Mount Ida projected an image of success — right until it folded

As recently as March, everything seemed to be going well at Mount Ida College.

In West Brookfield, investigators probed the scene where a mother and three children were found murdered in their home last month.

West Brookfield house still haunted by questions

The case of a mother and her three children who were killed in West Brookfield has yielded few clues that have been shared with the public.

Mayor Martin Walsh pointed to his long relationship with Michael Capuano and the congressman’s own support for him during Walsh’s first mayoral run in 2013.

Marty Walsh to endorse Michael Capuano in Democratic primary for House seat

Mayor Martin Walsh is set to formally endorse Capuano on Sunday in Dorchester, where he is expected to emphasize the Somerville Democrat’s experience.

Five Democrats vying for Suffolk DA job make their cases

Five Democrats vying to be the next Suffolk district attorney attempted to woo Dorchester voters on Saturday.

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32-year-old woman struck, killed by car in Brockton Saturday night

Brockton police received a call for a pedestrian struck by a car, which was involved in a crash with another car, shortly after 9 p.m., officials said.

3-alarm fire breaks out in Westfield apartment complex, displacing 40

A three-alarm fire broke out at an apartment complex in Westfield on Sunday, displacing residents as firefighters fought the blaze into the evening.

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Rockport police looking to identify alleged jewelry thief

The suspect, described as a white woman in her 50s, appears in the video to be taking items from a shop on Bearskin Neck Saturday morning, police said.

Sea turtle caravan leaves Quincy for Florida

The turtles, which were rescued from Cape Cod Bay, were treated for severe hypothermia and other ailments over the last four months.

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New Boston police officers credited with saving life of stabbing victim near TD Garden

The rookie officers used a tourniquet to save the life of a man who had been stabbed in the leg.

A board featuring a photo of Barbara Bush posing with beach walkers and their dogs is signed at a gathering to remember the former first lady at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk, Maine, Sunday, April 22, 2018. The former first lady loved to walk her dogs and chat with the locals during visits to Maine. Barbara Bush died Tuesday at home in Houston at the age of 92. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

With dogs in tow, Kennebunk remembers Barbara Bush

People have gathered on a Maine beach to remember Barbara Bush, who with her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, spent years at their summer home in Kennebunkport.

Dorchester house fire causes estimated $200,000 in damage

Three people were also displaced when the fire broke out on the third floor of a house at 207 Harvard St. Sunday morning, a Boston fire official said.

Woman found dead in North Andover identified

Wendi Rose Davidson, 49, was apparently strangled to death, and an investigation is underway, officials said Sunday.

File - In this April 27, 2016, file photo Lezley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, speaks during an interview in St. Louis. Brown was an unarmed, black 18-year-old when he was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. The officer was not charged. Brown's death touched off widespread protests and a national discussion about race relations and police. McSpadden is to be at Harvard University, Monday, April 23, 2018 for a panel titled

Michael Brown’s mother, attorneys to speak at Harvard panel

Lezley McSpadden will be at Harvard on Monday for a panel titled ‘‘The Movement for Black Lives: Justice for Michael Brown 4 Years Later.’’

Foxborough charter school collects 11 million stamps to honor Holocaust victims

Foxborough Regional Charter School on Sunday will hold an open house to display 18 works of art created from some of the stamps.


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Man stabbed in the leg near TD Garden

The man was stabbed shortly after 7 p.m. around 205 Portland St.

A 49-year-old woman was found dead in the basement of this North Andover home, officials said.

Homicide investigation opened after North Andover woman found dead in basement

A woman who lived upstairs said she had found her downstairs neighbor dead in the basement of the house at 50 Lincoln St., officials said.

Longtime Democratic state Rep. James Miceli of Wilmington dies

Miceli, 83, the second longest serving lawmaker on Beacon Hill, collapsed during opening ceremonies for Wilmington Little League Saturday, officials said.

Task force formed after racist incidents releases findings

A year after a video showing white students wearing ponchos and sombreros at Cinco de Mayo celebrations angered students of color and set off a series of racist incidents, a University of New Hampshire task force announced steps they’ve taken to address concerns about racism.

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A roulette wheel at Foxwoods Casino.

Conn. gambling bills in limbo as legislative session nears end

It’s unclear which bills, if any, that could lead to more gambling will make it to the finish line before lawmakers hit the campaign trail.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh spoke at his second inauguration on Jan. 2.

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Do Boston’s leaders care about reform or not?

More than two years after a promise from the mayor, the new lobbying rules haven’t materialized.

Yarmouth police are warning residents of a telephone scam claiming to collect money for slain K9 Officer Sean Gannon, who was fatally shot in the line of duty April 13. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant.

Police warn of telephone scam claiming to raise funds for slain Yarmouth officer

The scammers allegedly called Barnstable police on multiple occasions, claiming to raise money for the “Sean Gannon Fund,” Yarmouth police said.

Bird sightings in Massachusetts

Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:

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This day in history

Today is Sunday, April 22, the 112th day of 2018. There are 253 days left in the year.

A robin out and about in Hyde Park on Wednesday.

Springtime weather may finally be on horizon in Boston area

Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 50s with calm, clear blue skies on Sunday.

Pair arrested at Tewksbury motel on assault, gun charges

Clifford Lawrence, a guest at the motel, was arrested without incident after police learned that he was wanted for armed assault with intent to murder.

Shuttle buses will ferry Red Line passengers between Kendall/MIT and Park Street stations on the weekends of April 21 and 22, and April 28 and 29.

Shuttles replacing Red Line service this weekend and next

On April 21-22 and 28-29, buses will run between Kendall/MIT and Park Street stations, and the bridge will be closed to all other vehicle travel.

Woman refuses medical help after Brockton crash, dies later

A 54-year-old woman who initially declined medical treatment after a Thursday morning crash in Brockton died of her injuries Thursday afternoon.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, April 21, the 111th day of 2018. There are 254 days left in the year.

R.I. man accused of taking ‘sexually explicit’ photos of toddler

Jose A. Cortes, 38, of Central Falls, was ordered detained by a federal judge, officials said Friday.

Lowell High to reopen Monday after gas leak repaired

The school has been closed since a gas leak was detected in the field house on April 10.

Serious crash disrupts traffic near Wilmington-Billerica line

A serious crash near the Billerica line caused Wilmington police to close Hopkins Street to traffic Friday night, the department said on social media.

Fire displaces 9 residents of group home in Mattapan

The Boston Fire Department responded to the blaze at 669 Walk Hill St. shortly before 7:30 p.m., spokesman Brian Alkins said.

Howard Cooper is defending former state senator Brian Joyce against federal corruption charges.

Brian Joyce’s lawyers attack prosecution’s subpoena request

US District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton said Friday he is weighing whether or not to allow a subpoena of the records of Howard Cooper, one of Joyce’s defense lawyers.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

The owners of Black Market, a pop-up meeting place for black businesses, were disturbed by the

Facebook temporarily removes Black Market Dudley’s page

A company spokeswoman said Facebook “mistakenly took down the page” for a reason unrelated to the “White Lives Matter” graffiti found outside the shop.

10/22/2015 Plymouth, MA – Director of Regulatory & Performance Improvement David Noyes , <cq>, talks about Dry Cask Storage during a tour of the Entergy Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, MA on October 22, 2015. Each of the 3 casks contains 68 fuel assemblies, they rest on a 4 foot thick pad made of reinforced concrete and steel. Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station started operation in 1972 and will close no later than June 2019. The the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently designated Pilgrim one of the nation’s three least-safe reactors. ()

Pilgrim officials consider moving nuclear waste to higher ground

Environmental advocates are calling on the state to require the waste be moved.

Worcester man charged for allegedly stabbing taxi driver

Robert Rutledge, 35, was ordered held without bail Friday after his arraignment on a charge of armed assault with intent to murder, officials said.

HOLD FOR BOSTON LATIN SCHOOL PROJECT Boston, MA--2/22/2016--BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang (cq) talks about the investigation at Boston Latin School. Scenes at Boston Latin School, which is in the news because of a racial controversy, are photographed, on Monday, February 22, 2016. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 06bls Reporter: Meghan Irons

Dorchester Academy scheduled to close

Superintendent Tommy Chang will present his plan to the School Committee next week.

Charlestown man barricades himself in apartment and tries to start gas fire

A 57-year-old man Friday afternoon ripped a gas line from the wall, which he attempted to light ablaze, police said.

SWAT team members outside home in Stoughton.

Stoughton ‘home invasion’ was a hoax

A hoax drew a heavy police presence to a multifamily home on Pearl Street in Stoughton on Friday, police said.

Harvard University students observed a moment of silence during a protest against school shootings and gun violence on the steps of Widener Library on campus in Cambridge on Friday.

Harvard students rally against gun violence

Scores of students gathered on the steps of Widener Library in historic Harvard Yard on Friday to speak out against gun violence.

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Avicii performing in Europe in 2015.

That night in Boston that an Avicii concert spun out of control

Avicii kicked off his 2014 tour at Boston’s TD Garden with a crowded, sweaty concert that turned into what emergency officials call a “mass casualty incident.”

Jonathan Richman performed at Jonathan Swift's in Harvard Square in 1984.

That proposal to make ‘Roadrunner’ the official song of Mass.? It’s back

The Mass. House gave a preliminary green light to a long-stalled proposal to make the 1970s ode to cruising around Greater Boston the state’s official rock song.

Green Line trains passed through Brookline's Coolidge Corner neighborhood.

MBTA says arrival prediction times will be more accurate

The MBTA recently improved the accuracy of subway arrival prediction times on its website and select smartphone apps.

CAPE COD, MA - 4/13/2017: WHALE HO... a blow from a Right Whale seen off Provincetown. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand alone photos

N. Atlantic right whales will be extinct in 25 years, scientists say - unless we act now to save them

For years, spring has signaled the return of North Atlantic right whales - one of Earth’s most endangered species - to Cape Cod Bay.

Police responding to a 911 call on April 10 reported that the girl was found unresponsive at her home on Stoneybrook Road.

Fund accepting donations for 6-year-old Fitchburg girl’s burial

A fund has been established to pay for the burial of a girl who died under suspicious circumstances in Fitchburg.