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Dr. Willie was the Charles William Eliot professor of education, emeritus, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Charles Willie, an architect of Boston’s ‘controlled-choice’ school desegregation plan, dies at 94

Dr. Willie, whose grandparents were enslaved, became a leading voice for equality and fairness.

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Clarety Kaseke, research technician at the Ragon Institute, worked on a COVID-19 vaccine-related project in 2020. The effort was funded by the Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness, including money from China Evergrande Group.

Evergrande reneges on multimillion-dollar pledge to Harvard-led COVID project, another stumble in its ties to school

The company, which is now officially in default, has been in crisis, laboring to pay creditors as it grapples with more than $300 billion in liabilities.

One injured in Brockton fire sparked by smoking while using medical oxygen

Brockton firefighters were sent to the Stillman Avenue apartment complex around 11:15 a.m. Saturday for a reported fire, said Brockton Fire Chief Brian F. Nardelli and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey in a joint statement Sunday afternoon.

Ibrahim Boubacar Keïtac was deposed as Mali's president in 2020.

Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Malian president deposed in coup, dies at 76

Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, the former president of Mali who was elected in 2013 in the wake of a coup, then ousted by the military after a turbulent seven-year rule, died Jan. 16 at his home in Bamako, the capital. He was 76, and had been in poor health in recent years.

Visitor experience manager Julius Hobert, near the altar of the Old North Church.

Old North Church, an icon of the past, adds racial justice to its 21st-century mission

Old North Church has struggled with Boston’s other Revolutionary War sites to weather the pandemic. But the long, stubborn crisis also has meant a fresh start, and a chance to reexamine the mission and message of the iconic church, its leaders said.

Mr. Hall coached the Wildcats for 13 seasons.

Joe B. Hall, longtime Kentucky men’s basketball coach, dies at 93

Following the legendary Adolph Rupp, Mr. Hall coached Kentucky to an NCAA tournament championship and took the Wildcats to the Final Four three times.

Heavy snow and rain is expected across the region overnight.

Storm system expected to dump heavy snow and rain across the region overnight

Western Massachusetts can expect a heavy dumping of snow overnight before temperatures tick up and the precipitation shifts to rain. Areas near Pittsfield and North Adams can expect upwards of six inches of snow.

The six duck hunters became stranded on the marsh after the tide receded, as photographed by crew aboard The Jayhawk.

Six duck hunters rescued by Coast Guard helicopter after being stranded in low tide on Cape Cod

All six people were rescued safely and no injuries were reported, USCG officials said.

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Jeff Hill earned Bentley’s Offensive MVP honors as a sophomore when Bentley finished 8-2, and as a junior and senior was an All-Northeast-10 Conference and All-New England selection.

California beckoned to Jeff Hill, a three-sport star at Mansfield High

Jeff Hill was accustomed to coming through in big moments when he arrived on the campus of Bentley University in Waltham in 2011.

In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

Walk the path of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life at Bird Park

Thirty posters about King’s life have been posted on a fence at Francis William Bird Park in Walpole.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addressed marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in 1963.

Newton to hold 54th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration Jan. 17

The city of Newton will host its 54th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, Jan. 17, as a virtual event.

Janice Bennett, a NewMo driver, dropped off a passenger outside the Newton Senior Center.

Newton limits NewMo rideshare trips to two passengers due to COVID-19 surge

Newton is now limiting NewMo rideshare service trips to two passengers instead of three due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, according to Mayor Ruthanne Fuller.

Methuen's police station.

Arbitrator rejects contract that would have required Methuen to pay some police captains $500,000 a year

Arbitrator Loretta Attardo found that Methuen city officials had no idea when they signed the agreement that the leader of the union had inserted massive pay increases for police captains.

Governor Charlie Baker

Baker suggests he’s open to clemency, but does not say if he’ll commute murderer’s life sentence

The governor must decide by week’s end whether he agrees with the state Advisory Board of Pardons’ recommendation to commute the life sentence of a Brockton native who has spent nearly three decades in prison for the 1987 slaying of a New Bedford man.

Auto shop instructor Louis Beckwith talks about brakes with students during an adult education class at the Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School in Danvers.

Vocational schools offer adults a blueprint for success, with classes funded by the state

Adult learning programs in fields ranging from automotive technology to plumbing are underwritten by the state’s Career Technical Initiative program.

This goat was seen wandering around Holbrook Street in Norfolk.

A runaway goat is apprehended in Norfolk

A runaway goat is captured in Norfolk, customers argue about masks at a Wellesley restaurant, and other odd tales from local police blotters.