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Mayor Walsh signs ban on plastic bags for Boston

Boston Mayor Walsh said he signed the bill despite continued concerns about the ban’s impact on the city’s low-income residents and seniors. The ban goes into effect next fall.

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In Pittsburgh, a match-up of AFC top teams

The top two teams in the AFC, the Steelers and the Patriots, will play in one of the biggest games of the regular season.

Clear skies expected on Sunday and a chance of snow Monday

Forecasters said the Boston area might see up to about an inch of snow Monday, but that’s not certain.

Milton eighth-grader suspended for bringing Boy Scout knife to school, mom says

Ife Oshun said her son, who belongs to a West Roxbury troop, forgot the knife was in his backpack.

State Police warn of telephone hoax

Massachusetts State Police are warning residents against giving out personal information from a caller claiming to be calling from the law enforcement agency.

Dorchester pair arrested for shooting

Dwayne Flornory, 26, and Tanesha Jacobs, 37, were arrested early Saturday for allegedly shooting a man on Davern Avenue in November, police said.

Woman shot in Roxbury

A woman suffered non-life threatening injuries after being shot at around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, police said.

Spotlight series a topic in city’s second major dialogue on race

Mayor Marty Walsh fielded questions on racial disparity, the Globe’s series on racism, and school start times, among other topics.

Uptick in HIV among injecting drug users raises fears of a resurgent epidemic

Health officials are worried that young people, unschooled in safe injection practices, could spark an outbreak.

Boston police commissioner joins legal effort to protect ‘Dreamers’

A brief aims to protect young immigrants from the Trump administration’s effort to abolish a federal policy that has shielded roughly 800,000 people from deportation.

Pot growers, enthusiasts gather in Worcester for first-ever Harvest Cup

The event was a chance for marijuana fans and businesspeople to mingle before their world bursts into the mainstream next summer.

Springfield men arrested on gun, drug charges

Omega Walker, 20, and Dregory Woodard, 18, were arrested after a routine traffic stop Saturday on Interstate 391 in Chicopee, State Police said.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Dreams of peace, family felled by gunfire

Despite efforts to get him out of Bowdoin-Geneva, Natalino Gomes could not leave his neighborhood.

Woman rescued from icy pond in Groveland

The woman crashed a car into Johnsons Pond Saturday and was pulled from the water by police, officials said.

Former financier John Lakian sentenced to prison term for fraud

The Worcester native, who ran for the 1982 Republican nomination for governor, was ordered to pay restitution to victims and will serve 55 months.

Person shot at Brighton housing complex

Boston police responded at 45 Faneuil St. at 5:30 p.m. for a report of a shooting, a department spokeswoman said.

Firefighter injured, three pets killed in Monson house fire

Four residents escaped the fire at 12 Margaret St., but two cats and a dog perished, a fire official said.

Coalition presents policy recommendations for improving Boston’s racial climate

As Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh led a discussion on racism Saturday at Northeastern University, a coalition of groups that advocate for people of color delivered their prescription for the problem during a news conference near the auditorium where the race dialogue took place.

Falmouth man seriously injured in hit and run

The 24-year-old was found lying in the road near the intersection of Nobska and Oyster roads, police said.

Lynn firefighters battle two-alarm blaze

Firefighters were battling a two-alarm blaze at a single-family home in Lynn Saturday afternoon.

Amherst man arrested for drunken driving after crashing Maserati in Boston

Cifu Wu is scheduled to be arraigned at Cambridge District Court on Monday.

Starts & Stops

T celebrates progress — even if passengers don’t feel it

Can the T really claim to be turning things around if riders still find the system unreliable?

The latest in chess tournaments

The London Chess Classic ended with quite a bang. Though it started with lots of draws, the last few rounds were full of drama as the World Champ nearly lost twice and then really did lose.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2017. There are 14 days left in the year.

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Sisters, age 6 and 9, seek permanent home

Olivia and Aleah both thrive in structured environments.


Medical costs leave a family in need at Christmas

“We would be so grateful for any help that you would be able to provide,” wrote one family.

Boston police hold gun buybacks Saturday

Everyone who turned in a gun at one of the city’s eight locations received a $100 Visa gift card, no questions asked.

Light snow expected Saturday in Western Mass. and Sunday night in Boston area

Areas in Central and Western Massahusetts may see a dusting of snow Saturday. About an inch of snow is expected in the Boston area Sunday night into Monday morning.

Water main break in Newton causes shutdown

Officials plated a water main break in Newton early Saturday and will repair it Sunday evening, officials said on Twitter.

East Boston home damaged in overnight two-alarm fire

An East Boston home under renovation has more than $100,000 in damages after an overnight two-alarm fire tore through the unoccupied side of the duplex.

Part seven: Solutions

A better Boston? The choice is ours

It’s been more than 40 years since our national image on race was defined by the school busing crisis — years of halting progress, steps forward and back. It is high time to break that pattern.

Your horoscope

A look at your horoscope for Saturday, Dec. 16.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2017. There are 15 days left in the year.

Boston Herald has trio of new possible buyers

Jeff Magram, the Herald’s chief operating officer, confirmed in an e-mail to the Globe Friday night that three bidders have expressed interest in buying the tabloid.

Lynn teen charged with stabbing another teen

Johel Ramirez-Chavez, 18, was arraigned Friday in Lynn District Court on assault and attempted murder charges, Lynn police said.

Andover woman bitten by rabid raccoon

The 75-year-old woman is recovering, and the raccoon was euthanized at an animal hospital, Andover police said.

Melrose Bank robbed at gunpoint

A masked man brandishing a gun made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, Melrose police said.

N.H. AG’s office finds no flaw in decision not to charge two Phillips Exeter deans

The N.H. attorney general’s office concluded that prosecutors did not abuse their discretion when deciding not to charge two Phillips Exeter Academy deans for failing to report suspected sexual assault.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Suffolk DA reaches safety agreement with duck boat tour company

Under the terms of the agreement, Boston Duck Tours is required to adopt or continue technological and personnel measures to improve the safety of its fleet.

Dorchester man charged with Attleboro murder; another suspect at large

Joe Williams, 33, was arrested Friday in New York City and charged with murdering a man in Attleboro last week, while another suspect remains at large, prosecutors said.

Firefighter injured in 2-alarm South Boston fire

The fire started in a three-story brick building at 66 Orton Marotta Way sometime before 4:18 p.m., a Boston fire official said.

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Grandma wants special holiday for the grandson she’s raising

“I want him to be happy for Christmas this year as he should as a child,” she said.

Boston school officials reconsider new start times

The Boston school system announced Friday night it would reconsider the new school times for next fall amid immense parent opposition to the plan.

Randolph residents convicted of distributing thousands of pounds of marijuana

Michael Gordon and Daphne Jean were also convicted of laundering the millions of dollars in funds they acquired during the course of the operation.

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Democratic candidate for governor gets a boost from a Bernie Sanders acolyte

The endorsement comes at a critical time for candidate Jay Gonzalez.


How can the black community gain clout in Mass.?

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Good Samaritan rescues rabbit stranded on the side of a Brockton road

Simpson found himself stranded on the side of the road in Brockton and did not have much longer to live.

Mechanics find owl under the hood while doing an oil change

Oil change? More like “Owl” change.

Driver might have been run over by his own trash truck in Auburn

The driver of a Republic Services trash truck was seriously injured after the vehicle crashed over an embankment in Auburn Friday afternoon, officials said.

$10m reward for stolen Gardner museum artwork set to expire at end of 2017

The clock is ticking on a $10 million reward involving one of Boston’s greatest mysteries.

Read the text messages at the center of the ESPN harassment complaint

The texts were sent between longtime anchor John Buccigross and Adrienne Lawrence, a former employee who filed a sexual harassment complaint this summer.

Do you have stories of being ‘the only one’ in a predominantly white room in Boston?

Tell us how the topic of this Spotlight story has affected your life.

With her son facing life in prison, mother of terror plotter says he was ‘brainwashed’ by ISIS

The mother of the Everett man convicted of plotting to kill Americans in support of the terror group asked for leniency in his sentencing, saying he had been “brainwashed.”

City of Boston, hospitals offering $100 for a gun in regional buyback program

The program was one of several that were set to take place in the region Saturday, from Worcester, to Providence, to Hartford, Conn.

High ambitions: Pot advocacy group to attempt to build 100-foot joint

Beantown Greentown will unveil the long joint at the Harvest Cup in Worcester this weekend.

The man in the Spotlight Team’s Fenway photo speaks

Kenyatta Savage found himself featured on the front page of the Boston Globe as part of a story about racism in Boston.

Justice Dept. veteran confirmed as Massachusetts US Attorney

Donald Trump nominated the 47-year-old Sharon man in September.

What are your suggestions for making Boston a more welcoming place?

Tell us what you think about the newest installment of the Spotlight series “Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.”

Hoarding cited as factor in fatal Oxford fire

One person died in a multialarm house fire in Oxford Thursday night.

Haverhill High student arrested for social media threats against school

In his social media post, the student wrote that he was “fed up” and that there would be a “school shooting tomorrow.”

Methuen third-grader brandishes knife on school bus

A Methuen third-grader brought a knife on his school bus Thursday, then threatened a school employee after brandishing the blade, Methuen police said.

Somerville police searching for suspect in City Hall vandalism

Police believe the man vandalized the City Hall building at 93 Highland Ave. around 1:30 a.m. last Saturday.

Quincy woman charged with draining $589,000 from employer’s bank and credit accounts

The woman is accused of using the money to pay her rent, to buy gift cards, and to send hundreds of thousands of dollars across the border to bank accounts in Canada.

One person killed in Oxford house fire; blazes hit Somerville and Mendon

One person was killed in a fire in Oxford, one of four major incidents firefighters faced across the state overnight as temperatures dropped into the teens.

Snow arrives as the workweek ends

Greater Boston faces more bitterly cold conditions Friday as meteorologists warn that the evening commute will probably be affected by a fast-moving snowstorm as the workweek ends.

Part Six: Power

For blacks in Boston, a power outage

Despite Boston’s reputation as a liberal bastion, the region’s power base remains largely white men. Blacks’ political achievements are more occasional than institutional. There are no black faces in Massachusetts’ congressional delegation, nor among statewide officeholders, and the only black to win election to statewide office since 1972 is former governor Deval Patrick.

3-alarm fire damages Somerville house

The fire tore through a triple-decker at 15 Connecticut Ave., causing an estimated $750,000 in damage, Fire Chief Patrick Sullivan said.

One person dead after Oxford fire

Investigators have not yet determined the origin or cause of the fire.

North Shore high schools clash over the transfer of two basketball players

A Superior Court judge cleared the way for one student to play this year for St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, after transferring from Peabody Veterans Memorial High School.

Former homeless woman seeks Globe Santa’s help for little daughter’s Christmas

Many of those who write to Globe Santa know what it’s like to grow up going without anything but food, heat, and shelter. And for some, the challenges only get tougher as they age into adulthood.


Lottery results from Thursday drawings


Educated, black, and dead

Duncan Ketter worked for his money, six days a week, at a rental car company. He believed in the power of education, enrolling in college, hoping to become an engineer.

Civil rights groups hit school start plan

The contentious debate over changing school start times in Boston grew louder Thursday with civil rights groups voicing formal opposition, while school officials revealed a nearly $7 million deficit in transportation spending, adding further ammunition to parents who believe the new bell schedules are merely a cost-cutting measure.

Finding the right gift is harder than ever

Despite expanding notions of what counts as a “gift”--a jerky subscription--Americans waste $9.5 billion on unwanted presents.

New England news in brief

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Maura Healey sues Betsy DeVos, again

This marks Attorney General Maura Healey’s third lawsuit against the education department under the Trump administration and Secretary Betsy DeVos.


 WORKER WOUNDED A Boston city employee was shot and wounded in Mattapan early Thursday while driving to work, leaving a Department of Public Works vehicle with bullet holes in it. The employee was shot in the leg and suffered injuries that were not life threatening, according to Officer Rachel McGuire, a department spokeswoman. He was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, she said. The employee, who is in his 50s, is a supervisor in the department’s highway division. He has worked for the city for more than 22 years, according to city officials. A motive for the shooting was not immediately known. The shooting took place around 5 a.m. near 23 Maryknoll St., and the victim drove about a mile to the intersection of Morton and Fuller streets, where Boston Emergency Medical Services crews arrived, officials said.

How can the black community gain clout in Massachusetts?

Tell us what you think about the newest installment of the Spotlight series “Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.”

Star Wars fans line Tremont Street hours before premiere of ‘The Last Jedi’

May the Force keep them warm.

Fenway Health Center directors ‘eager for change’

In an open letter to patients, staff, and donors posted on Fenway’s website Wednesday, the directors said, “We cannot change the circumstances that have brought us to this point. However, there is tremendous learning as a result of being where we are.”

Federal authorities raid R.I. home in Blackstone bomb probe

The search earlier this week was in connection with a homemade bomb that detonated last month underneath a car that belonged to a Mass. high school principal.

UNH researchers say effects of climate change are coming sooner than we think

If carbon dioxide emissions continue at the same rate, by the middle of the 21st century, we could see fewer snowy winter days and hotter summers.

Mass. AG says she’ll join suit against FCC action rolling back Net neutrality rules

Maura Healey said the FCC decision means “Americans will pay more for the Internet and will have fewer options.”

Harvard researchers show how brain distinguishes friends from strangers

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have become the first group to demonstrate how the brain processes social memories, allowing us to recognize our friends.

Cambridge police putting GPS inside packages — and chasing down the crooks who steal them

You’d better watch out; you’d better not steal.

Two cars in Tyngsborough damaged by ‘apparent errant hunting shots’

Police believe two vehicles that were reported damaged in Tyngborough this week were struck by hunters’ errant bullets.

A look at the approximate number of children killed by gunfire since Newtown

The number of children under the age of 17 killed or wounded by gunfire in the United States is astounding.

It’s been 25 years since he killed a Tufts graduate. He was sentenced to life Thursday

For 25 years, James Witkowski had escaped punishment for raping and murdering Lena Bruce inside her South End apartment.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Dec. 15, the 349th day of 2017. There are 16 days left in the year.

After teen’s suicide, Sutton family launches fund-raiser for bullying prevention

A Sutton family said their teenage son took his own life earlier this month after struggling with bullying from his peers.

Brother-in-law of Deval Patrick ordered held without bail in assault case

A Quincy District Court judge concluded Bernard Sigh was a potential threat to public safety following his arrest on two charges, including assault with intent to rape.

Boston man, 54, will admit to armed bank robbery; he stole $1,760 at gunpoint

A Boston man will plead guilty Tuesday to a federal charge of robbing a West Bridgewater bank at gunpoint last year while he was free on bail for an earlier alleged heist, records show.

‘Locked and loaded’ AR-15 recovered from Raynham man in stolen vehicle

Police found the man intoxicated while in a stolen vehicle with a loaded rifle, handgun, and two knives, they say.

Rosenberg’s husband draws FBI scrutiny

The FBI has begun looking into allegations that Bryon Hefner, husband of state Senator Stan Rosenberg, allegedly assaulted several men and boasted of his influence on Beacon Hill.

Polar Seltzer is rolling out vending machines for a good cause

The machines, serving up flavors like Unicorn Kisses, Dragon Whispers, Yeti Mischief, and Mermaid Songs, may be as elusive as the drinks themselves.

Authorities appeal for public’s help on anniversary of Andover double killing

John and Geraldine Magee were found shot to death in their home on Orchard Crossing in 2011.

The Omarosa mystery: Accounts of departure differ

Did she try to get into the White House residence to ask her friend Donald Trump to keep her on? It’s not clear.

Chatham woman, 91, dies after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning in home

A 91-year-old Chatham woman died last weekend in Cape Cod Hospital, days after suffering carbon monoxide exposure in her home.

Watch this 16-year-old’s reaction when he finds out he was accepted to Harvard

A video of Ayrton Little, a student in Louisiana, has been viewed millions of times.

State Police officials who retired amid scandal collected big payouts

The former State Police colonel and his top deputy walked away with hefty payouts for unused sick and vacation time.

Everett man a ‘soldier of ISIS’ who deserves life in prison, prosecutors say

The Everett man convicted of terrorism-related charges should spend the rest of his life behind bars because he “disavowed his own country” and transformed himself into a “soldier of ISIS” determined to kill as many Americans as he could, federal prosecutors wrote.

Uxbridge police officers save baby who stopped breathing

An Uxbridge police officer was able to resuscitate a baby that had stopped breathing last Thursday, while its family was taking the girl to a hospital.

Five years after massacre, Newtown is ‘still so raw’

Not all the signs of the bloodshed that erupted five years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary are visible, but they exist nonetheless.

MIT researchers create plants that glow

Imagine a highway lined with trees that glow as opposed to street lamps, or using the plant on your nightstand as a reading light.

Lawrence kidnapping crew member gets 11 years in prison for scheme

Luis Reynoso of Lawrence was hit with a 131-month term during a hearing in US District Court in Boston.

Framingham resident shot during armed home invasion

The resident suffered non-life threatening injuries early Thursday after being struck in the arm with birdshot during a home invasion, police said.

Snowfall south of Boston, but bitter cold in the city

Arctic conditions will persist throughout the state Thursday, while Cape Cod, the Islands and the southeast corner of the state will receive a new coating of snow.

Boston city worker shot on way to work in DPW vehicle

The Mattapan shooting left a Department of Public Works vehicle with bullet holes in it.

Part five: sports

The bigot in the stands, and other stories

When a Red Sox fan at Fenway hurled a racial slur at the Baltimore Orioles’ centerfielder Adam Jones, the question of whether Boston is a racist city wasn’t just raised — it had already been answered.

Why aren’t there more black fans at Boston sports events?

Tell us what you think about the newest installment of the Spotlight series “Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.”

Salem children’s fund-raiser, once in jeopardy, raises thousands at new location

“The night went really, really well,” Brendan Walsh, a board member of the nonprofit Salem Children’s Charity. “I just can’t praise the Hawthorne Hotel enough, and the city of Salem for rallying around us, too.”

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2017. There are 17 days left in the year.

In Newton, Fessenden administrator cleared of sexual misconduct allegation

Kenneth Howe, the school’s residential life director and a former math teacher, has been cleared to work, Fessenden’s headmaster wrote in a letter to parents and alumni.

Irish Lawmakers Back Repeal of Abortion Ban

DUBLIN — An Irish parliamentary committee recommended on Wednesday that a constitutional ban on abortion be repealed, paving the way for the liberalization of one of the world’s strictest abortion laws.

Parents protest new school start times

About 200 parents, students, and elected officials Wednesday night pleaded with the Boston School Committee to halt plans to change start times for dozens of elementary and K-8 schools.


Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

Globe Santa

A simple ornament yields a gift of $10,000

A lawyer donated $10,000 to Globe Santa because a simple ornament reminded him of his childhood and how impoortant gifts at Christmas were for him then.

New England news in brief


Somerville massage therapist faces additional rape charges

Joshua Bohrer, 37, was indicted Tuesday on additional rape charges after two more women came forward with accusations, officials said.

Capital Source

Jackson, LaMattina say goodbye to Boston City Council

On Wednesday, they were celebrated with tears and cheers, and praised for their service on the City Council during their last hearing as councilors.

Bellingham High students disciplined for having airsoft gun on campus

One student brought the gun to school Wednesday morning in order to give it to another student to take home.

Researchers say Mass. effort to influence opioid prescribing failed

However, a state official says the letters to doctors were part of a broader effort and should not be judged in isolation.

It’s 4:11 p.m. Do you know where your daylight went?

A reporter battles SAD and meets the man who might be the cure for the 4:11 sunset.

Gardner security chief will seek state rep seat in 2018

Anthony Amore, a Swampscott resident, will seek the GOP nomination to take on the incumbent, Representative Lori A. Ehrlich, a Marblehead Democrat.

An expecting dad staged his own pregnancy photo shoot. Hilarity ensued

The Peabody resident surprised his pregnant girlfriend with the photos at their gender reveal party before their son, Logan, was born.

Man arrested for murder of Manchester, N.H. 2-year-old

Mark Heath, 32, allegedly caused the death of the toddler, Jacob Pelletier, on Monday by inflicting blunt force trauma to his abdomen, New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald’s office said in a statement Wednesday night.

Gardner man’s death ruled a homicide

The cause of death was determined to be blunt-force trauma, the Worcester district attorney announced Wednesday.

Mental health care worries linger 5 years after Sandy Hook

It’s been almost five years since the Dec. 14, 2012, Newtown massacre in which Adam Lanza fatally shot his mother at home and then gunned down 20 children and six educators.

Broken water main floods street and separate gas leak prompts evacuation in Danvers

A broken water main flooded an intersection, and a gas line leak prompted a building to evacuate, in separate incidents minutes apart in Danvers Wednesday afternoon.

Only 1 in 4 young voters approve of Trump, Harvard poll finds

The poll of 18- to 29-year-olds also found that only 14 percent felt that America was on the right track.

Man wounded during fatal drug rip-off in East Boston charged with armed robbery

Harvard College admits 964 students early action

Harvard College notified 26 more students of their early admission than they accepted early last year.

On his way to work, Brockton firefighter rescues elderly woman from fire

An off-duty Brockton firefighter driving to work rescued an elderly woman from her home while a fire burned at her bedside Wednesday morning.


Is Alabama’s Doug Jones the Scott Brown of 2017? Yes and no

The comparisons began the moment the final results came. Tuesday night’s upset looked an awful like another unlikely win in Massachusetts seven years ago.

Three schools sever ties with influential musician amid abuse allegations

Eric Alexander Hewitt, a leader in Boston’s contemporary classical music scene, was let go amid a Globe investigation of alleged sexual improprieties.

FBI searching for man behind 4 bank robberies in Boston over the past week

The suspect is described as a small, white male in his 40s, standing around 5 feet, 6 inches tall with “very defined cheek lines on his face,” the FBI said.

Anti-Semitic incidents in New England have risen. The ADL partly blames Trump

Incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti and other hateful acts have surfaced in several Massachusetts communities in recent months.

CSX freight train derails in Taunton, spilling fuel

Some 1,800 gallons of fuel spilled from the engine onto the tracks and ground underneath after the derailment.

Commuter rail train strikes vehicle on tracks in Andover

A woman who mistakenly drove her car onto railroad tracks in Andover was able to safely escape the vehicle just before it was hit.

The hottest Google search term in Boston this year was . . .

Search engine giant Google on Wednesday released its annual list of the top trending searches among Boston users.

Grinch foiled in Norwood; stolen packages returned to rightful owners

Norwood police arrested a suspect who was allegedly stealing packages off residents’ doorsteps.

Dorchester man arrested after police recover loaded gun, bags of marijuana in traffic stop

The man was first stopped in his vehicle Monday evening for an equipment violation.

Two men in custody after shots fired during Lynn home invasion

Two elementary schools were placed under lockdown after gunfire broke out and a suspect allegedly involved in a home invasion fled police.

Trooper injured when driver slams into cruiser on Southeast Expressway

The trooper suffered a “lower body injury” that was not considered life-threatening after his vehicle was pushed into him as he assisted in the arrest of a wrong-way driver.

Route 1A in Wrentham floods after van slams into hydrant

Part of Route 1A in Wrentham had to be closed after water erupted like a geyser and flooded the road.

State OKs $125m project to replace Boston Arts Academy building

The Massachusetts School Building Authority is poised to approve Wednesday morning a project to replace the academy’s building in the Fenway.

Mysterious interstellar object to be scanned for radio transmissions, signs of alien life

Scientists plan to use a powerful radiotelescope to scan for radio transmissions emanating from a strange interstellar object.

Should you worry about net neutrality ending? This one chart tells you why you should.

One statistic highlights how many of us — the consumers — will be left essentially powerless to do much, if the fears of repealing net neutrality rules come true.

Arctic cold, powerful winds pushing wind chill into single digits

Wind gusts could reach 50 miles an hour across the state.

N.H. woman who kept dozens of Great Danes at her home found guilty of animal cruelty charges

A New Hampshire woman was found guilty of animal cruelty charges this week for keeping dozens of Great Danes in inhumane conditions at her home.

Arlington police warn residents of house breaks

A recent spate of house breaks and burglaries in Arlington, including five on Dec. 8, are under investigation, police said.

Swastikas found in Andover classroom hours before Hanukkah

The drawings marked the third time in recent months that a swastika was found at Andover High.

State Police arrest Lynn man on firearm, driving charges

Noe Iraheta-Carrillo, 24, was charged with possession of a firearm, operation of a motor vehicle on a suspended license, driving with an open container of alcohol, failing to stop, and failing to wear a seatbelt, State Police said.

Parents question educational benefits of early school starts

Dozens of Boston families plan to turn out for Wednesday’s School Committee meeting to protest the changes.

Lawmakers are looking at treatment of mentally ill in courts, prison

A bill winding through the state Legislature could provide solutions to a long-standing problem.

Deval Patrick’s brother-in-law faces assault charges

Bernard Sigh of Milton is being held without bail after he was arraigned on the charges, including assault with intent to rape.

New England news in brief


How can universities recruit more black students to Boston?

Tell us what you think about the newest installment of the Spotlight series “Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.”

UMass band to march in historic Rose Parade

The Minutemen Marching Band has spent more than a year preparing for its first performance in the venerable parade.

National labor board rules against Harvard

Harvard University’s attempt to block graduate students’ new vote on unionizing was rejected, upholding a decision made by regional authorities.

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It takes courage to ask Globe Santa for help

Asking for help can be a difficult task, especially when you’d rather be the one giving than receiving.

Get Smart

Trump drinks 12 Diet Cokes a day. What does that do to your body?

“I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke,” the president tweeted in 2012.

Human remains found in burning car in Worcester cemetery

Officials in Worcester found human remains in a burning car that was parked in a cemetery Tuesday morning.

Lawrence police officers treated for potential fentanyl exposure

Three Lawrence police officers were hospitalized Monday night, but they were treated and released before the end of their shift.

‘Layaway angel’ pays for Christmas gift orders at Leominster toy store

A “layaway angel” paid off thousands of dollars of gift orders at a Toys R Us in Leominster Saturday, making the holiday season a little more joyful for about 35 local families.


Speaker DeLeo shakes up staff, promotes new chief

Seth Gitell will succeed current chief of staff James Eisenberg.

Puerto Rico’s governor denounces US tax bill as devastating to island’s recovery

Bills in the House and Senate treat Puerto Rico as a foreign jurisdiction. As a result, its exports to the mainland would face major new taxes, Ricardo Rosselló said.

Trip to help in Puerto Rico was emotional for Mass. state troopers

Three troopers with relatives on the island, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria, described their relief work.

State to replace aging public safety radio system with digital grid

Officials say an updated radio grid will allow for various public safety agencies to better respond to criminal, terrorist, or natural disaster incidents in Massachusetts.

Authorities hunt Grinch who stole Christmas trees from Hadley farm

As of Tuesday, Hadley police were following up on potential leads in the hopes of cracking the case and finding the mastermind behind the holiday heist.

Man who posed as Miley Cyrus’s brother to get explicit photos of boy gets 70 months in prison

Brandon Gray’s sentence was 14 months less than what federal prosecutors sought.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2017. There are 18 days left in the year.

Man killed during drug deal rip-off, prosecutors say

Duncan Ketter was present by happenstance Saturday when a female acquaintance allegedly bought marijuana and the incident turned violent.

Despite penalties, sororities will continue to recruit Harvard women

The sororities said they are being unfairly punished for the transgressions of their male-only counterparts.

Who is Kirsten Gillibrand and why is she in the news?

She is on the long list of Democratic rising stars who are viewed as possible candidates for president.

Newton man jailed for forgery faces more legal trouble

David Scher was charged Tuesday with falsely claiming to hold a law degree and taken into custody.

Biomass plan will undercut climate change efforts, critics say

Administration officials have said that biomass is part of an effort to diversify the state’s energy consumption.

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A slushy mess is in store for southern New England

On Tuesday night, we’ll start to experience the coldest air of the season so far.

Mashpee police investigating disappearance of retired correctional officer

Mashpee police are investigating the disappearance of a 64-year-old retired correctional officer and his son is currently behing held on a gun charge, police said.

Philanthropist funded trip for oversight officials

Amos Hostetter paid for two officials to join a group traveling to Europe at the same time their agency was reviewing a waterfront hotel project he was fighting to stop.

Police commissioner says 1992 Lena Bruce murder ‘hits close to home’

William Evans said he was pleased James Witkowski was convicted in Bruce’s killing, but also felt “mixed emotions.”

Snow in the northwest, and rain mainly in the plain of Boston

A “wintry mix” of snow, sleet and rain will bring up to four inches to areas near North Adams while Greater Boston and coastal communities will get rain.

Methuen police charge 9-year-old with bringing pellet gun to school

Teachers found the weapon in the fourth-grader’s school bag on Friday.

Woman arrested, man hospitalized following Arlington stabbing

A woman is under arrest and a man is undergoing medical care at an area hospital following a stabbing inside a unit at an apartment complex in Arlington early Tuesday.


Lost on campus, as colleges look abroad

With top schools searching for diversity, international student enrollment has soared. The percentage of black students has barely budged.

Lynn police searching for suspect in daytime attack

Almost two months after a woman was attacked in broad daylight while walking in Lynn, police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect.

New Hampshire men charged with heroin possession in Chelmsford

Police say a passing car nearly hit an officer during the arrest.

Teen arrested in fatal East Boston shooting

Police charged Brockton native Thorus O’Brien, 18, with murder on Monday.

Boston’s six women councilors discuss their historic election in special conversation

Prior to 2013, only 10 women had been elected to Boston’s City Council since its inception in 1910.


Lottery results from Monday drawings

The BU biolab: a timeline

The 192,000-square-foot high-security biolab has sat mostly empty since its completion in 2008.

What should Boston hospitals do to be more welcoming and diverse? Tell us your ideas.

Tell us what you think about the newest installment of the Spotlight series “Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.”

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Young girl’s letter to Globe Santa captures the magic of Christmas

Perhaps the most moving and inspiring missives come from children themselves.

Transportation board members question long delay for train station in Allston

State officials defended the decision to delay the station at a future Allston development site until 2040.

Thirteen states sue over Mass. egg law

Indiana and 12 other states are suing Massachusetts over its cage-free egg law, asking the US Supreme Court to scramble implementation of the voter-passed initiative.

It’s another bad night in Miami for the Patriots

New England (10-3) lost for the first time in two months, Tom Brady’s career record at Hard Rock Stadium fell to 7-9, and the T-shirts and hats will have to wait.


The essence of Christmas

Christmas in the City transforms the convention center into a wonderland. The beneficiaries: an estimated 6,000 homeless children.

Friend told victim of Caribbean Day shooting: ‘Stay with us’

The murder trial for two men accused of killing Dawnn Jaffier, a 26-year-old youth worker, opened Monday.

Officials investigating death of 2-year-old boy in N.H.

Officials are investigating the death of a two-year-old boy in Manchester, New Hampshire, according to a press release from the N.H. Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald.

Wellesley bank robbed near elementary school

An employee at Wellesley Bank called 911 around 2:37 p.m. and said that a male suspect had robbed the bank while St. John School was dismissing its students.

Framingham State enlists FBI help in investigation of racist messages

The most recent message was found Friday by an 18-year-old freshman from Boston.

Watch: A conversation with the women of the Boston City Council

Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham held a round-table discussion with Michelle Wu, Annissa Essaibi George, Ayanna Pressley, Andrea Campbell, Lydia Edwards, and Kim Janey.

That was no typo: The median net worth of black Bostonians really is $8

The median net worth for non-immigrant African-American households in the Greater Boston region is $8, according to “The Color of Wealth in Boston.”

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2017. There are 19 days left in the year. Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins at sunset.

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The 2017 Geminid meteor shower will light up the night this week

The darkest nights of the year are upon us and this makes great viewing for the annual Geminid meteor shower.

Prison guards acquitted in death of Bridgewater patient

The guards were acquitted for their role in the 2009 death of Joshua Messier.

161 years ago, Boston and state officials approved a plan to fill in the Back Bay

On Dec. 11, 1856, the City of Boston approved the plan to fill in the Back Bay and build what would become one of the city’s most distinctive neighborhoods.

Firefighters mourn small western Mass. town’s fallen fire chief

The funeral for Montgomery’s Stephen Frye was held Monday at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament church in Westfield.

Man found guilty in 1992 slaying of 21-year-old Tufts graduate

James Witkowski, 45, was convicted of first-degree murder in the Lena Bruce’s killing.


Indispensable and unstoppable, Gloria Negri was at the heart of the Globe

For 53 years, she ranged wide for the newspaper, from “Fabulous Fenway” to war-torn Saigon. Negri died on Sunday.

Two Mass. residents rescued on Mt. Monadnock in NH over the weekend

Two Massachusetts residents were rescued on Mt. Monadnock and the smaller Pack Monadnock in New Hampshire in separate incidents over the weekend, officials said.

Students keep finding needles near their school. They want action from the city.

On his way to school in Roxbury each morning, Emanuel Pires tries to avoid the discarded needles. But they are everywhere.

Baker assails auditor’s scathing DCF report

Governor Baker, angered by a report that painted the department as rife with dysfunction, dispatched a defense of the agency to its workers.

Fire leaves Sandisfield without any snow plows ahead of storm

Without any equipment, it’s unclear how the Sandisfield public works department will be able to sand and plow the roads on their own.

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Boston is getting a frigid blast this week, but there shouldn’t be much snow

Before the weekend storm was over people were already talking about another round of precipitation coming on Tuesday.

Transit Police and BPD stepping up patrols after Port Authority attack

There is no credible threat against Boston or the sprawling MBTA transit system, officials say.

Search for two missing fishermen postponed again

The search for a missing clam boat that sank off the coast of Nantucket last week is on hold Monday as divers wait for safer conditions to go into the Atlantic Ocean.

Buckle up: Rain, wind, bitter temperatures heading our way

The Greater Boston area won’t see any additional snow accumulation from a storm arriving Monday night.

Man shot and killed in East Boston

The shooting was possibly drug-related, police said.


Color line persists, in sickness as in health

Simply put: If you are black in Boston, you are less likely to get care at several of the city’s elite hospitals than if you are white.

Tennessee boy’s emotional video about bullying gains attention nationwide

Public figures across the country — including from Mass. — are rallying behind the boy after he recounted being bullied in a heart-wrenching, viral video.

One-alarm fire extinguished in Roslindale

Firefighters battled a one-alarm fire at a building in Roslindale Sunday night, officials said.


Lottery results from Sunday drawings

Brandeis celebrates professors’ Nobel Prize

Students, faculty, and staff gathered Sunday for a watch party as one current and one retired Brandeis professor were honored.

More snow is on tap for Tuesday

The snow from Saturday’s storm hasn’t completely melted, and Massachusetts is already bracing for more wintry precipitation.


Hanukkah events light up Greater Boston

Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights, but it’s also eight days of music, a motorcade, even latke fun runs.

How to celebrate Hanukkah in the Boston area

Celebrating Hanukkah in the Boston area or want to learn more about it? Here are some events you can attend.

Do you think a lack of diversity is an issue in the Seaport?

Discuss the second installment of the Spotlight series “Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.”

Wariness, excitement follow plans to expand drug courts

President Trump’s commission to stop the opioid crisis recommends more federal drug courts. Some are worried.

MBTA holds rescue training for first responders

Transit police, Boston firefighters, and city EMS trained Sunday to practice responding to an emergency on the MBTA.

In unusual murder trial, alleged foes are codefendants

The adversaries are simultaneously facing charges in the death of Dawnn Jaffier, a bystander who was shot and killed in 2014 in Dorchester.

‘This is what democracy looks like’: 5th-graders protest immigration policy

A boy paused over his poster board, marker in hand, then turned to his friends. “How do you spell ‘illegal?’”

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Salem Snowball Gala has raised funds for Globe Santa since 1995

When Bill Lynch and two friends started the event, they didn’t have any idea how much it would grow.

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Man shot near East Boston waterfront

The shooting occurred around 4:40 p.m. near the corner of Orleans and Marginal streets, and does not appear to be random, police said.

Boston police officer suspended following indictment

Monicka Stinson, 37, of Dorchester, faces charges of witness interference and obstruction of justice, officials said.

Six employees at Shaw’s in Weymouth sickened after coolant leak

A Shaw’s supermarket in Weymouth was evacuated as six employees were sickened by a leaky cylinder of coolant Sunday morning, fire officials said.

Tufts student indecently assaulted off-campus

Police officials are searching for a man who indecently assaulted a Tufts University student early Sunday morning on her front porch.

Driver rescued from car that was sinking into icy Winchendon pond

A driver was rescued after his vehicle became partially submerged in a pond early Sunday morning, according to the Winchendon Fire Department.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2017. There are 20 days left in the year.

Winter storm leaves up to 7 inches of snow in some places

More snow is possible Tuesday morning, and temperatures will fall later in the week.

Discuss Spotlight part one: Does Boston deserve its racist reputation?

We want to hear what you think about racism in Boston.

Three MBTA manhole covers dislodged in Brighton

No injuries were reported after the manholes emitted black smoke due to smoldering wires underneath, officials said.

Right whales, after deadly year, could become extinct, officials say

There are only about 450 of the whales left and 17 of them have died so far in 2017.

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A brand new Boston, even whiter than the old

The hope was that the Seaport would be for everyone. Look around, though, and you will see a place that benefits largely the white and wealthy.

Snowfall totals

How much snow fell in your area?

Totals ranged from over seven inches in areas near Framingham and Littleton to lesser amounts near the rain-snow line on the South Shore.

Man dies in single-vehicle Epping, N.H. crash

A man was killed in Epping, N.H. Saturday when the car he was driving left the road and crashed into an overpass, police said.

This Maine hunter could have left a deer in need. Instead, he helped

Late last month, when a Maine hunter stumbled on a deer in need, he did something that might seem counterintuitive.

Andrea Campbell to be next City Council president

The announcement brings a swift resolution to a traditional council debate that could have been divisive.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Two Dorchester men arrested on drug, gun charges

Boston police arrested two men Friday afternoon as part of an ongoing drug investigation on Dorchester Avenue, the department announced.

Photos: The 18th annual Santa Speedo Run

Hundreds of festive runners gathered on Boylston Street Saturday for the 18th annual SSRun — known as the Santa Speedo Run.

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Giggles Comedy Club offers laughs for Globe Santa benefit

It’s a combination most would find hard to resist: good pizza and good comedy, all in one place.

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News from the world of chess

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2017. There are 21 days left in the year.

Man shot just after midnight Saturday morning in Dorchester

The wounded man was found at Proctor Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

MBTA cancels weekend shuttles on Red and Green lines

The Red and Green lines are running regular train service this weekend because of the wintry weather, the MBTA announced in separate tweets.

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Season’s first big snowstorm strikes Massachusetts

Several inches of snow is forecast for the Boston area with the heaviest accumulation expected up to 8 p.m.

Weekend storm eases region into winter

Flakes filled the sky Saturday and only began to taper off overnight.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2017. There are 22 days left in the year.

Billerica man convicted of rape and assault charges

Robert Gardner, 41, was found guilty of aggravated rape, assault, and battery among other charges from 2011 to 2015, according to a statement from the DA’s office.

Dorchester man indicted in two shooting deaths

Lance Holloman, 30, was charged with two counts of first degree murder as well as a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - a rented Jeep Renegade he was driving at the time, prosecutors said.

In Boston, seven pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and ATM skimming

Seven people from Romania pleaded guilty in federal court this week to a raft of charges in connection with a multi-state ATM skimming operation, prosecutors said.

Plan for new school start times draws fire

Parents across Boston blasted Superintendent Tommy Chang Friday for changing the start times of dozens of schools for next fall.

In court, mother of slain inmate recalls her last conversation with him

“I told him I loved him, and he said he loved me,” said Lisa Brown, of Wilbraham. “It was the last thing we said to each other.”

Two alarm fire damages historic Saugus church

The exterior back wall of the First Congregational Church went up in flames, the Rev. Martha Leahy said.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Boston will test a bus-only lane in Roslindale on Tuesday

The city had promised to launch the test before the end of the year.

Mug shots, arrest reports of officials are public in Massachusetts, judge says

The Globe filed suit in 2015 for access to certain police records, including those involving public officials who had been accused of a crime, and a Suffolk Superior Court judge said Friday that law enforcement agencies must provide those reports.

No charges against James Levine in sex abuse inquiry

Illinois prosecutors say they've investigated a sexual abuse allegation against former BSO music director James Levine and concluded ‘‘no criminal charges can be brought.’’

City offers ‘Sweeper Bob’ a new job

After weeks of worry, the beloved groundskeeper at UMass Boston got a phone call on Friday morning with a bit of good news.

Media, including Globe, walk fine line in the age of ‘MeToo’

At the Globe, the reckoning began even before the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke in October.

Construction worker injured while working in Bourne

A wooden frame collapsed onto an onsite construction worker at 101-102 Harmony Hill Road in Bourne Friday morning, officials said.

WBUR places Tom Ashbrook on leave over unspecified allegations

Ashbrook, the voice of the popular nationally syndicated public radio show “On Point,” has been placed on leave, WBUR general manager Charles Kravetz said.


Stealing a hot stove and coming back for the smoke

Former Massachusetts state senator Brian Joyce has reminded us that most corrupt politicians are thieves, not perverts.

Read the letter from publisher Pat Purcell to the Boston Herald

The Boston Herald is being sold to GateHouse Media, the newspaper’s publisher, Patrick J. Purcell, told employees Friday afternoon, and also filed for federal bankruptcy protection.

Ruptured water main floods Allston intersection, blocking traffic

A water main under an Allston intersection was ruptured during construction work Friday afternoon, flooding the intersection and snarling traffic in the area.

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Woman who cares for her great-grandson asks for help from Globe Santa

She describes him as an extremely active 7-year-old boy who especially enjoys fishing and video games. The woman is the young boy’s legal guardian.

Hundreds of Needham High students stage walkout to protest hate graffiti

Aaron Sicotte confirmed Friday that students in the past have reported being harassed based on their race or sexual orientation.

Brian Joyce’s charges, explained

Former state senator Brian A. Joyce faces a series of charges that add up to a total of 113 separate counts, more than any fallen politician in Massachusetts in at least a decade.

Milton man, 30, charged with trafficking three people

An alleged pimp from Milton is facing charges that he forcibly trafficked three people in a multistate prostitution scheme, court records show.

Rebel dog who escaped at Logan captured

A runaway dog named Ronin spent two hours eluding police outside of Logan Airport Friday morning.

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Mattapan man arrested after threatening person with revolver, leading police on foot chase

The man was later identified as Brajon Brown, 18, of Mattapan.

For years, Fenway health center kept prominent doctor accused of harassment, bullying

Three employees of the pioneering center filed sexual harassment complaints against Dr. Harvey Makadon, including one who received a $75,000 settlement.


Eight days, countless ways to celebrate Hanukkah

The Festival of Lights stands out for the way it ignites creativity — from latke fun runs to high-tech menorahs to a Hanukkah motorcade through Boston.

Five takeaways from the Brian Joyce indictment

Here are five notable allegations in the 102-page indictment brought against former state senator Brian Joyce.

This weekend’s storm is expected to dump up to 7 inches of snow

The storm will increase in intensity through the day Saturday as it moves in from the mid-Atlantic and passes to the southeast of Massachusetts.

Madison Park students walk out of class in protest

More than 100 students walked out of the school Friday morning to protest the removal of the school’s executive director, chanting, “We want answers.”

White Mountains fire was ignited by humans, not meteor

A 70-acre forest fire that burned through a portion of the White Mountains in Woodstock, N.H., has earthly origins, officials said.

Quincy police officer expected to recover after being struck by vehicle

A Quincy police officer suffered a serious head injury Friday morning after he was hit by a vehicle on the Fore River Bridge, officials said.

Yes, Boston commuters, your ride is taking longer

The average time residents of Eastern Mass. and Southern N.H. spend heading to work has been creeping higher in recent years.

Nathan Carman ‘enlarged’ holes in boat’s hull, court filing says

Carman is at the center of separate probes into the murder of his wealthy grandfather and presumed death of his mother at sea when his boat sank.

Former state senator Brian Joyce indicted on federal charges

Brian Joyce pleaded not guilty to all charges Friday before he was released on $250,000 secured bond.

The Helsinki Bridge has landed

The massive container ship that broke free from its mooring Wednesday is now back at the Paul W. Conley Container Terminal in South Boston.

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Snow is on the way! Here’s what to expect from this weekend’s storm

This isn’t the type of storm that’s going to shut down Logan Airport, but the accumulation could slow travel and create dangerous conditions.

Missing from the next City Council for the first time in decades: men of color

The next council session will mark the first time since 1981 that no men of color will have a seat in the chamber.

Man sentenced for sexually exploiting minors in Hampshire County over Xbox Live

Zack Sawyer, 32, of Illinois pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted sexual exploitation of minors in June, officials said.

Salem Children’s Charity finds host for Christmas fund-raiser

The Hawthorne Hotel on Salem Common has agreed to host the Dec. 12. fund-raiser free of charge, after Victoria Station restaurant on Pickering Wharf abruptly closed.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2017. There are 23 days left in the year.

2-alarm blaze displaces 10 in Dorchester

A 2-alarm fire Thursday night displaced 10 and caused about $250,000 worth of damage to a residential building in Dorchester.


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

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Stories from Globe Santa letterwriters show tragedy, costly daycare, and immigration woes

A mother whose life was torn apart by a tragic accident, another raising two kids and facing the high cost of day care and a third whose family has encountered immigration problems.

New England news in brief


Man shot in Chelsea, prompting school lockdown

Chelsea police are searching for a shooting suspect after a man was found shot in the leg in Chelsea Thursday afternoon, prompting a nearby school to go under lockdown, police said.

Rosenberg: ‘I hope my name will be cleared’

Former Mass. Senate President Stan Rosenberg took what he calls a “leave of absence” from his post amid allegations against his husband.

In Chelsea, a little boy’s wish comes true

Chelsea police officers in November made the dreams of terminally ill toddler Edison Cordero come true.

Boston’s Jewish community divided over Trump’s Jerusalem

Scenes around Boston illustrate the split in opinion among American Jews on one of the most complex political and religious issues in the world.

When they leave but still won’t go

It’s December. Some leaves are still clinging to the trees. What gives?

A list of the new start times for Boston Public Schools

When will your school start and end beginning in the fall?

85 percent of Boston schools will get new start times

Boston joins a small but growing number of school systems in Mass. and across the nation that have pushed high school start times later.

76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack marked at Charlestown Navy Yard

Dozens attended a service commemorating the 76th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor Thursday afternoon at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Brockton man arrested on 19 charges after dragging troopers

A sergeant and a trooper were able to subdue the man with a taser after he drove about 12 yards with them “hanging onto the outside of the car.”

Starts & Stops

MBTA will discount Quincy commuter rail rides during Wollaston closure

It’s an olive branch intended to lessen the impact of the station’s 20-month closure for construction.


A Wentworth love story

Lois Ascher, the first female professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology, was about as welcome on campus as the flu. Until Frank Rooney came along.

Forecasters warn up to 6 inches of snow could fall in Greater Boston this weekend

Boston and Providence are both at risk of getting heavy snow.

District attorney announces new substance abuse recovery program

“Road to Recovery” will launch in Dorchester on Jan. 2 and target non-violent drug offenders to provide treatment as opposed to prosecution and incarceration.

Athol man gets 43-month prison term for bank robbery spree in New England

A federal judge in New Hampshire on Thursday handed down a 43-month prison sentence to an Athol man who robbed three banks in eight days last year in that state, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, prosecutors said.

Man shot inside Mattapan home is expected to survive

A man was shot inside a home in Mattapan on Thursday afternoon, but is expected to survive, police said.

An effort to ban state-funded abortion services didn’t get enough signatures

Massachusetts is one of 17 states in the country where state-funded abortions are allowed.

Chelsea police make terminally ill 2-year-old a member of the force, complete with his own cruiser

The toy car is fully detailed with official logos and has been made an honorary unit in the Chelsea fleet.

Three snowblowers stolen from Weymouth auto shop

Three snowblowers were stolen from an engine repair shop in Weymouth in late November, and now police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.

Volcano could erupt in Mass. — but don’t worry, it’s millions of years away

A massive upwelling of hot rock is rising under part of New England, including Western Massachusetts.

Search for lost clam boat off Nantucket put on hold again

The conditions on the water were too rough Thursday for divers to go into the water to look for the Misty Blue, which sank about 10 miles southeast of Nantucket.

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Winter has arrived, and snow could be just over the horizon

Thus far we have yet to see any snow, but that may all be about to change this weekend.

Three-alarm blaze damages residence in Manchester, N.H.

A raging three-alarm fire tore through a residence in Manchester, N.H. on Thursday, officials said.

Deval Patrick heads to Alabama to campaign in heated Senate contest

The former Massachusetts governor will spend the weekend campaigning for Doug Jones, days before a nationally watched special election against Roy Moore.

In Brookline, contractor allegedly used weed whacker to menace co-worker; charge brought

Some projects have cost overruns. Others, power tool assaults.

Bryant University’s beloved bulldog mascot dies after ‘sudden collapse’

A search for Tupper’s replacement will soon be under way.

Bill would force Mass. to honor concealed-gun permits from other states

More guns would be on the streets if Congress passes the bill, officials and gun regulation advocates said.

Boston police searching for suspect in string of larcenies at Downtown Crossing Old Navy

Boston police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man suspected in a “string of larcenies” at an Old Navy in Downtown Crossing this fall.

‘Repulsive anti-gay language’ found in Needham school bathrooms, principal says

The announcement came two days after the school told parents that a racial epithet was found scrawled on a bathroom wall.

Man charged in violent attack on woman and setting fire at Lynn home

A woman was seriously injured and two pet pigs were rescued during a domestic incident on Glenwood Road.

Scathing audit finds Department of Children and Families failed to report crimes against children

In some cases, social workers didn’t know that children they were monitoring had been badly hurt, the state audit found.

Two Mafia associates admit to charges of shaking down Springfield businesses, feds say

Francesco Depergola and Gerald Daniele are both associates of the Genovese La Cosa Nostra crime family.

Coast Guard investigating how cargo ship drifted away from Southie terminal

Investigators will try to determine how the lines broke on the 1,065-foot ship that drifted away from the Paul J. Conley Container Terminal in South Boston.

Fatal triple shooting in Mission Hill may have been gang-related, police say

The dead man was a 20-year-old Roxbury resident, and the other two victims are about 17 years old, police said.

How to commemorate the 76th Pearl Harbor anniversary in Boston

Across the country, people will honor the more than 2,000 American soldiers and sailors who lost their lives in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Car fire shuts down northbound lanes of I-93

A car fire temporarily shut down the northbound lanes at the Braintree split.

Salem restaurant’s abrupt closing threatens annual children’s Christmas fundraiser

“We have some desperately poor kids,” said Brendan Walsh, a board member of the Salem Children’s Charity, that relies on the fund-raiser to assist children in need.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Dec. 7, the 341st day of 2017. There are 24 days left in the year.

Man leads police on chase through North Shore

An attempt by Salem police to check the well-being of a possibly suicidal man led to a chase through multiple North Shore towns Wednesday night, police said.

Gloria Steinem calls Trump the ‘sexual harasser in chief’

The outspoken feminist made the remarks Wednesday on the opening night of the Massachusetts Conference for Women at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

The mysterious buyer of the $450 million Leonardo da Vinci painting? A Saudi prince

LONDON — He is a little-known Saudi prince from a remote branch of the royal family, with no history as a major art collector and no publicly known source of great wealth. But the prince, Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, is the mystery buyer of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “Salvator Mundi,” which fetched a record $450.3 million at auction last month, documents show.

Here’s how much snow we could get this weekend

Massachusetts could get its first inches of snowfall of the season this weekend, forecasters said.

3 young men shot, one fatally, in Mission Hill

The shooting occurred about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday just blocks from the Roxbury Crossing MBTA station.

In trial of Bridgewater guards, a trip to the hospital where a patient died

The Superior Court judge hearing the case and a coterie of lawyers toured the facility and the narrow, cinder-block cell where 23-year-old Joshua K. Messier lost his life.


Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

See the average income tax deduction in your hometown

Proposed tax changes targeting popular write-offs for home mortgages, student loan debt, and state and municipal taxes could hit hard in many Boston-area suburbs.

New England news in brief


Healey urges US attorney to pull anti-opioid ads

She calls the controversial campaign “stigmatizing, ineffective, and counterproductive.”

Biden to preside at Walsh’s inauguration

Former vice president Joe Biden will preside at the inauguration for Martin J. Walsh’s second term as Boston’s mayor on New Year’s Day.

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Why do Globe Santa donors give?

Globe Santa has brought a smile to a child’s face on Christmas morning nearly 3 million times since 1956, because over those decades donors have given close to $50 million to provide toys, books, and games to go under the tree.

The acting Senate president has a PhD and MBA and won 24 straight elections

Hardly anyone outside her Worcester district had heard of Harriette L. Chandler until she was chosen as acting president.

Retired SJC justice Hines not chosen for jury

Geraldine S. Hines was considered Wednesday for a spot on a jury that will hear a murder case in Boston, but she didn’t get picked.

Here’s how much Mass. could make off marijuana sales in the next fiscal year

The large range reflects uncertainty about how quickly the pot market will develop.

Research on the world’s deadliest microbes will soon begin at a Boston lab

BU’s high-security laboratory received final approval to start research on the deadly microbes, ending a decade and a half of controversy.

Boston School Committee approves new start times

Officials planned to disclose what the new hours of operation would be at individual schools Thursday.

Two Revere men arrested for slashing 40 vehicles’ tires overnight

Two men were arrested Wednesday after slashing the tires of around 40 vehicles in Revere.

Astronomers discover clues to when the stars first began to twinkle

The findings came when researchers looked at a mysterious black hole.

New Bedford Whaling Museum digitizes ‘longest painting in North America’

The quarter-mile-long panorama was completed in 1848. Soon, it will appear online.

Why Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem is a big deal

The fate of Jerusalem has been one of the key sticking points in the larger negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Famed Maine lighthouse (briefly) goes dark

It’s not often that you see a lighthouse go dark. But that’s precisely what happened at Portland Head Light as strong winds whipped through the coastal town of Cape Elizabeth Wednesday.

Get Smart

A BU professor locked up her students’ phones, and they were not happy. At first

Joelle Renstrom noticed students were succumbing to digital distractions. So she tried an experiment.

‘Severe’ delays on Orange Line

The MBTA also said Blue Line trains are not currently stopping at the State Street station in downtown Boston.

Warren joins chorus calling for Franken’s resignation

Elizabeth Warren told Al Franken he should resign in the wake of yet another sexual harassment allegation.

Brockton man dies after rear-ending police cruiser

A trooper, 43, was also injured in the crash but was released from Boston Medical Center after being treated for a concussion.

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City Council considers nixing permits for acoustic performances

City Council President Michelle Wu has proposed preserving a pilot city ordinance that allows stores to host acoustic performances any day of the week.

Three announce bids for Senate presidency — with a big ‘if’

Democrats Linda Dorcena Forry of Dorchester, Eileen Donoghue of Lowell, and Karen Spilka of Ashland made their ambitions public Wednesday.

Divers will look for missing fishing boat Thursday

Michael Roberts, 49, and Jonathan Saraiva, 32, have not been seen since Monday evening, when the Misty Blue rolled over and sank about 10 miles southeast of Nantucket.

Boston police arrest two, recover two loaded guns in Dorchester

Two loaded handguns were recovered and two men were arrested in separate incidents in Dorchester Tuesday, Boston police said.

Duck hunters rescued in Lynn Harbor after boat engine quits

A clutch of waterfowl hunters from Michigan were rescued from Lynn Harbor on Wednesday after the engine on their charter boat quit just as the rising tide began to cover the rocks they were standing on near the Black Rock Channel, officials said.

A Grinch came to Brookline — and got arrested when he allegedly tried to pilfer gifts

The suspect was spotted tossing an empty package over a fence, police said.

The Forest Hills road work nightmare will soon be (sort of) over

More than one year behind its original completion date, state highway officials say the new road system will be mostly finished by the end of December.

Teacher uses Tom Brady cutouts to get cars to slow down in school zone

Sam Balto knew that if anything could get folks to slow down, it would be a picture of the beloved quarterback.

Montgomery fire chief collapses and dies while battling structure fire

Stephen P. Frye collapsed Tuesday while battling a blaze with his son and other volunteer firefighters.

Tree falls on Newton home while family sleeps

The tree fell into the rear of a two-story home on Brentwood Avenue and all the residents escaped unharmed.

1,000-foot container vessel breaks free from Southie terminal

The vessel began drifting out to sea when its lines broke, but authorities quickly caught up to the ship and had it safely anchored.

Woman attacked, sexually assaulted in Halifax

Police said the young woman was walking her dog when she was attacked by a man and then sexually assaulted just after dark Sunday.

Overnight winds leave 1,200 without power across Eastern Mass.

The powerful winds reached 62 miles per hour in the Blue Hills while knocking down trees and power lines across the eastern part of the state.

Police search for two suspects in Raynham store robbery

The suspects were wearing masks, dark-colored sweatshirts, and dark-colored pants, police said.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2017. There are 25 days left in the year.

State Police chase stolen U-Haul van to New Hampshire border

The driver of the van stolen Tuesday in Medford led State Police on chase up I-93 to the New Hampshire border, officials said.

Republicans take State Senate seat in Worcester & Middlesex District

Fitchburg City Councilor Dean Tran defeated Democrat Susan Chalifoux-Zephir, a Leominster city councilor, and two other candidates, in a special election Tuesday.

Citing her mother’s upbringing, Clinton espouses kindness at Big Sister Boston gala

“Let’s not forget that the core of our humanity is kindness and empathy,” Hillary Clinton told the crowd at the MFA.

Pembroke woman indicted for homicide while DUI

Danielle Mastro, 33, faces the charges in an Oct. 3 crash that killed one and injured two others.

Fuel spill closes South End homeless shelter

About 400 guests at the shelter located at 112 Southampton St. were relocated to temporary locations overnight, officials said.


Lottery results from Tuesday drawings

Prosecutor: Guards accused in Bridgewater death flouted rules for patients

A Plymouth judge heard opening arguments and viewed video evidence in the extraordinary trial, which got underway Tuesday.

Cabinet official again commits to national monument in Maine

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reiterated his support for a decision that keeps intact the boundaries of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Time Machine

December 7, 1950: William G. Saltonstall, headmaster of Phillips Exeter Academy, says the school is considering teaching boys how to use firearms “in view of the world situation,” the Globe reports.

Gold Star families honor loved ones at State House tree ceremony

The glowing Christmas tree in Memorial Hall honors Gold Star families, whose loved ones’ deaths are related to military service.

New England news in brief


Rosenberg faces daunting path back to power, Dems say

“I just think it’s too toxic a political environment . . . for a politician with this type of baggage to be able to stay in the office,” said a former party media consultant.

Starts & Stops

These four Boston suburbs will try to improve local bus service

Arlington, Everett, Cambridge, and Watertown received money to study bus-only lanes, traffic signal changes, and other strategies.



Starting Sunday, the Globe’s Spotlight Team confronts one of Boston’s most vexing issues — racism — in a seven-part series. We invite you to sign up to be the first to see the investigation.

Racist graffiti found in boys’ bathrooms at Needham High

“Racist slurs — or any language that demeans or degrades others — have no place in Needham High School,” the school’s principal said.

Globe Santa

Son writes for father to ask for Christmas help for his young half siblings

The college freshman wants the younger kids to “have something special to look forward to.”

Home health agency agrees to pay $14 million to settle MassHealth billing allegations

Maxim Healthcare Services Inc., an affiliate of Centrus Premier Home Care Inc., has six locations in the state.

Harvard sticks with restrictions on all-male clubs, eliciting lawsuit threats

The clubs escaped outright banishment, but members will continue to face some sanctions in keeping with the college’s current policy, president Drew Faust announced Tuesday.

Get Smart

Bad news on the flu: Season striking early and will peak around the holidays

Flu season has arrived early this year in Massachusetts, according to public health officials who are urging residents to get a flu vaccine.

6 Mass. nursing homes to close, displacing hundreds

Hundreds of frail residents will have to move and hundreds of workers will have to find new jobs.

Police searching for suspect in Chelmsford CVS robbery who crashed in Lowell

The shoplifter was first reported around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at a CVS on Route 4 in downtown Chelmsford, Ahern said.

Get Smart

Deaths after opioid-driven hospitalizations have quadrupled, new study says

More deaths are happening in part because of the growing potency of heroin and the rise of fentanyl, researchers said.

Gloucester man charged with illegally dumping 400-pound tuna

A 40-year-old Gloucester man is facing charges for allegedly dumping a 400-pound tuna in a wooded area in Rockport in October, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Urban farmer, formerly homeless woman to join new Boston committee

Four people are slated to serve as the community residents appointed to Boston’s first-ever Community Preservation Committee.

Brookline man acquitted in arson case involving burning of condemned home

A defense lawyer attacked the credibility of the prosecution’s star witness over three days.

Newbury man charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill a police officer and two others

A 20-year-old Newbury man allegedly tried to hire a hit man to kill three people while he was in jail.

State Senate opens ethics inquiry into Stan Rosenberg

The investigation stems from a Globe report that detailed accusations from four men who alleged that Stanley Rosenberg’s husband sexually assaulted or harassed them.


Should Trump fear a Senator Romney?

A Senator Romney would probably serve as the counterweight trying to block President Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party.

Cape Air plane safely makes emergency landing after bird strike

A Cape Air pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in Barnstable Monday evening, after a bird collided with his airplane and blew out a cockpit window over Hyannis.

Large truck clips Waltham building

The collision left minimal damage and no injuries.

List of mass shootings placed inside nativity scene at Dedham church

Pastor Stephen Josoma said the goal is to get people talking about what more can be done to bring peace on earth.

New Hampshire delays toll hike decision

The proposed increase would raise most of the state’s highway tolls by 25 to 50 cents.

Everett native killed in Pearl Harbor attack to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Howard Bean was 27 and serving aboard the USS Oklahoma when he perished in the 1941 surprise attack by Japanese forces.

Dave Epstein

Things are about to turn cold, so what does that mean for snow?

After a mild slug of air passes through on Tuesday and Wednesday, things are going to turn colder as we head into the weekend.

Rain and strong winds expected to hit Boston area tonight

A rainy and warmer-than-average Tuesday evening could be followed by a dry week and a colder weekend, along with the chance of snow Friday night.

Boy, 17, arrested on gun charges after footchase and struggle with police in Jamaica Plain

Boston police arrested a 17-year-old boy Sunday in Jamaica Plain for allegedly carrying an illegal gun and resisting officers who put the cuffs on him after a footchase, authorities said.

Men who are sexually assaulted face struggles tied to ideas of masculinity

Stereotypes and anxieties about sexuality can make it hard for men to seek help after an assault.

For wife of a missing fisherman, it was an anxious vigil

Tammy Roberts was on edge all day Tuesday as that search progressed.

Healey pushing for climate change documents from ExxonMobil

The state’s high court will hear arguments in Attorney General Maura Healey’s legal battle to find out what ExxonMobil knew about climate change -- and when the company knew it.

State’s high court could rule on stun guns for personal use

Are stun guns “dangerous and unusual” and therefore able to be banned, or does the Second Amendment protect a Mass. resident’s right to own the non-lethal weapons?

California man fatally shot in Attleboro

Thomas Pomare, 34, of Santa Barbara, was shot Monday night at a residence at 148 South Ave., police said.

Vt. principal accused of recording teen in bathroom resigns

Dean Stearns, 55, was arrested last week.

State trooper, driver hurt in Randolph crash

A trooper’s cruiser was struck from behind while working a detail along the highway, State Police said.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2017. There are 26 days left in the year.

Dominican national pleads guilty to cocaine and heroin distribution

Elvin Radhames Soto, 38, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin, according to a statement from the US Attorney’s Office.

A ‘layaway angel’ made Christmas for one R.I. family

The parents say they wish they could thank the person who paid off their tab at a Toys R Us store.

Supporters of N.H. toll hike say it could lead to safer roads

Elected officials, business owners, and residents attended the first public hearing on the proposal on Monday in Portsmouth.

Two men missing after the ‘Misty Blue’ fishing boat sinks off coast of Nantucket

Authorities are searching for two missing fisherman after their boat sank about 10 miles off the coast on Nantucket on Monday night, the Coast Guard said.

Navy’s second stealthy destroyer heads out to sea for initial trials

The second in the US Navy stealthy Zumwalt class of destroyers headed out to sea for the first time on Monday, departing from the Bath Iron Works in Maine for trials.

Two teens arrested, charged with vehicle theft

When the officer tried to pull them over, the teens, aged 15 and 16, sped off in different directions, police said. The officer followed the 15-year-old driving the Dodge Charger through East Bridgewater into West Bridgewater.

Joe Biden sits down with Tom Brokaw at the Wilbur Theater

The former vice president is on what he calls the American Promise Tour.


A very sick girl finds an unlikely savior

A police officer from New Hampshire stepped forward to save the life of a child he’d never met.

Holyoke medical examiner on leave after camera containing autopsy photos goes missing

Officials say the camera may have stored photos of 801 individuals who were examined since July 2015.


Lottery results from Monday drawings

Director of Madison Park high school in Boston is placed on leave

Kevin McCaskill is the latest leader of the troubled Roxbury school to fall under scrutiny.

Sympathy and support for Stanley Rosenberg in his hometown of Amherst

Voters in Amherst came to Rosenberg’s defense, saying he should not be punished for his spouse’s misconduct.

Globe Santa

Father of three faces tall order this Christmas

The man is working full time in a low-wage job and anxiously awaiting the arrival of his wife here in the United States.

Veteran injured in service fights for caregiver benefits

Alexis Courneen was a 19-year-old only two weeks out of Coast Guard boot camp. She doesn’t recall the details of the accident that changed her life that day in 1998.

Quincy police arrest 4 after fentanyl investigation

Quincy police arrested three individuals during a drug bust after observing the exchange of fentanyl Friday, and a fourth individual on outstanding warrants.


Rosenberg and his Senate can’t decide what’s right and wrong

Stan Rosenberg should step down as Senate leader, not just temporarily but for good, and the Senate should have absolutely nothing to do with the investigation.

Around the region


Police investigating shooting incident at Stonehill College

An employee was wounded in a shooting incident at Stonehill College in Easton on Oct. 11, and a different employee was later fired.

When Halifax was aflame in 1917, Boston rushed to its aid

A new book highlights key figures who came to Halifax’s aid after a devastating explosion in the city.

Cape Cod man says his father created Batman in 1930s

Frank Foster III claims his father came up with the idea for the superhero.

CVS-Aetna deal would be one of priciest ever. Here’s how it ranks

CVS Health’s plan to buy Aetna Inc. for $69 billion would rank among the top 15 priciest merger and acquisition deals ever completed in the United States.

Steamship Authority driver dies

The driver died while picking up passengers in Falmouth Sunday afternoon.

Two men sentenced to life in prison for ‘senseless’ slaying of man on snow shoveling crew

The men — members of the Franklin Hill street gang — were convicted of second-degree murder for the death of Kenny Lamour, a Thetford Street gang associate.

30 vehicle break-ins reported in Braintree; police chase suspect

Thirty unlocked vehicles were entered and “rummaged through” in Braintree this past weekend, and several personal items were stolen, Braintree police said.

Meryl Streep, Viola Davis to speak at women’s conference in Boston on Thursday

The two actresses are among several big names who will be speaking at the upcoming Massachusetts Conference for Women.

Dog accidentally shot by hunter on Cape Cod

A dog was shot after a hunter mistook him for a deer while legally hunting in a wooded area on Cape Cod Friday afternoon.

Did Trump obstruct justice? The question is getting murkier

Michael Flynn’s guilty plea Friday — and the president’s tweets over the weekend — had the administration scrambling.

MIT researchers find alternative evidence of how the brain keeps time

A team from MIT wondered if different parts of the brain responsible for actions like playing an instrument or sport might keep time in a different way.

Police work to combat package theft during holiday season

With the holidays on the way, an increased number of Mass. residents report packages being stolen from their property after delivery.

Lynn man charged with indecent assault, lewdness, disseminating pornography to a child

James Finn, 74, of Lynn was arrested Sunday on charges including indecent assault on a child after a mother reported finding her child in his apartment.

For the first time, a study finds double-booked surgeries put patients at risk

Hip surgery patients were nearly twice as likely to suffer serious complications when their surgeon ran two operating rooms at once.

96-year-old Navy veteran of Pearl Harbor attack to receive honorary degree from UMass

Leonard Gardner will receive the degree in a ceremony that will take place in the spring.

Dave Epstein

Another dry weekend will give way to rain, and that’s good news for your flowers

Before the ground freezes, it is important that we have adequate moisture for next year’s growing season.

Nestor Ramos

Can an honest lover of real food get behind bars?

Energy bars are a huge business, but what do we lose in the rush toward “food replacement?”

Chelmsford police charge man with operating under the influence - 7th offense

The man crashed his 1980 Chevrolet Corvette into a utility pole before being arrested, police said.

Haverhill police get their men, show off knack for poetry

The police department’s version of a classic Christmas poem detailed how a neighbor alerted police after spotting two men stealing packages.

Passengers stranded on powerless Red Line train for 20 minutes during morning delay

A disabled train near Andrew station in South Boston threw a wrench into the morning commute.

Massachusetts could have first snowfall this weekend

Snow might coat the region at some point on Friday or Saturday, but forecasters do not yet know how many inches might fall.


Bridgewater guards to stand trial in patient’s death

The medical examiner ruled that the guards caused the 2009 death of Joshua Messier as they forcefully strapped him down.

Josh Zakim has a tall challenge in run against William Galvin

City Councilor Josh Zakim is looking to accomplish what none of his peers has done in more than half a century: win a statewide election.

New England news in brief

New England news in brief

globe santa

A grandmother’s wish: education, happiness for 5-year-old who likes to read

He has few books or toys or games, and she’d like to give him something special for Christmas.

Pepper spray release at Harvard T station sends 1 to hospital

The MBTA temporarily closed Harvard station and suspended Red Line train service for about 30 minutes.

South Boston ‘snow angels’ to help shovel out neighbors’ homes in new program

The plan is part of a city initiative to make life easier for older adults.

After 30 years, a beloved UMass Boston janitor losing his job

Bobby Carroll will be laid off in January as part of administrators’ plan to balance the budget.

Chess notes

The weekly game

5 Mass. students awarded prestigious Marshall Scholarship for British study

The local recipients attend Amherst College, Harvard, and MIT.


Plymouth waterfront plan gets another shot

Town Meeting will be asked Wednesday to reconsider its earlier refusal to fund the makeover.

Runner revived after heart stops in Cambridge road race

The runner, a man in his 60s, was at Franklin and Sidney Streets when he went into cardiac arrest.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Dec. 4, the 338th day of 2017. There are 27 days left in the year.

Former BSO conductor James Levine is cited in sexual abuse allegation

James Levine, who led the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2011, allegedly molested an Illinois teenager decades ago.

Three teens arrested in Boston armed robbery

The boys — ages 13, 14, and 16 — will face charges in Dorchester Juvenile Court in connection with the Chipman Street robbery, authorities said.


Patriots methodically pulled out a win in Buffalo

The Patriots built an increasing lead over the Bills, who were unable to respond.

Warren man dies in single-car crash

Edward Stawiarz, of Warren, crashed his black 2005 Pontiac Vibe in the area of area of 2107 Main St. in West Warren at about 5 p.m. Saturday, according to police.

State senators to meet Monday on harassment investigation of Rosenberg’s spouse

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s husband is accused of assaulting and harassing four men.

Fire damages single-family Brockton home

The fire caused an estimated $80,000 to $100,000 worth of damage to the two-story home at 219 Pine St., Brockton Deputy Fire Chief Brian Nardelli said.

Beverly recount affirms city council election result

Former councilor Timothy Flaherty increased his narrow victory to 14 votes over incumbent Matthew St. Hilaire.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Former BSO conductor James Levine accused of molestation

New York’s Metropolitan Opera will investigate claims that Levine molested an Illinois teenager decades ago.

Losing hope for lobster south of Cape Cod

Many lobstermen and scientists are losing hope that a once storied fishery will ever rebound.

Boston-based gun control group sends graphic ‘RSVP’

Stop Handgun Violence mailed fliers with photos of mass shooting victims to the White House and about 300 members of Congress.

Patients call Plymouth addiction center a mere jail

After a recent patient suicide, critics are discussing what they see as the addiction center’s fundamental flaw.

Springfield officer who wrote ‘Hahahaha love this’ after Charlottesville fired

The city’s police commissioner said Conrad Lariviere’s conduct that ‘‘discredited the department.’’

Dorchester man arrested in struggle with police after wielding gun in bar

A Dorchester man who wielded a handgun in the bathroom of a crowded downtown Boston bar was arrested in a violent struggle with police on the dance floor early Saturday morning, police said.

sunday’s child

Tresean, 8, is a fan of superheroes

This boy is an energetic 8-year-old who likes going to the park, taking car rides, and playing video games.

In Boston, peace advocate hosts children’s holiday party

Isaura Mendes, who lost two sons to street violence, hosts the event to show the children of her community love.

Basement fire at East Boston duplex displaces 10

The fire was confined to the basement, but damage to utilities displaced the 7 adults and 3 children who lived in the duplex’s three apartments.


Seeking new life for the center of Boston Catholicism

A priest and a builder envision a shining, newly remodeled home for the mother church of Boston Catholicism.

A year later, Cambridge fire still eats at family’s sense of safety

“You lost your sense of security, just being stable,” said Paula Caruso, sitting on the couch in her family’s new apartment.

Back Bay protesters voice opposition to Senate tax bill

Protesters took to Boylston Street Saturday morning to voice their anger about the passage overnight of a sweeping $1.5 trillion federal tax overhaul.

Police search for driver in Vermont crash that left woman dead

Police are investigating a fatal crash in Vermont that left a middle-aged woman dead on the side of the road.