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Victims testify at Boston Marathon bombing trial

Three survivors took the stand on the trial’s first day and spoke in vivid detail about experiences they had rarely shared.

BENNINGTON, VT.

Town rejects measure to add fluoride to water

Residents voted against adding fluoride to the water to prevent tooth decay.

Gang leader gets at least 24 years for plotting 2 murders

The Latin Kings leader plotted to murder two “renegade” gang members, prosecutors said.

City parents, school activists applaud superintendent selection

The school committee appointed Tommy Chang, currently an instructional area superintendent in Los Angeles, on Tuesday.

Boston

SJC OK’s DNA tests without warrant

The state Supreme Judicial Court ruled Wednesday that law enforcement officials can perform tests on samples of DNA without a search warrant, as long as the evidence was obtained lawfully, officials said.

AUGUSTA, MAINE

Law would tighten household chemical rules

A Maine legislator wants to require the state to include products that threaten the health of pregnant women when it sets rules about potentially toxic products.

BIDDEFORD, MAINE

Biddeford’s fire chief retiring after 42 years

Biddeford’s fire chief is retiring this month after 42 years with the department, the last six-and-a-half as chief.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev an enigma as testimony begins

Tsarnaev appeared on the opening day of testimony as he did during jury selection: quiet and low-key.

Yvonne Abraham

More advice for Boston’s new superintendent

No matter how great Tommy Chang’s achievements here, boatloads of Bostonians will inevitably deride him.

Suspect is arrested in Roxbury shooting

A 55-year-old man was arrested in the shooting of a teenager Tuesday night near 100 Magazine St. in Roxbury.

Marathon survivor posts emotional letter to Tsarnaev

Rebekah Gregory testified and then wrote that sitting near Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “was somehow the crazy kind of step forward that I needed all along.”

DA to drop charges against Newton firefighter accused of assault

Lee Gilliam was accused of beating his ex-girlfriend and holding her against her will.

Video of Boston Marathon bombing from store camera

An in-store camera at Marathon Sports on Boylston Street captured the explosion of one bomb and reaction of bystanders, customers, and store employees.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade to follow shortened route

Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held as scheduled but will follow an altered route because of snow, officials said.

Survivors, video featured in first day of testimony in bombing trial

Survivors described their experiences and prosecutors showed an in-store video of one of the explosions in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Study warns of microscopic pollution

Microscopic metals and chemicals from the tailpipes of vehicles harm the health of people nearby, local researchers said.

Warmer weather sends snow, ice crashing into cars

Milder temperatures have led to falling ice and snow, damaging several vehicles.

Homeless man charged with stealing lights off top of Zakim Bridge

A homeless man was arrested on Tuesday night for allegedly stealing aircraft warning lights from the top of the Zakim Bridge.

VERNON, Vt.

Voters approve moving preschool

Voters in Vernon have approved spending money to move the town preschool.

Political Happy Hour: March 4, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Charlie Baker aims to tame health costs | Powerful testimony at Marathon bombing trial | SCOTUS split on health care law?

Survivors tell of carnage at Marathon finish line

Survivors of the Boston Marathon terror bombings broke into tears as they testified at the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Wounded Bourne officer gets police escort home from hospital

Officer Jared MacDonald was escorted home in a procession by fellow officers on Wednesday morning to continue his recovery process.

Gang member sentenced to 25 years in prison for plotting murders

Frustoso Barros was convicted on charges that he plotted to murder two “renegade” gang members, prosecutors said.

Evan Horowitz

A look at what’s in Baker’s budget

Governor Charlie Baker unveiled his first budget proposal this afternoon, and it is all about the deficit.

Lawrence court officer charged with raping woman while she was shackled

Jose F. Martinez is scheduled to be arraigned on three counts of rape, and four counts of indecent assault and battery.

Walsh presses case for 2024 Olympics bid

The mayor on Wednesday delivered his strongest and most passionate case for Boston’s pursuit of the Games.

Live video: Governor Baker unveils budget plan

The Massachusetts governor will discuss his plan for balancing the state’s finances.

New Bedford woman named as suspect in theft of donation jar

One of two female suspects accused of stealing a donation jar for a young girl suffering with cancer was identified in New Bedford.

Prosecution describes slaying of MIT officer Sean Collier

A Ruger pistol provided to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by a friend was the gun the brothers used to kill Collier, prosecutors said.

KEVIN CULLEN

Tsarnaev had four minutes to change history

After four minutes, the alleged Marathon bomber turned right, while everybody else’s head jerked left, looking down Boylston.

New MBTA chief Frank DePaola takes charge of agency

If DePaola is overwhelmed by the what ails the T, he hasn’t let on.

New details of Marathon bombing and aftermath revealed in court

Prosecutors described victims and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, both before and after the bombings.

Baker budget aims to rein in state spending

Governor Baker said his plan released Wednesday also makes key investments in education, transportation, and to cities and towns.

Joe Biden coming to Boston for fund-raiser next week

The vice president will be in the Boston area Tuesday for an intimate fundraiser for the DNC.

MBTA bus driver held after violent confrontation

A witness told police that the MBTA bus operator punched and kicked the 43-year-old man in Lynn.

‘It was him,’ defense admits as Marathon bombing trial begins

A defense attorney for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sought to shift blame for the attack to his older brother during opening statements in the trial.

More snow on the way through Thursday

The southeastern coast of Mass., which could see 4 to 6 inches on the ground, will be hit the hardest.

Aaron Hernandez judge won’t allow mention of Fla. shooting

The judge ruled again that prosecutors cannot tell the jury that Hernandez allegedly shot a friend in 2013.

Officials warn people to keep off frozen Charles River

The ice may look stable, but officials say it can give way unexpectedly, and “could be dangerous and deadly.”

Spectators look to witness history at Tsarnaev trial

“This is definitely one of the biggest trials ever in Boston — maybe the biggest,” said Marissa Babin, who arrived outside court around 5 a.m.

After a heavy, wet snow, roofs collapses sharply rise

Heavy layers of snow caused some 20 roof collapses across the state Wednesday.

Blind man struck by car in Watertown

An investigation is underway after a blind man was struck by a car and seriously injured in Watertown on Tuesday, officials said.

N.H. man killed family dog after it bit child, police say

A New Hampshire man stuck his dog in a kennel and shot it dead with a hunting rifle after it bit a 4-year-old boy, police said.

Brown University says lab erred on date rape drug test

Brown University says an unidentified laboratory performed an inaccurate test to determine whether a female student was drugged at a fraternity party on campus.

Gas odor prompts brief evacuation of Boston’s King School

The Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School in Dorchester was evacuated briefly Tuesday morning.

Driver escapes when EMS vehicle catches fire, explodes

An emergency medical service vehicle caught fire and exploded Tuesday morning on Interstate 93, in Quincy, State Police said.

Flu quarantine at N.H. veterans home to end

Visitation restrictions are going to be lifted at the New Hampshire Veterans Home following concerns over the flu.

Donation jar for sick child stolen from New Bedford store

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two women who stole a donation jar that contained money for a girl suffering from cancer.

UMass Lowell gets grant to find Earth 2.0

NASA has given $5.6 million to the school to build and test an imaging device that will detect planets capable of supporting life.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, March 4, the 63d day of 2015. There are 302 days left in the year.

Voters lift Madaro in E. Boston House primary

Adrian Madaro will face independent candidate Joanne Pomodoro in the special election on March 31.

Boston’s pick for superintendent comes from district that spent less for similar academic results

Newly selected Boston Public School Superintendent Tommy Chang is poised to move across the country, leaving a school district that has performed similarly to Boston in terms of academic achievement.

Woman dies after jumping off Tobin Bridge

An adult female died tonight after jumping off the Tobin Bridge, authorities said.

MBTA subway ridership returning to normal, officials say

Ridership on MBTA subway lines has sometimes exceeded normal levels in recent days, transit officials said.

Tommy Chang selected as new Boston school chief

The Los Angeles administrator has gained a reputation for a quick mind, collaborative approach, and a strong conviction.

Blind man is struck by car in Watertown

An investigation is underway after a blind man was struck by a car and seriously injured in Watertown on Tuesday.

Photos

Scenes of snow-covered Mass. from the air

In the midst of one of the snowiest winters on record, Globe photographer David L. Ryan captured aerial scenes from around the region.

Maine governor favors eliminating tax on military pensions

Republican Governor Paul LePage said that eliminating the tax on military pensions is vital to attract veterans to Maine.

Political Happy Hour: March 3, 2015

Political Happy Hour: Netanyahu | Petraeus | Homeland Security | Ferguson | Budget | Eastie election | Just another day in Rhode Island

Wynn closes on Everett MBTA land

The purchase will allow the company to use its preferred design for the entrance to its $1.6 billion casino resort in Everett.

Police vow to find alleged T tagger after video surfaces

Last week, a video surfaced on YouTube documenting the tagging of an antique trolley at the Boylston stop.

Danvers student’s confession quashed in death of teacher

The judge doesn’t believe that Philip Chism paid adequate attention to his Miranda rights.

Emerson gets $2.5m for LA intern program from Bill Bordy

The school plans to name the media and conference center in its new Sunset Boulevard building after the actor, writer, and director.

Lexington Bridge School evacuated due to roof concerns

Concerns about the safety of the roof forced the evacuation of the Bridge School in Lexington Tuesday morning, officials said.

MBTA sets upgrade costs at $6.7b

The board that oversees the T also expressed skepticism about issuing refunds for poor service, saying repair and upgrades take priority.

Cold snap has harbors under thick layer of ice

Coastal communities in Massachusetts are seeing more ice on the water than they have in years.

THOMAS FARRAGHER

Tsarnaev trial will test jurors’ compassion

What the jury, and we, will probably never discern is anything close to a comprehensive answer for this: Why?

Alleged heroin ring leads to arrests

Three men pleaded not guilty to charges including illegal possession of weapons and ammunition and drug trafficking, prosecutors said.

Couple injured in Marathon bombing announces split

Rebekah Gregory took to her Facebook page to discuss her breakup with Pete DiMartino.

Dorchester woman charged in fatal 2014 stabbing

The 30-year-old woman is charged with the murder of Maria Sanchez, who was stabbed to death at a house party last October.

A breakdown of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev jury

Ten women and eight men were selected to serve on the jury in the Marathon bombing trial.

With rain approaching, public encouraged to clear drains

Milder, wetter weather brings the specter of standing water in streets where catch basins remain covered.

Police arrest 8 in South Station drug operation

Transit Police arrested eight suspected dealers during a two-week operation targeting people selling heroin and crack cocaine.

Evan Horowitz

State budget questions you were too embarrassed to ask

The process for next year starts tomorrow, when Governor Charlie Baker releases his proposal.

City Council creates panel to assess impact of Olympics

The committee will ensure public input in Boston’s bid and examine possible impacts on the city’s neighborhoods.

MBTA installing underground Green Line tracking system

Riders will soon be able to pinpoint the locations of trolleys and get accurate arrival information on their smartphones.

4 suspects held after alleged assault in Millis lot

Three men and a woman in their 20s pleaded not guilty to several charges after a fight broke out behind the Stoney Brook Village Apartments.

Southie snowbanks add wrinkle to parade planning

Organizers say they want the parade to proceed as scheduled in South Boston, where mountains of snow have turned driving and parking into a free-for-all.

Opening statements today in Marathon bombing trial

With 10 women and eight men selected as jurors, each side in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will provide an opening statement.

Former R.I. House speaker to plead guilty to federal charges

The charges against Gordon Fox follow an investigation that included a dramatic federal raid on the Statehouse.