ewart Brown said he helped Burlington-based Lahey Hospital and Medical Center bring sophisticated health care to the British territory.

Paul LePage asks Trump to return national monument in Maine to private ownership

Maine’s governor said he’s hopeful Trump will heed opponents of the monument in Maine’s Second Congressional District.


Homeopathic remedies harmed hundreds of babies, families say

A homeopathic remedy for teething babies that was linked to harmful, even deadly, reactions put a focus on such products.

Massachusetts tops in Advanced Placement scores

For the first time, Massachusetts ranked first in the nation in results, with 31 percent of the high school students scoring 3 or higher on the exam.

Tweet of the day

“Happy birthday to #GeorgeWashington! In 1796, #GilbertStuart painted this famous portrait, which became the source for the US $1 bill.’’ — @mfaboston (Museum of Fine Arts)

N.H. judge hears arguments on effectiveness of Owen Labrie’s defense

Jaye Rancourt, who served as local counsel to the out-of-state defense team, said that she was virtually shut out of the case.

Suffolk probate registry increased diversity under Arroyo

The increase in black and Latino workers seems to bolster Felix D. Arroyo’s claim that he pushed for a more multicultural staff before he was suspended earlier this month.

Political Happy Hour: February 22, 2017

Political Happy Hour: LIVE with Seth Moulton! | Live free and concealed carry | New planets probably don’t have anywhere as nice as Massachusetts

Family mourns slain Dorchester teenager

“He was a good kid. He was kind. . . . He wasn’t violent.”

Clerk held at gunpoint during Quincy armed robbery

Quincy police are searching for two men who allegedly robbed a gas station clerk at gunpoint.

7 Earth-sized planets discovered — just a mere 40 light years away

NASA said the discovery may help to answer the question, “Are we alone?”

Whalom Park ‘Rocketship’ for sale

For $5,500, you could own a piece of Massachusetts history.

Table: Restaurants that earned no worse than an ‘A’

This chart shows Boston restaurants that earned no worse than an ‘A’ letter grade on recent food safety inspections conducted by city officials.

Table: Restaurants that earned no worse than a ‘B’

This chart shows Boston restaurants that earned no worse than a ‘B’ letter grade on recent food safety inspections conducted by city officials.

Table: Restaurants that earned a ‘C’

This chart shows Boston restaurants that earned a ‘C’ letter grade on at least one recent food safety inspection conducted by city officials.

Boston has graded over 1,000 restaurants. Here are results.

Boston recently started grading restaurants based on food safety inspections. How did your favorite spots fare?

Man arraigned in connection with explosive device found in Maynard

William O’Neil will be held for allegedly placing an explosive device on the porch of a house in Maynard Monday.

N.H. residents no longer need a license to carry concealed loaded guns

The previous law gave police chiefs and local officials the discretion to decide if someone was “suitable” to carry a gun concealed.

City looking into complaint of racially offensive language by parking officer

The city promised “appropriate action” once an internal review is concluded.

Police seek man who allegedly made sexual comments to young girl

The suspect is believed to have gotten off the outbound train around 4 p.m. at Community College station in Charlestown.

Dave Epstein

Why is it so hot today?

Something not very wintry has been going on this month.

Woman dies after Tuesday crash on I-495

State Police said Maribel Tamayo died at the scene in Bellingham. She was the only person in the car.

Fast Forward: The Sox go to the movies and it’s margarita day

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

Aaron Hernandez may call Belichick to testify

Patriots coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels appeared on a list of possible defense witnesses.

How diverse are the Boston Police Department’s specialized units? They won’t say

Police officials say releasing racial and gender information about specialized units would reveal deployment numbers, risk officer safety.

At Harvard, Jesse Jackson criticizes lack of diversity

The former presidential candidate questioned why no blacks or minorities manage the university’s $36 billion endowment.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2017. There are 312 days left in the year.


Feb. 22, 2017

Pedestrian is seriously injured after being struck by vehicle in Roxbury

The victim was struck near Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard at about 7:30 p.m.

19-year-old man is shot to death in Roxbury

The man was found in the area of Dudley and Albion streets and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Adrian Walker

Congressman Kennedy and others fear mass deportations

The immigration policies announced Tuesday clearly signaled that President Trump intends to deport immigrants in large numbers.

Wolf considering Democratic run for governor in 2018

The Cape Air executive, and former Democratic senator from Harwich, has not ruled out entering the race for governor.

Dorchester woman charged in death of her cousin

Brianna Smith is facing a charge of vehicular homicide in the death of Cusandra Webb, who police say was dragged for 75 feet by a vehicle that Smith was driving.

Trump administration working on transgender bathroom guidelines

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump has long held that such matters should be left to the states, not the federal government, to decide.

Report: number of hate groups rose

The increase was driven by a surge in anti-Muslim groups, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

SS Stuyvesant, a casualty of the Blizzard of ’78, leaves its watery grave

The SS Stuyvesant, the ship/restaurant attached to Anthony’s Pier 4 that was sunk during the Blizzard of ‘78, is being removed.

Celebrating their history and the future

Tuesday was a day to remember the contribution of Boston’s African-American residents.

A look at the victims in the Peabody double slaying

Jennifer O’Connor, 40, and Mark Greenlaw, 37, were found dead at the Peabody home they shared over the weekend.

City measure makes Newton a sanctuary for immigrants

The new policy gives protection to all residents, regardless of their immigration status.


When a black hole breaks all the rules

A distant black hole is allowing about 1,000 stars per year to form in its neighborhood at the center of the Phoenix cluster, vastly outpacing most other galaxies.

Documenting Hate: Submit an incident you know about

Documenting Hate, a project that the Globe is partnering with ProPublica on.

Hospitals feel pressure to reject students over Trump policy

As many as 1,000 graduates may be unfairly penalized because of their country of origin, and Mass. could be hit particularly hard.

Yiannopoulos resigns from Breitbart News after pedophilia comments

The conservative, polemical editor’s endorsement of pedophilia instigated outrage over the weekend.

Truck crashes on Commonwealth Avenue

A truck crashed into parked cars on Commonwealth Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

Political Happy Hour: February 21, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Criminal justice bill unveiled | State gov’t retirees cash in | Pop-Tart pizza?!

So long, Pioneer Valley. Hello, ‘West Mass.’

The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau is trying to rebrand the Pioneer Valley as West Mass.

What we know about the suspects in the Peabody slaying

A look at Michael Hebb and Wes Doughty, the two suspects named in the slaying of a couple in Peabody over the weekend.

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Charlie Baker to fund-raise for reelection on DC trip

It won’t all be monotonous Medicaid reimbursement panel discussions when Governor Charlie Baker travels to Washington this week.

Local soldier died in Iraq Monday

Private First Class Brian Odiorne, 21, a Ware native, died in a non-combat incident, the Army said.

Number of hate groups in US rose last year, report says

The increase was driven by a surge in anti-Muslim groups, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Driver who allegedly led police on high-speed chase pleads not guilty

Cary Guy, 24, is facing nine charges related to the chase and was ordered held on $75,000 bail.

Second suspect sought in Peabody double slaying

Police released several photographs of Wes Doughty, and urged the public to alert them if anyone knows his whereabouts.

Coast Guard rescues man from capsized boat in Bass River

At around 4 a.m., the man was located and pulled from the 37-degree water, the coast guard said.

Man allegedly murders Brockton man in his home

Michael Pircio was arrested after he allegedly fatally struck 29-year-old William James Porter in the head shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday morning in his 18 Menlo St. apartment in Brockton.

Spotlight Follow up

Ex-teacher molested pupils, Milton Academy says

Officials at the prestigious school disclosed the sexual misconduct involving the former employees after a nine-month investigation.

Police investigating damage to Shaw Memorial

A police spokeswoman said officials believe the statue was vandalized.

Jury selection continues in Aaron Hernandez case

Jury selection continues Tuesday in the double murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez.

Brockton man found guilty of murder, given life sentence

A jury deliberated for five hours and found that Franklin Kapaia was guilty of fatally shooting 32-year-old Eric Dillard 12 times on Mar. 6, 2013.

Is Donald Trump taking his cues from Alex Jones?

The conspiracy-theorizing nationalistic radio star is apparently taking on a new role as occasional information source and validator for the president.

Northampton police stop ‘high five’ program with students

Police said that some people worried that students of color and undocumented children “might respond negatively” to the effort.

Boston sailor completes solo voyage around the world

It took Rich Wilson 107 days and 48 minutes to circumnavigate the globe, making him the fastest American sailor to complete the nonstop solo trip.

Spring-like temperatures on tap for this week

Starting Wednesday, above normal temperatures are expected to settle into Boston for a few days.

Mass. officials unveil plan to prevent people from returning to jail

Debate continues over where to draw the line between protecting public safety and helping fewer people end up behind bars.

Fast Forward: Congress faces constituent wrath, remembering Erma Bombeck

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

‘Angel’ opioid initiative thrives despite exit of Gloucester police chief

The concept of help rather than handcuffs has now been adopted by 200 police agencies in 28 states.

Hearing on Owen Labrie’s quest for a new trial set for Tuesday

Labrie was convicted in 2015 of several misdemeanor counts, but acquitted of raping a classmate at St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2017. There are 313 days left in the year.

Fight at Chuck E. Cheese’s in Everett ends in injury

The incident is the second physical altercation to break out in the last three months at the Gateway Center location.

Congregations in Mass. preparing to shelter immigrants

Some Massachusetts churches and synagogues are preparing to join a national movement to offer shelter to immigrants in danger of being deported.

Lynn clinic works to bring tuberculosis out of hiding

A Lynn health center aims to find people with latent tuberculosis and treat them before they get sick.

Tweet of the day

“Have you noticed the Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment memorial outside of the State House? — @marty_walsh (Mayor Martin J. Walsh), part of a series of tweets as the city recognizes #BlackHistoryMonth

Time Machine: New data from the Arctic

Feb. 21, 1989: The Globe reports that new data from the Arctic, indicating that northern polar regions may be significantly more vulnerable to ozone destruction than previously thought, has immediate implications for New England.

Police blotter

Police blotter


Would feisty kiwis embrace an Ambassador Scott Brown?

The former senator may be in line to be US ambassador to New Zealand.

Father who was severely injured in 2013 Arborway crash dies

In 2013, a driver crossed the center line, rolled over and collided with the pick-up truck that Kevin Cellucci was driving.

Lawyers’ committee blasts BPD on lack of diversity, drug tests

The group called on Boston to reverse course and to embrace measures that will help diversify its police force.

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A doctor experiences pain, and it’s a window toward empathy

The opioid epidemic has led to what Dr. Paul Konowitz believes is a well-intentioned but misguided change in prescribing pain medication.

Want to avoid Trump’s businesses? There’s a browser extension for that.

A local startup is giving buyers the option to shop somewhere else, and send a message to the companies to ditch goods tied to President Trump.

Police investigate suspicious package at Maynard home

The State Police Bomb Squad was called out after a homeowner found a suspicious device on his porch Monday.

Smith College announces record fund-raising

Smith College’s “Women for the World” fundraising campaign raised $486 million, the largest ever for a women’s college.

Rhode Island woman dies after carbon monoxide poisoning

The mother and her three children were exposed to high-levels of carbon monoxied inside their home on Wednesday evening.

Woman dies after being dragged by vehicle in Dorchester

Police said Cusandra Webb and Brianna Smith had been driving together when they stopped on Mass. Avenue, got out of the SUV, and fought.

Police chase driver from Cape Cod to Middleborough

A State Police helicopter was used to trail the car during the chase.

Postal Service dedicates JFK stamp

The event marks Presidents Day along with the centennial year of Kennedy’s birth.

Have you seen this rabbit? Endangered New England cottontail needs help

Fewer than 300 New England cottontail rabbits live in Maine, so biologists want residents to report if they see the brown rabbits this winter.

Police seek second suspect in Peabody double killings

As police arrested one suspect in a horrific weekend double murder, the father of one victim recalled his daughter had a lifetime of health problems.

Driver in custody after high-speed chase in New Hampshire

The unidentified driver is being treated at a Nashua-area hospital, police said.

Hingham ferry service suspended until the end of the week

Commuters are urged to use other transportation options, including the commuter rail and bus lines.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2017. There are 314 days left in the year. This is Presidents Day.

Pedestrian hit by car in Needham

Police said the victim went to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, but they did not know his condition.

7 arrested in Worcester ‘anti-Presidents’ Day’ protest

Many of the protesters were wearing masks, and some carried baseball bats, police said.

What we don’t know about Trump and immigration

A little-noticed provision in an executive order may have made immigration arrest and court records public for the first time.

The Dalton Street crane, Boston’s newest landmark

It could have been left naked, just another crane saluting the city. But One Dalton’s developer instead decided to make a splash.

Online lottery could yield windfall for private companies

Companies are stepping up their lobbying, putting themselves in a position to receive lucrative lottery contracts if this law passes.


As focus turns to history, new stamp honors JFK centennial

The 10 a.m. dedication ceremony will take place Monday at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Owl flies down chimney into Methuen living room

“Animals do strange things sometimes,” said a spokesman for the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

By the numbers

2,426: The number of pothole cases reported to the City of Boston’s 311 nonemergency constituent services line between Dec. 1 and Feb. 15.

Three friends fall through ice on Attleboro pond

The children were trying to retrieve a football.

Thousands did not qualify for residential tax exemption, data show

Since 2010, the city has removed the residential tax exemption from 6,604 homeowners, according to assessing information.

Tweet of the day

Facts don’t speak for themselves. (Occasionally, someone has to speak for them.)@errolmorris (Cambridge filmmaker)


Trump attends controversial Dana-Farber fund-raiser at Mar-a-Lago

President Trump was at a fund-raising event for the Boston hospital Saturday night at Trump’s resort in Florida.

Adrian Walker

Roxbury Community College case closed, but headaches remain

Now that he has been cleared of any suspicion of wrongdoing, where does Keith McDermott go to get his reputation back?

Chess notes

The weekly game

Woman severely injured when she is dragged by vehicle in Dorchester

Brianna Smith, 26, has has been charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, a vehicle, and operating under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury.

Police find store of marijuana during stabbing investigation

Officers made the discovery at the department where the alleged incident happened.

Juvenile, Dorchester man charged with having illegal gun

Officers allegedly found a revolver in the trunk of the suspects’ car.

Photos from Boston’s ‘Stand Up for Science’ rally

Hundreds of people attended a rally in Copley Square Sunday in a call to fight against President Trump’s efforts to discredit science.

Taunton boy seriously hurt while playing in trash container

The 9-year-old’s grandmother found the boy unconscious with his head trapped between a metal rim and plastic lid.

Peabody crime scene so ‘messy,’ it was hard to get a body count

Police requested X-ray equipment to help determine an accurate body count.

The best signs from the science rally in Boston

Here are some of the most pun-tastic signs from the science rally in Copley Square on Sunday.


Trump attends controversial Dana-Farber fund-raiser at Mar-a-Lago

President Trump was at a fund-raising event for the Boston hospital Saturday night at Trump’s resort in Florida.

Today’s springlike temperature could break record for Boston

It was 59 degrees just before 3:30 Sunday afternoon, but still 7 degrees shy of the area’s record.

Hundreds gather in Copley to ‘stand up for science’

The Rally to Stand up for Science in Boston was a call to fight against President Trump’s efforts to discredit science and climate research.

2 players, fan arrested in last basketball game at Daniel Webster College

The team was playing its final home game before the Nashua college closes this year.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2017. There are 315 days left in the year.

Chess notes

News from the world of chess

Amherst mourns death of influential local blogger

Larry Kelley was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Route 115 in Belchertown.

Water main repaired in Stoneham

The break caused flood damage and water service disruptions for homes and businesses in the area of North Street in Stoneham.

Amputee receives prosthetic legs with help from Boston Marathon bombing survivor’s foundation

A 19-year-old man who lost his legs in a car accident last year has received a new pair of prosthetic limbs.

Georgetown man seriously injured in NH snowmobile crash with car

Phillip Mumley, 47, is being treated for life-threatening injuries collided with a car while crossing Route 115 in Jefferson, NH


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Newburyport man arrested after leading police on wild chase

Stephen M. Staffiery, 48, was arrested on 16 charges, including operating under the influence of drugs and heroin possession, State Police said.

Scientists feel compelled to speak out on Trump

A rally was set for today in Boston against what scientists view as the administration’s budding war on science.

N.H. official drops bid to lead Democratic National Committee

Ray Buckley said that he’ll back Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota for the post.

A look at when sin pays

Governments have long turned to “sin” taxes to boost revenue, and next year marijuana will be added to the slate in Mass.

Graphics that explain ‘sin tax’ revenue in Massachusetts

These graphics show how “sin taxes” factor in as a source of state revenue.

Scientists find 50,000-year-old microbes in Mexican caves

In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old. ‘‘It’s super life,’’ said Penelope Boston, who presented the discovery Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Boston.

As seas rise, city mulls a massive sea barrier across Boston Harbor

City officials are exploring the feasibility of building a vast sea barrier from Hull to Deer Island.

Lowell passes on sanctuary city status

Officials took a pass last week on a citizen petition that would have added Lowell to the ranks of sanctuary cities, saying that it already follows policies with the same effect.

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Ari, 14, has a great sense of humor

Areil, who also goes by Ari, is a friendly 14-year-old boy who likes music, video games, computers, and Pokemon.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

Starts & Stops

How did the commuter rail fare through two snowstorms?

The MBTA has been taking a victory lap over the winter, but should it be?

Warm weekend promises to melt away snow left from recent storms

A breezy, balmy weekend with clear skies should melt away much of the snow left by the recent series of storms in Greater Boston.

Yvonne Abraham

No country for older men — or women

In a recently concluded case, the EEOC argued that Texas Roadhouse routinely discriminated against older job applicants.

Boston police officer hit by car Saturday morning

A Boston officer suffered non-life threatening injuries after being struck by a car Saturday morning in Mattapan, police said.

Man,75, hit and killed by train in Brockton

John Hamilton was holding a briefcase and and crossing the tracks at the Brockton station around 7:15 a.m. when he was struck by an outbound Middleborough train.

Patrolmen’s union, city reach $68 million deal

The deal will mean an annual 2 percent increase over four years for the 1,500 members of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2017. There are 316 days left in the year.


Feb. 18, 2017

Two pedestrians struck, injured in Franklin

The crash happened near 110 East Central St. at about 5:43 p.m.

Woburn police arrest two ‘major drug dealers,’ chief says

Anthony Catinazzo, 37, of Woburn, and Wilmer Tejeda, 24, of Jamaica Plain were arrested for trafficking Fentanyl, police said.

Quincy bar served alcohol to minors, state says

On Thursday, investigators found 14 minors, that were mainly area college students, in possesion of alcohol at Revel Bar, Restaurand and Lounge in Quincy.

JetBlue employee arrested for cocaine distribution

Francisco Torres, 36, of Mattapan was arrested Thursday night in a sting in the South End, the US Attorney’s office said


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Eight arrested in central Mass. prostitution sting

Troopers assigned to the High Risk Victim Unit worked five local police departments in Worcester County to carry out the operation, State Police said in a statement.

Buffeted by snow, MBTA workers found a new way forward

For Michael Haywood, it was a personal affront when state officials were flummoxed by the big winter of 2015.

Brockton man found guilty of 2013 murder

Fanklin Kapaia,23, was wearing a GPS monitoring bracelet when he shot Eric Dillard 12 times, prosecutors said.

Money for firearms research lacking, Harvard professor tells scientists

Funding for firearms research is virtually nonexistent, a Harvard University professor said Friday.

Political Happy Hour: February 17, 2017

Political Happy Hour: BQHAMBASSADOR — Scott Brown being considered for ambassador to NEW ZEALAND! | Is Trump considering the National Guard to round up illegal immigrants? | ‘State House kept under heavy guard’ | Old news

Trump’s Florida visits put small airport in tailspin

President Trump wants small businesses to thrive, but his frequent Mar-a-Lago visits have sent some into a financial nosedive.

Moulton threatened by man claiming to be police officer

Congressman Seth Moulton responded by tweeting the wide-eyed emoji at the tweet, and contacting US Capitol Police.

Three lottery winners in Berkshire County

Mass. residents from Adams, Lee, and Pittsfield each won $1 million over the past weeks.

Trump tours Boeing facility in South Carolina

Boeing says Trump is the first president to visit the facility.

Scott Brown under consideration for ambassador to New Zealand

Former US senator Scott Brown is being considered for nomination as President Trump’s ambassador to New Zealand.

Snowbank becomes accidental hero for area cyclists

An existing bike lane was fortified by plowed snow, offering up additional protection.

Nearly 2,000 died from opioid overdoses in Mass. last year

The main culprit appeared to be the drug fentanyl, which was present in an increasing number of deaths, even as heroin-related deaths declined.

McConnell intends to replace Obamacare without Democrats

Senate Majority Leader McConnell says Republicans intend to overhaul health care without Democratic help.

Cabdriver injured in accident at Hyde Park auto body shop

A cab driver suffered a crushed pelvis when a worker backed a car into the shop and struck him, police said.

Greater Boston home to 180,000 undocumented immigrants, report finds

An estimated 180,000 residents of Greater Boston are in the country illegally, according to a new Pew report.

Surgeons honored for work in saving two Boston officers

“Aren’t we lucky to have these two doctors?” Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said to a round of applause.

5 dogs die in New Hampshire house fire

Firefighters were able to rescue one of the dogs from the Hampton, N.H., fire, but the other five died.

Senate confirms Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator

Senate Republicans confirmed President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

‘It’s just panic, panic’: Raids, Trump orders have immigrants on edge

Though Mass. hasn’t seen the raids that have taken place elsewhere, distrust of President Trump has led to rampant rumors and disrupted lives.

Space is the next frontier for UMass Lowell scientists

A university-built device is bound Saturday for the International Space Station, where it will study the atmosphere.

3-year-old boy killed in Lowell fire

“There was too much fire and heat and fire coming up the stairs ... we couldn’t make it past the entryway.”

Woman who mistakenly linked Hernandez to Deflategate excused from serving

“Juror 13” said she thought she overheard Aaron Hernandez’s name in a conversation about Deflategate, prompting laughter.

Fast Forward: #ADayWithoutTrump, a space for robots, and a pitch for four-day weekends

A break from D.C. politics, the argument for longer weekends, and more of the news you need.

Amtrak signal problem leads to cancellations, delays on commuter rail

The signal issue stemmed from a power loss west of Route 128.

Medford man arraigned on drug charges

Bail was set at $100,000 for Kelvin Concepcion-Soto, 24, accused of multiple drug charges.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2017. There are 317 days left in the year.


Feb. 17, 2017

Immigrants, supporters meet to address fears

More than 200 immigrants and their supporters met Thursday to plot a course in the wake of President Trump’s controversial executive orders.

Norwood man convicted of motor vehicle homicide

Moses Acloque, 25, was convicted Tuesday for running over a Wrentham hotel employee in front of her husband and dragging her body more than three miles up Route 1, prosecutors said.

Wareham man arraigned on prostitution charges

Antoine Harris, 43, was arrested during an investigation into online advertisements for the sale of sexual services, authorities said.

Fire destroys multi-family home in Lawrence

One person was taken to a Boston hospital with unspecified injuries, officials said.

Senators push criminal justice reform

State senators said they are tired of incremental change and foot-dragging and believe they have enough momentum this year for action.

They’re back. Potholes. You know you hate them.

From Dec. 1 to Feb. 15, more than 2,400 pothole cases were reported to the City of Boston. That’s 31 percent more than last year.

By the numbers

The town of Easton will pay its suspended town administrator, David Colton, $350,000 to leave and not sue to keep the job he has held since 2006.

These books were beloved. But what happens after their owner dies?

As one family’s emotional quest shows, people are facing a difficult and exhausting time finding new homes for beloved book collections.

AG Healey won’t comply with new subpoena

The chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee is seeking documents in connection with her office’s investigation into Exxon.

New Bedford woman killed in Bourne crash

The 55-year-old victim was killed after her SUV went off the road and rolled over, according to State Police.

Man dead in Lawrence shooting

The victim was shot near the corner of Avon and Trinity Streets Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Israeli man charged in international drug network that reached into Boston

Federal agents foiled a $2.5 million cocaine-trafficking plot and arrested an Israeli national who was extradited Thursday from Poland to Boston.


In Natick, an encounter that saved a life

It was just one random encounter in the thousands that Dylan Punch will have as a police officer, and the outcome could have been entirely different.

Political Happy Hour: February 16, 2016

Political Happy Hour: Crazy on Beacon Hill | Trump speaks ... and speaks | Green Angels deliver

Driver in 2014 double-fatal crash sentenced to four years

Prosecutors allege Jennifer Guzman was speeding when her BMW crossed the double yellow line and struck a 2002 Toyota Camry traveling in the opposite direction.

Three new charter schools could open in Mass.

The schools, from Western Massachusetts to the South Shore, could open in the next year in a half.

Mass. car crash deaths surge; experts blame distracted driving

An estimated 399 people statewide were killed in vehicle crashes in 2016, a 13 percent increase over the previous year, according to the report by the National Safety Council.

As Maine sees record snow depths, relief is just around the corner

After storms dumped between 10 and 70 inches across the state, a respite is finally arriving.

Bermuda’s ex-premier calls claims Lahey bribed him a ‘litany of lies’

Dr. Ewart Brown denounced a government lawsuit as politically motivated.

Marijuana panel’s leaders open to major changes in legalization law

Senator Patricia Jehlen and Representative Mark Cusack said they are open to changing the tax rate and a host of other steps.

Trump attacks haven’t hurt network, CNN says

CNN’s president said neither the network’s journalism or business have been hurt as a result of the president’s attacks.

Police couldn’t get this WWII vet’s stolen money back, so they took up a collection

“I just felt an affection toward him and for what he has done for the country,” said Officer Tom Bryant.

Trump administration says it will revise travel ban

Trump’s administration says it does not want a larger appellate panel to review travel ban on hold, and will instead revise the ban.

Berklee is not UC Berkeley — but Twitter didn’t care

When a talk at U.C. Berkeley was cancelled this month following protests, many accidentally lashed out at the Boston school.

Old Ironsides to commemorate anniversary of its final victory

Monday will mark the 202nd anniversary of the USS Constitution’s famous victory over two British warships at the Cyane-Levant Battle in the War of 1812.

Dorchester teen arrested for bringing gun to Burke High School

A staff member found a 7.65 caliber Deutsche Werke handgun loaded with a single round of ammunition inside the 17-year-old’s backpack, he said.

Mother charged with stabbing 16-month-old daughter

The toddler’s father called police after discovering his daughter bleeding from a stab wound and her despondent mother standing nearby.

Even a huge rock couldn’t help this man break into the store

A rock, a window, and a will to get inside: It should have been a solid combination for a robbery.

Mother, 3 children hospitalized after carbon monoxide leak in home

When firefighters measured the CO level in the R.I. home, their device maxed out.

Lawrence man accused of using Facebook Live as he beat woman

Lowell police are asking the public’s help in locating the 20-year-old suspect.

Two loaded guns recovered by Boston police in Dorchester

A Braintree man is facing illegal gun charges after Boston police allegedly found two loaded handguns in a vehicle he was driving.

Atlanta brewer makes ‘Patriots’ beer after losing Super Bowl bet to Samuel Adams

SweetWater Brewing Co. created 100 cans of a “soul crushing” extra pale ale called “Patriot SB51” after losing a bet.

Chelsea murder suspect captured in Ohio

The 23-year-old man is accused of fatally beating a 32-year-old man with a baseball bat earlier this month.

MBTA launches search for a new general manager

Governor Baker is looking for someone with a business background who can improve customer service.

Fast Forward: Intelligence agencies in the crosshairs, rallying for a minimum wage, remembering King Tut

A slushy start to the day, fighting for $15, and more of the news you need.

Court dismisses 58 potential Aaron Hernandez jurors Thursday

That tally brought the total number of dismissals to 184 over the past three days, out of 538 people who reported to the first round.

Boston eyes later start times for high schools

The city is wading into the contentious debate about whether high school students should start classes later in the morning.

Hingham students, faculty support principal’s request to stay on

School officials have refused to allow the principal to rescind her retirement request following the death of her husband.


O’Malley for O’Malley, again

Former governor Martin O’Malley and City Councilor Matt O’Malley are not related, although O’Malley — the councilor — appears to have embraced the confusion.

Snow, rain arrive in time for morning commute

The weather should clear out by the afternoon, but that doesn’t mean Boston will get a good look at the sun.

New charge for Everett man linked to terror plot

A 26-year-old Everett man charged last year with supporting the terror group ISIL was indicted Wednesday on a charge of obstruction of justice as part of a five-count indictment.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2017. There are 318 days left in the year.

False fire alarm punctuates protest at Shkreli’s Harvard talk

Protests and a false fire alarm disrupted a Harvard event featuring divisive former drug executive Martin Shkreli.

North Reading man arraigned after drug lab found in home

Lowell Navarro, 28, turned himself into police one week after a drug-making laboratory was found in his home, prosecutors said.

Dave Epstein

A mild snowstorm will drop a light coating on Boston

Snow will fall Thursday from about 3 a.m. until about 8 a.m., at times in heavy bursts.

Tracing Lahey’s link to Bermuda

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center is one of several US hospitals that provide specialty care in Bermuda — a venture that put it at the center of a federal lawsuit.

In Boston, protesters decry policies of Trump and Israel

Chanting, “Say it loud, say it clear: refugees are welcome here,” they carried signs with messages such as, “USA stop funding Israeli apartheid” and “Resist fascism.”

Healey calls N.H. voter fraud claim ‘pathetic’

In a Globe interview, Attorney General Maura Healey says President Trump has set the country on the wrong foot.

What could Bermuda’s legal strategy against Lahey Clinic be?

A civil suit accuses Lahey Clinic of bribing its former leader as part of a vast racketeering conspiracy to secure health care business on the small island.

Haverhill man sentenced to prison for involuntary manslaughter

Ross Tucker, 23, was sentenced to 7 to 10 years in state prison Wednesday for the shooting death of Eric Benedict, 25.

Lexicon: Snow farm

Where blizzards go to die

Lawrence man added to list of most wanted fugitives

Emilio DeLarosa, 32, is wanted for allegedly murdering the mother of his 4-year-old son inside her Methuen home.

When U-boats stalked New England

Connecticut was abuzz Wednesday over reports that a Russian spy ship was cruising in the Atlantic within 30 miles from Groton. The region is no stranger to foreign naval incursions.


13 years later, a family’s heartbreaking search continues

Thirteen winters ago, Maura Murray crashed her car on a sharp turn in N.H. When a cruiser arrived shortly after, she was gone.

Plainridge casino’s revenue slips

Revenue dropped from $12.6 million in December to $12.1 million, according to new figures released Wednesday.

Russian ship reportedly spotted near Navy base in Connecticut

One Connecticut representative said “a Russian spy ship” was patrolling 30 miles from a Groton base, and Coast Guard officials said they’re aware.

DeLeo says confronting Trump policies will be top priority

The House speaker said Democrats were concerned about President Trump’s moves on immigration, health care, women’s health issues, and climate change.

Former Bermuda leader with ties to Lahey was educated in US

At Howard University, Dr. Ewart Brown was president of the student assembly and a leader of a massive 1968 student protest.

Mass. one of only two states without 4-H firearm programs

Children in 48 other states can learn riflery and firearm safety through their local 4-H club.

Police looking for Dracut man after lengthy chase

The man allegedly broke into a home, threatened a woman, and nearly hit two police officers with his pickup truck.

‘They just need to sell sex and give him the money’

A Medford man is being held without bail on allegations that he ran a prostitution operation, often paying his victims in drugs and lodging.

Group didn’t sneak into the Super Bowl with a ladder, NFL says

The league debunked the tall tale that was covered by TMZ Sports and garnered more than 500,000 views on YouTube.

Linehan says he will not seek re-election

Councilor Bill Linehan, a pragmatic and sometimes controversial figure in city politics, will not seek a sixth term.

Political Happy Hour: February 15, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Trump inspires women to run for office | Liz Warren vs. Trump 2020 | No icy good deed goes unpunished

Applied to Harvard this year? You’re one of 39,494

Nearly 40,000 applied to be part of the Harvard class of 2021.

Capital Source

Beacon Hill legend was no favorite of leadership

H. Thomas Colo, who spent 14 years as a state representative from Athol getting under the skin of the political establishment, passed away Feb. 1.

Loaded gun found near Plymouth Rock

A legally licensed gun owner had dropped the weapon near the historic site.

Read the lawsuit against the ‘Howard Stern Show’

“The Howard Stern Show” received a confidential call between an IRS agent and a Sandwich woman, and they aired it.

After Trump’s win, Mass. women are flocking to politics

The sputtering outrage that ignited massive Women’s Marches and political demonstrations around the world has now sparked political campaigns.

A swath of Central Mass. is still in ‘severe drought’

Thirty-seven percent of the state is still experiencing a water deficit according to the US Drought Monitor data.

Fast Forward: More Trump-Russian stuff, Pence out of the loop, and an immigrant wins Westminster

Russian dressing dripping on the White House, a yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of JFK’s birthday, and more of the news you need.

Jury selection continues in Aaron Hernandez trial

Many prospective jurors offered a cordial greeting to the convicted killer and former Patriots star.

Another blast of snow possible in Essex County

The northeastern corner of the state could get as much as nine inches of snow.

HOV lane on Southeast Expressway reopens

The northbound HOV lane was closed while crews worked to remove a broken-down bus, MassDOT said.

US probes adequacy of interpretation services in Lawrence, Braintree schools

The investigations are the most recent into whether Mass. school systems are providing adequate programs for students from immigrant households.

They got married. At Wahlburgers.

In their search for a wedding venue, Jessica and Shawn Cicerano found the perfect place: their favorite restaurant.

Elderly Malden couple killed in fire

There were no working smoke detectors or carbon monoxide alarms in the home, officials said.

‘He just loved the place,’ stepson says of man killed in boiler explosion

A Revere homeowner was killed while he was working on a boiler in the property’s basement.

Wilmington man pleads guilty to threatening to burn Boston mosque

Patrick Keogan, 44, pleaded guilty to two counts of making a threat over Facebook to injure or intimidate another individual or to unlawfully damage or destroy a building by means of fire, the US Attorney’s office said.

Lahey Clinic embroiled in Bermuda’s ongoing political tumult

Bermuda has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Burlington-based provider of bribing a former prime minister in order to secure business.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2017. There are 319 days left in the year.

Car strikes snowbank, then plows into Somerset home

The driver was hospitalized after the crash, which took place Tuesday at about 8:45 p.m., police said.

Boston police, US Marshals arrest 3 fugitives

Police and federal officials made the arrests in separate raids in Dorchester and South Boston.

Former Nahant, Saugus town administrator gets probation in tax case

Andrew Bisignani received one year of probation for failing to report more than $375,000 in rental and loan income.

Does dental profession need something like a nurse practitioner?

Advocates for low-income, disabled, and minority residents are proposing a new type of dental hygienist who could treat those who need care the most.

Plymouth girl campaigns for Valentine’s Day sock donations for the homeless

Savannah Johnson collected basic necessities this Valentine’s Day to let those in need “know that they are cared for and loved.”

Beware snow- and ice-laden roofs, state officials say

Heavy snow can cause roofs to buckle and even collapse. So officials urged property owners to clear their roofs before the next storm.


The year JFK was born

If John F. Kennedy were still alive, he’d be coming up on his 100th birthday, a milestone the state Legislature will note on Wednesday.

Adrian Walker

If not Curt Schilling for US Senate, then who?

Republicans feel pressure to wage a credible campaign against the state’s senior senator, Elizabeth Warren. But the bench is thin.

Capital Source

Another Senate leadership job, another hefty stipend

The price is an extra $35,000 added to the $62,500 base legislative salary, thanks to the pay hike bill that lawmakers approved earlier this month for themselves as well constitutional officers, judges, and some court officers.

Howard Frank Mosher; his novels captured grit of Northeast Kingdom

The land and the people of the far northern reaches of Vermont were muses who stoked his creative fires through the fiercest weather.

Some people love Elizabeth Warren so much, they sent her $1,600 in flowers

Showering a US senator with dozens of pink roses, hydrangeas, freesia, and calla lilies? That’s adoration.

Political Happy Hour: February 14, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Who is gonna run against Liz Warren? | Legi$lature hard at work | Long stream of question marks trail Red Line train

Democrats on Beacon Hill push anti-Trump agenda

Democratic state lawmakers have a message for President Trump: You’ll get only so far in Massachusetts.

SJC rules in favor of environmental activists who questioned part of Deepwater Horizon cleanup

The environmental bloggers posted an item on Huffington Post critical of a company participating in the Deepwater Horizons clean up.

Sick of the snow? At least you’re not in Maine

Some areas are bracing for a storm that could deposit yet more snow atop the three feet that have fallen in recent days.

Two N.H. women are arrested in multistate prostitution ring

The website offered escort services, but prosecutors said the clients knew what they were signing up for.

Maine postpones plan to hold hearing on baby eel permits

A public hearing on a Maine plan to use a new lottery system to award baby eel fishing permits will likely take place later in February.

Needham man dies in Vermont snowboarding incident

Brett Cohen, a University of Vermont student, went missing at Stowe Mountain and was found hours later partially buried in snow.

Capital Source

Arroyo, on paid leave, makes fundraising plea

Felix D. Arroyo, Suffolk register of probate, was recently put on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the operation of his office.

Man stabbed in West Newton and police have one person in custody

The stabbing took place after 12 p.m. and the victim, a 53-year-old man, was rushed to an area hospital.

Powerball jackpot soars to $310 million

Wednesday’s drawings could result in one player being $310 million richer.

No, ‘Foresf Hills’ is not a new Orange Line stop

Miniature model trains delivered to the MBTA this week featured a mispelling of Forest Hills.

Arlington mom recovering after large tree falls on her and her child

Trapped in a web of live electrical wires and splintered tree limbs, Sarah Vincelett Dredge screamed for someone to rescue her son.

North Reading house fire leads to discovery of illegal drug lab making MDMA

North Reading police are seeking two men who allegedly built the lab in a hidden room in a single family home on Travelled Way.

Lowell Police peacefully end stand-off with man armed with two knives

Lowell police credit responding officers for using restraint when confronted by mentally ill man with potentially dangerous weapons.

Officials warn of avalanche danger on Mount Washington

Huntington Ravine has a moderate avalanche danger, and that Tuckerman Ravine has considerable avalanche danger in some areas.

A Southie space saver with a Valentine’s Day twist

Instead of a threatening note, this resident left potential space stealers some candy.

Boston Police unit builds mini condo for unofficial mascot ‘SWAT Cat’

The feline has become the mascot at the SWAT Team’s headquarters.

Fast Forward: Flynn’s out, Netanyahu arrives, and giving your heart away (literally)

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up today.