Suffolk DA reaches safety agreement with duck boat tour company

Under the terms of the agreement, Boston Duck Tours is required to adopt or continue technological and personnel measures to improve the safety of its fleet.

Kenyatta Savage was featured in a front-page photograph in The Boston Globe for the Spotlight series on race in Boston.

The man in the Spotlight Team’s Fenway photo speaks

Kenyatta Savage found himself featured on the front page of the Boston Globe as part of a story about racism in Boston.

David Wright could get life in prison for his conviction on five terror-related charges.

With her son facing life in prison, mother of terror plotter says he was ‘brainwashed’ by ISIS

The mother of the Everett man convicted of plotting to kill Americans in support of the terror group asked for leniency in his sentencing, saying he had been “brainwashed.”

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$10m reward for stolen Gardner museum artwork set to expire at end of 2017

The clock is ticking on a $10 million reward involving one of Boston’s greatest mysteries.

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East Boston home damaged in overnight two-alarm fire

An East Boston home under renovation has more than $100,000 in damages after an overnight two-alarm fire tore through the unoccupied side of the duplex.

Part seven: Solutions

A better Boston? The choice is ours

It’s been more than 40 years since our national image on race was defined by the school busing crisis — years of halting progress, steps forward and back. It is high time to break that pattern.

Your horoscope

A look at your horoscope for Saturday, Dec. 16.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2017. There are 15 days left in the year.

Firefighter injured in 2-alarm South Boston fire

The fire started in a three-story brick building at 66 Orton Marotta Way sometime before 4:18 p.m., a Boston fire official said.

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Boston Herald has trio of new suitors

Jeff Magram, the Herald’s chief operating officer, confirmed in an e-mail to the Globe Friday night that three bidders have expressed interest in buying the tabloid.

SPOTLIGHT - DO NOT PUBLISH WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM BILL GREENE - 4/14/16 - Exeter, NH - Phillips Exeter Academy - This is the campus of Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH on April 14, 2016. Topic: 27prepschools. Story by Jenn Abelson and Jonathan Saltzman/Globe Staff. Photo by Dina Rudick/Globe Staff.

N.H. AG’s office finds no flaw in decision not to charge two Phillips Exeter deans

The N.H. attorney general’s office concluded that prosecutors did not abuse their discretion when deciding not to charge two Phillips Exeter Academy deans for failing to report suspected sexual assault.

Lynn teen charged with stabbing another teen

Johel Ramirez-Chavez, 18, was arraigned Friday in Lynn District Court on assault and attempted murder charges, Lynn police said.

Andover woman bitten by rabid raccoon

The 75-year-old woman is recovering, and the raccoon was euthanized at an animal hospital, Andover police said.

Melrose Bank robbed at gunpoint

A masked man brandishing a gun made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, Melrose police said.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Dorchester man charged with Attleboro murder; another suspect at large

Joe Williams, 33, was arrested Friday in New York City and charged with murdering a man in Attleboro last week, while another suspect remains at large, prosecutors said.

A group of comics joined Globe Santa at a fund-raiser at Giggles Comedy Club in Saugus.

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Grandma wants special holiday for the grandson she’s raising

“I want him to be happy for Christmas this year as he should as a child,” she said.

Boston school officials reconsider new start times

The Boston school system announced Friday night it would reconsider the new school times for next fall amid immense parent opposition to the plan.

Randolph residents convicted of distributing thousands of pounds of marijuana

Michael Gordon and Daphne Jean were also convicted of laundering the millions of dollars in funds they acquired during the course of the operation.

Early next year, Jay Gonzalez and his rivals will make cases at the local Democratic caucuses that choose delegates for the party’s endorsement convention in June.

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Democratic candidate for governor gets a boost from a Bernie Sanders acolyte

The endorsement comes at a critical time for candidate Jay Gonzalez.


How can the black community gain clout in Mass.?

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Good Samaritan rescues rabbit stranded on the side of a Brockton road

Simpson found himself stranded on the side of the road in Brockton and did not have much longer to live.

An owl was found beneath the hood of a car when mechanics went to do an oil change.

Mechanics find owl under the hood while doing an oil change

Oil change? More like “Owl” change.

A Republic Services trash truck crashed on Upland Street in Auburn Friday afternoon.

Driver might have been run over by his own trash truck in Auburn

The driver of a Republic Services trash truck was seriously injured after the vehicle crashed over an embankment in Auburn Friday afternoon, officials said.

What are your suggestions for making Boston a more welcoming place?

Tell us what you think about the newest installment of the Spotlight series “Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.”

Adrienne Lawrence said ESPN retaliated against her, after she complained of harassment, by reducing her on-air shifts and ultimately denying her a permanent position.

Read the text messages at the center of the ESPN harassment complaint

The texts were sent between longtime anchor John Buccigross and Adrienne Lawrence, a former employee who filed a sexual harassment complaint this summer.

Snow arrives as the workweek ends

Greater Boston faces more bitterly cold conditions Friday as meteorologists warn that the evening commute will probably be affected by a fast-moving snowstorm as the workweek ends.

Kenyatta Savage was surrounded by a sea of white fans at Fenway Park at a July game.

Do you have stories of being ‘the only one’ in a predominantly white room in Boston?

Tell us how the topic of this Spotlight story has affected your life.

Firefighters rushed to a single-story ranch house Thursday night that claimed a person’s life before firefighters from Oxford and surrounding communities were able to bring it under control.

One person killed in Oxford house fire; blazes hit Somerville and Mendon

One person was killed in a fire in Oxford, one of four major incidents firefighters faced across the state overnight as temperatures dropped into the teens.

Guns from a previous citywide gun buyback program were seen at Boston police headquarters in 2014.

City of Boston, hospitals offering $100 for a gun in regional buyback program

The program was one of several that were set to take place in the region Saturday, from Worcester, to Providence, to Hartford, Conn.

Beantown Greentown is trying to build a 100-foot-long joint this weekend at a marijuana expo event in Worcester. This is a practice run.

High ambitions: Pot advocacy group to attempt to build 100-foot joint

Beantown Greentown will unveil the long joint at the Harvest Cup in Worcester this weekend.

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Justice Dept. veteran confirmed as Massachusetts US Attorney

Donald Trump nominated the 47-year-old Sharon man in September.

Firefighters rushed to a single-story ranch house Thursday night that claimed a person’s life before firefighters from Oxford and surrounding communities were able to bring it under control.

Hoarding cited as factor in fatal Oxford fire

One person died in a multialarm house fire in Oxford Thursday night.

Haverhill High student arrested for social media threats against school

In his social media post, the student wrote that he was “fed up” and that there would be a “school shooting tomorrow.”

Methuen third-grader brandishes knife on school bus

A Methuen third-grader brought a knife on his school bus Thursday, then threatened a school employee after brandishing the blade, Methuen police said.

Surveillance photos of the man suspected of vandalizing Somerville City Hall last weekend.

Somerville police searching for suspect in City Hall vandalism

Police believe the man vandalized the City Hall building at 93 Highland Ave. around 1:30 a.m. last Saturday.

Quincy woman charged with draining $589,000 from employer’s bank and credit accounts

The woman is accused of using the money to pay her rent, to buy gift cards, and to send hundreds of thousands of dollars across the border to bank accounts in Canada.

One person dead after Oxford fire

Investigators have not yet determined the origin or cause of the fire.

The closest Boston has come to electing a black mayor was Melvin H. King in 1983. King lost the final election that year by 30 percentage points.

Part Six: Power

For blacks in Boston, a power outage

Despite Boston’s reputation as a liberal bastion, the region’s power base remains largely white men. Blacks’ political achievements are more occasional than institutional. There are no black faces in Massachusetts’ congressional delegation, nor among statewide officeholders, and the only black to win election to statewide office since 1972 is former governor Deval Patrick.

3-alarm fire damages Somerville house

The fire tore through a triple-decker at 15 Connecticut Ave., causing an estimated $750,000 in damage, Fire Chief Patrick Sullivan said.

North Shore high schools clash over the transfer of two basketball players

A Superior Court judge cleared the way for one student to play this year for St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, after transferring from Peabody Veterans Memorial High School.

Former homeless woman seeks Globe Santa’s help for little daughter’s Christmas

Many of those who write to Globe Santa know what it’s like to grow up going without anything but food, heat, and shelter. And for some, the challenges only get tougher as they age into adulthood.


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

Duncan Ketter.


Educated, black, and dead

Duncan Ketter worked for his money, six days a week, at a rental car company. He believed in the power of education, enrolling in college, hoping to become an engineer.

Civil rights groups hit school start plan

The contentious debate over changing school start times in Boston grew louder Thursday with civil rights groups voicing formal opposition, while school officials revealed a nearly $7 million deficit in transportation spending, adding further ammunition to parents who believe the new bell schedules are merely a cost-cutting measure.

One comparison website found that Americans waste more than $9.5 billion on unwanted gifts every year.

Finding the right gift is harder than ever

Despite expanding notions of what counts as a “gift”--a jerky subscription--Americans waste $9.5 billion on unwanted presents.

New England news in brief

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Maura Healey sues Betsy DeVos, again

This marks Attorney General Maura Healey’s third lawsuit against the education department under the Trump administration and Secretary Betsy DeVos.


 WORKER WOUNDED A Boston city employee was shot and wounded in Mattapan early Thursday while driving to work, leaving a Department of Public Works vehicle with bullet holes in it. The employee was shot in the leg and suffered injuries that were not life threatening, according to Officer Rachel McGuire, a department spokeswoman. He was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, she said. The employee, who is in his 50s, is a supervisor in the department’s highway division. He has worked for the city for more than 22 years, according to city officials. A motive for the shooting was not immediately known. The shooting took place around 5 a.m. near 23 Maryknoll St., and the victim drove about a mile to the intersection of Morton and Fuller streets, where Boston Emergency Medical Services crews arrived, officials said.

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Star Wars fans line Tremont Street hours before premiere of ‘The Last Jedi’

May the Force keep them warm.