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Obama donations fall short of ’08

A Globe analysis shows contributions to President Obama and the Democratic National Committee combined were down 30 percent last month compared with January four years ago.

Parents defended Amy Bishop on ’86 shooting

In court documents released yesterday, Bishop's parents insisted it was an accident when she fatally shot her brother in the family’s Braintree home in 1986.

Casino developers contend with traffic concerns

Opponents of casinos in many Massachusetts communities have been quick to seize on traffic as a good reason to resist the developments.

After an 18-year legal battle that pitted neighbor against neighbor, this house at 74 Rubier Road in Marblehead was razed today. The neighbors said the house, valued at $1.5 million, reduced their access to light, views and air.

Jerry Wishnow for the Boston Globe

Marblehead home razed after 18-year legal battle

In the end, the giant claw of an oversize backhoe needed only hours to do what 18 years of litigation, hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, and a bottomless well of angst and acrimony had been unable to accomplish before yesterday. Beginning about 7:15 a.m., by court order, Wayne Johnson’s 5,000-square-foot, million-dollar house overlooking Marblehead Harbor finally came tumbling down. Johnson, a financial adviser in his 70s, is moving to a rental apartment in Salem.

Mattapan murder trial

Key witness testifies on Mattapan killings

36-year-old career criminal Kimani Washington offered graphic testimony of the robberies that preceded the murders of four people, including a 2-year-old boy, in 2010.