Congregations in Mass. preparing to shelter immigrants

Some Massachusetts churches and synagogues are preparing to join a national movement to offer shelter to immigrants in danger of being deported.

Thousands did not qualify for residential tax exemption, data show

Since 2010, the city has removed the residential tax exemption from 6,604 homeowners, according to assessing information.

Foreign nationals were arrested earlier this month during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

What we don’t know about Trump and immigration

A little-noticed provision in an executive order may have made immigration arrest and court records public for the first time.

Lottery revenue has dropped by 16 percent between 2008 and 2015, accounting for inflation. In an increasingly cashless society, officials say, fewer people are likely to have money on hand to buy lottery tickets at convenience and liquor stores.

Online lottery could yield windfall for private companies

Companies are stepping up their lobbying, putting themselves in a position to receive lucrative lottery contracts if this law passes.

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Yiannopoulos resigns from Breitbart News after pedophilia comments

The conservative, polemical editor’s endorsement of pedophilia instigated outrage over the weekend.

Truck crashes on Commonwealth Avenue

A truck crashed into parked cars on Commonwealth Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

Political Happy Hour: February 21, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Criminal justice bill unveiled | State gov’t retirees cash in | Pop-Tart pizza?!

So long, Pioneer Valley. Hello, ‘West Mass.’

Some have taken umbrage with a new rebranding effort that strips the three-county region of its longtime moniker for a hipper alternative.

What we know about the suspects in the Peabody slaying

A look at Michael Hebb and Wes Doughty, the two suspects named in the brutal slaying of a couple in Peabody over the weekend.

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Governor Charlie Baker will travel to Washington, D.C., this week to headline a fundraiser for his reelection campaign.

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Charlie Baker to fund-raise for reelection on DC trip

It won’t all be monotonous Medicaid reimbursement panel discussions when Governor Charlie Baker travels to Washington this week.

Local soldier died in Iraq Monday

Private First Class Brian Odiorne, 21, a Ware native, died in a non-combat incident, the Army said.

About three times as many anti-Muslim groups were counted in 2016 by the Southern Poverty Law Center as were identified in 2015.

Number of hate groups in US rose last year, report says

The increase was driven by a surge in anti-Muslim groups, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Driver who allegedly led police on high-speed chase pleads not guilty

Cary Guy, 24, is facing nine charges related to the chase and was ordered held on $75,000 bail.

Michael Hebb (center) was arraigned Tuesday morning in the Peabody double murder.

Second suspect in Peabody slaying on the loose, could be ‘armed and dangerous’

Police released several photographs of Wes Doughty, and urged the public to alert them if anyone knows his whereabouts.

Coast Guard rescues man from capsized boat in Bass River

At around 4 a.m., the man was located and pulled from the 37-degree water, the coast guard said.

Man allegedly murders Brockton man in his home

Michael Pircio was arrested after he allegedly fatally struck 29-year-old William James Porter in the head shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday morning in his 18 Menlo St. apartment in Brockton.

Four former employees of Milton Academy engaged in sexual misconduct with students decades ago, school officials disclosed Tuesday.

Milton Academy discloses sexual misconduct by former employees

Officials at the prestigious school disclosed the sexual misconduct involving the former employees after a nine-month investigation.

A screw protruded from a statue of Robert Gould Shaw where it was vandalized.

Police investigating damage to Shaw Memorial

A police spokeswoman said officials believe the statue was vandalized.

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, right, in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston earlier this month. Defense attorney Ronald Sullivan is at left.

Jury selection continues in Aaron Hernandez case

Jury selection continues Tuesday in the double murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez.

Brockton man found guilty of murder, given life sentence

A jury deliberated for five hours and found that Franklin Kapaia was guilty of fatally shooting 32-year-old Eric Dillard 12 times on Mar. 6, 2013.

Is Donald Trump taking his cues from Alex Jones?

The conspiracy-theorizing nationalistic radio star is apparently taking on a new role as occasional information source and validator for the president.

Northampton police stop ‘high five’ program with students

Police said that some people worried that students of color and undocumented children “might respond negatively” to the effort.

Rich Wilson, aboard his Imoca 60 monohull Great America IV, arrived in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France, after sailing around the world.

Boston sailor completes solo voyage around the world

It took Rich Wilson 107 days and 48 minutes to circumnavigate the globe, making him the fastest American sailor to complete the nonstop solo trip.

Ice covered the Duck Pond in the Boston Public Garden Tuesday.

Spring-like temperatures on tap for this week

Starting Wednesday, above normal temperatures are expected to settle into Boston for a few days.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (center) and Senate President Stan Rosenberg (left) listened as House Speaker Robert DeLeo spoke during a news conference.

Mass. officials unveil plan to prevent people from returning to jail

The bipartisan package highlighted a debate over where to draw the line between protecting public safety and helping fewer people end up behind bars.

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Fast Forward: Congress faces constituent wrath, remembering Erma Bombeck

Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up today.

Former Gloucester police Chief Leonard Campanello.

‘Angel’ opioid initiative thrives despite exit of Gloucester police chief

The concept of help rather than handcuffs has now been adopted by 200 police agencies in 28 states.

Owen Labrie was led out of court after a May 2016 appearance.

Hearing on Owen Labrie’s quest for a new trial set for Tuesday

Labrie was convicted in 2015 of several misdemeanor counts, but acquitted of raping a classmate at St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2017. There are 313 days left in the year.

Fight at Chuck E. Cheese’s in Everett ends in injury

The incident is the second physical altercation to break out in the last three months at the Gateway Center location.

Boston School Committee Chairman Michael O’Neill is pushing later start times for high school students. Photo by Bill Brett for

Boston eyes later start times for high schools

The city is wading into the contentious debate about whether high school students should start classes later in the morning.

Frias Radhame, 76, a tuberculosis patient at Lynn Community Health Center, consulted Dr. Hanna H. Haptu.

Lynn clinic works to bring tuberculosis out of hiding

A Lynn health center aims to find people with latent tuberculosis and treat them before they get sick.

Tweet of the day

“Have you noticed the Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment memorial outside of the State House? — @marty_walsh (Mayor Martin J. Walsh), part of a series of tweets as the city recognizes #BlackHistoryMonth

Time Machine: New data from the Arctic

Feb. 21, 1989: The Globe reports that new data from the Arctic, indicating that northern polar regions may be significantly more vulnerable to ozone destruction than previously thought, has immediate implications for New England.

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Would feisty kiwis embrace an Ambassador Scott Brown?

The former senator may be in line to be US ambassador to New Zealand.

(POOL PHOTO)Brighton, MA., 02/03/16, Tina Cellucci, wife of the severely injured Kevin Cellucci of Dorchester, speaks to her disabled husband in the courtroon. NIKOLAS PAPADOPOULOS (D.O.B. 4/8/95) was sentenced following his conviction for negligent operation of a motor vehicle in a Sept. 6, 2013, collision on the Arborway that left one victim unable to speak or move on his own, another victim paralyzed from the waist down, and several others with less serious injuries. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Father who was severely injured in 2013 Arborway crash dies

In 2013, a driver crossed the center line, rolled over and collided with the pick-up truck that Kevin Cellucci was driving.

Lawyers’ committee blasts BPD on lack of diversity, drug tests

The group called on Boston to reverse course and to embrace measures that will help diversify its police force.

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A doctor experiences pain, and it’s a window toward empathy

The opioid epidemic has led to what Dr. Paul Konowitz believes is a well-intentioned but misguided change in prescribing pain medication.

Want to avoid Trump’s businesses? There’s a browser extension for that.

A local startup is giving buyers the option to shop somewhere else, and send a message to the companies to ditch goods tied to President Trump.

Police investigate suspicious package at Maynard home

The State Police Bomb Squad was called out after a homeowner found a suspicious device on his porch Monday.

Smith College announces record fund-raising

Smith College’s “Women for the World” fundraising campaign raised $486 million, the largest ever for a women’s college.

Rhode Island woman dies after carbon monoxide poisoning

The mother and her three children were exposed to high-levels of carbon monoxied inside their home on Wednesday evening.

Woman dies after being dragged by vehicle in Dorchester

Police said Cusandra Webb and Brianna Smith had been driving together when they stopped on Mass. Avenue, got out of the SUV, and fought.

A Mass. State Police trooper broke the window of a car after a high-speed pursuit ended Monday.

Police chase driver from Cape Cod to Middleborough

A State Police helicopter was used to trail the car during the chase.

Postal Service dedicates JFK stamp

The event marks Presidents Day along with the centennial year of Kennedy’s birth.

A New England Cottontail rabbit.

Have you seen this rabbit? Endangered New England cottontail needs help

Fewer than 300 New England cottontail rabbits live in Maine, so biologists want residents to report if they see the brown rabbits this winter.

Edward O'Connor talked Monday about his daughter Jennifer, who was killed in a double homicide at a house in Peabody.

Police seek second suspect in Peabody double killings

As police arrested one suspect in a horrific weekend double murder, the father of one victim recalled his daughter had a lifetime of health problems.

From the archives

14 years ago today: Remembering the Station nightclub fire

The fire killed 100 and injured many more.

Driver in custody after high-speed chase in New Hampshire

The unidentified driver is being treated at a Nashua-area hospital, police said.

A ferry sat in the dock in Hingham. Ferry service from Hingham to Boston will be suspended until Friday.

Hingham ferry service suspended until the end of the week

Commuters are urged to use other transportation options, including the commuter rail and bus lines.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2017. There are 314 days left in the year. This is Presidents Day.

Pedestrian hit by car in Needham

Police said the victim went to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, but they did not know his condition.


The Desperate and the Dead | Part 7

// The San Antonio solution

One Texas city took on mental health as a community and became a national model. Why can’t Mass. do the same?

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.