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New funding for controversial MIT and Whitehead Institute scientist David Sabatini draws divided reactions

Billionaire New York hedge fund manager Bill Ackman announced last week that he and an anonymous donor had pledged $25 million over five years toward a new research lab for Sabatini, who is accused of workplace misconduct and sexual harassment.

Wendy’s employee in Lynn shot at drive-through window, police say

Lynn police responded to a report of a shooting at the Wendy’s on Boston Street at 5:54 p.m.Tuesday, officials said.

Boston plans to launch pilot program offering free menstrual products in city buildings

Boston City Councilors want the city to add emergency contraception to its list of offerings in an upcoming free menstrual product pilot.


R.I. transit advocates marking Rosa Parks birthday are skeptical of plan to move downtown bus hub

The event, called Transit Equity Day, was held at Burnside Park in Providence, looking out on the Kennedy Plaza bus hub that has served generations of riders.


In court filing, BPS deflects blame for Mission Hill School bullying problems

The motion stands in contrast to an outside law firm’s report, commissioned by BPS, that found district officials knew Mission Hill was plagued by problems for years and failed to adequately act, endangering children.


Whenever a war-weary world needed a hero, Pete Reed showed up

“Pete couldn’t sit still when he knew someone was suffering, no matter where in the world that was.”


R.I. legislators raise concerns about McKee’s gas tax proposal

Senator Samuel Zurier says a “pause” in a 3-cents-per-gallon increase would “create a permanent hole in the state’s transportation revenues” and “could set back the policy goals of the Act on Climate.”

David Harris, leader of the Vietnam draft resistance movement, dies at 76

Along with encouraging young men to resist being drafted to serve in the Vietnam War, Mr. Harris went to jail after refusing the draft.

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South of Boston

Weatherman remembers the region’s big snow story

Lectures, plays, and sign-ups heat up February’s calendar.

‘Trash is all over the place:’ Marblehead volunteers working to clean up the coast

Volunteers regularly walk trails, sidewalks, and beaches carrying bags for cleanup.


It takes less than 60 seconds to steal a motorcycle

A prison uniform found on a trail turns out to be fake, a man has a bizarre encounter with a stranger who likes his house, and other odd tales from local police departments.


A pipe organ concert, a valentine-themed market, and auditions for a ballet summer program

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program celebrates and recognizes students accomplished in career and technical education.


Norwell voters fail to pass proposal for new town hall

The current building at 345 Main St. was built in 1950 and has been in failing condition for more than a decade, according to town officials.

The keys to success

Second Chance Cars provides automobiles to low-income recipients who can demonstrate that owning a car would help them get a job, keep a job, or advance within their field.

Brookline health officials to study impacts of retail marijuana on community, youth

The study will examine the legalization of retail marijuana and its impact on the community, particularly the town’s youth, officials said.


Poking around the lives of prickly porcupines among us

Contrary to folklore, porcupines cannot shoot their quills — they turn their back toward a potential predator when threatened and raise their quills.