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James Jorden, creator of an essential opera blog, dies at 69

James Jorden, a feisty, influential writer and editor who brought together high culture, punk aesthetics, and gleeful camp in his opera zine-turned-website Parterre Box, was found dead Monday at his home in Queens. He was 69.

Over concerns, Boston council approves $3.4 million in controversial BRIC grants

All councilors who voted in favor of the grants were white, while all those who voted against them were people of color.

Healey makes first judicial nominations as governor, tapping commercial litigator and defense attorney

Governor Maura Healey tapped Adam L. Sisitsky, a Framingham resident and securities attorney at Mintz, and Tracy E. Duncan, a Springfield-based defense attorney, for two openings on the Superior Court.

Four Mass. residents awarded MacArthur ‘genius’ grants

Among those who received 2023 “genius” grants from the MacArthur Foundation were a local biologist, ecologist, computer scientist, and interdisciplinary scholar, along with two other fellows who have educational ties to Massachusetts.

Garbage truck rolls over on Mass. Pike in Hopkinton, dumping mounds of trash on side of highway

A garbage truck rolled over on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Hopkinton on Wednesday, dumping mounds of trash on the side of the highway and closing the road for several hours, officials said.

Foxborough High School to phase out Native American logo

The school will continue to use its “Warriors” nickname but will stop using its logo, which shows a Native American man in profile, on new items.

Healey signs $1 billion tax package into law. Here’s what it means for your wallet.

It’s been more than two decades since the last significant tax cut, when voters — not legislators — approved a measure to slice the state’s income tax to 5 percent.

A developer proposed nearly 500 apartments on South Shore Plaza. Then residents killed it.

A plan for what would have been Braintree’s largest apartment project ran into a buzz saw of neighborhood opposition.