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State prepares for latest vaccination effort as more than 5,600 new COVID-19 cases are reported

The state Department of Public Health’s latest coronavirus figures released Saturday brought the total number of confirmed cases to more than 444,000 in Massachusetts, and raised the death toll to 13,305.

Dorchester 18-year-old arrested in fatal shooting of younger teen

Juan Nazario was arrested around 11:30 a.m. and faces charges of murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition, police said in a statement.

Winifred Mayes, first woman in the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s string section, dies at 101

A talented cellist and teacher, Mrs. Mayes went on to become assistant principal with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Man arrested for string of Roslindale, Roxbury vehicle break-ins and thefts

Aaron Weil, 29, of Boston, was arrested at 1:45 a.m. after officers allegedly saw him trying to open doors of vehicles he passed while walking in the area of Cornell and Newburg streets, police said.

Maine State House police chief faces scrutiny over social media posts

Gov. Janet Mills and Public Safety Commissioner Michael Sauschuck said they are troubled by State Capitol Police Chief Russ Gauvin's social media posts deriding mask mandates, questioning the results of the presidential election and supporting a police officer who called for violence against Black Lives Matter protesters.

Mary Catherine Bateson dies at 81; anthropologist on the lives of women

Once one of the most famous babies in America, Mary Catherine Bateson went on to be a cultural anthropologist who was the author of quietly groundbreaking books on women’s lives.

When will the pandemic peak in Mass.? Too many variables make it hard to predict

Unpredictable variables will determine the future path of the pandemic, especially how rapidly a new and more infectious coronavirus variant spreads in the state, whether the pace of vaccinations quickens, and if a public weary of restrictions is willing to stick with disease-prevention measures.

Massachusetts National Guard members head to Washington, D.C.

More than a hundred Massachusetts National Guard members boarded chartered buses bound for Washington, D.C., Saturday to provide security at the presidential inauguration following the deadly attack on the US Capitol on Jan. 6 by a mob of President Trump’s supporters.

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End of an era as Topsfield farm sells its last Christmas trees

While it won’t be selling any more trees, Nutter Farm is continuing, with a new focus on growing produce.

Newton police shooting prompts calls for crisis intervention, mental health resources

An investigation continues into the fatal shooting by Newton police of a 28-year-old resident experiencing a mental health crisis earlier this month.

Maura Healey launching review of road rage complaint involving DA Rachael Rollins

The attorney general is reviewing a citizen complaint that Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins threatened a fellow driver and inappropriately flashed her blue lights in a Christmas Eve encounter at the South Bay shopping mall. Rollins has denied that she acted inappropriately and said the other person was driving "erratically."

Newton North principal honored for antiracism initiatives

“We want students to be good upstanders, we want them to speak out against any sort of hate," said Henry Turner, who became principal in 2016.

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Newton physicians, councilors call for expert panel to help fully reopen schools

The demand comes as the city’s high schools prepare to start bringing back students to buildings later this month.

Here’s looking at you: In the woods — or in your backyard — you might see a barred owl this winter

Barred owls often show up in suburban areas in search of food when deep snow makes it harder to find prey in their usual haunts.

Should mail-in voting be made permanent in Massachusetts?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

Students confront slavery’s past on ‘the ground we walk on’

When Alexya Lee was a senior at Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsborough, she and fellow student Jack Turner began researching the history of the land surrounding their school.

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