‘I don’t know if I will see you again.’ 2 teens worry and wait in Boston after being separated from their father at the border

Like thousands of families separated by the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy, two teenage boys are facing a discouraging bureaucratic maze to reunite with their father.

A 15-year-old mental health patient waited for a room in the emergency room at South Shore Hospital in 2016.

Long ER waits persist for children in mental health crises

A backlog in emergency departments slows treatment for mentally ill patients and creates stress for doctors and nurses, who are generally not well-trained to manage patients who might be psychotic, violent, or suicidal.

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud greeted voters on Main Street in Holyoke on July 3. A lawyer and mother of seven from Springfield, she 

lags far behind Representative Richard Neal in name recognition in the First Congressional District, a patchwork quilt of cities, suburbs, and hill towns that is 86 percent white and has never elected a woman to Congress.

With hope and a hijab, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud aims to catch anti-incumbent wave in Western Mass.

She is a black, Muslim woman who has never run for political office and is now seeking to unseat US Representative Richard Neal, a 15-term incumbent, in the First Congressional District.

Governor Charlie Baker has joined officials who are seeking new regulations to protect students from sudden college closures, as occurred at Mount Ida College in Newton (above).

Baker aims to protect students from future college closures

Governor Charlie Baker’s plan would require at-risk schools to submit contingency closure plans, and also to notify students if the schools are at significant risk of closing.

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Replica Viking ship docks in Plymouth

The Draken Harald Hårfagre’s stop was part of an expedition that will stretch from Maine to South Carolina, spreading the history of the renowned seafaring culture.

These photos and videos show how bad the flooding was in Worcester today

The Worcester area was slammed Tuesday afternoon as thunderstorms rolled through Massachusetts, with flash flooding crippling some of the city’s streets.

Man accused of murdering Weymouth officer and bystander held without bail

Emanuel Lopes, sitting in a wheelchair and wearing a hospital gown, was arraigned Tuesday for the murders of Weymouth Police Sergeant Michael Chesna and Vera Adams.

Indictments expected in Springfield kidnapping cases

A prosecutor said Tuesday that he expects a grand jury to indict a Springfield man whose arrest in a kidnapping case led investigators to find the bodies of three women on at his home.

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Proposed big hospital merger shouldn’t come at the expense of low-income patients

As the proposed merger of Beth Israel and Lahey Health moves closer to reality, Attorney General Maura Healey looms as a major player. It may fall to her to make sure that the merger doesn’t come at the expense of community hospitals and the patients they serve.

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Storm wrapping up in Boston area

The Boston area will still see some showers until about 7:30 p.m., but the worst of the severe storms have moved off shore, according to the National Weather Service.

14-year-old boy drowns in Fall River pond, DA says

The Fall River boy and his friends were swimming in South Watuppa Pond Tuesday afternoon, when his friends noticed he was struggling and did not come out of the water.

BOSTON:2/10/02- Cardinal Bernard Law speaks with media after Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. GLOBE STAFF PHOTO BY TOM HERDE -- Library Tag 02112002 Metro BOSTON GLOBE SPOTLIGHT SERIES: CHILD SEX ABUSE SCANDAL IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. catholicsexscandal

Catholic order pays $1m settlement to 8 victims of clergy sex abuse dating back decades

One of the accused priests was the subject of a letter written in 1992 to the late Cardinal Bernard Law that graphically described sexual abuse faced by its author.

A beer garden is coming to the Esplanade

Night Shift Brewing, a popular craft brewer, was approved to open one beer garden near the Hatch Shell, and a second one along the Charles River in Brighton.

UMass Boston’s campus.

UMass Boston graduate student dies on Ecuador trip

Fatima Breton, 57, was hiking when she suffered a medical emergency during a school-sponsored trip to Ecuador, officials said.

Massachusetts State House.

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

A campaign spokesman said the reservation is an initial effort to make sure people vote yes on Question 3 on Election Day.

Dr. Franklin Huang (center) is a medical oncologist at Dana-Farber and an investigator for the new study.

Study to examine prostate cancer rate in African-American men

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston is one of four institutions that will be participating in the research.

Teen arrested on armed robbery charge in Mattapan incident

Boston police arrested a 15-year-old boy Sunday afternoon in Mattapan shortly after he allegedly threatened to rob a person at gunpoint, according to officials.

The UMass Boston campus.

Massachusetts grad student dies on school trip to Ecuador

Authorities say a University of Massachusetts Boston graduate student has died during a school-sponsored trip to Ecuador.

Stunning time-lapse video shows ominous storms rolling through Fitchburg this afternoon

A local photographer’s time-lapse video shows just how menacing Tuesday afternoon’s storms appeared to be as they moved through Fitchburg.

Boston police seize three loaded guns in two days

Boston police recovered three loaded firearms and arrested three suspects in the span of two days, according to officials.

All three Dartmouth College psychology professors accused of sexual misconduct have now left their positions after a nearly yearlong investigation, college officials announced Tuesday.

Third Dartmouth professor steps down after sexual misconduct investigation

William Kelley resigned after Dartmouth administrators recommended that the school revoke his tenure and end his employment.

Marc Meadowcroft allegedly drew his signature tag on a door on July 7 at the Forest Hills MBTA station.

Transit Police catch alleged serial graffiti vandal

Transit Police Monday arrested Marc Meadowcroft, an alleged serial graffiti vandal whose familiar tag was recently spotted in an MBTA station.

A N.H. woman suffered head injuries after a bear got inside her home

The bear somehow got inside the woman’s home about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday in Groton, N.H.

Weymouth police officers saluted as the procession for slain Weymouth police Sergeant Michael C. Chesna passed by.

Weymouth police warn residents of possible scam calls seeking donations for slain officer

Weymouth police are warning people of possible scam phone calls requesting donations for the family of fallen police officer Michael Chesna.

2-alarm fire strikes Harvard Square’s Toscano restaurant

Firefighters quickly doused the two-alarm blaze Tuesday morning.

How the fatal shootings of a Weymouth police officer and a local resident unfolded

The events began when police responded to a 911 call of an erratic driver speeding and driving over lane markers into oncoming traffic near South Shore Hospital.

A person walked under an umbrella as rain fell in Boston.

These maps show where the greatest risk of severe weather is Tuesday

Warm and humid air is expected to fuel rain and storms in much of Massachusetts on Tuesday.

Nick Bonanno pushed his father, Russ Bonanno, down the hallway at the VA in Bedford.

Congress launches investigation of alleged poor care at VA nursing homes

The probe follows an investigation by the Boston Globe and USA Today that showed 60 VA nursing homes — including one in Bedford, Mass. — rated only one out of five stars for quality.

Luis Viaud, of Boston, threw his head back and yells,

Storms bring down trees, wires as they move east

Thunderstorms have been bringing down trees, branches, and wires, and flooding roads as they’ve rolled from the west to the east across the state.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren waved as she arrived at Belkin Family Lookout Farm in Natick before a town hall event on July 8.

Elizabeth Warren raises another $3 million for campaign

The $2.93 million that Warren aides said the Cambridge Democrat raked in between April and June was nearly 10 times the amount any of the three Republicans running in the Sept. 4 primary raised in the same time frame.


July 17, 2018

Saugus man charged in fatal Malden crash

Renan DaSilva, 32, was charged with motor vehicle homicide and operating under the influence in connection to a two-car collision on July 8 that killed a Somerville man, prosecutors said.

Bristol sheriff’s captain convicted in ‘Codfather’ case

A captain in the Bristol County sheriff’s office was convicted Sunday by a federal jury.

‘Serial graffiti vandal’ arrested in East Boston

Marc Meadowcroft’s history of vandalism dates back to 2015 when he tagged the Boylston Street trolley. He was arrested Monday on multiple outstanding warrants for vandalism, officials said.

Allston, MA--7/16/2018-- An Immigrant mother who has asked to be identified by the initials W.R. cradles her 9 year-old son, A.R. during a press conference at the Brazilian Worker Center. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 17reunionpic Reporter:

Mother and son are reunited after 45 days of separation under Trump’s policy

A mother from Brazil who fled to the United States seeking safety from abuse encountered a “nightmare” when her son was taken from her by the government.

Members of Weymouth police officer Michael Chesna's family embraced at a candlelight vigil held in his honor.

Hundreds gather at vigil for shooting victims in Weymouth

“My son would be so proud and I have never been prouder to be from Weymouth,” said Minnie Chesna, mother of officer Michael Chesna, who was killed along with a 77-year-old local woman in a shooting Sunday.


Lottery results from Monday drawings

Worcester man charged with robbing a man in a wheelchair

A Worcesterman was arrested Sunday for allegedly beating and robbing a man in a wheelchair, police said.

Mass. is the last state without a budget, and leaders won’t say it will be done anytime soon.

Legislative leaders on Monday did not commit to producing the state’s long-overdue $41 billion budget plan by the month’s end.

Harvard initiative employee apologizes for ‘inappropriate’ comments made to neighbor in widely viewed video

The video shows Theresa Lund, executive director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, asking a neighbor if she lived in the “affordable apartments.”

Here’s where and when you can vote early in Boston for the 2018 midterm elections

Boston officials announced the city’s schedule for early voting, which will take place this year between Oct. 22 and Nov. 2 ahead of the midterm elections.

A pleasure craft stuck in rocks in shallow waters off Georges Islands in the Boston Harbor.

Boat carrying 4 is towed to shore after running aground in Boston Harbor

A pleasure craft with four people aboard ran aground off Georges Island in Boston Harbor Monday morning when it entered shallow waters and became trapped in rocks, police said.

Weymouth, MA - 7/16/18 - The casket of slain Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna (cq), 42, is unloaded at the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home (cq), in Weymouth. Chesna was fatally shot early Sunday morning, as was a woman in a home. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 17weymouth Reporter: Emily Sweeney

Michael Chesna comes home, escorted by an honor guard

A white hearse emblazoned with the US Army insignia carried the remains of Officer Michael Chesna back to Weymouth, the town where he grew up.

 Weymouth police officers embraced after the procession for slain officer Michael Chesna passed by the police statio.

Alleged Weymouth killer had history of instability, run-ins with the law

Emanuel Lopes was arrested by Weymouth police at least twice before he was accused of shooting and killing a Weymouth police officer and a woman in her home.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, July 17, the 198th day of 2018. There are 167 days left in the year.

Weymouth, MA - 7/16/18 - Flowers are left in the front of the Weymouth Police station on Winter Street. Officer Michael Chesna (cq), 42, was fatally shot early Sunday morning, as was a woman in a home. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 17weymouth Reporter: Emily Sweeney

Friends say Weymouth suspect struggled with mental health issues, tough family life

Friends of Emanuel Lopes said he showed signs of mental and emotional turbulence during his school years, as well as indications of recent drug abuse.

Amid pay scandal, highway officials vow closer scrutiny of bills from State Police

Massachusetts highway officials will start auditing at least twice yearly police bills for patrolling the Turnpike to ensure the charges reflect actual costs.

Greenfield woman allegedly stabs ex-partner in neck and back

A Greenfield woman was arrested Monday after she stabbed her ex-partner in the neck and back early in the morning, police said.

Delays expected to continue on Framingham/Worcester commuter line

Mechanical issues caused delays on the Framingham/Worcester Line on Monday. Crews are working on making repairs.

All across Weymouth, residents and supporters have been snapping up blue lights to show support for Weymouth Police officer Michael C. Chesna, who was shot and killed early Sunday morning while responding to a disturbance in a quiet enclave in the South Shore community.

Weymouth residents buy up blue lights to honor slain officer

Several stores are sold out of the colored bulbs following the death of Weymouth Officer Michael Chesna.