Out of ‘Spotlight,’ the movie, comes the Spotlight Fellowship

The producers of “Spotlight” had just won the 2016 Academy Award for best picture, but they wanted to go further: they wanted to support new investigative journalism.

Eight- and nine-year-old Pop Warner football players practice in Pflugerville, Texas in 2015.

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Football takes more hits

It has been a horrendous week for football. So what are parents, cheering on their helmeted kids on brisk autumn afternoons, to do?

Chris Clark and Lisa Alviti are hoping to get back to Danvers this weekend.

Danvers residents, stranded in Puerto Rico by Maria, still seeking flight home

A Danvers couple taken by surprise when Hurricane Maria bore down on Puerto Rico is still trying to get home.

Voter turnout expected to be low in mayoral preliminary

The Massachusetts secretary of state said he expects 60,000 registered voters to cast their ballots.

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Man dead after Sunday morning shooting

A man died Sunday morning after he was found near Boston Medical Center with a gunshot wound.

Patriots players kneel before game

More than a dozen Patriots players either kneeled or locked arms during the national anthem in the Patriots’ first form of public protest. Tom Brady locked arms with teammates.

Warm, summery days ahead for Sunday and the start of the week

Temperatures in Boston could reach up to 83 today, 13 degrees above the average for this time of year.

Woman found dead in Revere home is identified

REVERE -- A woman found dead inside a home on Grand View Avenue Saturday afternoon was identified by authorities Sunday as 30-year-old Vanessa MacCormack, according to the Suffolk district attorney’s office.

Man stabbed multiple times Saturday night in Lynn

The 20-year-old victim was stabbed multiple times, but is in stable condition at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

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Secrets in the sky

With lax FAA oversight, the United States remains an easy mark for terrorists and others who prize anonymity when registering aircraft or getting licensed to fly. So much for the lessons of 9/11.

‘Suspicious death’ of Revere woman investigated

The woman’s body was found late Saturday afternoon at her home on Grand View Avenue, authorities said.

Globe Spotlight

Secrets in the sky

With lax FAA oversight, the United States remains an easy mark for terrorists and others who prize anonymity when registering aircraft or getting licensed to fly. So much for the lessons of 9/11.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Dorchester teen charged with five robberies, sexual assault

Jude Despage, 18, allegedly robbed five women, and sexually assaulted one of them, over a 36-hour period, Boston police said.

Bryce Vongsa celebrated at the 25th anniversary reunion at Kimball Farms for graduates of the Klarman Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Once tiny babies, graduates of neonatal unit gather for reunion

The Klarman Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center celebrated its 25th anniversary Saturday.

Pauline Katz filled a chair with Fluff for a game of musical chairs during the “What the Fluff?” Festival.

This is a Fluff story about Somerville

This year marked the 100th anniversary of the marshmallow treat Fluff’s invention.

The Burma Task Force held a rally on Boston Common on Saturday to protest recent attacks against the Muslim Rohingya community in Myanmar.

Protesters on Boston Common call for end to humanitarian crisis in Myanmar

More than 100 people formed a circle around speakers and demanded action from elected officials before marching around the Common.

Amazon’s Seattle headquarters is centered around the city’s South Lake Union and Belltown neighborhoods.


In Seattle, Amazon is blessing and burden

Some say suitors for Amazon’s second headquarters may not quite realize all that they’re signing up for.

Puerto Ricans are cleaning up after the island was decimated by one of the worst hurricanes ever to strike the US territory.

For group of first responders, duty calls in Texas, then Puerto Rico

Massachusetts Task Force 1 has sent members to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria just weeks after they were dealing with Hurricane Harvey.

Boston City Council race could change landscape

They are the races that have played out in the background of a humdrum mayoral election, in the neighborhoods where local politics matter.

Worcester woman issued multiple citations for fleeing scene of pedestrian crash

The driver, a 26-year-old woman who resides on West Boylston Street, fled the scene and was issued multiple citations, including failure to yield for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, police said.

Tito Jackson was sworn in as a city councilor in 2011. He has a reputation for calling out the powerful.

Tito Jackson’s record steeped in advocacy

Council historians stressed there is nothing unusual about Jackson’s limited record: Most of the substantive legislation the council votes on originates with the mayor.

Jazmin, Jacoby, and Joshua.

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Three siblings ready for a family they can share

Jazmin, Jacoby, and Joshua are siblings of Caucasian and Hispanic descent who are looking to be adopted together.

Robert Ferriere (left) of Groton, N.H., got consolation from his old pastor, Anthony Scalfani, after a memorial service for Pamela Ferriere on Saturday at the Rumney Baptist Church in Rumney, N.H.

Family remembers N.H. woman killed in hospital shooting

Mourners gathered Saturday to celebrate what they call Pamela Ferriere’s kindness, devotion to faith, and radiant smile.

Children’s Service of Roxbury attempted to break the Guinness World Record by creating the world’s largest human peace sign on Boston Common. The official count was 1682 people, falling short of the record.

On the Common, gathering together as a symbol for peace

People gathered on Boston Common to attempt to set a world record for the largest human peace symbol.

Chess notes

News from the world of chess

Fall River man charged in drunken U-turn and crash on I-95 in Rhode Island

The man crashed into an oncoming car as he traveled in the wrong direction, according to Rhode Island State Police.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2017. There are 98 days left in the year.

A fare checker on the commuter rail platform at South Station checks a passenger’s ticket before he boarded last week. The checks are being made on a limited basis for now.

Starts & Stops

The fare police are in full swing on the commuter rail

The commuter-rail operator began running spot ticket checks this month on random trains.

A taste of summer over this first week of autumn

The warm weather is expected to last most of the week, until a cold front hits Thursday.

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Marijuana gets all dressed up and rides the elevator to the top floor

A tidal wave of establishment money is poised to crash over the cannabis industry in Massachusetts.

Several Dorchester businesses damaged in overnight two-alarm fire

The building that caught fire houses a restaurant, nail salon, coffee shop, and dentist office.

As the workweek winds down, weather conditions will improve, although periodic showers and temperatures only in the high 60s are expected in Greater Boston Friday.

‘Jose is history’

While the storm remained parked south-southeast of Nantucket Friday night, it was “slowly winding itself out of existence,” said one forecaster.

Mountain bike valued at $8,000 stolen in Brookline

The black and orange Pivot brand bicycle was secured to the roof of its owner’s car, according to Brookline police.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2017. There are 99 days left in the year.


Sept. 23, 2017

Fugitive wanted in Mass., Vt., captured at casino

Alfred Craven, 48, was arrested by members of the US Marshals Service at Mohegan Sun Casino on multiple outstanding warrants, officials said.

Dorchester man charged with murdering neighbor

Rodney Bloomfield, 44, allegedly stabbed Tony Massey to death Thursday morning, police said.

Stoneham police arrest two on drug charges

Ryan Birtwistle, 24, of Stoneham and Kayla Smith-Bertini, 22, of Lowell, were arrested after a long investigation, police said.

Tropical storm Jose prompts Plymouth nuclear plant to reduce power

Tropical storm Jose has prompted the authorities at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth to reduce the plant’s power.

Two kite surfers stranded in Essex Bay, Coast Guard says

Low tide and rough surf has prevented rescue crews from reaching the pair, a Coast Guard spokeswoman said.

Aaron Hernandez had an advanced form of the disease, researchers said.

Next challenge on CTE: Detect it in the living

Sophisticated brain scans may eventually detect the condition — but for now, it is confirmed only after death.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Boston police detective to resign as part of plea deal

Bruce E. Smith faces a sentence of six months to a year of probation with the possibility of home confinement, authorities said.

Boston imagines a ‘super CharlieCard’ for transportation

City and state officials are working to develop a one-stop payment tool that would work for virtually all forms of public and private transportation in Massachusetts.

The normally family friendly event ran for more than 20 years and had broken world records for most lit jack-o-lanterns in one place.

Smaller Keene, N.H., pumpkin festival makes comeback after violence

A New Hampshire city is bringing back a pumpkin festival known for its record-setting jack-o-lanterns three years after violence forced its cancellation.

The permit includes steps to cut the volume of stormwater entering sewer systems.

Environmental advocates sue the EPA to implement stormwater plan

The EPA announced this summer that it was shelving the plan, known as the MS4 stormwater permit, for at least another year.

Getaway driver in ’03 double shooting admits to role in killings

A getaway driver in a 2003 shooting ambush outside a Boston club that claimed the lives of two men admitted to his role in the slayings Friday.

Man working on Easton power line trapped under fallen tree branch

The worker suffered a “significant” injury but was able to free himself after the branch fell.