In a setback for UMass Boston, all finalists for top job withdraw

The finalists withdrew four days after the faculty at the Dorchester campus called the candidates unqualified for the job.

3-02-01: Salem, MA. Salem High school students work in a MCAS prep class. Detail of the lesson of the day in the hands of teacher Betty Babcock

Mass. ponders hiring a computer to grade MCAS essays. What could go wrong?

In an effort to speed up the delivery of MCAS results, the state is exploring the idea of replacing human scorers with a computer program.

January 11, 2015. Boston, MA - South End Whole Foods The exterior of a new Whole Foods in the South End of Boston. The store offers many new features from any other WF's in the area. (Katherine Taylor for The Boston Globe)

Man arrested for allegedly stealing shrimp after Whole Foods notices something fishy

A Boston man was arrested Sunday night after he took off with several bags of shrimp allegedly stolen from a Whole Foods in the South End, police said.

A woman placed a crucifix on a tree at the site of the deadly crash on Sunday.

‘It’s really raw right now.’ Stoughton mourns after 4 high school students die in weekend car crash

Four teens died in Saturday afternoon’s crash and the driver remains hospitalized. One victim was 16; the others were 17.

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After ripping Galvin, Zakim also got campaign help from public staff

On 11 occasions during City Councilor Josh Zakim’s reelection run on the council last year, a member of his council staff filed nomination papers at Boston City Hall on behalf of his campaign, documents show.

Man shot in the face, pair arrested in Dorchester

One man was shot in the head and two men are under arrest after a brazen daylight shooting and foot chase through a Dorchester neighborhood.

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The MBTA is giving a big summer discount on weekend commuter rail

Unlimited rides, anywhere on the commuter rail, will cost $10 a weekend. It’s part of an effort by the MBTA to boost ridership.

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Town renames bridge after fallen Auburn police officer, who was killed on the job two years ago

The Auburn community officially renamed a town bridge after police officer Ron Tarentino, who was killed on the job two years ago.

FILE - This April 14, 2014, file booking photo released by the North Berkshire District Court in North Adams, Mass., shows Alexander Ciccolo, charged with drunken driving. The son of a Boston police captain, Ciccolo was arrested July 4, 2015 in Adams, Mass., and accused of plotting a terrorist attack on a college campus to support the Islamic State group. He is expected to plead guilty Monday, May 21, 2018, in federal court in Springfield, Mass. (Northern Berkshire District Court via AP, File)

Western Mass. man pleads guilty to plotting a terror attack at state university

Alexander Ciccolo, 25, of Adams, could face 20 years in prison under the terms of a plea agreement.

Traffic was seen a street northwest of DR Congo as 45 cases of Ebola virus has been recorded in the region.

MIT chemists hope manmade ‘xenoproteins’ can help battle diseases like Ebola

MIT chemists are introducing a plan to fight infectious diseases, such as Ebola and anthrax. Here’s the short story: They’re using artificial proteins.

Boston, MA--5/21/2018-- Members of the media check out an abandoned subway tunnel under City Hall Plaza. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 22tunnel Reporter:

Notes from underground: A journey through an abandoned subway tunnel

The tunnel is a hidden reminder of another era when Bostonians in bowler hats descended below streets for the luxury of traveling on America’s first subway line.

Students knelt for a moment of silence at the site of the deadly crash on Monday.

State police conduct accident reconstruction at scene of deadly East Bridgewater crash

The cause of the devastating crash in East Bridgewater that killed four teenage boys over the weekend remained unclear.

Photos of the abandoned subway tunnel beneath City Hall

The city offered a tour of the decrepit underground site on Monday.

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Today is Tuesday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2018. There are 223 days left in the year.


May 22, 2018

Bus carrying elementary school students collides with dump truck on Beverly highway

An elementary school student was taken to the hospital after a school bus crash involving a dump truck on Route 128 northbound.

Two men plead not guilty in Dorchester slaying on Good Friday

Two men pleaded not guilty Monday to murder charges in the fatal shooting of another man who was gunned down on Good Friday in Dorchester.

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory urges BC graduates to heed power of words

“Words can heal and they can inflame,” Gregory told the more than 4,200 graduates gathered under a cloudless sky at BC’s Alumni Stadium.

Man allegedly burglarizes two Chelmsford churches overnight

A 20-year-old man was arrested Monday morning after breaking into two Chelmsford churches overnight, police said.

Arlington High students who sprayed hate speech on school building have pathway to avoiding charges

The 14 male students at Arlington High School who painted a swastika and anti-gay slurs on the school’s exterior and wrecked equipment during an overnight break-in will avoid criminal charges if they participate in a program called restorative justice, authorities said.

Officials successfully rescued 7 stranded dolphins stuck on a Dennis beach

Officials spent nearly an entire day rescuing seven stranded Atlantic white-sided dolphins found on a Dennis beach Sunday morning.

Father of Braintree elementary school student charged with bringing firearm into school

The father of a Braintree elementary school student is heading to court Monday.

19salemme -- FBI surveillance photo from 1993 at the Charles Hotel in Boston, Salemme on the left, his son Frank Jr. on the right; Stephen Flemmi with his back to the camera in a white shirt; and fourth guy is unidentified. (FBI surveillance photos)

Prosecutors file motion to protect secret witness at mobster’s trial; call it ‘a question of life and death’

Prosecutors in the murder trial of “Cadillac Frank” Salemme said clearing the courtroom when witness protection officials testify is a matter of “life and death.”

A look at the four teenagers who died in East Bridgewater crash

A portrait has emerged of the four Stoughton High School students who were killed in a devastating single-car crash over the weekend.

Home surveillance video captures man breaking into Milton home. Police seek help with ID.

Milton police released a home surveillance video of a man breaking into an East Milton home in hopes that the public can identify the man who tried to hide his face from the security system.

A mostly dry and sunny work week lies ahead, according to the National Weather Service.

A bright and shiny start to the work week

Temperatures in Greater Boston will crawl steadily upward until they peak in the high 70s Monday.

Man taken to Mass. General after he was found with stab wounds in Eastie

The victim was found at the intersection of Bennington and Swift streets, Boston EMS officials said.

Bridgewater woman seriously injured after being struck by vehicle on Route 106

A 28-year-old Bridgewater woman was seriously injured after she was struck by a vehicle on Route 106 in West Bridgewater late Sunday night.

Former President George H.W. Bush in 2016.

George H.W. Bush arrives in Kennebunkport for summer

Bush was eager to return to his Walker’s Point compound after enduring his wife’s recent death and then battling a blood infection.

Hyannis man taunts Barnstable police officers about death of Sean Gannon

When the suspect noticed his comment bothered the officers, he allegedly laughed and asked, “What are you going to do about it? Freedom of speech right?”

Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke Sunday after receiving the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

Former New Orleans mayor presented with JFK award for removing Confederate statues

Mitch Landrieu received this year’s John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award.


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Quincy College won’t appeal state’s decision to shut down nursing programs

Mayor Thomas Koch said he wants to work with the state nursing board and determine the root of the problem.

George McGrath, 70, a prisoner at MCI-Norfolk who was convicted of murder in 1969, is seeking a medical parole.

State wants to show compassion to ill inmates — and save money

With one of the oldest prison populations in the country, the state is looking to reduce the number of incapacitated and ill inmates, potentially saving taxpayers millions.

At Dreamland Wax Museum, Delores Steinlilber took a seat and let “Queen Elizabeth” stand.

When this wax museum opened in Boston, it was hard not to wonder: ‘Why?’

They’re dated, sure, but wax museums play an important societal role: They allow us to feel superior to something.

Boston, MA - 4/26/18 - Kids walk in a light rain, toward the Mildred Avenue Middle School. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: standalone rain Reporter: XXX

Get those sunglasses out: Sun and warmth expected in Boston this week

Residents of Greater Boston can expect a mostly sunny week with balmy temperatures after rain and thunderstorms hit the region Sunday.

Some Tufts University students turned their backs in protest of commencement speaker Ellen J. Kullman.

Tufts students protest former DuPont CEO during commencement speech

Ellen Kullman spoke about integrity and morality, even though her previous company was tied to several cases of chemical dumping.

Small passenger airplane crashes at Marlboro Airport

No injuries were reported after a small passenger airplane crashed into a fence at Marlboro Airport Sunday afternoon.

Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia, spoke to the class of 2018 at Boston University’s  commencement.

Encouragement and reflection at Boston University’s commencement

For more than 7,000 Boston University graduates and their families, Sunday was a day they’d looked toward for four years — maybe a lifetime.

Painter Paul Goodnight, shown in 2004, moved into the Piano Factory building 44 years ago, long before the South End was chic.

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Ousting of South End artists sounds a sour note

The architect who owns the Piano Craft Guild building has notified tenants of the last five workspaces in the 174-unit building that their time is up at the end of 2018.

Brookline Town Meeting this week will consider renaming the Edward Devotion Elementary School (rear), named for a former slave owner who bequeathed land to the town for use as a school.


Brookline could remove slave owner’s name from school

The Edward Devotion School was named for an 18th-century resident who bequeathed land to the town.

Christopher Joyce’s parents, Raeshaunna and Christopher Joyce Sr., were presented their son’s diploma by the school’s president, John Keenan.

Parents of Salem State student slain in Jamaica Plain accept diploma on his behalf

The parents of 23-year-old Christopher Joyce — an innocent bystander who was shot and killed May 5 — fought back tears as they accepted his diploma Saturday.

Hillary Clinton in December 2017.

Hillary Clinton to receive prestigious Harvard medal

Clinton will be awarded with the Radcliffe Medal, which honors those whose life and work have had a ‘‘transformative impact on society.’’

One person dies in Rochester fire

A male died and a female was hospitalized after a three-alarm fire tore through a home in Rochester on Sunday morning.

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Today is Monday, May 21, the 141st day of 2018. There are 224 days left in the year.


Maey 21, 2018

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Amberly Ann Mendes celebrated her bachelor’s degree in biology

Suffolk students walk at triple commencement in Seaport

More than 2,000 graduate and undergraduate students were expected to receive their diplomas.