Number of Mass. fentanyl deaths alarms DEA

New England has the highest rate of fentanyl-related deaths in the nation, due mostly to Mexican cartels bringing in vast quantities of the synthetic drug.

Teachers wore medalions at an elementary school in Framingham to let students know which language would be used in class.

Lawmakers hope to undo English-only education in Mass.

Fifteen years after Massachusetts voters pushed bilingual education out of most public schools, lawmakers want to let school systems bring those programs back.

A dozen people were rescued from the water after a boat overturned Wednesday near Hog Island Channel.

A dozen people rescued after boat overturns off Wareham

One 8-year-old boy was unresponsive when he was air-lifted to a Boston hospital.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions listened as President Trump spoke at Sessions' swearing-in ceremony at the White House on Feb. 9.

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In the market for a new AG, Mr. Trump?

President Trump’s negative remarks about Jeff Sessions indicate he might be looking for a new attorney general. Choose me, Mr. President!

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MBTA police say they have the right to keep all arrests secret

The MBTA said its policy was justified under the state’s Criminal Offender Records Information Act, a stance that drew sharp criticism from open records advocates.

Braintree police were justified in fatal Motel 6 shooting, DA says

A five-page report released Thursday said the officers who shot Tizaya Jordan Robinson were protecting themselves “and others from the imminent threat of death.”

AG Healey announces $1m settlement with debt collector

The largest debt collection law firm in the state allegedly sued people for debts they did not owe or debts that were inaccurate.

Three Revere residents face human trafficking charges in Atlantic City

Two women and a man were arrested fon charges of forcing a 23-year-old victim into prostitution.

Sunbathing ‘Fugitive of the Week’ arrested in Haverhill yard

Amy Beth Tremblay was captured four months after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

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“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

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A loaded black and silver FMK 9mm gun was taken from a man arrested near Boston police headquarters in the South End on Tuesday.

Boston police recover 4 illegal guns

One weapon was taken from a man within walking distance of the department’s South End headquarters.

A reduced Dunkin’ Donuts menu is coming to some locations

Dunkin’ Donuts is paring down its menu next month at some of its New England locations.

People sit and walk in Boston Common in May.

3 suspects released, 1 arrested in Boston Common stabbing

One of the victims is now charged with an alleged skateboard attack that touched off the violent encounter.

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Setti Warren settles his debts... in a Senate race

As he moves aggressively forward with his race for the Democratic nomination for governor, Newton Mayor Setti Warren has finally put his one-time bid for US Senate to bed.

Winthrop police seize 600 grams of cocaine, $47k in cash in drug bust

Paul Dicicco, 53, of Winthrop was arrested as part of Operation Beachcomber, which targets repeat offenders.

Worcester man sentenced for threatening to kill Obama

Alex Hernandez, 32, is already serving a five-to-eight year sentence in state prison on gun and drug charges, officials said.

Chelsea MS-13 gang member sentenced to nearly eight years in prison

Angel “Bravo” Pineda, 21,of Revere, will face deportation to his native Honduras at the end of his sentence, the US Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Baker signs letter urging Senate to set aside ‘flawed’ health care proposal

Charlie Baker has signed a letter urging leaders from both parties to set aside a “flawed” attempt to repeal Obamacare.

Body found ‘under suspicious circumstances’ in Worcester

A 53-year-old man died “under suspicious circumstances” in Worcester, police said.His body was discovered by police on Halmstad Street.

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Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

Edelind Peguero spoke at the Hyde Square Task Force news conference.

Teen sleuths say TD Garden owes $13.8 million in fund-raisers

TD Garden representatives acknowledged they have not honored a 1993 law mandating that they hold three fund-raisers a year.

Former priest John Geoghan listens to testimony during his trial for the indecent assault and battery on a child under fourteen, at Middlesex Superior Court in 2002.

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What happened to other clergy abuse perpetrators?

With defrocked priest Paul Shanley expected to be released from jail, a look at some other notorious priests in the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal.

People sit and walk in the Boston Common in May.

Two people stabbed on the Boston Common

“I don’t want people to be afraid to come down here,” said Police Commissioner William B. Evans.

Steve Wilkes recorded the sounds of the White Mountains on the peak of Mt. Israel in Sandwich, N.H.

This Berklee professor is mapping the White Mountains through sound clips

He’ll spend three weeks in the woods of New Hampshire tracking birds, hikers, and insects as they create a chorus of music.

Boston police lieutenant exam discriminated against minorities, judge says

A federal judge reaffirmed a 2015 ruling that the lieutenants exam “had a racially disparate impact and was insufficiently job-related.”

Political Happy Hour: July 26, 2017

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Prosecutors seek to keep witness’s identity secret in ISIS case

Prosecutors asked a federal judge Wednesday to shield the identity of a confidential informant in the case of an Everett man accused of plotting to support the Islamic State terrorist group.

From left to right, Attorney Carmen Durso, Rodney and Paula Ford, and attorney Mitchell Garabedian took part in a press conference at the Durso’s office in Boston on Wednesday.

‘I’m concerned he’s going to abuse again’: Those who say priest abused them criticize his release

“If Paul Shanley doesn’t qualify as a sexually dangerous person, then nobody will ever qualify,” said one attorney.

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A predator walks while his protectors never had to stand

The reality is that Paul Shanley ruined countless lives, including Joe Crowley’s, and he was never held accountable or punished for that.

Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to curb the state’s rising health care costs was rejected by lawmakers again Wednesday.

Lawmakers again reject Baker’s plan to rein in health care costs

The governor could accept or veto their decision. It was not immediately clear how he would respond.

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‘People are excited about it’: Officials unveil revamped City Hall lobby

The refurbished third floor lobby makes City Hall’s public entrance more welcoming to the community, the mayor said.

The sun finally returned Wednesday after a couple of really cool, raw, and damp days. But the weekend might not be so clear.

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This weekend’s forecast is a tricky one

Different parts of New England will see very different weather this weekend.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson supports a bill on Beacon Hill that would allow local law enforcement to arrest and detain individuals wanted solely for immigration violations.

GOP legislators introduce immigration bill to override SJC ruling

Republican lawmakers brought forward a state bill that would allow local law officials to arrest people wanted solely for immigration violations.

Gas leak in Medway forces evacuations

The leak caused road closures and evacuations of people and pets Wednesday.

Joseph Rachal (left) was convicted of killing a newly minted college graduate in Brookline in 1968 and faces sentencing for a 2015 bank robbery.

Lawyer for convicted killer says client should get five years for heist

The attorney wrote in a strongly worded legal filing that federal prosecutors’ description of his client as a career criminal is “unwarranted.”

Habitual offender sentenced for breaking and entering

A Taunton man was sentenced this week to 25 years in state prison.

Senators Susan Collins and Jack Reed

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Want honesty from Congress? Try spying

It can take nearly NSA-level espionage to figure out what’s really going on.

Green Line train riders walked from the train to a Peter Pan shuttle bus at Commonwealth Avenue and Babcock Street on Thursday.

Your (lousy) options during the Mass. Pike and Comm. Ave. closures

That secret shortcut you’ve been planning? Good luck with that.

The scaffolding that will appear on the State House lawn will allow the new owners of 25 Beacon St. to temporarily work on the building’s windows and wall.

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About that scaffolding on the State House lawn...

Historic preservationists, don’t panic when the scaffolding goes up in the coming weeks on the old John Hancock pasture that is now the State House lawn.

Beth Lindstrom.

Former Romney aide considers running against Warren

Beth Lindstrom has held conversations with top state Republicans about the prospect of seeking the party nomination to run against Elizabeth Warren.

A step-by-step look at the Comm. Ave. bridge work

Constructed in 1965, the Commonwealth Avenue overpass bridge deck is in poor condition and in need of replacement.

Patrol car dashboard camera footage from Maine showed a man wearing a mask with a machete taped to his amputated arm.

One-armed, machete-wielding clown arrested in Maine

Corey Berry is accused of drunkenly strolling down a road in Maine wearing a clown mask and brandishing a machete taped to his amputated arm.

“The only thing — only thing — that matters when it comes to allowing military personnel to serve is whether or not they can handle the job,” Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted just before 8 a.m.

Warren: Trump cares ‘more about extreme ideology than military readiness’

Meanwhile, Ed Markey called transgender service members “dedicated patriots” and said, “We welcome their service & honor their love of country.”

Graphic: A look at how the massive Dorchester fire ignited

The fire in a Dorchester condo building last month started when an improperly installed exhaust pipe ignited wood framing.

Ex-FBI agent John Connolly would be 98 in 2039, the year when a Florida panel has said he is eligible for parole.

‘Whitey’ Bulger’s handler, John Connolly, given 2039 parole date in slaying

Former FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr. won’t be eligible for parole until 2039 for his role in a 1982 slaying orchestrated by Bulger.

Brockton officials investigating cat impaled by dart

Authorities asked for the public’s help in gathering information on a cat that was seriously injured by a handmade dart.

GROUND GAME

Three theories on the timing behind Trump’s transgender policy change

Donald Trump’s decision to jump the gun on that policy announcement had opponents steaming and D.C. insiders scratching their heads.

Angelo Colon-Ortiz, back right, stood in a hallway outside the courtroom during his arraignment in Worcester Superior Court for the murder of Vanessa Marcotte on Wednesday.

Man accused of murdering Vanessa Marcotte held without bail

Marcotte, a BU grad and Google employee, was killed in 2016 after she went out to exercise while visiting her mother in Princeton.

GQ the horse and owner Rebecca Mehlinger.

Authorities try to determine whether horse on Amesbury farm was hit by arrows

A 15-year-old horse boarded at Dream Spirit Farm was found with two wounds Tuesday morning.

14-year-old boy shot in Worcester

The boy was standing in front of his house when someone drove by and shot him once in his left leg, police said.

Officials ask for public’s help in Waltham 10-alarm fire investigation

The 10-alarm fire burned through a luxury apartment complex that was under construction at 20 Cooper Street.