Worcester firefighter, killed Sunday, was a single father devoted to his daughter

Christopher Roy was killed while fighting a five-alarm fire on Lowell Street in Worcester early Sunday.

Morning traffic rush hour into the tunnel.

Did removing a toll plaza ruin East Boston’s roads?

You know things have gotten pretty bad on the roads when motorists are nostalgic for a toll booth. But the problems in Eastie may have more to do with massive spikes in traffic.


‘Our baby is going to the prom. One that you didn’t expect would ever go to a prom.’

A special education school south of Boston put on a spring prom just for kids with autism and other developmental disabilities.

A small farm in Hollis, N.H., has evolved into a place to rescue animals — as well as a place of local intrigue.

A mysterious fire. Brutalized animals. Extortion. Rickety Ranch isn’t the haven its owners dreamed of

The Hollis, N.H., animal rescue farm has become the target of what the FBI describes as a “vicious” extortion campaign.

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Police, school investigate threatening Snapchat message sent to Wrentham students

A King Philip Regional High School student posted a photo of himself holding a rifle and warned classmates not to go to school Monday.

Grief counselors at Revere school where 5-year-old girl killed in SUV crash was student

Grief counselors are at an elementary school in Revere Monday after a five-year-old girl was fatally struck by a woman driving an SUV.

Man, 81, injured during home invasion by masked men in Lincoln, R.I.

Two masked men broke into a home Sunday night and shoved the two residents inside, including an 81-year-old man, before taking off with cash.

What is the rule of law? Here’s what you need to know in the days ahead as Trump faces off with Mueller

President Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller appear to be on a collision course.

Orange Line operator removed from train after making unusual remarks

The operator was removed from his train around 8 a.m. after officials said he suffered a medical emergency, causing delays of about 10 minutes during the morning commute.

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Four firefighters injured after fireball explosion in Manchester, N.H., home

Four firefighters were injured while putting out a 2-alarm fire Sunday afternoon after they were caught in a powerful flashover explosion that knocked two of them down the stairs.

Nate Hribar did Tai chi at Fan Pier before starting his work day in the Seaport District in Boston last week.

Cold and sun to start your week

“We’ll see skies become mostly sunny across most areas, but it will remain chilly,’’ forecasters wrote. “Highs will only reach the 30s.”

James “Whitey” Bulger in a 1953 booking photo.

James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s family set to file wrongful death suit, report says

The estate of gangster James “Whitey” Bulger is preparing to file a wrongful death lawsuit, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.


A Chevrolet Equinox was towed away from the scene of Sunday’s crash.

5-year-old girl struck and killed by car in Revere; 4 others injured

The vehicle, driven by a Boston woman, plowed into five people standing in a crosswalk, killing a girl, seriously injuring an infant girl, and injuring three others, State Police said.

“A lot of folks didn’t know this was a disease you could treat,” said Dr. Alister Martin, an emergency room doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Emergency rooms once offered little for drug users. That’s starting to change

Massachusetts General Hospital emergency doctors can now prescribe medication for addiction, and a new state law requires others to do the same.

First responders worked at the scene of the crash at Ruggles and Cross streets in Westborough.

One injured in Westborough rollover crash

Firefighters used the jaws of life to extricate the driver from the rolled-over car.


Lottery results from Sunday drawings

Time Machine

December 10, 1947: Leopold Morse’s, a men’s clothing store with 5 locations in and around Boston, pitches a Christmas-season ad directly to women looking to buy gifts.

Eight residents were displaced during Sunday morning’s five-alarm fire on Lowell Street in Worcester. Firefighter Christopher Roy died while battling the blaze. (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)

Firefighter is killed battling 5-alarm blaze in Worcester

Christopher Roy was with the Worcester Fire Department for 2½ years and leaves a 9-year-old daughter.

Newton teachers say the curriculum does not have an anti-Israel bias.

Some Newton teachers will miss school to respond to critics’ records requests

A Watertown nonprofit has accused the Newton school district of anti-Israel bias in its high-school world history curriculum.

Boston College’s campus

BC student arrested after allegedly writing racist graffiti in dorm

Officials say that same student also discharged a fire extinguisher in another residence hall.

Simmons University President Helen Drinan earmed $1.7 million in 2016, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual survey.

Simmons president among the nation’s highest paid

Helen Drinan earned $1.7 million in 2016, putting her in an elite group of top earners that included the presidents of Northwestern and the University of Chicago.

The Greater Boston Stage Company puts up two holiday classics, including “It’s a Wonderful Life” (above), at its Stoneham theater.

Week Ahead

It’s a good time of the year for a show, and it doesn’t have to be ‘The Nutcracker’

There are many musicals, plays, and concerts to be enjoyed all over Greater Boston, not just in the city.

Joanna Suber, 17, of Lexington, played the fife in the William Diamond Jr. Fife and Drum Corps as a part of the tea burning event.

Lexington celebrates its own historic tea burning

The 1773 tea burning preceded the more famous Tea Party protest by three days.

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito (center) emerged from behind the scorched home on Lowell Street in Worcester, with the help of Worcester fire Chief Michael Lavoie.

Tributes to Worcester firefighter come from all corners of the state

Officials, fire departments, and other agencies paid tribute to Christopher Roy, who died in the line of duty Sunday.

Comedian Dave Russo and Giggles Comedy Club in Saugus will again host Globe Santa Comedy Night. It will be held Wednesday. Above: Russo at last year’s event.

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Comedy Night fund-raiser at Giggles returns on Wednesday

The event raises funds for Globe Santa, which assists families in need across the Boston area.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2018. There are 21 days left in the year.

Three Uxbridge men rescued after skiing off course in Vermont

Based on information given by one of the skiers, State Police troopers found the three men in the area of Wheelerville Road in Mendon, Vt., Saturday afternoon as temperatures reached about 11 degrees, police said.

Power surge snagged three train lines

The Blue, Green, and Orange lines were all impacted when power surged in downtown Boston early Sunday morning.

Police search for second driver involved in fatal hit of woman in West Boylston

State Police are searching for one of two drivers who struck and killed a 19-year-old Leominister woman on Route 190 in West Boylston early Sunday morning.

Makayla is currently learning how to ride horses.

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Makayla, 14, is smart and friendly

Makayla is legally freed for adoption and can be placed in an active one or two-parent family.

Bird sightings across the region

Recent bird sightings from the Mass Audubon Society.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2018. There are 22 days left in the year.

Harvard lecturer completes 68 pull-ups in one minute

Adam Sandel, 32, who lectures on social studies and is also pursuing a law degree at Harvard, hopes to set a new Guinness World Record — again — after competing Saturday in Orlando.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Senator Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey, greeted supporters Saturday during a New Hampshire Democratic Party event in Manchester, N.H.

Senator Cory Booker presents a vision of hope at N.H. Democratic fete

The New Jersey Democrat says he’s still undecided on whether to run for president in 2020.

Some Harvard activists say that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s efforts to overhaul the Title IX process are altering the landscape of sex assault investigations before they’re finalized.

Harvard student accused of rape far from campus sues university for investigating it

Some Harvard activists say that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s efforts to overhaul the Title IX process are altering the landscape of sex assault investigations.

Sensitive Santa, also known as Thom Martin, cheered David Kramer.

‘Sensitive Santa’ meets autistic children in Foxborough

“I always tell children — if you want to sit on my lap, that’s fine. If you want to stand, that’s fine, too,” said Thom Martin, a.k.a. Santa.

Woman allegedly stabs other woman in leg, leaves her on road in Bridgewater

The 36-year-old East Falmouth suspect was arrested a short time later at motel on Route 1 in Foxborough, State Police said.

Dorchester man charged with breaking and entering in Roxbury

John Anderson, 30, is due to be arraigned on charges of breaking and entering and attempting to commit a crime, Boston police said.

Cathy Corbett got her hair cut at HER Saturday, a weekly event from the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

Homeless women offered medical care — plus a haircut, facial, and even a movie

A Boston health care program is hoping to provide homeless women with medication, counseling, and medical providers — and haircuts and facials.

Northeastern students robbed off campus

The students were at Tremont and Douglas Park streets when they were robbed, and neither were injured, according to an e-mail sent to students and staff.

From left: Christine Eidem, Nate Winch, and Karen Flick gathered a group of friends for a dinner that raised $1,200 for Globe Santa to honor the memory of two schoolmates who died three decades ago.

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A memorial gathering in upstate New York and Globe Santa was the special guest

Thirty years after Christopher and Jennifer Jones died, classmates remembered their friends by raising money for Globe Santa.

Water from Boston Harbor flooded Long Wharf during an October high tide.

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Man drives off Quincy pier, but gets himself out of car and onto shore

The man, who State Police said was about 53, drove his car into the water around 8:52 a.m. Saturday but was able to get himself out and to shore without help.

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Man whose burned body found in Lynn was father of young boy, family says

Family members of a Lynn man whose burned body was found in a public park last week remembered him as a playful, affectionate man who loved his 3-year-old boy.

A Green Line train derailed at Boston University on Commonweath Avenue on Saturday.

Empty Green Line train derails, causing delays but no injuries

Buses replaced service on Commonwealth Avenue after the back of the two-car train derailed near Blandford Street.

Black bear spotted roaming through shopping area in Burlington

The bear roamed Friday night near retailers, restaurants, and a movie theater, police said.

NH sixth-grade teacher arrested for exchanging ‘inappropriate’ e-mails with student

Jennifer Glidden, 50, of Exeter, N.H., was arrested at her home at approximately 3:30 p.m. and charged with certain use of computer services prohibited, Manchester police said in a statement.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2018. There are 23 days left in the year.