Rider drags Christmas tree onto Red Line at rush hour. Fellow commuter unimpressed

Transit officials are reminding commuters to “use sound judgment” and think of other riders.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh (with interim superintendent Laura Perille at English High on the first day of school in September) opposes a return to an elected School Committee.

Should Boston go back to an elected School Committee or would it create more dysfunction?

The City Council will hold a hearing Tuesday to weigh the questions surrounding the selection of School Committee members.

In September, union worker Bryan Wilcox and his son rallied to protest National Grid’s lockout of employees.

Lawmakers push harder to resolve labor dispute at National Grid

Neither the Senate nor Governor Baker are throwing their support behind legislation that would force National Grid to cover the tab for extending unemployment benefits.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 19, 2018 White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (L) waits for US President Donald Trump (R)to speak live via video link to the annual


Mr. President, please consider my application to be your chief of staff

You’re the first president in history who could resign to spend less time with his family.

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Legislators signal support for gas oversight following Merrimack Valley disaster

State lawmakers appeared ready to back a requirement that professional engineers review gas-pipe projects.

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Mother who has been hurt by street violence seeks help from Santa for her children

Despite the best efforts of law enforcement, crime and violence afflict far too many families in Greater Boston. One Boston mother spoke of the effects of violence in her letter to Globe Santa.


Another ‘outsider’ fails in a top Boston job. We shouldn’t take pride in that.

Luis Ramirez became MBTA general manager after a nationwide search but was pushed out in little more than a year. Why can’t people who aren’t from Boston succeed here?

Harvard University police investigating sexual assault in Cambridge

Police are investigating after a female undergraduate student at Harvard University reported she was sexually assaulted early Tuesday.

2-alarm blaze sparked at South End brownstone

Firefighters battled a 2-alarm blaze that was sparked at a 5-story brownstone in Boston’s South End Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

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My wife, Laura Levis, did everything she could to save herself when the asthma attack began. She went to Somerville Hospital and called 911, too. How could she have been left to die just outside the emergency room?

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Mandy McGowan, who is two years sober, in Boston, Sept. 12, 2018. In Sept. 2016, McGowan overdosed on fentanyl in a Dollar Store in Lawrence, Mass., and lay on the floor unconscious as her two-year-old daughter cried and tried to wake her — a scene captured on a cellphone video by a bystander that went viral. Amid an opioid crisis, police and strangers with cameras are posting raw images of drug users passed out. For those whose bleakest moments now live online, life is never the same. (Tristan Spinski/The New York Times)

How do you recover after millions have watched you overdose?

Mandy McGowan, 38, who became known as the “Dollar Store Junkie” after overdosing in Lawrence, said the video showed only a few terrible frames of a complicated life.

Anthony Sanchez was all smiles as he left Christmas in the City in 2016.

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Christmas in the City shows off the true meaning of the holiday

Forget the commercialism and the culture wars: Christmas in the City holds the true meaning of Christmas.

Man found guilty in road-rage murder in Dorchester

The jury found Deonarine Ganga, 31, guilty of first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm for the April 13, 2017, slaying of 21-year-old Joey DeBarros.

Salem State University student arrested after police find gun, ammunition in dorm room

In an e-mail to students, faculty, and staff Tuesday morning, SSU President John Keenan addressed the incident and reassured the school community that the administration was taking steps to ensure their safety.

Newton, MA., 12/101/2018, A vehicle crashed into a utility pole on Rte 9 near Dudley Street and shut down Rte. 9 Eastbound and created traffic havoc in Newton leading into the evening rush hour. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

3-car crash in Newton causing detours and heavy delays

The crash damaged a telephone pole and caused a leak in a transformer.

Pepper spray discharged at Dorchester school injures 14

There appeared to have been an “unintentional discharge of pepper spray” at the UP Academy building around 12:50 p.m. One person was transported to a hospital.

Doctor charged with manslaughter in opioid overdose death

Dr. Richard Miron of Dracut is alleged to have prescribed high doses of opioids without medical reason to a woman who had previously overdosed.

Nathan Carman (left) walked with his attorney.

Woman’s lawyers trying to block subpoena from Nathan Carman

Nathan Carman’s lawyers have alleged in court papers that the woman and her drug-addled boyfriend may have been linked to Carman’s grandfather’s slaying.

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Is all that screen time hurting your child’s brain? New research raises troubling questions

A new study raises questions about whether screen time is affecting the structure of children’s brains.

Gas leak forces evacuation of Mashpee elementary school

The fire chief said three workers were evaluated for gas inhalation, and one was sent to the hospital for further treatment.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday that a man caught in a human trafficking sting by police with $250 in cash in his shoe was a pimp and should be prosecuted as one.

SJC upholds human trafficking law designed to target pimps

The state’s high court Tuesday upheld a law making it a crime to profit from prostitution.

Army Air Forces First Lieutenant Allen R. Turner.

Remains identified as Brookline pilot killed in WWII

In a statement, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency confirmed the remains of Army Air Forces First Lieutenant Allen R. Turner had finally been accounted for.

Boston, MA., 12/05/2018, Jean Moulton on her last day at the Massachusetts Democratic Party offices on Beacon Street. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff


She’ll always be a Democrat to her core

A longtime role for Jean Moulton as special assistant to the chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party ends Tuesday.

Firefighters salute as a hearse carrying fallen firefighter Christopher J. Roy passes by his fire station Monday  in Worcester.

Funeral for fallen Worcester firefighter will be Saturday

A funeral Mass for Christopher Roy is scheduled for Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Worcester.

Needham High School.

Racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic graffiti found at Needham High School

A student found racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic graffiti in a bathroom at Needham High School on Tuesday morning.

Signal problems, cracked rails caused Red Line delays

The MBTA apologized Tuesday after commuters on the Red Line experienced delays throughout Tuesday; at 3:01 p.m., the agency tweeted that regularly scheduled service had resumed.

MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez on the Red Line.

MBTA general manager Luis Ramirez is out after just 15 months

The switch will mark the fifth leadership change at the T under Governor Charlie Baker.

Wayland boy hit by car while riding bike to school

The 14-year-old boy suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

Lynn man, 19, robbed and shot in neck near playground

Two masked assailants allegedly approached a car on Wilson Street and stole a phone and cash before firing one shot at the victim.

The crosswalk in Revere (at left) where five pedestrians were hit.

Infant still hospitalized after Revere crash that claimed life of 5-year-old sister

Investigators are still working to complete their review of drug testing for Autumn Harris, 42, the driver of the SUV that plowed into five pedestrians in Revere, killing Adrianna Mejia-Rivera.

Cranston, R.I., school system hires collection agency to chase lunch debt

A Rhode Island school system has hired a collection agency to chase down unpaid student lunch tabs.

The town hall in Dover, Mass. The highest earners in Massachusetts live in Dover, according to new Census data, with a whopping $204,018 median household income reported.

Here’s how much money residents in each Mass. town make, according to Census data

The new data also show where Massachusetts counties rank nationally in terms of median household income.

Full list of Massachusetts median household incomes by town

The highest earners in Massachusetts live in Dover, according to new Census data, with a whopping $204,018 median household income reported.

Tuesday will be another day to bundle up if you’re venturing into the cold.

Another sunny, chilly day in Boston

It will be sunny and cold for the next few days in Boston, with highs only reaching the 30s.

A small memorial for Adrianna Mejia-Rivera on Route 145 in Revere.

Online fund seeks donations for funeral arrangements for 5-year-old girl struck, killed in Revere

Adrianna Mejia-Rivera was killed after she and four other people were hit by a driver who veered off the road, officials said.

Even with insurance, getting mental health treatment is a struggle in Mass., study says

More than half of Massachusetts adults who sought mental health or addiction treatment in recent months had difficulty getting an appointment, according to a survey.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2018. There are 20 days left in the year.


Paxton man arraigned for murder in attack that left 23-year-old brother dead, mother injured

Alexander Asia, 24, was scheduled for a dangerousness hearing Monday but was instead arraigned in East Brookfield District Court for allegedly murdering his brother, Innocent Asia.

Male fatally shot in Mattapan

The victim was found suffering from several gunshot wounds inside a car, police said.

New Hampshire Democratic Party headquarters is evacuated after suspicious package found

Several staff members were evacuated from the headquarters on State Street in Concord, and one person was treated as a precaution, party chair Ray Buckley said in a statement.

Voice recording devices at the Spy Store in New York, April 6, 2013. Making secret recordings for the police has grown safer as miniaturization has made modern recorders and transmitters difficult to detect. (Michael Kirby Smith/The New York Times)

Judge in Mass. says secretly recording officials, including police, is constitutionally protected

A federal judge found that secretly recording government officials who are performing their duties in public is protected by the First Amendment with “reasonable” restrictions.

Boston City Councilor and US Representative-elect Ayanna Pressley listened to Telisha Gilliard share her experiences with violence in Boston during the City Council’s Community Voices hearing Monday.

Ayanna Pressley, before heading to Congress, listens one more time

An event Monday night was billed as a listening-only hearing, and for more than two hours Boston City Councilors heard a range of stories, from people young and old.

By the numbers

68: The number of pull-ups a Harvard University lecturer did in one minute over the weekend, tentatively setting the Guinness World Record for the feat.


Lottery results from Monday drawings

Target pays $3 million for improperly billing automatic prescriptions refills

The company violated state and federal law by improperly billing the state’s Medicaid program, the Attorney General’s office said.

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Disrupted families seek help to give kids a good Christmas

Illness and death can strike a family when they least expect it and change everyone’s life dramatically.

a member of Governor Charlie Baker’s staff held the letters delivered by members of Stand for Children Massachusetts.

Education advocates call for Charlie Baker to prioritize ‘fair school funding’

“We’re asking Governor Baker to level the playing field in Massachusetts schools,” said Brianna Aloisio, policy director for Stand for Children Massachusetts.

West Roxbury, MA: 11-8-18: The freshly dug up dirt is pictured in front of a headstone where James

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By being murdered, Whitey Bulger may help compensate his victims

Of all the ironies, none is richer nor more poignant than the prospect of damages awarded to Bulger’s estate going to families of those he murdered.

This Revere vehicle stopped briefly in the left travel lane to allow a woman to place the stuffed animal at the scene.

‘A lot of hearts are broken’ by death of girl in Revere

The 5-year-old girl was among five people — including the girl’s younger sister, a 2-month old infant — who were struck by an SUV in Revere driven by Autumn Harris.

100-day-aged ribeye. A new study finds that eating red meat can raise the levels of a compound called TMAO in your blood.

2 new studies take a little more sizzle out of red meat

Researchers say a diet rich in red meat increases people’s circulating levels of a substance that can lead to the development of cardiovascular disease.