At Cambridge Cemetery, a mystery solved — and remembered

For decades, Brian Cutler’s family had no idea who was leaving flowers on his uncle’s grave at each Memorial Day weekend.

Westford Academy history teacher Stephen Scully, with student Nathan Schmidt and a typewriter in his World History 2 class.

Class touches a type of history firsthand

A typewriter repairman and a high school teacher have collaborated to teach kids to write the manual way.

Saturday’s blaze is believed to have started in a ventilation duct. It left the Red Shack restaurant gutted.

P-town fire at start of tourist season could prove costly for 3 restaurants

A dramatic fire damaged several restaurants in Provincetown Saturday evening just as the summer tourist season gets underway. No one was injured.

Activists chanted in the Texas Capitol Rotunda to protest a bill to ban the donation of aborted fetal tissue to medical researchers.

A new look for women’s rights protests: ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ cloaks and bonnets

Across the country, women’s rights advocates are using costumes straight out of Margaret Atwood’s story of a dystopian society.

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Special counsel, former FBI director Robert Mueller to speak at Tabor Academy

Mueller will give the commencement address Monday at the school in Marion.

Douglas drowning victim identified as Oxford teen

“She lost her life because she was so full of life,” said a friend of 18-year-old Annie Krantz.

This day in history

Today is Monday, May 29, the 149th day of 2017. There are 216 days left in the year. This is the Memorial Day observance.

Teen found stabbed on street in Lowell

Police arrived on Bridge Street around 6:30 p.m. after a caller reported seeing the wounded 17-year-old.

Serious injuries reported in West Bridgewater crash

The crash happened Sunday evening on Route 24, State Police said.

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Lottery results from Sunday drawings

New England news in brief

New England news in brief

A cake baked by Montilio’s Bakery to honor the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth will be served Monday at the JFK Library.

Putting the icing on JFK centennial celebration

Montilio’s Bakery of Brockton, which has long had an association with the Kennedy family, created the cake for Monday’s event at the JFK Library.

Police blotter

Police blotter


Navy jet flyover to mark JFK centennial

On Monday at 3 p.m., US Navy jets will fly over John F. Kennedy’s birthplace in Brookline to mark his birth 100 years ago.

A Boston park ranger marked a goose egg in Franklin Park.

Here’s how Boston is trying to control the geese population

Every spring, park rangers converge on the Esplanade and other parks to carry out a process called egg addling.

More than 40 people were rescued Sunday afternoon from a Provincetown breakwater after high tides blocked their path back to the mainland.

44 stranded by high tide on Provincetown breakwater

People often walk along the Long Point breakwater, a mile-long stone jetty that protects the salt marshes from ocean currents.

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Man dies in motorcycle accident in Salem, N.H.

Roger Marchand, 57, of Northwood, New Hampshire, was thrown from his 2003 Harley-Davidson

Haverhill double-stabbing leaves one in critical condition

Hayden Delafuente, 21, allegedly stabbed two men around 1:30 a.m Sunday morning.

Man struck and killed by police cruiser on Cape Cod

The man, who was not identified, was hit by the cruiser while walking in the center of 1358 Falmouth Road on Route 28 at about 2 a.m.

Boston, MA - 5/28/2017 - Runners from the NYPD team make their way along the route of the Run To Remember , a charity race honoring first responders killed in the line of duty, in Boston, MA, May 28, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Runners race in Boston to commemorate fallen first responders

Hundreds of people, including some from across the country, participated in the Boston Run to Remember on Sunday.

Middleborough man seriously injured after vehicle falls on him

The man was flown to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment.

Army Specialist Etienne Jules Murphy, 22, was on his first deployment to Syria when he was injured in a vehicle rollover and died, the Army said.

Soldier born in Boston dies in crash in Syria

Army Specialist Etienne Jules Murphy, 22, died Thursday in a rollover crash in northern Syria, the Army announced Saturday.

Man in 20s is fatally shot in Chinatown early Saturday

The victim was shot around 2:30 a.m. at 66 Hudson St., Boston Police said.

Daniel Cleggett on his boat in Boston harbor.


The addiction brokers and the damage done

Their world is bleak enough, but now some addicts are being snared by middlemen peddling promises of free treatment in sunny Florida. The results are predictable, and sometimes deadly.

Firefighters battled the blaze on Saturday.

Fire rips through restaurant roof on Cape Cod

Firefighters battled a blaze on the roof of a restaurant near Provincetown’s transportation hub on Saturday.

Methuen teen arrested for shooting another teen

A 17-year-old male was being held Saturday night on $5,000 cash bail at the Methuen Police Department.

Lakeville man arrested after driving wrong way on I-89 in N.H.

Kirk Meinheit, 60, was arrested on three charges including aggravated driving while intoxicated, police said.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Peter Shelley of the Conservation Law Foundation paused during a walk along Fan Pier, which overlooks Boston Harbor.


It’s a cleaner harbor, with fewer spots to enjoy it

The waterfront’s bad old days are gone. Peter Shelley’s outrage isn’t.

Marines were reflected in the water of the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial on Saturday.

Gold Star families remember lost loved ones with yellow roses and vows to keep memories alive

Every day is Memorial Day for Gold Star families, said speakers at the Saturday morning ceremony for the re-dedication of a Boston monument.

In March, choir member Margaret Vivian arrived for Mass at Saint Augustine Chapel in South Boston.

For nearly two centuries, this chapel has endured in Boston

The state’s oldest Catholic Church commemorates a largely forgotten fight for religious tolerance that gave Catholicism its foothold in New England.

Teenager drowns in Douglas reservoir

The 18-year-old was pulled from the bottom of Whitin Reservoir, police said.

Officer Stephen Lyons.

Cambridge officer killed on duty gets long overdue honor

Law enforcement groups have pushed for greater recognition of their colleagues who have died on the job.

Vice President Mike Pence.

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LGBT rights are under siege

The government is stacked with people who have been at the vanguard of attempts to undo hard-fought victories.

Greenfield man chased by State Police, charged with drug offenses

Troopers enlisted the help of Greenfield police, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 units and a State Police helicopter in the area to search for the suspect.

Orlando Melendez has pleaded not guilty to charges he used a toy gun to try to rob a convenience store in December.

Springfield judge won’t let alleged clown juggle in his own defense

The man said performing is the only way to convince a jury he wasn’t really trying to rob a store.

Swastikas found at Duxbury middle and high schools

One of the Nazi symbols was found in a middle school bathroom, and the other on a bleacher in the high school gym, police said.

Teenager charged in fatal Brockton crash

Jesus Alvarez Coreano, 19, was ordered to wear a GPS monitor, not drive and abide by a curfew at his arraignment Friday.

As a college student, Jevin Eagle considered entering rabbinical school, but he deferred his calling.

Boardroom to bimah

The new director of Hillel at Boston University is a former Staples executive who never forgot his lifelong dream of becoming a rabbi.


sunday’s child

Jordan is always ready with a smile

Jordan is a happy, personable ten-year-old boy. He is always smiling and saying “Hi!” Jordan enjoys playing outside, building with Legos, and making others laugh.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

What’s open and what’s closed on Memorial Day?

A look at how the holiday might affect your routine.

Orlando Melendez has pleaded not guilty to charges he used a toy gun to try to rob a convenience store in December.

Springfield judge won’t let alleged clown juggle in his own defense

The man said performing is the only way to convince a jury he wasn’t really trying to rob a store.

Chess notes

News from the world of chess

This day in history

Today is Sunday, May 28, the 148th day of 2017. There are 217 days left in the year.

Starts and Stops

MBTA passes for all at local colleges?

Why don’t more colleges take the MBTA on its “university pass” offer?

The Green Line.

State Senate approves commission to study troubled MBTA pension fund

Under the measure, an 11-member panel would be established to conduct a rigorous review of the $1.5 billion retirement fund for transit workers.

The Big Picture

Remembering JFK on his 100th birthday

John F. Kennedy was born on May 29th, 1917, in Brookline. Here is a look at moments in JFK’s life in his home state.

At Wellesley College, Clinton urges graduates to fight for truth

Forty-eight years after she gave the first student commencement speech at Wellesley College, alumna Hillary Clinton returned for a repeat performance.


// Documenting Hate: Submit an incident you know about

If you have been a victim or witnessed a hate incident, share your information here so we can investigate.

The story behind ‘Spotlight’

// 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.