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This day in history

Today is Thursday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2017. There are 136 days left in the year.

Teen driving stolen truck hits police cruiser, MBTA bus in Arlington

A police chase in Arlington ended in three arrests Wednesday afternoon after a stolen Ford pickup truck hit several vehicles, including a police cruiser and an MBTA bus, police said.

In Haverhill N.H., an apparent murder-suicide

Authorities say a man fatally shot his former girlfriend before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide earlier this week in Haverhill, N.H.

Lowell police seek suspect in attempted rape of teen

A teenage girl escaped after a man assaulted her and forced her behind a house Tuesday, police said.

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Alt-Right? Alt-Left? A short glossary

Following the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, the news is awash in buzzwords like Alt-Right and Alt-Left. Here a look at some of those terms and their origins.

Pharmacies could collect used needles under council proposal

The proposal is already meeting opposition from retail associations that represent pharmacies.

Quote of the day

“If they decide to come. We are going to make sure . . . that no one gets hurt.” -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh, laying down rules for Saturday’s planned “free speech rally” that bar weapons or anything that can be used as one, including sticks and flag poles.

150 HUBweek events planned for fall

Registration opened Wednesday for more than 150 HUBweek events, the annual Greater Boston ideas festival.


Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

Alleged member of Latin Kings pleads guilty to dealing crack in New Bedford

An alleged member of the Latin Kings street gang pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to distributing crack cocaine in New Bedford, prosecutors said.

Youngest Boston Marathon bombing victim is remembered at park’s groundbreaking

Hundreds gathered Wednesday to celebrate Martin Richard’s legacy and break ground on Martin’s Park near the Boston Children’s Museum.

Read the permit issued to organizers of the ‘free speech’ rally on Boston Common

The Boston Free Speech Coalition has received a permit for its Saturday rally.

Ousted Suffolk president compares herself to Reince Priebus

In a 371-word Facebook post, Margaret McKenna criticized the university’s efforts to reform its board and search for a new president.


 NANTUCKET DROWNING A man drowned at a Nantucket beach amid rough seas after a high surf advisory was issued by the National Weather Service Wednesday due to Hurricane Gert located hundreds of miles off shore. The man was found off Nobadeer Beach shortly after 12 p.m., when around a dozen swimmers there became caught in a rip current, Nantucket police Chief William Pittman said. “There were probably close to a dozen people at the beach outside of the lifeguard zone,” Pittman said. “They appeared to be in distress.” Pittman said around six to eight lifeguards entered the choppy waters to assist the distressed swimmers when “one of the lifeguards saw something or somebody in the water 300 yards away.” The lifeguard swam out and found that “an individual was face down in the water, floating,” Pittman said.

Political Happy Hour: August 16, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Outrage in GOP over Trump presser; Baker ‘deeply disappointed’ | Important new opioid data | A *different* kind of Civil War parade in Boston

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Skies are forecast to be clear in Northeast during eclipse

Clouds would obscure the eclipse. But a high pressure system is forecast to produce clear skies in New England.

New T general manager muses about politics in online blog

But will Luis Ramirez run the trains on time?

The anatomy of a solar eclipse

Here’s a visual explainer of Monday’s rare astronomical event.

Where hate calls ‘home’ in Massachusetts

There are at least 12 organized hate groups in Massachusetts, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Coast Guard overseeing oil spill cleanup in New Bedford Harbor

A fishing vessel sank early Wednesday morning and started to leak fuel.

Where are Boston’s most educated neighborhoods?

Check out this interactive map that uses colored dots to represent levels of education for residents age 25 and older.

Read Cardinal O’Malley’s statement on children of priests

“The gift of life must be protected and cared for in any and all circumstances,” O’Malley said.

State Police helicopter has near collision with large drone over Lawrence

The drone was in illegal airspace when the helicopter almost collided with it, state police said.

Fate of Massachusetts’ only Confederate memorial still uncertain

The memorial on Georges Island has been boarded up since June 16, an official said.

MMA promoter says fighter was not killed by blows

The event promoter said Sutton fighter Rondel Clark was “a cherished soul throughout his athletic career.”

New Fore River Bridge opens to traffic Wednesday night

The new bridge connecting Route 3A between Quincy and Weymouth will open to one lane of traffic in each direction.

Two men want to spend 8 hours on the T — on purpose

If they accomplish their mission, they’ll land themselves a spot in the Guinness World Records books.

When it comes to marijuana foods, regulation drives innovation

Marijuana-infused product manufacturers, which make a highly regulated product, face more challenges than most.

Driver charged in fatal Quincy crash surrenders to police

Christopher Murch, 22, of Quincy is due to be arraigned in Quincy District Court on Wednesday.

Graphic: A primer on Mass. concussion law

Some basic information on the state’s laws on youth head injuries and concussions in extracurricular athletic activities.


Trump comments unite Democrats, GOP in denunciation

President Trump united the country under a common belief: The president should not have blamed both sides for the bloodshed in Charlottesville.

Defendant in Peabody double murder case due in court next month

A Peabody man is due in court Wednesday afternoon for a key hearing on his accessory charges related to the grisly double slaying of a couple in that city.

‘Free speech’ rally in Boston gets its permit — with stiff restrictions

“No weapons, no backpacks, no sticks,’’ Mayor Walsh said. “If anyone gets out of control — at all — it will be shut down.”

Getting a ‘safe look’ at next week’s solar eclipse

For those viewing the celestial event outside the path of totality, special safety lenses are recommended to prevent eye damage.

Judge denies Gary Lee Sampson’s request to toss death sentence

The twice-condemned serial killer suffered another legal setback Tuesday.

Man drowns off Nantucket as high surf advisory is issued for southern beaches

Hurricane Gert was generating potentially life-threatening wave conditions and rip currents in Massachusetts on Wednesday.

Blue skies smiling at you today

Temperatures will be in the 80s, humidity will be largely absent, and cooling breezes will define Wednesday’s sunny weather.

See which Mass. schools failed to report concussion data

This table shows whether schools sent data to the state for 2015-16, the most recent reporting year.

Want the license plate X1? It’s up for grabs in RMV plate lottery

If you have a hard time remembering the letters and numbers on your license plate, you may be in luck, because the state’s low license plate lottery is accepting applications.

Escaped bull from Littleton spotted in Ayer

The animal escaped from a livestock auction barn overnight, Littleton police said.


The takeaway from the ‘Top Chef’ case? It belonged in state court

The idea that the jury gave every union picketer a green light to threaten the lives of non-union workers and slash tires with impunity is just not true.

Children of Catholic priests live with secrets and sorrow

A Globe review finds the children are often denied love and support and pressured to keep the scandal secret. And the church has done little to help.

An invisible legion of suffering: the stories of children of priests

They can be found wherever the Catholic church has a presence, children whose fathers broke are priests who broke their vows of celibacy — and often their children’s hearts.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2017. There are 137 days left in the year.

Hundreds gather at vigil for Boston’s Holocaust memorial

Speakers denounced white supremacy “in all its forms” and led the crowd through several songs in an expression of “love and solidarity.”

Firefighter, DEA agent tackled alleged Holocaust Memorial vandal

Another person later was arrested after allegedly kicking over a bouquet of flowers someone had left at the site of the incident.


Lottery results from Tuesday drawings

Commonwealth Avenue in Boston to reopen to Green Line and vehicles

The state Department of Transportation announced Tuesday night that the Commonwealth Avenue and Boston University bridges would reopen Wednesday morning.

With new tool, Mass. hopes to get more schools to report concussions

The latest push comes amid rising concern nationwide about the long-term health ramifications of concussions, particularly for young developing brains.

Who are ‘antifa’ activists and how do they operate?

Antifascist organizers argue that white supremacism is so dangerous that it has to be confronted directly with force or it will spread further into the mainstream.

Who is the Boston Free Speech Coalition behind Saturday’s rally?

The group has become a source of outrage in Boston, a bane for City Hall, and an outlet for those who feel their voices are being shut out.

18-year-old who attended rally won’t return to BU

“I do fear for my life in some regards,” said Nicholas Fuentes.

Five girls arraigned for witness intimidation in Danvers babysitting case

Five girls were arraigned Tuesday on charges of witness intimidation in connection with a child endangerment case in Danvers, the Essex District Attorney’s office said.

Acquittal in ‘Top Chef’ trial may boost Walsh, analyst says

The original indictment of the Teamsters members had expanded an early scandal for for Boston Mayor Martin Walsh.

Political Happy Hour: August 15, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Political self-immolation, the Trump way | Rufus rising? | Civil War II?

Former Uber driver sentenced for 6 indecent exposure incidents

Paul Griffin, 29, will have to be evaluated as a sex offender.

Mattapan man pleads guilty to drug charges

A man who once worked at Logan International Airport has pleaded guilty to drug-related charges in federal court in Boston, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

‘These are not just glass pillars. This is a sacred site.’

Officials and the cofounder of the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston spoke Tuesday after the newest vandalism.

Cardinal O’Malley speaks out against hate in wake Charlottesville violence

The Boston Archbishop issued a statement condemning intolerance in the United States.

Arlington police investigate burning of an American flag

Police are investigating the burning of an American flag outside the Minuteman Repair store in Arlington after an officer noticed the flag on fire Tuesday morning.


Former Obama aide eyes political office in Mass.

A former ambassador and top Obama campaign aide with strong local roots is running for office. He’s just not sure which one yet.

Can’t find those fancy solar eclipse glasses? Grab a box and get crafty

Stores are selling out of the necessary safety eyewear for viewing a solar eclipse. Here are some alternatives for the rare celestial event.

Watch live: Walsh speaks at Holocaust Memorial in Boston

Mayor Walsh is speaking at the New England Holocaust Memorial after it was damaged for the second time this summer.

MMA fighter dies after competing in Plymouth bout

A mixed martial arts fighter who was hospitalized over the weekend died Tuesday morning, and an investigation is underway.

Jet ski accident victim tentatively identified as Lowell student

The 16-year-old victim of Sunday’s jet ski accident on the Merrimack River has been tentatively identified as a Lowell High School student.

Vigil denouncing anti-Semitism planned at Holocaust Memorial tonight

The vigil comes after the Holocaust Memorial in Boston was damaged for a second time this summer and amid the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend.

Bernie Sanders to return to N.H., stoking speculation he might run again

The Vermont senator will speak at an AFL-CIO breakfast before addressing a rally for a political group formed in the wake of his presidential campaign.

Teamsters did nothing wrong, labor lawyer says

To a Boston labor lawyer, the acquittal of four Teamsters accused of trying to strongarm the “Top Chef” television show was a just and fair outcome.

Two men charged with credit card fraud in Brookline

Two men were arrested for making fraudulent credit card transactions at an ATM in Brookline Monday around 8:50 p.m.

The endangered right whale is having bad year for accidental deaths

The right whales are among the most imperiled marine mammals on Earth.


Firing Steve Bannon won’t change much in the White House

Firing Bannon wouldn’t fix the deeper political problems in the White House, since most of those issues were created by the president himself.

No, that’s not snow: Fire-suppression foam covers Maine airport hangar

A malfunction in a fire-suppression system at a Maine airport filled a building Monday with foam and briefly trapped four people inside.

Author’s warning: Don’t underestimate the White Mountains

For years, hikers have set out for adventures in the White Mountains. And for years, a small number have not made it back alive.

State hopes to find education commissioner by year’s end

Paul Sagan, chairman of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, said he expects there will be strong interest in the position.

Mass. man killed by bus in Vancouver

A Massachusetts family was struck by a bus while visiting Vancouver Sunday, leaving one dead and two injured.

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Mass. traffic deaths up 46 percent since 2013

One factor that is believed to be fueling the deadly trend is more people driving while distracted by cellphones and other devices.

Officials investigating 2 ‘untimely’ deaths in Haverhill, N.H.

The location of the deaths and circumstances of the incident were not released.

Fire marshal’s office investigating blazes in Taunton

The State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating two fires on the same street, and is aware of a third.

Cape Cod drug dealer gets 2-year prison term for peddling heroin

A federal judge in Boston slapped a Marstons Mills man with a two-year prison sentence on Monday for his role in a Cape Cod heroin ring, prosecutors said.

Teamsters found not guilty in ‘Top Chef’ trial

Four Teamsters have been acquitted of all federal charges of trying to extort jobs from the reality television show “Top Chef.”

Ancients viewed solar eclipses as wrath from on high

Viewing a total solar eclipse in ancient times evoked fear, repentance, and a wide range of mythical explanations.

MBTA names former GE executive as new general manager

The next head of the MBTA is a business executive with no public transit experience.

Missing editor of Suffolk law school student newspaper found dead

The death of Nicholas Williams is not considered suspicious, Boston police said.

Norton police officer attacked and injured by pit bull

The officer was bitten while the dog was being sent to Animal Control quarantine.

N.H. police corral escaped iguana after it bites cyclist

Officers reunited 10-year-old Mr. Jingles with its owner after posting a picture online.

A glimmer of sun amid a mostly cloudy, humid Tuesday

Today’s weather will be mostly cloudly, mostly humid and mostly not-so-hot.

Police searching for missing Suffolk Law School student

Nicholas Williams has been missing since Wednesday, according to police.


Lottery results from Monday drawings

MBTA boosts early-morning buses, adds Foxborough commuter rail service

Service will start earlier for some commuters next spring — but it won’t be ending any later.

Skydiver who was stuck in a tree says he’ll jump again

Aatif Rathod said his jump was “uneventful” before the mishap.

Berklee College of Music’s decision to arm police upsets some of its neighbors

Residents in the Fenway are fuming after they say Berklee College of Music armed its police officers without telling them.

Old pilings in Maine divide a town. Are they a treasure or a nuisance?

The wood pilings aren’t pretty, but they are valued by families in Popham Beach, a familiar presence that recalls the area’s storied past.

Boston’s Holocaust memorial damaged for second time this summer

A 17-year-old from Malden is accused of smashing the glass paneling.


The answer to offensive speech is more speech

The last time a bunch of oh-so-aggrieved white guys organized a rally on Boston Common hardly anyone paid attention. Not this time.

University of Maine students will launch balloons to livestream the total solar eclipse

The video will be posted to NASA’s website during the otherworldly event.


Was Trump’s Monday statement too little, too late?

The lowest point of President Trump’s presidency so far may have come on Saturday, when he failed to condemn white supremacists.

Quote of the day

“No human being should have the sole authority to initiate an unprovoked nuclear war.” -- US Senator Edward M. Markey, who is pushing for legislation that would prevent any US president from launching a nuclear first strike.

Charlie Baker chides Trump on Charlottesville statements

The governor took issue with the president’s delay in speaking out against racism after the Charlottesville white supremacist rally devolved into violence.

Political Happy Hour: August 14, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Baker, Walsh say no place for hate in Mass. | Presumption of innocence | Low-plate lottery!

Boston Public Library runs out of special glasses to watch solar eclipse

After distributing hundreds of pairs of eclipse glasses ahead of the eclipse Aug. 21, the Boston Public Library has none left.

Boston is no stranger to conservative rallies

The city has been the site of tense clashes of ideology in recent decades, often resulting in arrests, injuries, and questions of police involvement.

Baker criticizes Trump over initial Charlottesville remarks

“I think he should have come out and said what everyone else was thinking and believing,” Governor Baker said of President Trump.


John Kingston hires former Charlie Baker aide

Likely Republican Senate candidate John Kingston has begun staffing up his campaign, adding a former aide to Governor Charlie Baker as a senior adviser.

Markey continues push to require congressional approval for nuclear first strike

“No human being should have the sole authority to initiate an unprovoked nuclear war,” said Senator Markey.

Watch live: Walsh, Baker hold press conference on controversial Boston rally

Mayor Walsh and Governor Baker are speaking about a controversial rally scheduled to take place on Boston Common on Saturday.

Where to find counter-protests to next weekend’s ‘Free Speech Rally’

Several groups around Massachusetts are organizing to demonstrate against hate and violence.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2017. There are 138 days left in the year.

Dorchester man arrested for cocaine trafficking, gun charges in Hull

Dominic J. Duret, of Dorchester, was arrested by Hull police at a traffic stop late Sunday night.

Solar eclipse viewing events to be held around Boston

Grab your solar eclipse sunglasses and check out one of these solar eclipse viewing events in the Boston area.

‘Boston does not want you here,’ Walsh says of hate groups

Mayor Martin Walsh spoke at a press conference Monday afternoon with Governor Charlie Baker and community leaders to address the issue.

Powerball jackpot climbs to $430 million

The jackpot for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing surged to an estimated $430 million, according to the Massachusetts State Lottery.

Boston police officers commended for disarming man with guns

Two Boston police officers were recognized in a ceremony last week for their work diffusing a situation at a community gathering in Jamaica Plain where a man showed up with two loaded guns.

Hull police arrest man for allegedly exposing himself on beach

36-year-old Joseph William Thomas was arrested after police received a report that a man was walking around nude on Nantasket Beach.

Two State Police troopers injured in separate accidents in Lynn, Ludlow

Both troopers suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

US Senate candidate plans to address ‘free-speech’ rally on Common

A Cambridge Republican candidate challenging Elizabeth Warren plans to speak at a “free-speech” rally Saturday on Boston Common.

Meet the new superyacht in town: the Fountainhead

The 288-foot vessel was docked this morning at the end of Commercial Wharf.

Stoneham police searching for Tewksbury man after assault on officer

Matthew MacInnes also allegedly hit a police cruiser with his vehicle and fled the scene Monday morning.

Great white shark launches out of Cape Cod waters, steals fisherman’s catch

Hap Farrell, captain of the Stunmai II, was lucky enough to catch the wild theft on camera.

‘Top Chef’ jury tripped up on one member’s presumption of guilt

“We have a juror who is assuming guilt over innocence,’’ a note sent to the judge read. “We are not sure how to go on from here. Any suggestions would be helpful.”

US border patrol agents in training

President Trump has pledged to add 5,000 agents to the existing Border Patrol force. All new agents must complete a months-long training course.

Nestor Ramos

Stealing back a life that matters

“Daunasia Yancey” had a whole life online that the real Daunasia Yancey knew nothing about. Someone was tormenting her with a fake website that had her name splashed across it.

Manchester, N.H., woman faces charges after passing out in car with 5-year-old

Alyssa Lombardi faces charges of possession of a controlled drug, operating under the influence of drugs or liquor, and endangering the welfare of a child, police said.

Body of 16-year-old girl found in Merrimack River after jet ski accident

A 16-year-old girl was knocked into the water when her jet ski was rear-ended by a man who was allegedly drunk.

Two people shot in Roxbury Sunday night

One of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries in the shooting near the intersection of Mount Pleasant Avenue and Forest Street.

Dominican parade takes over Jamaica Plain’s streets

The neighborhood was covered in Dominican flags for Sunday’s celebration.

Springfield officer accused of ‘mocking’ Charlottesville victim

In an interview, Conrad Lariviere said he “made a stupid comment” and “would just like to be left alone.”

Skydiver rescued after spending hours stuck in a tree in Dunstable

A skydiver was stuck high up in a tree in Dunstable for several hours, according to police.

‘Free-speech’ rally set for Boston has some concerned

“I don’t want that type of hate” coming into our city, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said of the rally scheduled for Saturday. “We don’t need that.”

R.I. prison takes a leap into comprehensive addiction care

Inmates can get one of three medications, including those that are shunned by most correctional facilities.

Saugus authorities respond to suspected fentanyl overdose

The overdose victim, a 19-year-old male, was taken to an area hospital for evaluation, officials said.

Wrong-way driver in Fairhaven causes accident, police say

An 87-year-old was driving west on the eastbound side of Route 195.

Conn. veteran exhumed under rare use of law

The remains of Guillermo Aillon were disinterred from a Middletown cemetery after officials learned that he had been serving a life prison sentence.

Closing the achievement gap, one summer camp at a time

A free program aims to tackle an often-overlooked inequity: Some families can spend thousands on academic boot camps, while others can’t.


Lottery results from Sunday drawings

MassDOT ‘feeling confident’ Comm Ave., BU bridges will reopen this week

The bridges are expected to open by midweek, a few days behind schedule.

Disheartened and distressed, some turn to faith amid Charlottesville violence

Black and Jewish residents in the Boston area turned to religious leaders for guidance following violent protests led by white nationalists in Charlottesville.

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The weekly game


Arlington police to hold memorial for late K9

Dasty, a 12-year-old German Shepherd, died in June after a battle with cancer.

Chelsea police chief warns of bad batch of drugs after deaths

There were four fatal overdoses in the city this weekend.

All over Massachusetts, people are rallying against violence

Advocates for peace and diversity responded for a second day with demonstrations denouncing hatred, intimidation, and alleged murder at racist rallies in Virginia.

Two arrested on cocaine charges in Deerfield

They were arrested after a traffic stop on Route 91 on Saturday night, State Police said.

Shooting in Dorchester leaves a man injured

The victim took himself to an area hospital, said Officer James Kenneally, of the Boston Police Department.

Rear-ending in Westborough sends woman to hospital

A woman was sitting in her car at a red light when another vehicle crashed into hers from behind.

Farmer’s Almanac predicts plenty of cold, snow for this winter for Northeast

The Farmer’s Almanac predicts a snowy winter from Maryland to Maine with five coastal storms to bring winter misery to the region.

Clear skies on Sunday night could offer a chance to see Perseid meteor shower

Although the shower peaked in the early hours of Sunday morning, shooting stars should be visible into Monday morning.

Neil Chayet, host of ‘Looking at the Law’ radio commentaries, dies at 78

Mr. Chayet’s segments were a longtime fixture on WBZ-AM (1030).

State Police arrest armed Taunton man after chase through woods

State Police arrested an armed Taunton man who fled on foot after being pulled over on Route 24 southbound, just before Exit 19 in Avon.

‘No connection’ found between Virginia attack and Massachusetts, state police say

Massachusetts State Police said Saturday they haven’t found any Bay State ties to the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Va.

Reopening of bridges delayed until middle of next week

The delay was because of construction, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation said Saturday.

‘My city looked like a war zone’

It’s a city described by some as beautiful and progressive. But on Saturday, that city was a battlefield.

Hundreds rally on Boston Common following violence in Charlottesville

“You’d better pull up your socks and you’d better get ready, because it’s a fight out here,” said Ifé Franklin.

Disabled veterans set sail on the Charles through Community Boating

The new program is aided by a grant from the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Can a sit-down restaurant boost Mattapan’s main street?

Mattapan Square is busy and popular among those looking for takeout, but it doesn’t have a sit-down restaurant with a liquor license.

Low-income students remain rare at elite universities

Many universities are facing a problem: How to create more economic diversity on their campuses.

Philanthropic rubber duck wins family trip to Asia

A South Dartmouth family is headed to an expense-paid trip to Asia after their rubber duck beat out nearly 6,000 others in a race on Saturday.

Starts & Stops

Wynn’s Somerville pedestrian bridge study on its way

A new bridge could connect Wynn’s casino to the Orange Line, Uber wants MBTA overnight service but the T might not want it, and a ballot question seeks to end Mass. tolls.

Police arrest two men on firearms charges

The arrests were the result of two separate investigations, both of which are ongoing, a Boston police spokeswoman said.

Lessons not learned

Firefighters have been sounding the alarm for years about the fire risk of lightweight wood construction. Will two spectacular blazes in Dorchester and Waltham finally get officials’ attention?

Timeline: Massive fires have recently erupted at wood-framed projects nationwide

All but one of these projects were under construction.

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Shey, 14, has a concern for others

Shey is a sweet and caring fourteen-year-old Latina girl. Helpful, kind, and supportive are words that have been used to describe her.

Charter school proposals would add nearly 5,400 seats

Four groups are looking to open new charter schools in Massachusetts and four existing charter schools are hoping to boost their enrollment.

State trooper injured, suspect arrested after fleeing traffic stop

State Police arrested a Taunton man who fled a traffic stop on foot, injuring a trooper on Route 24 in Avon Saturday morning, according to police.

Bird sightings in Massachusetts

Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts AudubonSociety.

Yvonne Abraham

Doing well in order to keep doing good

Father Tom Conway has made tough decisions to improve the outlook of St. Anthony’s Shrine.

Exeter Hospital reopens emergency room after sickness among staff

The hospital’s operating room, which was also closed Friday morning after 19 staff members began experiencing dizziness, nausea, and lightheadedness, would “likely” reopen Monday, hospital spokeswoman Debra Vasapolli said.

Chess notes

News from the world of chess

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2017. There are 140 days left in the year.

Fugitive from Watertown arrested in Puerto Rico

Federal authorities in Puerto Rico said they arrested a Watertown man Friday who has been on the run since May, when he was scheduled to begin a two-year prison term for insider trading.

Carjacking suspect arrested after crash

Byren McGee, 31, of Dorchester, tried to flee the scene of a crash involving a car he allegedly stole earlier in the evening.

Sunny, dry weather forecast for week ahead

Sunny skies with highs in the 70s are expected today and Sunday.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2017. There are 141 days left in the year.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2017. There are 139 days left in the year.

82-year-old man found unresponsive in Norwood pool dies

Norwood police are not yet releasing the man’s name, pending notification of relatives.

Mystic Valley charter school drops ban on hair extensions

The handbook sent to parents Friday from the school no longer bans hair extensions, hair that is more than 2 inches in thickness or height, or shaved sides.

Suspect in South Boston break-ins arrested

Michael Hazel, 29, of Fall River, was found by officers to be sleeping with a female in a hallway of 177 West 9th Street at approximately 8:20 p.m. on Thursday, police said in a release.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

David Epstein

How to watch the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

The Perseid meteor shower is a result of the Earth moving through the trail of dust and debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

‘Are we all going down?’, and other thoughts amid nuclear tensions

Even as the conflict seems to escalate, Bostonians aren’t exactly tightening their gas masks just yet.

MBTA agrees to make arrests public

After initially insisting arrests were confidential, the MBTA says it will now provide the names and addresses of people its police department arrests.

Body of missing diver recovered in Provincetown

John Garzia had been diving for decades, said Ursula Guyer. It was his main hobby. He went every Wednesday, she said.

Portion of abandoned Cambridge home falls on car

The home at 43 Cedar St. in North Cambridge was “in a tremendous amount of disrepair” and had been condemned for quite some time.

Inspector general gets pay hike

Inspector General Glenn Cunha’s salary will increase to $170,000 after the council that oversees his office approved the roughly 7 percent pay hike.

Acton couple charged with fraud allegedly received more than $8m in clean energy grants

They have been indicted on one count of conspiracy to defraud the government with respect to claims, and three counts of wire fraud, prosecutors said in a statement.

Man who strangled woman to death in 1972 granted parole

Ralph Geary, now 62, was 17 when he strangled 25-year-old Nancy Cote in a wooded area near an ice cream stand in September 1972.

This woman raised hundreds of praying mantises to protect Boston trees

“Some people do scratch tickets,” entomologist Christine Helie said. “I look for egg cases.”

Here’s everything you need to know about the solar eclipse

On Monday, Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be crossing through part of the continental United States. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Here’s a stellar Spotify playlist for the upcoming solar eclipse

Here are 40 songs to accompany your time viewing the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

Cabbie arraigned in vehicle crash outside Logan Airport that injured 10

Lutant Clenord, 56, of Cambridge was released on personal recognizance after his arraignment in East Boston District Court.

Thousands of Mass. homeowners refunded for improper insurance charges

More than $6.3 million will be refunded to 4,500 Massachusetts homeowners following an audit of American Security Insurance Company by the attorney general’s office.


While North Korea looms, the war inside GOP rages on

The Republican Party’s civil war raged on this week, with notable flare-ups.

Political Happy Hour: August 11, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Immigration visa restrictions test Vineyard economy | Regrets | ‘My offer is this: Nothing.’

Boston police recover .22 caliber long-barreled pistol first stolen in 1981

Officers recovered the stolen pistol with a long barrel after a man abandoned his backpack in Mattapan.

Cape Cod shark alert rise is deceptive — but be careful anyway

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity map lit up with alerts this week, but experts say there’s no reason to panic — as long as you take common sense precautions.

Man who robbed banks in Manchester, N.H., gets 10-year prison term

Michael Giles was sentenced for the robberies of two TD Bank branches in Manchester in November.

Flu-like symptoms among 19 staff prompt evacuations at N.H. hospital

The cause of the staff members’ sickness at the New Hampshire hospital remained a mystery Friday afternoon.

Police seize drugs, guns, money during Chelsea raid

Detectives from Chelsea and Everett executed the search warrant and arrested one person.

Two men arrested in Attleboro raid targeting stolen firearms

A SWAT team raided a home on South Main Street around 6 p.m. Thursday evening.

Labor law specialists eager to hear ‘Top Chef’ verdict

The case has piqued the interest of law firms and think tanks that study labor issues, including the Washington-based Center for Union Facts.

Police still looking for leads in West Brookfield and North Brookfield goat killings

Maybe it was someone with a broken heart. Or a relative angry because of a family feud. Or a cult member practicing a cruel faith. Police are baffled by the deaths of three baby goats.

Sometimes a plane is just a plane, but not when it’s owned by the Patriots

“If you had Robert Kraft’s money and you could fly into town with five Lombardi trophies on your tail, of course you would,” said one comedian.

Jurors end first full day of deliberations in ‘Top Chef’ trial

The jury will reconvene Monday in US District Court in Boston.

Two men shot in Haverhill

Two men were shot Thursday night in Haverhill, and they are expected to survive their injuries, police said.

Reading officials to residents: Beware of scammers trying to enter homes

Officials in Reading are warning residents to be on the lookout for scammers trying to talk their way into homes by claiming to be public employees.

Nestor Ramos

We spent a day eating convenience store food. What could go wrong?

Finding decent food at Boston-area gas stations and convenience stores isn’t always convenient.

David Epstein

Could drought return to New England?

Much of New England has received adequate rainfall since the middle of the spring. But there are parts of the region where drought is returning — and expanding.

Boston police seeking suspect in Hyde Park sexual assault

The alleged assault took place near the intersection of American Legion Highway and Hyde Park Avenue.

Humid, mostly sunny weather rounds out the work week

Saturday will be marked by showers and some thunderstorms, but Sunday is expected to be sunny and warm.

Acton couple charged with defrauding US Treasury of $50 million in energy grants

Christopher N. Condron and Jessica Metivier were arrested Thursday, federal prosecutors said.

Witness to Lawrence murder arraigned on perjury charge

Mark Pimental, 26, of Lawrence pleaded not guilty Thursday in Salem Superior Court.

NH police identify man pulled from Hampton Harbor

State Police are asking the public for help to find friends or family of Roland Gilles Chiasson,65, of Hollywood, Fla.

Alleged drunk driver ordered held after hearing

Richard M. Higgins, 78, who allegedly struck and injured a 12-year-old girl in South Boston while driving drunk, was ordered held after a dangerousness hearing, prosecutors said.

Fatal opioid overdoses have declined in parts of Eastern Mass.

The reported drop-off this year comes after alarming increases in fatal overdoses in recent years around the United States.


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

Police search for man who allegedly exposed himself to teen on Rockport beach

The suspect is described as a white man, in his 40s, last seen without a shirt and wearing floral patterned shorts, police said.

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Before Tsongas, vets had a friend in Edith Rogers

Edith Nourse Rogers, who held the Lowell-based congressional seat for 35 years, was the first woman elected to the House from Massachusetts.

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Will emergency declaration for opioids make a difference in Massachusetts?

Treatment professionals welcome the decision and hope it will mean more money for services.

Teen charged in violent attack on elderly Randolph woman

The youth allegedly forced his way into the woman’s home by cutting a hole in a sliding screen door, police said.

Trump’s tough talk leaves residents anxious

As President Trump doubles down on his tough talk against North Korea, tourists and residents in Boston said the international brinkmanship is making them uneasy.


Teamster 4 were rude and crude, but is that illegal?

Prosecutors painted them as menacing goons who hurled venomous slurs outside the “Top Chef” film shoot. The defense countered that their conduct was not against federal law.

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Vt. man whose kin mysteriously died is unhurt in crash

Nathan Carman was driving on Interstate 91 in Vernon Monday when he was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 2017. There are 142 days left in the year.

Blue Line train hits man at Orient Heights

Shuttle buses briefly replaced the rail service between Maverick and Suffolk Downs stations on the Blue Line following the incident.

Beaches are closed in Chatham after shark attacks a seal

A shark was spotted off the coast of Chatham after it bit a seal around 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

Insurer seeks delay in paying $675,000 to Bill Cosby’s lawyers in suit linked to sex assault claims

AIG asked a judge to declare that the company, which issued a homeowner’s policy to Cosby, has no duty to provide coverage for his ongoing court battle, but a judge sided with Cosby.

Police seek hit-and-run boat on Lake Winnipesaukee

A boat hit a tube being towed on Lake Winnipesaukee at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, hospitalizing a teenager riding on the tube.

Get your ‘eclipse glasses’ from the Boston Public Library

You’re going to need them if you plan to stare up at the celestial event on Aug. 21.

1-year-old boy falls from window in Lynn

A 1-year-old boy fell 22 feet out the window of an apartment in Lynn about 11 a.m. Thursday.

Waltham apartment complex fire was arson

Officials estimate the 10-alarm Waltham fire, which began in the early morning hours of July 23, caused $110 million worth of damage.

Waltham apartment complex fire was arson

The ten-alarm fire that burned down an apartment complex under construction in Waltham in July was caused by arson, fire officials said Thursday.

R.I. musician attempts to break world record playing accordion

Cory Pesaturo played for 32 hours and 14 minutes. His attempt is under review.

Violent pier attack ‘not a reflection of what Quincy is about,’ mayor says

Video recently surfaced online of several teenagers pummeling another group of kids on a pier at Squantum Point Park.

Local Korean-Americans worry as tensions rise between US and N. Korea

“We can’t afford another war in the Korean Peninsula, and we can’t even imagine the war,” said the editor of Boston Korea.

‘Top Chef’ team didn’t like being called names, defense says

The prosecution and defense faced off in closing arguments Thursday in federal court in Boston.

MBTA nixes controversial commuter rail Wi-Fi towers

Many communities along the commuter rail system had objected to the installation of hundreds of 75-foot-tall towers to provide the service.

State used car-tracking tech seven times last year, but got no hits

When a vehicle is added to the “hot list,” the system will alert authorities as soon as it passes under the state’s toll gantries.

David Epstein

This hurricane season may be the most active since 2010

Could this be the year New England experiences a hurricane? It’s certainly possible.

Police investigating death of third baby goat found with neck snapped

It appears someone is killing goats in North and West Brookfield.

Mother may have been on verge of murder-suicide when State Police found 3-year-old

The child was the subject of an Amber Alert after her mother, Lee-Ann Rickheit, allegedly kidnapped her in Worcester.

Danvers babysitters allegedly placed child in refrigerator

Two females face child endangerment charges as a result of a video showing their involvement with a child being placed in a refrigerator.

Unlicensed teen drove 120 mph on Vermont interstate, police say

The teen was cited for negligent operation, excessive speed and having no license.

Shooting, fiery crash claim two in Dorchester

Two people were killed after gunshots were fired and a car crashed near Elder Street in Dorchester.

Family of late officer accused of theft won’t get pension

The family of a Massachusetts police officer who died before he was scheduled to plead guilty to stealing from an evidence room will not receive any of his remaining pension.

Car hits State Police cruiser, catches fire on I-495 in Franklin

A portion of th e highway was closed after the crash that occurred just after 11:30 p.m., according to State Police.

Lowell woman rescued from New Hampshire state park

Authorities say a Lowell woman had to be carried out of Franconia Notch State Park after she injured her leg while hiking.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Aug. 10, the 222nd day of 2017. There are 143 days left in the year.

Two people injured after shots, crash in Dorchester

It was unclear if the shooting and crash were related, a Boston police spokesman said.

Worcester girl, 3, is safe after Amber Alert and overnight search by law enforcement

Authorities found Ella Abbott in a wooded area in Charlton with her mother, Lee-Ann Abbott Rickheit.

Police seek public’s help in solving South Boston break-ins

A video released Wednesday by the department shows a suspect that could be connected to a series of break-ins, or attempted break-ins, police said.

5 car crash on the Pike in Newton sends 4 to the hospital

A five-car crash on the eastbound side of the Massachusetts Turnpike sent four people to the hospital Wednesday evening, State Police said.

Man arrested after Reading police investigate suspicious bag

The bag did not contain explosives, but the incident led to the arrest of a Malden man on unrelated charges, police said.

Seven teens charged in Quincy pier attack

The attack, which was captured on video and posted to social media, shows the teens taunting and kicking other teens, State Police said.


Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

City awards scholarships to 35 Boston residents

The scholarship fund is available for residents pursuing undergraduate education, according to the city.


Meet the Narragansett leader who is still going strong at 99

Meet Eleanor Dove, the oldest living Narragansett Indian on the tribal rolls.

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Same schools, new names

Turns out, many colleges and universities have changed their names over the years.

Ellen Murphy Meehan, former wife of Marty Meehan, is thinking of running for Tsongas seat

Ellen Murphy Meehan said Wednesday she is taking a strong look at running for the Democratic nomination for the seat being vacated by Niki Tsongas.

Yvonne Abraham

Armageddon worried

President Trump’s reckless blustering about North Korea has me freaked out. And I am not alone.

Climate change will hit New England hard, report says

The findings are in a draft of a major report about climate change awaiting the approval of the Trump administration.

Service at the T’s Ride improving, but still lagging

The new dispatching company for The Ride has replaced its general manager and added staff to cut down on long waits and missed rides.

Political Happy Hour: August 9, 2017

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Health care company will pay more than $750,000 for improper billing, AG says

Hundreds of state residents will receive refunds after a health care company improperly billed them, state authorities announced.

Teen environmental service volunteers scour Maynard wildlife refuge

Participants in the New England Aquarium’s Live Blue Ambassadors worked to purge a Maynard wildlife refuge of invasive species Wednesday.

Herring migration on the rise in Mystic Lakes

When the Mystic River Watershed Association installed a fish ladder in 2011, it opened up an additional 165 acres of fresh water habitat.

Decades ago, Boston Harbor ‘was a sewer.’ Now, kids swim and fish in it

A group that protects the harbor took kids out for a day on the water.

‘High-level’ heroin dealer who killed teenager in Springfield is denied parole

The man later used a hacksaw to escape from custody in Bridgewater State Hospital in 1983.

Two girls arrested for allegedly assaulting child they were baby-sitting in Danvers

The suspects were both charged with child endangerment and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, the Essex district attorney’s office said.

Top Walsh aide Daniel Koh among potential candidates for Niki Tsongas’ seat

“Anyone who is holding political office will think about it. And there will be lots of people from the private sector, too,” said a former state senator.

Truck tire flies through window of Plainville home

A North Attleborough Department of Public Works dump truck was driving down South Street when its tire fell off.

Utah’s Chaffetz to join Harvard’s Kennedy School as fellow this fall

Former Utah US Representative Jason Chaffetz pushed for an investigation of Hillary Clinton during last year’s presidential campaign.

Coast Guard searching for missing diver off Provincetown

An experienced 80-year-old diver became detached from his diving line Wednesday morning and did not resurface, the Coast Guard said.

Researchers scan ancient rocks for clues to moon’s magnetic field

The rocks contain thousands of tiny grains that aligned in the direction of the magnetic field at the long-ago time they were formed, MIT said in a statement.

Boston pulls Snapchat filters after outcry from Eastie residents

Some residents of East Boston took offense to their neighborhood being represented by the Logan Airport control tower.

Melrose man allegedly attacked sister and 81-year-old mother

Carol Ferreira glared at her brother, brusies still visible on her face, during his arraignment Friday.

Authorities make second gun arrest at Logan Airport in week

Monday’s incident occurred around 8:45 a.m. Monday at a security checkpoint.

How much is a fund-raiser at TD Garden worth?

What could a fund-raiser hosted by TD Garden, the city’s biggest sports arena, bring in for the right cause?

Driving while stoned? State officials urge you to reconsider

With marijuana now legal, officials are launching a new campaign to remind users that driving while high remains illegal.

Ground Game

Who was Trump’s intended audience for that ‘fire and fury’ comment?

We assume he was sending a message to the North Koreans, but maybe not. Well, not exactly.

Fatal fires in Massachusetts declined in 2016

For the second straight year, smoking caused the largest number of fatal fires.

Mega Millions lottery jackpot up to $382M

Friday’s Mega Millions estimated jackpot is up to $382 million for a drawing 15 weeks after the last jackpot was hit.

Boston police chief joins historic military group

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in Boston describes itself as the third oldest chartered military company in the world dating back to 1638.

$1.35M of heroin recovered, 10 arrested in crackdown on Springfield drug ring

Six kilograms of unmilled heroin, 4,500 ready-for-sale bags of heroin, six firearms, and four vehicles were seized Monday morning in addition to the 10 arrests.

Police seek person who killed goats, left them on owner’s steps

Police are looking for the person or people who killed two baby goats and left them on the back steps of their owner’s home.

Former Aaron Hernandez associate drops Fla. lawsuit

Alexander Bradley had previously claimed the sheriff’s office violated his privacy by providing CNN with pictures of him recovering in a Florida hospital.

Route 128 reopens following Peabody concrete spill

State Police closed most of the lanes on the highway to allow crews time to clean up the spill, which occurred near Exit 25-A.

Western Mass. school’s ex-headmaster involved in sexual misconduct, report says

The Williston Northampton School said it had firsthand reports that a former headmaster “violated the standards of professional boundaries” in the 1970s.

Waltham police looking for home invasion suspects

Police are searching for a group of armed and masked men who forced their way into a home on Bacon Street.

Rollover crash cleared on Mass. Pike in Allston

Morning Boston-bound traffic was beginning to clear after police cleared the scene in Allston.

Over $1.3 million worth of heroin recovered in Springfield

Ten men were arrested for allegedly running a “heroin mill” in the city, officials said.

What to do with the former Bayside Expo site? UMass wants ideas

UMass Boston, according to a document released Tuesday, is looking to transform the nearly 20-acre waterfront site on Columbia Point in Dorchester into a “modern-day Harvard Square.”

Gloucester man arrested for allegedly robbing car wash

John W. Pacheco, 35, is alleged to have robbed the Maplewood Car Wash with a handgun that was later found to be an airsoft gun, police said.


Lottery results from Tuesday drawings

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What has Scott Brown been up to? On Twitter, ambassador life looks like fun.

Former US senator Scott Brown made a bit of news last week when American news outlets got hold of an interview he’d done with a radio host in New Zealand.

A broad push for pretrial justice reforms from the states

Legislators from across the country are meeting in Boston.

N.H. woman caught on tape laughing about wanting her former daughter-in-law dead

The 83-year-old New Hampshire woman is accused in a murder-for-hire plot involving her son’s ex-wife.

New State House surveillance camera points at popular protest spot

The device has prompted familiar questions about balancing security and liberty in the post-9/11 era.

Political Happy Hour: August 8, 2017

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Trump has ‘unchecked authority’ to order a nuclear attack

“If conflict erupts, two inexperienced leaders with poor impulse control have nuclear weapons at their fingertips,” one expert said.

Duxbury firefighters battle heavy house fire

A dog was rescued from the fire at a home on Brick Hill Lane, fire officials said.

Fans are the source of Fenway Park’s magic

Witnessing Red Sox fans’ devotion makes it clear why Fenway’s nickname is “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.”

Man suffers life-threatening stab wounds near Roxbury intersection

The stabbing occurred around 1:40 p.m. Tuesday near Malcolm X Boulevard and Shawmut Avenue, police said.

No horsing around: Worcester police are bringing back mounted patrols

A group of seven Worcester police officers will be patrolling the streets of their city not in squad cars or on motorcycles, but mounted on horses.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 9, the 221st day of 2017. There are 144 days left in the year.

Man wanted for attacking two women taken into custody

John Ferreira, 54, was taken into custody in Westborough and is wanted for violently attacking two women he knew in Melrose.

Getting engaged at Fenway Park is so last season. This couple got married mid-game

Two Red Sox fans stood up between innings and tied the knot at Fenway Park over the weekend.

Ground Game

Is Trump losing his political base?

New polling this week suggests for the first time that the president’s Republican base might be having concerns about him.

Inert grenade found in Newton basement

A Newton resident found a nonfunctional grenade while cleaning out the basement of a home around 11 a.m. Tuesday, Newton police said.

Could an MIT team’s discovery one day restore the memories of Alzheimer’s patients?

The team effectively reversed memory loss in the mice it tested a new technique on.

Be careful when buying those ‘eclipse glasses’

Looking to earn a quick buck from excitement surrounding the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, vendors are selling glasses that may not protect your eyes.

FBI offering $5,000 reward for information leading to capture of ‘One Minute Bandit’

The bandit is wanted in connection to 10 bank robberies throughout Greater Boston since December.

‘This is the first time I’ve walked without shackles,’ says man freed after 38 years in prison

Frederick Clay walked out of Suffolk Superior Court on Tuesday, a free man for the first time in decades.

Hazardous chemical incident contained at MWRA facility in Chelsea

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority pumping facility in Chelsea called in a hazardous materials situation Tuesday morning.

Charges against mother dropped in death of 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver

Elsa Oliver will no longer face criminal charges connected to the disappearance and death of Jeremiah Oliver.

‘Dukes of Hazzard’ actor ‘firmly denies’ groping woman in Waltham

Tom Wopat will “be taking personal time to address his ongoing struggle with substance abuse,” a statement released today said.

State sees boom in number of psychiatric beds

At least one hospital has been forced to limit patient admissions because it hasn’t been able to recruit psychiatrists.

Prosecution, defense rest in ‘Top Chef’ case

Defense attorneys for the four men accused of strongarm tactics told the judge they would not call any witnesses.

Cooler temperatures will prevail for much of Tuesday

Temperatures in the Greater Boston area will be 5 to 10 degrees cooler than normal today.

Carjacking attempted at Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury

Salisbury police posted surveillance images of suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

Attempted car break-in caught on camera in Brookline

The video shows a young man apparently trying to get into a vehicle parked in a driveway on Gardner Road.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2017. There are 145 days left in the year.

Prosecutors won’t retry man who served 36 years in prison for 1980 murder

Frederick Weichel said he had nothing to do with Robert LaMonica’s death.

Keolis conductor injured by train in Waltham

The accident happened around 4 p.m., the statement said, and the company is working with local authorities to investigate what happened.


Lottery results from Monday drawings

Struggles deepen at troubled Boston pharmacy school

MCPHS University is working to bring four of its top programs into full compliance with regulations, but still found the money to expand the president’s house.

Where exactly is that ‘drug-infested den’ Trump referenced?

When word got out last week about the president’s comments, New Hampshire’s political class was outraged. Others saw a chance for humor.

Snake on a train! Approximately 4-foot-long snake spotted on MBTA’s Red Line

“I’ve seen some weird stuff on the train, but this is probably the weirdest for sure,” one woman said.

Brigham and Women’s falls out of top 20 in US News hospital rankings

A hospital official blamed the results on changes US News made in how the rankings are determined.

Commuter updates: Rush hour traffic in Greater Boston

Here’s a look at how today’s rush hour on Greater Boston’s roads, trains, and buses will affect your commute.

Political Happy Hour: Aug. 7, 2017

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Boston police recover 5 illegal guns

Officers recovered five illegal firearms and made three arrests while responding to three separate incidents Sunday morning, Boston police said.

Driver passes out at intersection with child in tow, say N.H. police

Police in New Hampshire say a driver was found passed out in his SUV at an intersection with a 9-year-old child asleep in his running vehicle.

Experts see a federal crackdown on marijuana as unlikely

Three experts all suggested that pot sellers can breathe easy.

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Signs you’ll know Pence is considering a run against Trump in 2020

Here are a few things to watch as clues that Mike Pence might be actively running for president, and possibly even willing to challenge President Trump.

Prosecutors won’t retry man who served 36 years in prison for 1980 murder

Frederick Weichel said he had nothing to do with Robert LaMonica’s death.

Maine native among missing after MV-22 Osprey crash off Australia

First Lieutenant Benjamin R. Cross and two other Marines were missing after their aircraft crashed off the coast of Australia.

Officials investigating theft and attempted robbery at Suffolk Downs

A theft and an attempted robbery at two separate teller windows at the track this weekend is being investigated, State Police said.

Man charged in fatal 2015 beating of fellow Arbour Hospital patient

Hameen Edwards is accused of beating to death John Duggie in the room they shared at Arbour Hospital on July 2, 2015.

Researchers develop device to track patients’ sleep without electrodes or sensors

Researchers at MIT say a new device can collect data on your sleep patterns while you toss in bed across the room.

Three injured following I-95 crash in Dedham, State Police say

Interstate 95 in Dedham reopened after a medical helicopter landed on the highway to pick up a person injured in a crash, State Police said.

Things that work

This N.H. town couldn’t ‘bear’ it any longer — so it passed an ordinance

Complaints have plummeted since Lincoln, N.H., adopted a law that allows it to fine business and residents that attract bears.

Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots pass $300 million

The Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are both estimated to reach more than $300 million.

Explosive device found outside Framingham High School

The State Police bomb squad responded to a report of a minor explosion at Framingham High Sunday and found a device made out of PVC and black powder.


Jack Coakley was a trailblazer in a wheelchair

He was 5 years old when he was struck by polio. But his father said to him, “You can do anything you want. You’ve just got to put your mind to it.”

Why did those Mass. Pike lane closures end so early?

The Turnpike is back to its normal pace through Boston, with four lanes of traffic open in each direction. So what gives?

No bail for alleged drunk driver accused of striking 12-year-old girl

The girl’s family said the she suffered multiple fractures, including to her skull and pelvis, in the crash Saturday afternoon.

Wrongful death suit alleges ‘veneer’ of security at South Boston condo where doctors were slain

The families of two doctors who were slain in their South Boston penthouse condo in May have filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Can giving inmates access to addiction medication help ease the opioid crisis?

New state grants include the possibility of offering Suboxone, a drug long shunned by correctional facilities, to certain inmates just before release.

‘Top Chef’ host was ‘petrified’ during encounter with Teamsters

Padma Lakshmi testified she felt she was being bullied. “I felt he was saying ‘I might hit you,’ ” she said of one man.

Live updates from the ‘Top Chef’ extortion trial

Four Teamsters are accused of using rough tactics to intimidate the production crew of “Top Chef.”

Lynn man charged with fatal stabbing in rooming house

Two people died in separate incidents in Lynn on Sunday, prosecutors said.

Showers moving into area Monday afternoon

A mostly sunny day will give way to showers and possibly heavy rains as a moisture-laden weather pattern arrives.

2 dead in early morning shooting in Holyoke

Two victims were found in a four-story apartment building on Summer Street in what is being called an “apparent double homicide.”

Union Oyster House to reopen at 11 a.m.

The restaurant is scheduled to reopen to the public for the first time since last week’s fire.

Police investigate fatal crash in Quincy

The main road into Quincy’s Germantown neighborhood is closed while police investigate the crash.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Aug. 7, the 219th day of 2017. There are 146 days left in the year.

Man seriously injured in Tyngsborough crash

Operator fatigue may have been a factor in Sunday evening’s crash, officials said.

Melrose man still at large after violent home assault

The State Police violent fugitive task force is assisting Melrose police in the search for John Ferreira, officials said.

Salem man accused of trafficking cocaine on Interstate 95

Josue Figueroa, 40, was found in possession of about 21 grams of cocaine, police said.

All Mass. Pike lanes in Allston are open, weeks ahead of schedule

All four lanes in both directions on Interstate 90 were opened after 3 a.m. Monday — nearly three weeks ahead of schedule.

Teen driver suffers life-threatening injuries in N.H. crash

The boy was flown to Tufts Medical Center in Boston, officials said.

Burning trees for fuel may soon qualify for state subsidies

But environmental advocates have opposed the rules, saying they would in fact increase carbon emissions, create more pollution in the form of soot, and lead to greater deforestation.


Lottery results from Sunday drawings


Listen to jazz or try a waltz

Coming up this week: the Rockport Jazz Festival, the Nahant Victorian Dance Weekend, and the 10th annual Boston GreenFest.

WPI to take bee work to high schools

The institute received a $1.2 million grant expand its research.

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You don’t have to be wicked smaht to take this Hahvahd tour

The unofficial Hahvahd Tour, created by former students, takes tourists on a hilarious trip through Harvard history and culture.

Reasons for Felix G. Arroyo’s suspension still unclear

Arroyo was put on paid leave from his $130,000-a-year job, leaving many to speculate about whether he was being forced out.

‘This is the best day ever’: Boston has its first ‘Caturday’

It was Boston’s first “Caturday,” a popular cat meet-up that’s already arrived to other major cities, offering cat people a communal space.

Police identify woman killed in Northborough crash

Meghan Farrell, 25, of Marlborough was killed when the car she was driving crossed a center line Saturday afternoon.

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The weekly game

Mass. Ave. building in Cambridge evacuated due to hydrogen leak

A building near Harvard Square was evacuated for about two hours Sunday afternoon due to a reported hydrogen gas leak.

Cellphone helps officers pinpoint location of lost hikers in N.H.

Three adults and two children took a wrong turn and ended up off the trail during heavy rain Saturday, officials said.

Protesters picket legislators summit in Boston

Two groups — MBTA mechanics and one composed mostly of Asian-Americans — picketed outside the National Conference of State Legislatures annual meeting.

D.C. could take a page out of Massachusetts’ book, Rosenberg says

In a stark contrast to the partisan rancor in Washington, the atmosphere at a legislative summit in Boston Sunday was amicable, if not downright jovial.

Enjoy Sunday’s beautiful weather; heat and rain sweep in on Monday

Sunday should be sunny and dry, then Monday flips the switch to rain and humidity.

Police investigating fatal shooting in Lynn

Pedro Carrillo, 34, of Lynn, was found dead outside 89 Curwin Circle early Sunday morning.

Auburn police say carbon problem resolved in cruisers

Elevated levels of carbon monoxide have been fixed in all but three cruisers, the department said.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Aug. 6, the 218th day of 2017. There are 147 days left in the year.

One killed, two injured, in Northborough crash

One person was killed and two injured in a head-on car crash along Route 20 in Northborough Saturday afternoon, police said.

‘Sobriety Checkpoint’ on tap in Portsmouth, N.H.

New Hampshire State Police will be on the lookout for impaired drivers the week of Aug. 6, officials said.

12-year-old girl struck by alleged drunk driver in South Boston

Richard Higgins, 78, of Attleboro was arrested and charged with drunk driving, third offense, officials said.

Alone and untrained, a mother becomes nurse for her daughter with disabilities

Low state pay rates for nurses who could help have left Noelia Ferreira alone as caregiver — exhausted, fearful, and desperate.

Melrose man wanted for attempted murder, police say

John Ferreira, 54, should be considered armed and dangerous, and may be traveling with a Rottweiler, police said Saturday night.

This week in weed

Goldberg aide atop cannabis commission?

Is the salary for the state’s top marijuana regulator too low?

After family outcry, sick vet gets room at VA hospital

A sick Navy veteran in desperate need of specialized care in Boston spent days in limbo in a hospital in Bangor, his family says.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

New Hampshire man killed in construction accident

John Davis, 55, of Concord, was killed after he lost control of a dirt roller Saturday morning, officials said.

Fort Devens marks 100th anniversary of the base and US entry into World War I

“The reason I do reenacting is the connection to ancestors,” said Robert Stack, standing in World War I doughboy attire.

For the total solar eclipse, they’re off to the land of the vanishing sun

Area residents are traveling all over the country to make sure that they’re within the “path of totality” during the celestial event.

At Peace-B-Que, city children imagine a kinder, gentler world

The “Peace Play” sandbox aimed to help children and adults alike imagine their world and their troubles differently.

Dorchester man arrested for 2015 hospital killing

Hameen Edwards, 41, was arrested Friday for allegedly killing a man at Arbour Hospital in Jamaica Plain, police said.

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In a Malden classroom, a lesson on immigration

Many economists say drastically cutting immigration hurts the economy for everyone.

Bird sightings in Massachusetts

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

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Angel, 8, loves to laugh and enjoys movies and reading

Sunday’s Child is a weekly column featuring a child currently in foster care awaiting adoption.

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Thousands of cyclists take off in first day of the 38th Pan-Mass Challenge

More than 5,300 cyclists took off Saturday morning in the 2017 Pan-Mass Challenge, raising money for patient care and cancer research.

Sunny skies, warm temperatures predicted for Sunday

After heavy rain hit some parts of Massachusetts Saturday, sun returns Sunday, forecasters aid.

Police disperse hundreds of youths in the North End

State Police spokesman David Procopio said Boston police requested Massachusetts State Police assistance with dispersing between 500 and 1,000 youths.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Aug. 5, the 217th day of 2017. There are 148 days left in the year.

Thousands sign petition calling for Shanley to live in treatment facility

As of 10 p.m. Friday, more than 13,700 people signed the petition, which also calls for Shanley’s whereabouts to be monitored with a GPS bracelet.

Man arrested after hit-and-run, police chase in Revere

Ricardo J. Lopez, 25, of Boston is facing motor vehicle, and possibly drug charges, State Police said.

Three men overdosed before crash, Chelsea police say

Three Chelsea police officers were taken the hospital for treatment of possible fentanyl exposure.

Three-way crash injures drivers in New Hampshire

Two of the drivers were seriously injured, State Police said.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

This weekend, bus shuttles replace rail service on five lines

You might want to just stay home this weekend.

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VA Secretary ousts third official at troubled N.H. hospital

VA Secretary David Shulkin said he was responding to allegations of dangerously substandard care made by medical staff in a Boston Globe report last month.

Teamster in Top Chef trial could get jail time for posting on Facebook during trial

Daniel Redmond, one of four Teamsters on trial, posted an article on the Facebook page, “Support the Teamster 4,” violating a court order to not speak publicly about the case.

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Tito Jackson seizes on extortion trial

As an extortion trial unfolded in federal court this week, Councilor Tito Jackson seized the opportunity to criticize the administration of Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

Dick Albert, former Channel 5 weatherman, dies

“It’s a huge loss,” said Harvey Leonard. “It’s truly like losing a brother, that’s what I considered him to be.”

Backpack spill causes traffic backup on Massachusetts Ave.

More than a dozen backpack-filled hampers spilled out of the back of a tractor-trailer in front of the Berklee College of Music on Mass. Ave. Friday afternoon.

Cambridge city councilor to leave politics

Leland Cheung, the first Asian-American on the council, was first elected in 2009.

Allston hedge fund manager faces federal charges

Raymond Montoya, the Allston hedge fund manager who was charged in June by state securities regulators with defrauding investors out of millions, is now facing charges in federal court.

Thunderstorms could arrive in some parts of the state Friday afternoon

Some parts of the state could see thunderstorms Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

Mother of Conrad Roy III seeks $4.2m in wrongful death suit against Michelle Carter

Lynn Roy says she is seeking damages “caused by the defendant’s negligence and wanton and reckless conduct.”

Chef Andy Husbands admits it: He was a bit of a crybaby on ‘Chopped’

The owner of Tremont 647 and The Smoke Shop had a semi-meltdown on reality television.

Car fire closes lanes in O’Neill tunnel southbound

A car fire closed lanes in the O’Neill tunnel southbound Friday, according to State Police.

Mass. health insurers uneasy over Trump’s threat to cut subsidies

State insurers are at risk of losing $132 million in government subsidies next year if President Trump makes good on his promise to cut off ACA payments.

Police seek suspect in Beacon Hill ring theft

Boston police are seeking help from the public to identify a man wanted for a theft at the Exclusive Jewels Gallery retail store in Beacon Hill, police said in a statement.

3 masked men invade home in Stoughton

Three masked men broke into a Stoughton home, blindfolding the resident and tying him up, officials said.

Norman Rockwell’s family voice objections to sale of artwork

Rockwell’s family has come out against the Berkshire Museum’s planned sale of one of the illustrator’s works.

In Michelle Carter’s hometown, opinions vary on justice of her sentence

Residents who spoke to the Globe were split on whether Carter, now 20, received an appropriate sentence for urging Conrad Roy III to kill himself.

Pedestrian killed by construction vehicle in Norwood

The pedestrian was crossing Broadway this morning when he was hit by a construction vehicle working on the Guild Street bridge project in the area.

Brown shark bites Falmouth fisherman

After reeling in the approximately six-foot-long shark, the man was about to take a photo with his catch when the shark bit the man’s right foot.

Union Oyster House will be closed for weekend

One of the assistant managers said the plan is to reopen the restaurant “as soon as possible.”

Amanda Knox pens opinion piece in support of Michelle Carter

Knox, who was accused and cleared of a murder in Italy, said Carter should not have been convicted of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging Conrad Roy III to kill himself.

Bullet goes through NECN/NBC Boston reporter’s home in Winooski, Vt.

Jack Thurston doesn’t believe he was targeted, and said it was likely just a stray bullet.

Wrong-way driver on I-495 involved in fatal crash

The crash caused the closure of travel lanes on the northbound side during rush hour.

Dunkin’ without the Donut? It could happen.

The Canton-based company is testing new signage at a few locations, a spokeswoman said.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Aug. 4, the 216th day of 2017. There are 149 days left in the year.

Tyngsborough-based company working at Medford site during fatal accident identified

Federal authorities have identified the company involved in a fatal industrial accident in Medford on Wednesday as The Three Masons from Tyngsborough

Police seek public’s help to solve Beacon Hill jeweler theft

A man allegedly stole three designer rings from Exclusive Jewels Gallery store, according to police.

Fire damages venerable Union Oyster House

The historic restaurant was evacuated Thursday, forcing dozens of patrons and workers out into the street on a busy summer night.

Protestors seek release of MIT janitor detained by immigration authorities

Dozens of people gathered to ask ICE to release Francisco Rodriguez, who missed the birth of his son this week.


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

‘Hear Ye, Hear Ye’ — Plymouth isn’t so disappointing, after all

A first-person account of a trip to Plymouth Rock and plantation, as part of the Globe’s summer tourist series.

House that inspired Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’ for sale

King’s website says he was renting the home in 1979 when his daughter’s cat was killed by a truck.

Cape Cod lifeguard saves choking baby

‘My baby is choking and he’s not breathing,’ lifeguard Jake Avery remembers a desperate father yelling.

Boston schools warning of online game reported to encourage teen suicide

Reports about the online game, which may have originated in Russia, say it leads youth through a series of steps over the course of 50 days that culminates in suicide.

North Reading cop cited in cruiser crash

The officer, who was not identified, was found at fault in the crash Thursday afternoon on Route 28, Chief Michael P. Murphy said.


In the Michelle Carter case, the eyes have it

Judge Lawrence Moniz took great pains to explain that his job was to find that delicate balance between rehabilitation and punishment.

Appeal in Michelle Carter case may take years to resolve, experts say

The appeal in the case of Michelle Carter will likely take at least months, if not years, before it is settled.

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Initiative petitions highlight eclectic political causes

Since Massachusetts first established a ballot initiative process via constitutional amendment in 1918, the state has seen quite a few eclectic proposals. Here are some of the ones put forth.

‘Top Chef’ crew say their tires were slashed after clashing with Teamsters

After facing off with angry Teamsters in Milton in 2014, a crew member said he found the tires of vans and other vehicles slashed.

Six arrested in two drug busts in Dorchester

The investigations at a barbershop and a residence yielded hundreds of grams of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and cash, Boston police said.

Photos from Michelle Carter’s sentencing

Michelle Carter received her sentence on Thursday.

Capital Source

Baker misses unimportant pot deadline — but that might be important

Under the new law, Attorney General Maura Healey, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, and Baker had until Aug. 1 to name five appointees each to the Cannabis Advisory Board.

Roof of North End condo building catches fire

The roof of a six-story condominium undergoing exterior renovations caught fire Thursday around 12:30 p.m.

MIT Media Lab mourns after reported execution of Syrian activist

News that Bassel Khartabil was killed in October 2015 came to light this week.

Lawbreakers or just really lucky? Mass. has more repeat lottery winners than any other state

Some people redeem so many winning tickets that they raise questions about the integrity and oversight of the $5 billion state lottery.

Watch live: Michelle Carter to be sentenced in texting suicide case

Michelle Carter was found guilty of goading her boyfriend into committing suicide.

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Live updates from the courtroom

Michelle Carter was sentenced to two and a half years, but will serve 15 months, with the remainder of the sentence suspended. She was convicted of goading her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, into committing suicide.

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He thought he was dying, but highway chief paved his own road to salvation

Tom Tinlin needed a lot of things to go his way when a blood vessel in his brain burst in April. Fittingly, one of them was traffic.

TD Garden to pay $1.65m after teen sleuths claimed it owed $13m

A group of teenagers discovered the venue had failed to live up to its obligations to hold three fund-raisers a year to benefit the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Macklemore’s new video ‘Marmalade’ takes digs at Tom Brady and Deflategate

The Seattle-based rapper’s new video takes some tongue-in-cheek jabs at Brady in various ways.

Jamie McCourt to be nominated as ambassador to France

McCourt previously served as president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Dodgers and is the ex-wife of former Boston developer Frank McCourt.

State agrees with Trump administration to delay long-awaited water pollution rules

A landmark plan to curb pollution in lakes, rivers, and streams throughout Massachusetts has been delayed for at least another year.

Taunton teen angler reels in state-record bowfin

Tauri Adamczyk, 16, hauled in a nearly 8-pound bowfin as the first certified catch of its kind in Massachusetts.

‘Dukes of Hazzard’ actor arrested in Waltham

Tom Wopat was arraigned on a charge of groping a woman who was to share the stage with him in a local production of “42nd Street.”

Ford sends team to check police SUVs after fumes blamed for Auburn crash

Are some Ford Explorers causing police officers to pass out? Ford Motor Co. said the company is working with Auburn police to inspect the vehicles.

David Epstein

Why does record heat keep hitting the West?

The same weather pattern that broiled West Coast earlier this year is back, roasting cities like Portland, Ore. with record temperatures.

Five girls accuse a 16-year-old schoolmate of choking, sexual assault

Five girls, ages 15 or 16, said they were sexually assaulted by a male schoolmate on several occasions within the past year.

Clock’s ticking on lawsuit tied to Aaron Hernandez

Alexander Bradley, a Connecticut drug dealer and former friend of Aaron Hernandez, better act fast if he wants to keep his lawsuit against police in Florida alive.

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Wednesday’s weather was wild, and more could be on the way

The storms are part of the typical summer weather pattern the Boston area is experiencing.

Here are some of the places you might see the Obamas on their Vineyard vacation

Islanders can be on the lookout for the former first family at some of their go-to vacation spots.


A cross-country bicycle trip of a lifetime — delayed 40 years

John Sweeney averaged 65 miles a day, mostly along Route 20, a 3,365-mile ribbon of asphalt that is the longest road in the United States.

‘Ridiculous humidity,’ strong storms and flooding possible Thursday

Strong thunderstorms with heavy rains, gusty winds, and hail could hit throughout Massachusetts Thursday and cause flooding in some areas.

Another day, another tough commute on the Mass. Pike

If you’re driving into the city on the Massachusetts Turnpike at rush hour, you’d better be patient.

‘It’s a wonderful morning’: Boater missing off Essex Bay found alive

Ted Gulvemond, 61, was reported missing by his wife Wednesday night after he didn’t come home.

Franklin, N.H., man held without bail after waiving arraignment on second-degree murder charges

Richard R. Tripaldi has been charged with alternate counts of knowing and reckless second-degree murder in the death of James Brock, 24.

Dreamland Wax Museum wants to fix the sculpture of Tom Brady, but they need his help

“The only way to create a perfect rendition is for the artist to sit with the person and take over 200 measurements,” the museum wrote on their Facebook page.

Michelle Carter receives 15 months in jail; will remain free pending appeal

A judge sentenced Michelle Carter to two and a half years, with 15 months to serve and 15 months probation, for goading her boyfriend to kill himself in a high-profile texting suicide case. However, he allowed Carter to remain free while awaiting appeal.

In Barnstable, officer responding to shooting crashes SUV

One person in Barnstable was air-lifted to a Boston hospital after being shot Wednesday night.

Appeals court decides fate of nation’s oldest synagogue

The court overturned a lower court’s decision that put control of the building and a set of bells worth millions of dollars in the hands of the congregation that worships there.s

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Aug. 3, the 215th day of 2017. There are 150 days left in the year.

Signal issue resolved on Needham commuter rail

Trains were delayed 15 to 30 minutes before the issue was resolved at about 6 p.m., officials said.


Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

The majority of Harvard’s incoming class is nonwhite

Harvard’s push to broaden diversity comes as the Trump administration turns its focus on affirmative action policies.

PJ Library brings families closer through books and faith

A program that gives free books to Jewish households with children between 6 months and 8 years old is growing.

Summer at sea offers city students new perspectives

This week, 15 students from the Boston Day and Evening Academy returned from their 19-day journey to Canada aboard the Roseway.

Four clerks from Haymarket RMV arrested in alleged identity theft scheme

Six people, including four registry clerks, were charged with allegedly using the state’s Registry of Motor Vehicles to produce fake IDs for undocumented immigrants.

Construction worker killed while working on Medford home

The 50-year-old Massachusetts man was crushed by a concrete slab, authorities said.

Yvonne Abraham

President Patrick? Maybe, maybe not

Deval Patrick would really, really have to want to be president to subject himself to the kinds of scrutiny and attacks he would face.

These photos and videos show just how bad Wednesday’s storms were

From hail to substantial water on the floor of an MBTA station, here’s a look at how the thunderstorms impacted locals.

Car dangles from power line in Suffield, Conn.

A car ended up with its front wheels suspended in the air after getting tangled in power lines during an afternoon hail storm in Suffield, Conn.

The new Polar Seltzer flavors are flying off the shelves. But do they actually taste good?

Two reporters took to Faneuil Hall on Wednesday, asking visitors what they thought of the new flavors. Here’s what they had to say.

Lightning may have sparked Dorchester fire, officials say

Fire officials are investigating if a lightning strike sparked flames at the triple-decker at 823 Dorchester Ave Wednesday evening.

Man fatally shot in Ronan Park in Dorchester

The victim, a man believed to be in his 20s, may have known the person who shot him, police said.

Dog dies in hot car in Jamaica Plain

The “pit bull type” dog was found locked in a hot car near Jamaica Pond Tuesday.

Body pulled from Merrimack River identified

The body of Diane Lee Roller-LaPenta, 59, of Lowell, had been in the water for an extended period, officials said.

Capital Source

A high-tech plan to force Trump (and others) to disclose their taxes

A veteran Democratic activist plans to use an online portal to gather signatures toward a ballot question.

Trump proposal relies on claims by religious researchers

A proposal by President Trump’s administration would undo the Affordable Care Act’s five-year-old mandate for birth control coverage.

Healey praises ruling that could help preserve health care subsidies

The Massachusetts attorney general is among 16 allowed to intervene in a suit over Affordable Care Act payments.

Are balloons the answer to finding sharks in the waters off Cape Cod?

An aerospace company called Altametry is testing the ability of SmartBalloons to spot sharks in order to prevent attacks.

Baker pushes sales tax holiday, but legislative leaders aren’t interested

Governor Charlie Baker filed legislation Wednesday to designate August 19 and 20 as a sales tax holiday weekend throughout the state.

4 hospitalized after N.H. car crash

Three cars crashed on Suncook Valley Highway Wednesday morning in Alton, New Hampshire.

Walsh aide allegedly discussed withholding ‘Top Chef’ permits

Kenneth Brissette, who was indicted for allegedly pressuring a music festival to hire union workers, also talked about canceling permits for “Top Chef.”

From Seaport shipwreck to fancy furniture: Charlestown woodworker repurposes scraps

John Dickey is putting wood repurposed from the 19th century shipwreck on display this month.