Baker administration changes timeline on tax data breach

Facing mounting questions over a serious breach of private taxpayer information, the Baker administration acknowledged Thursday that it had been alerted to the data snafu months before it fixed the problem.

Felix G. Arroyo was fired from his job after an internal investigation.

City worker withdraws sexual harassment complaint against Felix G. Arroyo

In pulling her complaint, the woman indicated she would pursue civil action against Arroyo.

Boston, MA - 2/22/2018 - Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice will be filing lawsuit on behalf of Salvadoran and Haitian TPS recipients. L to R: Back row, Ivan Espinoza, Exec. Dir. Jennifer Hernandez, Immigrant Right's Organizer Centro Presente, and Oren Nimni. Front row: Juan Carlos Vidal, a plaintiff in the suit from El Salvador and Chris Jean Baptiste, a plaintiff from Haiti, at the offices of Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Metro, Reporter: Karl Capen, Topic: 23tpssuit, LOID: 8.4.1080204839.

Civil rights group sues US to keep protections for immigrants

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice sued the Trump administration alleging discrimination against immigrants of color for ending TPS for Haiti and El Salvador.

The world’s best-known cave art exists in France and Spain, but examples of it abound throughout the world.

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Cave drawings may be evidence of first spoken language, MIT researcher says

Cave drawings may show evidence of the development of spoken human language, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor suggests.

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Flying metal cracks car’s windshield on Route 24 in West Bridgewater

A driver on Route 24 in West Bridgewater hit a ladder laying on the road, causing a piece of it to break off and crack another car’s windshield on Thursday.

Read the letter some alumni wrote to Harvard’s new president

Eleven members of the class of 1969 wrote to Lawrence Bacow about endowment investment strategy.

Mass. tipster warned Fla. authorities of ‘school shooter in the making’

The Broward County sheriff’s office has not identified the person who called about Nikolas Cruz.

Reputed gang member arrested for shooting rival in Roxbury

Imrahotep Wallace, 26, of Allston is slated to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on Friday.

The first rule of seeing Barack Obama in Boston is don’t talk about seeing Barack Obama in Boston

There are some strict rules in place during the former president’s appearance at a sports analytics conference today.

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New Bedford woman killed in Mattapoisett crash

The crash occurred along Route 195 Friday morning, according to State Police.

Bourne firefighters make mayday call for help battling two-alarm blaze

Two Bourne firefighters survived some tense moments at a house fire in Sagamore Beach on Thursday evening.

Alleged burglar in Brighton charged, then strikes again same day, police say

Authorities say a Boston man went out after his arraignment on theft charges and attempted to break into another building.

Governor Charlie Baker.

Baker wants new body to oversee transit agency

Governor Baker has proposed the creation of a board to take control of the finances and operations of the MBTA.

One man dead in North Attleborough crash

A 69 year-old North Attleborough man was killed in a Thursday night crash after his vehicle drove off the road and struck a pole, police said.

N.H. high school ‘hit list’ unfounded, police say

Police in New Hampshire said they found no evidence that a high school student had a “hit list,” following an investigation.

Making his phone dumber was the smartest thing he ever did

Realizing his phone usage had gotten out of control, a Globe reporter made the decision to go on a smartphone diet — with surprising results.

The Orange Line morning commute on the MBTA heading inbound.

Orange Line resumes regular service after severe delays for Friday morning commute

Police action at Stony Brook Station slowed commuters heading in from the south of Boston.

House fire displaces two people in Jamaica Plain

The fire was contained to the attic and both occupants of 179 Chestnut Ave. got out safely, according to the Boston Fire Department.

Teen arrested on gun charge in South Boston

A 17-year-old boy was arrested for illegal gun possession after police found him hiding under a deck on Gates Street.

Local Jewish teens help Houston rebuild from Hurricane Harvey

Forty teens are spending February school vacation week laying floors, painting walls and repairing ceilings in Houston.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2018. There are 311 days left in the year.

In Chinatown, a liquor store theft followed by a crash

One man is in custody and police are searching for another after a pair allegedly stole from a Chinatown liquor store, stole and crashed a car, and injured a pedestrian.

Medford middle school principal put on leave after ammunition magazine was apparently tossed out

Officials concluded he may have thrown out an ammunition magazine that was found in the auditorium.Officials concluded he may have thrown out an ammunition magazine that was found in the auditorium.

Medford residents angry at handling of ammunition magazine discovery at middle school

Anger was palpable at the Medford School Committee meeting Thursday night.

South Boston, MA -- 2/21/2018 - Mobs of people wait for shuttle busses after exiting the Red Line at Broadway Station in South Boston. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 22commute Reporter:

T officials still probing Red Line train derailment

Investigators on Thursday were still trying to determine what caused a motor failure and derailment the day before on a Red Line train.


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Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin is calling a lawsuit challenging the state’s method for awarding presidential electoral votes as a bad faith “scheme.”

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Galvin charges Electoral College lawsuit is ‘designed to benefit people like Donald Trump’

The suit was filed by former Massachusetts governor William F. Weld and two other plaintiffs.

Harvard University.

Harvard places Christian club on probation

Harvard administrators sanctioned the club for a year after it allegedly pressured a female student leader to resign because she was dating a woman.

By the numbers

24,000: The estimated number of electric vehicles in Boston by 2030.

FILE - This March 15, 2016, file photo, shows casino mogul Steve Wynn at a news conference in Medford, Mass. The University of Pennsylvania has announced plans to distance itself from casino mogul Wynn and comedian Bill Cosby in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against both men. The college on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, said it will revoke Wynn’s honorary degree and remove his name from both an outdoor plaza and a scholarship fund. The school will also rescind Cosby’s honorary degree. The school says it has been a century since it took away an honorary degree but that “credible” allegations against the men warranted the action. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Gaming commission says Wynn campaign donation was legal

The October donation to the Republican Governor’s Association came days before that group sank $2.2m into a political action committee supporting Baker.

Boston, MA - 2/22/18 - This one-on-one with Governor Charlie Baker (cq) is moderated by Washington Post Health and Medicine reporter Lenny Bernstein (cq). The Washington Posts hosts a discussion titled

Baker wants US to take more ‘aggressive’ steps on opioid crisis

Safe prescribing and pain management practices could be incorporated into medical schools and continuing education nationally, modeled after the approach at schools in Massachusetts, governor said.

Single-use plastic bags will be restricted in Boston come Dec. 15.

Website to explain Boston’s new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags is on the way

City Councilor Matt O’Malley gave environmental officials a month to launch a website about the new ordinance, which take effect Dec. 15.

A group of graduates posed for a picture during the 2016 Trinity College commencement. The school has announced that undergraduate costs for the 2018-2019 academic year will top $71,000.

Several colleges in New England now cost $70,000 — or more

It’s well known that attending a private university in the Northeast is expensive. But the price tag has now risen above $70,000 at some schools.

Teacher Cathy Kuhns demonstrated on a corner in Parkland, Fla.

‘The day they ask me to carry a gun in the classroom is the last day I teach’

President Trump’s call to arm teachers drew swift and fierce opposition from teachers, school officials, and Governor Charlie Baker.

Farm beloved for goat yoga offers reward over slain animal

A popular Maine farm that invites the public to come cuddle or do yoga with its goats says one of the animals was found shot to death.

Trash truck fire forces temporary shutdown of Route 25

A trash truck caught fire on Route 25 in Plymouth Thursday afternoon, forcing a temporary shutdown of all lanes, State Police said.

The MIT dome.

If you’re a student disciplined for a gun protest, BU and MIT say it won’t hurt your chances

Several local colleges have said that admission won’t be negatively affected if they’re disciplined for protesting gun violence.

Harwich man faces manslaughter charge in friend’s overdose death

A Harwich man is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge for allegedly giving heroin laced with fentanyl to a friend.

Senate candidate spent $30,000 just on catering for campaign kick-off

Such introductory events are typically bare bones, but Republican John Kingston’s October event was top shelf.

The delays in Massachusetts highlight how even a liberal state with some of the strictest gun laws in the country has its shortcomings.

Mass. slow to send records to federal gun background check database, prompting concerns

Some say the delays could allow for individuals who should be barred from buying a gun to purchase one in another state.

Millbury police searching for a driver who nearly hit mother, child

Millbury police are searching for a speeding driver who nearly ran over a mother and her 7-year-old daughter while they were crossing the street last Friday.

Driver intentionally crashes car into Conn. hospital, sets himself on fire, police say

The driver had multiple gasoline containers in the vehicle when he crashed through an entrance to Middlesex Hospital Thursday morning.

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2016 file photo, Steve Wilkos, host of

Jerry Springer security director, talk show host Steve Wilkos facing OUI after Conn. crash

Jerry Springer protege Steve Wilkos is facing a drunken driving charge in connection with a car crash in Connecticut last month.

Sara LaRoche, 73, was reported missing in Waltham on May 25, 2017.

Remains found in Waltham woods believed to be missing woman

The bones are believed to be those of a 73-year-old woman who might have had dementia and has been missing since last May.

Students held their hands in the air as they were evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.,after last week’s shooting that left 17 dead.

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If you see something, shoot something

I modestly propose that in addition to arming teachers, we should allow students to carry their own weapons.

MBTA driver allegedly paid someone $2,000 to beat him up

Thomas Lucey allegedly staged the attack and is now facing criminal charges that he fraudulently collected worker’s compensation and private disability insurance.

A Quincy police officer rushed to the scene of what a caller described as a “man down” at the corner of Beale Street and Newport Avenue on Thursday.

Batman Reclines: Quincy police call for ‘man down’ turns up doll

Officers rushed to respond to reports of a “man down,” but found only the large superhero doll.

Driver flees after crashing tractor-trailer into Beverly home

As of Thursday, the fugitive driver was still at large, Beverly police said.

Man shot to death in South Boston

The fatal shooting took place near the intersection Patterson Way and Reverend Burke Street around 12:13 a.m.