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Sarah O’Grady (L) and her daughter, Isabel (R) were embraced by Jon Baxter as they arrived at South Boston to dip their tires into the Atlantic before riding home to Medford to complete their trip, riding tandem bikes for 3,500 miles from Oregon to Boston - t

Medford family completes cross-country tandem bicycle trip

A Medford family is catching up on their rest after completing the final leg of a 3,300-mile cross-country trek on tandem bicycles that ended Thursday at Pleasure Beach in South Boston.

Should the state permanently end the annual deer hunt at Blue Hills Reservation?

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Charts: Who has been vaccinated in Massachusetts, and how many doses has the state received?

The charts break down vaccination recipients by age, vaccination date, location, and race/ethnicity, while also outlining vaccination brand and administration site type.

Alicia Heywood.

Family mourning death of Alicia Heywood, woman killed outside of Roslindale pharmacy; boyfriend on the run from police

Susan George spoke with pride Thursday about her niece, Alicia N. Heywood, the Easton woman who was allegedly brutally murdered last week by her boyfriend outside of the pharmacy in Roslindale where she worked.

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Beverly Beckham with her son Rob in 1969.

I was the sun and the kids were my planets

Saying goodbye to a child always was and always will be hard. This year saying goodbye is even harder.

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Officer Victoria McVicar helped rescue this turtle that was trying to cross a street in Franklin.

Rookie cop rescues a turtle; scooter gangs cause chaos in the streets

Scooter gangs cause chaos on the streets, a rookie cop rescues a turtle, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

An updated rendering of the planned 111-unit apartment complex that will have an outdoor plaza in the rear of the building.

Brockton’s Enterprise Center will have housing, retail, offices, and an art gallery

A downtown block in Brockton is being transformed into a mixed-use development that will include affordable and market rate housing.

Dr. Lagacé entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a college freshman and stayed with the institution through his career.

An MIT professor whose cheers were heard throughout Fenway Park, Paul Lagacé dies at 63

At MIT, he ran the Technology Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Structures.

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The state is offering vaccinated people a chance to win money and scholarships.

Billerica woman and Norwood student are second VaxMillions winners, state says

Donna McNulty of Billerica, who won $1 million, plans to retire in 2022 from the small publishing and software company where she has worked for years.

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Middleborough Veterans Honor Guard member David Singer stands at attention before the ceremonial American flag folding at Russell Pittsley’s funeral Saturday afternoon.

A final salute to a man who had saluted so many

Russell Pittsley was a longtime member of a military honor guard and stood at attention at countless funerals. On Saturday, he was the recipient of those honors during his own funeral at St. Mary's Cemetery in Middleborough.

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The existing Newton Senior Center on Walnut Street in Newtonville.

Newton announces series of community meetings for NewCAL project

Newton residents are being invited to a series of community meetings over the next several months as the city’s proposed replacement for the senior center facility in Newtonville takes shape.

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Newton launching study to help guide use of American Rescue Plan funds

Newton will launch a community needs assessment to help guide the city’s aid efforts for low-income residents who were impacted by COVID-19 and its economic fallout, according to Mayor Ruthanne Fuller.

Max Rome paddled in a kayak to conduct research at a floating man-made wetland in the Charles River.

Abundant plant growth on floating wetland helps battle the ‘dirty water stigma’

The floating wetland was installed June 2020 by researchers from Northeastern University and the Charles River Conservancy who envision a swimmable river. After a year, researchers are seeing impressive plant growth on the wetland which they are hoping will add momentum to efforts to conserve the river by raising public awareness.

Gold medal winner Sunisa Lee of the United States, right, and silver medalist Rebeca Andrade of Brazil during the medal ceremony for the women's all-around gymnastics competition at the Tokyo Olympics Thursday. Lee is next scheduled to compete Sunday in the uneven bars final and on Tuesday in the balance beam final.

Massachusetts’ Hmong community celebrates Lee’s Olympic glory

Suni Lee was fresh off her gold-medal-winning gymnastics performance at the Tokyo Olympics when Lisa Estrella Yang’s phone started “blowing up” with text messages from family members ecstatic that a fellow Hmong American was an Olympic champion.

Investigators at the scene of a crash between two Green line T trains.

‘It was so fast’: Passengers, witnesses describe the moment when 2 Green Line trains collided near BU arena

Two MBTA Green Line trains crashed into each other on Commonwealth Avenue in front of Boston University Friday evening, injuring 25 people and causing significant damage to the trains and trolley tracks. An investigation is underway.

At the Clifford Marshall Elementary School in Quincy, Jon Belber from Holly Hill Farms shows kids how to plant seedlings.

More kids are back in school this summer, and loving it

“Part of our job is making sure we put a smile on the kids’ faces,” said Malik Howshan, Chelsea’s extended learning coordinator.

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