Father killed while trying unsuccessfully to save two of his kids from burning Springfield home, family says

A man ran back into the building when he realized his two small children — a son and daughter — were still inside, a family member said.

NOTE-DO NOT LIGHT PHOTOS!! DO NOT LIGHTEN PHOTOS_DO NOT LIGHTE PHOTOS_ SHADOWS ARE TO PROTECT THE IDENTITY OF THE SUBJECT - Northampton , MA - 3/12/2018 - An undocumented immigrant from El Salvador who is facing deportation and wishes to remain unidentified poses for a portrait during a meeting with attorneys at the ACLU's Immigrant Protection Project in Northampton , MA, Mar. 12, 2018. He and his partner are using the organization to help them fill out childcare affidavits to give emergency custody to a caretaker in the event they are separated from them. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Parents, fearful of deportation, make plans for their children

A coalition of lawyers and advocates have created a guide and legal documents to help immigrant families if mom or dad is detained or deported.

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State revenue chief hired friends, associates

Michael Heffernan has filled the revenue agency with Wellesley residents, business associates, and fellow golfers.

Shortened route did not dim enthusiasm at the St. Patrick’s Day parade

The proud parade marched down a route that had been shortened due to last week’s nor’easter, which had dumped 14.5 inches of snow on the city Tuesday.

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Today is Monday, March 19, the 78th day of 2018. There are 287 days left in the year.

Everett man arrested in Boston, charged with rape

An Everett man who said he was a rideshare driver was arrested in Boston early Sunday and charged with rape, according to Boston police.

A rogue coastal storm could bring more snow to Boston

A coastal storm could bring snow to Greater Boston Wednesday afternoon into Thursday.

Here’s what we know about the potential snowstorm coming this week

Massachusetts has seen three nor’easters so far this month — and it might see a fourth fairly soon. Here’s a look at what forecasters are predicting.

Nearly 1,000 people watch young seal found on Hampton Beach return to the wild

A young harp seal named Merrimack — Mack for short — was returned to the ocean after a month of treatment.

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As Beacon Street landmark changes hands, nonprofits fear losing access to power

The Congregational Library is not simply an edifice, but a community — a place to compare notes, pool resources, and, often, collaborate.

Dorchester- 07/12/14-The Redefining Our Neighborhood Organization held a special ceremony to dedicate a parcel of land on Hopkins Street as the Steven Odom Tranquility Garden. His father, Ronald looks on during a song. Odom was shot to death a street away near his home. He was only 13 when he died in 2007 while returning home from playing basketball. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(metro)

City begins planning Steven P. Odom Serenity Garden

The city is planning to build a serenity garden on land named for Steven P. Odom, the 13-year-old Dorchester boy who was shot and killed in a case of mistaken identity in 2007.

Salem kicks off documentary film festival

The Oscar season may be over, but there are plenty of movies for film buffs to see north of Boston.

Steamship Authority investigating power failure on Saturday night ferry

In a statement, the Steamship Authority said the power went out to the main engines of the M/V Martha’s Vineyard 15 minutes into a 45-minute trip from Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, left, greets people in the crowd while marching in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade, Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Boston. The city's 117th St. Patrick's Day Parade followed a shortened snow route used three of the past four years due to the buildup of snow from three recent nor'easters. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Governor Baker threw back a tequila shot on St. Patrick’s Day — and teasing ensued

A video posted on Twitter Saturday shows Governor Charlie Baker drinking a shot of tequila in South Boston. Yes, tequila — not Irish whiskey — on St. Patrick’s Day.

State trooper accused of being drunk at work placed on leave

Authorities say the Mass. Police trooper was allegedly intoxicated when he arrived at the Devens barracks, and slurred his speech on the police radio.

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South Boston, MA -- 3/18/2018 - (L-R) Senator Elizabeth Warren sings with Boston City Councilor Michael Flaherty and Congressman Stephen F. Lynch as Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Mayor Marty Walsh clap along during the Annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast at the Ironworkers Local 7 Union Hall. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 19stpatsbreakfast Reporter:

A kinder, gentler — sort of — South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

It was held in a smaller space, and it had fewer bells and whistles, but South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast went on Sunday morning as it has for years.

The Greater Boston Firefighters Pipes and Drums band marched in last year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

What you need to know if you go to the St. Patrick’s Day parade

For the third time in four years, the city has shortened the route.

Ferry loses power off Martha’s Vineyard

Passengers were taken off the MV Martha’s Vineyard after it broke down during a trip to Woods Hole.

Lincoln man arrested on drug charge at post office

The 26-year-old man had the drugs shipped to a local post office box from Europe, police said.

The MBTA advises parade-goers to take the Red Line to South Station, where shuttle buses will run to the parade route from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What’s the best way to get to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston?

Take public transportation or ride a bike, Boston police suggest.

‘Distraught’ North Attleborough man surrenders to police after hourslong standoff

The man, who is in his 70s, surrendered around 6:40 p.m. and was taken to a hospital for evaluation, State Police said.


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Dick Friedman eyed the crane at work on One Dalton, the 742-foot tower he has developed in the Back Bay.

This colorful Boston developer is enjoying his last [bleeping] hurrah

Dick Friedman‘s new tower at 1 Dalton St. is changing the city’s skyline.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

AG Healey announces investigation into data firm used by Trump campaign

The attorney general launched a state probe into reports that a data firm employed by the Trump campaign improperly harvested information.

Nicla Marabito, 10, left, of Eliot K-8, and Mira Yu, 12, of Boston Latin School waited for the final rounds to begin during the Boston Centers for Youth & Families Spelling Bee.

International buffet or spelling contest? Latin middle schooler wins Boston bee

Sashimi. Chocolate. Chipotle. Pistachio. Those are some of the words Mira Yu spelled to earn a trip to Washington, D.C.

Dailene Barros used glasses she borrowed from Joceline Alexandra Oliveira (left) in an eighth-grade science class at North Middle School in Brockton.

Struggling Brockton schools may sue the state

Brockton was able to spend just $1.28 per student on classroom supplies during the 2016-17 school year.

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The State House culture still needs to change

At the very moment significant reform on harassment and sexual misconduct on Beacon Hill was approved, an appalling scene was a reminder that more remains to be done.

Man arrested for breaking into elderly woman’s home in Ashby

Andrew D. Grace, 30, was arrested in a home next door, where police followed footprints in the snow to find him, police said.

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Tyvon likes to make others laugh

Tyvon is ready to find his forever family. Tyvon does well in family settings and could be placed with either a two-parent or single parent family.

Yo-Yo Ma is a prolific performer who has recorded more than 100 albums and has worked to promote collaboration among artists from different cultures.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to speak at MIT

The world-famous cellist will visit campus Monday to give a lecture.

Coyote spotted relaxing on MIT lawn

MIT had an unexpected visitor on campus Friday.

Black immigrants honored by Boston City Council

Boston city councilors recently honored four black immigrants who have made significant contributions to their communities and neighborhoods.

Robert Tyrell Barrett-Scott of Mattapan was arrested for possession of this Ruger LCP .380 Auto firearm and ammunition.

Teenager arrested in Mattapan for illegal gun

Robert Tyrell Barrett-Scott, 19, of Mattapan was arrested Friday for carrying a loaded gun.

Watertown Deputy Fire Chief Tom McManus gave flowers to Maureen Toscano at the dedication of a plaque to her late husband, firefighter Joseph A. Toscano, at the corner of Merrifield and Bigelow avenues.

Watertown dedicates square to fallen firefighter

The family of fallen firefighter Joseph Toscano helped Watertown officials dedicate a plaque honoring him.

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This day in history

Today is Sunday, March 18, the 77th day of 2018. There are 288 days left in the year.

Danielle Van Vooren of East Boston hurried down Boylston Street on New Year’s Eve in 2017.

St. Patrick’s Day weekend is ushering in cold for week ahead

This weekend will be mostly dry with temperatures in the 30s before another storm potentially sweeps through Boston in the upcoming week.

Jason Triplett, dressed in an Elsa costume, pushed a Boston police wagon that was stuck in the snow Tuesday night.

Ice, ice, baby: Figure skating star Adam Rippon shouts out Boston’s drag Queen Elsa

The queen of ice got smiles and salutations from a star skater.

Brazilian man sentenced to prison for illegal reentry after deportation

Josilei DeCastro, 37, was also given one year of supervised release and will face deportation, officials said.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, March 17, the 76th day of 2018. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick’s Day.

Tips from neighbors lead to drug arrest in Rowley

John M. Cook, 20, was arrested Thursday on drug distribution charges, Rowley police said.

Angela Ruggiero congratulated the United States women’s hockey team after their gold medal victory over Canada at the Winter Olympics last month.

Sports psychologist says former Mass. Olympian defamed him

Steven Ungerleider says women’s hockey star Angela Ruggiero tried to silence him and discredit his attempts to address a sexual abuse crisis in US Olympic sports.

FBI’s McCabe is fired a little more than 24 hours before he could retire

Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday night fired the former FBI deputy director, based on those findings and the recommendation of the department’s senior career official, he said.

Brockton amps up security at middle schools after student jumped by classmates

Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter ordered police to be present outside of all six of the city’s middle schools upon dismissal.

Housekeeper stabbed with scissors at Portsmouth, NH hotel

A New York woman who was staying at the hotel allegedly stabbed the housekeeper Friday morning, police said.

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Pot shops face bans in most of Mass.

A review of local restrictions heightens concerns that the early adult-use pot market will be smaller than many consumers expected.

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Opponents say Block Island wind farms are causing problems across prime fishing grounds

The nation’s first ocean-based wind farm has exposed what fishermen say are serious threats caused by scattering metal shafts and snaking underwater cables.