Training students to patch up classmates’ gunshot wounds sends message: Kids, you’re on your own

In a nation unwilling to take even modest steps to prevent the next Columbine or Parkland massacre, schools have begun training students how to patch up victims of mass casualty events.

Locked-out National Grid workers will see their unemployment benefits expire next month if they don’t reach a deal with the company.

Kevin Cullen

National Grid workers keep faith in each other

Six months into their lockout, National Grid workers are relying on each other to get by.

Brookline, MA - 12/14/2018- ] Mitton Hall is seen from Fisher Ave at Newbury College in Brookline on Friday, December 14, 2018. Newbury College has announced that the school will be shutting down after the spring semester. (Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe) Topic: (metro)

Before announcing shutdown, Newbury College recruited students from defunct Mount Ida

With Newbury set to close, students are surprised and saddened, especially those who transferred from recently closed Mount Ida College.

*** For publication after 12/17 -jr*** SALEM, 12/15/2018 - The Salem Snowboard Foundation Board, back row, from left, Pat Buonopane, Chris McNeil, David Silvey, Bill Lynch, Globe Santa and Frank Romano. Front row, from left, Sheila McNeil, Jane Fuller, and Julie Silvey, during the Salem Snowball at the Hathorne Hotel, which raised money for the Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Globe Santa)

Salem Snowball comes through again for Globe Santa

As a child, Pat Buonopane’s mother received gifts through Globe Santa to give him the present-filled Christmas that so many other children had. For many years, he didn’t even know where the gifts came from. Decades later, Buonopane is now on the board of the Salem Snowball committee, organizing the benefit that has raised money for Globe Santa for 24 years.

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Sean K. Ellis to appear in Suffolk Superior Court as judge ends prosecution for killing Boston police officer

The move by the judge comes after Suffolk District Attorney John P. Pappas said he would not retry Ellis for for the 1993 murder of Boston Police Detective John Mulligan.

Man stranded on N.H. mountain posts about it on Facebook

When Robert Cummings found himself stranded on a mountain in whiteout conditions on Friday, he did what many millennials do: he posted about it on social media.

Waltham firefighters rescue man trapped in construction site

The worker was taken to a nearby hospital and the scene has since been cleared, Fire Chief Tom Macinnis said.

N.H. prep school grad wants sexual assault jail term suspended

A New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate in 2015 is asking a judge to suspend the remainder of his one-year jail sentence.

Here’s the full report detailing problems at the Steamship Authority

The 140-page report said the agency, which runs ferries to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, was fortunate to have avoided more frequent and severe problems before this year.

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// After suicides in Acton and Boxborough, a communion of sorrow

The unthinkable has been an all-too-common companion in two small neighboring towns, where six young people took their lives in the short span of 30 months. The questions keep coming: What is happening? Why? When will it stop?

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2 teenagers arrested, 1 with gun, after leading police on foot chase in Mattapan

Two Boston teenagers, one of which was carrying a loaded gun, were arrested Monday night in Mattapan after they led officers on a foot chase.

Boston police arrest 15-year-old boy and two 14- year-old girls in assault at downtown jewelry store

The woman told police that a group of juveniles gathered outside the door and began to ring the bell “relentlessly” before the alleged assault.

Dorchester man, 55, who shot two troopers in ‘88 arrested on new gun charges

Alonzo Dedrick served a prison sentence for shooting two undercover narcotics troopers behind a gas station on Blue Hill Avenue.

A 3-alarm fire in Webster displaced six residents.

3-alarm house fire rips through Webster home, displaces 6 residents

Four of the residents were home at the time, but they all had evacuated by the time firefighters arrived.

Brookline police arrest alleged package thief

Brookline police arrested a man who was allegedly stealing packages from homes on Beacon Street.

Hopkinton public schools closed Tuesday due to downed power lines

Downed power lines cut electricity to three of the town’s schools, the school department said.

A wind advisory is in effect along the Massachusetts coast until 1 p.m., and winds could gust up to 45 miles per hour.

A chilly and windy day is ahead; power outages reported

Dress warmly and drive carefully as temperatures in most of the state will remain at or below freezing Tuesday morning.

Ayanna Pressley, the democratic winner of the Massachusetts 7th congressional district speaks at a rally at City Hall against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Looks like Ayanna Pressley will have Shirley Chisholm’s old congressional office

Massachusetts’ first black congresswoman announced Monday on Twitter that she will work in the Capitol office that belonged to the country’s first black congresswoman.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 18, the 352nd day of 2018. There are 13 days left in the year.


Frederick Foresteire during an Everett School Committee meeting in February.

Everett schools superintendent placed on leave amid sexual harassment probe

The longtime Everett public schools superintendent has been placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation probes sexual harassment allegations against him.

Tractor-trailer driver killed in Fall River crash identified as 67-year-old Fairhaven man

John Silva, the only occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene of the multi-car crash on Route 24 North on Thursday.

Attorney General Maura Healey earlier this year.

18 states, including Mass., file motion challenging ruling striking down Affordable Care Act

The motion, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, seeks the court to clarify the impact of the ruling and confirm the ACA “is still the law of the land,” Healey’s office said.

N.H. teen indicted in connection with stabbing of Mass. trooper

A New Hampshire teenager has been indicted in connection with a stabbing of a Massachusetts State Police trooper following a wild chase that ended in New Salem in mid-October, officials said.

Man fatally stabbed last week in Palmer identified as 43-year-old man

Michael Strindberg, of Palmer, was found with multiple stab wounds at 321 River Road on Dec. 13. He was taken to Baystate Wing Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Leominster woman sentenced after stealing Social Security, Veterans Affairs benefits

Joyce Progin, 71, unlawfully collected over $300,000 in public funds, officials said.

Westport used auto dealership and former owner to pay $450,000 for allegedly selling defective vehicles

The company and former owner are also accused of failing to protect their customers’ private information and of failing to provide copies of appropriate documents for vehicle sales.

Burlington, MA- April 09, 2018: Congressman Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) during a program announcing the partnership between the U. S. Army Research Laboratory and North Eastern University at the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security in Burlington, MA on April 09, 2018. The announcement recognized the the agreement between the U. S. Army Research Laboratory and North Eastern University to locate the Northeastern Regional Hub for ARL’s Extended Campus at Northeastern’s George J. Kostas Research Institute. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: metro reporter:

Seth Moulton says he does not plan to run for Senate in next election

Representative Seth Moulton is trying to look past his battles with Nancy Pelosi but doesn’t see a Senate run in 2020.


Lottery results from Monday drawings

More than 20,000 people are homeless across the state, according to a report. That’s the most since 2003.

Number of homeless people in Mass. is up 14 percent

More than 20,000 people in the state are homeless — the most since 2003, according to a report.

Our exclamation problem is getting worse!!!

Exclamation points are supposed to be about good cheer, but they’re really a call for help.

The scene of the shooting was blocked off Sunday night.

Man shot by Easton police is in serious condition

Serge Andre Jr., of Hyde Park, was shot Sunday after he pointed a gun at officers, police said.

Transit activists are urging the state to fill a vacancy on the MBTA board of directors with a passenger advocate.

Activists want rider representation on MBTA board

Boston-area transit advocates are lobbying for an empty board spot to be filled by somebody representing the interests of low-income riders.

Jerry McDermott during a 2007 Boston City Council meeting.

Baker taps former city councilor as Norfolk County sheriff

Jerry McDermott of Westwood currently serves as chief of staff in the agency responsible for managing state buildings.

Fred Condon of Edgartown had pointed questions for the Steamship Authority’s board during a meeting Monday at Falmouth High School.

Steamship Authority suffers from ‘penny-pinching’ mentality, report says

The quasi-public agency is excessively cheap, lacks accountability, and is rife with internal factions working at odds with each other, according to a scathing new report.

Eric Weil on Dec. 10 outside his home in Alton, N.H., where he once took in a friend’s son who was struggling with addiction. Weil was prosecuted after calling 911 to report finding drugs belonging to the youth.

What can make a 911 call a felony? Fentanyl at the scene

Eric Weil, a painter who lives near Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, never suspected he would face felony charges when he called 911 last August.

This short video about space savers in Boston and Somerville is oddly ‘meditative’

You won’t find slashed tires and squabbling neighbors in this documentary. You might find some Zen, though.

Sean Ellis (above) won’t be tried for a fourth time in the killing of Boston police Detective John J. Mulligan.

Prosecutors won’t retry suspect in Boston detective’s 1993 slaying

Sean Ellis already has been tried three times in John Mulligan’s shooting death.

Tom Menino (left) and Mickey Roache, both then mayoral candidates, prior to a debate in September 1993.

Former Boston Police Commissioner Francis ‘Mickey’ Roache dies at 82

Roache, who died Monday morning, was police commissioner from 1985 until 1993 and served on the City Council afterwards for several years.

Former Harvard President Drew Faust named University Professor

The coveted title is considered to be Harvard's highest faculty honor.

Santa hat leads Cambridge police to suspect in vandalism spree

The symbol of yule-tide cheer helped police find William Scott Kleschinsky, of Bedford, who now faces 24 counts of malicious damage to a motor vehicle.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Trista Reynolds shows Ayla Reynolds, her daughter, who went missing in December 2011 from her father's home in Waterville, Maine. Ayla has never been found and the investigation remains open, though probate judge formally declared her legally dead in 2017. Attorneys for Trista Reynolds plan to speak on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Portland on plans to file a lawsuit against the missing girl's father, Justin DiPietro. (AP Photo/Trista Reynolds, File)

Maine mother sues in case of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds

The mother of a toddler whose disappearance prompted the biggest criminal investigation in Maine history is suing in the hopes of unearthing more details.

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‘Justice’ named Merriam-Webster Word of the Year

The Springfield-based dictionary publisher made the announcement Monday morning, after a data-driven analysis of its top-searched terms showed that “justice” was one of the most consistently popular words this year thanks in part to a 74-percent increase in look-ups since 2017.

Police responded to Yoke Road in Bridgewater where officers found a man and woman, both suffering from stab wounds.

Suspect arrested in Bridgewater stabbing that left husband, wife wounded

The victims suffered “very serious” injuries after they were repeatedly stabbed by Andrew Soto, who was staying at their home, police said.

Catching the Grinch at BU: Police target thieves by planting mock packages

Campus police are going the extra mile to nab those Christmas thieves.

A whale jaw bone was stolen from an animal welfare center in Yarmouth Port

The jaw bone had been stored behind an outdoor storage area and is estimated to be worth at least $5,000.

Aquatic sensors are used in streams like this one, Quebrada Sonadora, which is one of the study sites in the Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico, where researchers monitored nitrate levels before and after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

UNH researchers find high levels of nitrate in Puerto Rico streams after storms

Many people suffered from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. But scientists, in a new study, say the storm also took a hidden toll on the environment.

Man dies in fiery crash into Dover, N.H., toll plaza, trying to get through E-ZPass lane

A Rochester, N.H., man died early Monday morning when he got trapped in his burning car after he crashed it into a toll plaza in Dover.

Fall River man dies after house fire; smoking materials eyed as cause

A 67-year-old Fall River man died Sunday night after he was unable to escape his apartment, which had filled with smoke from a small fire in the early hours of the morning.

Five people in hospital after car crash overnight in Dorchester

Boston EMS responded to a single-car crash at the intersection of Columbia Road and Hancock Street early Monday.

Scattered showers and a wintry mix linger across Eastern Massachusetts after a storm swept through the region.

A slippery commute could be in store to start the week

Forecasters warned drivers across Massachusetts to take things slow Monday morning following a storm, with a wintry mix lingering in the area.