Medical marijuana sales growing north of Boston

With two dispensaries in business, a third to open in Georgetown, and nine others awaiting state approval, the industry is poised to blossom in the region.

Marco Belluardo-Crosby leads his Dance Jam class on Sunday morning, March 19, 2017, at the Lynch van Otterloo YMCA, located in Marblehead. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

Get into groove, you’ve got to move

Four professionals by day spend their nights and weekends teaching others how to break free through dance in Marblehead.

Then-governor Deval Patrick spoke with his secretary of administration, Jay Gonzalez (left), and Timothy Murray.

Campaign season splinters former Patrick team

The sheer human sprawl of Deval Patrick’s two statewide campaigns and eight years in office made some fracturing inevitable.

Boston, MA - 4/25/2017 - Performers Taya Hopkins(L), John Turner(2nd L), Carrie Mays, and Carlos Barbosa(R) run through a performance during a rehearsal for Teen Empowerment's 25th Annual Youth Peace Conference in Boston, MA, April 25, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Urban nonprofit celebrates 25 years of giving youths a voice

The Center for Teen Empowerment will produce a play about the effects of racism in Boston, that runs Saturday at the Paramount Theatre.

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Lockdown ends at Souza-Baranowski prison

The lockdown ended Friday at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, where Aaron J. Hernandez apparently committed suicide, but the state Department of Correction would not disclose the results of its week-long search for contraband.

Can a congressman use campaign funds to give you free T rides?

Most likely. So go ahead and ride the Fairmount Line for free from May 8 to 21.

Arlington first grader, father find $2,000 on ground, return it to restaurant

The bag belonged to the Medford location of Tenoch Mexican Food Corp., a family-owned restaurant that also has locations in Boston and Somerville.

‘It’s getting worse,’ Mattapan woman says after man shot to death

The victim was 30 years old and was shot on Cedar Street around 10 p.m. Thursday.

Boylston Place Alley reopened after gas leak forces evacuation

Multiple buildings, including some Emerson College facilities, were briefly evacuated Friday after construction workers hit a gas line.

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Pope Francis waves to the press as he is welcomed by Alitalia's personnel prior his flight to Egypt, on April 28, 2017 at Rome's Fiumicino airport. Pope Francis heads for a two-day visit in Egypt for talks with the grand imam of the capital's famed Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, but also to show solidarity with Coptic Christians targeted by violence in Egypt. / AFP PHOTO / Tiziana FABITIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images

Fast Forward: Trump realizes he has a hard job, Pope Francis visits Egypt, and eat blueberry pie today

Health care vote delayed, Trump to sign orders allowing offshore drilling, what’s going to happen with North Korea, and more.

30zoblotter - Workers carefully removed the stolen Mini Cooper from the Merrimack River in Tyngsborough on Thursday. (Tyngsborough Police Department)

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When a Mini hits the water, it will sink

The UMass Lowell crew team makes an unusual discovery in the Merrimack River, turkeys cause trouble on local roads, and other odd tales.

FILE - This April 13, 2014, file photo shows the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters building in Washington. President Donald Trump’s plan to provide massive tax breaks to corporations faces big challenges as Washington struggles with mounting debt and the populist president tries to make good on promises to bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

500 people in R.I. get duplicate tax refund checks

A state official says human error is to blame.

Boston, MA - 04/25/17 - Aviana Vergnetti (cq) crosses Commonwealth Avenue in Allston in heavy rain during a spring nor'easter. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: () Topic: ()

Isolated thunderstorms possible, but afternoon will be sunny

The work week will end with a mish-mash of weather that could bring isolated thunderstorms in the morning followed by sunny skies.

Massachusetts llama on the lam

State Police are praising the cowboy skills of a trooper after he lassoed a llama loose on a state highway and led it to safety.

Wellesley High track coach arrested on child porn charge

Walter Johnson, 69, 0f Framingham, was arrested at his home Thursday morning by federal agents.

This day in history

Today is Friday, April 28, the 118th day of 2017. There are 247 days left in the year.


April 28, 2017

MIT graduate dies on campus in ‘apparent accident’

Nicholas Paggi, who graduated in 2015, died on Tuesday, the school newspaper reported. There was no other information about his death.

After firing administrator over rape allegation, Lawrence Catholic school places two on leave

A Catholic high school in Lawrence, reeling from allegations that a fired administrator drugged and raped a student in 2006, disclosed Thursday that two more staffers were placed on leave.

Body of missing Randolph teen pulled from reservoir

Christopher Defreitas, 16, was a well-liked soccer player, police said.

State trooper injured when alleged drunk driver hits cruiser in Methuen

A state trooper was hospitalized with minor injuries Thursday night after an alleged drunk driver struck his cruiser in Methuen.


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

Construction at UMass Boston.

This UMass Boston program faces uncertain future

The nursing school, one of the campus’s most successful programs, is looking for a new home.

Caitlin MacLeod-Bluver, shown with students. has won a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship to travel to Arctic Svalbard.

Boston International High School teacher set for Arctic

Come June, Caitlin MacLeod-Bluver is set to travel aboard the National Geographic Explorer to Arctic Svalbard on an expedition to the “Land of the Ice Bears.”

State plans to shut child psychiatric unit at Westwood Lodge

A surprise inspection Tuesday found “a number of significant issues’’ and the unit was closed to new admissions, the state Department of Mental Health said.

Matthew A. Cummings was fired in 2012 over allegations that he used vulgar and sexist language with female employees.

Court upholds back pay for fired Newton police chief accused of sexism

The court did not specify how much back pay Matthew A. Cummings is owed, but his lawyer said “the potential for his recovery is substantial.”

N.H. House has its own special cast of characters

For leaders of the enormous New Hampshire House — a 400-member body where legislators earn just $100 a year — dealing with controversial characters generally comes with the job.

General Dunford returns to Quincy to honor Vietnam vets

Marine General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at an event for the 30th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Clock Tower at Marina Bay.

Choate Rosemary Hall, an elite boarding school in Wallingford, Conn.

No charges over sexual misconduct claims at Conn. boarding school

Police say former staff members accused of sexual misconduct at Choate Rosemary Hall boarding school can’t be charged.

Martin Santiago cut his ankle bracelet and fled Thursday morning.

Man accused of food stamp fraud, money laundering flees on day of trial

Martin Santiago cut off his ankle bracelet and fled about 6 a.m. Thursday morning.

Kaboom! MIT students drop confetti-filled piano off building

After a one-year hiatus, MIT students gathered once again Thursday to watch a piano fall from the sixth story of a dormitory.

Political Happy Hour: April 27, 2017

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Billy I. Morris, 18, was arrested after a failed robbery left a woman in the hospital.

Teens arrested for Taunton robbery that left clerk wounded

The woman was shot with a shotgun and is in serious but stable condition, Taunton police said.

Boston, MA- April 12, 2017: Boston, MA- April 12, 2017: A woodpecker lands on a tree in the Emerald Necklace Conservancy in Boston, MA on April 12, 2017. (Globe staff photo / Craig F. Walker) section: metro reporter:

That’s no jackhammer — woodpecker season is upon us

They’re loud, and they want everyone to know it. Woodpeckers are out in full-force to attract mates

J. Keith Motley will step down as UMass Boston’s chancellor at the end of the academic year .

Motley to step down as UMass Boston chancellor

J. Keith Motley will step down at the end of the academic year amid a cloud of unrest on the campus over its financial problems.

Members of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s stranding team worked on a male juvenile humpback whale that had washed ashore in February.

Scientists to study surge in humpback whale deaths

NOAA has declared the recent uptick in humpback whale deaths an “unusual mortality event.”

Boston Mayor Martin  J.  Walsh.

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‘Ten people on Twitter’ flap is back

Mayor Martin Walsh disparaged opponents of the city’s Olympics bid as “10 people on Twitter” back in 2015. The controversy has returned.

An attendee held two books in her lap to be signed by Ohio Governor John Kasich.

John Kasich wants to sell you a book. Really. (Romney said the same thing)

“People ask why I am back,” Kasich said. “I am back to sell books.”

A portion of the UMass Boston campus underground garage.

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An upside to UMass Boston parking crunch

The campus received the state’s highest award for eco-friendly commuting. Students and faculty have little choice.

Partners HealthCare‘s corporate offices in Somerville's Assembly Row.

Partners, Brigham and Women’s to pay $10m in research fraud case

The settlement resolves allegations that a stem cell research lab fraudulently obtained federal grant funding.

Frederick Weichel was released on bail Thursday.

Frederick Weichel freed on bail after serving more than three decades for 1980 murder

A South Boston man who served more than 30 years in prison for a 1980 murder was freed on $5,000 bail Thursday.

Boston police charge St. Louis man in connection to 1988 double murder

Boston police have arrested a Missouri man in connection with a 1988 double murder in Roxbury.

Jury selection begins in the double murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, as jury selection begins in his double murder trial.(Pat Greenhouse/Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Aaron Hernandez’s family demands end to leaks

The request came from a lawyer working on behalf of the convicted murderer’s family as questions surrounding his estate were raised.

Fans walked down Lansdowne Street before the opening day game earlier this month.

As a precaution, police to shut Lansdowne Street on Red Sox game days

The move comes after attacks around the world in which terrorists drove cars or trucks into large groups of people.

FILE - In this March 17, 2017, file photo, the Capitol is seen at dawn in Washington. President Donald Trump’s plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code leaves much of the heavy lifting to Congress, while ignoring years of hard work by the guy who will have to do a lot of that lifting: House Speaker Paul Ryan. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Fast Forward: Health care vote count, that busy 14th Amendment, more

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Four stabbed in East Boston

Boston’s Emergency Medical Services crews rushed three men to area hospitals with serious stab wounds.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, April 27, the 117th day of 2017. There are 248 days left in the year.


April 27, 2017

New allegations surface about fired Lawrence Catholic high school administrator

A 2008 graduate of Central Catholic came forward last week with the allegation against Andrew Nikonchuk, the school president said.

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WCVB back on DISH Network

Got the DISH Network? Then you’ve got Channel 5 back in your life.


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