MFA apologizes after students from Dorchester school subjected to racism during field trip

The Museum of Fine Arts apologized Wednesday after students of color from a Dorchester charter school were subject to racism during a field trip last week.

FILE -- Mario Batali at his restaurant, Otto, in New York, May 14, 2012. The 20-year partnership between the celebrity Batali and the Bastianich family of restaurateurs was formally dissolved on March 6, 2019, more than a year after several women accused Batali of sexual harassment and assault. Batali “will no longer profit from the restaurants in any way, shape or form,” said Tanya Bastianich Manuali, who will head day-to-day operations at a new company, as yet unnamed, created to replace the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group. (Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times)

Mario Batali facing criminal charges in alleged Boston assault

Celebrity chef Mario Batali has been charged with indecent assault and battery for allegedly forcibly kissing and groping a woman in a Back Bay restaurant in April 2017.

Quincy MA 5/20/19 Ella Bardwell playing hide and seek with their nanny, Dunia Dunner as her twin brother, Sam Bardwell reads a comic book. Recently, Ella wanted to play

In an age of school lockdown drills, children are playing a new version of ‘cops and robbers.’ Call it ‘active shooter’

The drills are intended to save lives, but along the way, the trauma is invading kids’ play and dreams.

The MGM Springfield casino.

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Wynn-MGM saga has more twists and turns than a romance novel

Poor Springfield really thought MGM Resorts was the one.

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Dighton selectmen vote to euthanize dogs that mauled boy to death

Ryan Hazel, 14, died May 9 while he was taking care of several dogs while their owner, Scott Dunmore, was not home.

Two Needham middle school students subjected to racism

Two middle school students in Needham were subjected to a racist taunt earlier this week, according to two school officials.

Body of missing man found in Berlin, N.H.

The body of Tyler Supry, 27, who was last seen on May 9, was found on a trail Tuesday, officials said.

Doctor convicted of using cell phone in ladies’ room

A Massachusetts cardiologist has been found guilty of using his cellphone to photograph a woman in a ladies’ room at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2015.

Oak Bluffs plaque honoring Confederate soldiers to be moved to Martha’s Vineyard Museum

The Oak Bluffs Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday to move a plaque that honored confederate soldiers into the Martha’s Vineyard Museum.

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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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MIT professor is accused of claiming others’ scientific discoveries as his own

Two treatments purportedly discovered with Ram Sasisekharan’s computational approach are almost identical to compounds that had previously been described by other labs, according to a new paper by outside researchers.

Hundreds volunteer to plant flags for the fallen on Boston Common

With help from hundreds of volunteers, Boston Common was transformed into a solemn display of patriotism with over 37,000 small American flags planted for the Memorial Day weekend.

Man allegedly strikes car carrying off-duty trooper, spouse in Bourne hit-and-run crash

The alleged hit-and-run crash occurred on the Sagamore Bridge around 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, troopers said.

A man wanted in Conn. says he’ll surrender if his wanted poster gets 15,000 likes on Facebook

A Connecticut police department reached a deal with the fugitive, writing on Facebook: ‘‘It will be difficult but is doable.’’ At least one expert calls the agreement unethical.

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 MURDER ARREST A Brockton man was arrested by Boston police Wednesday about seven hours after a shooting on a Dorchester street claimed the life of a man whose name has not yet been disclosed by authorities. Shakeem McNeill, 28, allegedly opened fire near 95 Millet St. around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, striking a man, police said. McNeill was arrested by detectives around 3 a.m. Wednesday, police said. Boston Police Superintendent Paul Donovan said Tuesday night the victim was pronounced dead at a hospital. No motive was disclosed for the homicide, but Donovan said police believe there was a connection between the suspect and his alleged victim. The man’s death was the 14th homicide in the city this year, according to police. There were 20 murders in the city last year at this time. McNeill was ordered held without bail at his arraignment in Dorchester Municipal Court Wednesday.

State Police investigate death of Massport employee at Worcester airport

Investigators are probing an unattended death at Worcester Regional Airport, State Police said on Wednesday.

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Three years later, MBTA pension fund still has no permanent leader

Nearly three years after its director resigned, the MBTA Retirement Fund’s board has yet to name a permanent replacement, adding to the uncertainty surrounding a $1.5 billion system that’s long wrestled with criticism of its management.

Water main breaks in Brighton

A water main break in Brighton on Wednesday afternoon has officials asking people to avoid the area.

Abby MacCurtain, 8, of Plymouth, who suffers from Leigh's Syndrome, a rare disorder that limits both speech and mobility, was wheeled up her sidewalk Wednesday by Plymouth North High School's Brenna Tobin for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Plymouth girl, family receive a life-changing home renovation

Abby MacCurtain has a severe neurological disorder that limits her speech and mobility. On Wednesday, Abby and her family celebrated the renovation of her three-bedroom home that will make it easier for her to navigate the space.

Fentanyl seized in New Bedford drug bust

Troopers identified the suspect as Oscar Ramos-Torres, 30, and said he was arrested during a raid of his McGuirk Street apartment in New Bedford.

These are the best and worst times to travel this Memorial Day weekend

It’s almost Memorial Day weekend, which means you can cue the sunshine, backyard barbecues, and, of course, holiday traffic.

Second ambulance added, renovated EMS station opens in East Boston

The renovation came as part of a collaboration with Mayor Martin Walsh’s office, Boston Emergency Medical Services, and Massport.

Lawrence-based fentanyl dealer gets 10-year federal prison sentence, could face deportation

The defendant, Robert Raniery Arias, 35, learned his fate during a sentencing hearing in US District Court in Concord, N.H.

When newspapers were on the rise — a newsstand at a Boston T station in 1902.

Dire predictions issued on the future of the newspaper industry

An expert from Harvard and the editor of The New York Times are both sounding warnings that newspapers are ailing and may be perched on the edge of a precipitous decline.

Marcia and Gregory Abbott of Manhattan and Aspen, Colo., are among the parents pleading guilty.

Three more parents in college cheating scandal pleading guilty Wednesday

The defendants will each plead guilty to a sole count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, a felony that carries up to 20 years in prison, records show.

Lakeville man who allegedly ran stop sign arrested after gun found in car

A Lakeville man was arrested in Dorchester Tuesday night after officers say they found a loaded gun on the floor of his car while pulling the man over for running a stop sign, officials said.

Man shot by Chicopee police after he allegedly refused to drop knife

Dauda Handan, 55, was reported to be in stable condition at Baystate Medical Center and is charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The Encore Boston Harbor casino will be allowed to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. but only to people who are “actively gambling,” giving the Everett property the latest closing time of any nightspot in Eastern Massachusetts.

Encore Boston Harbor casino gets approval to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. to ‘active gamblers’

The Encore Boston Harbor will be able to provide complimentary drinks until 4 a.m. for gamblers still placing bets on the casino floor.

Fire in Dennis kills dog after stove top left burning

A family dog was overcome by heavy smoke in Dennis Tuesday night after the tenant left the stove on, igniting items nearby, according to the town’s fire department.

Animal control officers visited the goats during a training session at Bonnie Lea Farm in Williamstown.

Animal control officers learn the ropes in handling horses, cattle, and other livestock

The hands-on workshop with large animals in the Berkshires is one of the highlights of the training program.

Chloe Ricard.

What we know about the death of 13-year-old Chloe Ricard

Much about the circumstances of the Amesbury teen’s death remains unclear, but police are investigating.

Quincy police officer rescues opossum and brings it home for the night

The little critter has been named “Stone Cold Steve Opossum.”

Congresswoman Katherine Clark was interviewed during a Boston Globe Political Happy Hour hosted by Josh Miller in 2017.

Mass. lawmaker claims Purdue Pharma corrupted World Health Organization

Congresswoman Katherine Clark says the opioid maker influenced the global health group’s drug prescription recommendations.

Man’s body pulled from Muddy River by Boston firefighters

The victim was pronounced dead at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and there was no evidence of foul play, police said.

Brockton man charged in fatal shooting in Dorchester

Shakeem McNeill was held without bail at his arraignment Wednesday in Dorchester Municipal Court, where a not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf to a murder charge.

Brookline, MA - 07/27/17 - Blueberries from Kimball Fruit Farm in Pepperell for sale at the Brookline Farmers Market in Coolidge Corner. The number of farmers markets has grown by about 300 percent in the past ten years. There are more customers, too--but not 300 percent more. In many cases that means fewer customers per market, and less business for the farmers who work very hard to get their produce or meat or eggs to the markets. Some farmers are dropping markets, others are adding markets to make up the business. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Beth Teitell Mandl) Topic: (29farmers)

Here’s a guide to finding farmers’ markets in Greater Boston

Spring is in full bloom and with summer on the way, full-scale summer farmers’ markets are returning to the Boston area.

Lawrence garage closed amid structural issues

The city’s Department of Public Works confirmed the closure in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

Missing 26-year-old Westwood woman safely found

Ashley Littlejohn and her dog have been reconnected with her family.

Boss says fired cafeteria worker hadn’t charged student’s account in 3 months

A New Hampshire cafeteria worker fired for giving lunch to a boy who couldn’t pay allegedly had not charged the student’s account for three months.

Man fatally shot in Dorchester

Police are investigating after a man was fatally shot near Dorchester Center on Tuesday night.

Lynn man pleads guilty to lottery tax scam

A Lynn man pleaded guilty for his involvement in a multi-million-dollar scam that allowed lottery winners to avoid paying taxes on winnings.

Jake Harris (right) led a group of singers at the Temple B’nai Israel in Revere.

Last synagogue in Revere prepares to close its doors

There were once three active synagogues in the city, which attracted Jewish immigrants from Russia and eastern Europe.

The new Wynn Casino in Everett, slated to open in June.

MGM pulls out of talks with Wynn over sale of Everett casino

Casino giant MGM Resorts is pulling out of talks with Wynn Resorts over the possible sale of Wynn’s Everett property, Encore Boston Harbor, MGM said.

Kelly’s Roast Beef in Saugus temporarily closed after employee infected with salmonella

There are no known cases of infected customers.

BOSTON, 1/9/2019 - New City Councilor Althea Garrison smiles after taking her seat in the City Council Chambers, as Council President Andrea Campbell looks on, after Garrison was sworn in at city hall, filling the vacancy left by the November election of congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Metro, Desk )

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City candidates line up for fall elections

Tuesday was the last day for candidates for the nine district seats and for at-large to turn in signatures to qualify for the November election and, if necessary, a preliminary election.

Police searching for suspects in South Boston beating

Boston police are asking for the public to help identify two males in connection to a beating that occurred early on May 12 in South Boston, officials said.

Jane Marcus of Medford chanted during a rally outside of the State House on Tuesday held to protest restrictive abortion laws recently passed in several states.

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Why does medically accurate sex education matter? Look at the abortion debate

The best arguments for medically accurate sex ed in Massachusetts classrooms may have just been made in the legislative chambers of Alabama, Missouri, and Ohio.

New questions over air-quality risks for proposed natural gas facility in Weymouth

Agency waited three days to turn over the full data set to project opponents last week.

Officials revealed that the McCormack Middle School in Dorchester would merge with Boston Community Leadership Academy in Hyde Park.

Two new Boston school buildings on the horizon, as 17 schools add sixth grade

Boston school officials say they have reached significant milestones in their effort to overhaul the system’s aging buildings.

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These were the most popular baby names in Massachusetts last year

If you’re in Massachusetts, there’s still a pretty good chance you’ll be meeting a lot of Benjamins and Emmas.