Doctors prevail in liver donor malpractice case

A 12-member jury ultimately rejected the wrongful death claim brought by the donor’s widow against well-known transplant surgeon Elizabeth Pomfret and two other physicians.

Amy Palmer with the outreach workers who helped her, (from left) Michael Bunch, Shiva Kuczinski, and Brian Gossling.

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Amy Palmer’s path to the streets — and back

Heroin ruined Amy’s life. It left her homeless. Now, with the help of some dedicated people, she’s clean and has a place to call her own.

Jeremy Felix P. Ullmann.

Boston Children’s Hospital researcher killed in climbing accident on Mount Washington

The obituary for Jeremy Ullmann, a married 37-year-old father, said the accident occurred Feb. 10.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh said the trip “offers us an incredible opportunity to strengthen ties with the country where many Bostonians have their family roots, while showcasing the best of all Boston has to offer and unlocking new doors of opportunity.”

Walsh, city officials to travel to Cape Verde Friday

The trip is meant to strengthen cultural ties with a country whose citizens have increasingly called Boston home in recent years.

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Snow dusts parts of SoCal, prompting a tongue-in-cheek offer from Boston’s mayor

Beat LA? Not so much.

Supporters rally for ICE detainees who went on hunger strike

About 30 people protested outside the Suffolk County House of Corrections, where dozens of people detained by federal immigration officials started a hunger strike to protest conditions at the jail.

State Police arrest two brothers in connection with 2014 child rape

State Police Thursday morning arrested two brothers from Central Massachusetts wanted in connection with the 2014 rape of a child, according to that agency.


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They were the top of their class at Boston public schools. Then life happened

Read a multi-part investigation into how and why the lives of promising Boston valedictorians didn’t quite turn out the way they expected.

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US Representative Ayanna Pressley spoke to the marchers at the Boston Common bandstand Thursday.

Teens demand reform in juvenile justice system, education, eviction, and jobs

Massachusetts youths are fed up with not being included in policy decisions that will determine their fates.

Vermont Army National Guard Adjutant General-elect Gregory Knight spoke to reporters after his election at the Vermont Statehouse on Thursday.

Vermont lawmakers choose 35-year vet to lead National Guard

Vermont Army National Guard Colonel Gregory Knight was overwhelmingly elected adjutant general by a joint session of the Vermont House and Senate.

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Lowell police internal affairs report turned over in criminal case

The city of Lowell has turned over the report, which looked into whether several narcotics detectives falsified reports and affidavits last year.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2019. There are 312 days left in the year.

Newton doctor who overbilled Medicare, MassHealth agrees to pay $680,000 fine

Authorities said that Hooshang Poor submitted inflated claims for care between June 1, 2011, and May 31, 2017.

By the numbers

$8.4 billion: The estimated infusion of capital over the next 10 years needed to adequately pay for repairs to Massachusetts’ transportation system, according to a report by the Boston-based business organization A Better City.

Graduate Michael McNeill shook hands with Mayor Martin Walsh during the Operation Exit “Renew” graduation at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston.

After a troubled past, three Boston-area men get new lease on life

Three former inmates were recognized for completing a new reentry program.

Keith Ablow in 2006. A new lawsuit alleges that he encouraged patients to trust and rely on him, then coaxed them into humiliating sexual activities, often during treatment sessions.

‘I own you’: Prominent psychiatrist accused of sexually exploiting patients

Keith Ablow is facing lawsuits from three female patients who say he lured them into degrading sexual relationships.

Barnstable official criticized over Twitter poll asking if gay politicians are ‘too self-absorbed’ to be effective

Ronald Beaty Jr. is a strong supporter of President Trump who was elected to one of the three seats on the commission in 2016 and is scheduled to stay in office until 2021.

Waltham police officer injured after service weapon accidentally fires

A Waltham police officer was taken to the hospital after a service weapon accidentally fired Thursday morning, police say.

Car carrier overturns in Billerica, hits utility pole

No one was injured after a 45-foot car carrier trailer overturned in Billerica Thursday morning after it was going too fast, police said.

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II.

Indicted Fall River mayor seeks to repay investors

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II said Wednesday he has filed a motion for a judge to allow access to lenders to repay them.

Snow removal crew saves man who jumped off Fore River Bridge in Quincy

A man who jumped 60 feet off a bridge into frigid water Thursday morning was rescued by a snow removal crew in Quincy, officials said.

West Bridgewater police searching for men who passed counterfeit $100 bills

Authorities believe the duo may have circulated funny money in multiple jurisdictions, officials said.

The tail of the Sonex airplane that crashed into a Methuen condo could be seen protruding from the building’s roof after the accident.

Pilot who crashed into Methuen condo was testing plane after chronic problem with fuel leak

The NTSB released its factual findings into the 2017 crash of Alan Lavendar’s Sonex aircraft that he purchased as a kit in 2015 and built himself by May 2016.

27 of 28 firefighters in Maine town quit over safety issues

Nearly all of a Maine town’s firefighters have quit following a heated meeting with local officials.

Mass. still short on transportation funding, report says

The state’s highways, roads, and bridges — along with the MBTA — are facing a big funding gap over the next decade, according to a report from a business group.

Shelburne man dies in Vermont snowmobile crash

Police say other riders and first responders tried to resuscitate him, but were unsuccessful.

Child-care issues have gained national traction in recent weeks as at least three candidates for president have raised concerns.

Day care is hard to find and expensive. Boston is looking to help

With hundreds of child-care businesses closing and the number of youngsters needing care rising, the city recognizes that affordable, quality care is a holy grail for many parents.

Boston, MA - 02/14/19 - Fire forced evacuation of an elderly housing building in Brighton at 20 Washington Street. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: () Topic: (15brightonfire)

Boston firefighters get easier access to cancer screenings

The Boston Fire Department Relief Fund has launched a new initiative to subsidize 50 percent of the costs of cancer screening and cardiovascular tests that are not covered by insurance.

Fire department relief fund to help pay for cancer screenings for Boston firefighters

Two out of three Boston firefighters will be diagnosed with cancer according to the Boston Fire Department Relief Fund.

Two children killed in three-car crash in Ludlow

The crash killed Jadyn Lamas, 9, and his sister Natalya Lamas, 7, both of Ludlow.

Map: Snow totals in the Northeast

How much snow fell during Wednesday night’s storm?

Mass. Pike lanes reopened after fatal crash in Blandford

One person died and several others were injured after a tandem tractor trailer lost control and crashed into other vehicles on the Mass Pike in Blandford early Thursday morning.

BOSTON, MA - February 20, 2019: - A man pushes a carriage through Boston Common in Boston, MA on February 20, 2019. A blanket of snow just covered Boston on Presidents’ Day — but already another storm is headed for the region. The exact timing of the snow is not certain yet, the National Weather Service said Tuesday, but forecasters predicted snow will begin falling between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday — favoring the latter half of that range — in the western and central parts of Massachusetts, which could make for a messy evening commute. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Metro reporter:

Freezing rain makes for sloppy morning commute

Snow fall totals remained low thanks to a transition to sleet and rain overnight.

Jose Rodriguez of Lynn shoveled snow in Somerville on Monday.

Snow, sleet, and rain are expected into morning commute

Thursday morning’s commute could be slippery and slow because of winter precipitation and limited visibility.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Wednesday to authorize its legal counsel to finalize an agreement with Steve Wynn.

Gambling regulators authorize settlement in Wynn lawsuit

A settlement is pending in Steve Wynn’s lawsuit seeking to block the release of Massachusetts’ investigation into allegations of sexual assault against him.


N.H. crash injures two Mass. women

Two women from Massachusetts suffered life-threatening injuries Wednesday after the car they were in flipped near an Interstate 93 on-ramp in New Hampshire, police said.

Caffeine suspected in ‘treat’ that sickens dogs in Rye, N.H.

Since November, 14 dogs have become sick, and one more died, after eating a “treat/food like item” that may have contained caffeine on a beach in Rye, police said.

Man struck on Route 9 in Framingham

The man was taken to a Boston hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

Hyde Park fire leaves 10 people homeless

Seven adults and three children were left homeless after a fire on Dana Avenue Wednesday evening, a Boston fire official said.

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Five people, including children, injured in Ludlow crash

The five people injured suffered serious injuries in the crash that occurred shortly before 3 p.m. in the Western Massachusetts town, officials said.


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CAMBRIDGE, MA - 8/31/2018: State of MBTA facilities

MBTA, union officials quietly renegotiating pension fund amid budget gaps

The discussions are moving slowly, according to one union negotiator. But what they ultimately produce could reshape the T’s finances and pension system for years.

BOSTON, MA - 2/20/2019:ALL SMILES.....surrounded by Chinese Progressive Association staff members , Chinatown hair salon owner, Yan Chi Chen seated center who has run a hair salon at 106 Tyler St in Boston's Chinatown, settles with his landlord out of court and to his advantage, he won't be displaced. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 21chinatownphoto

A Chinatown salon owner, facing eviction, will remain in his shop after all

The case demonstrated the challenges that residents and business owners face as landlords look to speculate on a booming real estate market and raise rent, forcing the displacement of longtime business owners and clients.

Senator Susan Collins of Maine spoke to news media at Saint Anselm College in Manchester in September 2018.

‘The Maine electorate has had it with her’: Constituents turn on Susan Collins

Lately the Maine senator is inspiring the kind of liberal animus typically directed at people named Trump.

GAS SLIDER LAWRENCE, MA - 9/14/2018:Aftermath scenes of Lawrence gas exposion, a home destroyed at 60 Jefferson Street in Lawrence (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 15lawrencepic

Toll from natural gas disaster in Merrimack Valley passes $1 billion

Columbia Gas’ parent company said its cost could keep growing and that it is seeking to settle the numerous lawsuits filed against it.

Driver flees after crash with MBTA bus in Somerville

The motorist cut into the path of the Route 90 bus, made contact and then abandoned their vehicle, the MBTA said.