New rule shifts development in Maine’s prized North Woods

A state rule change that took effect this summer could open as much as 1 million acres of the North Woods and Maine’s other unincorporated territories to new development.

L. Rafael Reif, MIT’s president, is facing the most significant test of his leadership.

MIT president Rafael Reif is suddenly at the center of a storm

In the wake of revelations about the university’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein, some students and faculty have called for Reif’s resignation. His supporters say no one is better equipped to help reform the institute.

The daughter of the face donor kissed Carmen Blandin Tarleton at a 2013 new conference after the transplant.

Her face transplant is failing after 6 years. Now this patient awaits an uncertain future

Carmen Blandin Tarleton’s situation is a reminder that despite successes in the field, face transplantation is experimental and there are many unanswered questions about benefits versus long-term risks.

Michelle Carter left her parole hearing yesterday in Natick.

Michelle Carter denied early release from prison by Mass. Parole Board

“Ms. Carter’s self serving statements and behavior, leading up to and after his suicide, appear to be irrational and lacked sincerity,” the board wrote in its decision.

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Roxbury man arraigned on weapons charges in connection with Back Bay shooting

Jamall Smith of Roxbury arrested Friday with the help of Brockton police and was later arraigned on weapons charges in Boston Municipal Court, authorities said.

Rapper Michael L. Bivins starts basketball league at Roxbury Y

The Michael L. Bivins 13 and Under Basketball League kicked off a 10-week tournament Saturday with the rap star in attendance.

Everett man fatally shot in fight outside hookah bar

The man was leaving the Karma Lounge in Everett with a woman just after 1 a.m. when a “physical altercation occurred between the couple and several individuals,” leading to gunshots.

BU celebrates raising $1.85b over seven years

Boston University celebrated the fund-raising achievement on Saturday with a celebration at Agganis Arena.

Harvard Graduate Students Union threatens strike

The students said they could soon walk off their campus teaching and research jobs if negotiators for the Ivy League institution don’t budge on issues of pay, benefits, and protections for discrimination and harassment.

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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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Across the city, there are more than 30 candidates seeking to be finalists for four contested district seats and the council’s four at-large seats, which could lead to the first majority-woman council in history. It could also be the most racially and ethnically diverse.

Boston voters could elect most diverse City Council ever

From Mattapan to the Back Bay, voters in Tuesday’s preliminary election will be advancing a slew of finalists for City Council.

Massachusetts education officials are about to embark on a comprehensive review of the Boston school system, which is led by superintendent Brenda Cassellius.

State to review Boston Public Schools

The reviews examine leadership, governance, curriculum, instruction, assessment, human resources, professional development, student support, and finances.

Chelsea man arrested in connection to fatal stabbing in East Boston

Raul Gutierrez-Rosales, 22, was arrested on a murder warrant at his residence Friday night, Boston police said.

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Our hopes, and burdens, on the young

Young climate change activists are annoyed that those who have finally woken up now look to them for hope.

A car crashed through the entrance to a bank on Front Street in Scituate on Saturday.

Truck crashes through front door of Scituate bank

The truck plowed into MountainOne Bank just before noon Saturday, sending one person to the hospital.

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 18, 2019: A man jogs on the Boston Harborwalk in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, MA on September 18, 2019. The Wednesday forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60s., (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Metro reporter:

Summer’s last hurrah is this weekend as fall moves in Monday, bringing rain

Temperatures in the low 80s are expected today, Sunday, and Monday. Rain is possible later Monday, the first day of fall.

Senator Ed Markey attended a rally against climate change at Boston City Hall Plaza on Friday.

Markey challenges Kennedy, other opponents to November debate on climate change

The senator’s challenge was issued Saturday morning, shortly before Joe Kennedy formally announced that he was challenging Ed Markey for his seat.

Andover man killed in early morning single-car crash

Shannon Smith, 51, was driving a 2014 Cadillac CTS when he veered from the Interstate 93 northbound left lane and struck a guardrail just south of Exit 45.

Former vice president Joe Biden spoke to the crowd in Galivants Ferry, S.C., on Monday.

In South Carolina, Joe Biden has strong support from black voters — for now

Biden has been coming for years to this state where familiarity counts. And his status as the former right-hand man to President Barack Obama grants him additional credibility with a Democratic electorate that is two-thirds African-American.

Joseph Kennedy spoke at the East Boston Social Center on Saturday morning.

Kennedy announces bid for Senate, vowing to fight Trump

Joseph P. Kennedy launched his campaign during a breakfast with supporters and his family in East Boston, then was on to seven campaign stops throughout the day.

New Jersey man released from jail after triple-fatal crash in Maine

Praneeth Manubolu, 28, was ordered to be on home detention by a federal magistrate.

Attorney for 2nd Brown accuser: ‘The NFL acted promptly’

On the day Antonio Brown was released by the Patriots, an attorney for the second woman to accuse the wide receiver of sexual misconduct said her client was gratified to learn the league was taking her allegations seriously.

In one of a series of “climate strikes,” youth called for action on climate change in Boston on Friday.

Thousands of students converge on City Hall Plaza, joining global youth strike for a Green New Deal

The global strike was initially inspired by Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who spoke on Friday in New York.

Jesse Mermell of Brookline, center, is considering a Democratic primary candidacy for the Fourth Congressional District, which may be vacated by Representative Joseph P. Kennedy. On Friday, she made an appearance at the Climate Strike rally at City Hall Plaza.

As Joe Kennedy announces Senate campaign, pols move toward bids for his Congressional seat

“It’s almost political malpractice if you don’t take a look at it,” said state Representative Patricia A. Haddad.

Explosion damages at least 2 homes in Ossipee, N.H.

News reports say at least two homes were on fire Friday afternoon. There was no immediate word on injuries.

State Police seeking public’s help in locating SUV connected to Attleboro hit-and-run

State Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a white Cadillac Escalade that may be connected to a fatal hit-and-run on Interstate 95 southbound in Attleboro Monday night.

State troopers seized $25,000 Thursday afternoon during a motor vehicle stop in Revere.

Police seize $25,000, arrest man on warrant for trafficking cocaine during traffic stop in Revere

A motor vehicle stop in Revere Thursday afternoon led to the arrest of an East Boston man and the seizure of $25,000, State Police said.

US Army veteran William Weaver paid his respects to US Navy veteran Eileen Robichaud at her funeral at the Elmwood Cemetery in Methuen on Friday. The 84-year-old Robichaud died without immediate family in the area, so a funeral director asked the public to attend.

Hundreds gather at funeral to pay their respects to Methuen Navy veteran they’d never met

More than 200 people — young and old, veteran and civilian, townies and out of towners — gathered to bid farewell to Eileen Robichaud.

Westford man identified as victim of fatal motorcycle crash

Officials have identified the victim of the fatal motorcycle crash with a school bus in Westford Thursday as Steven Welch, 20, of Westford.

Peter Levesque of Taunton won millions of dollars from a lottery ticket recently.

A detour on the road steered this Taunton man straight to a multimillion-dollar jackpot

After a detour caused a Taunton man to take a different route home recently, the annoyance turned life-changing when he won millions of dollars from a scratch ticket.

Suspect charged in grisly murder of Worcester man found burned in grass

A 35-year-old man was charged this week with murder after he reportedly told a witness that he stabbed a 30-year-old Worcester man.

2nd death reported in Mass. from EEE virus

A Bristol County man in his 70s has died from EEE, making him the second Massachusetts resident to die this year from the mosquito-borne virus, state officials said Friday.

President Trump for the second time has nominated Patrick J. Bumatay, an openly gay prosecutor and Harvard Law alumnus, to the bench of a federal appeals court in California.

Trump nominates openly gay Harvard Law alum for federal appeals bench

President Trump for the second time has nominated Patrick Bumatay, an openly gay prosecutor and Harvard Law alumnus, to the bench of a federal appeals court in California.

The family of slain Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger (above, in 1994) is filing a wrongful death claim against the federal government following his death in prison last year.

Whitey Bulger’s family blames federal prison system for his slaying

The family of murderous gang boss James “Whitey” Bulger alleges he was deliberately placed in the high-security prison where he was beaten to death allegedly by fellow inmates.

Here are some of the most interesting signs we saw at today’s climate change rally

Here are some of the most interesting signs we saw at today’s climate change rally.

People gathered at City Hall Plaza on Friday. More than 3,000 people said on the Facebook event page that they planned to attend the strike in Boston.

Thousands gather on City Hall Plaza as part of youth-led worldwide climate strike event

High school students have been organizing the strike for the past few months as part of a worldwide series of strikes ahead of a United Nations climate summit in New York City.

Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro.

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Can anything spoil the beautiful, warm weekend of weather ahead?

Just how warm is it going to be, and could any weather events spoil the fun?

The family of slain Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger (above, in 1994) is filing a wrongful death claim against the federal government following his death in prison last year.

Whitey Bulger’s family filing wrongful death claim

The family of slain Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger is filing a wrongful death claim against the federal government following his death in prison last year.

Too close for comfort — a great white shark near a surfer at Nauset Beach on Friday.

‘It was within feet of him’: Photo shows great white shark swimming past surfer in Cape Cod waters

“All of a sudden I saw the wake and then the fin, and it was pretty evident thereafter that it was a shark.”

Wellfleet-09/19/19 At Newcomb Hollow Beach, a surfer rode a huge wave that churned up, as the remnants of Hurricane Humerto brought dangerous riptides and large waves to Cape Cod beaches. Surfers said that the waves were the biggest they've seen since May. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

Dangerous rip currents, roaring waves to slam New England until Friday night

Officials are warning beachgoers to look out for dangerous rip currents with 6- to 9-foot waves Friday in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, and New Hampshire, according to the National Weather Service.

Sheila Pereira, 42, of Shrewsbury, signed up for the wrong half-marathon (it turned out to be in the UK, not the USA).

Woman who mistakenly signed up for half-marathon in Worcester, England, ends up running 13 miles by herself in Worcester, Mass.

The 42-year-old Shrewsbury woman will receive a medal and T-shirt for her efforts, race organizers said.

Smoke fills Tufts Medical Center Station due to motor malfunction on train

Tufts Medical Center Station filled with smoke Friday morning after a motor malfunctioned on an Orange Line train.

Stephen Semprevivo at Federal Court in Boston in March.

Feds say college admissions scam dad has ‘chutzpah,’ lacks remorse — and deserves 13 months in prison

Federal prosecutors on Thursday sought a 13-month prison term for Stephen Semprevivo, who paid a $400,000 bribe to get his son into Georgetown University.

Somerville, MA, 09/16/2019 -- (L-R) Fiddler Alexandra Galperin plays beside fiddler Sean Connor, banjo player Terry O'Shea, and accordion player Tommy Sheridan during an Irish session at the Burren. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 17irishpubs Feature:

The Irish pub, a hallmark of Boston culture, begins to fade away

A city once known for Irish brogues and bars now finds itself losing cultural touchstones.

Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg answers a question Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


Why RI’s top Democrats haven’t picked a horse for president

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza made some news this week when he joined more than 50 municipal leaders from around the country in endorsing Pete Buttigieg for president, but that got Rhode Map thinking: Who are the other top Democrats in the state backing for president?

Have a question about the changing face of retail and real estate in Boston? Ask us

Welcome to “On the Street,” a new project from the Globe’s reporters covering real estate and retail. Our goal with the series is to explore corners of the region undergoing dramatic changes. That’s where you come in.

2 arrested after allegedly stealing, crashing wheelchair transportation van from Melrose hospital

The incident ended with a chase, the vehicle crashing into a parked car, and two people being arrested, police said.

Worker dies after being hit by tree limb in Swansea

Taylor Bowen, 28, of Rehoboth was pronounced dead Thursday at Rhode Island Hospital, Swansea police said.

Salem man sentenced to life in prison for murdering estranged wife

Douglas Steeves, 53, was convicted Thursday for strangling Carmela Saunders,48, to death in her Salem apartment, officials said.

The Prudential Center was one of the possible targets, according to federal prosecutors.

Terror suspect charged in N.Y. allegedly scouted 3 locations in Boston

The man cased out Fenway Park, the Prudential Center, and Quincy Market, federal prosecutors in New York said.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren campaigned Thursday in Iowa City.

The 2020 Dem race is about Iowa — and increasingly only about Iowa

The first caucus state could settle the most important arguments of the sprawling primary field, analysts say.