Lawmakers demand secret VA nursing home data be released after report

Both the Republican-led House and Senate VA committees requested briefings from VA officials following the investigative report by the Globe and USA Today.

US Border Patrol agents took into custody a father and son from Honduras near the US-Mexico border this month near Mission, Texas. The asylum seekers were then sent to a US Customs and Border Protection processing center for possible separation.


The separation policy is ghoulish

A dispiriting 27 percent of the country supports the so-called zero-tolerance policy that has led to a sudden, dramatic increase in families being separated at the southern border.

Jim Graham with a picture of the Rev. Thomas Sullivan, who he contends was his father.  Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

Body of priest exhumed to establish whether he fathered a child decades ago

For 25 years, Jim Graham has tried to prove he is the son of a deceased Catholic priest. A DNA sample from the priest’s exhumed body should offer a morbid end to his search.

Alison Reeves, 29, took Faith, her late brother’s beloved dog, for a walk in the Blue Hills.

‘We want to shine a light on something no one wants to shine a light on.’ A sister turns her grief into action

After her brother’s suicide, Alison Reeves decided to turn her grief into action.

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Federal officials bar immigrant advocates, translator from government building

Federal officials in New Hampshire have stunned advocates for Indonesian Christians at risk of deportation by barring clergy who support them from a federal building in Manchester.

Citing personal health, Lesley’s president is stepping down

The president of Lesley University is going to step down this summer for personal health reasons, according to a statement from the school.

Hanover pond shut down indefinitely after inactive explosive discovered

A fisherman at Factory Pond snagged his line on an object last week that turned out to be an explosive device, an official said.

Two men charged with sex trafficking in Boston, on Cape Cod

Two men were indicted last week on charges of sex trafficking of multiple victims in Boston and on Cape Cod, including children, prosecutors said.

Police probing car vandalism spree in Randolph

Officials are investigating a vandalism spree in Randolph that left more than 20 vehicles with symbols spray-painted on them Monday night.

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Rights group sues Bristol sheriff, staff over Salvadoran detainee

A civil rights group says Sheriff Thomas Hodgson and members of his jail staff violated the immigrant’s civil and constitutional rights by holding him on a civil detainer.

The driver was not injured, and officials quickly cleared away the wire so he could get out of the truck, Brockton officials said.

Tractor-trailer caught in wires in Brockton, briefly trapping driver

A tractor-trailer driving through a Brockton neighborhood got tangled in some electrical wires Tuesday afternoon.

Fish with a ‘big schnoz’ helps UMass scientists understand strange genetic traits

A team of University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers believe they may have discovered a previously unknown route to the development of novel traits – a route that already exists naturally.

The first recreational marijuana license in Mass. could be granted Thursday

The Cannabis Control Commission will vote Thursday on whether to issue a license to a cultivation facility in Milford.

Some of Gloucester’s downtown residents (the humans) say that they feel under siege by the city’s other downtown residents (the gulls). The humans say the gulls have invaded, nesting on roofs, tearing into trashbags like they’re tortillas, and creating an incessant racket that destroys sanity and a good night’s sleep.

The gull next door: Some Gloucester residents can’t stand all the seabirds

Gloucester has a lot of seagulls. But does it have a seagull problem?

Man convicted of operating family stash houses for fentanyl and heroin gets 54-month prison term

Josuel Moises Patrone-Gonzalez was sentenced in US District Court in Boston after pleading guilty in March.

Judge Timothy Feeley (left) in 2015.

Immigration agents arrest Mass. man after criticism of sentence

Immigration agents have arrested a Massachusetts man whose sentence for selling heroin sparked criticisms that the judge in the case was too lenient.

Central American asylum seekers waited last week as Border Patrol agents took people into custody. The families were then sent to a Customs and Border Protection processing center for possible separation.

Attorneys general, former US attorneys blast Trump for separating kids, families at border

A bipartisan group that includes former Mass. US attorneys Carmen Ortiz and Donald K. Stern is calling on the Trump administration to stop separating children from their families at the border.

Boston police apprehend Dorchester road rage suspect in New Hampshire

The suspect, Andrew O’Brien, 29, of Rochester, N.H., was taken into custody in his city on Tuesday, according to a statement from Boston police.

All lanes reopened on I-495 in Westford after electrical fire

Officials have reopened all lanes on Interstate 495 in the Westford area, after an electrical fire caused extensive traffic backups north of Boston Tuesday afternoon.

Gordon J. Lyons is arraigned in his hospital bed at Boston Medical Center, in front of Judge Edmund Matters. Defense attorney Shannon Hinegardner held the sheet over Lyons's face.

‘The man chased me and he grabbed my wrists’: Terrified jogger describes kidnapping attempt

A woman who fought off an alleged kidnapping attempt in Bridgewater described the encounter that turned her jog into moments of terror.

What’s next for Mass. progressives now that the ‘millionaires tax’ has been tossed out by court?

Interviews with key groups and activists suggest things are still in flux, but there are some obvious places where they will make efforts.

Soda industry fires salvo at Harvard researchers over sugary drink study warnings

In a statement, the American Beverage Association decried what it called the “misleading labels” being advocated by a group of Harvard researchers.

Armed robbery reported in Wakefield

A man told police that he was robbed at gunpoint in Wakefield early Tuesday morning by two masked men who fled in a minivan and then shot at him as he chased them down the highway.

Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme in 1995.

Jury to decide fate of former mob boss in murder trial

The jury in the trial of Frank Salemme received instructions from a judge before beginning deliberations Tuesday morning.

Attleboro child scales ‘un-climbable’ pool ladder in video

The video, taken by an Attleboro family of their toddler climbing what is supposed to be a gate that keeps children from getting into a pool, has been viewed millions of times.

Got open warrants? Do yourself a favor — don’t evade T fares

Jonathan Walsh was spotted “piggybacking” behind a paying rider Friday and things quickly took a turn for the worse, police said.

Monday’s storm causes roof collapse at Springfield apartment, displacing 100 people

All three floors of the 26-unit apartment building were affected, but no one was injured.

Fans lined up in droves as Boston ‘Hamilton’ tickets went on sale Tuesday morning

They didn’t want to throw away their shot.

Someone’s breaking into homes in the predawn hours in Dorchester

Boston police are warning Dorchester residents to remain vigilant after several recent early-morning break-ins in the neighborhood.

Regular service resumes on Green Line in Brookline

A crash left a car straddling the tracks on Beacon Street during the Tuesday morning commute, officials said.

Florida man killed after being thrown from truck in I-495 rollover in Bridgewater

The 66-year-old was killed after he lost control of his Toyota Tundra on Tuesday morning.

Here are all the stations where the MBTA is raising or lowering parking rates

Is your commute about to get more expensive? Check this list for all the changes.

Power outages, lightning strikes, a funnel cloud - it was just another Monday in Mass.

Roughly 1,200 Mass. customers were still without electricity Tuesday morning following last night’s powerful weather system that brought howling winds and heavy rain.

Natick, MA, 06/18/18 People cool off at Cochituate State Park to escape the early heat wave, and ten year old Armando Majano, cq, of Everett, had his lunch in one of the hammocks set up in the park. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Tuesday will be warm, but not as muggy as yesterday

Clouds will give way to sunshine, with a high near 81 degrees today, but the evening promises to be cooler.

Maine police cruiser crashes into another car responding to call

Maine police officials say a police officer responding to a suspected assault over the weekend crashed into another vehicle.

Officials confirm whooping cough outbreak at N.H. high school

New Hampshire state officials say there are currently 22 diagnosed cases of whooping cough at a school in Exeter.

Conn. police arrest suspected serial arsonist blamed for 30 fires

Connecticut police have arrested a man suspected of setting around 30 fires in New Haven.

Lowell, MA: 6-18-18: Three pedestrians with matching umbrellas stay dry during a rain storm on Aiken Street in Lowell early this evening. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Thunderstorms leave thousands without power in Mass.

The storms that swept across the state last night brought heavy rainfall and strong winds that toppled trees and power lines.

Fire in Brighton injures 2 firefighters

The firefighters’ injuries were minor, and no other injuries were reported.

Car drives through wall of Lynn apartment building

The incident happened near Chatham Street and Oakwood Avenue, according to a Lynn police dispatcher.

SOUTH ATTLEBORO, MA-- Arthur L. ( Butchie) Doe is escorted back to prison after escaping from a Central Falls, Rhode Island prison. 2/11/96.


‘Butchie’ Doe, one of Charlestown’s most notorious criminals, dies

Doe’s death recalled another era when the neighborhood, now a sought-after destination for young professionals, was a more insular and violent place.


Lottery results from Monday drawings

Council to discuss new technology for law enforcement, including surveillance drones

The council will hold a hearing Tuesday to discuss law enforcement technology ranging from surveillance drones, to databases that track religious and cultural groups, or gang members.

Voters won’t be able to weigh in on the millionaires tax. How about the Legislature?

And three other questions about what comes next for the state’s revenue initiatives.

An urban farm, a Roxbury church, and a sailing dock in Southie: the first CPA grants are revealed

Community groups had requested funding for projects that cost from $2,000 to $500,000.

City grapples with equity in its tree canopy

As the city falls short on its planting goal, City Councilor Ayanna Pressley seeks more equity in tree canopies across neighborhoods.

Boston, MA - 05/08/18 - Hundreds rallied inside the State House for paid leave and a $15 minimum wage. The Raise Up Massachusetts coalition rally featured speakers and a march inside the building that passed by Speaker DeLeo's office. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (in caps) Topic: (09rally)

Millionaires tax supporters: Court ruling “stinks”

Supporters of the “millionaires tax” were despondent about Monday’s Supreme Judicial Court ruling that doomed the proposed ballot question.

An aerial view of Boston City Hall. David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe

Boston City Council to take up lobbying rules — two years after Walsh made his proposal

City Council Michelle Wu said the new version was written so “it could be better tailored to city business, at the city level.”

Shooting in Lowell leaves one man dead, two injured

The shooting happened near Smith and Westford streets in the late afternoon, the Middlesex District Attorney’s office said in a statement.

The T will be raising prices at overused lots with high demand for parking and lowering them at underutilized locations.

Parking prices will go up at 32 T stations, to as high as $10 a day — but drop at others

The MBTA moved to increase parking fees at many of its lots, though they’ll go down at some locations.