Lawyer: Notes may help Hernandez kin separate truth from rumor

A judge ordered that Aaron Hernandez’s suicide notes be released to the family after an emergency motion was filed.

Patricia A. McMahon scoured through birth certificate books dating from the 1950s. The books are stored in the “dungeon,” as she calls it, in the bowels of Boston City Hall.

Incomplete birth certificates create a bureaucratic morass

A generation ago, babies without official first names were surprisingly common. Now, some of them are dealing with tons of red tape.

Coach shortages that have caused overcrowding on the commuter rail will persist until for a few more weeks, officials said Monday.

Hoping to nab a seat on your commuter rail ride? You may have to wait a few more weeks

Officials from Keolis Commuter Services, which operates the commuter rail, say coach shortages will last until mid-May.

Dorchester 04/21/2017 A portion of the UMass Boston campus underground garage that served as a foundation for five campus buildings and was built to accommodate over a thousand cars has been closed. The garage was plagued by problems,and work as been done to reinforce the structure. Estimates to fix the substructure as well as several attached buildings is expected to cost at least 150 million dollars or more. Jonathan Wiggs /GlobeStaff) Reporter:Topic

Baker will commit $78 million to UMass Boston garage project

The administration will provide the money in its capital budget for fiscal year 2018, which is set to be released in the coming weeks.

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Mourners gather in Aaron Hernandez’s hometown for funeral

Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, Jonathan “DJ” Hernandez, and Hernandez’s mother, Terri Hernandez, were in attendance.

Photos from Aaron Hernandez’s funeral

Relatives, friends, and former teammates gathered in Aaron Hernandez’s hometown of Bristol, Conn., on Monday.

Another shooting in Dorchester has residents on edge

“You never catch the shooter,” one man at the scene yelled at police officers.

9-year-old boy struck by baseball showing hopeful signs of recovery

Eddie Quinn, who was revived after Sunday’s incident, remained in a medically induced coma.


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Police will aid early-childhood campaign in Mattapan

The Boston Basics Campaign aims to spread the word about the critical need to build children’s learning capacity early from birth to age 3.

Time machine: Meat shortage

April 25, 1951: Boston Mayor John Hynes calls an emergency meeting to strategize about the beef shortage plaguing the city.

Man killed, three people hurt in Sunday Dorchester shootings

The man died after a double-shooting that also injured a woman near 22 Thane St.

Cornell Mills campaigned in Dudley Square in March 2011 during his bid for the city council.

Former City Council candidate charged with larceny, embezzlement

Cornell Mills is a former City Council candidate and the son of former state senator Dianne Wilkerson.

Boy allegedly assaults another boy at Boys & Girls Club

The boy, whose name was not released because of his age, was charged as a juvenile with indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

10/10/16: Boston, MA: Red Sox DH David Ortiz came back onto the field to salute the crowd one last time following the final game of is career, a season ending Boston loss to the Cleveland Indians. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Cleveland Indians in Game Three of their ALDS baseball series at Fenway Park. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section: sports topic: Red Sox-Indians

David Ortiz to speak at R.I. commencement

Retired Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will deliver the commencement address at a private Rhode Island university.


 TEENS FOUND The two 13-year-old girls who went missing on Saturday have been located, Methuen police said. Kelianis Hernandez and Ysabel Suazo were found in Lawrence Monday at about 2:30 p.m., said Detective Sergeant Tom McMenamon. The two girls are in good health with no sign of injury. Detectives are speaking with them to determine what happened, McMenamon said. This is the second time this month that Suazo has gone missing; she disappeared on April 16, before being found later that day.

Political Happy Hour: April 24, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Mass. Dems’ West Bank drama | Kiwi tips | Pirates

Cadet Kamisha Green was honored Friday for her quick thinking and attention to detail.

Cadet honored for recognizing robbery suspect

Cadet Kamisha Green recognized the suspect when they walked into the station and told her superiors.

Recount confirms Framingham’s vote to become a city

Town officials spent several hours at Nevins Hall in the Memorial Building conducting a manual recount of more than 11,000 ballots from the April 4 election.

Swastika, with smiley face, discovered on Salem landmark

Surveillance video shows one boy drawing the figure and another apparently standing lookout.

Construction of the Ted Williams Tunnel was underway in 1994.

Here are some of the gargantuan projects dubbed ‘The Big Dig’

The dreaded moniker, which once referred exclusively to Boston’s Central Artery project, has gone global.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, April 25, the 115th day of 2017. There are 250 days left in the year.

Boston, MA 7/26/07 Massachusetts State House for Sidekick Get Out (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff) Library Tag 08012007

Mass. Democrats move to kill Israel resolution

Top leaders said the resolution was starkly unbalanced and could lead to an exodus from party.

A protester is arrested for blocking the entrance to the Suffolk County Correction Center during a protest against the federal deportation system in Boston on Monday, April 24, 2017. (Scott Eisen for The Boston Globe)

20 activists arrested during sit-in protesting detention of immigrants

The students, clergy, and other activists were arrested Monday after blocking the entrance to the Suffolk County House of Correction.

Sydney Chaffee (left) was applauded by Governor Charlie Baker during a ceremony.

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A conspicuous absence at Teacher of the Year ceremony

Mayor Martin Walsh’s staff said he had a scheduling conflict.

This unlucky ungulate was carted home in the back of a squad car.

Police in Maine pick up a pair of pygmy goats

Two pygmy goats wandered away from home and were later found in a woman’s garage snacking on some cat food.

 Party planks (ha) include “the Internet as an open resource for all,” “free culture,” and government transparency at all levels.

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Pirates descend on Boston this weekend

Party planks (ha) include “the Internet as an open resource for all,” “free culture,” and government transparency at all levels.

Boston MA 04/22/2017 Some of the crowd at the March For Science on the Boston Common had to use their sign for protection from the rain. Jonathan Wiggs /GlobeStaff) Reporter:Topic

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A spring nor’easter will dump heavy rain on the area this week

As April days go, Monday will be one of the best. And as April days go, Tuesday and Wednesday will be two of the nastiest.

Hillary Clinton Wellesley College commencement

Who’s speaking at this year’s local college commencements?

It’s commencement season, and time to cue up the speakers who will offer wisdom to graduates on navigating the real world.

Boston, MA - 11/15/16 - Lynda DeBiccari wades in as the water rises during a King Tide at the end of Long Wharf. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (in caps) Topic: ()

King tide flooding a preview of the daily norm we can expect

Experts warn that eventually sea levels will have risen to the point where that level of flooding will be an everyday occurrence.

A king tide flowed over Boston’s Long Wharf in November.

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Remember last fall’s king tides? They’re coming back

Every month of the year has a maximum tide cycle, but during some months tides rise higher than others.

Wild turkeys had the run of Pudding Brook Drive in Pembroke.

MassWildlife warns of turkey encounters

“Turkeys may attempt to dominate or attack people that they view as subordinates,” MassWildlife said.

Firefighters worked at the scene of a fatal fire in East Bridgewater.

East Bridgewater fire kills one person

A riding lawn mower ignited, killing the homeowner and setting the home ablaze.

Attempted armed robbery in Dartmouth Sunday

An man armed with a knife attempted to rob the Gold Star Market in Dartmouth Sunday night, police said.

Donald Trump wants to have a big week as he approaches the 100th day of his presidency Saturday, a milestone he bragged about during the campaign but now pooh-poohs as “ridiculous.”

Fast Forward: Congress is baaaack, and remembering the Easter Rising

President Trump wants to have a big week, and more of the news you need to know to rev up your day.

13-year-old Methuen girls are found safe

Detectives are speaking with them to determine what happened.

The return to school and the resumption of the work week will have the kind of weather that will make students and adults wish school vacation weeks was a lot longer.

‘Spectacular’ Monday followed by two days of rain

Get out there and enjoy sunny Monday because Tuesday and Wednesday will be all wet.

Walking in Thoreau’s steps, and then some

A Concord resident aims to hike every street in town before the bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau’s birth.

A funeral will be held Monday for Aaron Hernandez, who was found dead last week in his prison cell.

Aaron Hernandez’s funeral to be held today

A lifetime’s worth of aspirations and transgressions will be laid to rest in Connecticut, five days after Hernandez was found dead in his jail cell.

Toppled headstones at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia in February.

From swastikas to bomb threats, anti-Jewish incidents on record-setting track

The pace of incidents is on track to surpass the most recorded nationally in more than a decade.

Man shot after confrontation with police in West Springfield

Jeremy Hollins, 29, was shot once in the leg and twice in the shoulder.

Motorcyclist dies after hitting Chelsea building

The Lawrence man hit the structure at 19 Guam Road at about 6:21 p.m., police said.

Alexander Theroux allegedly “engaged in sexual misconduct toward a student in the 1970s,” school officials said in 2016.

Former N.H. legislator alleges abuse at Phillips Academy Andover

Marie Sapienza says Alexander Theroux, previously accused of abusing students, attacked her in the early 1980s.

Mayor candidate Tito Jackson is shaking up his campaign staff.

Mayoral candidate Tito Jackson to replace campaign manager

Charles Onwuche had led the effort since January, when Jackson launched his bid.

The Massachusetts State House.

Robert K. Massie enters race for governor

The longtime environmentalist and entrepreneur, a Democrat, says his résumé makes him uniquely qualified to take on Charlie Baker.

Former Probation Department head John J. O’Brien during a court appearance.

Appeals Court brings the Probation Department corruption case to an end — finally

An appeals court ended the long saga of the public corruption case of former Probation head John O’Brien and two top deputies.

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