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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lottery results from Wednesday drawings
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.
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.
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.
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.