Trump rescinds Obama ocean policy

President Trump this week struck another blow at his predecessor’s legacy, rescinding an executive order that established the first national ocean policy.

Fishing quotas have been traditionally set based on the belief that fish don’t move much. But that is changing.

Fish wars loom as climate change pushes lobster, cod, and other species north

The rapid movement of fisheries, in New England and around the world, has outpaced regulations and threatens to spark conflicts that specialists fear could lead to overfishing.

Dr. Atul Gawande.

Advice for Gawande as he takes up tall health care challenge

The Globe asked several experts where Boston surgeon and prolific author Dr. Atul Gawande should start as he tries to help three financial titans try to reinvent health care.

Both the House and Senate passed bills this year intended to strengthen and standardize civics instruction in Massachusetts.

Lawmakers consider new civics requirements for students

State lawmakers want schools to improve civics instruction, and they’re debating whether civics projects should be a graduation requirement.

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Supreme Court ruling on Martha’s Vineyard man could change how some deportation proceedings are initiated

The US Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 Thursday in favor of a Brazilian immigrant who lives on Martha’s Vineyard in a case that will force immigration authorities to change how some deportation proceedings are initiated.


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Stanley Cavell, Harvard philosopher who also examined popular culture, dies at 91

Stanley Cavell, 91, of Brookline, who died June 19, was Harvard University philosophy professor whose wide-ranging work also examined popular culture.

Police investigate death of infant in Dover, N.H.

Police in Dover, N.H., are investigating the death of an infant who was unresponsive at a day care facility on Thursday.

Vermont Senate passes third budget bill of the year

But it could face a veto because it does not include Republican Governor Phil Scott's plan to pay down nonresidential property taxes.

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Boston police officers injured in struggle with Hyde Park man

A Hyde Park man will face charges of assault and battery on police officers after he allegedly seriously injured one and caused minor injuries to several others Wednesday night, police said.

Boston’s head of human resources said that amid a thriving economy, City Hall faces increased competition for top talent.

Experts at hearing agree Boston city officials should get a raise

City officials, private consultants, and government watchdogs seem to be in agreement: Boston’s top public officials need a raise.

In Waltham, a surge of opioid overdoses

 OPIOID OVERDOSES An unusual surge of 10 opioid overdoses in 10 days has hit Waltham, and the city is urging the public to be extra vigilant, officials said. The spike began June 12. It accelerated quickly, with eight overdoses in the first three days, said Meaghan Ritcey, a social worker and addictions counselor in the city’s Department of Public Health. The most recent overdose occurred Wednesday night, she said. Every person was successfully revived — though in some cases it took multiple doses of Narcan, Ritcey said. “We can only guess that it’s from the potency of the opioids that people are getting,” she said. “We’ve heard a lot of fentanyl is increasingly more available. It seems to be surging.” Waltham officials are emphasizing street outreach and have been holding monthly resource meetings for community members, Ritcey said.

Mass. AG Healey joins suit challenging Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ border policy

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is joining a lawsuit that is challenging the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy.

MGM Springfield gets the green light to serve alcohol until 4 a.m.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Thursday to allow MGM Springfield to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. on the casino floor.

Boston, MA - 6/14/2018 - (left to right) Neighborhood resident Tai Pai-Yung Jimenez, her daughter Coco, Kristen Willis,Haviv Saccoh, Sidi Saccoh Sira Saccoh, John Jon Ellertson, Carmel Schafer, Mark Schafer, and Johnathan Correia sit on the steps of the St. James African Orthodox Church in Boston, MA, June 14, 2018. They and other local residents are seeking to have the building preserved as a Boston landmark, which would serve as a defense against a real estate firm plans to demolish the building and build condos on the property. ( (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Outside a former Roxbury church, a wrecking ball looms — and neighbors wait

The future of the building is in limbo, caught between neighbors seeking to preserve it, the development company that owns the property, and a slow-moving city bureaucracy.

Off of Woods Hole, MA -- 4/02/2018 - A ferry is seen from The M/V Katama as it heads to Wood's Hole. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

In latest mishap, seawater rains down inside a Martha’s Vineyard car ferry

A Steamship Authority boat’s sprinkler system poured seawater onto vehicles parked on the vessel’s car deck as it journeyed to and from Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday.

Superintendent Tommy Chang.

Chang, BPS sued over secrecy surrounding student information sharing with ICE

Boston school officials have repeatedly refused to disclose how often they give student information to federal immigration authorities.

Josh Zakim won the Democratic party endorsement in early June.

On the council, Zakim gets endorsements while Pressley left waiting

At-large City Councilor Michelle Wu was the latest to endorse Zakim, saying in a message to supporters that she “felt a glimmer of hope about the state of our democracy.”

Ship carrying Newton middle schoolers strikes 6 sailboats in harbor

No injuries, significant damage, or pollution have been reported on the sailboats or the cruise ship.

A Mass. Republican has left the GOP over Trump’s immigration policies

Brian Herr, who was the state GOP’s nominee for Senate in 2014, said he took himself off the party rolls this week.

Suspect #1 in the armed robbery of a Holliston bank last year was described as a male, approximately 5’9” in height, with a thin build, and a loud, aggressive voice.

Suspects dubbed ‘Holliston Bandits’ captured after tip to authorities

For months they were on the run, but now the two suspects have been captured, according to a statement issued Thursday by the FBI.

Water balloon slingshots top list of unsafe summer toys

A Boston-based consumer watchdog group has warned of the dangers to children of water balloon slingshots, lawn darts, and other summer toys.

Marijuana milestone as Mass. issues first recreational pot license

The Cannabis Control Commission gave the green light to a cultivation facility in Milford run by Sira Naturals.

West Bridgewater man faces motor vehicle manslaughter charge in Brockton crash

The suspect was ordered held without bail after his arraignment Thursday in Brockton District Court.

Waltham warns residents after 10 opioid overdoses in 10 days

An unusual surge of 10 opioid overdoses, including eight in three days, hit Waltham in the past week, and the city is urging the public to be extra vigilant.

Mass. high court ruling creates loophole in sex offender registration law

A man who exposed himself in front of a 9-year-old girl does not have to register as a sex offender because he pleaded guilty during a single court hearing, the ruling said.

Soccer tryouts in Lewiston Maine following the previous year’s winning season.

Netflix options story of Maine soccer team that welcomed refugees

The story of a group of Somali refugees who joined a largely white high school soccer team in Maine and helped lead it to the state championship could soon be a movie or TV series.

Woman calls 911 after child finds pistol on street in Franklin Park

A child found a semiautomatic pistol lying in a street in Franklin Park Wednesday evening, police said.

A man allegedly committed an armed robbery in Chicopee — and police found the BB gun hidden in a baby carriage

Officers responded to the Country Trading Post on Burnett Road just before 9 p.m., where a man had allegedly pulled a handgun and robbed a customer.

Boston man arrested in connection with Beacon Hill coffee shop break-in

A Boston man was arrested Wednesday morning after he allegedly smashed the glass on the front door of a downtown Boston coffee shop and stole two tip jars.

The toxic plant giant hogweed was first spotted in Virginia last week. It still exists in 14 Massachusetts towns and cities.

This pretty plant is dangerous — and it’s growing in more than a dozen Mass. communities

That beautiful plant with white flowers that appeared out of nowhere in your backyard might be trouble.

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Still no verdict in murder trial of ex-mob boss ‘Cadillac Frank’ Salemme

The jury suspended deliberations around 3 p.m. and will return to US District Court in Boston on Friday morning to continue weighing the evidence.

State trooper may have been exposed to fentanyl during pat-down of suspect in Barnstable

A State Police trooper became light-headed after he suffered a possible exposure to fentanyl while patting down a suspect early Thursday during a traffic stop in Barnstable, officials said.

Former Newton mayor Setti Warren.

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Setti Warren to head Harvard public policy center

The governor’s race didn’t work out, but former Newton mayor Setti Warren has landed on his feet: He will become head of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

This “fire rainbow” was photographed at the Middlesex Fells Reservoir on June 20.

‘Fire rainbows’ spotted in New England

A burst of bright colors could be seen in the sky in parts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire on Wednesday afternoon.

Trolleys passed each other near the Central Avenue stop on the Mattapan-Ashmont High-Speed Line.

Future of old-time Mattapan trolleys up for debate

While the MBTA ponders the next stop for its Mattapan service, some train enthusiasts are seeking to preserve the historic cars.

Kids enjoyed cooling off in the steam and shooting water of the Rings Fountain in the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

Sunny weather continues . . . until the weekend

The first weekend of summer is almost upon us, but the forecast for the Boston area leaves a lot to be desired.

Conspicuously overloaded truck stopped by State Police in Springfield

Police cited the driver for operating with an unsafe load.

Fitchburg woman, Saugus man sentenced for fake steroid scheme

Elizabeth Green was given two years probation and Brian Petzke two years in federal prison, the US Attorney’s office said.

Tractor-trailer driver killed on rollover crash on I-91

The tractor-trailer was pulling a tanker filled with gasoline when it rolled over on a stretch of highway in Whately that had been reduced to one lane, officials said.

West Springfield family cited $80,000 for child labor law violations

The father and daughter, who run a Subway restaurant in Longmeadow, were also cited for failing to pay their employees properly.

Walsh calls separating children from parents ‘the most inhumane thing we have ever done as a country’

Count Boston Mayor Martin Walsh among the outraged.

The sun rises through the stones at Stonehenge as crowds of people gather to celebrate the dawn of the longest day in the UK, in Wiltshire, England, Thursday June 21, 2018. The neolithic Wiltshire monument is built along the solstice alignment of the summer sunrise and the winter sunset. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

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It’s official: Summer has begun

Thursday’s solstice — about an hour after sunrise in Massachusetts on Thursday morning — was just another moment in the earth’s constant movement around the sun.

West Bridgewater man arrested for fatal Brockton car crash

Robert Kilday, 22, was charged with motor vehicle manslaughter, motor vehicle homicide by operating under the influence, and reckless operation, officials said.


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Man shot to death in Lowell identified

Sarom Yut, 33, of Lowell, was shot to death in the area of Westford and Smith streets Monday afternoon, officials said.

Boston, MA- October 12, 2017: Domes are lit with colored light at HUBweek on City Hall Plaza in Boston, MA on October 12, 2017. Some of the biggest names in technology, business, science, and the arts gather in Boston this week as the HUBweek festival returns for its third year, its organizers hoping to solidify the event’s foundation as a civic staple. The wide-ranging festival features some 175 events over six days, with high-profile speakers, a documentary film series, and town hall-style discussions on issues affecting Boston and beyond. (CRAIG F. WALKER/GLOBE STAFF) section: metro reporter:

HUBweek’s City Hall Plaza rendering released as early bird passes for 2018 festival go on sale

HUBweek, billed as “Greater Boston’s festival for the future,” aims to bring together thousands of attendees for sessions and events focused on the intersection of art, science, and technology.

08bps- 3/7/2016- Boston public school students are participating in a walkout Monday and a demonstration at the State House as part of a national protest against proposed budget cuts here and in several other cities. The walkout began at about 11:30 a.m. At Boston Latin Academy, more than 100 students gathered at the corner of Quincy and Warren streets, packing an MBTA bus headed downtown as they sought to convey their worries about how spending reductions could affect their education.(Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)

Next bus in 3, 2, 1 . . . 20 minutes?!

Arrival time predictions for some MBTA buses are far off. The agency says it’s working to fix the problem.

Trooper helps deliver baby on the side of McGrath Highway in Somerville

A state trooper helped deliver a baby girl early Wednesday morning after a woman went into labor in her car on a Somerville highway, police said.

David Sanchez, a Hyde Park resident, is accused of assaulting a female colleague in a Jamaica Plain firehouse, where they both work.

Court hearing postponed for firefighter accused of indecent assault

David Sanchez has pleaded not guilty after a female colleague accused him of assault in their Jamaica Plain firehouse.