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Boston public school students can get pre-registered library cards

The initiative will allow students to use their school ID cards to obtain pre-registered library cards which will make it easy for them to access the books, technology, and services, the Boston Public Library said in a statement. 1 hour ago

Karina Holmer had been working as a nanny in Dover when she was killed in June 1996.

Who killed Karina Holmer? Twenty-five years later, Swedish nanny’s grisly murder remains unsolved

Karina Holmer was a 20-year-old Swedish au pair who was last seen alive on June 22, 1996, after a night of clubbing in downtown Boston. 2 hours ago

Motorcycle operator, 21, killed in Mass. TurnPike crash

State Police tweeted just after 1 p.m. Thursday that they were responding to the crash.

Massachusetts Education Commissioner Jeff Riley.

State education commissioner Riley earns high marks on annual performance review amid unprecedented pandemic year

Secretary of Education James Peyser said Commissioner Jeffrey Riley has been particularly skillful at balancing the competing priorities of both education and public health groups, “which of course was never part of the job description when he came on board.”

Uniformed officers took part in a Public Safety Walk-by and Salute during  K-9 Kitt's memorial service at Gillette Stadium.  K-9 Kitt  was assigned to K-9 Officer William Cushing Jr. and was killed during a domestic violence call that Cushing and Kitt had responded to.

Police dog killed in shootout honored with open casket funeral at Gillette Stadium

Braintree police held a procession and funeral at Gillette Stadium for Kitt, a K-9 killed in an exchange of gunfire outside an apartment complex earlier this month.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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