New plan to boost liquor licenses concerns restaurateurs

The disparities are glaring: Restaurants with liquor licenses are concentrated in the Boston’s more affluent neighborhoods.

Boston MA 8/20/17 Boston Latin School students Eman Umaiya, foreground, and Laura Clabaugh drew in chalk on walkways at Boston Common on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Jeremy Fox/Globe staff

Police, protesters commended for Saturday’s show of peace

More than 40,000 people merged on Boston Common Saturday to protest a “free speech” rally that drew only a handful of people.

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley praised the actions of Boston police at Saturday’s events.

Cardinal O’Malley tweets praise for police, protesters

“We thank God for the courage of those who gathered at Boston Common to reaffirm that we are one nation,” O’Malley wrote.

Boston-11/29/2016- Signs were posted to mark the controversial deer hunt which began early this moring in the Blue Hills. Each hunter is allowed one day to hunt. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff (metro)

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Managing deer in the Blue Hills

State officials on Wednesday will review the outcome of last year’s hunt and provide information about the proposed deer management plan for this year.

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Person shot in Roxbury

A person was shot Sunday evening on Walnut Avenue in Roxbury Sunday evening, police said.

Police arrest Woburn man in assault on officers

Police tracked down the man who fled Stoneham Police earlier this week and arrested him Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Dorchester man sought in death of 33-year-old Weymouth woman

Kerrol Florizel Bailey is suspected in the homicide of Michele Clarke.

After massive rally, Sunday brought calm to Boston Common

The placid scene at Boston Common on Sunday was a stark contrast to Saturday’s massive protest against bigotry.

Children may be in danger after going missing with mother

Jessica Eisnor was last seen in Falmouth on Friday with her two young children, according to Arlington police.

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Boston police arrest 22 teens in North End Saturday

Boston police said they arrested 22 teens in the North End Saturday night, as police pushed back on unruly behavior during the neighborhood’s annual feast celebrations.

Dr. Michael Vitka lectures on a model of a doll associated with witchcraft during a tour of allegedly haunted locations in Salem.

A guided ghost tour of Salem bewitches visitors

A reporter with an abiding affection for the weird and absurd takes a “Voodoo, Vampires, and Ghosts” tour of Salem, Mass.

Special glasses are needed for safe viewing of the eclipse.

Here’s how you can find the best place to view the solar eclipse in New England

Across the region, there are plenty of events planned -- read on to find out when you can view the eclipse and do it safely.

Swimmers at Plymouth beach cautioned after shark sighting

Beachgoers in Plymouth were cautioned about going in the water after a great white shark attacked a fishing line on a charter vessel Sunday morning, the harbor master’s office said.

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20aclu - Mary Holmes, a Roxbury resident, has accused the MBTA Transit Police of violating her civil rights by assaulting her after she attempted to report their aggressive behavior. The ACLU of Massachusetts helped Holmes file her lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday. (Carl Williams/ACLU of Massachusetts)

Transit Police officer to be sentenced in beating

Jennifer Garvey, 35, was found guilty in July of two counts of assault and battery and two of filing a false report.

Sarah Duan (center), the August Moon symbol, got help with the traditional hairstyle from (from left) Janice Zhao, Ting Le, and Miao Tang.

A day before eclipse, moon gets its own day in the sun in Quincy

Families arrived with little ones in tow on Sunday to enjoy the 30th annual Quincy August Moon Festival.

Popular Seabrook, N.H., restaurant damaged in fire

The fire department was called to Brown’s Lobster Pound just before 3 a.m. for a heavy fire.

In a photo provided by the Seabrook N.H. Fire Department, firefighters work on a fire at Brown’s Lobster Pound, a longtime seafood restaurant in Seabrook, New Hampshire, which was heavily damaged by fire early Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. Authorities are investigating what caused the fire. The owners say they will reopen as soon as possible. ()

Popular Seabrook, N.H., restaurant damaged in fire

The fire department was called to Brown’s Lobster Pound just before 3 a.m. for a heavy fire that had broken out in the kitchen and rear of the building, said a firefighter.

A moose wandered past the border crossing station between at Norton, Vt.

Help wanted at border posts that sometimes have more moose than people

Customs and Border Protection is offering hiring bonuses and job security for people willing to move to remote spots.

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4 people taken to hospitals after separate incidents in Boston

Two people were in critical condition after a shooting in the Theater District, according to Boston EMS.

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Four among 33 rally arrests Saturday had weapons

The bulk of the charges included disturbing a public assembly, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest, according to a list of the arrests police posted to their website Sunday.

Dylan Smyth was struck by a commuter rail train in Concord while crossing the tracks on his bicycle Friday night.

15-year-old struck by commuter train in Concord dies

Dylan Smyth was a rising sophomore at Concord-Carlisle High School, the principal said in an e-mail.

Billerica boy suffers severe burns at campfire

The boy was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of severe burns to his legs, police said.


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State’s economic boom puts pressure on housing costs

That upward pressure is one reason why Beacon Hill leaders are continuing to look for ways to create new affordable housing units while preserving existing units.


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Thousands of people marched down Tremont Street on Saturday.

Resolute and ready, Boston marchers made voices heard

One week after violence in Charlottesville, anything seemed possible. Would there be bloodshed here, too?

A Boston police officer chased a protester down Washington Street in Downtown Crossing on Saturday.

Boston police disperse large crowd near Downtown Crossing

Police used mace to disperse some protesters, but others left peacefully.

Police were out in force Saturday at the Parkman Bandstand, where free speech advocates held a brief rally, well separated from counterdemonstrators.

‘Free speech’ rally speakers, little heard, end event quickly

Those who study and advocate for the First Amendment were split on the city’s actions.

A car fell 20 feet after a dune collapsed at the Cape Cod National Seashore in Wellfleet.

Car sinks 20 feet into Wellfleet dune, after torrential rains

Torrential rain hit Cape Cod early Saturday morning, causing flash floods throughout Barnstable County and collapsing a dune in Wellfleet, plunging a car 20 feet into a crevice in the sand.

Thousands of counterprotesters marched down Tremont Street on Saturday.

In a city with fraught racial past, a day of protest against hatred and bigotry

Throngs on Boston Common chanted — sometimes angrily, often profanely — against Nazis, racism, the KKK, and fascists.

Boston, MA - 8/19/17 - The congregating marchers during a march from Roxbury to the Boston Common as part of a counter-protest to a free speech rally being held there on Saturday, August 19, 2017. This day's protest occurred as part of the ongoing national outrage after protests in Charlottesville, Virginia turned deadly last weekend, primarily in opposition to what's seen as a rise in prominence and visibility of white supremacists and Neo-Nazis. (Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe) Topic: 20rally photos (only)

This is how big the crowds were in Boston for the rallies

Here are some photos and videos that capture just how large the crowds were in Boston on Saturday.

Counterprotesters during Saturday’s march from Roxbury to Boston Common.

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As a ‘free speech’ rally fizzled, a march for unity triumphed

The tiny rally on Boston Common was clearly a bust. Tens of thousands of counterprotesters made an emphatic show of unity.

Pauline Chase and Maurice Temple.

In a small N.H. town, it’s hard to hire a hit man without drawing attention

The police tapes, played in court earlier this month, revealed a riveting tale of a broken family and the ultimate betrayal, allegedly masterminded by a 5-foot-3 octogenarian.

Watch live: Walsh, Evans give update after rally

Thousands gathered in Boston to counterprotest a “free speech” rally on Boston Common.

A woman held a sign that said “Alt-Right Delete.”

Some of the best signs from Saturday’s Boston Common rallies

Thousands of people flocked to the city Saturday to protest against a “free speech” rally. Here are some of the most interesting signs they carried.

Boston-8/19/17 A Free Speech rally was held on Boston Common as counter protesters marched down Tremont Street to Boston Common. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

Tens of thousands march for unity, overwhelming ‘free speech’ rally

There were some tense confrontations throughout the day, and 27 arrests, but Boston saw nothing like the violence that hit Charlottesville, Va.

In Wellfleet, which received between 6 and 7 inches of rain, the weather caused a car to fall into a sinkhole as the beach eroded away.

Heavy rain leads to flash flooding on Cape Cod

In Wellfleet, which received between 6 and 7 inches of rain, the weather caused a car to fall into a sinkhole as the beach eroded away.

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Crowds mostly disperse after ‘free speech’ protest ends early

As crowds of counterprotestors began to dissipate, tensions seemed to ease in some areas around Boston Common Saturday afternoon.

Brockton man killed in double shooting identified

The victim of a double shooting in Brockton Thursday has been identified by authorities as a 26-year-old man who lived in the city.

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Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2017. There are 133 days left in the year.

Luis Ramirez has previously worked for GE, Siemens, and Global Power Equipment Group.

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New MBTA GM’s resumé could use some tweaking

Luis Ramirez resigned from Global Power in March 2015. Two months later, the company said it had misreported its 2014 financial performance.

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Boston Free Speech organizers planned to start with moment of silence for Charlottesville victim

The Boston Free Speech rally organizers had 14 speakers scheduled to address crowds g wathered on the Common but the event ended early.

The Big Picture

Scenes from the rallies in Boston

Thousands took to the streets and parks of Boston Saturday to make their voices heard.

The Park Street and Boylston subway stations will close at noonSaturday, until crowds disperse from the “Boston Free Speech” rally and counter-protests on Boston Common this afternoon.

Park Street, Boylston stations to close for rallies

The stations will reopen once crowds disperse Saturday.