Paul Newman’s camp for sick kids lives on, 10 years after his death

The true wonder of this place? Its ability to project utter normalcy for kids whose childhood has been anything but normal.

Law enforcement officers left following the funeral for Weymouth police Sergeant Michael C. Chesna.

Killed in the line of duty, Weymouth police sergeant laid to rest Friday

Thousands of mourners gathered in Hanover to pay their respects to a fallen Weymouth sergeant who was killed in the line of duty.

Phillip Camp, owner of the Vermont Standard, surveyed the damage at the newspaper’s office, which was devastated by fire on Monday.

After devastating fire, Vermont town rallies around 165-year-old weekly newspaper

On Friday, when the Vermont Standard hit the stands, one day late, it repaid the show of generosity with a banner headline. It read simply: “Thank You.”

A Massachusetts State Police trooper has admitted receiving free guns from a state-contracted firearms dealer and is cooperating with prosecutors in an ongoing criminal investigation into the sale of department weapons, according to two people familiar with the probe.

State Police trooper admits getting free guns, is cooperating in criminal probe

The criminal probe focuses on whether former troopers violated the law by receiving complimentary guns after negotiating a deal with a firearms dealer.

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July 21, 2018

Car and motorcycle collide, catch fire, in Norton

The motorcyclist was sent flying over the hood of the car, and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Former ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ star sentenced to probation for ‘annoying and accosting’ women

Tom Wopat was accused of groping cast members of a musical in Waltham in August 2017.

‘Kill cops’ vandalism investigated in Southbridge

The vandalized sign was found at a soccer field on West Street.

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Woman’s body found by river in Lawrence

A woman’s body was found on the edge of the Merrimack River in Lawrence Friday morning. Foul play is not suspected.

Two Boston men stopped on bikes in Dorchester, arrested with loaded guns

Tyrece Tennyson-Young, of Dorchester, and Deshawn Grayson, of Mattapan, both 19, were each charged Thursday with gun and ammunition charges, police said.

Two more Delaware men arraigned for murder of Haverhill teen

Thomas Warner, Kenneth Pitts, and Nicholas Mondato are being held without bail for allegedly shooting Bryce Finn at his home in Haverhill.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Connecticut man killed in crash on I-195 in Westport

The 72-year-old man from Canaan was driving a Chevrolet pickup that traveled off the road for 150 feet before hitting an overpass on I-195 near Dartmouth.

Hyde Park man held without bail for June Mattapan murder

Kenton Thomas was arraigned Friday for the June murder of Jocelin Nordeus in Mattapan.

The Lansford schooner barge was one of three sunk by a U-boat attack off of Orleans in 1918.

Orleans to commemorate when World War I came to Cape Cod

Almost four years after the start of the war, a distant threat had found its way onto America’s doorstep 100 years ago Saturday when a German U-Boat launched an attack off the Cape.

Boston police asking for help in Dorchester vehicular homicide investigation

The incident happened early Sunday morning, police said.

People prayed outside Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator involved in Thursday's duck boat accident in Branson, Mo.

Driver of Mo. duck boat killed in capsizing had served at R.I. church

Bob Williams was among the 17 people killed when a vessel packed with tourists capsized and sank in Branson.

Senate bill would provide medication for addicted inmates, limited involuntary commitments

But this latest iteration of the governor’s legislation to address the opioid crisis needs to be reconciled with a different version passed by the House.

The Rev. Hall Kirkham (left) embraced a woman from Uganda, whose daughter is trying to stay in the US to escape persecution because she is gay.

Federal judge denies gay Ugandan woman’s plea for release, stay of removal

Federal Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV said the decision of whether to stay the removal of the woman rests with immigration authorities.

Bridge beams and construction materials are being staged and assembled at the Beacon Park Yard in Allston for the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Project.

Trouble ahead: Commonwealth Avenue bridge replacement project to begin next week

This summer’s replacement of the westbound side of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge will force some travelers to change their routes.

Dog breeder convicted of animal cruelty for hanging 2 dogs, cutting 4 dogs’ ears

A New York dog breeder was convicted Friday of animal cruelty after a week-and-a-half-long bench trial in Essex County Superior Court.

Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux is not your typical mayor.

This Mass. mayor moonlights as a ‘Middle East expert’ on Russian state TV

Paul Heroux, the mayor of Attleboro, appears regularly as a “Middle East expert” on Russia’s government-funded television network.

Photos: Mourners honor slain Weymouth sergeant

Michael Chesna’s service was attended by thousands of his fellow officers from around the region.

Bryon Hefner, the estranged husband of former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg, appeared in court in April.

Bryon Hefner fighting AG’s request for records from Senate probe

In a court filing, Hefner argued that a state Senate probe into his husband, Stanley Rosenberg, has “no relevance” to his criminal case.

A motorized electric Bird scooter parked in Central Square in Cambridge on Friday. The scooters, which can be rented with a smartphone app, appeared overnight on streets in Cambridge and Somerville.

Electric scooters pop up in Somerville and Cambridge, unbeknownst to city officials

The appearance of Bird scooters was apparently a surprise for officials, who said they were unaware of the launch.

Duck Boats on on the Charles River.

Boston Duck Tours reassures on safety measures after Missouri duck boat sinks

A Boston-based duck tour company issued a statement assuring the public that the Boston tours adhere to strict safety standards.

Roxbury man arrested with gun after trying to flee

Boston police arrested a Roxbury man for possession of a firearm early Thursday morning after the man tried to run from officers.

Chicopee police chief seriously injured in motorcycle crash

The Chicopee Police Department says Chief William Jebb crashed near an interstate off-ramp in the city.

Victor DosSantos, 18, of New Bedford was arrested Thursday for hitting bystanders with paintballs from a car.

18-year-old man arrested on charges he shot paintballs at bystanders from car

Police say Victor DosSantos was likely involved in at least three incidents, including one in which a 12-year-old boy was hit in the left eye.

Cow breaks Connecticut farm worker’s jaw

A 23-year-old man suffered the injury at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday when a cow swung its head and hit the man in the face.

Firefighters battle three-alarm fire in Dorchester and a separate fire in Mattapan

The Boston Fire Department responded to the fire at 320 Talbot Ave. in Dorchester at approximately 6:40 a.m. Friday morning.

Harvard employee who asked neighbor if she lived in ‘affordable apartments’ now on leave

Officials from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative announced Theresa Lund was on leave “effective immediately.”

Today will be a ‘gem of a day,’ forecasters say

The pleasant weather will continue into Saturday, but with cooler temperatures and increasing clouds, with a high near 73.

Dominican man wanted for murdering wife arrested in Lynn

Daniel Emilio Frias Segura was ordered detained following a hearing in federal court in Boston Thursday, official said.

A lemonade stand in Norwell raised $2,000 to help the family of slain Weymouth police Sergeant Michael C. Chesna.

Children’s lemonade stand raises $2,000 for Weymouth sergeant’s family

The kids plan to visit the Weymouth police station soon to donate the money to a fund set up for the Chesna family.


July 20, 2018

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Today is Friday, July 20, the 201st day of 2018. There are 164 days left in the year.

Fugitive wanted on child porn charge arrested in N.J.

Stephen Cote was apprehended in Lakewood less than one month after he was added to the state’s most wanted fugitive list.

This week, the Massachusetts Legislature sent legislation to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk that would create a new $2 fee on car rental transactions across the state, sending up to $10 million toward training for local police.

Charlie Baker to decide on new fee for law enforcement training

A new bill pits two of Baker’s strongest GOP tenets — supporting law enforcement and his pledge against new fees — against each other.

Man seriously injured in 4-car crash on I-495 in Littleton

The man was flown by helicopter to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, an official said.

Regulators to allow banned fishermen to sell quota

Federal regulators Thursday announced that they will allow fishermen they had banned from fishing to sell their quota to other vessels, a move that city officials said they hoped will help the local economy.

OPS Boston streets Pi Alley Photo by Joseph Runci, Boston Globe Nov 26, 67 / bw

One of the city’s oldest byways, frozen in time

Brian Schweizer has worked in Pi Alley for 12 years, but how the downtown shortcut got its name is a mystery to him. “I have no idea,” Schweizer said. He’s not alone.

Government Center Garage.

Still paying full retail for downtown parking? The car next to you might be getting a better deal

Parking has long favored the people who own the spots. But now parking apps are empowering parkers.

11/05/2015 BOSTON, MA Kyle Pam (cq) is arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges related to an alleged real estate scam. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Pam cleared of forgery, jury deadlocks on other charges from 2015 sale of Mattapan home

Prosecutors plan to retry Kyle Pam on indictments of larceny from a person over 60, money laundering, uttering, embezzlement, and perjury.

Manchester, N.H., worker stung 200 times by swarming bees

Six people were stung by bees Thursday morning in Manchester, N.H., after a tree fell and cracked open a large beehive.

Scott Lively spoke during the Massachusetts GOP Convention in April.

Scott Lively endorses Bob Massie in Democratic primary

Bob Massie may not have secured the Democrats’ endorsement for governor earlier this year, but he has an unexpected — and unwelcome — supporter.

Transgender rights advocates reserve nearly $1 million in airtime for fall ballot campaign

Advocates who want to keep Massachusetts’ transgender antidiscrimination law on the books have reserved nearly $1 million in TV time, according to a spokesman for the campaign.

The latest shark sighting in Massachusetts

Where have sharks been spotted in Mass.? Off the Cape.

People, including nannies, teachers and families, joined hands in prayer during a vigil at City Hall on Thursday held to demand an end to family separation.

Nannies, caregivers hold vigil for separated families

A small group of Boston-area caregivers and other supporters held a 24-hour vigil demanding that families be reunited.