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The body of Aiden Blanchard, the 12-year-old boy who went missing on Feb. 5 near the Connecticut River, has been found, Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni’s office announced Friday.

Leaders of civil rights, community, and education advocacy organizations and attorneys who intervened in the recent lawsuit challenging Boston Public Schools’ updated admissions process held a press conference Friday morning.

Plaintiffs seek emergency injunction to halt Boston exam school admission decisions as they pursue appeal

A federal court decision on temporary changes to the admission of students to Boston exam schools is being called historic by civil rights leaders who also say it could lead to a permanent revision of the admission policy.

Driver who allegedly hit 72-year-old man in Somerville turns himself in to State Police

A 64-year-old man identified himself as the person responsible for the hit-and-run crash Monday night on McGrath Highway, State Police said.

Man who allegedly poured vodka on fire, causing it to accelerate and engulf acquaintance in Lowell, held without bail

Eugene Newton, 42, of Lowell, was arraigned Friday on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury after he accelerated a fire on Pevey Street Thursday afternoon, officials said.

The latest COVID-19 numbers from Massachusetts

Here's a look at the latest coronavirus numbers in Massachusetts, including case numbers, deaths, demographics, and more.

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.

Movie trucks line a Central Mass road in 2017 where filming began for a Hulu series from Bad Robot Productions and Stephen King titled, "Castle Rock".

‘Castle Rock,’ the Stephen King-inspired television series, received $14 million in state subsidies

Massachusetts issued more than $77 million in film tax subsidies in 2019, including tens of millions of dollars to scripted television series — projects that officials have sought for years to attract to the state through its controversial tax credit program.

Vartan Gregorian in New York City in October 2020

Vartan Gregorian, transformative civic leader and tireless educator, dies at 87

An Iranian-born historian and educator who transformed the New York Public Library from a broke and derelict institution into a thriving center of culture and learning and who pushed tirelessly for improving access to knowledge, Vartan Gregorian also led Brown University and the grantmaking Carnegie Corp.

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A large crowd marched down Washington Street in Newton last June, protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Nearly a year after George Floyd’s death, Boston area communities are reexamining policing

Nearly a year after George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police, proposals to reform or defund policing are being debated in communities around Greater Boston as advocates work to root out systemic racism.

The building at the Billerica Jail and House of Correction that is being used as a prerelease center for female inmates.

A prerelease center for female inmates opens in Billerica

In a milestone moment in its history, the Middlesex Sheriff’s office is directly overseeing female inmates for the first time in more than half a century.

Congressman John F. Kennedy (left) and Senator Henry Cabot Lodge before the start of their debate in Waltham. Kennedy ousted the incumbent Lodge to become senator.

Kingston library to host program on new JFK biography

“None of the previous books about JFK really does what I’m trying to do here, to put his life fully into the context of his time,” he said in an interview.

"Radiant Void 7," a painting by Jon Cowan, will be on display at 13Forest gallery in Arlington starting April 24.

Earth Day, virtual jazz, and the outdoors

Salem State University will celebrate the 51st anniversary of Earth Day with a virtual event series running throuh April 27.

The Lexington Minuteman Statue at dusk on Lexington Battle Green.

A mostly virtual celebration of Patriots Day

Due to COVID-19, Lexington and Concord are hosting few live events to observe Patriots Day this year.

Mobile Burrell, 31, of Roxbury, held an umbrella with the names of victims during a State House protest Thursday.

Protesters demand reopening of cases of police-involved deaths

About 70 people rallied outside the Massachusetts State House Thursday evening.

Maureen Regan Moriarty, whose father, John Regan, was murdered by John Stote in 1995, sits in her dining room in March. Stote, who was convicted of first degree murder two years later, is now 61 and was released on medical parole in January because he was hospitalized with COVID-19.

Compassionate release revoked for two convicted killers who survived COVID-19

Two convicted killers who were granted compassionate release in January while hospitalized with COVID-19, and on ventilators, were sent back to prison Monday after recovering from the virus, according to authorities.

Boy Scouts cleared a walking trail in Medway on Sunday.

Boy Scouts clear walking trail in Medway

About 15 members from Troop 367 helped clear the mile-and-a-half long trail for The Willows and Whitney Place retirement community. The trail will be open to the public.

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