This MIT engineer built a semiautonomous snowblower so he never has to shovel again

Meet “Chomper,” the googly-eyed snow destroyer.

State officials are asking residents to inspect indoor plants after a spotted lanternfly was discovered in a Boston home. An invasive insect that feasts on crops like almonds, apples, grapes, hops, stone fruits, and walnut trees, the spotted lanternfly was first detected in the US in 2014 in Pennsylvania.

State officials ask residents to check plants for invasive spotted lanternfly

The USDA lists the lanternfly as an invasive pest that “can cause substantial economic damage,” feasting on many types of crops.

Timothy Wilson, with his wife, Susie. He died a year after the liver transplant that left his brother-in-law dead.

Doctors prevail in liver donor malpractice case

A 12-member jury ultimately rejected the wrongful death claim brought by the donor’s widow against well-known transplant surgeon Elizabeth Pomfret and two other physicians.

Keith Ablow in 2006. A new lawsuit alleges that he encouraged patients to trust and rely on him, then coaxed them into humiliating sexual activities, often during treatment sessions.

‘I own you’: Prominent psychiatrist accused of sexually exploiting patients

Keith Ablow is facing lawsuits from three female patients who say he lured them into degrading sexual relationships.

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Proposed project seeks to recognize Faneuil Hall’s slavery ties

Boston is taking a step toward recognizing the role slavery played at one of its most visited landmarks.

Firefighters quickly put out blaze in Dorchester apartment building

No one was injured, but five adults and one child were displaced, officials said.

‘My brother’s been hit.’ Boston police officer shot, suspect killed in gunfire

The officer was transported to Boston Medical Center and his injuries were non-life-threatening.

Lawrence man arrested in drug bust

A Lawrence man was arrested Thursday when police seized 532 grams of fentanyl as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation, authorities said.

Kraft’s charges part of international human trafficking ring, authorities say

The Patriots owner’s involvement is just one of potentially hundreds connected to what authorities say was an international human trafficking ring that could stretch across the country.

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They were the top of their class at Boston public schools. Then life happened

Read a multi-part investigation into how and why the lives of promising Boston valedictorians didn’t quite turn out the way they expected.

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Orchids of Asia Day Spa on Friday.

Kraft being charged with soliciting prostitution in Fla.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with soliciting prostitution as part of an investigation of human trafficking at multiple day spas in Florida. A spokesperson for Kraft said, “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity.”

Springfield police commissioner retires from troubled department

Police Commissioner John Barbieri is retiring amid misconduct scandals and a federal civil rights investigation into his department.

Sonya Bandouil (right) embraced registered nurse Thuy Le while visiting Spaulding Hospital in Cambridge this month. The Bandouil family had stopped into the hospital to say goodbye to staff members that cared for Sonya during her stay.

Young pianist crushed in building collapse must find a way to start again

All her life, she’d wanted nothing more than to be a professional pianist. Then the massive concrete facade of a building in Allston fell on her.

Boston Police on the scene following the shooting Friday.

‘Shots fired!’ Listen to the Boston police radio calls following the shooting of an officer

A Boston police officer was wounded and a male suspect was shot dead during a confrontation in Roxbury early Friday morning, Police Commissioner William Gross said.

Several vehicles were involved in a crash in North Attleborough on Friday.

Nine injured in crash on I-95 in North Attleborough

The eight-vehicle crash critically injured one person Friday morning, officials said.

Researchers find shiny rare fish on Cape Cod

A pair of researchers stumbled upon silvery lightfish, whose last recorded sighting in Massachusetts was in the 1800s, they said.

Lawrence drug investigation nets $20k worth of heroin

A suspect who was not identified was arrested Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation, Lawrence police said.

Two teenage girls arrested for allegedly robbing Fall River bank

The girls, ages 14 and 15, were each charged with the armed robbery of a BayCoast Bank Branch, Fall River police said.


Snow dusts parts of SoCal, prompting a tongue-in-cheek offer from Boston’s mayor

Beat LA? Not so much.

Supporters rally for ICE detainees who went on hunger strike

About 30 people protested outside the Suffolk County House of Corrections, where dozens of people detained by federal immigration officials started a hunger strike to protest conditions at the jail.

State Police arrest two brothers in connection with 2014 child rape

State Police Thursday morning arrested two brothers from Central Massachusetts wanted in connection with the 2014 rape of a child, according to that agency.


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

US Representative Ayanna Pressley spoke to the marchers at the Boston Common bandstand Thursday.

Teens demand reform in juvenile justice system, education, eviction, and jobs

Massachusetts youths are fed up with not being included in policy decisions that will determine their fates.

Vermont Army National Guard Adjutant General-elect Gregory Knight spoke to reporters after his election at the Vermont Statehouse on Thursday.

Vermont lawmakers choose 35-year vet to lead National Guard

Vermont Army National Guard Colonel Gregory Knight was overwhelmingly elected adjutant general by a joint session of the Vermont House and Senate.

New England news in brief

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Lowell police internal affairs report turned over in criminal case

The city of Lowell has turned over the report, which looked into whether several narcotics detectives falsified reports and affidavits last year.

Amy Palmer with the outreach workers who helped her, (from left) Michael Bunch, Shiva Kuczinski, and Brian Gossling.

Kevin Cullen

Amy Palmer’s path to the streets — and back

Heroin ruined Amy’s life. It left her homeless. Now, with the help of some dedicated people, she’s clean and has a place to call her own.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh said the trip “offers us an incredible opportunity to strengthen ties with the country where many Bostonians have their family roots, while showcasing the best of all Boston has to offer and unlocking new doors of opportunity.”

Walsh, city officials to travel to Cape Verde Friday

The trip is meant to strengthen cultural ties with a country whose citizens have increasingly called Boston home in recent years.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2019. There are 312 days left in the year.

Newton doctor who overbilled Medicare, MassHealth agrees to pay $680,000 fine

Authorities said that Hooshang Poor submitted inflated claims for care between June 1, 2011, and May 31, 2017.

By the numbers

$8.4 billion: The estimated infusion of capital over the next 10 years needed to adequately pay for repairs to Massachusetts’ transportation system, according to a report by the Boston-based business organization A Better City.

Graduate Michael McNeill shook hands with Mayor Martin Walsh during the Operation Exit “Renew” graduation at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston.

After a troubled past, three Boston-area men get new lease on life

Three former inmates were recognized for completing a new reentry program.

Barnstable official criticized over Twitter poll asking if gay politicians are ‘too self-absorbed’ to be effective

Ronald Beaty Jr. is a strong supporter of President Trump who was elected to one of the three seats on the commission in 2016 and is scheduled to stay in office until 2021.

Waltham police officer injured after service weapon accidentally fires

A Waltham police officer was taken to the hospital after a service weapon accidentally fired Thursday morning, police say.

Car carrier overturns in Billerica, hits utility pole

No one was injured after a 45-foot car carrier trailer overturned in Billerica Thursday morning after it was going too fast, police said.

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II.

Indicted Fall River mayor seeks to repay investors

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II said Wednesday he has filed a motion for a judge to allow access to lenders to repay them.

Snow removal crew saves man who jumped off Fore River Bridge in Quincy

A man who jumped 60 feet off a bridge into frigid water Thursday morning was rescued by a snow removal crew in Quincy, officials said.

West Bridgewater police searching for men who passed counterfeit $100 bills

Authorities believe the duo may have circulated funny money in multiple jurisdictions, officials said.

The tail of the Sonex airplane that crashed into a Methuen condo could be seen protruding from the building’s roof after the accident.

Pilot who crashed into Methuen condo was testing plane after chronic problem with fuel leak

The NTSB released its factual findings into the 2017 crash of Alan Lavendar’s Sonex aircraft that he purchased as a kit in 2015 and built himself by May 2016.

27 of 28 firefighters in Maine town quit over safety issues

Nearly all of a Maine town’s firefighters have quit following a heated meeting with local officials.

Mass. still short on transportation funding, report says

The state’s highways, roads, and bridges — along with the MBTA — are facing a big funding gap over the next decade, according to a report from a business group.

Shelburne man dies in Vermont snowmobile crash

Police say other riders and first responders tried to resuscitate him, but were unsuccessful.

Child-care issues have gained national traction in recent weeks as at least three candidates for president have raised concerns.

Day care is hard to find and expensive. Boston is looking to help

With hundreds of child-care businesses closing and the number of youngsters needing care rising, the city recognizes that affordable, quality care is a holy grail for many parents.

Boston, MA - 02/14/19 - Fire forced evacuation of an elderly housing building in Brighton at 20 Washington Street. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: () Topic: (15brightonfire)

Boston firefighters get easier access to cancer screenings

The Boston Fire Department Relief Fund has launched a new initiative to subsidize 50 percent of the costs of cancer screening and cardiovascular tests that are not covered by insurance.

Fire department relief fund to help pay for cancer screenings for Boston firefighters

Two out of three Boston firefighters will be diagnosed with cancer according to the Boston Fire Department Relief Fund.

Jeremy Felix P. Ullmann.

Boston Children’s Hospital researcher killed in climbing accident on Mount Washington

The obituary for Jeremy Ullmann, a married 37-year-old father, said the accident occurred Feb. 10.

Two children killed in three-car crash in Ludlow

The crash killed Jadyn Lamas, 9, and his sister Natalya Lamas, 7, both of Ludlow.

Map: Snow totals in the Northeast

How much snow fell during Wednesday night’s storm?

Mass. Pike lanes reopened after fatal crash in Blandford

One person died and several others were injured after a tandem tractor trailer lost control and crashed into other vehicles on the Mass Pike in Blandford early Thursday morning.

BOSTON, MA - February 20, 2019: - A man pushes a carriage through Boston Common in Boston, MA on February 20, 2019. A blanket of snow just covered Boston on Presidents’ Day — but already another storm is headed for the region. The exact timing of the snow is not certain yet, the National Weather Service said Tuesday, but forecasters predicted snow will begin falling between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday — favoring the latter half of that range — in the western and central parts of Massachusetts, which could make for a messy evening commute. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Metro reporter:

Freezing rain makes for sloppy morning commute

Snow fall totals remained low thanks to a transition to sleet and rain overnight.