An America where some breathe free, and some can’t breathe at all.

Who gets to breathe free in this America? Not the wretched refuse of other teeming shores. Not the wretched refuse of ours, either.

‘He must have completely fallen apart’

Prosecutors say that Ingolf Tuerk, the former head of urology at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, has admitted to strangling his estranged wife in the midst of a bitter divorce and dumping her body in a small pond near their home in Dover.

‘We will not accept it’: Hundreds protest in South End in support of George Floyd

On the basketball court at Peters Park, protesters knet, practicing socially distance and wearing masks, to demonstrate police brutality. Loudspeakers played a song about Black men and women who had been killed by police in recent years. “Eric Garner, say his name. Say his name,” the music blared as the protesters kneeled silently.

Coronavirus restrictions are slowly being lifted — but some people still aren’t going anywhere

Many people say they’re not eager to resume “normal” activities, even if the state says it’s OK to start doing so with parameters in place.

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Trey’von is ready to join a family of his own

Trey’von is a playful seven-year-old boy of Hispanic descent. He can be shy when meeting new people but once he is comfortable, he is affectionate and easily engaged.

Police HQ in Manchester, N.H., closed for several hours amid protest

The building was closed to the public for nearly five hours Saturday, after a group of Black Lives Matters protesters gathered in front of the station, and two men in a truck pulled up with a gun, officials said.

50 new deaths in Mass. due to COVID-19, but average number of cases continues to drop

As many as half the Archdiocese of Boston’s 280 parishes could reopen and hold public Mass Sunday. Even as its churches reopen, the archdiocese will continue to offer dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the foreseeable future,

The Virus’s Tale

Thousands demand justice at protest in Providence

About 2,000 people held a peaceful rally in Providence to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man allegedly killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

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The house at 212 Forest St.

He bought the fencing coach’s house. Then his son got into Harvard

The Needham house was assessed at $549,300, but sold for nearly a million dollars. The buyer, who never lived a day there, would sell it 17 months later at a substantial loss in what may become the next chapter in the national debate over fairness in college admissions.

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The virus’s tale

Track the coronavirus pandemic in Massachusetts to its roots and you find a story driven by heroics, ingenuity, error, pain, and a hard question: How could a state famous for health care excellence have suffered such a vast loss of human life?

Six firefighters injured battling 7-alarm blaze in South Boston

A 7-alarm fire broke out in multiple buildings in South Boston early Saturday morning, injuring 6 firefighters, Boston fire officials said.

Virus testing in towns across state a mixed bag. Eight of every 100 people have been tested.

More than 550,000 people have been tested in Massachusetts.

Ten arrested, four officers injured during Boston protests in support of George Floyd, police say

Boston police said Saturday morning that 11 people face criminal charges and four Boston police officers were injured during a South End protest Friday that drew hundreds to demonstrate over the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died in Minneapolis police custody.

Everyone — including Trump — has an opinion about this potential COVID-19 treatment, and that’s making it hard to find out if it works

In reality, no one knows whether hydroxychloroquine is a safe or effective treatment for COVID-19.

‘When one of us dies, we all die’: For many Black Bostonians, Minneapolis suddenly feels close to home

Black people in and around Boston found themselves in the familiar position of leaning on one another.

Mask-wearing has become routine, save a few scofflaws

As people emerge from their home confinement, some choose to wear masks, while others don’t, even when they know the rules.

Layoffs loom for Brookline school employees

District leaders said they hope to recall the staff and open at full capacity in the fall, but a $12.8 million town budget gap has forced the district to make hasty decisions on how to reduce expenses immediately.

In shake-up, Boston Public Schools eliminates 10 positions

The cuts at BPS's central office, part of a broader shift toward school-based professional training, come through a combination of layoffs and reassignments.

Restaurants could open as soon as June 8, if trends are still promising, officials say

Restaurants could open as soon as June 8, but only serving outside and only if the public health metrics continue to look good, state officials said.


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Martin Baron, former Globe editor, tells Harvard grads to seek truth

Baron, who was Globe editor from 2001 to 2012 before taking the Washington Post’s top newsroom job, addressed the Class of 2020 during an online commencement ceremony Thursday.

Boston Marathon canceled for first time in 124-year history

The 2020 Marathon — which had already been postponed from April to Sept. 14 due to coronavirus — will be held as a virtual event, the BAA said.

Cape Cod officials say they will be ready for visitors this summer

Cape Cod will be open for business this summer, albeit in a limited fashion as the state economy gradually reopens amid the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said Thursday.

With state revenues crumbling, Massachusetts took out a $1.75 billion credit line

With little public attention at the time, Massachusetts state officials opened a $1.75 billion line of credit to help plug budget gaps ripped open by the novel coronavirus, a grim fiscal reality that, one watchdog warned, could hang over the state for years.

When day-care centers reopen, here’s what they might look like

Emergency day-care programs, which have kept children healthy and engaged amid the coronavirus pandemic, could emerge as models when day-care centers are eventually allowed to reopen statewide.

Other countries’ reopenings may be no real guide for the United States

The United States has seen a larger outbreak of COVID-19 than any other country, and its reopening experience could be more fraught than others'.

Man, 43, identified as victim of fatal shooting in Franklin Field where 4 other men were wounded

A makeshift memorial was growing in the heart of a Dorchester housing development Thursday in the wake of a shooting that cost one man his life and left four other men with gunshot wounds.

Relatives, employees at Holyoke soldiers’ home skeptical of e-mails released by suspended superindentent

A lawyer for the home’s superintendent, Bennett Walsh, held a news conference to defend his handling of the outbreak, which has claimed the lives of 76 veterans.

Crowded beaches could be a forecast for summer

Beaches in Beverly and Salisbury were packed with people Wednesday as parts of the coast hit 80 degrees, and some beachgoers failed to follow social distancing guidelines, officials said.

Encore furloughs more than 10 percent of full-time workers, halts part-timers’ checks

The Everett casino had been paying all of its employees since closing on March 15 because of the coronavirus.

At funeral, Donna Morrissey remembered for her compassion, grace under pressure

Her funeral, held nine days after the state’s churches were allowed to reopen with restrictions, marked a rare public gathering during the pandemic.

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For Jase, 3, it takes a village — and a parade fueled by love

Little Jase Russell is continuing the fight for his life this week at Boston Children’s Hospital.

As the Supreme Court weighs their fate, thousands of DACA recipients have become their families’ sole providers because of coronavirus

The stress of awaiting a ruling on whether they will lose their temporary protective status has been amplified for many immigrants brought to the country illegally as children now that their parents are ineligible for federal coronavirus relief because they are not legal residents.

A brand new COVID-era college in Vermont?

Seth Andrew has been on a strange kind of mission over the past couple of years: to purchase a bucolic yet dying New England college campus and repurpose it as a new sort of educational institution.

Even while celebrated as heroes, health care workers are exhausted and struggling with burnout

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other health care workers are struggling with exhaustion from long hours and a crushing emotional toll, even as they're being celebrated as heroes.

Almost all Mass. nursing homes have tested most staff, residents

The baseline testing, which 350 out of 360 nursing homes in the state have now completed, is a good first step, the operators and experts said. But they worry about a second outbreak in the fall, and believe only routine, repeated — and expensive — testing can prevent another disaster.

MBTA will play ‘important role,’ but Baker urges work-from-home

The governor stressed the T will not be suited to handle normal pre-pandemic commuting levels.

For the first time, state divulges death toll by nursing home, and more than 80 have 20 or more COVID-19 deaths

Wednesday’s disclosure had multiple gaps, suggesting the number of deaths in senior care may be significantly higher than state health officials are reporting.


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Once a summertime luxury, outdoor dining may be the rule when restaurants reopen

Your next meal at a restaurant could be served in the street.

Colleges prepare to reopen but aren’t entirely confident about having extensive testing in place

Massachusetts colleges and universities are recommending that higher education institutions be held harmless if they reopen and people get sick.

A liquor-license-for-cash program to help Boston restaurants? One city official says there are significant questions

A Boston city councilor’s idea to inject cash into struggling restaurants in exchange for liquor licenses was met with resistance from the head of the city’s licensing board on Wednesday, who said the proposal raises profound questions about legal liability and a potential administrative quagmire.

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Remember nurses? They’re still on the front lines. And they still need protection

In Brighton as in facilities across Massachusetts and the country, nurses, doctors, and others are working with equipment that would have been garbage just four months ago.

AG to investigate COVID-19 response at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley

Attorney General Maura Healey says an investigation of the nursing home will determine if "legal action is warranted."

First bald eagle nest spotted on Cape Cod in more than a century, officials say

The first bald eagle nest has been spotted on Cape Cod in more than a century; a good sign for this once endangered species as its presence in Massachusetts continues to grow.

Questions mount over mask decontamination machine once hailed as a game-changer

The machine — which Partners HealthCare paid to bring to the Boston area in April — has been criticized by health care workers and government watchdogs, with one group saying it treats nurses “like guinea pigs in an experiment.”

Gilead study finds five days of remdesivir works against COVID-19 as well as 10

The study examined the dosing of the antiviral drug remdesivir, and found that hospitalized patients who received it for five days fared about as well as those who received it for 10 days.

For nursing home staffs, it’s grit, teamwork, and an us-against-the-world mindset

Some say they feel forgotten by the public even as they face constant risk and heartbreak, and make what they see as the most important contributions of their lives.

Watertown police sergeant who took on Boston Marathon bombers retires

Sergeant John MacLellan worked his last shift at the Watertown Police Department this week.

Local police say Minn. officer’s actions would have violated department rules

A retired Massachusetts State Police sergeant Wednesday harshly criticized the Minneapolis police officer videotaped with his knee pressed down on the neck of George Floyd, the most recent fatal encounter between a Black man and law enforcement in the nation.