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.

Many jurors were unaware that Aaron Hernandez was already serving a life sentence and knew little about the former Patriots tight end, the jury forewoman Lindsey Stringer said.

Jury felt a heavy burden in Aaron Hernandez case

The jurors who acquitted Aaron Hernandez wrestled with the credibility of the trial’s key witness and felt prosecutors did not meet the burden of proof.

The underground garage, which is the foundation for several buildings on campus, was closed after the structure was determined to be dangerously unstable.

UMass Boston’s biggest challenge? Its own ‘Big Dig’

A dangerously unstable parking garage, dating to the 1970s, sits beneath many buildings and the university’s central plaza.

Debra Sarjeant, the wife of murder victim Charleston Sarjeant, placed flowers on her husband's casket at Oak Lawn Cemetery as their three children looked on.

25 years later, the fallout from a Boston murder remains

Even in the blood-soaked early ’90s, Charleston Sarjeant’s beating stood out for its shocking pointlessness.

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Three suffer life-threatening injuries after wrong-way crash on Nashua turnpike

Three people are being treated for life-threatening injuries after a driver crashed head-on into a car while driving the wrong way on the F. E. Everett Turnpike in Nashua, N.H. early Sunday morning, according to New Hampshire State Police.

Boston Fire Commissioner wins Fire Chief of the Year honor

Joseph E. Finn received the honor from the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association.

Abortions in Massachusetts down nearly 11 percent since 2010

As the political fight in Washington over Planned Parenthood intensifies, the number of abortions performed in Massachusetts continues to fall.

At least 17 displaced by early morning Dorchester blaze

The fire caused an estimated $2.5 million in damage, according to fire officials.

Blotter Tales

Storks at work in blue uniforms

Firefighters help deliver a baby in Amesbury, a Bridgewater man lost his car to his name-unknown girlfriend, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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Methuen police searching for bank robber

A white male, believed to be in his late 30s or mid-40s, displayed a handgun, police said.

In this Wednesday, March 1, 2017, photo, a sample of cursive letters are on display in the third-grade classroom at P.S. 166 in the Queens borough of New York. Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina distributed a handbook on teaching cursive writing in September and is encouraging principals to use it. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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In the boneyard, a bridge to the beautiful past

Children are not taught handwriting anymore, and that’s a shame. Cursive is part of who we are, a bridge to history.

Man accused of assaulting woman on MBTA turns himself in, police say

The man allegedly assaulted a woman chaperoning a group of first and second graders on a field trip.

13-year-old girls reported missing in Methuen

Kelianis Hernandez and Ysabel Suazo were last seen together in the area of Lowell Street at about 12:15 a.m. Saturday, police said.

Man ejected from burning vehicle in Palmer

The man was ejected on Route 67 after the vehicle he was traveling in slammed into a concrete overpass of the Mass. Pike, Palmer police said.


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Four people were injured, including one seriously, in the crash, police said.

Teens, child injured in Ashby crash

A two vehicle crash sent four people, including two teens and one child, to the hospital early Saturday morning.

Shondell Davis greeted those who attended Saturday’s memorial for her son, who was shot and killed on April 24, 2009.

City launches 4 trauma teams to help people in crisis

The teams — based in Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and East Boston — will use a comprehensive approach to addressing the toll of violence, officials said.

Police investigate fatal Roxbury shooting of 18-year-old male

Bryana White, 17, said the victim was goofy guy, who enjoyed telling jokes and had a big smile.

Block Island looks to block Uber, Lyft

Twelve miles and a ferry ride from the New England shore, Block Island is one of the last major tourist destinations in the United States without Uber or Lyft.


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Mark, 11, is outgoing and loves to be active

Mark is an athletic eleven-year-old boy who does well in school and loves to play sports.

Man seriously injured in Andover crash

A 57-year-old Stoneham man was injured in a two-car crash on I-93 Saturday morning that sent his car airborne before it hit a tree near exit 43.

Abington police search for robber armed with syringe

The man walked used a syringe “containing a red liquid substance” to rob a gas station clerk early Saturday morning, police said.

President Trump (left) welcomed Robert Kraft to the White House last week for a ceremony that honored the Super Bowl champion Patriots.

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How can fans make sense of the Trump-Kraft relationship?

“It’s pretty simple,” explained son Josh Kraft. “They’ve been friends for years. The worst time in my dad’s life, this guy was there for him.”

Two families displaced in Fitchburg house fire

The families, which include four children, are being assisted by the Red Cross.

Chess notes

News from the world of chess

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

This day in history

Today is Sunday, April 23, the 113th day of 2017. There are 252 days left in the year.

Donald Fisher showed a simulator to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center last week.

Starts & Stops

US Transportation Secretary calls governor’s advocacy for Green Line extension ‘persuasive’

Elaine Chao on Friday toured the federal government’s John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Kendall Square.

Hernandez’s fiancee may sue prison for failing to prevent suicide

The attorney for Hernandez’s fiancee said she may sue state prison officials for failing to prevent his suicide.

Scientists and science enthusiasts carry placards as they participate in the “March for Sciences” which celebrates the scientific method, in Amsterdam on April 22, 2017, Earth Day. Thousands of people rallied in support for science in Europe and Australasia on April 22, ahead of a march in Washington, triggered by rising concern over populism and so-called alternative facts

Photos: The best signs from science marches around the world

Perhaps it shouldn’t surprise anyone that a worldwide coordinated effort of scientists and their supporters produced some of the wittiest and most creative rally signs.

Part of the crowd gathered at the March For Science on the Boston Common.  Jonathan Wiggs /GlobeStaff

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Science-lovers flood Boston Common as part of marches

Follow along with live updates as scientists gather in Boston Common.

Police were seen near the Esplanade in Boston Saturday.

Body of man in his 20s found near Esplanade

The body of a man believed to be in his mid-20s was found early Saturday morning on the bicycle path near the Charles River Esplanade.

Aaron Hernandez.

Hernandez funeral set for Monday in his Conn. hometown

A private funeral for convicted killer and former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez has been set for Monday afternoon.

Marchers headed toward Boston Common from Mass. General Hospital Saturday.

‘In science we trust’: Rainy Boston rally draws thousands

Scientists, doctors, and supporters gathered on the Boston Common in coordination with large gatherings across the US.

Ursula Ward (right) spoke at the office of her attorney, Douglas Sheff.

Lawyer for Aaron Hernandez victim’s family challenges Patriots to pay family

A lawyer for the family of Odin Lloyd, a man murdered by former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, challenged the team to be “champions of justice.”

This day in history

Today is Saturday, April 22, the 112th day of 2017. There are 253 days left in the year.

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Man shot dead in Roxbury

The shooting occurred on Ruggles Street before 9 p.m., police said.


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Sydney Chaffee (center) sat with former student Latanya Simpson (left) and Chief of Education Rahn Dorsey during a ceremony honoring Chaffee as the 2017 National Teacher of the Year.

Teacher of the year talks about challenges and rewards of being a teacher

Sydney Chaffee, the first Massachusetts National Teacher of the Year, spoke about tips for teaching and what got her started.

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Jack Grinold, Northeastern benefactor and ‘dean’ of sports information directors, dies at 81

Jack Grinold, 81, of Boston, who died April 21, was sports information director for a half-century at Northeastern University.

Mother of mentally ill man fatally shot by Boston police demands justice

At a Friday news conference, Hope Coleman and members of Mass Action Against Police Brutality demanded answers and justice in the fatal police shooting of Terrence Coleman.

Concord police warn of coyote attacks on dogs

An adult coyote attacked three dogs on a trail in the Eastabrook Woods, police said.

Carlos Rafael, seen here in 2014, was convicted on federal charges that he cheated fishing regulations to boost his profits.

Loss of ‘Codfather’ permits could hurt New Bedford

In a matter of months, the fish caught by Carlos Rafael’s boats could end up in another port somewhere else in the Northeast.

Haverhill man arrested in Texas for Easter Sunday murder in Lawrence

Luis Rodriguez, 24, was arrested early Friday in Sulphur Springs, Texas on a charge of being a fugitive from justice, prosecutors said.

The woman allegedly pushed the man down and stole his lottery ticket.

Fall River man injured in lottery ticket robbery

A woman allegedly approached the man and asked him for money before robbing him in the parking lot of a convenience store.

Scientists, science advocates, and community members rallied in Copley Square last February.

March for Science draws support, ambivalence

The planned marches have generated criticism that they threaten to turn scientists into another political interest group.

Political Happy Hour: April 21, 2017

Political Happy Hour: ‘America’s most beautiful citizen’ | ‘West Mass’ no more? | Mariachi band

President Trump to nominate Scott Brown as ambassador to New Zealand

In a press release Thursday, Trump announced that he would nominate the former US Senator from Massachusetts as ambassador to the island nation.

Jack Grinold.

Jack Grinold, longtime sports information director at Northeastern, dead at 81

Mr. Grinold spent more than 50 years at Northeastern University.


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