Secrets of a Lost Girl

Alexandra Valoras showed every outward sign of success and promise, a star at school, beloved at home. She revealed nothing of her inner anguish, except in her diary — a chronicle of scathing self-criticism and growing desperation that her parents chose to share so that other families might learn from their loss.

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang announced Friday he would step down after three years.

Tommy Chang’s relationship with community never clicked, observers say

For Superintendent Tommy Chang, a failure at community-building stymied efforts to improve Boston’s public schools, education experts and city officials said.

Lilian Calderon is one of the people suing the Trump administration and the Department of Homeland Security over the arrests of immigrants who showed up for hearings at government offices.

Mass. ICE agents to reinstate in-office arrests

The practice of arresting undocumented immigrants in government offices was halted by the region’s former acting director.

At World’s End, a peninsula in Hingham 15 miles south of Boston, wooded trails mingle with a beautiful harbor view.

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At World’s End in Hingham, wooded trails mingle with harbor view

One of the first things you notice as you enter World’s End is its rich smell, a refreshing mix of ocean water and the earthiness of red cedar trees.

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Donald Hall, former US poet laureate known for his ties to New Hampshire, dies at 89

Along with his tenure as US poet laureate, Donald Hall was the winner of numerous honors and prizes in poetry, and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Thunderstorms could develop Sunday afternoon

As the week goes on, temperatures will rise, possibly into the 90s.

Seekonk drug bust yields 400 pills, 10 grams of heroin

Police said they also recovered a large amount of cash and a loaded .380 caliber handgun.

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Motorcyclist killed in Pepperell crash

Jack Wilbur, 21, of Pepperell lost control of the motorcycle he was driving Friday night, officials said.

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Three people seriously injured in Newbury crash

Three people were taken to an area hospital with serious injuries after what officials believe was a head-on collision in Newbury Saturday afternoon, according to officials.

N.H. investigating ‘untimely death’ in Goffstown

An autopsy has been scheduled for Sunday on the body of a woman found in her home, officials said.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

In Maine and N.H., border patrol checkpoints

For 11 hours on Wednesday, drivers who wanted to travel through a remote stretch of northern Maine were asked a simple question: Where were you born?

One man is killed, two are injured in overnight shooting in Lynn

Romel Danis, 25, of Lynn was pronounced dead at the scene on Lawton Street early Saturday morning, officials said.

New Hampshire authorities investigating apparent murder-suicide

Denis Bisson was found in Rumford, Maine, after authorities put out a warrant for his arrest on second-degree murder charges.

Last week, the MBTA announced a parking fee increase for dozens of high-demand stations.

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The MBTA isn’t making any friends with parking fee hikes

Parking fees at many MBTA stations will go up, even as service is persistently questionable.

Joaquin Vazquez of Roslindale took in the view while fishing at Victory Park in Dorchester on Saturday.

Rain is possible Sunday in Boston area, with mild temperatures

Sunday is expected to have an increasing chance of thunderstorms.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, June 24, the 175th day of 2018. There are 190 days left in the year.

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Bird sightings

Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:

Boston detective alleges gender discrimination and retaliation

Donna Gavin accused the department and her supervisor of discriminating against her because she is a woman, and then threatening her and retaliating against her.

Three MS-13 gang members charged

Three Salvadoran men had ties to the Everett chapter of the violent Central American street gang, officials said.

Seekonk man charged with sharing customer’s nude photos at RI video store

Terrance M. Roy, 46, was arrested at noon Friday at Flint Audio Video in Middletown, R.I. on charges of accessing a computer for fraudulent purposes, computer trespass and conspiracy, officials said.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, June 23, the 174th day of 2018. There are 191 days left in the year.


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New Hampshire man wanted for killing wife, officials say

Denis Bisson, 52, is facing a charge of second-degree murder after the body of his wife, Angie Bisson, 43, was found in a residence in Berlin Friday.

Francis Salemme.

Frank Salemme, Paul Weadick found guilty in murder trial

The verdict signified long-awaited justice for the family of Steven DiSarro, a South Boston nightclub owner killed 25 years ago.

Boston, MA - 6/28/2016 - Mayor Marty Walsh listens as Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang (R) announces Michael Contompasis as the Boston Latin School interim Head Master in Boston, MA June 28, 2016. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: 29blspic Reporter:

With Tommy Chang out, parents ponder future of Boston’s schools

Parents knew Chang had been on shaky ground for several months — the question was when he would leave.

Charlie Baker’s son will cooperate with any probe into alleged incident on flight, governor’s office says

Governor Charlie Baker’s office said Friday night that his adult son A.J. will cooperate with any investigation into an alleged incident on a JetBlue flight earlier this week.


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Boston Fire Department moves to discipline four members over social media posts

The commissioner said at least 10 firefighters have been disciplined over the past two years for inappropriate social media activity.

Sharon Kelley, a cousin of Private First Class John MacDonald, was given the flag that draped the World War II veteran’s casket by Marine Major Theodore Smith.

At long last, remains of WWII Marine are laid to rest

Seven Marines lifted their rifles skyward Friday, each firing three volleys in honor of Private First Class John MacDonald, a World War II veteran from Allston.

2 Mass. residents arrested in R.I. for possession of stolen handgun, illegal ammunition

Officers discovered a stolen handgun, armor-piercing bullets, and a bulletproof vest in the car during a traffic stop, police said.

05/23/2018 Boston Ma -Superintendent of Boston Public Schools Dr. Tommy Chang (cq) was at a school program at the Mattahunt Elementary school to support the school keeping its origional name and supporting the Haitian Creole program. Jonathan Wiggs /Globe Staff Reporter:Topic.

Boston Schools head to step down as Walsh signals lack of support

Tommy Chang confirmed he will resign, and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said the public school system needs a leader “who can gain the confidence of the community.”

Police seek information regarding damaged Brookline sculpture at Larz Anderson Park

Brookline police are investigating damage to an art installation on town property at Larz Anderson Park last weekend.

At least three ladder trucks were used to fight the fire.

Chelsea firefighters battle three-alarm fire

Firefighters could be seen on the roof of a four-story brick apartment building around 3:30 p.m.

Police in Dover, N.H., say infant’s death at day-care facility was not suspicious

Police said the autopsy did not reveal anything suspicious and said there was no evidence that any other child at the day care was ever in danger.

A mother and three children were found murdered in this home on March 1. No one has been charged with the crime.

Cousin indicted on charges he lied to police investigating West Brookfield murders

A relative of the mother and three children who were found murdered in their central Massachusetts home in March has been indicted on charges that he misled investigators looking into the deaths.

Joe Balich (left) owner of Balich 5&10, was met with well wishers as he planned to close his store on Saturday. Lee Cloughier, a longtime customer, shook his hand and wished him well.

Arlington’s five-and-dime shop to close after 64 years; patrons bid bittersweet goodbye

Arlington variety shop Balich 5 & 10 is finally closing its doors after 64 years.

Wayne Chapman has been indicted by a Middlesex grand jury for allegedly fondling himself in front of staff at a state prison a couple weeks ago, prosecutors said Friday.

Convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman indicted by grand jury on lewd behavior charges

Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office announced the indictment against Wayne Chapman, 70, in a statement Friday.

South Boston man convicted in Roxbury bar slaying

Jurors returned a guilty verdict against Charlie Brea, 32, who prosecutors said fired a handgun into a crowd outside the Breezeway Bar and Grill on Blue Hill Avenue .

Beach walkers kept an eye on the seals swimming at Coast Guard Beach in North Eastham, Mass., in 2015.

Blood in the water at Coast Guard Beach halts midday swimming

A lifeguard Friday spotted blood in the water, signaling that a shark could be nearby, an official said.

Car fire put out in Boston Common parking garage

A small car fire started in the parking garage underneath Boston Common Friday afternoon, but firefighters quickly extinguished it.

The Raise Up Massachusetts coalition rallied at the State House.

Lawmakers are looking at their own millionaires’ tax, but it’s going to take a while

Progressive legislators and activists aim to try again for a new income tax on the state’s highest earners in 2022.

After nanny accidentally locks child in hot car, Melrose police warn about heat danger

Fire officials and a towing company responded to help unlock the car, and the child was “freed within one minute of their arrival,” police said.

Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. “initiated and directed” a conspiracy to defame a state trooper and unlawfully tamper with a court file, according to a lawsuit filed Friday.

Lawsuit alleges DA ‘directed’ conspiracy in State Police scandal

The civil complaint was filed by lawyers for State Trooper Ryan Sceviour in Suffolk Superior Court.

N.H. man accused of stabbing his mother to death charged with second-degree murder

A 21-year-old New Hampshire man accused of stabbing his mother to death in May is due to be arraigned Friday afternoon.

This shark, caught and tagged off Florida, was one of those whose movements were studied.

Great white sharks like to hang out in ocean eddies, new study says

The creatures prefer anticyclonic, or clockwise-spinning, eddies in the ocean, according to new research.

23scam -- Police said an international scammer posing as a Chinese government official sent these documents to a Cambridge woman and tricked her into wiring $95,000 to a bank in Hong Kong. The documents appeared to be official government papers and contained her personal information, but they turned out to be fake. (Cambridge ?Police Department)

Cambridge police detectives help prevent woman from being scammed out of nearly $95,000

Police said the woman had been targeted by a scammer who threatened her with arrest unless she wired the money to a bank in Hong Kong.

3 people wounded in drive-by shooting in Fall River

Two women and a man standing on a sidewalk were hit by a barrage of bullets in a drive-by shooting early Friday morning.