Boston area beaches maintain high ratings

A rainy summer in 2017 brought a slight drop in water quality, but the beaches are still among the cleanest urban strands in the nation.

Richard Jenkins will graduate as valedictorian of his class at Girard College in Philadelphia. He’ll attend Harvard on a full scholarship in the fall.

Once homeless, he’s now off to Harvard

Richard Jenkins, 18, of Philadelphia shuttled between homeless shelters from fourth to sixth grades. He’ll encounter a much different world inside Harvard Yard.

UMass president Marty Meehan gave an upbeat State of the University speech at the UMass Club in Boston on March 5.

At UMass, Marty Meehan finds himself mired in controversies

The faculty of the Boston campus took a vote of no-confidence in the president — and then torpedoed the search for a new chancellor.

A memorial was made at the scene of the East Bridgewater crash that killed four teenagers on May 19.

They were all going to be somebody. The story of a fatal tragedy in East Bridgewater

The teenagers drove down a gently curving two-lane road in East Bridgewater, headed to a favorite restaurant. They never arrived.

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Hyannis car crash leaves 88-year-old man with serious injuries

An 88-year-old man was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after he was struck by a car in Hyannis Saturday morning.

Swimmer reported missing in Kingston, N.H., pond

The search will resume Sunday morning, officials said.

New Hampshire man killed in crash

Matthew McGrath, 76, ran a red light, struck an SUV and then crashed into a convenience store, and later died at a hospital, Manchester police said.

Three injured, two seriously, in Weymouth crash

Two women in a Jeep were seriously injured, and a man in an SUV sustained minorinjuries in the crash on Middle Street, a fire official said.


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Body found off I-95 in Georgetown

A motorist on Jewett Street spotted the body lying against a tree, officials said.

Henry and Robert.

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Friendly brothers hope for a family to share

Henry, 10, and Robert, 11, are both very outgoing and make friends easily. They enjoy being active, whether they are playing outside or engaging in sports related activities

Springfield man arrested for allegedly robbing TD Bank branch

Ricardo Collazo, 43, was apprehended on a bus near State and Main treets shortly after noontime after a brief police chase, police said.

George H.W. Bush, back in Maine, attends a pancake breakfast

The former president, who returned to his summer compound last week, met with fellow veterans Saturday in Kennebunkport.

JROTC student Angel Clarke finished up the flowers on a Memorial Day wreath she was making in a classroom at the Community Academy of Science and Health.

Planting flags, hanging wreaths, and learning lessons

Around Boston, JROTC students are rushing to fill a unique and memorable role for Memorial Day.

A look at what’s open, what’s closed on Memorial Day

Retail and liquor stores are open, but banks and schools are closed.

A commuter rail line train.

Starts & Stops

How a 3-mile train ride turns into a 120-mile journey

The link between the commuter rail system’s north and south sides is out of commission through mid-June. The result: Train moves take a roundabout trip through Worcester.

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US turns a blind eye, and children suffer

Acknowledging the full humanity of undocumented immigrants requires so much of us. Sometimes it’s easier to see them as less than human.

Bird sightings

Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:

This day in history

Today is Sunday, May 27, the 147th day of 2018. There are 218 days left in the year.

Memorial Day weekend weather a mixed bag: Saturday’s heat to be followed by clouds and rain

Saturday’s temperatures hit 91 degrees, but cool temperatures and rain are likely Sunday and Monday.

Pedestrian killed in late night crash in Mattapan

On Saturday afternoon, investigators were seeking a taxi driver they said was a witness to the fatal hit-and-run crash that left a 40-year-old man dead.

Everett police officer involved in crash while responding to an overdose

A vehicle turning into a Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot struck the cruiser on Broadway at about 5:20 p.m. Friday, police said.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, May 26, the 146th day of 2018. There are 219 days left in the year.


May 26, 2018

16-year-old boy arrested on firearms charges in Dorchester

It was the fourth arrest of a teenager on firearms charges in less than 72 hours, Boston police said in a statement.

Ceiling collapses at Ipswich church

“It looks like a war zone in there,” said the Rev. Adam Randazzo, pastor of Living Faith United Methodist Church.

Coast Guard searching waters off Provincetown for missing person

Petty Officer Sean McGinnis said a Coast Guard helicopter and vessel were searching the waters near 125 Commercial St. Friday night.

Honor guard members carry the casket of Private First Class Kenneth Iwasinski during funeral services at Belchertown High School in Belchertown, Mass., on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007. Iwasinski, an infantry soldier in Iraq, was killed earlier this month after his vehicle was targeted by an improvised explosive device. At right are his father and stepmother, Dominick, and Tawnia Iwasinski. (AP Photo/The Repubican, Christopher Evans) Library Tag 10282007 Metro / / operation iraqi freedom massachusetts OIF MA

‘Every day for these families is Memorial Day’

Gold Star families from across Massachusetts attended the event in Fall River.


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Allston, MA - May 25, 2018: Lead singer Hayley Williams performs with Paramore during the Boston Calling Music Festival in Allston, MA on May 25, 2018. With 45 musical acts, seven comedians, two podcasts, and one Natalie Portman performing on three stages and one arena over the course of three days, Boston Calling has never offered festival-goers so many options. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: arts reporter:


The unofficial start to summer: Boston Calling

The three-day music festival in Boston kicked off Friday. Take a look at photos of the star-studded lineup.

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After an $18m overhaul, one Steamship Authority boat reeked of sewage. Then things got worse

The head of the Steamship Authority this week cast blame on a Rhode Island-based contractor for many of its mechanical failures.

Robert Gardner stood outside the pavilion at the Massachusetts National Cemetery where a service was held for Air Force veteran Laurence Phillips. Gardner will help place the flowers and the casket into a truck to be transported to the burial plot nearby.


Creating a resting place befitting a hero

Surgically correct. That’s been Bob Gardner’s workplace ethos since he first walked into the Massachusetts National Cemetery shortly after its dedication in 1980.

Hillary Rodham Clinton talked with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey at Harvard University.

Hillary Clinton honored at Harvard ‘for all of her battles, won and lost’

The former presidential candidate received something of a hero’s welcome as she accepted the Radcliffe Medal.

Convicted child rapist will not be released from prison until at least May 30, attorney says

Four people are challenging the decision of the state Department of Correction to release Wayne Chapman, 70, after he was found to be no longer sexually dangerous.

Wareham man indicted on charges that he left woman for dead in house he set on fire

The blaze completely destroyed the house it was started in, and authorities later found a woman who had been trapped inside the dwelling before she escaped.

Salem fire officials clean up mercury spill in supermarket parking lot

A 1-pound bottle of mercury was knocked over in the parking lot of a Shaw’s supermarket in Salem, prompting an hourslong cleanup.

Former state chief justice will review Harvard student’s arrest

Cambridge police forcibly arrested Harvard student Selorm Ohene last month, prompting officials in Cambridge to ask former chief justice Roderick Ireland to examine the incident.

Brazilian national pleads guilty to firearm charge

The man pleaded guilty Thursday to being an alien in possession of a firearm and was sentenced by a federal judge in Boston to time served.

Police arrested two teenagers in Dorchester on Thursday on firearm charges.

Two teenagers arrested on firearm charges in Dorchester

Two teenagers were arrested Thursday afternoon after police found them with loaded firearms in Dorchester.

Popular Somerville music space vandalized

A GoFundMe page has been set up for ONCE Somerville.

Jim Delaney, second from left, is the electrical inspector for the town of Sharon. He's retiring after 49 years.

Sharon’s electrical inspector is retiring — on his 97th birthday

Jim Delaney, 97, is the electrical inspector for the town of Sharon. He’s retiring Friday after 49 years.

Juana B. Matias is a Lawrence Democrat competing in the crowded Third Congressional District primary field.

Candidate’s claim of being an attorney is a potential ethics violation, experts say

During the 11 months she was legally allowed to appear in immigration court as an advocate, Juana Matias had yet to be admitted to the Massachusetts bar.

The offices of the Boston Globe at 53 State Street in downtown Boston.

Boston Globe files lawsuit seeking information from former employee

The lawsuit aims to compel a former employee to turn over details about an allegedly inappropriate text exchange with the Globe’s editor.

Angelania Vil, who turns 3 Saturday, shared in the UMass Boston graduation with her mother, Nastassia.

Educator Geoffrey Canada urges UMass Boston graduates to make world a better place

“The best of America is yet to come,” Geoffrey Canada, longtime president of the Harlem Children’s Zone, told the 2,733 graduates at the school’s 50th graduation at TD Garden.

Spooky bat circles Newton City Council chambers, bringing budget debate to (temporary) halt

A meeting was cut short Tuesday when an unexpected flying visitor could not seem to find its way back to its cave.

Cunner, a common species of fish in the Gulf of Maine, prefer to take refuge in native kelp to invasive species of lower-turf seaweed that have recently been taking over in the habitat, researchers at UNH say.

Invasive seaweed in Gulf of Maine may threaten fish who need protection from predators, report says

Certain fish could be at risk of losing protection from predators, researchers at the University of New Hampshire have discovered.

Private First Class Francis E. Drake Jr. of Springfield.

Marine killed in World War II laid to rest in Springfield

Flags across the state were lowered Friday in memory of Private First Class Francis E. Drake Jr., who was 20 years old when he died in combat in 1942.

Judge Thomas Estes in 2017.

Pittsfield judge Thomas Estes resigns in wake of sex scandal

The state Supreme Judicial Court had sharply criticized Thomas Estes in a six-page order of censure issued Thursday.

The Massachusetts State Police substation at the Boston Fish Pier in the Seaport District.

Senate passes proposal aimed at Seaport turf war, but with no mandates

The Mass. Senate tucked a proposal into its budget bill that doesn’t exactly solve the Seaport jurisdiction quandary but will keep the issue on the table.

Amanda Palmer.

Rocker Amanda Palmer sounds off on Harvey Weinstein’s arrest

Weinstein’s arraignment came two days after Palmer dropped a new single, “Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now.”