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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.

The 13Forest gallery in Arlington will open its newest exhibition on April 24. Left: Lindsey Kocur, detail from Cloud Line, acrylic, ink and volcanic sand on canvas.  Right: Jon Cowan, detail from Dark Halo 4, oil and vinyl paint on canvas

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.