In mayoral race interview, Jackson dings Walsh for furthering city’s inequality

Tito Jackson participated in the first of two conversations with the city’s leading mayoral candidates.

“We’re all hurting, man,” Andres Cruz Jr. said outside West Roxbury Municipal Court after suspects were arraigned in the death of his father. “I loved him.”

Three men suspected in death of Mission Hill hardware store owner ordered held without bail

Jerome Hobson, 38, of Dorchester, and Shawn Redden, 26, of Brockton, were each arraigned on murder and other charges in West Roxbury Municipal Court.

Humpback whale's right pectoral flipper is raised as it falls back into the water, in this spin breach, in the southeast corner of Stellwagen Bank.

Whale watching can brighten even a gray day

Will you see a humpback if you take a whale watch tour on a rainy day? Lucky for you, whales are just as likely to surface on a dreary day as they are on a nice one.

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Slain Mission Hill store owner recalled as ‘the last of a bygone era’

The hard-working 58-year-old father had overcome troubles and tragedies to become a beloved neighborhood business owner.

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Feds seeking 87-month sentence for MS-13 gang member who ‘protected’ cocaine shipments

The government filed its sentencing request Wednesday in US District Court in the case against Efrain Yanes-Vasquez.

Pedestrian struck and injured on Huntington Avenue

The person suffered a “significant injury,” according to Boston Emergency Medical Services.

Snarled by traffic, Bristol sheriff facing contempt hearing

Judge William Young ordered Tom Hodgson to appear for a contempt hearing because he showed up two hours late.

Lowell man sentenced to probation in shaken baby case

Anthony Mansolilli, 30, was sentenced to five years probation Wednesday in Lowell Superior Court, officials said.

Newburyport police lift shelter in place order, teen arrested

The 19-year-old had been considered armed and dangerous, police said.

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Brockton police investigate shooting

The shooting occurred on North Warren Avenue Wednesday night, police said.

Former day care worker arrested on child porn charges for second time

Mason Lister, 22, of Arlington was arrested Wednesday after a search of his home turned up a cell phone with pornographic images of children, police said.

Chef Barbara Lynch in 2016.

Chef Barbara Lynch faces drunken driving charge, report says

Renowned chef Barbara Lynch is facing a drunken driving charge after a car crash in Gloucester earlier this week.

Judge denies MIT janitor’s request to be released from custody

Francisco Rodriguez, a 43-year-old father who has no criminal record, has become a political emblem of the US immigration system.


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Pittsfield man kills seagull on Rhode Island beach

When 19-year-old Michael Holmes struck and killed a seagull with a rock on Misquamicut State Beach in Rhode Island, he angered several other beachgoers.

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Expunge vs. seal? Parsing over pot offenses

A lingering question — how to treat criminal records of marijuana-related offenses — centers around nomenclature.

A photo of Andres Cruz rested in the spontaneous memorial outside AC Hardware in Mission Hill on Wednesday.

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The soul of a neighborhood, killed for no reason

Andres Cruz was the kind of hardware store owner who still extended credit to cash-strapped customers and offered help with their projects.

“As City Councilor, Mike Kelley will bring people, organizations and government together to find solutions that help everyone,” Maura Healey said Wednesday.


Maura Healey backs City Council candidate

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday endorsed Michael Kelley in the District 2 City Council race.

Political Happy Hour: July 19, 2017

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A 37-year-old Cohasset man was rescued after falling into an open well.

Officials say Cohasset rescue the result of quick action and teamwork

Responders from a dozen Massachusetts fire departments worked together to save a Cohasset man who became trapped in an open well early Wednesday morning.

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Boston is a wicked sweaty city, report finds

The city ranks as one of the sweatiest cities in the country.

At the front steps of the Massachusetts State House, over 100 children led a march focusing on child hunger.

Young people march against child hunger

About 200 children marched to the State House and chanted “Don’t let Trump take our lunch.”

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 NAKED DRIVER A Chicopee man faces charges including drunken driving and speeding after State Police said he was found naked while behind the wheel of a pickup truck on Interstate 91 Tuesday. Alexander Shanwenda, 24, of Chicopee, was arrested on I-91 southbound after reaching a speed of 105 miles per hour in a 45-mile-per- hour construction zone in Whately, police said. State Police initially reported that a black 2005 Ford pickup was driving erratically and speeding Tuesday evening. The vehicle was spotted by a trooper when it changed lanes without signaling and nearly hit a truck, according to State Police. The pickup then accelerated through the construction zone, and the trooper pulled it over. The trooper saw Shanwenda wearing no clothes with only a pair of work pants on his lap, State Police said. Shanwenda failed several field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest, police said.

The legislation proposed in Massachusetts wouldn’t change the basic marijuana rights of adults that the ballot question put in place.

Legislature moves forward on marijuana law overhaul

Both chambers are expected to take a final vote to send the bill to the governor Thursday.

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Fugitive told wife to bury him in backyard when he died

A fugitive accused of killing a Pennsylvania police chief and recently dug up in Dartmouth instructed his wife to bury him in their yard.

Naked driver arrested after speeding in construction zone

A Chicopee man was found naked behind the wheel of a pickup truck on Interstate 91.

Watch live: Mayoral Town Hall with Tito Jackson

Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson will discuss his mayoral campaign at UMass Boston on Wednesday. Mayor Martin J. Walsh will speak on Thursday.

6-year-old boy revived after possible drug overdose

The boy was stabilized when medical personnel in Manchester, N.H., administered a drug meant to combat the overdose.

Hector Gonzalez visited the makeshift memorial outside AC Hardware in Mission Hill on Wednesday.

Murder of business owner shocks neighborhood

A crowd of onlookers gathered Wednesday to pay tribute to Andres Cruz, who lost his life apparently fighting off robbers in his hardware store.

Nancy Shumway Adams from West Simsbury, Conn. took a photo of the stone of Samuel Wardwell, an alleged witch, who was hanged on Sept. 22, 1692. She is a 10th-generation descendant of Wardwell.

Salem Witch Trials memorial dedicated

Dozens gathered Wednesday for the ceremony, exactly 325 years after five women accused of witchcraft were executed.

Globe reporter Billy Baker and Timmy Talbot sat in the marsh in Conomo Point where greenheads breed.

Beware the greenhead: One man’s quest to find the perfect weapon against this wretched creature

We have gin and WD-40, dryer sheets and bottles of funky-smelling homemade potions, along with a foil blanket and an electrified tennis racket-looking thing.

A herd of bison spotted running loose in Gilford, N.H.

Herd of bison returned to home in Gilford, N.H.

The herd of bison that broke out of its enclosure was located and safely returned to its home Tuesday around 7 p.m.

The old Beverly Drawbridge swing span is hoisted out using a gantry crane.

Beverly Drawbridge rehab to close commuter rail line into August

Shuttles will replace northern stops on the Newburyport/Rockport rail line due to the replacement of the drawbridge connecting Salem and Beverly.

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Mass. towns debate new pot sales rules

Legislators defend giving communities different processes for controlling marijuana businesses.

Animal rights advocates had relied on a government database to identify dog breeding facilities, research labs, and zoos that had been cited for health and safety violations.

Animal advocates say removal of database hurts efforts to prevent abuse

Federal officials in February abruptly removed long-public information on health and safety violations from a searchable database online.

The VA Medical Center in Manchester, N.H., in June.

Manchester VA suffers ‘catastrophic’ pipe failure

Several floors of the building were flooded following the mechanical failure Wednesday morning.

A man visited the makeshift memorial outside AC Hardware in Mission Hill.

‘I am inside the store. I got a man down’: Dramatic audio from Mission Hill murder scene

Boston police officers were moving through their shift change Tuesday around 4 p.m. when the dispatcher for Area B went on the air with the terrifying call.

Hazmat crew responding to Attleboro acid spill

The spill happened Wednesday morning at a business on Perry Avenue.

Salem officials released the final design for the Proctor’s Ledge memorial in January.

Salem dedicates witch trials memorial, marking 325 years since the infamous executions

The memorial is built at Proctor’s Ledge, where 19 people accused of witchcraft are believed to have been executed in 1692.

A bullet fired on the Southeast Expressway in Quincy pierced the rear passenger door of a Lyft driver’s Toyota Prius early Tuesday morning.

Driver fires into Lyft car on Southeast Expressway in Quincy

The Lyft driver was in a Toyota Prius near the Furnace Brook Parkway exit ramp.

In this photo from 2014, freshly caught, local haddock, along with hake, scallops, monkfish, and flounder were packaged and for sale by Cape Ann Fresh Catch at the Cape Ann farmers market in Gloucester.

Feds shutting down Massachusetts flounder fishery for the year

Massachusetts fishermen are projected to meet or exceed their quota for the fish Wednesday.

Man arrested in NJ in connection with Milford death

Jusselo D. Dos Reis, 44, was arrested in Newark after being declared a fugitive from justice, officials said.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, July 19, the 200th day of 2017. There are 165 days left in the year.

AC Hardware’s owner appears in a sign that hangs over Tremont Street.

Mission Hill hardware store owner shot, killed

Neighbors described Andres Cruz, 58, as a “Norman Rockwell” figure in the neighborhood, often seen sweeping the sidewalk outside his store.

Arlington police turn to app to track overdoses

The information tracked includes number of Narcan doses administered on a call, police said.

That buzz in Boston? Low-flying helicopters

The helicopters flying over the city late Tuesday were part of an “authorized operation,” the FAA said.

Do you lose your GPS signal in Boston’s tunnels? Maybe not for much longer

MassDOT and the navigation app Waze are teaming up to allow your GPS to follow you into those confusing Boston tunnels.

In this photo taken Tuesday, razor wire lined the perimeter of the Bridgewater State Hospital grounds.

Substance abusers to move out of sex offender facility

The 14 men committed for addiction treatment were being housed at Bridgewater State Hospital.


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