Do you have it what it takes to quit Facebook?

A few brave souls have signed off from planet Earth and left the social media site. Others are only threatening action.

Judge Thomas Estes in 2017.

Judge could face impeachment after admitting sexual involvement with court worker

Judge Thomas Estes said he felt “shame and sorrow” over the relationship with a court social worker. The Judicial Conduct Commision called it “willful misconduct.”

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Nine state troopers suspended, nine more retire amid overtime probe

Nine Massachusetts State Police troopers were suspended without pay and nine more retired this week in the midst of an internal affairs investigation.

Hampshire College in Amherst.

Hampshire College probing act of ‘deplorable anti-Semitism’ on campus

School president Jonathan Lash said the act is being treated as a criminal matter.

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Dozens of Boston students head to D.C. for March for Our Lives

Dozens of Boston students piled into buses bound for the nation’s capital Friday night to join protesters for the March for Our Lives on Saturday.

Teen accused of rape at Plymouth North High School

The 15-year-old male was released on his personal recognizance and ordered to stay away from the victim, officials said.

Explosion kills worker in Ayer

The worker at AVS Inc. succumbed to his injuries at Nashoba Valley Medical Center, a fire official said.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2018. There are 282 days left in the year.

Second ferry taken out of service this week on Martha’s Vineyard run

An indicator light went off on the ferry, alerting the crew that it might have a mechanical problem, officials said.

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Brighton bank robber arrested after police use GPS to track him down during pursuit

Two Boston police officers teamed up with a 911 dispatcher to track down a man who allegedly robbed a bank in Brighton Friday morning.

No fooling: April could be cold, wet, forecasters say

The National Weather Service is predicting below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation into mid-April.

Salem man who beat up pit bull puppy sentenced to prison

John Leger, 33 admitted to punching, choking and kicking his pit bull puppy and to carrying a loaded firearm, officials said.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Lasell College and Mount Ida College are about six miles apart in Newton.

Potential merger between Lasell, Mount Ida falls through

“As of today, the two Colleges have ended these discussions and will not move forward with a merger,” read a joint statement from the Newton schools.

Jamison Rohan is a sophomore at Minnechaug Regional High School.

Nestor Ramos

From the Mass. ‘gun belt,’ young protesters bring a message of gun control to Boston

Even in a swath of conservative communities in surrounding Springfield, the march is on.

Rob Gronkowski’s home was robbed in February while he was at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis.

Randolph man arrested for robbing Gronkowski’s Foxborough home, police say

Anthony Almeida, 31, of Randolph was charged Friday in connection to the burglary of Patriots star Rob Gronkowski’s home, police said.

City Hall officials Timothy Sullivan (left) and Kenneth Brissette.

City Hall employees in Boston Calling trial will not face internal discipline

Mayor Martin Walsh said that Ken Brissette and Timothy Sullivan would return to work soon with full pay, though he did not provide an exact date.

Brewster teacher charged with molesting children at the school was investigated in prior case

He has worked at Stony Brook for five years but was previously suspected of indecently assaulting a 4-year-old at his prior job at Cape Cod Children’s Place, a nonprofit in Eastham.

Attleboro paramedics deliver healthy baby girl in ambulance

An Attleboro woman almost made it into the hospital — but instead gave birth to a healthy baby girl in the ambulance parking lot Thursday morning.

The weather was cold and gray as tourists walked through the Copp's Hill Burying Ground in the North End.

David Epstein

We’re about to have an unusually cold weekend

The weather is still going to feel quite wintry around here, and some areas will even see snow.

Lawrence man sentenced to 3 years in state prison for fentanyl trafficking

A Lawrence man is facing up to three and a half years in state prison for trafficking fentanyl.

Madison Park Technical High School in Roxbury.

What you need to know if you’re heading to Boston’s March for Our Lives this weekend

Here’s everything you need to know.

A loaded revolver was confiscated from a man who did not have a license to carry during a traffic stop early Friday morning, police said.

Boston police confiscate illegal gun during Roxbury traffic stop

Officers discovered a Dorchester man was carrying an unlicensed loaded gun during a traffic stop in Roxbury, police said.

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth.

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station offline for 18th day

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station remained shut down Friday for the 18th straight day as the Plymouth plant awaited the replacement of a transformer.

Student-made videos will start playing on many of the MBTA's digital screens starting Monday.

Student-made videos to air on MBTA displays across the system

Starting Monday, a series of very short, documentary-style videos created by local teens will be showing on the high-definition screens at MBTA stations and stops.

Blazes caused by smoking have claimed 4 lives in Mass. this year

An apartment fire in Palmer early Thursday morning claimed the life of a 66-year-old man.

Inmate at state prison in Shirley dies after altercation

An inmate at a state prison in Shirley died Thursday after an altercation five days earlier at the maximum-security facility, officials said.

Maeve McNamara and Emma McCarthy of Amherst College celebrated after winning the Division III Women's Basketball Championship in Rochester, Minn., last week.

No ESPN, no endorsement deals, no problem for Amherst College basketball champs

The college’s women’s basketball team has won two straight Division 3 championships and gone 66-0 over the past two seasons.

John Bolton speaking during the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this month.

Seven John Bolton policy views you should know about

John Bolton is outspoken and hawkish. And soon he’ll have the ear of the president.

Mass. Legislature reveals final criminal justice package

The bill is the culmination of a yearslong effort to shift the balance away from the harsh punishments that came out of anticrime efforts of the 1990s.

Garrett Alibozek of Adams and William Patrick of Chicopee both went home with grand prizes from Massachusetts State Lottery games Monday.

Two Western Mass. residents win jackpots in separate lottery games

Two lucky Western Massachusetts residents raked in grand prizes after winning games in the Massachusetts State Lottery Monday.

Young activists painted signs to be carried at the upcoming March for Our Lives Los Angeles event.

Large crowds expected at Boston ‘March For Our Lives’ rally

Half a million people are expected to rally in Washington, D.C. An enterprising — and passionate — local group of young people has a planned a “sibling rally” in Boston.

Body of man, 44, found burning in Hatfield being investigated as a homicide

The body of Daniel Cruz of Northampton “was found burning in a field off Bridge Lane.”

Team owner Robert Kraft lent out the New England Patriots’ team plane, shown here in a file photo.

Parkland, Fla., students and families flew to Washington, D.C., on the Patriots’ plane

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft lent the aircraft to victims and their families to get them to the “March for Our Lives” this weekend.

Taxi driver arrested after allegedly dragging another cabbie down Brookline street

A dispute between two taxi drivers on Webster Street in Brookline on Friday morning reportedly led to one man dragging the other a short distance.

A man driving a stolen Herc Rentals truck crashed into a house on School Street Thursday in Andover. No injuries were reported, and a witness said he saw someone fleeing the scene.

Police still searching for suspect who allegedly crashed stolen vehicles

“We definitely believe he hit multiple places,” Deputy Chief John Voto said Friday morning. “It’s still an ongoing investigation.”

Dissatisfied customer pulls knife on bus company employee, threatens to bite off officer’s ear

A Dorchester woman allegedly pulled a knife on a bus company employee and then threatened to bite off a police officer’s ear.

Cambridge police searching for driver who struck 14-year-old boy on a bike

Cambridge police are asking the public to help identify the driver who struck and injured a 14-year-old on a bicycle last week and then fled the scene.

Friday is expected to be partly sunny with a slim chance of rain showers arriving in mid-afternoon and a high of about 43 degrees.

A partly sunny Friday awaits Greater Boston area

The region will ease into the weekend with a mild and warmer Friday, but may see some light snow on Saturday and Sunday.

The weapons, bullets, and equipment that police say they seized from Stephen White, 70.

Winthrop man, 70, allegedly carried assault rifle in vehicle to fight ‘jihadists on the highway’

Police also seized a .45 caliber pistol, more than 350 rounds of ammunition, and a black tactical vest with ballistic armor.

Dover doctor who ran a ‘pill mill’ sentenced to prison for healthcare fraud

Fathallah Mashali, 62, who once ran pain clinics in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, was also ordered to pay $8.7 million in restitution, officials said.

State Police dispatcher under investigation, placed on leave after alleged posts about fatal crash

“I want her terminated and I want some answers from State Police,” said Thomas Wasilewski, whose 20-year-old son was killed in the crash last year.

This day in history

Today is Friday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2018. There are 283 days left in the year.

Maine man arrested on firearm charges on I-495 in Haverhill

John Williams, 29, of Madison, Maine was charged with illegal possession of a firearm, among other charges, State Police said.

Cambridge police ask public to help ID driver who struck teen on bike

The boy was hit at around 7:22 a.m. last Thursday while turning from Western Avenue onto Putnam Avenue, police said.

Brewster elementary school teacher arrested, charged with sexually assaulting students

A Stony Brook Elementary School teacher who allegedly sexually assaulted at least two students was arrested on Thursday morning, police said.

Chelsea MS-13 member sentenced to 22 years in federal prison

Bryan Galicia Barillas, 21, pleaded guilty to his role in an attack on a rival street gang member that resulted in the fatal shooting of a mother of three who was looking out her window, officials said.

Hull teen arrested after taking three bullets to school

The 17-year-old boy was taken to an area hospital for treatment and will be arraigned at a later date, police said.

New England news in brief


Timothy Sullivan (left) and Kenneth Brissette

A case is dismissed, and the cloud that loomed over Walsh dissolves

It was an explosive case, a public corruption probe with the potential to undermine a new mayor’s political agenda.