In suburbs, rents soar as vacancy rates plummet

Phil Ragusa, the owner of Boston Premier Properties in Quincy, showed a rental unit to Sarah Dunphy, a UMass Boston student.

Katheleen Conti/Globe Staff

Landlords are charging record high rents from Chelsea to Needham to Cohasset as many eschew Boston’s rental landscape for suburban alternatives.

Jonathan Korhonen ran his first Boston Marathon with his shirt proclaiming him to be “Strong Like Mom.”

Mother inspires first Marathon run

Jonathan Korhonen’s mother suffered a traumatic brain injury last August, and her inspired son raised $54,129 for the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts.

Communities joining forces to fight opiates

Amid intensifying statewide concern about a surge in overdoses and deaths, five municipal coalitions are preparing to take fresh aim at opiate addiction.


After years of planning, Salem senior center breaks ground

After decades of research, planning, and acrimonious debate, workers broke ground earlier this month on a new Salem Senior Center.

Relative of victim discusses Salem witch hysteria

Shari Kelley Worrell is the eighth great-granddaughter of Susannah Martin, who was executed for witchcraft in Salem in 1692.



An inspirational mural for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

A 40-foot bland cafeteria wall at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence has been transformed into a colorful mural.

Cartoon Caption Contest

// It’s snowing on the Red Sox

Send us your submissions for this week’s cartoon, and see the winning caption and finalists from last week’s contest.

Who taught YOU to Drive?

Who Taught You to Drive?

It may not always be apparent, but Massachusetts has laws for bicyclists as well as motorists.

Bicyclists return with spring thaw

It’s become a rite of spring, as regular as buds on trees and Red Sox games. I speak, of course, of the moment one realizes that bicyclists are back on the road.