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Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, and Mayor Michelle Wu announced new measures to battle COVID.

Wu announces free COVID tests, masks, and vaccination clinics to confront Boston’s ‘urgent situation’

Boston health officials will distribute 20,000 free rapid antigen home tests and free masks to neighborhoods with the highest rates of COVID-19, Mayor Michelle Wu’s administration announced Monday.

THE GREAT DIVIDE
An empty Boston public school bus in the early morning light drove down South Street in Jamaica Plain.

‘We have a mandate’: Boston leaders hear arguments for elected School Committee after voters backed it in November

Boston city leaders must return residents’ right to elect the School Committee after voters handed down that directive last month, several city councilors and advocates for the change argued Monday evening at the city’s first public hearing on the issue.

James Lucien, who was convicted in 1995 of murder in a case that is now under scrutiny.

He was sent to prison by a corrupt Boston police detective. Now, 26 years later, prosecutors want him freed

A review of the decades-old conviction of James Lucien found that key evidence went missing and crucial witnesses were coached or ignored, and “significant evidence of police misconduct and perjured testimony." The district attorney's office that once sent to him to prison for life now believes he should be freed.

Icy conditions spurred multiple crashes involving cars and tractor-trailers Monday morning.

Portion of I-95 southbound near Hampden, Maine, reopens after icy conditions spin cars, trucks off the road

A 10-mile stretch of Interstate 95 southbound near Dixmont, Etna, Hampden, and Plymouth, Maine, is expected to be closed into the evening after icy conditions spun cars and tractor-trailers off the road in multiple crashes Monday morning.

Three Whitman-Hanson Regional High School students to be charged following ‘threatening’ social media post

Three students from Whitman-Hanson Regional High School will face charges after police investigated a social media post Monday that showed a student holding a “realistic-looking pellet gun” and told people in the caption not to go to school, police said.

The 2004 Chevrolet pickup Jordan Couture, 36, was driving rolled over on Interstate 93 northbound in Littleton, N.H.

2 girls, 10 and 7, thrown from pickup truck, killed in rollover crash on Interstate 93 in Littleton, N.H.

Kyriana and Kelsey Couture, both students at Milton Elementary School in Milton, Vermont, were remembered Monday as charismatic and loving by their families, who said they were taken far too soon.

RI Crime

R.I. corrections officer charged with having sex with inmate

A justice of the peace set personal recognizance bail, which means he did not have to post any money but agreed to keep the peace and be on good behavior.

KEVIN CULLEN
Tom Romano and his son, Robert, used an app to video-call each other. They haven't seen each other in person in four years.

As the bureaucracy wheezes, an ailing father waits for his son

Tom Romano literally broke his back for his country. For some reason, that country has not been able to honor that service by reuniting him with his son.

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Vinnie and Marie Jankford have closed Bob's Muffin Shop, a local landmark breakfast and lunch gathering spot in Columbian Square for the past 65 years.

Bob’s Muffin Shop closes after 65 years in Weymouth

Bob’s Muffin Shop, a local fixture in Weymouth’s Columbian Square, has closed after 65 years.

The Americana Theatre Company will perform "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" at the Plymouth Center for the Arts.

Americana Theatre Company adds ‘Wonderful Life’ to holiday wonders

Americana Theatre Company will perform its radio play adaptation of the classic 1940s film “It’s A Wonderful Life” at the Plymouth Center for the Arts.

A view of the bridge above the dam from across Bullough’s Pond in September.

Newton picks firm to design rehabilitation of Bullough’s Pond Dam

The state had found the dam to be in “poor condition” and “structurally deficient,” urging the city to repair it by January 2020.

Joanne Callum Powers stands alone in the old carriage barn after her sold out Nov. 7 performance.

Newton Nomadic Theatre stages one-woman show at Nathaniel Allen House

“I can’t tell you how happy we are to be back on stage,” said Jerry Reilly, who runs the Newton Nomadic Theater.

The City of Newton published this rendering of Brown Middle School’s proposed solar panel parking lot canopy, which currently has no set construction date.

Steel costs, contract issues delay 10 solar projects in Newton

High steel costs, contract issues and problems with the supply chain due to COVID-19 have delayed construction of six large, solar-panel parking lot canopies and four smaller rooftop projects around Newton.

Newton Police Chief John Carmichael.

Newton Police Chief John Carmichael puts focus on community engagement

During his first five months on the job, Newton Chief of Police John Carmichael said he has worked to implement “community-oriented policing” and listen to the needs of the community and the police department.

Tamika Olszewski was voted 2022 School Committee chair on Nov. 15.

‘Let’s get to work’: Tamika Olszewski is elected chair of Newton’s School Committee

Tamika Olszewski made history as the first Black woman elected Newton School Committee chair, breaking barriers during an election year that put women of color in local political positions around the Boston area.

Salem police's distinctive witch logo is on merchandise sold by its police unions.

Salem police unions to donate 11 iPads to students at North Shore Education Consortium

Using money raised during Halloween, two Salem police unions are set to spend $8,000 to buy 11 iPads for severe special needs students enrolled at the North Shore Education Consortium in Beverly.