The global trade war makes a local stop: Springfield

The Chinese government-backed rail car company building cars for the MBTA’s Orange and Red lines won’t get any tariff relief, even though the cars are being assembled in Massachusetts.

A copy of a rendering of the proposed ballpark in Worcester.

The perilous, high-stakes question of what to call the PawSox once they move

The Worcester Mitten Kittens? The Worcester Tube Sox? The Worcester Hot Weiners? Nothing’s off the table it appears when it comes to renaming the PawSox.

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito’s home in Shrewsbury.

Polito’s home left off town’s online database — at husband’s request

Before settling into a new lakeside home, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito’s husband had a request: that details of their $1.5 million house be scrubbed from a public database.

Artist Insane51's mural in Worcester gives viewers three different perspectives. This is the normal view. (Lisa Drexhage/ Pow! Wow! Worcester!) 16mural

People are going crazy — again — over this giant ‘triple mural’ on Worcester’s Hanover Theatre

It was first completed a few months ago. But after the artist, Insane51, posted a video of his work this week on Instagram, the mural gained renewed attention.

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This day in history

Today is Saturday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2019. There are 318 days left in the year.


South Coast Catholic schools launch preparatory program

The idea is to give more access to STEM education at Bishop Connolly and Coyle & Cassidy high schools.

69-year-old Cambridge bicyclist dies after Fenway collision

The woman’s bicycle was hit by a cement truck around 1:30 p.m. Friday just blocks from Fenway Park.

‘I’m so sad that she’s gone’: Vigil remembers Somerville woman killed in hit-and-run

Allison Donovan, 40, was remembered Friday night at a vigil near the site where she was killed one week ago.

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They were the top of their class at Boston public schools. Then life happened

Read a multi-part investigation into how and why the lives of promising Boston valedictorians didn’t quite turn out the way they expected.

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Boston firefighters rescue quadriplegic man whose bed caught fire

The man, believed to be in his late 30s, suffered minor burns to his head and is expected to survive, a spokesman said.

Construction worker killed on Salem job site

The man, who was from North Attleborough, was pinned beneath a piece of excavating equipment while working on a construction site near Salem Common, officials said.

Aaron Hernandez killed himself in April 2017 while in state custody.

Federal court dismisses claim brought by Aaron Hernandez’s daughter

A judge ruled that the late Patriots tight end was a class member of a concussion settlement with the league, and that lawyers missed the deadline to opt out.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Dorchester man convicted of murdering 20-year-old man in 2014

Amir Richardson is scheduled to be sentence to life in prison on Feb. 22 for the slaying of William Davis Jr., the district attorney’s office said in a statement Friday.

This year, with readings mostly in the 30s, the weather will be good for winter activity, which is what you would expect this time of the year.

Dave Epstein

Here’s the forecast for school vacation week

If you’re sticking around Massachusetts, temperatures are going to be below average next week.

For first time in Mass., male inmate will get methadone

A federal judge has ordered the Essex County House of Correction to provide the medication to Geoffrey Pesce.

Boston Athenaeum plans big expansion

The independent library has signed a long-term lease for additional space of nearly 20,000 square feet in a neighboring building on Beacon Street.

A seagull with a clam last year at Horseneck Beach in Westport.

Culprits causing Wareham school roof leak had webbed feet

Students at a middle school in Wareham can thank seagulls for an early start to their February break.

Boston 25 among TV stations sold to private equity firm

Cox Enterprises said in a statement Friday that it has agreed to sell a majority stake in its media holdings to Apollo Global Management.

A copy of a rendering of the proposed ball park in Worcester.

What should they name the PawSox when they move to Worcester?

Now that the Pawtucket Red Sox are coming to Worcester, what is the nickname?

Fire Chief Michael Feinberg.

Nahant may eliminate full-time fire chief position due to budget

Nahant town officials announced Friday that Fire Chief Michael Feinberg will probably be leaving his position during the summer because of budget constraints.

Man arrested in store robbery; suspect was armed with hypodermic needle

Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Pine Street Market in Lawrence shortly after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Truck driver cited after flying ice hits girl, 6, in car on I-495 in Andover

State Police spokesman David Procopio identified the truck driver as a 34-year-old Williamsport, Pa. resident who was hauling a load for Watsontown Trucking of Milton, Pa.

Fliers supporting white supremacy found in East Boston

Mayor Walsh has called for an investigation into the the fliers were put up Thursday night.

Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley in 2018.

Cardinal O’Malley and Pope Francis had disagreements over clergy abuse crisis, reports say

Reports have emerged detailing O’Malley’s clashes with Pope Francis over how best to tackle a crisis that has rocked the church for nearly two decades.

Chef Barbara Lynch in the kitchen of Menton in Boston. Menton received a Five Diamond award from AAA this year.

Here are the best restaurants in Massachusetts, according to AAA

AAA has announced its 2019 list of best restaurants nationwide — and several of the top-rated establishments are located here.

Edward Clark was arraigned in Somerville District Court on Friday.

Man went out to dinner after killing woman in Somerville hit and run, prosecutors say

After Edward Clark allegedly struck and killed Allison Donovan, he kept driving to his girlfriend’s Medford residence and the couple enjoyed a dinner out, authorities said.

Suspect Robyn Dubois.

N.H. woman charged after cruiser, tow truck sideswiped

State Police said the incident occurred around 12:47 a.m. Feb. 5 on the Spaulding Turnpike.

Scientists installed a rapid deployment gauge on the Goffstown side of the river Thursday.

Scientists install gauge to watch ice jam in New Hampshire

Scientists installed a new device on the Piscataquog River Thursday to watch a mile-long ice jam that could flood several homes.

Traffic stop leads to arrest of Brockton man on firearm and drug charges

Massachusetts State Police arrested Trevone Vassell after a trooper noticed Vassell was “making suspicious movements” near Blue Hills Parkway and Audubon Road, police said.

Pope Francis (right) spoke with Cardinal Sean O’Malley in the Vatican in 2015.

Bishops say ‘sexual abuse crisis ... has again enveloped the life of the Church’

The four Catholic bishops in Massachusetts are asking parishioners to pray for a major upcoming summit in Rome on preventing the sexual abuse of minors.

Baby, it’s going to be warm outside

Temperatures are expected to rise into the 50s this afternoon, forecasters said.

No injuries after firefighters knock down 2-alarm blaze in Dorchester

Eleven people were displaced after the fire at a Dorchester residence early Friday morning on Topliff Street caused around $400,000 in damages.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2019. There are 319 days left in the year.


After 13 years apart, a horse named George reunited with original owner

The 23-year-old saddlebred, who once raced under the moniker “Midnight Memory Maker,” was returned to his first owner with help from the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Fall River teen arrested for fatal stabbing of 17-year-old boy

A 16-year-old from Fall River was arrested in Rhode Island Thursday night and charged with the murder of William Wheeler, 17, officials said.

New Bedford woman dies after single-car crash in Taunton

Breanne L. Cabral, 27, has died after suffering injuries in a single-car crash in Taunton, State Police said.


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

“We want this program to be accessible to everyone, and we want the program to be transparent,” said Milagros Arbaje-Thomas (above), chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity.

Metco aims for fairer admissions process

The voluntary school desegregation program is proposing a radical change to the application process in an effort to bring more transparency to bear.

Cambridge police investigating 2 incidents of men approaching young girls

The incidents took place Feb. 3 and Feb. 13, police said.

Ursuline Academy students were pallbearers for veteran Douglas W. Benson, who died without any known family.

Kevin Cullen

A dead Navy veteran’s family could not be found, so the Ursuline girls stepped up

When Donald Benson died at the Brockton VA hospital, they couldn’t find his family. Students at Ursuline Academy were there for his funeral Mass.

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The Middlesex district attorney’s office says these surveillance images show the truck involved in last week’s fatal hit-and-run in Somerville.

DA says arrest made in connection with Somerville hit-and-run fatality

Edward Clark, 55, of Norwood is facing a charge of leaving the scene of an accident, according to Middlesex DA Marian Ryan.

Former Massachusetts attorney general Martha Coakley (above) is among the hosts of a Boston fund-raiser for Senator Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign. Coakley donated the maximum amount allowed to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s reelection campaign last fall.

Martha Coakley is raising money for Kamala Harris in Boston

The California Democrat will visit Boston after making her first trip to New Hampshire since announcing her candidacy.

Time Machine

Feb. 15, 1998: Senator John F. Kerry, despite his personal wealth, national donor network, and lucrative fund-raising support from President Clinton, remains mired in campaign debt from 1996 as he eyes a race for the White House in 2000.

An emoji a day makes the followers stay

Using the right emoji might be the difference between whether someone shares your tweet or not.

Child injured after flying ice smashes through car windshield on I-495 in Andover

A girl was injured after a chunk of ice smashed through the windshield of the car she was in on Interstate 495.

Fall River woman arrested with 109 bags of heroin, police say

Kimberly Emond, 50, was found to be carrying 2.18 grams of heroin as a “bulge” in the front of her pants, police said.

Therry Hermilus, a student at the Edison School, showed off his new sneakers.

Red Sox’s Dustin Pedroia and New Balance team up to provide low-income students with new clothing

About 50 students experiencing homelessness or food insecurity at Brighton’s Edison K-8 School recieved surprise swag bags to celebrate all of their hard work given the challenges they face.