In Worcester, a safe haven for gay immigrants

Drawn by word of mouth and desperate Internet searches, more than 150 gay and transgender men and women — mostly from Africa and the Caribbean — have made the Hadwen Park Congregational Church the foundation for a better life.

AG Maura Healey’s ruling could slow Mass. marijuana industry

Healey says municipal officials can unilaterally prohibit weed companies for another year — without polling residents.

Canton- 06/20/18- Ann Whaley-Tobin, 68 heads down her street for a bike ride. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(lmetro)

As drug development flounders, people fearing Alzheimer’s embrace lifestyle changes

Many healthy people haunted by the specter of Alzheimer’s are turning to research that suggests lifestyle changes might help stave off the disease.

Secrets of a Lost Girl

Alexandra Valoras showed every outward sign of success and promise, a star at school, beloved at home. She revealed nothing of her inner anguish, except in her diary — a chronicle of scathing self-criticism and growing desperation that her parents chose to share so that other families might learn from their loss.

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Salem Fire Department responding to hazmat situation

Six people have been admitted to Salem Hospital, and another 20 or more people are expected to be admitted.

Two men rescued from sinking boat off Dartmouth coast

Once the boat started sinking, people from the New Bedford Yacht Club, who were participating in a small regatta, took notice and rescued the men.

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A look at weather activity and forecasts in Massachusetts and around the region.

‘Untimely death’ of female juvenile in Goffstown, N.H. was accidental, officials say

Local and state officials are investigating the “untimely death” of a juvenile that happened on Saturday in Goffstown, N.H.


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Rufus Gifford is running for Congress.

Rufus Gifford’s bid for Congress boosted by father’s connections

Executives and board members at groups linked to former Boston banker “Chad” Gifford have donated $87,000 to Rufus Gifford’s campaign.

Mourners gathered at a sidewalk memorial, on Lawton Avenue in Lynn, for 25-year-old Romel Danis, who shot early Saturday.

‘I can still see him as he took his last breath, and could see the life sucked out of him’

Officials on Sunday continued their investigation into the deadly Lynn shooting of Romel Danis, 25, which also left two other men injured.

Rally participants sat on the steps of Blessed Sacrament Building during a rally against migrant family separations at the US-Mexico border.

In Jamaica Plain, dozens protest migrant family separation

About 150 demonstrators gathered at the former Blessed Sacrament Church building on Centre Street Sunday afternoon for the rally.

Low temperatures across the region Monday morning will be in the low- to mid-60s.

Heavy rain on tap for Sunday evening

The heavier part of the rain, with the possibility of thunderstorms, was expected to start around 6:30 p.m. and not let up until 9 to 10 p.m.

Three taken to hospital after five-car crash on I-93 in Boston

The pileup happened at 2:48 p.m. Sunday in the southbound lanes of Interstate 93, just before exit 24.

Teenager helps blind and deaf passenger on Logan flight

Since her fellow passenger was both deaf and blind, Daly — who had been studying American Sign Language for the past year — would have to sign into his hand.

Springfield Police continue to investigate the home of Stewart Weldon at 1333 Page Boulevard in Springfield, Massachusetts on June 4, 2018. Three bodies were found at the home after Weldon was arrested last week for a traffic stop that lead to him being charged with the kidnapping of a woman inside the car. Matthew Healey for The Boston Globe (METRO)

Police collected nearly 200 pieces of evidence from Springfield home where investigators found 3 bodies

Investigators tagged nearly 200 pieces of evidence from the Springfield home where police found the bodies of three women last month.

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Boston, MA: 4/11/18: The Red Sox Hanley Ramirez is pictured. The Boston Red Sox hosted the New York Yankees in a regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Hanley Ramirez not under federal investigation; friend dropped his name hoping to avoid arrest

A friend of former Red Sox player Hanley Ramirez dropped his name to police, then immediately admitted the player had no connection to the drugs.

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Hyannis woman arrested for stealing items at fund-raiser honoring fallen Yarmouth officer Sean Gannon

The woman stole a box of auction items from the charity event hosted in honor of Gannon, who was killed on duty in April.

Two men extradited to Massachusetts to face charges in murder of 19-year-old woman

Kentavious Coleman, 20, and Kenyonte Galmore, 22, are scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon in Norfolk Superior Court.

Canadian woman dead after bike hits tree in Vermont

Carolyne Delage of Quebec was riding down Lincoln Gap Road when she lost control of her bicycle and struck a tree at about 4 p.m., according to a statement from Vermont State Police.

Seekonk police say they took these items from a suspect during a drug bust on Friday.

Seekonk drug bust yields 400 pills, 10 grams of heroin

Police said they also recovered a large amount of cash and a loaded .380 caliber handgun.

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Motorcyclist killed in Pepperell crash

Jack Wilbur, 21, of Pepperell lost control of the motorcycle he was driving Friday night, officials said.

Three people seriously injured in Newbury crash

Three people were taken to an area hospital with serious injuries after what officials believe was a head-on collision in Newbury Saturday afternoon, according to officials.

N.H. investigating ‘untimely death’ in Goffstown

An autopsy has been scheduled for Sunday on the body of a woman found in her home, officials said.


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Lilian Calderon is one of the people suing the Trump administration and the Department of Homeland Security over the arrests of immigrants who showed up for hearings at government offices.

Mass. ICE agents to reinstate in-office arrests

The practice of arresting undocumented immigrants in government offices was halted by the region’s former acting director.

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang announced Friday he would step down after three years.

Tommy Chang’s relationship with community never clicked, observers say

For Superintendent Tommy Chang, a failure at community-building stymied efforts to improve Boston’s public schools, education experts and city officials said.

In Maine and N.H., border patrol checkpoints

For 11 hours on Wednesday, drivers who wanted to travel through a remote stretch of northern Maine were asked a simple question: Where were you born?

Lynn, MA - 6/24/18 - The victim's ex-girlfriend, foreground, relights a candle. Mourners gather at a sidewalk memorial, on Lawton Avenue in Lynn, for 25-year-old Romel Danis (cq). Danis was fatally shot early Saturday. Two others were injured. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 25lynn Reporter: John Hilliard

One man is killed, two are injured in overnight shooting in Lynn

Romel Danis, 25, of Lynn was pronounced dead at the scene on Lawton Street early Saturday morning, officials said.

At World’s End, a peninsula in Hingham 15 miles south of Boston, wooded trails mingle with a beautiful harbor view.

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At World’s End in Hingham, wooded trails mingle with harbor view

One of the first things you notice as you enter World’s End is its rich smell, a refreshing mix of ocean water and the earthiness of red cedar trees.

New Hampshire authorities investigating apparent murder-suicide

Denis Bisson was found in Rumford, Maine, after authorities put out a warrant for his arrest on second-degree murder charges.

Last week, the MBTA announced a parking fee increase for dozens of high-demand stations.

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The MBTA isn’t making any friends with parking fee hikes

Parking fees at many MBTA stations will go up, even as service is persistently questionable.

Joaquin Vazquez of Roslindale took in the view while fishing at Victory Park in Dorchester on Saturday.

Rain is possible Sunday in Boston area, with mild temperatures

Sunday is expected to have an increasing chance of thunderstorms.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, June 24, the 175th day of 2018. There are 190 days left in the year.

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Boston detective alleges gender discrimination and retaliation

Donna Gavin accused the department and her supervisor of discriminating against her because she is a woman, and then threatening her and retaliating against her.

Three MS-13 gang members charged

Three Salvadoran men had ties to the Everett chapter of the violent Central American street gang, officials said.

Seekonk man charged with sharing customer’s nude photos at RI video store

Terrance M. Roy, 46, was arrested at noon Friday at Flint Audio Video in Middletown, R.I. on charges of accessing a computer for fraudulent purposes, computer trespass and conspiracy, officials said.

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New Hampshire man wanted for killing wife, officials say

Denis Bisson, 52, is facing a charge of second-degree murder after the body of his wife, Angie Bisson, 43, was found in a residence in Berlin Friday.

Francis Salemme.

Frank Salemme, Paul Weadick found guilty in murder trial

The verdict signified long-awaited justice for the family of Steven DiSarro, a South Boston nightclub owner killed 25 years ago.

Boston, MA - 6/28/2016 - Mayor Marty Walsh listens as Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang (R) announces Michael Contompasis as the Boston Latin School interim Head Master in Boston, MA June 28, 2016. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: 29blspic Reporter:

With Tommy Chang out, parents ponder future of Boston’s schools

Parents knew Chang had been on shaky ground for several months — the question was when he would leave.

Charlie Baker’s son will cooperate with any probe into alleged incident on flight, governor’s office says

Governor Charlie Baker’s office said Friday night that his adult son A.J. will cooperate with any investigation into an alleged incident on a JetBlue flight earlier this week.


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Boston Fire Department moves to discipline four members over social media posts

The commissioner said at least 10 firefighters have been disciplined over the past two years for inappropriate social media activity.

Sharon Kelley, a cousin of Private First Class John MacDonald, was given the flag that draped the World War II veteran’s casket by Marine Major Theodore Smith.

At long last, remains of WWII Marine are laid to rest

Seven Marines lifted their rifles skyward Friday, each firing three volleys in honor of Private First Class John MacDonald, a World War II veteran from Allston.