Fleeing Syria for Donald Trump’s America

The trip was over for these refugees. They had found a home in Mass. But uncertainty lay ahead: Tomorrow, Trump would be sworn in.

People demonstrate against discrimination, racism, sexism, human rights violations and other issues during the

Beverly Beckham

Learning, and trying, to be an ‘upstander’

An upstander is the opposite of a bystander. An upstander is a person who sees wrongs and acts.

James Boyd Jr.’s death is one of seven recent incidents involving Department of Mental Health clients living in the community, frequently without proper supervision. Marilyn Boyd, his sister, looked through a bag of his belongings for the first time.

Spotlight Follow-up

A depleted state system fails many with serious mental illness

People with mental illness under the supervision of the Department of Mental Health have endangered themselves or others recently, including one who died.

Father Frank Daly got emotional when talking about his late wife.


After leaving the priesthood for love, a return to the altar

Frank Daly’s remarkable journey is a story of a priestly calling that was coaxed back to life after searing grief.

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Behind the scenes

How would readers react to my story on the tragic life of two Brookline sisters?

When the first of dozens of e-mails began pouring in from across the country, Patricia Wen was struck by the deep sympathies extended to the sisters.

Chess Notes

News from the world of chess

This day in history

Today is Sunday, March 26, the 85th day of 2017. There are 280 days left in the year.

One person killed, several others injured in big Avon wreck

Four or five vehicles were involved in the crash on Harrison Boulevard, according to police.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

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State Police warn against hoax phone calls

The calls appear to come from their barracks in South Boston, State Police said.

Trump supporter James Sorrentino of Everett responded to counterprotesters on Boston Common on Saturday.

Trump supporters rally in Boston, and counter-protesters are there, too

The rhetoric on both sides was marked by lots of cursing. A heavy and calm police presence prevented things from escalating.

Mia Robles (right) from Suffolk University Law School worked with Jeremiah E. Burke High School student Saheed Adebayo before he presented his case.

Trial competition gives students experience, confidence

Eight high school students from the Boston area are competing with others from across the country in the Marshall-Brennan moot court competition this weekend.

Dorchester, MA., 07/28/14, Boston Fire Department Deputy Chief Joseph E. Finn was sworn in as city fire commissioner during a ceremony at Boston Fire Department Engine 20 by Mayor Marty Walsh. Section: Metro Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff (The Boston Globe.

Veterans group vows vigorous legal fight over a fire cadet program

The Massachusetts Military Veterans Alliance called a proposed cadet program a “dangerous experiment” in public safety.

Annie Dookhan served three years in prison on perjury and evidence-tampering charges before her release last year.

DAs say Dookhan drug-tampering case nearing an end

The vast majority of drug cases potentially tainted by former state chemist Annie Dookhan will be vacated by mid-April.

Douglas Wingate and his daughter Amber.

‘He has no idea what he’s done to my family’

While a jury held Barry Cadden accountable for sending out tainted drugs, it refused to hold him directly responsible for 25 deaths.

Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairman Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 23, 2017, prior to the start of the committee's confirmation hearing for Agriculture Secretary-designate Sonny Perdue. The committee's ranking member Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. is at left. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Yvonne Abraham

We are in this together

But that togetherness thing seems anathema to GOP leaders, and especially to the White House.

The report said the T spent $44 an hour of bus operation on maintenance; second was New York City’s $42 an hour.

Starts & Stops

MBTA had highest bus maintenance costs, study finds

The report, released Friday, found that the MBTA spent more than $44 an hour on bus maintenance, surpassing New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority system, which spent about $42 an hour.

Woman injured in hit-and-run on Lynnway

A woman was struck and suffered a facial injury in a hit-and-run on the Lynnway Saturday afternoon, according to police.


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Samantha, 10, loves arts and crafts and gymnastics

Samantha is in the fourth grade and likes school, especially writing. She wants to be a singer when she grows up and her favorite singer is Taylor Swift.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

Suspect in Waltham stabbing arrested at South Station

Waltham police arrested Ping Hong, who is accused of stabbing his girlfriend’s mother, late Friday night at South Station.

Text messages sent between Aaron Hernandez (left) and Alexander Bradley (right) read like a noir novel.

‘U left me with one eye and a lot of head trauma,’ Bradley texted to Aaron Hernandez

Hundreds of text messages, sent between Aaron Hernandez and Alexander Bradley after Hernandez allegedly shot Bradley in the eye, read like a noir novel.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, March 25, the 84th day of 2017. There are 281 days left in the year.


March 25, 2017

Federal prosecutors say Albert Taderera was the “Incognito Bandit.” Above: A man robbed a Woburn bank in 2015.

Alleged ‘Incognito Bandit’ arrested before flight out of country

Albert Taderera, 36, is allegedly the masked man behind 16 bank robberies in the region, officials said.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Felix Arroyo in 2002.

Suffolk registry workers describe racial hostility, sexual harassment

An investigation uncovered allegations that some longtime white court employees actively worked to “sabotage” diversity efforts.

Newlyweds Anthony and Jaime Parchesky (formerly Jaime Mullin) held on to the wedding license that almost messed up their wedding plans.

A missing wedding license couldn’t stop this Medway marriage

“I forgot to pick up the license,” Anthony Parchesky told his mother.

Escaped prisoner James Morales departed a cruiser at the Medford State Police barracks after being captured in Somerville on Jan. 5.

Report blames errors, complacency for R.I. inmate’s escape

James Morales escaped after a guard failed to notice a bed sheet hidden in his winter coat and a crude, handmade cutting tool in his shoe.

Photo from a surveillance camera inside the mall of the two suspects.

Worcester man stabbed and robbed at Auburn Mall

The 62-year-old man went to the mall to keep an online appointment and was stabbed and robbed by a couple he allowed into his car, police said.

Admiral Paul Zukunft (right), commandant of the US Coast Guard, took part in the gathering of the Arctic Coast Guard Forum, which includes eight nations working to deal with increased shipping traffic in the Arctic.

US, other nations gather to work on Arctic issues

The coast guards of eight nations came together to develop a common doctrine about Arctic operations.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke informed jurors of his decision Thursday afternoon to suspend the trial on Friday.

Aaron Hernandez trial on hold Friday

Judge Jeffrey Locke gave the court the day off so lawyers on both side can recover from a cold that has spread through the courtroom.

Boston police seek two suspects in Dorchester break-in

The suspects allegedly broke into a Columbia Road home on Thursday morning and stole a small metal safe.

Kyle Loughlin (right) at his July 2015 arraignment.

Former day care worker pleads guilty in child rape case

Kyle Loughlin, 23, was sentenced to 7½ years behind bars for assaulting three toddlers at Bridgewater State University’s Children’s Center.

Political Happy Hour: March 24, 2017

Political Happy Hour: YUGE setback for Trump | Dogs versus cats | Arroyo looks ahead

Juvenile moose captured in Ludlow, taken to safer location

A young moose wandering near the Massachusetts Turnpike in Ludlow was captured by Massachusetts Environmental Police and taken to a safer location.

Harvard Law School mourning death of student

Law School Dean Martha L. Minow sent out an email identifying the student as Will Zhang, according to the Crimson.

Fire forces evacuation of Chelsea elderly housing high-rise

No injuries were reported at the Buckley Apartments on Bloomingdale Street in Chelsea.

Mass. man facing charges after crash kills infant in stroller

Wallace Ramirez was driving in Queens when he struck the stroller with his truck, New York City police said.

Potential incendiary device probed in Marion

The device found on Pumping Station Road did not contain hazardous materials or explosives, State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey’s office said in a statement.

UMass researchers detailed their observations of a galaxy that can be seen from Earth only as it was 12.4 billion years ago — about 1.3 billion years after scientists believe the universe was born.

UMass researchers catch glimpse of ancient galaxy

Researchers caught a detailed glimpse of an ancient galaxy that’s raising questions about what happened after the big bang.

Masconomet principal resigns over plagiarism claims

“I need to apologize to the Masconomet community for the choices I made in not citing writing that was not my own,” Laurie Hodgdon wrote in a statement.

Amtrak train from Boston derailed at Penn Station

No injuries were reported when Train 2151 made contact with an incoming NJ Transit train as it departed Penn Station around 9 a.m.

A rendering of the mixed-use development planned for 154-160 Cambridge St. (Route 3A) in Burlington. (GRLA (Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects), Hopkinton)

Burlington is thriving as boom town

The vacant Building 19½ site, slated to become 48,000 square feet of retail space and 29 residential units, is just the town’s latest development.

Showers, gusting winds mark end of work week

Grab your raincoat — an umbrella just may not be strong enough for Friday’s weather.

President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (above) caved to the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus’s demand for the removal of “essential health benefits” -- Obamacare’s minimum requirements for insurance coverage for things like hospitalizations, lab tests, prescriptions, and maternity care.

Fast Forward: Health care vote, and those remarkable Brontës

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Man dies after being stabbed in the neck in Lynn

The 22-year-old man was stabbed shortly after midnight, Lynn police said.

James Kelly Bridge in South Boston closed after pedestrian hit

A pedestrian suffered life-threatening injures early Friday and Boston police closed the bridge in the morning to investigate.

NORWELL, MA - 3/06/2017: Giving a pat on the back is Shannon O'Connor (cq) in her history class to CODY a therapy dog who gets much attention and gives it at the Chapman Farm School in Norwell. The school is for kids who have trouble in regular schools because they are sensitive and tend to get bullied. The school has been trying to move to a former llama farm in East Bridgewater, but she has run into opposition from her neighbors there who have sued to keep the school out (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: REGIONAL TOPIC xxsobullied

Fight brewing in East Bridgewater against a school for bullied kids

Neighbors have filed a lawsuit saying the town Planning Board exceeded its authority when it gave permission for the school, which they say will cause traffic problems on their dead-end street.

One lane reopened in Quincy where crews continue to repair gas leak

The westbound lane of West Squantum Street has reopened, but repairs are expected to keep the other lane closed for several hours, Quincy police said.


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