89-year-old pilot who died Wednesday lived a life of adventure

For Norman Baker, flying was only one part of a lifetime of daring exploration and adventure.

Former State Police Superintendent Richard McKeon.

Ethics commission investigating altered State Police report

Anyone involved in ordering changes to the arrest report of Alli Bibaud could face charges of violating the state conflict of interest law.

08bus - An MBTA bus drives down a dedicated lane converted from parking spaces on one side of Broadway in Everett during a one week trial. The MBTA could use the project as a way to encourage other bus-only lane tests in traffic-snarled Boston. (Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe)

The T wants parking lanes for buses. Will Boston give them up?

The MBTA has a solution to speed up buses carrying tens of thousands of commuters each day: their own lanes.

Hyannis, MA: 11-23-2017: Jessica Labiosa (center), of Bayamón, Puerto Rico celebrates Thanksgiving with her four children in Hyannis. Credit: Roberto Rodriguez Lugo

Far from Puerto Rico, islanders reflect on Thanksgiving

Even in the toughest situations, people are finding ways to celebrate.

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Police investigate possible stabbing near Common

Boston EMS received a call around 12:15 a.m. for a “person who was reportedly stabbed.” The victim was taken to Tufts Medical Center.

‘I didn’t have nothing to do with it,’ says man convicted in Cape killing

Christopher McCowen is adamant he did not kill Christa Worthington.

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Today is Saturday, Nov. 25, the 329th day of 2017. There are 36 days left in the year.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in Lynn hit-and-run

A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a hit-and-run in Lynn Friday night, police said.

Pedestrian struck and killed by car in Newburyport

A man was hit by the car and killed as he walked across Route 113 in Newburyport Friday evening, authorities said.

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Lottery results from Friday drawings

BOSTON, MA- NOVEMBER 24, 2017- : After the lighting of Boston Winter Holiday Tree youths took part in the First skate on the Ice Skating Path during the opening celebration at

Boston winter festival kicks off at City Hall Plaza

The second annual Boston Winter festival includes a skating path and also features more than 85 chalets where visitors can shop for food and souvenirs.

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Many asking for Santa’s help say that it’s not all about them

A mother of two wants help for her children, “soldiers” who will pull through adversity.

Thanksgiving baby delivered by Stoneham police officers

Two Stoneham police officers responded to a call Thanksgiving night and ended up delivering a baby.

Courtesy for turkeys causes Thanksgiving crash

A flock of turkeys crossing the road resulted in a Thanksgiving Day crash in Cohasset.

Textile conservator Kate Tarleton worked on the restoration of the panorama in New Bedford.

A whale's tale: Longest painting in North America restored

A museum has restored the longest painting in North America so it can share the story of American whaling with the public.

Built in 1889, the Queen Anne Victorian at 306 French St. is located about a mile north of the house where Borden’s father and stepmother were famously killed in August 1892.

Asking price for Lizzie Borden’s house in Fall River is lowered

The home in Fall River where Lizzie Borden lived for many years is now priced at $799,000.

Man accused of leading police in chase ordered held on $30,000 bail

Police said the South Boston man led officers on a chase in a stolen car from Concord to Waltham this week.

Suspect to undergo mental health evaluation after being charged in slaying of West Roxbury man

Nathurlon Jones Munnerlyn is accused of killing Brian M. Sweeney, 40, of West Roxbury.

Firefighters rescue several occupants, pets from N.H., house fire

The two-alarm fire at a multifamily residence in Manchester, N.H., Thursday left all six resident families homeless.

The Deguire family were hard at work Friday morning, the opening day of their Christmas tree farm in Blackstone. Bear’s Christmas Tree Farm sells organic Christmas trees for around $65.

Mass. Christmas tree farms gearing up for busy season

With Christmas around the corner, this year’s crops are looking extra green.

Boston EMS credits bystanders in saving runner’s life at Franklin Park race

Boston EMS has a message to the bystanders who offered life-sustaining care to a man who collapsed during a Thanksgiving Day morning road race: Thank you.

This year has seen the most retail store closings since 2000

So far in 2017, major retailers have closed or announced plans to shutter a record-high 6,879 brick-and-mortar stores nationwide.

Andrea Bosworth enjoyed helping out other athletes at races. Bosworth died Thursday of injuries she received when she was hit by an alleged drunk driver on Oct. 22.

Medway triathlete dies after being hit by car last month

Andrea Alves Bosworth was critically injured Oct. 22 when she was hit by an alleged drunk driver.

Photo textile conservator Kate Tarleton stands between two oversized spools holding a portion of the 1848

A whale’s tale: Longest painting in North America restored

A museum has restored the longest painting in North America so it can share the story of American whaling with the public.

Firefighters worked to extinguish a fire in the attic of a Chatham Bars Inn cottage Friday morning.

Fire damages cottage at historic Chatham Bars Inn

An early morning fire burned through the attic of a cottage at Chatham Bars Inn Friday, causing around $200,000 in damage.

Fire burns through walls of East Boston apartment, displacing 3 residents

The one-alarm fire started on the third floor of a three-family residence early Friday morning.

Two injured in Bourne crash

The accident occurred just before 11 p.m. on Shore Road in Bourne.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2017. There are 37 days left in the year.

Three-vehicle crash in Hanover injures six

The injured were taken to South Shore Hospital after the accident on Route 3, according to officials. Two victims were pulled from their vehicle using the Jaws of Life.

Bystander, paramedics revive cardiac arrest patient at road race

The patient was awake and talking before the ambulance arrived at the hospital.

Leo Woolfenden played on the monkey bars during recess at the Bessie Buker Elementary School.

8-year-old boy moves beyond the Marathon bombing

Leo called it “blast day.” His father had taken him in his stroller to see his mother run her first marathon. They were at the finish line when a bomb went off.


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

December 16 1956 / fromthearchive / Globe staff photo by Paul J. Connell / Globe Santa attracts a crowd of people wanting to have pictures taken with him. This was the inaugural year of the Boston Globe Santa Claus Fund. The Boston Post started the Santa Fund in 1910. When the Post closed earlier this year, The Boston Globe with Mayor John Hynes continued the long tradition of providing Christmas toys for needy families.


A new home, a bad diagnosis put mother and son in money bind

A single mother with a disabled son has no money to make Christmas special for her little boy.

Boston, MA: 11-21-17: TO GO WITH KEVIN CULLEN STORY........Boston College High School headmaster Grace Regan is pictured as she waves while being introduced on the field before the game. Boston College High School took on Catholic Memorial High School in a football game held at Fenway Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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New BC High president an Eagle for life

You can’t really call it a a homecoming for Grace Regan because she never left.

Melissa Rogers, who is currently homeless, helps blow up balloons to decorate for the celebration.

Volunteers, homeless gather for Thanksgiving lunch

The nonprofit organization MANNA, along with Anglican monks, Muslims, and other volunteers, coordinated the “topsy-turvy” event.

In this Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 photo released by the Vermont State Police, wreckage of a small plane lies crumpled in a wooded area in Pittsford, Vt., where it is believed to have crashed Wednesday after it was reported missing. Police said Norman L. Baker, 89, of Windsor, Mass., was killed in the crash. He had been flying alone from Pittsfield, Mass., to Middlebury, Vt. (Vermont State Police via AP)

89-year-old Mass. man found dead in Vermont plane crash

Normal L. Baker was flying from Pittsfield in Western Massachusetts, Vermont State Police said.

Michael McHugh has spent the past 27 years protecting wetlands for the state Department of Environmental Protection. But unlike a typical state employee, McHugh is one of thousands of long-term state contractors who have never received health insurance benefits, vacation days, or a pension.

‘I’m a second-class employee.’ Contractors suing state over full-time status

Four Department of Environmental Protection contract employees have filed a class-action lawsuit.

For a story by Jessica Meyers, 16china Beijing, December 19th 2015 At the offices of Nuts, an agency helping Chinese students in their application for American Universities, Chenya Sun (left) a consultant is evaluating the needs of Wanyi Zheng (back) a student in mathematics at Tsinghua University, who has come to Nuts, seeking their help in her applications for Ph.D programmes at american universities. (Gilles Sabrie for The Boston Globe)

Number of foreign students coming to US colleges drops

Educators expect President Trump’s targeted travel bans and anti-immigrant rhetoric to exacerbate the trend.

Shoppers pass a promotional sign for 'Black Friday' sales discounts on Oxford Street in London, on November 23, 2017. Black Friday is a sales offer originating from the US where retailers slash prices on the day after the Thanksgiving holiday. In the UK it is used as a marketing device to entice Christmas shoppers with the discounts at stores often lasting for a week. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Mass. shoppers lining up hours early for Black Friday deals

Massachusetts is one of just three states that don’t let stores open in the evening on Thanksgiving, but that hasn’t stopped some shoppers from forming lines outside.

Plymouth, MA - 6/29/1945: The Mayflower II, a replica of the original Pilgrim vessel, sails into Plymouth, Mass., on June 13, 1957, after a 5,000-mile and 53-day trip from England. Previously, the Pilgrims took a more direct route of 3,000 miles that lasted 66 days. (Charles F. McCormick/Globe Staff) --- BGPA Reference: 160328_EF_008

A new way to meet your fellow Pilgrim descendants

Thanks to the pilgrims, there’s a new way to distract your family from talking politics this Thanksgiving.

Boston police arrest man for West Roxbury murder

A West Roxbury man, arrested Wednesday, will be charged with the murder a man who police said died from “undetermined traumatic injuries.”

The largest distribution site will be on the Statehouse lawn.

Rhode Island’s ‘Buy Nothing Day’ stands in contrast to Black Friday

Those in need will be able to pick up a free coat around the state.

Shipwrights Jamie Kirschner, left, and Tucker Yaro clean out the hold of the Mayflower II at Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard in Mystic, Conn. on Nov. 3. Restoration of the ship, a replica of the vessel that brought Pilgrims to Massachusetts in 1620, is expected to be completed in 2019 when it will return to its home port in Plymouth, Mass.

The Mayflower II is slowly coming back together

It’s smooth sailing on the $7.5 million replica of the Pilgrim ship.

Boston police search for trio who held up seven convenience stores this month

The men have robbed stores in several Boston neighborhoods — including Mattapan, Roxbury, and Roslindale — since early November.

Pickup truck crashes into parked cars, house in Burlington

Burlington police are investigating after a pickup truck crashed into parked vehicles and damaged a house Wednesday night, authorities said.

Three ‘dangerous’ suspects sought by Transit Police for Sullivan Square armed robbery

Transit Police are looking for three “dangerous” men who allegedly robbed an Orange Line passenger at knife point and pummeled the victim in the face.

Framingham, MA., 03/28/17, State Police Major Kerry Gilpin became a trooper in part because her sister, Tracy Gilpin, was murdered in October 1986. The teenager left a party to buy cigarettes and disappeared. Now, 31 years later, the case remains unsolved. But the Gilpin family is hoping to draw attention to it again, in hopes that someone will come forward with information. Globe staff/Suzanne Kreiter

New State Police head picks her second-in-command

The new head of the Massachusetts State Police this week made her first appointments, including picking her second-in-command.

The rapidly growing race in the 3rd Congressional District: Here’s who is in so far

With Niki Tsongas retiring after a decade in the US House, the list of those seeking the Third Congressional District seat in 2018 is steadily growing -- as of this week, 13 hopefuls had emerged.

Juvenile charged with murder after slaying in Goffstown, N.H.

The arrest comes after an 18-year-old man was fatally shot in the chest late Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of an Ace Hardware store.

Maine sheriff admits to sending sexually explicit photo in uniform

The president of the Maine Sheriff’s Association has been ousted after a sexually explicit photograph of the sheriff in his office while in uniform surfaced.