Motley to step down as UMass Boston chancellor

J. Keith Motley will step down at the end of the academic year amid a cloud of unrest on the campus over its financial problems.

Recently harvested medical marijuana that has been tested and approved is ready for clients at the Healthy Pharms facility in Georgetown, which will open May 8. (Healthy Pharms)

Medical marijuana sales growing north of Boston

With two dispensaries in business, a third to open in Georgetown, and nine others awaiting state approval, the industry is poised to blossom in the region.

Marco Belluardo-Crosby leads his Dance Jam class on Sunday morning, March 19, 2017, at the Lynch van Otterloo YMCA, located in Marblehead. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

Get into groove, you’ve got to move

Four professionals by day spend their nights and weekends teaching others how to break free through dance in Marblehead.

Then-secretary of state John Kerry in 2015.

John Kerry is switching islands

Could a Nantucket guy ever really be happy on Martha’s Vineyard?

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Teens arrested for Taunton robbery that left clerk wounded

The woman was shot with a shotgun and is in serious but stable condition, Taunton police said.

That’s no jackhammer — Woodpecker season is upon us

They’re loud, and they want everyone to know it. Woodpeckers are out in full-force to attract mates and establish their presence.

Scientists to study surge in humpback whale deaths

NOAA has declared the recent uptick in humpback whale deaths an “unusual mortality event.”

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‘Ten people on Twitter’ flap is back

Mayor Martin Walsh disparaged opponents of the city’s Olympics bid as “10 people on Twitter” back in 2015. The controversy has returned.

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An attendee held two books in her lap to be signed by Ohio Governor John Kasich.

John Kasich wants to sell you a book. Really. (Romney said the same thing)

“People ask why I am back,” Kasich said. “I am back to sell books.”

A portion of the UMass Boston campus underground garage.

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An upside to UMass Boston parking crunch

The campus received the state’s highest award for eco-friendly commuting. Students and faculty have little choice.

Partners HealthCare‘s corporate offices in Somerville's Assembly Row.

Partners, Brigham and Women’s to pay $10m in research fraud case

The settlement resolves allegations that a stem cell research lab fraudulently obtained federal grant funding.

Frederick Weichel was released on bail Thursday.

Frederick Weichel freed on bail after serving more than three decades for 1980 murder

A South Boston man who served more than 30 years in prison for a 1980 murder was freed on $5,000 bail Thursday.

Boston police charge St. Louis man in connection to 1988 double murder

Boston police have arrested a Missouri man in connection with a 1988 double murder in Roxbury.

Jury selection begins in the double murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, as jury selection begins in his double murder trial.(Pat Greenhouse/Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Aaron Hernandez civil case returns to court

The mother of murder victim Odin Lloyd is pursuing her wrongful death claim against his estate, which has no assets.

Fans walked down Lansdowne Street before the opening day game earlier this month.

As a precaution, police to shut Lansdowne Street on Red Sox game days

The move comes after attacks around the world in which terrorists drove cars or trucks into large groups of people.

FILE - In this March 17, 2017, file photo, the Capitol is seen at dawn in Washington. President Donald Trump’s plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code leaves much of the heavy lifting to Congress, while ignoring years of hard work by the guy who will have to do a lot of that lifting: House Speaker Paul Ryan. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Four stabbed in East Boston

Boston’s Emergency Medical Services crews rushed three men to area hospitals with serious stab wounds.

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New allegations surface about fired Lawrence Catholic high school administrator

A 2008 graduate of Central Catholic came forward last week with the allegation against Andrew Nikonchuk, the school president said.

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WCVB back on DISH Network

Got the DISH Network? Then you’ve got Channel 5 back in your life.

Chelsea MS-13 gang member pleads guilty to attempted murder

Angel “Bravo” Pineda, 21, would serve 10 years in prison and be deported to his native Honduras under a plea agreement.

Liquor store clerk shot in Taunton

The woman was shot in the mid-section and taken to Rhode Island Hospital, police said.

Two Gloucester men charged with scamming elderly woman

Sean Peres and Michael Lorenzana pleaded not guilty to charges that they stole a safe.

Family that owns Nick’s Famous Roast Beef in Beverly sentenced for tax fraud

Nicholas Koudanis, 67, of Topsfield, his wife and son, were sentenced for under-reporting the restaurant’s income by $6 million, prosecutors said.

President Donald Trump, right, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, second from left, and his wife Karen, left, applauded after recognizing 2017 National Teacher of the Year award to Codman Academy 9th grade humanities teacher Sydney Chaffee.

In recognizing Boston educator, Trump says nothing more important than being a teacher

Sydney Chaffee, a teacher at a public charter school in Dorchester, was recognized as the National Teacher of the Year.

Man lights up by ‘no smoking’ sign in T station. Transit Police find he is wanted in 2 states.

The man, identified as 38-year-old Peter Moniz of Fall River, is wanted in two states for financial crimes, Transit Police said.

Memorial service for Jonathan Moore

A celebration of the life and career of Jonathan Moore, who formerly served in the administrations of six presidents, will be held at 11 a.m. June 3 in Memorial Church in Harvard Yard.

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2016 file photo, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown talks with media at Trump Tower in New York. President Donald Trump has announced plans to nominate Brown to be the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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Creating inclusive schools for LGBTQ students

A conference Wednesday focused on ways to improve experience of LGBTQ students in Boston Public Schools.


Lottery results from Monday drawings

Volunteer Paillant Bod (left) and Jacelys de Pena pack groceries at the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston Yawkey Center food pantry in Dorchester.

Immigrants, refugees too afraid to seek critical help from food pantries, domestic violence resources

In the wake of President Trump’s immigration stance, immigrants are avoiding accessing basic services.

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Former US Secretary of State John Kerry, a longtime summer resident of Nantucket, has bought a $12 million home on Martha’s Vineyard A1 A Brockton High baseball player killed in a car crash was laid to rest in an emotional service B1 Boston Public Schools held its first LGBTQ Leadership Summit B1

Wenham cops hunting knife-wielding repeat robbers

Wenham police are searching for two men who robbed a convenience store at knifepoint in the leafy town over the weekend.

PORTSMOUTH, NH - APRIL 10: Scott Brown formally announces his candidacy for U.S. Senate April 10, 2014 at Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Brown, a former U.S. Senator in Massachusetts, recently moved to New Hampshire, and will look to take on incumbent U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

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Well played, future Ambassador Scott Brown

For a while there, it looked like you had no idea what you were doing, politics-wise. But really, it was we who were clueless.

Bernadette Macon-Bell checked the train schedule in Mattapan.

Fairmount Line ridership has tripled since 2012, study finds

About 2,260 riders took Fairmount Line commuter rail trains on a typical weekday in 2016.

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 19: An exterior view of the arena prior to Game Four of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden on June 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Jacobs family, owner of TD Garden and Bruins, gives $13,000 to Walsh

The Buffalo-based family that owns the TD Garden and the Bruins just gave $13,000 to Mayor Walsh’s political committee.

A funeral service was held for Brockton High School student Isaias Caban.

They lost their son in a car crash. Then, they presided at his funeral.

The parents of a Brockton teenager who died in a car crash led his funeral ceremony inside their church.

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Aquinnah, MA - 9/17/2015: On Martha's Vineyard at Aquinnah ....... Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribal properties at Menemsha Pond. The odyssey of the Aquinnah, who once swore off a casino in return for their ancestral lands, but now want both. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC xxaquinnah

Opponents of casino on Martha’s Vineyard file appeal

The Aquinnah tribal chairwoman dismissed the appeal as “a last-ditch effort” to block the tribe from achieving “economic self-sufficiency.”

Senator from R.I. accuses EPA chief Pruitt of violating ethics law

A Senate Democrat says the head of the Environmental Protection Agency is breaking the law by agreeing to headline a state GOP fundraiser.

Maine man arrested with 1,200 doses of fentanyl from Massachusetts

The man used an Amtrak train to get back to Maine after buying the drugs in Haverhill.

State Police at the Silber footbridge over Storrow Drive where a State Trooper killed a man with warrants and a knife in June 2015.

Fatal State Police shooting of knife-wielding man on Esplanade footbridge in 2015 deemed justified

Investigators determined that the state trooper acted in self-defense.

750 bags of heroin hidden in teddy bear, Springfield police said

Police said they raided an apartment Tuesday and found a 22-year-old man asleep with heroin and a loaded handgun in his bed.

Pedestrian hit and killed in Brockton

When Brockton firefighters arrived at 261 North Main St., the man in his 30s or 40s was suffering from cardiac arrest and a significant head injury.

Three toddlers taken to hospital after bus crash in Quincy

Three toddlers and their bus driver were taken to the hospital for evaluation after their school bus crashed in Quincy Wednesday.

A baby grand piano was the sacrificial instrument in 2008.

MIT students bring back tradition of tossing piano off building

After missing last year, a piano will once again fall from the roof of an MIT building Thursday afternoon to mark the last day students can drop a class.

William Camuti

Jury convicts man for fatally poisoning ‘Whitey’ Bulger extortion victim

A jury has convicted a 72-year-old William Camuti of first-degree murder for poisoning Stephen “Stippo” Rakes, who was one of James “Whitey” Bulger’s extortion victims.

Salem mayor spots ‘eerie’ face in lamppost light

The creepy visage appears to be scowling, with their brow furrowed at the passersby below.


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