UMass Boston was warned of financial crisis years earlier

The campus this year finds itself in a situation much like it was warned about, with a deficit estimated at up to $30 million by July.

Triple-murderer Daniel LaPlante listened to his lawyer, Ryan Schiff, in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn Wednesday.

‘Is he rehabilitated? In my opinion, absolutely not,’ psychiatrist says of triple murderer

Daniel LaPlante, convicted of killing a pregnant woman and her two children in 1987, wants a judge to reduce his sentence.

23mural - A mock-up shows the preliminary design by artist Genaro Ortega of his mural planned for a South End park. (Genaro Ortega)

A mural reflects the face of the South End

The Art Wall was designated a legal graffiti spot in 1986 in order to cut back on vandalism.

FILE - In this March 20, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump listens as Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is at right. North Korea has a criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump he probably wasn’t expecting: he’s too much like Barack Obama. In its first comments since Tillerson’s swing through Asia, the North is making much of the former oil executive’s surprisingly blunt assessment that Obama’s strategy needs to be replaced and U.S. efforts to get North Korea to denuclearize over the past 20 years have been a failure. But, it says, Trump is adopting the same stance nevertheless. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Election official calls on Trump to provide evidence of N.H. voter fraud

Democrat Ellen Weintraub sent the president a strongly worded letter on Wednesday.

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Today is Thursday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2017. There are 283 days left in the year.

State trooper dies while exercising off-duty in Framingham

At least 20 police cruisers escorted the trooper’s body from the hospital to the medical examiner Wednesday evening.

19-pound turkey dies after crashing through windshield

The 19-pound turkey tried to fly across the road in search of food, officials said.

‘I never expected Mr. Hernandez to shoot’ witness says in double murder trial

Alexander Bradley engaged in tense exchanges with Aaron Hernandez defense attorney Jose Baez, referring to him as “Mr. Baez” in a sneering tone as he answered his questions.

Boston intelligence agencies on lookout after London attack

“There have been no specific threats to indicate a similar threat here in the city,” said Boston police.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., left, speaks with Martin McGuinness, Sinn Fein's chief negotiater, at a bookstore in Boston's Downtown Crossing Friday, March 12, 2004. McGuiness was in Massachusetts to speak at Harvard's JFK School of Government. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Library Tag 03142004 National/Foreign

When Martin McGuinness came to Boston

In Boston, McGuinness and his cause found support — including financial backing — from blue-collar Irish-Americans and the well-heeled establishment.

Lexicon: Zero-energy building

UMass Amherst cut the ribbon Wednesday on Crotty Hall, the campus’s first building meant to produce enough renewable energy to meet its own annual energy consumption.

Firefighters sprayed water on the massive seven-alarm fire that destroyed an abandoned warehouse on Park Street in Rockland Wednesday.

Abandoned Rockland factory destroyed by seven-alarm blaze

No injuries were reported and Rockland firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to neighboring homes.

 (032217 Boston, MA) Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez at listens as his attorney Jose Baez cross-examines witness Alexander Bradley at Hernandez's double murder trial at Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Hernandez is standing trial for the July 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado who he encountered in a Boston nightclub. The former NFL player is already serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. (Nancy Lane/POOL)

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Lives taken, lives unseen

Because Aaron Hernandez was rich and famous, we can’t get enough of this case.

CHELSEA, MA - MARCH 07: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker attends the opening of FBI Boston Headquarters on March 7, 2017 in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Director Comey was in to mark the opening of new offices for the Boston FBI division. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

State changes gears on Middleborough commuter rail plan

The Mass. Department of Transportation has advanced plans to extend the Middleborough commuter rail line to New Bedford, Fall River, and Taunton by 2024.

Veteran Boston firefighter charged with child rape on Cape

Edward Kulik Jr., 56, of Centerville, was arraigned Wednesday in Barnstable District Court

Boston Ma 03/22/2017 Sylvaine Lestrade (cq) a teacher at the William Monroe Trotter Innovation School, marched with other members of the Boston Teacher Union at a rally near the Boston Public School Headquarters.The teachers are working without a contract. Jonathan Wiggs /GlobeStaff) Reporter:Topic

In noisy rally, hundreds of Boston teachers demand new contract

The protest unfolded just before the School Committee was scheduled to vote on a proposed $1.062 billion budget for the next school year.

Blotter tales

Two men were arrested in Bernardston Tuesday night for allegedly having more than 600 bags of heroin in their car, State Police said.

Barry Cadden left the court house in Boston.

Victims disappointed pharmacy owner wasn’t convicted of murder

To family members whose relatives died from tainted drugs, the jury’s verdict Wednesday was small comfort.

Man accused of murder came to NYC to target black people

A 28-year-old white man from Baltimore accused of stabbing a 66-year-old black man to death traveled by bus to New York City.

Political Happy Hour: March 22, 2017

Political Happy Hour: LIVE with Congresswoman Katherine Clark | No more pot delay, Rosenberg insists | Ex-veep meets puppy. Silly photo ensues.

Hazardous material found in Hanover home

A man with a pail of unidentified hazardous chemicals broke into a home in Hanover Tuesday afternoon.

02/23/2017 BOSTON, MA Mason Dunn (cq) of the Mass Transgender Political Coalition, spoke during a rally to support trans students held at Post Office Square in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

LGBT community top target for hate acts in Boston

Hateful acts against members of the LGBT community constituted about one-third of the city’s 275 reported hate crimes in 2016.

BOSTON, MA - 3/22/2017: Funeral for for Boston College's 24th and longest-serving president Rev. J. Donald Monan, SJ,. (1972-1996) The Mass will be celebrated at St. Ignatius Church (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 23monan

A servant of humility — and of strength — Rev. Donald Monan

Under Monan’s presidency, BC evolved from a regional commuter school on the brink of insolvency into a highly regarded Catholic university.

Wall collapses in South Boston home

Police officers heard a woman inside 62 O St. shouting for help when they arrived on scene at 1:45 a.m.

More than 600 bags of heroin were seized in a Tuesday night arrest.

Two arrested with more than 600 bags of heroin in their car

Police believe the men intended to sell the heroin. They were stopped in Bernardston.

Tyreek Fagan was found outside the mall shirtless, shoeless, sockless, and diamond-less.

Thief, and $50,000 diamond, at large

Police are still looking for the gem, stolen from the Silver City Galleria Mall in Taunton, and the alleged thief.

FILE In this May 16, 2016,file photo Radek Sikorski, a former Polish foreign ministers, speaks to The Associated Press in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday May 16, 2016. Sikorski was among several former Polish leaders whose conversations were illegally recorded in Warsaw restaurant in 2003 and 2004, prompting a scandal that cost him and others their jobs. In Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 a Polish court sentenced a Polish businessman to 2 1/2 years of prison for planning the wiretapping. Two waiters also got lesser sentences in the case and one waiter was fined. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Harvard academic witnessed part of London attacks

A senior fellow at the Harvard Centre for European Studies who was in London Wednesday says he heard “something like a car hitting metal sheet.”

Boston, MA - 3/22/2017 - Barry Cadden leaves the Moakley United States Court in Boston, MA, March 22, 2017. The former co-owner of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy was convicted Wednesday of racketeering and other charges in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed more than 60 people and sickened hundreds more nationwide. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

NECC co-owner convicted in meningitis outbreak

A jury found Barry Cadden guilty of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy, but refused to hold him directly responsible for the deaths.

Watertown, MA- March 22, 2017: Helmet Bearer LT John Baccari in the procession leading to the funeral for Watertown firefighter Joseph Toscano at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Watertown, MA on March 22, 2017. Toscano, a 20-year veteran of the Watertown Fire Department, collapsed Friday morning while he was battling a two-alarm blaze on Merrifield Avenue. He leaves behind his wife Maureen, of 25-years, and their five children, Alyssa, Patrick, Mary Cate, William and Michael. (Globe staff photo / ) section: metro reporter:

‘I always feared this day would come,’ tearful daughter tells mourners at dad’s funeral Mass

Joseph Toscano died while inside a burning home on Merrifield Avenue last Friday.

Worker dies in Salem after being electrocuted by live wires

Authorities in Salem say a contractor painting windows at a fire station has died after he was electrocuted by live wires.

Maine GOP Representative says health overhaul must protect rural, elderly

Maine Representative Bruce Poliquin says he’s making the case for any replacement of the Affordable Care Act to include protection for rural families and the elderly.

President Donald Trump pauses during his speech during a rally at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Monday, March 20, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Fast Forward: WSJ slams Trump, and I’d like to propose a toast — to Sondheim

Wall Street Journal v. Trump, fishermen v. fishermen, confirmation hearings continue, and more of the news you need to know.

‘Armed and dangerous’ suspect sought by Waltham police

Ping Hong is facing attempted murder charges for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend’s mother Tuesday in Waltham, police said.

Lynn, MA: 02-14-2017: Lynn school superintendent Catherine Latham (left) and Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy at the Pickering Middle School in Lynn, Mass. Feb. 14, 2017. A new school is being built to replace the Pickering. Photo/John Blanding, Boston Globe staff story/Linda Greenstein, NOWK ( 26noschools )

Lynn voters say no to two new schools

A $188.5 million Proposition 2½ debt exclusion would have replaced the Pickering Middle School and built a new middle school in West Lynn.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, March 22, the 81st day of 2017. There are 284 days left in the year.

Boston, MA--3/21/2017 - Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (cq) speaks to defense attorney Michelle Medina (cq) during a sidebar. His double murder trial continues in Suffolk Superior Court. He is accused of killing Daniel de Abreu (cq) and Safiro Furtado (cq) in Boston's South End, on July 16, 2012. POOL Photo by Topic: 22hernandez Reporter: XXX

Hernandez lawyer hits at credibility of star prosecution witness

Alexander Bradley said he would have kept silent about a double murder if only Aaron Hernandez had not shot him once between the eyes.

Salem painter electrocuted after getting entangled with live wires

The man, 59, was using a lift bucket to paint windows on a Salem firehouse when he became entangled with the wires, police said.

Natick police looking for man who allegedly stabbed another man behind Michael’s store

The search was continuing near the Sherwood Plaza Shopping Center and Michael’s off Route 9, police said.

Worcester man on state’s most wanted list arraigned in connection with shooting

Victor Kelley, 29, was involved in a 2014 shooting outside a Worcester bar in 2014, according to State Police.

A rendering of Crotty Hall.

UMass Amherst set to open $10 million economics building

Crotty Hall, built for energy efficiency, is financed by an anonymous donor.

Boston, Mass. -12/15/11-Diesel pollution. A front a Caterpillar shovel works atthe rear of the Codman Square Health and Education Center owned by J. Derenzo Company who is doing work there on a foundation. Boston Globe staff photo by (metro) Library Tag 12192011 National/Foreign

Construction firm, owner pay $150,000 for campaign finance violations

It was the second largest civil forfeiture ever leveled by Massachusetts campaign finance regulators.

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The formerly incarcerated still struggle to find work

“Giving people their freedom back is one thing, but having people prepared is quite another.”

Walsh, Jackson clash on work of police to address shootings

The launch of peace talks turned political Tuesday, as Mayor Martin Walsh took aim at his mayoral rival, Councilor Tito Jackson.

Time machine

March 22, 1935: The Globe warns that a dust storm that has ravaged the Midwest is on its way to New England, and suggests that residents keep their windows locked.

Longtime members are hopping mad over gym’s move to get rid of racquetball

A plan to eliminate the Boston Athletic Center’s courts has some members bouncing off the walls.

Boston, MA - 1/29/2017 - A woman holds a sign pointing out that Melania Trump is an immigrant during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's executive orders restricting immigrants from seven Muslim countries at Copley Square in Boston, MA, January 29, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Could Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric hurt the Census?

“We are dealing with a potential shortchanging that could badly damage the state for a decade to come,” said Mass. Secretary of State William F. Galvin.

Protesters demonstrated against President Trump’s immigration order in January.

Boston named in report as city that ‘limits cooperation’ with ICE

Immigration officials issued a report Tuesday that sought to put sanctuary cities in the spotlight — and Boston made the list.

Firefighters stood at attention at Tuesday's wake for Watertown Firefighter Joseph Toscano at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Randolph.

More than 1,000 pay respects to fallen Watertown firefighter

About 700 firefighters and hundreds of mourners gathered for the wake honoring Joseph Toscano, who died while battling a fire last week.

Marshfield police officer injured in crash

The officer was injured in a motorcycle crash on a Route 3 on-ramp, State Police said.


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