Yawkey Way will be renamed to its original moniker

The Red Sox requested the name change to Jersey Street, saying the organization wanted to end its ties to a historically racist figure.

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At Yale, you can take a course on being happy. And many students are

A woman from New Bedford used happiness to create the most popular class in Yale history. And it’s available online for anyone to experience.

The Massachusetts State Police substation at the Boston Fish Pier in the Seaport District.

Lawmakers reject Seaport joint policing, but idea may not be dead

One state legislator said he’s comfortable leaving it to Governor Charlie Baker’s administration and the Boston police to reach an agreement.

Setti Warren.

Setti Warren ends campaign for governor

Setti Warren said he had determined the financial hurdles required to unseat Governor Charlie Baker were “insurmountable.”

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Reward offered as manhunt continues for ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect in Maine cop slaying

Authorities are continuing the search on the same day the suspect was due in a Massachusetts courtroom for an illegal gun possession case.


 PEDESTRIAN STRUCK A 70-year-old man was taken to the hospital after being struck by a van in Dorchester Thursday morning, State Police said. The Dorchester resident was crossing the intersection at Gallivan Boulevard and Adams Street at 8:52 a.m. when he was hit by a 2008 Chevrolet van, State Police spokesman David Procopio said in an e-mail. Procopio said the man was taken to Boston Medical Center with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. The driver, a 35-year-old man, was not injured and remained at the scene, Procopio said. Procopio declined to comment on whether police would pursue charges against the driver.

Man appeals for parole decades after murdering parents, sister

Now 55, Alfred Brown was sentenced in 1979 to life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally shooting his parents and another sister in January 1978 in their home in Topsfield. He was 15 when he committed the murders.

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“I know a lot of people are talking about ‘this is going to help us end racism.’ This is not the answer to that.” — Mayor Martin J. Walsh, declined to say whether he agreed with the vote to change Yawkey Way back to Jersey Street

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A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod helicopter rescue crew hoisted a critically ill man from the cruise ship Silver Muse 80 miles off Nantucket.

Coast Guard airlifts elderly man from cruise ship off Nantucket coast

A 76-year-old man was airlifted from a cruise ship 80 miles south of Nantucket on Thursday morning after he showed signs of paralysis, US Coast Guard officials said.

Shiva Ayyadurai began running in the Republican primary but shifted to an independent candidacy late last year.

Shiva Ayyadurai has accused Cambridge city officials of having a ‘vendetta’ against him

In a press release, Shiva Ayyadurai charged that Cambridge’s actions were a “vendetta by city officials who are supporters of Elizabeth Warren.”

4-year-old N.H. boy reportedly swept out to sea by rogue wave in N.C.

As of Thursday afternoon, he was still missing.

Firefighter faces charges after alleged assault on female colleague at Jamaica Plain firehouse

He has been charged with indecent assault and battery.

Bill Cosby (center).

Boston College will not rescind Bill Cosby’s honorary degree

“As a matter of policy, we do not rescind honorary degrees,” a spokesman said.

Kumble Subbaswamy’s letter expanded on less concrete intentions announced earlier this month when UMass surprised many by announcing that it had struck a tentative deal with Mount Ida to buy the land for about $70 million.

UMass details plans for Mount Ida property

UMass Amherst’s chancellor penned a letter to state lawmakers Thursday saying that his plan to purchase the campus of Mount Ida College is a wise investment.

A new Petco billboard on Interstate 93 nods to Boston’s dislike of NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell.

Petco billboard nods to city’s beef with Roger Goodell – and people are loving it

A Petco billboard taking a stab at both its competitor and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has gone up on Interstate 93 in Boston, and locals are noticing.

Recalling Belleau Wood

The France’s president gift of a sapling from a French forest rekindles memories of the ferocious battle that proved US forces were ready to fight. Here’s a look back at the battle, which included New England soldiers.

Jay Gonzalez (left) and Bob Massie remain in the race for Massachusetts governor, while Setti Warren (right) has dropped out.

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Which Democrat benefits from Setti Warren’s departure? Depends who you ask

Democratic insiders agree it gives both Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie more room to pick up support before the Sept. 4 primary.

Then-governor Deval Patrick at the opening of the Yawkey Commuter Rail Station in 2014.

So, what to call Yawkey MBTA station?

If Yawkey Way is no more, what should we rename the nearby commuter rail station?

MBTA to add additional ferry to fleet next month

A new $5.7 million MBTA commuter boat is undergoing sea trials before it enters service next month, officials said Thursday.

Elderly man struck by van in Dorchester intersection

A 70-year-old pedestrian was taken to the hospital after being struck by a van in Dorchester Thursday morning, State Police said.

Mass. man to serve 70 months in fentanyl distribution case

A former Lowell resident has been hit with a 70-month prison term for distributing fentanyl in New Hampshire, prosecutors said Thursday.

For more than 30 years, a 200-foot walkway between the Quincy Adams T station and Independence Avenue has been shuttered behind a closed gate. Now, it’s being reopened.

A decadeslong transit debate in Quincy is settled with the simple crack of a gate

A long-barred walkway at the Quincy Adams T station will finally open.

Police arrest woman who stabbed her neighbor in Dorchester

A woman in her late 30s was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after she was stabbed in a Dorchester housing development Thursday morning.

Kayla Finacchiaro stood on the athletic fields at Framingham State University in Framingham.

A deaf softball pitcher was kicked off Newbury College’s team. Now she’s suing

Kayla Finacchiaro says a relentless campaign of mocking and abuse by the coach preceded her dismissal.

Downed tree forces minor delays on commuter rail line in North Beverly

A downed tree on a Newburyport commuter rail line in North Beverly forced 15-to-20-minute delays Thursday morning.

Detective Ryan Rawstron of the Lewiston, Maine, police searched the Androscoggin River on Wednesday.

Search continues for 5-year-old boy who fell into Androscoggin River on Tuesday night

Authorities in Maine continued their search for a 5-year-old boy who went missing two days earlier when he fell into the Androscoggin River.

US President Donald Trump spoke during a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House earlier this week.

Trump sounds off on Justice Department, ‘Doc Ronny’ and Stormy Daniels in ‘Fox & Friends’ appearance

In a fiery call-in appearance on Fox & Friends Thursday morning, President Trump sounded off on multiple controversies.

People enjoyed a nice day earlier this week in the Boston Public Garden.

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What will this summer be like in Boston?

A few forecasting models give a hint of what we might see in the next few months.

Thursday morning’s showers are expected to taper off by mid-morning and the sun should be out by the afternoon.

Rain, rain, will go away. Seriously

This morning’s showers are expected to taper off by mid-morning and the sun should be out by the afternoon.


He killed his parents and his sister 40 years ago. Should he get parole?

The Topsfield man was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing his mother, father, and sister when he was 15.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, April 26, the 116th day of 2018. There are 249 days left in the year.

Weymouth senior housing apartment fire was intentionally set, officials say

A fire at a Weymouth senior housing complex on Monday that displaced residents and caused an estimated $75,000 in damages was intentionally set, officials said.

John Williams is being sought in connection with the shooting of a Somerset County sheriff's deputy.

Deputy sheriff is fatally shot in Norridgewock, Maine

A massive manhunt is underway in Maine for the 29-year-old suspect.

Former US post office employee sentenced for embezzling over $22,000 from service

Reis embezzled $22,773 by voiding cash sales of stamps, and then taking customers’ cash for himself.

Dorchester man arrested in Roxbury with loaded gun, heroin

Officers seized a loaded hand gun from his car, which had an obliterated serial number, and found a plastic bag with heroin in his pocket.

San Juan, P.R., mayor lifts up young women in Holyoke

Carmen Yulin Cruz, who gained attention criticizing the Trump administrations’s response to Hurricane Maria, says during a visit to the state: “I just couldn’t be quiet.”

‘Boston is not up for sale’ Wynn Resorts CEO says

Wynn Resorts’ massive gambling resort in Everett is “not up for sale,” the casino company’s chief executive, Matt Maddox, said in a television interview Wednesday.

14-year-old arrested for allegedly shoving Methuen officer, causing him to break his shoulder

A 14-year-old Methuen boy was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly shoved a police officer into a fence, causing him to break his shoulder and get a cut on his head, police said.

Revere man charged with using fake social security card to try to get NH driver’s license

Johny M. Saroufim, 42, was charged with one count of tampering with public records and released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bail, New Hampshire State Police said in a statement.

Media group changes name of annual award after revelation of WWII fabrications

The former leader of the New England Newspaper & Press Association admitted to making up stories about D-Day.

Explosion in Brookline High art classroom leaves $150k in damages

When a student tried to ignite a welding torch in a jewelry-making class around noon Wednesday, it exploded, and caused the tank to leak acetylene.

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Here are 3 ways to be happier

Yale professor Laurie Santos teaches a class on the psychology of happiness and has some ideas for improving your life.

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3 teenagers charged in Maine murder face uncertain legal future

A judge must decide whether the criminal case against three teenagers accused of killing a mother in Litchfield, Maine, will be tried as adults.

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Yvonne Abraham

A hard lesson at Mount Ida

It’s hard to see what Mount Ida College did here as anything other than a scam.

Lawsuit alleges Lincoln-Sudbury school officials failed to investigate sexual assault

The lawsuit also says the district forced the victim to sit by herself in an area where students typically served suspensions and detention.

The open-air bar — which will serve a rotating crop of the East Boston company’s ciders, as well as beer and wine — is due to open in late May.

A Downeast Cider bar is coming to the Greenway in May. Cheers!

The nonprofit that runs the downtown park has tapped Downeast Cider to run an outdoor pop-up bar, this time on Dewey Square Plaza across from South Station.

Buying tickets to see the Big Bad Bruins take on the Leafs in Game 7? Beware of fakes, BPD warns.

Fraudsters may be trying to skate away with your hard-earned cash.