‘A deliberate act’: Device detonated near police cruiser

The Joint Terrorism Task Force will assist Boston police in the investigation.

Senator Jason M. Lewis proposed legislation that would reduce the amount of marijuana people 21 years and older could possess in their home from 10 ounces to 2 ounces, and the number of marijuana plants people could grow from 12 per household to six per household.

Mass. legislation would sharply curb marijuana law

The amount of marijuana people 21 years and older could possess at home would be lowered from 10 ounces to two ounces and the number of plants from 12 to six.

Boston MA 1/20/17 Count Bankula from City Life Urbano marching in protest on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

Thousands protest Trump presidency on Boston Common

The common theme among protesters was the phrase “not my president.”

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump arrives on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)


The chapters of Trump’s memoir are now in his hands

What will the pages of that autobiography look like?

Latest Metro headlines


Lottery results from Friday drawings

A social media roundup of the Boston protests

Protesters demonstrating against President Donald Trump have gathered in downtown Boston.

Fire alarms failed at Holyoke building where 3 died on New Year’s

The company monitoring the system knew it was malfunctioning about 48 hours before the deadly fire.

Kevin Starr, Prolific Chronicler of California’s History, Dies at 76

Kevin Starr, whose eight-volume history of California, collectively known as “Americans and the California Dream,” traced the promise and the perils of his native state with a novelist’s sense of narrative and character and a filmmaker’s eye for colorful detail, died Saturday in San Francisco. He was 76.

New Hampshire

Town that went for Trump quietly marks big moment

At Windham Barber Shop, a small crowd took in the inaugural festivities.

Yvonne Abraham


Abraham is a Metro columnist. Her work appears on Thursdays and Sundays.

Kevin Cullen


Cullen is a columnist for the Metro section who previously wrote for the Foreign desk and Spotlight team. His column appears Tuesdays and Sundays.

Thomas Farragher


Farragher is a Globe columnist and associate editor. He spent eight years as editor of the Spotlight Team. His columns appear Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Adrian Walker


Walker has been a columnist for the Metro section since 1998. His column appears Mondays and Fridays.

More Metro headlines

Boston police release photo of person who may have been in area of explosion near cruiser

Police are asking the public to help identify a person they say may have been in the South Boston area where an explosive device detonated near a police cruiser Friday morning.

Two more women join BPD’s command staff

Police Commissioner William B. Evans announced a series of promotions Friday.

Jean and John Bickerstaff are shown in this photo provided by Plymouth police.

Plymouth couple missing for nearly 24 hours found safe

The 87-year-old woman and her 90-year-old husband were found in Bourne, Plymouth police announced early Friday evening.

Three adults, infant injured in Middleborough car crash

The infant, who is younger than a year old, was not seriously injured, according to the Middleborough fire chief.

Ailing George H.W. Bush, wife, showing improvement

Doctors removed former President George H.W. Bush’s breathing tube on Friday and he was breathing well on his own at a Houston hospital, his spokesman said.

Philip Chism appeared in court in December 2015.

Teen convicted in slaying of Danvers teacher will enter prison system

Philip D. Chism is being transferred into the state prison system because he is turning 18, an official said.

Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez listens during a pretrial hearing at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Hernandez, who is serving a life sentence for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, appeared with his lawyers before for his upcoming trial, where he is charged in the 2012 slayings of two men outside a Boston nightclub. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Aaron Hernandez double murder trial delayed 16 days

A Superior Court judge on Friday agreed to delay the start date by two weeks after a jury is chosen.

President Donald Trump waved to supporters as he walked the inaugural parade route past the main reviewing stand in front of the White House.

Why are whitehouse.gov web pages disappearing?

The mysterious changes were quickly noticed by news organizations and people on social media.

BU students tried to guess what Trump’s inaugural speech would say — and they came close

Some of the lines concocted by the students weren’t that far off.

Political Happy Hour: January 20, 2017

Political Happy Hour: President Donald John Trump | Key Mass. senator proposes big changes to pot law | ‘You never know when a tree’s going to fall on you’

Instead of attending Donald Trump’s inauguration, US Representative Katherine Clark met with caregivers at the Planned Parenthood League about congressional leaders’ plans to revoke their funding and repeal the Affordable Care Act.

In lieu of inauguration, Katherine Clark meets with Planned Parenthood

“Women and families across the country fear that the lifesaving care they rely on may be stripped away by this Congress and this administration,” said the congresswoman.

‘Hard landing’ for small plane in Nashua

Neither of the two people in the plane were injured, the Nashua fire department said.

Ethel Rosenberg was seen in a car as she started her trip to Sing Sing prison in 1951.

Exiting Obama does not act on request to exonerate Ethel Rosenberg

The sons of the accused spy, who was executed in 1953, have not given up their quest to clear her name.

MBTA to provide extra service for Boston Women’s March

Passenger volume is expected to be heavier than usual, according to officials.

After three hours, the guards ended the riot by injecting pepper spray into the housing unit.

Mass. prison riot began over a demand for showers

Almost 50 inmates returning from the gym refused to reenter their cells last week because they wanted to shower.

Harvard Book Store puts Barack and Michelle Obama’s farewell speeches in book form

The Harvard Book Store offers bookworms something to remember Barack and Michelle Obama by.

It looks like Obama was a bigger draw in 2009 than Trump in 2017

Overhead photos appear to show a lower turnout for Donald Trump’s inauguration than Barack Obama’s eight years ago.

Boston, Ma., 01/20/17, A small group of anti-President Trump lead a protest at the Boston Common. Boston folks react to the Inauguration of President Trump. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

New England watches history unfold

“I think immigrants are curious of what he’s going to say against us,” Olga Escalante said of President Trump at a Chelsea cafe.

Boy, 4, found safe in Wales, Mass.

The boy had been reported missing Friday morning from an area near an elementary school.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: The early morning sun begins to rise behind the White House, on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. At 12 noon today President-elect Trump will be sworn in as the nation's 45th president during an inaugural ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Fast Forward: Donald Trump becomes president, ‘El Chapo’ faces the music, and a thanks to George W. (Washington, not Bush)

The end of National Sugar Awareness Week, a thanks to George Washington, and more of the news you need.

Delays reported on Rockport commuter rail line

The T cited “mechanical problems” for the delays.

A protest by high school students that was held on Boston Common last month. The Boston Women’s March on Saturday will begin at 11 a.m. on the Common.

Thousands expected to attend women’s march in Boston

The Boston Women’s March is among the hundreds of demonstrations being held worldwide the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration.

‘Mild and tranquil’ weather with temperatures in 40s

Temperatures will be in the 40s Friday, about 10 degrees warmer than usual for late January.

UPS worker pleads guilty to shipping cocaine from Puerto Rico to Massachusetts

Jorge Carrasquillo-Ortiz, 41, of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to distribute 500 grams of cocaine.

Randolph man sentenced for two bank robberies

Gary Judge, 37, was sentenced to 57 months in prison, for robbing banks in Braintree and Milton.

Researchers from Northeastern University are studying the program to determine its effect on police work.

Evans considers extending body camera pilot program

The police commissioner provided an update on the program to City Council's Public Safety & Criminal Justice committee.

Police investigating juvenile assault in Hyde Park

A juvenile female was reportedly assaulted in Hyde Park Wednesday morning, police said.

The state’s drought remains ‘status quo’

Last week’s rain in the eastern part of the state did little to relieve the state’s drought conditions, according to officials.


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

Fred Fletcher, field superintendent, applied the finishing touches to the logo at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough where the New England Patriots will host the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday in the AFC Championship game this Sunday.

Boston police warn of fake Pats-Steelers tix

A man reported on Wedneday that he purchased fake tickets through Craigslist, police said.

Revere police officer arraigned on child abuse charges

Marcos Garcia, 32, of Saugus had bail set at $5,000 and ordered to stay away from the child, prosecutors said.

This is the entrance to TD Garden where a homeless man was allegedly assaulted by security guard Rene Norestant last month, according to authorities.

Security guards at TD Garden can no longer eject homeless

The change comes after one of the guards was accused of beating a disabled homeless man with his own cane.

Oscar Hancock (right) weighed which signs to bring while preparing to drive from Woonsocket, R.I.

A lonely trek to D.C. for Trump backers

Driving all night or catching flights from Logan, Trump’s ardent if outnumbered New England supporters ventured south to witness history.

The New England Compounding Center is shown here on October 5, 2012.

NECC technician testifies of compounding drugs, without a license

Joseph Connolly, a pharmacist technician, told a federal jury that he compounded medicines including eye treatments, as did other technicians.

Malden, MA 111715 Mitchell Chester (cq), Commissioner of Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Tuesday, November 17 2015. (Globe Staff/Wendy Maeda) section: Metro slug: 18testing reporter: Jeremy Fox

More problems for Boston Green Academy

A state education commissioner is recommending that Boston Green Academy in Brighton remain on probation for another three years.

By the numbers

35,000: Number of people organizers expect to participate in the Boston Women’s March for America on Saturday. It kicks off at 11 a.m. with speakers on the Common

Tweet of the day

“There is no such thing as trickle-down housing. … That’s called displacement.”@titojackson

Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez listens during a pretrial hearing at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Hernandez, who is serving a life sentence for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, appeared with his lawyers before for his upcoming trial, where he is charged in the 2012 slayings of two men outside a Boston nightclub. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Hernandez lawyers criticize the double-homicide investigation

A defense lawyer for Aaron Hernandez argued that the former New England Patriots star had been disadvantaged by the lack of surveillance evidence.

Haverhill couple sent to prison for deadly home invasion

Angela Walsh, 25, and Joshua Cloutman, 24, both pleaded guilty to armed robbery in court Thursday, prosecutors said.

Ducklings in Public Garden don pink knitted hats

The new apparel arrived ahead of this week’s Boston Women’s March, a protest of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.


ª MASKED ATTACKER A teenager in Hingham told police she fought off a masked man who came up behind her and pulled her pants down on Wednesday on North Street about 9 p.m., according to Hingham police. The girl screamed and kicked at the man before he ran away, police said. The victim told police that she then ran into a nearby business to report the attack. The suspect is described as 5 feet 5 inches and very skinny. He was wearing tight black pants, a black sweat shirt, had his face covered by and a black mask, police said. He didn’t speak during the attack, police said. Police are asking anyone with information about the attack to call Hingham detectives at 781-741-1443.


The Desperate and the Dead | Part 7

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/05/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/20160923_SAMentalHealth_312.jpg The San Antonio solution

One Texas city took on mental health as a community and became a national model. Why can’t Mass. do the same?

The story behind ‘Spotlight’

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/spotlight-9497.jpg Boston Globe coverage and the movie ‘Spotlight’

“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.