Opponents say Block Island wind farms are causing problems across prime fishing grounds

The nation’s first ocean-based wind farm has exposed what fishermen say are serious threats caused by scattering metal shafts and snaking underwater cables.

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Pot shops face bans in most of Mass.

A review of local restrictions heightens concerns that the early adult-use pot market will be smaller than many consumers expected.

Michelle Murray-Mendez and Steven Mendez, parents of Jaimee Mendez, listened to proceedings at Salem Superior Court in Salem on Friday.

Family furious at plea deal in death of young Swampscott mother

Jason Fleury, 39, admitted Friday to manslaughter in the Nov. 6, 2014, death of 25-year-old Swampscott mother Jaimee Mendez.

President Trump.

Who will Trump fire next? Betting sites get in on the action

As staff members close to the president continue to depart from the White House, people are placing bets on who might be next.

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This day in history

Today is Sunday, March 18, the 77th day of 2018. There are 288 days left in the year.

An unseasonably cold St. Patrick’s Day weekend lies ahead for Boston

This weekend will be mostly dry with temperatures in the 30s before another storm potentially sweeps through Boston in the upcoming week.

Ice, ice, baby: Figure skating star Adam Rippon shouts out Boston’s drag Queen Elsa

The queen of ice got a smiles and salutations from a star skater.

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Brazilian man sentenced to prison for illegal reentry after deportation

Josilei DeCastro, 37, was also given one year of supervised release and will face deportation, officials said.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, March 17, the 76th day of 2018. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick’s Day.

Tips from neighbors lead to drug arrest in Rowley

John M. Cook, 20, was arrested Thursday on drug distribution charges, Rowley police said.

Sports psychologist sues former Mass. Olympian for defamation in sex abuse suit

Steven Ungerleider alleges Angela Ruggiero, a former Harvard hockey player and four-time Olympic medalist who lives in Weston tried to undermine his work by defaming him to Olympic officials.

FBI’s McCabe is fired a little more than 24 hours before he could retire

Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday night fired the former FBI deputy director, based on those findings and the recommendation of the department’s senior career official, he said.

Brockton amps up security at middle schools after student jumped by classmates

Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter ordered police to be present outside of all six of the city’s middle schools upon dismissal.

Housekeeper stabbed with scissors at Portsmouth, NH hotel

A New York woman who was staying at the hotel allegedly stabbed the housekeeper Friday morning, police said.


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Mass. Pike bridge dedicated to fallen trooper

The late state trooper Thomas L. Clardy was honored Friday with the dedication of a bridge on the Mass. Pike and a memorial stone.

Former Lynn man pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter for Swampscott mother’s slaying

A 39-year-old former Lynn man pleaded guilty Friday to voluntary manslaughter for the slaying of a 25-year-old Swampscott mother in 2014.

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Man found guilty of 1987 Roxbury slaying

A Suffolk Superior Court jury Friday found a man guilty of murdering a 19-year-old woman more than 30 years ago.

Judge Maurice Flynn looked on as Shiina Dionne listened to the charges against her at Tufts Medical Center.

Suspect in fatal I-495 crash in Andover arraigned in hospital bed

Shiina Dionne was arraigned on an array of charges, including vehicular homicide and operating under the influence of alcohol.

Federal judge in Boston sentences two women for ATM-skimming scheme

A federal judge in Boston sentenced two Romanian women on Friday in connection with a multistate ATM-skimming operation that included Massachusetts.

Michael Patrick McCarthy, convicted of killing 2-year-old Bella Bond, appeared in Suffolk Superior Court on Friday.

Judge denies motion to downgrade conviction in Bella Bond murder

A Suffolk Superior Court judge Friday rejected a plea to reduce the second-degree murder conviction of Michael McCarthy.

Five arrested for operating interstate prostitution ring out of high end apartments

Five people from Massachusetts, Virginia, and Georgia face federal charges for allegedly operating an elaborate interstate prostitution ring.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Thursday afternoon after police allegedly found him carrying a loaded pistol in Dorchester near Roberts Playground.

Footprints in the snow lead police to a teen and a loaded gun

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Thursday afternoon after police allegedly found him carrying a loaded pistol in Dorchester.

Tracey Rannals Bryan and her 11-year-old son Jack got the VIP treatment from the Brookline Police Department. After Jack underwent heart surgery at Boston Children's Hospital, he got to go on a special tour of the police station.

Boy awaiting heart surgery gets special ride from Brookline police

A Brookline police detective met an 11-year-old boy who was about to undergo heart surgery. And then something special happened.

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Supreme Judicial Court to weigh rule that nixed Aaron Hernandez conviction

Massachusetts’ high court will consider whether the state should get rid of a centuries-old legal principle that erased the former Patriots tight end’s murder conviction after he killed himself.

The Boston Police Pipes and Drums band marched during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2017.

St. Patrick’s Day parade organizers say they will abide by shorter route

Parade organizers have fought with the city over the designated route in recent years.

“I was in my glory,’’ Paul Sheehan said of his early days with Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign. “I loved it. I had no idea what I was doing.’’


A single moment, 50 years ago, that changed the course of a life

Paul Sheehan was a funeral director when he met Robert F. Kennedy on St. Patrick’s Day in 1968 and was propelled into a career in politics.

Governor Charlie Baker’s office said he is attending this year’s breakfast.

No skits, same bad jokes: St. Patrick’s Day breakfast going ‘down to its roots’

Faced with just weeks to pull together the eggs-and-politics tradition, organizers say they’re going for a scaled-down affair.

Scott Berry (center, with children Caitlyn and Christopher) was being a good neighbor when his life was changed forever.

Roslindale man struck by falling tree branch during nor’easter now paralyzed

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Scott Berry, who was being a good neighbor during the nor’easter when his life was changed forever.

Pedestrians made their way past a pile of melting snow during a warm day last month.

First day of spring may bring yet another storm — or nothing at all

On Tuesday, the vernal equinox will mark the arrival of spring — in theory, at least.

Young students prepare for Boston’s citywide spelling bee

Boston’s brightest young wordsmiths will compete in the 11th annual citywide spelling bee on Saturday.

Fred Silva cleared snow from the Rockport commuter rail station platform during Tuesday’s nor’easter.

The T’s storm performance, by the numbers

Here’s how well the MBTA performed during Tuesday’s blizzard, based on the agency’s own standards for on-time performance.

Mass. House speaker Robert DeLeo.

DeLeo calls use of nondisclosure agreements ‘part of doing business’

Speaker of the Mass. House Robert DeLeo said the use of nondisclosure and nondisparagement agreements is “just part of doing business.”

President Trump at the World Economic Forum in January.

President Trump to talk about opioid epidemic at community college in N.H.

The president is expected to announce a policy proposal to address the opioid epidemic at Manchester Community College on Monday.

Mack, a New Hampshire harp seal, will be released back into the wild Sunday after the Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue Team found him on Feb. 14. in Hampton Beach, N.H.

N.H. harp seal heading back to the wild after a month of rehab

After a month of rehabilitation and rest, a New Hampshire juvenile harp seal named Merrimack — Mack for short — will be released back into the wild Sunday.

MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez on the Red Line.

Starts & Stops

Whoops — the MBTA forgot to file reports on spending

It wasn’t until inquiries from the Globe that the agency took action; the first report was sent to officials on Thursday — several months late.

A new rail service between New Haven, Conn., and Springfield will rely on MBTA commuter coaches when it launches this spring. Closer to home, commuter rail riders near Boston will be getting better updates on the locations of their trains.

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Commuter rail riders now getting better updates on their trains

The MBTA has upgraded its commuter train-tracking technology, now refreshing information every 10 to 45 seconds, down from every two minutes.

Man injured when car crashes into Dennis store

The driver suffered serious injuries after crashing into the front of the Dennis Equipment Company at about 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Oprah Winfrey on the red carpet in London for the European premiere of ‘A Wrinkle in Time.’

Maine resident Jesus Christ sends letter to Oprah Winfrey

Television anchor Gayle King posted a picture of the letter, asking if it was the sign from above about running for president that her friend was looking for.

A wreath laying ceremony was held for St. Patrick's Day in Downtown Boston at the Boston Irish Famine Memorial in 2017.

St. Patrick’s parade in Boston won’t let anti-war vets march

Boston’s popular St. Patrick’s Day parade is all about veterans — but not all who’ve served in uniform will be allowed to march this weekend.

Snow-covered truck hits overpass in Wareham

Bourne police shared a video of the incident to remind drivers to clear snow from their vehicles.

West Roxbury murder suspect ordered back to state hospital

Nathurlon Munnerlyn, 39, was returned to Bridgewater State Hospital following his arraignment Thursday on a murder charge, officials said.

St. Patrick’s Day parade organizers not giving up on longer route

But a spokeswoman for Mayor Martin J. Walsh said he stands by his decision for Sunday’s parade to follow a ‘snow route’ from the Broadway T station to Farragut Road.

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‘There were people crying on the phone’: Utility workers slammed with calls amid trio of storms

Major utilities in eastern Massachusetts had some crews working 16-hour days during the month of March, which has included three nor’easters.


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

Three teens missing from Framingham facility found

The 15-year-old boys had been missing since Saturday, Framingham police said.

ICE arrests at courthouses disrupt justice, lawsuits claim

“It’s basically saying to immigrants: ‘Stay away from the courthouse,’” said Rachel Rosenbloom, co-director of the Northeastern University School of Law Immigrant Justice Clinic.

Downed wires leave hundreds without power in Brighton

An Eversource spokeswoman said crews are on the scene working to restore power.