In Enfield, a bid for Amazon tinged with irony

In Enfield, Conn., as in communities across the US, the local mall was killed by Amazon and its e-retail ilk.

Louise Day Hicks and Kevin White met before a debate on Oct. 30, 1967.

How the 1967 mayoral race changed Boston

In the 1967 mayoral election, the future and image of Boston seemed at stake — and they were.

A mural on Paris Street in East Boston is part of the #ToImmigrantsWithLove campaign.

During illegal immigration crackdown, campaigns celebrating immigrants gain steam

Efforts honoring immigrants and their contributions are gaining momentum in Boston and beyond.

Mayor Marty Walsh (left) talked with Governor Charlie Baker.

Baker takes familiar stance on Amazon flurry

Boston’s plan is just one of dozens across the state that Governor Charlie Baker has publicly endorsed — all of them equally, with no public favorites.

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New England news in brief

7-year-old boy killed in pit bull attack in Lowell

A preliminary investigation suggested that the boy was attacked after he entered a fenced area where two pit bulls were located.

Motorcyclist killed in collision with delivery truck in Middleborough

Michael Garner, 24, was killed in the collision with a delivery service truck registered to Peapod LLC, police said.

Burlington man sentenced to 18 years in prison for sex trafficking

Barry Davis, 38, used heroin to coerce young women into prostitution, officials said.

Georgia man pleads guilty to using customer rewards to defraud Staples

Layne Michael Gosnell and others allegedly created more than 1,100 rewards accounts, often using fake identities, the US attorney’s office said in a statement.

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Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Jacob Goulet.

Vigil marks anniversary of Nashua teen’s death in rainstorm

The body of Jacob Goulet, 16, was pulled from the Merrimack River, days after he fell into an open manhole during an intense rainstorm.

Two injured in three-car crash in Canton

The crash occurred near the 3000 block of Washington Street around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, a fire official said.

Dudley library branch kicks off $14.7 million renovation

The new space will include a nutrition lab, a multi-purpose room with audio-visual technology, an African-American collection, and works of art commissioned by the city.


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Justin, 11, is ready for his forever family

Justin is a cheerful Hispanic eleven-year-old boy who always has a bright smile on his face!

Cheers herald rowers from bridges and river banks during Head of the Charles

Bridges and banks of the Charles River rang out with cheers Saturday as thousands of rowers competed during the Head of the Charles regatta.

Crewmembers passed under the Western Avenue Bridge on Saturday.

Photos: Head of the Charles Regatta gets underway

The annual festival kicked off Saturday in Cambridge.

Maine wardens offer $2,500 for information on shooting of bald eagle

The bird was discovered badly wounded on Oct. 13 in Penobscot County in Maine.

Barnstable police officer charged with drunken driving after crash

Officer Christopher Challies, 46, of Sandwich, was charged after the Monday night single-car crash on the Barnstable-Sandwich line.

Family of Winthrop man slain in 1994 files $60 million suit against US government

The family of a Winthrop man who was fatally shot by a reputed mob associate in 1994 filed a $60 million wrongful death lawsuit Friday.

Chess notes

News from the world of chess

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2017. There are 70 days left in the year.

Concord woman killed Friday night in Westminster crash

A Concord woman was killed Friday night after she hit another car, veered into the guardrail, and rolled over on Route 2 eastbound, in Westminster, police said.

Thousands participated in the annual Head of the Charles Regatta along the Charles River on Saturday.

Summerlike weather makes a beautiful weekend for Head of the Charles

Light winds and sunny skies are expected for Saturday and Sunday.

One person left with life-threatening injuries after crash in Andover

The crash occurred on Interstate 495 at Interstate 93.

Dudley branch of BPL to be renovated

A two-year, $14.7 million renovation set to begin in November will bring several new features to the facade and the interior of the branch.

Haverhill police search for man who went missing from nursing home

David Risch, 58, a resident of Lakeview Nursing Home, was last seen about 2 p.m. Thursday, Haverhill police said.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2017. There are 71 days left in the year.

So long, Lord Jeff: Amherst College unveils new logo

It’s official at Amherst College: Bygone behemoths have pushed a controversial colonial commander to extinction.

Everett man charged with animal cruelty for dragging dog

Mark Hurd, 22, was charged with animal cruelty and disorderly conduct for an incident that critically injured a dog, Everett police said.

Hanson woman sentenced for 2015 fatal crash

Kathleen M. Vitello, 54, pleaded guilty Friday to charges she was driving under the influence of drugs when she struck and killed a Hanover woman.

Fatal crash investigated on Route 2 in Westminster

One person was killed in the crash near exit 26 just after 9 p.m. Friday, according to State Police

Chelsea MS-13 gang member pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, other charges

Bryan Barillas, 20, a Guatemalan national who also goes by the street name “Chucky,” would serve 22 years in prison and face deportation, if a federal judge accepts a plea agreement, prosecutors said.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Person stabbed outside Madison Park High School, EMS says

A person was stabbed near Madison Park High School Friday afternoon, according to Boston Emergency Services.

Boston College senior Savannah Clarke (center) wept while praying during a march and rally at Boston College.

BC students, staff protest racial incidents

Hundreds of Boston College students, faculty, and staff marched through campus early Friday afternoon to protest recent racist events at the college.

Brockton firefighter Matt Parziale.


The new amateur champion fights fires when he’s not sinking putts

After a thrilling victory at the US Mid-Amateur Championship, this Brockton firefighter earned himself improbable invitations to the US Open and the Masters.

Police seize five firearms from Roxbury home

The guns were recovered from a home in the area of 18 Rockville Park, Boston police said.

Man arrested on Denzel Washington movie set in South End held on bail

A 52-year-old Dorchester man was held on $25,000 bail at his Friday arraignment for multiple charges including carjacking.

Mayor Marty Walsh.

Former city councilor John Connolly to back Marty Walsh for mayor

Former city councilor John Connolly said that his former rival has “more than earned his second term.”

Drought returns to the state

Almost six months after Massachusetts was declared drought-free, abnormally dry conditions have returned to most of the state.

Glenn Chin.

Jury to decide fate of pharmacist at center of meningitis outbreak

Glenn Chin was charged with the murder of 25 people who died after being injected with epidural steroids from the pharmacy he supervised.

Brigitte Darton’s father, William Nutter, a Vietnam War veteran, died at the Bedford VA hospital despite the facility’s staff knowing that he needed to be checked on frequently.


Senator Warren calls for expedited probe into death at Bedford VA Medical Center

Senator Elizabeth Warren is pushing for federal authorities to expedite the criminal investigation of a death at the Bedford VA Medical Center.

About 400 inmates currently serving time for crimes such as trafficking cocaine or methamphetamine would become eligible to earn deductions in their sentences and apply for parole if new legislation becomes law.

State Senate bill could let drug dealers out of prison early

Hundreds currently jailed for certain drug crimes would become eligible to earn deductions in their sentences and apply for parole if new legislation becomes law.

Playground near Belmont school closed due to rat infestation

A playground adjacent to a Belmont elementary school is closed indefinitely after town officials discovered a rat infestation there Thursday night.

Beverly woman claims man who threatened to kill her may be involved in Boston triple slaying

Charles Dixon was arrested Thursday for an alleged death threat and is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.

George W. Bush’s speech rejected much of what Trump represents, even if he didn’t call out the sitting Republican president by name.


Is Trump making liberals reconsider George W. Bush?

Since he left the White House nine years ago, George W. Bush has largely stayed out of politics. But he stepped firmly back into the political spotlight Thursday.

Boston-10/20/17- The artillary blast from the Army National Guard's 101st Field Artillary unit from Brockton fire back in salute to the Constitution. The USS Constitution made it's first vovage since 2014 as it turned around in Boston Harbor in front of Fort Independence on Castle Island. John Tlumacki/Globe staff(metro)

Photos: USS Constitution makes its way across the harbor

The jaunt commemorated the 220th anniversary of the ship’s maiden voyage in 1797.

The Army National Guard's 101st Field Artillery unit fired back in salute to the USS Constitution.

USS Constitution takes a spin around Boston Harbor

Heralded by the booms of a 21-gun salute, the venerable USS Constitution set sail across Boston Harbor Friday morning after being out of commission for three years.

Orion Krause has pleaded not guilty to all charges and was ordered to undergo a competency evaluation after his arrest last month.

Maine man accused of killing 4 is ruled competent, attorney says

Orion Krause, accused of murdering his mother, his grandparents, and a home health aide in Groton, appeared in court Friday.