South Boston family raises money to honor the memory of their late son

The McGraths are determined that 2-year-old Colin McGrath’s spirit will endure, by giving back to a community that rallied around them after Colin’s death last year.

Climate change could boost the power of thunderstorms in the mid-latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, including North America, according to an MIT study.

MIT study: Climate change could mean more stagnant air in summers, thunderstorms

More energy will be available to fuel thunderstorms and less energy will go toward summertime extratropical cyclones, researchers said.

New England Baptist Hospital, in the Mission Hill neighborhood, has evolved from its beginning in 1893.

New England Baptist Hospital to launch campaign to attract more low-income patients

The renowned institution where Boston Celtics and amateur athletes alike go sits amid two of Boston’s neediest neighborhoods. Yet just a tiny fraction of its patients are poor.

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Lawmakers file bills to make controversial court hearings less secret

At issue is the practice in which clerk magistrates decide behind closed doors whether to approve charges before suspects are publicly arraigned.

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Ayanna Pressley joins protesters blasting Trump over emergency declaration

The Dorchester Democrat was among those to dismiss the recent emergency declaration as “fake.”

Amesbury teen who died in Maine snowmobile crash recalled as leader in school and hard worker

Troy Marden was killed on Saturday night when the snowmobile he was riding on Thompson Lake in Poland, Maine, hit a snowbank.

Lowell police: Man accused of kidnapping son is in custody in Mexico

Fillemom De Lima, 37, of Lawrence was last seen with his 1-year-old son in January, authorities said.

Snow may make evening driving slippery

There’s a chance that snow may continue in some places with temperatures below freezing.

Emmie the dog sounds the alarm and saves her family from a fire

Joseph Ciccarello said he awoke to see flames out a window after Emmie, a Shih Tzu-Yorkie mix, began barking loudly Sunday morning in Melrose.

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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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Early-morning fire in Easton displaces 12

A fire ripped through the attic of a condo complex in Easton before dawn, sending residents fleeing.

Driver escapes injury after car found in river in Billerica

The driver got himself safely out of the car and onto the shore of the Shawsheen River, officials said.

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is scheduled to appear at MIT on Feb. 28.

MIT’s invitation to Henry Kissinger is controversial

An MIT group is protesting the university’s invitation of Kissinger as part of the celebration of a new college.

This map shows how much snow has fallen across New England

Track the snowfall from the wintry mix pelting the region on Presidents’ Day.

Wareham plow truck crash sends 3 people to the hospital

A predawn crash involving a plow truck sent three people, including a pregnant woman, to a local hospital Monday, an official said.

Boston police probe stabbings in East Boston and Mattapan

Just before 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, a man was stabbed outside of Taverna Medallo in East Boston, according to Boston police spokeswoman Officer Kim Tavares.

Man arrested for South End flower shop break-in

Officers pulled fingerprints from a cash register to catch the suspect, police said.

Struggling Hampshire College prepares for an initial round of layoffs

The school would not say how many employees would be let go.

Snowstorm could drop up to 6 inches on Boston area Monday

Snowfall began after midnight with half a foot of snow possible in Boston, according to the National Weather Service.

State commission rules Brookline was not justified in firing firefighter who complained of racist remark

Gerald Alston, who served 11 years on the Brookline Fire Department, was fired in October 2016.

Death of woman found dead in Madison, N.H., ruled a homicide

Melissa Hatch, 42, was killed by “multiple sharp injuries including deep incised wounds of the neck,” New Hampshire’s attorney general said in a statement Sunday.


John Carroll (center) spoke to visitors of the Adams crypt in the United First Parish Church, where John Adams and John Quincy Adams, as well as their spouses, are buried.

The City of Presidents celebrates its holiday

The Quincy Presidents’ Day Family Winterfest provided an opportunity Sunday for parents to take children out for a brisk day in the sun — with a historical bent.


Lottery results from Sunday drawings

A team from Massachusetts will travel to Haiti to build a playground on an empty lot at the Marion G. Austin School & Orphanage.

These kids aren’t just playing on playgrounds, they’re building them too

Designing a playground for a school and orphanage in Haiti? It’s all in a day’s work for a group of middle schoolers from Winchester and Lowell.

Owner of Frank’s Diner in Ludlow arrested on drug charges

Francisco Evangelista, 75, faces charges including trafficking cocaine.

Amesbury teen killed in snowmobile crash in Maine

A 17-year-old from Amesbury, Mass., was killed while riding a snowmobile in Poland, Maine, on Saturday night.

The site of the former Bayside Expo Center.

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Can $235 million calm the tumult at UMass Boston?

The Bayside site real estate deal comes as the cash-poor school, operating under its second interim chancellor, confronts a turning point.

Columbia Gas CEO Steve Bryant speaks at a news conference in Lawrence, Mass., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, regarding last week's gas explosions and house fires in the Merrimack Valley. Bryant announced that the utility is donating $10 million to an emergency relief fund for people affected by the emergency. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Columbia Gas president will retire in May

The president of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts is retiring months after high pressure in gas pipes that the utility maintained led to a series of explosions in the Merrimack Valley.

The State Police headquarters in Framingham.

Spurned recruit asks judge to force State Police to accept him

A federal jury last year found that State Police unfairly denied a black applicant. Now, he wants a judge to order the agency to give him a job.

Dog reunited with owner after 8 month, 175-mile journey

A dog that went missing in Massachusetts months ago has been reunited with its family after being found in Maine, 175 miles away.


For vacation week, skip the school books

It’s also Presidents’ Day week, and if you’re not dragging your young ones from car lot to car lot hoping to score a good deal, consider taking them somewhere else for fun.

Woman, daughter injured in Ludlow kitchen fire

A woman was seriously burned and her daughter was also injured when a kitchen fire broke out in Ludlow on Sunday morning, officials said.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2019. There are 316 days left in the year.

Investigators shut down River Street between Malta and Mattakeeset streets as they examined the crime scene on Sunday afternoon.

Boston police investigate Sunday stabbing that left man with life-threatening injuries

A man was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries Sunday after Boston police found him suffering from stab wounds.

ICE detainees in Boston jail go on hunger strike, groups say

Dozens of people detained by federal immigration officials were on a hunger strike at a Boston jail, according to two organizations.


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Storm expected to bring snow early Monday morning

There will likely be snow in the air from roughly midnight tonight all the way through the mid-to-late afternoon on Monday.

Jimmy Iem, 30, of Lowell, was fatally shot Saturday evening.

Lowell man killed in shooting remembered as loving father of two young sons

A 30-year-old Lowell man who was fatally shot Saturday evening was remembered by his brother Sunday as a loving, hard-working family man who was the father of two young sons.

Driver killed in Medford crash Saturday night identified as Haverhill woman

Florence Bisson, 58, of Haverhill was killed Saturday evening in a single-vehicle crash in Medford, according to State Police.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Mass. Audubon Society

Boston, MA., 12/03/2018, The flag in front of the Massachusetts State House, lowered to half-staff as a mark of respect for the memory of former President George H. W. Bush, is lit up as the sun sets over Boston. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

What’s open, closed on Presidents’ Day

Schools are closed, but if you need to shop, the store is likely to be open and many restaurants have normal hours.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2019. There are 317 days left in the year.

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.

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Polito pays herself back $226,000 in loans from decades-old campaigns

“I was fortunate to have the means to be able to recoup the funds that I personally gave to my campaigns, and I felt it was the right time to do so,” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said.

Snow on the way Sunday

Snow is set to start falling at 9 p.m., with accumulations ranging from 2 to 4 inches in Eastern Massachusetts.


Audrey Pence, the VP’s daughter, got engaged in Provincetown

The recent Northeastern University grad took to Instagram to announce her engagement to Daniel Tomanelli with a series of photos of the pair kissing in the rain.

Woman killed in crash on I-93 in Medford

The single-car crash near exit 33 temporarily closed some southbound lanes, State Police said.

These posters were discovered Friday in East Boston.

Boston police arrest 3 men accused of posting racist fliers

Matthew Wolf of Lowell, Christopher Hood of Malden, and Tylar Larson of Rochester, N.Y., are facing assault or weapons charges, police said.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Kenneth Perry was recognized during the African American Veteran Appreciation Brunch in Roxbury.

African-American veterans honored in Roxbury

Mayor Walsh honored veterans at the third annual African American Veteran Appreciation Brunch.

Harwich man dies after swerving off Route 6 in Yarmouth

David Marceline, 46, died Saturday morning after swerving his tractor-trailer to avoid a median strip on Route 6.