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The twisted, fatal journey of the accused Appalachian Trail killer

The transformation of James Jordan into the menacing Sovereign, say many who know him, was at once shocking and sadly predictable. 2 hours ago

The commencement speech playbook: Make joke, pretend to be humble, impart lesson

The genre of the Commencement Speech is fixed and rarely transcended. Boston, home to what feels like an infinite number of graduations, is Ground Zero for this ritual rhetoric. 2 hours ago

Irish famine memorial dedicated on Deer Island

The monument honors 850 Irish immigrants who died on the island while they were quarantined there.

Defrocked Mass. priest ordered to serve 16 years in Maine

A judge on Friday ordered Ronald Paquin, 76, to serve 16 years in state prison for sexually abusing an altar boy during trips to Maine in the 1980s. He already served more than 10 years in prison in Massachusetts for sexually abusing another altar boy in that state.

Two men arrested on drug trafficking charges in Wareham

Jaqua Smith, 24, of Onset and Shawn Panepinto, 22, of New Bedford are due to be arraigned Tuesday in Wareham District Court, officials said.

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Ben Carson is Trump’s stooge at HUD

The administration cares nothing about the department’s mission of housing poor families and everything about deploying yet another arm of government to further its nativist goals.

Memorial Day weekend promises to be sunny and warm

It’s the unofficial start of summer — and the weather is expected to live up to the hype.

Lawrence family hopes for justice after arrest in teen’s death

Carlos Rivera, 47, was arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly giving the girl drugs earlier in the week, according to the district attorney’s office.

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He bought the fencing coach’s house. Then his son got into Harvard

The Needham house was assessed at $549,300, but sold for nearly a million dollars. The buyer, who never lived a day there, would sell it 17 months later at a substantial loss in what may become the next chapter in the national debate over fairness in college admissions.

You can’t own more than 3 pot shops, but these companies test the limits — and brag about it

No firm is allowed to own or control more than three recreational marijuana stores. But two companies — Sea Hunter and Acreage — are testing the limits.

Drugs took their children, but not their hope that others might be saved

The experiences of three young adults who fatally overdosed, as told by their parents, contain lessons for addressing the opioid crisis.

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