Absolute madness and the shadow of a gunman in Derry

Lyra McKee, a journalist of great empathy, represented the New Ireland. But someone who represented the old one shot her dead.

A key player in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s inner circle, Ways and Means Committee chairman Richard Neal has been the point person in the Democrats’ effort to force President Trump to release his taxes.

In Trump’s Washington, Mass. Democrats wield renewed power

At least one presidential candidate. Three members in House leadership. The best-known name in New England politics, plus one of the best-known freshmen in the House. Has the delegation got its groove back?

Minha Syed, 15, attended the second CAIR-Massachusetts lobby day at the State House Tuesday.

Muslims seek to increase activism in state amid Trump attacks

Despite the State House focus, national politics lurks in the background, all the more so because of Trump’s aggressive criticism of Ilhan Omar.

Three pages of report by special counsel Robert Mueller.

14 key takeaways from the Mueller report

The long-awaited Mueller report is two volumes and 448 pages long, including attachments. Here are some of the most interesting portions of the report.

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Even as the state tries to decide whether Wynn Resorts can keep its $2.6 billion casino, the casino itself is nearly finished and has become a dominant part of the skyline. Few are without an opinion.

Fire starts at Lawrence home affected by gas disaster

A fire started Friday afternoon at a Lawrence home that has been without gas service since a natural gas disaster ripped through the Merrimack Valley last fall, officials said

Lawmaker proposes Mass. capital gains tax increase

The plan would raise more than $1 billion in new revenue each year by increasing the rate from 5.05 percent to 8.95 percent.

Elizabeth Warren calls for impeachment proceedings against President Trump

The US senator and presidential candidate is calling for lawmakers to start the impeachment proceedings.

Suspicious death under investigation in Laconia, N.H.

Law enforcement officials responded to Laconia, N.H. to investigate a suspicious death Friday, authorities said.

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The house at 212 Forest St.

He bought the fencing coach’s house. Then his son got into Harvard

The Needham house was assessed at $549,300, but sold for nearly a million dollars. The buyer, who never lived a day there, would sell it 17 months later at a substantial loss in what may become the next chapter in the national debate over fairness in college admissions.

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Timothy Sullivan (left) and Kenneth Brissette are charged in the case.

Judge wants trial date in Boston Calling case tied to City Hall

The request by US District Judge Leo Sorokin came after a federal appeals court put the case back in his court.

Striking Stop & Shop workers leave picket site outside Conn. store after shooting threat

In a statement posted to Facebook, the Wethersfield Police Department provided details of the disturbing incident.

Paragon Carousel will open for the season this weekend (but it’s still without a lease)

The future of the Nantasket Beach attraction is in limbo.

Dump truck strikes two pedestrians in Gloucester

The crash occurred around 11 a.m. outside 951 Washington St., according to a Gloucester police statement.

Several artifacts have been unearthed from the grounds of the First Church in Roxbury.

Pieces of history unearthed in archeological dig at First Church in Roxbury

A 19th-century slate pencil and 17th-century nail were among the artifacts that have been unearthed so far.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as released on Thursday, April 18, 2019, is photographed in Washington. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Ground Game

After Mueller’s report, Democrats set to double down on electability in 2020

Following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report this week, the issue of electability became even more important to the party.

Filing the paperwork with the FEC “will allow me to continue to explore running for the US Senate,” Shannon Liss-Riordan said.

Brookline attorney files paperwork to explore challenging Markey

Shannon Liss-Riordan wrote Friday that she plans to make a final call about running “in the coming weeks.”

Nancy Pelosi.

Nestor Ramos

Democrats have a strong hand, but to win they may need to fold

President Trump has to go, that’s now clear. But Democrats angling for impeachment risk overplaying their hand.

Hampshire College’s accreditation in danger

In the latest blow to the struggling school, Hampshire College was told the school may be placed on academic probation because of concerns over its governance and finances.

Beverly man accused of sending threatening letters to Trump sons avoids prison

Daniel Frisiello’s friends and family gasped and began crying upon hearing the decision by the judge, who is known for handing down tough sentences.

Firefighters rescue injured worker harvesting honey on roof of restaurant in Burlington

Firefighters used a ladder to rescue an injured worker from the top of a restaurant in Burlington Friday morning after he threw his back out, officials said.

Brandeis University students launch vending machine that dispenses Plan B

The Wellness Vending Machine also has products like condoms and Advil.

A woman protected herself from the wind while passing through Copley Square in Boston this month.

As wind leaves Friday, rain expected to take its spot Saturday

The National Weather Service has issued two statements warning residents of high winds and heavy rainfall.

I-93 exit ramp in Charlestown closed because of flooding

A key exit ramp on Interstate 93 in Charlestown has been closed after a water main broke and started spewing water into the roadway.

Three men charged in fentanyl distribution ring

Each of the men is charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, officials said.

Bar Harbor, Maine.

Busy Bar Harbor to start charging for parking on public streets

Bar Harbor’s new summer parking rules will eliminate all-day, free parking on downtown side streets.

Doctor, 37, allegedly paid 14-year-old boy for sex, Attleboro police say

Attleboro police on Wednesday arrested a 37-year-old doctor for allegedly setting up a paid sexual encounter with a 14-year-old boy and possessing child porn.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Former top federal fraud prosecutor on Robert Kraft’s legal team in Fla. soliciting prostitution case

Sandra Moser of the firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP filed a motion to appear as an out-of-state attorney on behalf of Patriots owner Robert Kraft in Palm Beach County.

Three arrested on gun charges after shots fired in Roxbury

The shots were fired nearby during a verbal altercation between officers and several men near Dudley Square.

Fire in Sandwich engulfs barn and spreads to brush

Dozens of firefighters spent nearly four hours putting out a barn fire that fully engulfed the barn and spread to nearby brush Friday morning, officials said.

The entrance to the Army/Navy monument at Mount Hope Cemetery was vandalized last month.

Hyde Park woman charged with eight counts of vandalism at Mount Hope Cemetery

Detectives, police said, saw Deborah Gideon, 53, get out of her car, “approach some headstones and make a tossing motion with her hand.”

Rabid bobcat attacks golfer on Mohegan Sun golf course

The bobcat was shot and killed by state environmental police shortly after it attacked a man on the Mohegan Sun Golf Course in Sprague.

Cambridge firefighters rescue 9 people after boat capsizes in the Charles River

Authorities rushed to the Charles River early Friday where a boat capsized, the second time Friday morning that first responders rushed to the aid of a crew team.

This car crashed into the Shell gas station convenience store at 945 Belmont St. in Brockton.

Car crashes into Brockton gas station

The crash occurred when a 24-year-old woman apparently lost control of her car on Belmont Street Thursday night, officials said.

Stephen Colbert during an episode of

Here’s how late night hosts reacted to the Mueller report

The hosts of America’s late-night shows had a field day with Thursday’s release of the redacted Mueller report.

Salem, MA. 02/11/2019, Congressman Seth Moulton addressed Salem State College students. Representative Seth Moulton has spoken in Iowa and New Hampshire. He is scheduled to give a major foreign policy address at a Washington think tank on Tuesday. But for the first time Moulton is now saying what might be already obvious: He is thinking about running for president. Globe staff/Suzanne Kreiter

Ground Game

Moulton secures co-working spaces in Salem, DC for potential presidential campaign

In Massachusetts, he has secured a spot inside Workbar Salem, which is next to the Bewitched Sculpture in Lappin Park. Moulton’s team will also have an office inside The Yard in Washington, the person said.

This day in history

Today is Friday, April 19, the 109th day of 2019. There are 256 days left in the year.

Bridgewater police investigate string of break-ins

Bridgewater police on Thursday issued a warning to the community after five businesses, including the Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center, were broken into in a span of three days.

In Orchids of Asia Day Spa case, defense attorneys ask for prosecution to be held in contempt of court

Attorneys for two women facing charges in the Orchids of Asia Day Spa prostitution case are asking a judge to hold the state’s attorney’s office and the town of Jupiter in criminal contempt of court.

‘I just felt like I had to go back’: Marathon runner faints a block and a half away from finish and completes race 5 hours later

Jessica Kenny, 25, went back to finish what she started after coming up painfully short.

The scene of a fatal MBTA bus accident in Chelsea near the Everett Avenue on-ramp to Route 1 South near the Tobin Bridge. The Route 111 bus hit a 60-year-old female pedestrian. (Boston 25 News) 19tobin

Woman dies after being struck by MBTA bus while walking near ramp to Tobin

Mary Pettiglio, 60, of East Boston, died after being hit by an MBTA bus while she was walking near an on-ramp to the Tobin Bridge in Chelsea Thursday morning, authorities said.


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Two people injured in two alarm fire in Dorchester

Firefighters encountered a heavy fire when they arrived at the home on corner of Bowdoin and Dever streets, officials said.

Emerson removes graffiti accusing specific students of sexual misconduct

The “value of basic fairness is undermined” by anonymous, unsubstantiated claims, the school’s president wrote in a letter to students, faculty, and employees.

The House of Blues on Lansdowne Street.

Police clear unruly fans from Lansdowne Street after rapper Kodak Black doesn’t show up for concert

Upon arrival, officers found a crowd of concert-goers “displaying generally unruly behavior” as a result of the cancelled show.

Allie Emond visited the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes memorial in the Seaport while she was in town for the Marathon.

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Allie Emond finished the Boston Marathon and now begins a different one

The Massachusetts native ran the Marathon in memory of her husband, a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan last year.

Federal regulators see no issue with state’s early education spending

The state’s congressional delegation raised questions last month, saying Mass. improperly used federal money targeted for low-income children.

Officials believe that the source of the leak was a valve or coupling located under the front yard of the residence.

Serious gas leak at Andover home repaired

Columbia Gas said an abnormally high reading near the Bridle Path Road residence meant “an immediate hazard existed.”

Harvard Book Store is printing up and selling copies of the Mueller report already.

Harvard Book Store already printing and selling copies of Mueller report

“We’ll print all night if we have to,” the store’s owner said in a statement.

Joe Biden, the former vice president, addressed striking Stop & Shop workers and their supporters Thursday in Dorchester.

Joe Biden rallies with striking Stop & Shop workers

The former vice president appeared Thursday at a store in Dorchester on the eighth day of the walkout by 31,000 workers in Mass., R.I., and Conn.

Crane removing tree tips over in Westford

The crane/truck combo from a tree removal company was on Sawmill Drive in Westford when at about 2 p.m. Thursday it tipped over, Westford Police Captain Victor Neal said.