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Newton mandates COVID-19 testing for high schoolers in extracurricular activities

Newton’s superintendent has mandated that high school students involved in extracurricular activities must undergo COVID-19 testing, according to a message sent to families earlier this month.

Caitlin Harding was arraigned via Zoom Friday in Middlesex Superior Court.

Former Hudson middle school teacher charged with raping student

A former Hudson middle school teacher pleaded not guilty Friday to charges she repeatedly raped a 13-year-old girl a decade ago after meeting her at the school where she worked and where the child was a seventh-grader.

Cindy Estes (left) and Monica O'Neil are the founders of Belmont-based Rapt.

To cut paper waste, Belmont entrepreneurs sell reusable cloth gift wrap

“I thought fabric, first of all, doesn’t rip. It lasts,” said Monica O’Neil, co-founder of Rapt. It’s “something that can you reuse. Fabric is a natural thing.”

Historian and scholar Robert Bellinger outside the Buckman Tavern in Lexington. The town’s Historical Society has launched a study of the presence of enslaved people during the Revolutionary War in Lexington.

Lexington confronts history of slavery in liberty’s birthplace

Some of the same Lexington townspeople who took up arms to fight for freedom on April 19, 1775, were slave owners. And one of them was enslaved.

Should Massachusetts decriminalize psychedelic plants?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

BEVERLY BECKHAM
Masks did not seem like a priority at some stops on a trip to the South. (FILE 2020)

Vaccinated, but still feeling stuck in pandemic purgatory

For months, I imagined what freedom, post-pandemic, would feel like. For many more months, I couldn’t imagine freedom at all.

BLOTTER TALES
Two baby foxes were rescued from a storm drain on Baker Street in Foxborough on April 5.

Two baby coyotes — er, foxes — are saved from a sewer

A thief steals letters from a Burger King sign, a man accuses his neighbor of shining a laser into his house, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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.