Experimental colleges once were the future. Now, what is their future?

Is this style of education a luxury that consumers can no longer afford?

Bar Kolodny, a friend of Eduardo Samaniego, took a petition seeking his release to the ICE offices in downtown Boston on Wednesday.

Kevin Cullen

In Massachusetts, Eduardo Samaniego was a celebrated immigration rights activist; in Georgia, he’s an inmate

If you want to understand how completely arbitrary and capricious our broken immigration system is, consider Samaniego’s case.

A two-decade-old Boston Public Schools policy calls for the immediate removal of students on their 22nd birthday, even though many are on track to graduate in the spring.

Boston schools review policy banishing overage students

Officials are expressing a willingness to revise their policy so some or all of the students turning 22 can finish the school year.

Tommy Leonard.

Tommy Leonard, founder of Falmouth Road Race, dies at 85

Leonard died Wednesday night at a Falmouth medical facility, race organizers said.

Latest Metro headlines

Police searching for 13-year-old girl

Police described Fernandez as a “black hispanic female, 5’ tall, 100 pounds with a thin build, black hair, brown eyes” in a statement released Thursday evening.

Twelve-year-old saves grandfather, who suffered stroke while driving on highway

Benjamin Bubis of Canton said he realized something was wrong when he began talking to his grandfather, Boris Hutorin, who didn’t respond.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2019. There are 347 days left in the year.


Jan. 18, 2019

Former Beacon Hill lawmaker Jim Lyons elected Mass. GOP chairman

Lyons, who served four terms as a state representative, replaces Kirsten Hughes as the party’s state chair.

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Boston, MA - 1/16/1919: Looking across North End Park on Jan. 16, 1919, the day after a giant tank at the Purity Distilling Co. on Commercial Street collapsed, sending a wave of an estimated 2.3 million gallons of molasses through the streets of Boston. The great molasses tank was located in the center of this picture. Sections of the metal may be seen at the extreme left and right in the picture. Twenty-one people perished, including two 10-year-olds, Pasquale Iantosca and Maria Distasio, who were collecting firewood near the molasses tank while home from school for lunch. (Boston Globe Archive/) --- BGPA Reference: 150115_MJ_001

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The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 was Boston’s strangest disaster

One hundred years ago today an enormous steel tank ruptured, sending a torrent of brown syrup on a deadly path through the North End.

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Walsh announces $28 million Boston Common renovation plan

The money will be used to support investments in the maintenance and activities of the park, the mayor’s office said.

NH trooper under scrutiny for testimony in drug case against Lowell man remains on the job

Surveillance video unearthed by a defense attorney appears to contradict New Hampshire State Trooper Francisco Vicente’s account of the arrest of an alleged fentanyl dealer last year in Lowell.

Man shot in Brockton

A 20-year-old man was shot in the leg in Brockton Thursday night, police said. His injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

New England news in brief


Time Machine

January 18, 1877: An advertisement in the Globe from the Brigham & Hollage dental practice on Winter Street makes this cryptic pitch: “Don’t wear teeth covering the roof of the mouth, when you can have them inserted WITHOUT.”

U.S. Coast Guard spouse Rachel Malcom, left, gathers food for herself and her daughter, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. The college offered a free dinner for active-duty Coast Guard members and their families in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts who are working without pay during the partial federal shutdown. The Coast Guard is affected because it's part of the Department of Homeland Security. Other military services receive funding through the Defense Department. (AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott)

The shutdown: New England by the numbers

In New England, the shutdown is being felt in a variety of ways. Here’s a breakdown by state, and a look at some cascading problems that could arise.

Jesuit retreat in Weston removes priest from website following child molestation revelations

The Rev. Richard Roos had been featured on the website for the Campion Center as a member of its board of directors.

Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke in Manchester, N.H., last week. She’ll speak Tuesday in Puerto Rico

Elizabeth Warren headed to Puerto Rico next week

Warren will speak at an event in San Juan on Tuesday.

Four hospitalized in Cape Cod crash

One adult and one child were transported to Cape Cod Hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries and two children were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, officials said.

Luxury spa in Berkshires sued for $1 million after allergic reaction to veggie burger

A New York City woman, who has a severe nut allergy, and her mother are suing the owners of Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort in Lenox.

Light snowfall early Friday could make morning commute slippery

Yes, there’s a snowstorm coming Saturday into Sunday. But light snow is also expected early Friday in Massachusetts, so commuters beware.

Two-alarm fire tears through home in Bridgewater

Three families were displaced, but no one was injured in Thursday morning’s blaze, officials said.

Massachusetts AFL-CIO president Steven A. Tolman (top center) addresses the crowd at Thursday’s rally. At left is Representative Paul Brodeur and at right is state Treasurer Deb Goldberg.

Anxiety over shutdown rising for federal workers

About 100 furloughed employees and their supporters rallied in front of the State House to demand an end to the 27-day government shutdown.

How much snow ends up on the ground Sunday will depend on the day’s temperature fluctuations.

Dave Epstein

Sleet or snow: What are we going to get this weekend?

Sunday’s temperature fluctuations will determine what type of mess we’ll have to clean up.

With Senator Ed Markey flanking him, Eduardo Samaniego spoke during a press conference advocating for DACA reinstatement at the JFK Federal Building in January 2017.

Activists call for release of detained immigration advocate

Community groups organized a petition and a vigil in Boston on behalf of Eduardo Samaniego, 26, an undocumented immigrant who attended Hampshire College.

A light dusting of snow could seen on a Dorchester sidewalk earlier this month.

Boston snow resources: Latest forecast, weather maps, where to park, and more

From preparing for the storm to tracking the weather to cleaning up the mess afterwards, here’s everything you need to know.

A boy played with other children on a pile of snow left by the Zamboni near Frog Pond on Dec. 30.

Boston could get 6 inches of snow from weekend storm

A winter storm watch for all of Massachusetts has been issued from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening.

Alyssa Sinclair, 21, of New Bedford, was arrested in connection with the incident.

Woman allegedly pulls gun on man in Wareham

The altercation unfolded Wednesday around 7:15 p.m. at an apartment complex, police said.

Maine police to people visiting the giant ice disk: ‘Please, please, please’ don’t go on it

Westbrook police said a man allegedly attempted to explore the massive ice formation on the Presumpscot River.

Is a string of storms ahead? A solitary walker during one of last year’s storms.

The coming storms could be just the beginning of a nasty stretch of weather

Storms this weekend are expected to usher in an unpleasantly cold, stormy period. And, yes, the reason is, once again, the dreaded polar vortex.

Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Right now, more women than men are running for the Democratic nomination

There are even more women on the verge of announcing campaigns.

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo.

DeLeo defends handling of ‘inappropriate conduct’ claims

House Speaker Robert DeLeo made the comments after allegations emerged that a member of his leadership team grabbed the backside of a newly elected representative.

Dispatcher Aleah Donahue, Chelsea and Tom Womersley, and Officer Declan Healy.

Newton police deliver a baby

A Newton police officer delivered a healthy baby girl last week after a man called to say the baby was already on her way, police officials said.

Friday funeral Mass scheduled for retired Townsend police sergeant, wife

The Townsend Police Department said the couple’s funeral Mass is scheduled for Friday morning at St. John’s Church on School Street in Townsend.

Katherine N. Greene and Jeffrey Johnson were arrested Wednesday along with Daniel Russ after a home invasion and attempted armed robbery.

3 arrested for home invasion in Wareham

Two men and a woman were arrested Wednesday after a home invasion and an attempted armed robbery in Wareham after beating a man with baseball bats and robbing him, police officials said.

The Boston Public Market on Hanover Street will add a taproom, perhaps as early as this summer.

A beer taproom is coming to Boston Public Market

A “Request For Proposals” was issued this week, calling for local brewers to bring ideas for the new space to the table.

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2015 file photo, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown greets people on the floor of the House Chamber at the Statehouse in Boston. U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand Brown told a New Zealand website Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, he accepted advice that he should be more culturally aware after a U.S. inquiry into his conduct at a Peace Corps event in Samoa. The Stuff news outlet says Brown acknowledged complaints were made about his comments to a female food server at the event and to guests upon his arrival in the Pacific country in July. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Ambassador Scott Brown hits diplomatic conference in D.C., praises Pence

Brown also gave a shout-out to another conference attendee, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Lighter that resembled grenade prompts police response at Auburn recycling facility

The area was evacuated and contained while the State police bomb squad responded to the scene.

Left: A man walked through Downtown Crossing in 2009. Right: The scene at Downtown Crossing today.

Here’s the Boston version of the ‘10 Year Challenge’

The city looks a lot different than it did about a decade ago.

Roxbury shooting suspect, 22, caught in Fall River

The Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force apprehended Terrell Williams in Fall River around 7:33 p.m., according to a statement.

Unattended woodstove sparked 3-alarm fire at historic Bolton farmhouse

In a statement, State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey’s office said no one was home when the blaze started Tuesday afternoon at Schultz Farm on Sawyer Road.

Boston Common.

These maps show how much snow Mass. could get Sunday

This weekend’s winter storm is finally beginning to come into focus.

Reputed gang member arrested, allegedly taunted Boston police about officer’s shooting

Davell Woodrum was apprehended after a foot chase with a loaded gun in his possession, authorities said.

How can Boston fix inequity in the public school system?

After reading The Valedictorians Project, tell us how Boston public schools should tackle its issues.

Brockton house fire displaces nine

Nine residents were displaced from a single-family home in Brockton early Thursday after a 1-alarm fire that began on the structure’s back deck.

Giant rotating ice disk in Maine stops moving

The giant spinning circle of ice that quickly gained international fame now seems to have met its end.

Heidi Heitkamp, a former Democratic senator from North Dakota (left) and Gary Cohn, President Trump’s former top economic adviser (right) will be two of 10 new fellows at Harvard’s Institute of Politics.

As they head to Harvard, Gary Cohn and Heidi Heitkamp criticize shutdown

The former Trump aide abd former senator will be two of 10 new fellows at the Institute of Politics who hope to model civility and the free exchange of ideas.

Two people killed in crash on I-95 south

Four other were injured in the crash that occurred around 2 a.m. Thursday morning near Exit 3 in Attleboro, officials said.

One dead, five displaced after Roxbury fire

The fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning at 26 Catawba St., officials said.

Peabody, MA - 01/015/19 - Dr. Alain Chaoui (cq) co-authored a new report on physician burnout. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Priyanka McCluskey) Topic: (17burnout)

Physician burnout now essentially a public health crisis

A new report portrays a profession struggling with the unyielding demands of electronic health record systems and ever-growing regulatory burdens.