Modern technology, including cameras and cellphones, helped to save Olivia Ambrose

Camera footage, and a signal from Olivia Ambrose’s iPhone, were key in helping police find the young woman alive in the suspect’s home Tuesday afternoon.

City gets good grade for commitment to preschool

Boston was one of just five cities to receive the highest rating, a gold medal, for its commitment to providing a quality preschool experience to at least 30 percent of its 4-year-olds, according to the report by the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University and City Health, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

Victor Pena was arraigned on kidnapping charges at the Charlestown Division of the Boston Municipal Court on Wednesday.

Here’s how investigators tracked down the Charlestown abduction suspect, and rescued Olivia Ambrose

Victor Pena, accused of kidnapping Olivia Ambrose, sobbed and appeared to be talking to himself during a court appearance where he was ordered to undergo a 20-day mental competency evaluation.

Governor Charlie Baker.

Governor Baker proposes seven-year overhaul of school funding formula

Baker, a Republican who campaigned on not raising taxes, also tucked a series of new levy proposals into his budget plan.

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Pressley’s victory could prompt wave of candidates to run for City Council

Ayanna Pressley defeated a longtime incumbent. Analysts say that’s inspired many city candidates to think they can do the same.

Ambrose case puts spotlight on efforts to locate missing persons

Police Commissioner William G. Gross told reporters Wednesday the department has “missing persons [cases] in and throughout the city.”

Here’s what we know about the alleged abduction of Olivia Ambrose

The discovery of the 23-year-old followed high-profile pleas for help from her family and friends.

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Shooter kills 5 at a bank in Florida

A gunman killed five people in a bank in Sebring, Fla., setting off a tense standoff with police that ended when a SWAT team burst into the building.

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Man stopped for having snow on top of car arrested on outstanding warrants in Millbury

Joshua Mellen, 31, of Uxbridge was pulled over at about 5:50 p.m. Tuesday after a trooper noticed his car had snow and ice on top, State Police said.

South Shore music teacher charged with indecent assault on student, officials say

Matthew Browne, who worked part-time at two Catholic schools in Hingham and Weymouth, remains on leave after being arrested and charged with indecent assault and battery on a student, officials said.

‘Green energy blues’ in a town that sought to do something about climate change

To proponents, the twin wind turbines proved that residents could act on their ideals, producing their own clean energy and relying less on fossil fuels. To critics, they were mechanical monstrosities, blinking eyesores that whirred at such a frequency it caused some neighbors physical harm.


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Charlie Federico in the South Boston bike shop his father opened in 1938.

Kevin Cullen

An ode to Charlie Federico, the hub of Southie

When he died Sunday, at 86, Charlie Federico was the richest guy in Southie, and it had nothing to do with money.

Pipe bursts at Back Bay Station; transit not affected

The Boston Fire Department quickly turned off the water. Repairs will be made Wednesday evening, an MBTA spokesman said.

Richard Chenery rests after injecting heroin he bought on the street at the Insite safe injection clinic in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday May 11, 2011. Insite, North America's first and only legal injection site, promoted by its founders as a safe, humane facility for drug abusers, is now facing a court challenge from the Conservative government that sees it as a facilitator of drug abuse. The case opens before the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa on Thursday, May 12, 2011 and has drawn international attention. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

Mayors return from Canada impressed with safe injection sites

Boston’s Martin J. Walsh, a one-time skeptic, stopped short of endorsing such a center but said, “It’s something we’re going to look at.”

*RETRANSMISSION TO CHANGE SLUG TO FEWER-VERMONTERS. NO OTHER CHANGES -- (NYT51) POULTNEY, Vt. -- March 3, 2006 -- FEWER-VERMONTERS -- Students from Green Mountain College pass the college's Dean's home along Main Street across from the campus, Feb. 9, 2006. Vermont schools like Green Mountain College draw many students from other states, but most Vermonters choose to attend college elsewhere. (Librado Romero/The New York Times)

Green Mountain College in Vermont will shut down

The school in Poultney, Vt., cited financial pressure stemming from declining enrollment in deciding to close after the end of spring semester.

19-year-old man is injured after falling on ski trail at Wachusett Mountain

The man was airlifted to UMass Memorial Medical Center with a head injury, officials from the ski area said.

Tommy Leonard was a bartender, a bad one by many accounts. A beloved one by all accounts.


‘There was no one like him’: How Tommy Leonard’s friends are saying goodbye

Anyone who has heard the remarkable story of Tommy Leonard, a legendary organizer of the Falmouth Road Race, would never that he was one of a kind and beloved by all.

Weymouth man arrested for November fatal shooting in Mattapan

Patrick Lys, 31, was arrested by Springfield police following a 911 call around 10:05 a.m. Tuesday morning and was brought into Boston police custody Tuesday evening, police said.


Man arrested for allegedly whipping his dog at Ashmont T stop

A Natick man was arrested for allegedly beating his dog Tuesday evening at the MBTA’s Ashmont Station, police said.

After alleged gunfire in Somerville, man charged with kidnapping

A 27-year-old man is facing a kidnapping charge after State Police arrested him in Dorchester following an incident allegedly involving gunfire in Somerville, authorities said.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2019. There are 341 days left in the year.


Car slams into tractor-trailer in Dublin, N.H., causing fuel tank to explode in flames

A teenager was seriously injured after a fiery car accident in Dublin, N.H., Tuesday morning, police officials said.

Victor Pena, accused of kidnapping a 23-year-old woman from downtown Boston on Saturday night, has a long history of menacing behavior toward women.

Kidnap suspect has history of menacing behavior toward women, court records say

At least one ex-girlfriend accused Victor Pena of sexual assault, according to court documents.

Former Senate president Stanley C. Rosenberg has paid nearly $150,000 in legal bills from his political campaign account amid a lengthy ethics probe and a civil lawsuit sparked by sexual assault allegations against his husband.

Rosenberg paid nearly $150,000 in legal bills out of campaign account last year

Current and former elected officials have wide leeway in spending their campaign funds under state law, as long as the expenditures go toward “the enhancement of the [person’s] political future.”

Researchers reproduced a deadly rogue wave — and it looked like Hokusai’s ‘Great Wave’

Oxford University researchers who were trying to reproduce a notorious type of wave said they were surprised to see the pictures bore an eerie resemblance to an iconic painting.

Magician accused of indecently assaulting kids during magic classes

David Hussey, 52, of Weymouth was expected to appear in Hingham District Court on Wednesday.

This product image provided by Amazon shows the Amazon Echo speaker. The biggest feature in Amazon’s Echo speaker is a voice-recognition system called Alexa that is designed to control Pandora, Amazon Music and Prime Music services as well as give information on news, weather and traffic. (Amazon via AP)

Alexa predicts ‘Tom Brady will need to use his other hand for that sixth Super Bowl ring’

Last year, Amazon’s in-home assistant didn’t favor the New England team — and she was right.

Workers installed a logo outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Here’s how much Super Bowl tickets are costing right now

Tickets to the Super Bowl might not be as expensive as they could have been.

The Friendly Toast in Cambridge’s Kendall Square. The restaurant chain is offering free meals to furloughed government and federal employees.

A list of Boston-area businesses offering free things to furloughed workers

These Boston-area restaurants and companies are offering free meals, bowling, and tickets — among other things — to workers affected by the government shutdown.

Drunken Maine man accidentally takes wrong Lyft to wrong home, police say

Police in Maine say a drunken man had to sober up at a police station after he took a wrong Lyft and tried to get into a house he mistakenly thought was his own.

In this photo taken Thursday, April 14, 2016, Adrianne Haslet, a 2013 Boston Marathon survivor, speaks at a news conference, Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Boston after receiving the Patriots' Award, which is annually given to a New England-based individual, group, or organization that is patriotic, philanthropic, and inspirational, and fosters goodwill and sportsmanship. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Adrianne Haslet home after hospital stay

Haslet, the dancer who lost part of her leg in the Boston Marathon bombings and became a symbol of resiliency, spent nearly three weeks in the hospital for injuries she suffered when a car struck her in the Back Bay.

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Watch: Suspect in Olivia Ambrose case appears in court

Victor Pena is facing charges of kidnapping, but officials say the 38-year-old could face more charges.

Residents safe after armed home invasion in Taunton

A family is safe after armed robbers invaded their home, tied them up, and gagged them with duct tape on Tuesday morning in Taunton, officials said.

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If N.H. police are going to arrest people for lying online, they might need to extradite Trump

If lying about someone online is a misdemeanor in New Hampshire, how has the state been holding presidential primaries without exhausting its supply of handcuffs?

Missing Boston 13-year-old located safely, police say

Maria Fernandez, the 13-year-old missing since earlier this month, has been safely located, Boston police said Wednesday morning.

Ground Game

Why are so many Democrats announcing presidential campaigns now? Three reasons

Yes, it’s still 2019. But you would be forgiven if, after looking at the barrage of presidential candidates, you thought it was already 2020.

Yes, it will be mild Thursday. But it will also be wild — as in stormy

A drenching rain and strong winds are expected. Forecasters issued a flash flood watch for all of Southern New England, effective through Thursday.

Crews battle 3-alarm fire overnight in Newton; resident escapes flames

Firefighters were called to a two-family home on Cook Street just after 1:30 a.m., fire officials said.

Missing woman is found alive in Charlestown, suspect arrested

Olivia Ambrose, the 23-year-old woman who went missing after leaving a downtown Boston bar on Saturday night, was found alive Tuesday, and a suspect has been arrested.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2019. There are 342 days left in the year.


Jan. 23, 2019

State trooper and tow truck driver hit on I-95 in Wakefield

The trooper and two truck driver were standing outside their vehicles, assisting a disabled motor vehicle, when they were struck at 6:11 a.m. Tuesday, according to State Police.

Charlestown, Ma., 01/23/2019, Neighbors of the alleged kidnapper Victor Pena talk about their experiences of him. Sabrina Barros lives in the neighborhood and spoke to the media. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Charlestown neighborhood reacts to abduction arrest: ‘I’m shocked and relieved it’s all over’

A section of Walford Way, located within the sprawling Bunker Hill Housing Development, was cordoned off with yellow police tape Tuesday afternoon.

Police chief in rural Maine injured in 11-vehicle crash

Van Buren Police Chief Michael Bresette suffered several broken bones in the crash on Route 1 in Aroostook County Tuesday morning.

Teen arrested for Weymouth gas station robbery

A 17-year-old boy from Revere for the armed robbery of a Mobil gas station that occurred on Jan. 17, police said.

“The Embrace” is one of the proposed designs for a memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

MLK Jr. memorial plans run into questions, delays

King Boston, the non-profit behind the planned memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, says concerns have prompted it to delay announcing the chosen design.


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