Mural festival seeks to make Lynn a destination for public art

The theme for the second annual Beyond Walls mural festival, which continues through Saturday, is love.

Authorities closed Long Nook Beach after a shark attack Wednesday.

Cape Cod shark attack victim in serious condition

Long Nook Beach in Truro remains closed Thursday, one day after a 61-year-old man was bitten by a shark while he was swimming less than 100 feet from shore.

Clinton Nguyen (left) and Baja Beaman went over a draft during a Teens In Print class at Emerson College.


Trump’s attacks on journalism inspire a new generation to write on

The president depicts the media as the enemy of the people. But journalists are the people. And these students are determined to use their words as their swords.

State biologist Greg Skomal.

‘We need more details’ about Cape shark attack before determining species, shark expert says

Greg Skomal, a senior biologist with the state Division of Marine Fisheries, would like to meet with the victim to get more information about Wednesday’s attack.

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Massie, Gonzalez try to create daylight between themselves during gubernatorial debate

The two self-styled progressive Democrats who are running for governor tried to create some daylight between themselves during a Thursday debate.

Mattapan man charged in Southwest Corridor Park shooting

Lushaun Gay, 27, pleaded not guilty to charges including assault with intent to murder. He was ordered held on $75,000 bail, officials said.

Springfield man indicted on murder charges after bodies of 3 women found at his home

The 52-count indictment was announced by Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni and covers crimes allegedly committed by Stewart Weldon against 11 people over a year’s time.

After Pa. report, O’Malley says church’s crisis is product of ‘clerical failures’

The church, he said Thursday, has “yet to establish clear and transparent systems of accountability and consequence for Church leadership whose failures have allowed these crimes to occur.”

This traffic ticket scammer picked on the wrong guy in Littleton

“I think if one of my guys would give me a ticket, they would call me,” Police Chief Matthew Pinard said in a telephone interview.

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The sightings and the Race Point Beach closure came a day after a man was bitten by a shark at Long Nook Beach in Truro.

Shark sighting forces beach closure at Race Point in Provincetown

A shark was spotted in the waters off Race Point Beach Thursday around 3:45 p.m., according to the Cape Cod National Seashore.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2018. There are 136 days left in the year.


Aug. 17, 2018

Revere man arrested on gun, drug charges in Cambridge

Cambridge police arrested a Revere man early Thursday morning after at least five shots were fired in the area of Columbia Street and Main Street in Cambridge.

Swimmers at Long Nook Beach in Truro on Thursday, where William Lytton was bit by a shark Wednesday.

Beachgoers describe harrowing scene after Cape Cod shark attack

Shaken beachgoers described how a carefree day at a remote Cape Cod beach took a horrific turn when a shark attacked and seriously injured a 61-year-old man on Wednesday.

George T. Conway III, husband of White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway.

Kellyanne Conway’s anti-Trump husband is from Mass.

George Conway attended Marlborough High School and Harvard College but moved away after he graduated at the age of 20.

Red Line commuters waited at Davis Square to board a train.

‘Moderate’ delays on the Red Line

Signal problems had been resolved by about 9:15 a.m. and passengers were facing “moderate” delays after “severe” delays lasted for more than an hour.

A view of the marquee as Aretha Franklin is remembered at the Apollo Theater in New York City.

Bill Cosby pays tribute to Aretha Franklin

Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby was among the many celebrities who took to social media Thursday to mourn the death of legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin.

FOR SPOTLIGHT - A Massachusetts State Trooper holds a breathalyzer at a sobriety check point operated jointly with the Chicopee Police, on Memorial Avenue in Chicopee on Friday, April 29, 2011. (Matthew Cavanaugh for The Boston Globe)

Thousands convicted of OUI could seek new trials under tentative deal on breathalyzers

The agreement is subject to judicial approval, and it’s not clear how many drunken driving convictions could be tossed as a result of the deal.

Dorchester man charged with reckless driving and unlawful gun possession

A Dorchester man who recklessly operated a vehicle on three tires faces multiple charges after officers found a loaded handgun and bags of marijuana in his possession, police said.

Boston’s public bike-rental system will expand into Roslindale, Mattapan, and southern Dorchester over the next few weeks.

Blue Bikes coming to Mattapan, Roslindale, parts of Dorchester

The public bicycle system is adding 19 new stations, with another 60 coming over the next year or so.

A man holds a bag of synthetic marijuana.

What is synthetic marijuana?

Dozens of people overdosed on Wednesday at or near a Connecticut park from a suspected bad batch of synthetic marijuana. But what is it?

Not asking for any credit, the former governor picks up litter on the way to work.

A close encounter of the public service kind: Mike Dukakis, at 84, still walking the walk

The Duke is doing what he has done for decades: cleaning up after others, looking after his city, without anyone looking.

Bryon Hefner, the estranged husband of former Massachusetts Senate president Stan Rosenberg, appeared in court in April.

Judges says identity of Bryon Hefner accuser will remain private

Known as John Doe in court documents, the man alleged that Bryon Hefner, 31, sexually assaulted him at least three times in 2015 and 2016.

A chicken hitched a ride to Westford on a dump truck.

Westford police seek new home for hitchhiking chicken

Westford residents looking for a new feathery friend are in luck.

Actor and Newton native John Krasinski.

John Krasinski does push-ups for veterans

Hollywood star John Krasinski is stepping up for veterans.

Toy car bursts into flames in North Andover

A 3-year-old boy and his 16-month-old sister were safely removed by their mother who saw smoke, a North Andover fire official said.

Boston firefighters battle 3-alarm fire in Roxbury brownstone

There was “heavy fire” when firefighters arrived, and second and third alarms were called. No injuries were reported.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2018. There are 137 days left in the year.


Aug. 16, 2018

Man killed in Lowell while fleeing police

A Billerica man was fleeing a Billerica police officer who had attempted to pull him over for a registration violation, officials said.

Salem, N.H. woman’s death investigated

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, State Police, and local police are investigating the “untimely” death of a woman in Salem, N.H., officials said.

West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Dracut

Lake Mascuppic has been closed until further notice, the town’s health department said.

Rockland firetruck crashes in Weymouth

The truck was being taken in for repairs when the driver suffered a medical emergency.

5.2 million people crammed into Boston? In 1900, some of the best minds thought it was a possibility

A Globe reporter in 1900 asked the city’s top minds what the year 2000 would look like in the city. Some things they got right, others they got wrong.

Incumbent Michael Capuano and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley faced off in their final debate in the race for the democratic nomination for the Massachusetts 7th congressional district seat. On WGBH's Greater Boston with Jim Braude (left). Photo taken at the WGBH Studios on August 15, 2018. Photo: Meredith Nierman, WGBH News

In a heated debate, Pressley launches an offensive against Capuano

The contest between Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and incumbent Michael Capuano is seen as a test of voters’ willingness to embrace newcomers.

MS-13 gang member convicted in Maverick Station shooting

Rogelio Alvarado, 23, of Huntington, N.Y., was accused of shooting a man twice at close range after getting off a Blue Line train. A bullet also hit a bystander exiting the train, officials said.

Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman and former electric company executive, applauds with her supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

In Vermont, transgender nominee catapults to national attention

Christine Hallquist won the Democratic nomination for governor. She is the first openly transgender gubernatorial candidate from a major party in the nation.

Jury indicts man for 2012 Boston slaying of homeless man

A grand jury has indicted a man currently serving a 40-year prison sentence in Montana for a 2012 Boston slaying, according to the Suffolk district attorney’s office.

2018 HUBweek will include a conference on lasting change

The Change Maker Conference is a new addition to this year’s festival scheduled for Oct. 8-14 in Boston, officials aid.

For Travel - 23checkboston - Exterior view of the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf. (Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf)

A couple dances right into Boston Harbor

A man and a woman lost their balance dancing to “Footloose” and fell into Boston Harbor on Tuesday night.


Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

03vermont -- Brooke Paige at the VPR Studio. (Handout)

One Vermont man won six primary nominations, on the same day

Candidates from Minnesota to Connecticut basked in the glow of hard-fought primary wins Tuesday night. And then here was H. Brooks Paige of Vermont, who was sitting at home watching as he won not just one primary, but six.

The United States Mint Unveils the Design for the Lowell National Historical Park Quarter Lowell National Historical Park is proud to share the announcement from the United States Mint on the selection of a design for the 2019 Lowell National Historical Park quarter. The quarter will be the first to be minted in 2019 and the 46th overall in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The designs for all five of the 2019 quarters, including the Lowell quarter, were unveiled at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia, PA on August 14, 2018. The quarter honoring Lowell National Historical Park will be released at a launch event hosted by the United States Mint and the National Park Service in February 2019. The design selected depicts a female textile worker, one of Lowell’s “mill girls,” tending to a power loom in the weave room of one of Lowell’s cotton mills. Prominently featured is the large circular bobbin battery that kept the loom’s shuttle supplied with yarn. In the background, a view of the iconic Boott Cotton Mill clocktower and smokestack appears through the window. “Lowell” is inscribed across the top, with “Massachusetts,” “2019,” and “E Pluribus Unum” inscribed around the bottom. The design will appear on the reverse of the quarter, with the familiar bust of George Washington appearing on the obverse. (Image from Lowell National Historical Park website)

New quarter features Lowell’s industrious mill girl

The new quarter design includes several nods to the role of cotton mills and “mill girls” in the growth of Lowell as an industrial city.

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Senate candidate John Kingston visits the southern border — not far from his timeshare

US Senate candidate John Kingston touted a trip to the southern border in San Diego on Wednesday. The location was a convention one: He — and his family — stayed at nearby timeshare he owns.

Amanda Ferrara, an archive associate at Smith College, said she spoke with Fonda once by phone. “She talks about having many acts in her life.” Below, some of Fonda’s recent work with Lily Tomlin.

Jane Fonda donates papers to Smith College

Hollywood icon and activist Jane Fonda has donated more than 130 boxes of personal papers, films, photographs, correspondence, and other items to Smith College in Northampton.

08-15-2018: Victim of possible shark attack is loaded onto helicopter. (Waiting more complete caption info.) Photo: David Curran

Man attacked by shark off Cape Cod

A 61-year-old man suffered puncture wounds to his hip area Wednesday and beachgoers rushed to help him off the beach. He was flown by helicopter to a Boston hospital for treatment.

08/10/2018 Boston Ma - Leo Amadeo (cq) age 6 took part in the Adaptive Sports Camp at Franciscan Children's Hospital. The event gave children of all abilities a chance to participate. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Reporter:Topic:

Adapting sports to match the needs of all campers

Franciscan Children’s hospital started the programs as a holistic approach to build the strength and social skills of children receiving medical care.

College of St. Joseph in Vermont is put on probation because of financial woes

The College of St. Joseph, a small liberal arts school in Rutland, Vt., has been placed on probation by regional accreditors.

A police officer speaks to a man walking on New Haven Green.

46 people overdose on synthetic marijuana at Connecticut park

Police said they arrested a man believed to be connected to at least some of the overdoses on the New Haven Green.

More than 300 newspapers join Globe effort on freedom of the press editorials

Some of the most respected and widely circulated newspapers in the country are included on the list.