For some State Police, it’s a posting in paradise

As broad cost-cutting measures and staff realignments continue to batter State Police on the mainland, sleepy island barracks on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard continue to endure.

Colin Carlson, 8, enjoyed a hug with Dawn, the therapy dog that visited the kids at Camp Kangaroo.

At Camp Kangaroo, grieving kids come together to talk, reflect, and play

At a free weekend day camp, kids who have lost a parent or loved one come together to play, support each other, and talk about their loss.

Firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze at a home on Morris Street in Everett.

‘He was totally engulfed in flames’: Witnesses recount blaze that injured two Everett firefighters

Everett firefighters Scott Dalrymple and Joshua Doyon suffered burns when they were overcome by an apparent flashover of flames inside a home that caught fire on Morris Street on Friday.

Jan Cellucci is raising money to battle ALS, the disease her husband, Paul Cellucci, died of in 2013.

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Jan Cellucci keeps Paul Cellucci’s memory alive by fighting his killer, ALS

Jan Cellucci’s last campaign continues without the man she once asked to the junior prom.

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Photos: Weymouth police officer killed in the line of duty

Mass. Hiker gets lost in N.H., ends up in drainage system, found safe

New Hampshire officials say a hiker who went missing in the far northern part of the state has been found unharmed after ending up in a drainage system.

Weymouth police officer and bystander shot, killed

Authorities say a man attacked the Weymouth officer and took control of his firearm, killing the officer and a bystander in her nearby home.

Male suffers life-threatening injuries after fight in Dorchester

A person suffered life-threatening injuries after a fight broke out in Dorchester Saturday night, Boston police said.

Smoky blaze in Eastham sends firefighter to hospital

A smoky, persistent blaze sent one firefighter to the hospital and forced several residents out of their Eastham home early Sunday morning.

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Today is Sunday, July 15, the 196th day of 2018. There are 169 days left in the year.

Hull teen allegedly caught driving 116 mph on I-95 in New Hampshire

Cullen Gaudette, 18, told police he was trying to get to a camping outing early, officials said in a statement.

‘We’re picking up the pace’ on election security following indictment of Russian agents, Galvin says

Massachusetts’ voter logs were not hacked by Russian agents during the 2016 presidential election.

Again, thumbtacks found in a Newton bike lane

Dozens of silver tacks were spotted by a group of cyclists on Nahanton Street Saturday, police said.

Matthew Wilson studied an sheet of information during the USA Memory Championship.

Competition puts their memory to the test

Thirteen contestants from across the country took part in the 2018 USA Memory Championship hosted for the first time by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Brandon Chicklis.

Westminster man found dead in N.H. was identified by dental records

Brandon Chicklis was traveling to Windham, N.H., for a belated holiday celebration when he disappeared on June 23.

Seagull in Gloucester snatches wallet from man on the street

A man was walking down Main Street near the waterfront area around 9 p.m. Friday when the seagull swooped down.

An owl after it was freed from a hockey net in Westwood Saturday morning.

Westwood police rescue owl caught in hockey net

The owl was “fighting for his life,” Westwood Chief of Police Jeff Silva tweeted.

In separate Worcester attacks, suspect allegedly shoots at bicyclist, and man is wounded in back

Terrence Kenol, 21, was arrested after allegedly shooting at a bicyclist from his car on Oak Avenue, then fleeing police.

Mayor Dan Rivera said the president and attorney general “keep perpetuating a lie.”

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The truth about Lawrence

Making a scapegoat of undocumented immigrants and sanctuary cities like Lawrence only serves the purposes of the Trump administration.

Kyle Gaven, 23, of Abington (left) and Joseph Shields, 31, of Easton.

Two men arrested in car vandalism spree in Whitman

Two men are facing multiple charges after allegedly smashing the windows of nine vehicles in Whitman and attempting to shoot a man with a BB gun early Saturday morning.

Head-on collision on Route 6 in Wellfleet leaves two hospitalized

Officers responded to a report of a car accident on Route 6 near Fresh Brook Lane at 5:03 a.m., according to a statement from Wellfleet police.

Emory G. Snell Jr. as he arrived for his 1995 arraignment at Barnstable District Court. He was convicted later that year of murdering his wife, Elizabeth Lee, in their home in Marstons Mills.

Legal battle over medical examiner’s track record

A man convicted of murder more than 20 years ago is fighting for access to the personnel records of the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy.

A vehicle from the state medical examiner’s office responded to a call. A backlog of unfinished death certificates and autopsy reports has caused myriad problems, including putting court cases in limbo and leaving families without closure.

Mass. medical examiner’s office chips away at backlog

Delays in processing death certificates and autopsies have affected court cases and left families without closure.

Deronde Bethea, 26, was arrested Friday night for allegedly taking part in an armed home invasion in Canton.

Brockton man arrested after home invasion and foot pursuit in Canton

A Brockton man was arrested after a brief pursuit Friday night for allegedly breaking into a Canton home and stealing $2,000 and a small safe.

Former Nahant and Saugus official sentenced for violating probation 200 times

Former Nahant and Saugus town manager Andrew Bisignani violated his probation of house arrest by taking trips to the mall and restaurants.

Violette and Jonathan are both active and happy children.

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Jonathan and Violette both love playing outside

He especially likes playing sports and she loves to be out on the playground.

Annie Wang at the US Junior Championships

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Alleged leader of Lawrence fentanyl trafficking ring charged in death of user

Sergio Martinez faces a charge of aiding and abetting a distribution of fentanyl that resulted in death.

Entangled whale spotted off Cape Cod in October is freed from nets in N.Y.

The whale was first spotted near Cape Cod, with gillnet fishing gear, including ropes and small floats, wrapped around its upper jaw.

Suspicious package found outside Brockton dance studio

The State Police bomb squad is investigating a suspicious package found this morning outside of the Gold School dance studio in Brockton.

Medfield man killed in motorcycle crash in Walpole

Sergeant Brian Becker of the Walpole police said officers responded to the crash in the 500 block of High Street at 10:45 p.m.

Weather officials predict nearly an inch of rain in Western Massachusetts, but lighter showers in Boston and on the Cape.

Scattered showers will hit Boston this weekend, along with increasing clouds and humidity

After some brief morning sunshine, scattered showers are on track to hit Boston Saturday evening, along with increasing clouds and potential thunderstorms.

Two men shot in Cambridge Saturday morning an hour apart

Both men were taken to area hospitals with injuries that were not life-threatening.

SUV ends up on top of car in Roxbury crash

Firefighters responded to Humboldt Avenue at about 6:18 a.m., the fire department wrote on Twitter. A utility pole was damaged in the crash.

Missing Westminster man found dead in NH

Brandon Chicklis, 20, had been reported missing June 23 to police in the central Massachusetts town of Westminster.

Two people stabbed in Haverhill

Haverhill police are investigating a double stabbing in the area of 117 Lafayette Square, officials said.

Boston, MA - 3/12/2017 - Commander Bryan Bishop of OUTVETS, a group that represents US veterans who identify as LGBTQ, speaks during a news conference to discuss the veteran's organization's inclusion into the South Boston St. Patrick's Day parade in Boston, MA, March 12, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

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Finally, a parade for all Southie to love. But what took so long?

For gay Southie residents, the hiring of Bryan Bishop of OUTVETS is thrilling and overdue.

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Today is Saturday, July 14, the 195th day of 2018. There are 170 days left in the year.


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Tuition at UMass system to increase by 2.5 percent

The increase is slightly below last year’s 3 percent tuition hike, officials said.

An Everett firefighter battled the fire.

Two firefighters, one civilian injured in Everett blaze

The two firefighters were hurt at the scene of the blaze on Morris Street.

NH kayaker drowns in Piscataquog River

The body of the 32-year-old woman was found in about 14 feet of water Friday morning, officials said.

In N.H., former Mass. school principal indicted on multiple counts of sexual assault

Richard Brunt, 74, of Lakeland, Fla., was arrested on June 26 and arraigned in a Florida court as a fugitive from justice on June 28, New Hampshire State Police said in a statement.


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Milford woman dies on 22nd birthday in single-car crash in Sharon

Stephanie Boaventura drove her Toyota Corolla into the median “for reasons still under investigation.”

Off-duty life guards help struggling swimmers to safety at Hampton Beach

None of the five swimmers required medical treatment, a Hampton fire official said

ARLINGTON, MA - 7/03/2018: Amin looking over videos and photographs about mailman in question and Heather Astaneh, with sign she made and had placed in her front windows at apartment. They have been in a very strange and very bitter battle with the US Postal service over the last three years. It began when Heather complained online about a late delivery. Since then, tensions have escalated with packages arriving late or not at all, thrown at their homes, the items inside broken. Worse, the couple says, the letter carriers have begun stalking Heather, photographing her home and following her when she goes to the bus station to pick up her husband. The couple has set up cameras in their homes, written signs asking USPS to stop. The cat's name is MOTO. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 05mailman

Facing off with the US Postal Service

Heather Astaneh was livid when a package she ordered arrived late, so she wrote a complaint on the US Postal Service website. Three years later, her case is in federal court.

Truck jackknifes on Mass. Pike near Palmer

Traffic westbound was delayed, but all lanes were reopened shortly after 6:30 p.m., according to the state Department of Transportation.

A cell block at MCI-Cedar Junction in Walpole.

Health inspectors visit prisons after receiving complaints about heat

State public health officials inspected facilities after complaints that prison temperatures had risen above 100 degrees during the recent heat wave.