After an $18m overhaul, one Steamship Authority boat reeked of sewage. Then things got worse

The head of the Steamship Authority this week cast blame on a Rhode Island-based contractor for many of its mechanical failures.

Hillary Rodham Clinton talked with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey at Harvard University.

Hillary Clinton honored at Harvard ‘for all of her battles, won and lost’

The former presidential candidate received something of a hero’s welcome as she accepted the Radcliffe Medal.

Angelania Vil, who turns 3 Saturday, shared in the UMass Boston graduation with her mother, Nastassia.

Educator Geoffrey Canada urges UMass Boston graduates to make world a better place

“The best of America is yet to come,” Geoffrey Canada, longtime president of the Harlem Children’s Zone, told the 2,733 graduates at the school’s 50th graduation at TD Garden.

Judge Thomas Estes in 2017.

Pittsfield judge Thomas Estes resigns in wake of sex scandal

The state Supreme Judicial Court had sharply criticized Thomas Estes in a six-page order of censure issued Thursday.

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Everett police officer involved in crash while responding to an overdose

A vehicle turning into a Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot struck the cruiser on Broadway at about 5:20 p.m. Friday, police said.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, May 26, the 146th day of 2018. There are 219 days left in the year.


May 26, 2018

16-year-old boy arrested on firearms charges in Dorchester

It was the fourth arrest of a teenager on firearms charges in less than 72 hours, Boston police said in a statement.

Ceiling collapses at Ipswich church

“It looks like a war zone in there,” said the Rev. Adam Randazzo, pastor of Living Faith United Methodist Church.

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Coast Guard searching waters off Provincetown for missing person

Petty Officer Sean McGinnis said a Coast Guard helicopter and vessel were searching the waters near 125 Commercial St. Friday night.

Honor guard members carry the casket of Private First Class Kenneth Iwasinski during funeral services at Belchertown High School in Belchertown, Mass., on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007. Iwasinski, an infantry soldier in Iraq, was killed earlier this month after his vehicle was targeted by an improvised explosive device. At right are his father and stepmother, Dominick, and Tawnia Iwasinski. (AP Photo/The Repubican, Christopher Evans) Library Tag 10282007 Metro / / operation iraqi freedom massachusetts OIF MA

‘Every day for these families is Memorial Day’

On Friday afternoon, Gold Star families gathered at the state’s official memorial in Fall River for a service ahead of Memorial Day.


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Allston, MA - May 25, 2018: Lead singer Hayley Williams performs with Paramore during the Boston Calling Music Festival in Allston, MA on May 25, 2018. With 45 musical acts, seven comedians, two podcasts, and one Natalie Portman performing on three stages and one arena over the course of three days, Boston Calling has never offered festival-goers so many options. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: arts reporter:


The unofficial start to the summer is here: Boston Calling Day 1

The three-day music festival in Boston kicked off Friday. The star-studded lineup for Day 1 includes Pussy Riot, Portugal. The Man, Paramore, and The National.

Robert Gardner stood outside the pavilion at the Massachusetts National Cemetery where a service was held for Air Force veteran Laurence Phillips. Gardner will help place the flowers and the casket into a truck to be transported to the burial plot nearby.


Creating a resting place befitting a hero

Surgically correct. That’s been Bob Gardner’s workplace ethos since he first walked into the Massachusetts National Cemetery shortly after its dedication in 1980.

Convicted child rapist will not be released from prison until at least May 30, attorney says

Four people are challenging the decision of the state Department of Correction to release Wayne Chapman, 70, after he was found to be no longer sexually dangerous.

Wareham man indicted on charges that he left woman for dead in house he set on fire

The blaze completely destroyed the house it was started in, and authorities later found a woman who had been trapped inside the dwelling before she escaped.

Salem fire officials clean up mercury spill in supermarket parking lot

A 1-pound bottle of mercury was knocked over in the parking lot of a Shaw’s supermarket in Salem, prompting an hourslong cleanup.

Cambridge arrest of Harvard student to be reviewed by former state chief justice

The former chief justice of the state’s highest court will review the forcible arrest last month of a visibly distressed black Harvard University student.

Brazilian national pleads guilty to firearm charge

The man pleaded guilty Thursday to being an alien in possession of a firearm and was sentenced by a federal judge in Boston to time served.

Police arrested two teenagers in Dorchester on Thursday on firearm charges.

Two teenagers arrested on firearm charges in Dorchester

Two teenagers were arrested Thursday afternoon after police found them with loaded firearms in Dorchester.

Popular Somerville music space vandalized

A GoFundMe page has been set up for ONCE Somerville.

Jim Delaney, second from left, is the electrical inspector for the town of Sharon. He's retiring after 49 years.

Sharon’s electrical inspector is retiring — on his 97th birthday

Jim Delaney, 97, is the electrical inspector for the town of Sharon. He’s retiring Friday after 49 years.

Juana B. Matias is a Lawrence Democrat competing in the crowded Third Congressional District primary field.

Candidate’s claim of being an attorney is a potential ethics violation, experts say

During the 11 months she was legally allowed to appear in immigration court as an advocate, Juana Matias had yet to be admitted to the Massachusetts bar.

The offices of the Boston Globe at 53 State Street in downtown Boston.

Boston Globe files lawsuit seeking information from former employee

The lawsuit aims to compel a former employee to turn over details about an allegedly inappropriate text exchange with the Globe’s editor.

Spooky bat circles Newton City Council chambers, bringing budget debate to (temporary) halt

A meeting was cut short Tuesday when an unexpected flying visitor could not seem to find its way back to its cave.

Cunner, a common species of fish in the Gulf of Maine, prefer to take refuge in native kelp to invasive species of lower-turf seaweed that have recently been taking over in the habitat, researchers at UNH say.

Invasive seaweed in Gulf of Maine may threaten fish who need protection from predators, report says

Certain fish could be at risk of losing protection from predators, researchers at the University of New Hampshire have discovered.

Private First Class Francis E. Drake Jr. of Springfield.

Marine killed in World War II laid to rest in Springfield

Flags across the state were lowered Friday in memory of Private First Class Francis E. Drake Jr., who was 20 years old when he died in combat in 1942.

The Massachusetts State Police substation at the Boston Fish Pier in the Seaport District.

Senate passes proposal aimed at Seaport turf war, but with no mandates

The Mass. Senate tucked a proposal into its budget bill that doesn’t exactly solve the Seaport jurisdiction quandary but will keep the issue on the table.

Amanda Palmer.

Rocker Amanda Palmer sounds off on Harvey Weinstein’s arrest

Weinstein’s arraignment came two days after Palmer dropped a new single, “Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now.”

Dorchester man arrested for firing shots into Cambridge home in early morning attack

Cambridge police nabbed Jean Griffin, 41, with the help of Boston police and the US Marshals, according to authorities.

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A wounded seal spotted on a Nantucket beach last weekend indicates that one or two of the large predatory animals are likely already swimming off the Massachusetts coastline.

Great white sharks may be lurking off Mass.

Like the humans who eventually clog up Route 6, the bulk of great whites don’t arrive until the sun has warmed the Atlantic Ocean into the 58 to 68 degree range.

Singing Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Dead porpoise washes up at Singing Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea

The medium-sized animal was found near the traffic circle at the end of Beach Street.

Brendand (right) and Marin Cirino of Andover chased bubbles on Crane Beach in Ipswich.

Temperatures in Boston will be pushing 90 degrees today

The holiday weekend is here, and it’s going to feel like summer — at least for the next day or two.

Rollover causes morning headaches for commuters on I-93 north

A small box truck rolled onto its side about half a mile before the Government Center exit.

New casino near Mass. slated for Sept. opening

A new $140 million casino near Massachusetts is expected to open earlier than anticipated.

Top Fidelity executive poised to join Baker budget office

Gary Blank is a onetime top White House economic official and an 11-year veteran of Fidelity.

This day in history

Today is Friday, May 25, the 145th day of 2018. There are 220 days left in the year.


May 25, 2018

12-year-old girl arrested in Randolph after threatening note found at school

The girl, whose name was not released because she is a juvenile, is charged with making a public threat.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in North Andover crash

The man, 21, was flown to a Boston hospital for medical treatment, police said.

The offices of the Boston Globe at 53 State Street in downtown Boston.

Lawyer for Globe editor calls statements false

Top Globe managers told the newspaper’s staff in an internal memo on Wednesday that they are investigating claims by a former employee that the editor sent an inappropriate text.

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After Mount Ida, AG seeks tougher college oversight

Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday called for greater state oversight of private colleges to prevent another fiasco like the abrupt closing of Mount Ida College.

City releases renderings of Boston Marathon bombing memorial

Markers made of granite, bronze and grass will be erected in the spots where the two bombs went off near the finish line on April 15, 2013, killing three and injuring more than 260 people.

The robbery occurred at the 815 Boylston St. location at 6:32 p.m., Boston police spokesman David Estrada said.

Police respond to armed robbery at Boylston Street Apple Store

The suspect, who fled on foot, is described as a 20-to-25-year-old, 6-foot-tall man weighing about 190 pounds.

Petition pushes for court to block convicted child rapist’s release

At least four people are challenging the release of convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman, requesting that the state’s highest court prohibit such a move, according to a court petition filed Thursday.


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Police blotter

A janitor accused of trying to poison her co-workers at Plainridge Park Casino by pouring chemical cleaner into their drinks is facing criminal charges, according to the state attorney general’s office.

Revere High student’s yearbook quote on racial tensions making waves

Reached by the Globe, Betshina Bernier said she chose the quote to highlight the racial tensions she says she has experienced at Revere High.

Harvard’s commencement included the cheers by recipients of education degrees.

At Harvard commencement, grads hear a defense of higher education

Colleges and universities are “beacons of hope,” said Harvard president Drew Faust, who steps down as Harvard’s first female leader in its 381-year history in June.