Boston Marathon giving runners access to elite racers’ music

What do the world’s elite runners listen to during a marathon?

A pedestrian on Clarendon Street bundled up against the cold earlier this year.

It’s been 25 years since it’s been this cold this late in March

The current cold spell seems balmy compared with the coldest four-day stretches recorded in Boston that began on March 17 or later.

Debris is tossed from the building to the street at the scene of a deadly fire in Springfieldon Sunday.

Father killed while trying to save his two children from burning Springfield home, family says

A man ran back into the building when he realized his two small children — a son and daughter — were still inside, a family member said.

Michael Heffernan.

State official gave six-figure jobs to friends and neighbors

Michael Heffernan has filled the revenue agency with Wellesley residents, business associates, and fellow golfers.

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Addiction experts have mixed reactions to Trump’s opioid plan

Specialists and advocates in Massachusetts praised the president for emphasizing opioid treatment, but criticized his death penalty stance.

Judge denies prosecution motion, possibly putting Boston Calling case in jeopardy

Prosecutors have said they would be on a “collision course with dismissal” if US District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin followed through with his plans.

Boston could see 10 inches of snow from Wednesday’s storm

A winter storm watch has been posted for much of Massachusetts for Wednesday into Thursday as another tempest barrels down on the region.

What you need to know about changes to Mass. driving licenses

The RMV is going dark this weekend, and when it comes back, drivers will see big changes for renewing their licenses.

MS-13 leader admits to authorizing brutal slaying of 15-year-old in East Boston

A leader of the feared MS-13 street gang on Thursday admitted to authorizing the murder of a 15-year-old boy in East Boston in 2015, prosecutors said.

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President Trump enlisted Jean and Jim Moser talk about their son Adam's drug-related death during a speech in New Hampshire on Monday.

In N.H., Trump calls for getting tough on drug dealers

President Trump on Monday unveiled a new plan to combat the opioid epidemic — including tougher punishments for those selling drugs illegally.

Car slams into Mansfield massage studio

A car slammed into a Mansfield massage studio Monday afternoon, sending one person to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.

Falmouth taxi driver gets stuck under cab, then run over by a pickup truck

A Falmouth taxi driver is recovering in a Boston hospital after he got stuck underneath his cab Monday morning, and a pickup truck ran over his legs.

Woman’s body found near Mass. Pike in Grafton

State Police are investigating the death of a young woman whose body was found early Monday morning, officials said.

Mayor Walsh asks city to practice goodwill on One Boston Day in 4th annual observation

Boston will celebrate unity and resilience for the fourth year in a row on April 15, dubbed One Boston Day in remembrance of the Boston marathon bombings in 2013, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced on Monday.

President Trump and Melania Trump arrived in Manchester, N.H., on Monday.


Look out, Trump: Every president in modern history who faced a serious primary challenge in N.H. wasn’t reelected

President Trump’s trip to N.H. today may signal a defensive move meant to discourage potential Republican primary challengers.

Ranjan Thapa, 26, of Everett, in court Monday.

Uber driver charged with raping woman in car in Boston

A driver allegedly raped an intoxicated female passenger in his car in Boston over the weekend and told police, “I know I’m in trouble, I had sex with her,” prosecutors said.

The brick apartment building at 49 Belmont Avenue was the scene of the a fatal fire Sunday morning.

Father, two children identified as victims in fatal Springfield fire

The fire killed Aden Abdakadr and his two young children, according to the Hampden District Attorney’s office.

Ferry stranding blamed on malfunctioning fuel pump, officials say

An oil transfer pump was not fueling a newly refurbished ferry properly when the vessel became stranded for five hours Saturday night.

A dog named Freckles is apprehended after wild chase by police

Police used a thermal imaging camera — and plenty of patience — to track down a fugitive dog named Freckles.

A 36-year-old Peabody woman’s Ford focus collided with a 40-year-old New Hampshire man’s tanker truck on Route 1 Monday morning.

Peabody woman sent to hospital after tanker truck collision in Lynnfield on Route 1

State Police said in a tweet that the tanker was empty at the time of the crash.

Snow fell from tree branches onto a dog-walker in Boston on March 14.

A Canadian air mass may decide how much snow hits Boston this week

Forecasters have struggled to predict the path of a coming storm largely because it’s unclear how strong a high pressure system over Ontario will be.

A Woonsocket, R.I., man was hospitalized after crashing his tractor-trailer in a fiery accident on Interstate 84 in Sturbridge Monday morning.

Rhode Island man crashes tractor-trailer in fiery accident on I-84

A Woonsocket, R.I., man was hospitalized after crashing his tractor-trailer in a fiery accident on Interstate 84 in Sturbridge Monday morning.

Lockport, MA: 03-6-2018: In blizzard conditions, Fred Silva cleared snow frosm the platform at the Rockport commuter rail station in Rockport, Mass. March 13, 2018. Photo/John Blanding, Boston Globe staff story/ ( )

Everything you need to know about the potential midweek nor’easter

When could the storm arrive? How much snow is Massachusetts expected to get? Here’s a look at what forecasters know about the possible storm.

11-year-old girl arrested in Chicopee school bomb threat hoax

A bomb threat to a Chicopee middle school led to the arrest of an 11-year-old girl who previously attended the school.

Hyannis man struck, dragged by car

Police said Newman Galati, 26, is in critical but stable condition after he was dragged under a vehicle Saturday.

This day in history

Today is Monday, March 19, the 78th day of 2018. There are 287 days left in the year.

Everett man arrested in Boston, charged with rape

An Everett man who said he was a rideshare driver was arrested in Boston early Sunday and charged with rape, according to Boston police.

Boston, MA - 3/14/2018 - People make the way along snow covered paths in the Public Garden in Boston, MA, Mar. 14, 2018. Massachusetts began to dig out from the nor’easter Wednesday morning, which dropped more than 2 feet of snow on some areas.(Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

A rogue coastal storm could bring more snow to Boston

A coastal storm could bring snow to Greater Boston Wednesday afternoon into Thursday.

Mack, a New Hampshire harp seal, was released back into the wild Sunday.

Nearly 1,000 people watch young seal found on Hampton Beach return to the wild

A young harp seal named Merrimack — Mack for short — was returned to the ocean after a month of treatment.


Lottery results from Sunday drawings

As Beacon Street landmark changes hands, nonprofits fear losing access to power

The Congregational Library is not simply an edifice, but a community — a place to compare notes, pool resources, and, often, collaborate.

Dorchester- 07/12/14-The Redefining Our Neighborhood Organization held a special ceremony to dedicate a parcel of land on Hopkins Street as the Steven Odom Tranquility Garden. His father, Ronald looks on during a song. Odom was shot to death a street away near his home. He was only 13 when he died in 2007 while returning home from playing basketball. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(metro)

City begins planning Steven P. Odom Serenity Garden

The city is planning to build a serenity garden on land named for Steven P. Odom, the 13-year-old Dorchester boy who was shot and killed in a case of mistaken identity in 2007.

Salem kicks off documentary film festival

The Oscar season may be over, but there are plenty of movies for film buffs to see north of Boston.

NOTE-DO NOT LIGHT PHOTOS!! DO NOT LIGHTEN PHOTOS_DO NOT LIGHTE PHOTOS_ SHADOWS ARE TO PROTECT THE IDENTITY OF THE SUBJECT - Northampton , MA - 3/12/2018 - An undocumented immigrant from El Salvador who is facing deportation and wishes to remain unidentified poses for a portrait during a meeting with attorneys at the ACLU's Immigrant Protection Project in Northampton , MA, Mar. 12, 2018. He and his partner are using the organization to help them fill out childcare affidavits to give emergency custody to a caretaker in the event they are separated from them. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Parents, fearful of deportation, make plans for their children

A coalition of lawyers and advocates have created a guide and legal documents to help immigrant families if mom or dad is detained or deported.

Shortened route did not dim enthusiasm at the St. Patrick’s Day parade

The proud parade marched down a route that had been shortened due to last week’s nor’easter, which had dumped 14.5 inches of snow on the city Tuesday.

Steamship Authority investigating power failure on Saturday night ferry

In a statement, the Steamship Authority said the power went out to the main engines of the M/V Martha’s Vineyard 15 minutes into a 45-minute trip from Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, left, greets people in the crowd while marching in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade, Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Boston. The city's 117th St. Patrick's Day Parade followed a shortened snow route used three of the past four years due to the buildup of snow from three recent nor'easters. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Governor Baker threw back a tequila shot on St. Patrick’s Day — and teasing ensued

A video posted on Twitter Saturday shows Governor Charlie Baker drinking a shot of tequila in South Boston. Yes, tequila — not Irish whiskey — on St. Patrick’s Day.

State trooper accused of being drunk at work placed on leave

Authorities say the Mass. Police trooper was allegedly intoxicated when he arrived at the Devens barracks, and slurred his speech on the police radio.

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South Boston, MA -- 3/18/2018 - (L-R) Senator Elizabeth Warren sings with Boston City Councilor Michael Flaherty and Congressman Stephen F. Lynch as Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Mayor Marty Walsh clap along during the Annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast at the Ironworkers Local 7 Union Hall. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 19stpatsbreakfast Reporter:

A kinder, gentler — sort of — South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

It was held in a smaller space, and it had fewer bells and whistles, but South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast went on Sunday morning as it has for years.

The Greater Boston Firefighters Pipes and Drums band marched in last year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

What you need to know if you go to the St. Patrick’s Day parade

For the third time in four years, the city has shortened the route.

Ferry loses power off Martha’s Vineyard

Passengers were taken off the MV Martha’s Vineyard after it broke down during a trip to Woods Hole.

Lincoln man arrested on drug charge at post office

The 26-year-old man had the drugs shipped to a local post office box from Europe, police said.

The MBTA advises parade-goers to take the Red Line to South Station, where shuttle buses will run to the parade route from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What’s the best way to get to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston?

Take public transportation or ride a bike, Boston police suggest.

‘Distraught’ North Attleborough man surrenders to police after hourslong standoff

The man, who is in his 70s, surrendered around 6:40 p.m. and was taken to a hospital for evaluation, State Police said.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Dick Friedman eyed the crane at work on One Dalton, the 742-foot tower he has developed in the Back Bay.

This colorful Boston developer is enjoying his last [bleeping] hurrah

Dick Friedman‘s new tower at 1 Dalton St. is changing the city’s skyline.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

AG Healey announces investigation into data firm used by Trump campaign

The attorney general launched a state probe into reports that a data firm employed by the Trump campaign improperly harvested information.

Nicla Marabito, 10, left, of Eliot K-8, and Mira Yu, 12, of Boston Latin School waited for the final rounds to begin during the Boston Centers for Youth & Families Spelling Bee.

International buffet or spelling contest? Latin middle schooler wins Boston bee

Sashimi. Chocolate. Chipotle. Pistachio. Those are some of the words Mira Yu spelled to earn a trip to Washington, D.C.

Dailene Barros used glasses she borrowed from Joceline Alexandra Oliveira (left) in an eighth-grade science class at North Middle School in Brockton.

Struggling Brockton schools may sue the state

Brockton was able to spend just $1.28 per student on classroom supplies during the 2016-17 school year.