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Special education policies in Mass. reviewed

Contrary to popular belief, low-income school districts are most likely to place students in special-education programs for sometimes questionable disabilities, according to a new study.

Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

Deluge temporarily brings relief to a parched Mass.

The gush of rain ends the months-long dearth of precipitation that has left the state’s rivers at record lows.

Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff

Bicycle deliveries are on the rise in Boston

Bike couriers are reporting double-digit revenue increases as cargo options expand, and many other types of businesses are biking their goods around the city, too.

Obesity rates dropping among Mass. infants, toddlers

After a three-decade tripling in childhood obesity rates, the trend has leveled off and, for the first time, appears to be on a decline among infants and preschoolers, according to a study.