A mom sought a fresh start in Maine. Her story has a horrific finish

Kimberly Mironovas wanted to wipe the slate clean. Now her son Lukas Mironovas and two other teens are accused in her killing.

The trial of Bryon Hefner, who appeared Tuesday in court for his arraignment, has been set for the spring of 2019.

Bryon Hefner, Rosenberg’s husband, pleads not guilty to multiple charges

The political scandal that ended the Senate presidency of Stanley Rosenberg moved out of the State House and into the court house Tuesday.

An adult crazy snake worm slithered in mulch.

Crazy snake worms are not on the plane — but they may well be in New England gardens

Crazy snake worms are slithering into gardens across New England, and they mean big trouble, experts say.

Massachusetts dentists are backing legislation that would create a new kind of midlevel dental-care provider, after resisting the plan for years.

Compromise bill advances to allow dental therapists, a new kind of provider, in Mass.

Advocates say these workers, called dental therapists, would provide much-needed routine dental care, particularly to low-income patients.

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Lawsuit alleges Lincoln-Sudbury school officials failed to investigate sexual assault

The lawsuit also says the district forced the victim to sit by herself in an area where students typically served suspensions and detention.

A Downeast Cider bar is coming to the Greenway in May. Cheers!

The nonprofit that runs the downtown park has tapped Downeast Cider to run an outdoor pop-up bar, this time on Dewey Square Plaza across from South Station.

Buying tickets to see the Big Bad Bruins take on the Leafs in Game 7? Beware of fakes, BPD warns.

Fraudsters may be trying to skate away with your hard-earned cash.

N.H. federal prosecutors break up fentanyl ring headed by Lawrence, Mass., brothers

The US attorney’s office in New Hampshire said Wednesday that 45 people had been charged for allegedly conspiring to traffic fentanyl.

Worcester liquor store employees catch man who attempted to rob their shop with a BB gun

Three Worcester liquor store employees pinned an armed suspect to the ground after he attempted to rob their shop with a BB gun replica Tuesday afternoon.

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Pedestrian hit by car outside Norwood Hospital dies from injuries

A vehicle barreled into a woman outside of Norwood Hospital Wednesday morning, resulting in “quite serious” injuries.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft reportedly criticized Trump in a secret NFL meeting last fall

“We have a president who will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don’t feel is in the best interests of America,” Kraft said of player protests during the anthem, according to The New York Times.

Longtime residents who see the city’s renaissance hanging in the balance want MGM to finish the $960 million casino job.


Springfield wants MGM and its casino to stay — very badly

Longtime residents who see Springfield’s renaissance hanging in the balance want MGM to finish the $960 million job.

12-year-old Plymouth boy expected to survive after allegedly being stabbed in neck by his mother

Jean Rezac, 43, allegedly attacked her son at their home before stabbing herself, Plymouth police said.

The Litchfield, Maine, home where the alleged killing of Kimberly Mironovas took place.

Why do kids kill their parents? A specialist offers insights

An expert says there’s a variety of possible reasons, including trying to stop abuse, other family conflicts, or furthering a criminal scheme.

Police arrest Everett man who allegedly led officers on a multi-town car chase ending in Acton

Littleton police arrested an Everett man after a multi-town car chase that ended in Acton.

Veteran WBZ news reporter Lana Jones dies at 62

The veteran news reporter and familiar voice on AM radio died suddenly Wednesday morning at a Worcester hospital.

John Williams is being sought in connection with the shooting of a Somerset County sheriff's deputy.

Deputy sheriff is fatally shot in Norridgewock, Maine

A massive manhunt is underway in Maine for the 29-year-old suspect.

Senator Ed Markey spoke at a news conference last month.

Ed Markey calls on nuclear regulators to protect plants against rising seas

Senator Ed Markey expressed “serious concerns” about how Pilgrim plans to store spent fuel.

Maine authorities searching Androscoggin River for 5-year-old boy

Maine authorities are searching the Androscoggin River Wednesday for a 5-year-old boy who disappeared after he fell into the river Tuesday night. His 9-year-old brother was rescued and rushed to a hospital, Auburn police said.

Kelly Viola carried her 11-month old son, Frankie, on Tileston Street in the North End on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s rain will get worse for Wednesday evening commute

It’s starting slow, but the rain will intensify this afternoon and during the Wednesday evening commute, possibly creating hazardous conditions on roadways.

Missing man found at luxury hotel in the White Mountains

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are calling a search for a Massachusetts hiker a waste of time, money and resources after he was found at a luxury hotel.

2 men in custody after allegedly firing shots at Haverhill police

Police said the suspects led officers on a chase through northern Mass. and southern N.H. before their vehicle crashed.

Police ask public’s help in finding man who broke into car in Boston parking garage

The victim said someone removed a safe from her car, which contained money and jewelry.

Officials are still searching for Shantel Van Voorhis.

Police locate missing Newburyport boy, mother

Police located a missing 4-month-old Newburyport boy Tuesday, after his 15-year-old mother took him from a foster care program Monday, officials said.

Chinatown bakery owner sentenced to prison for food stamp fraud

Xi Xian Lei, owner of Meisum Bakery, was ordered to pay back nearly $750,000 in restitution, prosecutors said.

Roxbury woman arrested on 35 outstanding warrants

Lenita Webb faces on 57 charges, including nearly 30 counts of larceny over $250. She was committed to a substance abuse facility, the Suffolk DA’s office said.


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Jim Vrabel is looking for a location to store his massive digital history of Boston.

Boston’s history (all of it, in chronological order) needs a home

For decades, Jim Vrabel has been meticulously documenting Boston’s history into a timeline. Now with over 40,000 entries, his biggest challenge is finding somewhere to put it.

Littleton police nab four after a chase through multiple towns

The suspects allegedly fled the scene of a shoplifting incident at a local supermarket and led police on a chase, authorities said.

Some areas could get 2 inches of rain in coming storm

Soaking, wind-swept rain will arrive late tonight and continue Wednesday, forecasters said.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, April 25, the 115th day of 2018. There are 250 days left in the year.

Boston police seized this gun in South Boston. It was one of six seized by police in 24 hours.

Boston police seize 6 guns in less than 24 hours

Boston police say they recovered six unlicensed guns in a span of less than 24 hours in four separate incidents, just two days after confiscating four in six hours.

East Boston High athletes awarded full scholarships

Two East Boston High School students were surprised with full-tuition scholarships Tuesday for their academic and athletic achievements.

Hollywood star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said he was praying for former president George H.W. Bush to recover from an infection.

‘I am here to pump you up’ — Arnold Schwarzenegger wishes George H.W. Bush a full recovery

Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger took to Twitter Tuesday to wish former President George H.W. Bush well as the 93-year-old continues treatment at a Houston hospital for an infection.

In addition to the Roche Bros. store, the redevelopment of the old Arsenal Mall property is expected to be ready in spring 2019, and will include offices, housing, restaurants, and The Majestic at Arsenal Yards, a seven-screen movie theater with recliner stadium seating and a full bar

Roche Bros. to open new location at Arsenal Yards in Watertown

The redevelopment of the old Arsenal Mall is expected to be ready in spring 2019.

he Litchfield home where Kimberly Mironovas was slain.

Three youths allegedly involved in Maine murder had turbulent family backgrounds

“I know she was afraid of him,” said one person of Kimberly Mironovas, who was allegedly killed by her son and two of his friends.

Laura Gilson was one of several parents who spoke about the pain caused by Mount Ida College’s closure. Her daughter Melissa attends the school.

‘Why are you preying on our children?’ Fury over Mount Ida closure at hearing

Parents and students voiced a deep sense of betrayal over the closure of Mount Ida College.

Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez was criticized by a Rhode Island lawmaker.

Rhode Island Republican apologizes for calling Parkland shooting survivor ‘dummy’

But state Representative Mike Chippendale said he won’t apologize for ‘‘zealously defending’’ the Second Amendment.

Michael Kerwin stands with his artwork at 1369 Coffeehouse in Cambridge.

From General Belichick to pot leaves, a local painter finds his Zen on canvas

In a coffee shop in Cambridge hangs a portrait of Bill Belichick, wearing his signature headset and expression of concentration — and a Revolutionary-era general’s uniform.

District Court Judge Thomas Estes had a sexual relationship with the clinician as he presided over the drug court in Pittsfield. The clinician says Estes he made her feel like she had no choice but to have sex with him. Estes says it was consensual.

SJC weighing the fate of judge implicated in courthouse sexual relationship

The Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments Tuesday in the highly unusual case of District Court Judge Thomas Estes.

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (88) is tripped up by Denver Broncos free safety Darian Stewart (26) during the first half of an NFL football game in Denver. Bennett is still coming to terms with how his Green Bay tenure ended. But he says being back in familiar surroundings is helping him to deal with it. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

Martellus Bennett balks at buckling up on a plane: ‘I’m a peacock you gotta let me fly.’

“I don’t get [why] flight attendants get so upset if you’re not wearing your seatbelt,” Bennett tweeted Tuesday morning.

Mass. high court rejects challenge to cap on number of charter schools in the state

The Supreme Judicial Court dealt a blow to advocates who have sought to lift the ceiling on the number of charter schools permitted to operate statewide.

Tractor-trailer full of apples overturns on highway in Marlborough

A tractor-trailer carrying 30,000 pounds of apples overturned on interstate 495 in Marlborough at 5:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey  promised to create an ethics committee within her office and train prosecutors in an efort to guard against the kind of egregious prosecutorial misconduct committed in the Amherst drug lab scandal.

Attorney General Healey promises changes after drug lab scandal

Healey’s promise comes amid ongoing litigation regarding a state drug lab that was shut down after former chemist Sonja Farak was arrested for stealing from the evidence locker.

Purse snatched from 83-year-old in N.H.; 10-year-old granddaughter chases suspect

The woman’s granddaughter refused to let the assailant make a smooth getaway.

Police found the body of 47-year-old Kimberly Mironovas early Sunday in her home in Litchfield, Maine.

A mom is stabbed to death in Maine. Her son and 2 teens from Ashland are accused of killing her

The boys tried to drug Kimberly Mironovas before strangling and stabbing her, according to court documents.

Sonya Stephens named president of Mount Holyoke College

The college’s board of trustees elected Stephens to the position in a unanimous vote on Monday, college officials said.

Photos of Shantel and Jacob Van Voorhis, and the vehicle in which they might be traveling.

Teen disappears with infant son from Newburyport family service residence

Shantel Van Voorhis left with her 4-month-old and without the baby’s medication, police said.

MS-13 members convicted of RICO conspiracy

Hector Enamorado, Luis Solis Vasquez, and Noe Salvador Perez Vasquez are the latest gang members to be convicted, officials said.

Four arrested after shots fired at wild N.H. wedding reception

Police say numerous fights broke out among the more than 300 in attendance and one member of the group intentionally crashed a car into another vehicle as it tried to leave the scene.