Walsh, Jackson clash on work of police to address shootings

The launch of peace talks turned political Tuesday, as Mayor Martin Walsh took aim at his mayoral rival, Councilor Tito Jackson.

Boston, MA--3/21/2017 - Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (cq) speaks to defense attorney Michelle Medina (cq) during a sidebar. His double murder trial continues in Suffolk Superior Court. He is accused of killing Daniel de Abreu (cq) and Safiro Furtado (cq) in Boston's South End, on July 16, 2012. POOL Photo by Topic: 22hernandez Reporter: XXX

Hernandez lawyer hits at credibility of star prosecution witness

Alexander Bradley said he would have kept silent about a double murder if only Aaron Hernandez had not shot him once between the eyes.

Boston, Mass. -12/15/11-Diesel pollution. A front a Caterpillar shovel works atthe rear of the Codman Square Health and Education Center owned by J. Derenzo Company who is doing work there on a foundation. Boston Globe staff photo by (metro) Library Tag 12192011 National/Foreign

Construction firm, owner pay $150,000 for campaign finance violations

It was the second largest civil forfeiture ever leveled by Massachusetts campaign finance regulators.

Boston, MA - 1/29/2017 - A woman holds a sign pointing out that Melania Trump is an immigrant during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's executive orders restricting immigrants from seven Muslim countries at Copley Square in Boston, MA, January 29, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Could Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric hurt the Census?

“We are dealing with a potential shortchanging that could badly damage the state for a decade to come,” said Mass. Secretary of State William F. Galvin.

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Veteran Boston firefighter charged with child rape on Cape

Edward Kulik Jr., 56, of Centerville, was arraigned Wednesday in Barnstable District Court

Seven-alarm fire destroys abandoned factory in Rockland

No injuries were reported and Rockland firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to neighboring homes.

In noisy rally, hundreds of Boston teachers demand new contract

The protest unfolded just before the School Committee was scheduled to meet Wednesday night to vote on a proposed $1.062 billion budget for the next school year.

‘I never expected Mr. Hernandez to shoot’ witness says in double murder trial

Alexander Bradley engaged in tense exchanges with Aaron Hernandez defense attorney Jose Baez, referring to him as “Mr. Baez” in a sneering tone as he answered his questions.

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 DRUG BUST Two men were arrested in Bernardston Tuesday night for allegedly having more than 600 bags of heroin in their car, State Police said in a statement. The two men, Jesse Ramcke of Island Pond, Vt., and Travis Pelletier, of Brighton, Vt., were allegedly speeding on Interstate 91 in a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu when Trooper Jesse Gadarowski pulled them over about 10:30 p.m. Gadarowski searched the car and found 601 bags of heroin, according to State Police Sergeant Nicole Morrell. Ramcke and Pelletier were arrested and held overnight at the Franklin County House of Correction. Both men were charged with possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate the drug law. Ramcke was also charged with speeding and Pelletier with misleading a police investigation. Ramcke was held on $5,000 bail and Pelletier on $10,000 pending their scheduled arraignment at Greenfield District Court Wednesday.

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Barry Cadden left the court house in Boston.

Victims disappointed pharmacy owner wasn’t convicted of murder

To family members whose relatives died from tainted drugs, the jury’s verdict Wednesday was small comfort.

Man accused of murder came to NYC to target black people

A 28-year-old white man from Baltimore accused of stabbing a 66-year-old black man to death traveled by bus to New York City.

Political Happy Hour: March 22, 2017

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Hazardous material found in Hanover home

A man with a pail of unidentified hazardous chemicals broke into a home in Hanover Tuesday afternoon.

Triple-murderer Daniel LaPlante listened to his lawyer, Ryan Schiff, in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn Wednesday.

‘Is he rehabilitated? In my opinion, absolutely not,’ psychiatrist says of triple murderer

Daniel LaPlante, convicted of killing a pregnant woman and her two children in 1987, wants a judge to reduce his sentence.

02/23/2017 BOSTON, MA Mason Dunn (cq) of the Mass Transgender Political Coalition, spoke during a rally to support trans students held at Post Office Square in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

LGBT community top target for hate acts in Boston

Hateful acts against members of the LGBT community constituted about one-third of the city’s 275 reported hate crimes in 2016.

BOSTON, MA - 3/22/2017: Funeral for for Boston College's 24th and longest-serving president Rev. J. Donald Monan, SJ,. (1972-1996) The Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Robert L. Keane, SJ, rector of BC's Jesuit Community, and concelebrated by more than 40 of Fr. Monan's fellow Jesuits, including Boston College President Rev. William P. Leahy, SJ, and Rev. Joseph O'Keefe, SJ, who will deliver the eulogy. St. Ignatius Church (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 23monan

Former BC leader Monan recalled for humility, impact

Under Monan’s presidency, BC evolved from a regional commuter school on the brink of insolvency into a highly regarded Catholic university.

Armed police reacted following a suspected terror attack outside parliament.

Intelligence agencies on lookout after London attack

Agencies are looking for connections between the attackers and people or groups in the United States or Massachusetts.

Wall collapses in South Boston home

Police officers heard a woman inside 62 O St. shouting for help when they arrived on scene at 1:45 a.m.

More than 600 bags of heroin were seized in a Tuesday night arrest.

Two arrested with more than 600 bags of heroin in their car

Police believe the men intended to sell the heroin. They were stopped in Bernardston.

Tyreek Fagan was found outside the mall shirtless, shoeless, sockless, and diamond-less.

Thief, and $50,000 diamond, at large

Police are still looking for the gem, stolen from the Silver City Galleria Mall in Taunton, and the alleged thief.

FILE In this May 16, 2016,file photo Radek Sikorski, a former Polish foreign ministers, speaks to The Associated Press in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday May 16, 2016. Sikorski was among several former Polish leaders whose conversations were illegally recorded in Warsaw restaurant in 2003 and 2004, prompting a scandal that cost him and others their jobs. In Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 a Polish court sentenced a Polish businessman to 2 1/2 years of prison for planning the wiretapping. Two waiters also got lesser sentences in the case and one waiter was fined. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Harvard academic witnessed part of London attacks

A senior fellow at the Harvard Centre for European Studies who was in London Wednesday says he heard “something like a car hitting metal sheet.”

Boston, MA - 3/22/2017 - Barry Cadden leaves the Moakley United States Court in Boston, MA, March 22, 2017. The former co-owner of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy was convicted Wednesday of racketeering and other charges in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed more than 60 people and sickened hundreds more nationwide. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

NECC co-owner convicted in meningitis outbreak

A jury found Barry Cadden guilty of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy, but refused to hold him directly responsible for the deaths.

Pallbearers escorted the casket during the funeral for Watertown firefighter Joseph Toscano.

‘I always feared this day would come,’ tearful daughter tells mourners at dad’s funeral Mass

Joseph Toscano died while inside a burning home on Merrifield Avenue last Friday.

Worker dies in Salem after being electrocuted by live wires

Authorities in Salem say a contractor painting windows at a fire station has died after he was electrocuted by live wires.

Maine GOP Representative says health overhaul must protect rural, elderly

Maine Representative Bruce Poliquin says he’s making the case for any replacement of the Affordable Care Act to include protection for rural families and the elderly.

President Donald Trump pauses during his speech during a rally at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Monday, March 20, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Fast Forward: WSJ slams Trump, and I’d like to propose a toast — to Sondheim

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‘Armed and dangerous’ suspect sought by Waltham police

Ping Hong is facing attempted murder charges for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend’s mother Tuesday in Waltham, police said.

Lynn, MA: 02-14-2017: Lynn school superintendent Catherine Latham (left) and Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy at the Pickering Middle School in Lynn, Mass. Feb. 14, 2017. A new school is being built to replace the Pickering. Photo/John Blanding, Boston Globe staff story/Linda Greenstein, NOWK ( 26noschools )

Lynn voters say no to two new schools

A $188.5 million Proposition 2½ debt exclusion would have replaced the Pickering Middle School and built a new middle school in West Lynn.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, March 22, the 81st day of 2017. There are 284 days left in the year.

Salem painter electrocuted after getting entangled with live wires

The man, 59, was using a lift bucket to paint windows on a Salem firehouse when he became entangled with the wires, police said.

Natick police looking for man who allegedly stabbed another man behind Michael’s store

The search was continuing near the Sherwood Plaza Shopping Center and Michael’s off Route 9, police said.

Worcester man on state’s most wanted list arraigned in connection with shooting

Victor Kelley, 29, was involved in a 2014 shooting outside a Worcester bar in 2014, according to State Police.

A rendering of Crotty Hall.

UMass Amherst set to open $10 million economics building

Crotty Hall, built for energy efficiency, is financed by an anonymous donor.

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The formerly incarcerated still struggle to find work

“Giving people their freedom back is one thing, but having people prepared is quite another.”

Time machine

March 22, 1935: The Globe warns that a dust storm that has ravaged the Midwest is on its way to New England, and suggests that residents keep their windows locked.

Longtime members are hopping mad over gym’s move to get rid of racquetball

A plan to eliminate the Boston Athletic Center’s courts has some members bouncing off the walls.

Protesters demonstrated against President Trump’s immigration order in January.

Boston named in report as city that ‘limits cooperation’ with ICE

Immigration officials issued a report Tuesday that sought to put sanctuary cities in the spotlight — and Boston made the list.

Firefighters stood at attention at Tuesday's wake for Watertown Firefighter Joseph Toscano at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Randolph.

More than 1,000 pay respects to fallen Watertown firefighter

About 700 firefighters and hundreds of mourners gathered for the wake honoring Joseph Toscano, who died while battling a fire last week.

Marshfield police officer injured in crash

The officer was injured in a motorcycle crash on a Route 3 on-ramp, State Police said.

Martin McGuinness served as IRA fighter and a peacemaker.

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The redemption of Martin McGuinness

McGuinness deserves to be mourned and praised as a gunman-turned-statesman, as someone who took then saved lives. His story holds lessons for the rest of us.

Body of baby is found in Connecticut reservoir

Authorities found the body inside a bag in the Bristol, Conn., reservoir just south of Hartford.

Baby alligators escape, start crawling around inside Maine taxi

A student at a University of Maine campus is in trouble for taking his five baby pet alligators inside a taxicab.

Captain Jim Wotton shucked a scallop fresh from the water on board his 45-foot fishing boat Overkill Time. Competition from larger boats is pressuring him.

Scallop fishing in the Gulf of Maine: A David-Goliath story

“They’re taking our future,” a small-boat scallop fisherman said of the larger vessels. “There won’t be anything for us next year.”

Bikes were covered in snow in Cambridge last week.

Meteorologists are not happy with suggestions they oversold last week’s nor’easter

“I want to be clear that we never hold back on information or intentionally provide false or fake information — ever!”

Political Happy Hour: March 21, 2017

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Old Port historic center in Portland, Maine.

In Maine, Portland tries a new tactic with panhandlers: Hiring them

After complaints about panhandlers poured into City Hall, Portland first tried using force. Now, the city is trying a different approach.

Baker, MBTA officials get a sneak peek at new Orange and Red Line cars

The first of the new cars are set to hit the tracks in the summer of 2018.

Drug raids south of Boston nets 16 arrests

Authorities also seized large quantities of suspected heroin and other drugs, cash, and 10 firearms during raids around the region that grew out of a Randolph police investigation.

Massachusetts soldier reported MIA in 1950 coming home

The remains of an Army medic from Mass. who was reported missing in action during the Korean War in 1950 are returning home for burial.

The proposal calls for the MBTA to replace most of its fleet of Green Line trolleys.

MBTA looks to replace Green Line cars, rail engines

The agency will likely recommend replacing much of the Green Line and many of its commuter rail locomotives.

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