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Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin wrote a letter urging lawmakers to act swiftly on mail-in voting.

Mail-in voting for Boston’s fall election could be at risk if Mass. lawmakers don’t act soon, Secretary of State Galvin warns

Secretary of State William Galvin warned in a letter to the Legislature that current mail-in voting provisions expire on June 30, and lawmakers still have not passed a permanent mail-in voting law. 2 hours ago

A family member stood on the sandbar during the search for the body of 10-year-old girl Yoskarly Martinez in Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island.

More than a dozen people have drowned in New England recently. These are the victims

With the warm weather, people have been flocking to the water for fun and relief. But in ponds, pools, and beaches across the region, more than a dozen people have drowned. These are the recent tragedies.

Members of La Colaborativa, a community group that’s part of the Vocational Education Justice Coalition, demonstrated in Malden on Tuesday.

To boost access to vocational schools, Mass. drops requirement to consider grades, attendance, or discipline in admissions

The new admissions policy will apply to the entering class of 2022, but it also could impact transfer applications during the 2021-22 school year.

Senator Cynthia Lummis, Republican of Wyoming, will skip a planned appearance with the Massachusetts GOP.

Amid internal battle in Massachusetts GOP, another national Republican figure will skip fund-raising event

Senator Cynthia Lummis, a Wyoming Republican, needed to postpone her visit due to a busy schedule in Washington, an aide said.


State police to look into Rhode Island DMV head’s ties to unlicensed massage businesses

Cranston police last week shut down six unlicensed massage businesses they alleged were fronts for human trafficking and prostitution, including one that rented property owned by Walter “Bud” Craddock.

Forecasters are warning of rip currents along the Mass. and R.I. coasts today.

Forecasters warn of rip currents along Mass. and R.I. coasts

Forecasters warned Tuesday of a high risk of dangerous rip currents on the south-facing beaches of the islands of Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, and a moderate risk of the currents along most beaches in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

This Aug. 11, 2019, file photo an iPhone displays the apps for Facebook and Messenger in New Orleans.  When U.S. law enforcement officials are fishing for information, they increasingly know where to go — in the vast digital ponds of personal data that Big Tech companies have created in their devices and online services that have hooked billions of people around the world.

How Big Tech created a data ‘treasure trove’ for police in Rhode Island

“Everything happens on Facebook,” a Newport, R.I. detective said. “The amount of information you can get from people’s conversations online — it’s insane.”

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Andrew Yang, mayoral candidate for New York City, speaks during a campaign rally at City Hall Park in New York on May 24, 2021.

All the Rhode Island connections to the New York City mayor’s race

The polls show Brooklyn borough president and former police captain Eric Adams as the favorite, with Andrew Yang, Kathryn Garcia, and Maya Wiley all within striking distance.

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Members of the Belmont Fire Department helped rescue several ducklings from a storm drain on June 13.

More ducklings are saved

Ducklings are rescued in Belmont, food gets thrown at a house in Watertown, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

A ruby-throated hummingbird hovers near a backyard feeder at a Pembroke home.

Hummingbird, don’t fly away

With beautiful jewel-like iridescent colors, wings that beat in a blur, and amazing maneuverability, hummingbirds seem almost magical.

Michael Mullen works in the garden planted by his wife, Rebecca Sears, the gardening guru for Green Garden Products of Norton.

Norton seed company helps America’s new gardeners grow

Judged an essential business because of its role in food production, Green Garden’s Norton office and order-filling facility remained open throughout the pandemic.

Kayla Mangan and Dom Washington in the Everett LGBTQ+ Youth Space and Resource Center.

Everett center provides a safe space for LGBTQ youths

The Everett LGBTQ+ Youth Space and Resource Center is located within the city-owned former Pope John High School building.

Amy Mah Sangiolo, a veteran of Newton government and former city councilor, announced she is running for mayor,

Former Newton city councilor Amy Mah Sangiolo declares campaign for mayor

Sangiolo, a longtime veteran of Newton government, will challenge Mayor Ruthanne Fuller in the fall election, according to a statement Wednesday night.

Newton officials are considering whether to ban gun shops from the city after recently passing new zoning rules to regulate the businesses.

Newton’s proposed gun store ban could invite Second Amendment court challenge, experts say

A controversial proposed ban on gun stores and other firearms businesses in Newton has divided local gun control advocates and raised concerns that the measure may draw the city into a court fight over the constitutional right to bear arms.

The Harry Gath Memorial Pool in Newton.

Newton to reopen Gath Pool, Crystal Lake

Newton will reopen the Gath Pool and Crystal Lake later this month, allowing swimmers to finally return after being closed for a year due to the pandemic.

Christine Lugo, 40, was killed on June 5 in Philadelphia.

Former Mass. resident slain in robbery in Philadelphia remembered as ‘kind, caring person’

Christine L. Lugo, 40, was killed during an armed robbery in Philadelphia on June 5.

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