State Police had a quota system for issuing tickets, prosecutors allege

The Massachusetts State Police has repeatedly denied the existence of ticket quotas in recent years, but federal prosecutors outlined such a system last week.

Ware Cady’s son, Ware Jr. (right), made a play on the ball during the street hockey game on Chestnut Street on March 10.

The street hockey game that never ends

On a quiet street in Salem, a Sunday hockey game has been going on since 1970, long enough for one generation of players to pass the tradition on to the next.

Inside the casino at Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, N.Y., March 25, 2018. A string of new resort and hotel projects near the Catskill Mountains is a heartening sign for an area where tourism has fallen precipitously from its heyday in the middle of the 20th century. (Eva Deitch/The New York Times)

Is Northeast’s casino market saturated? Catskills resort is a cautionary tale

Casinos have sprung up across the Northeast in recent years, and the competition will tighten even more with Encore Boston Harbor, set to open in late June in Everett.

Mayors Joseph Curtatone of Somerville (left) and Marc McGovern of Cambridge are supporting the private fund’s initiative.

Cambridge, Somerville mayors back legal-aid fund to help immigrants

The mayors will support the Cambridge Community Foundation, a legal aid organization that was launched in 2018.

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Today is Tuesday, March 19, the 78th day of 2019. There are 287 days left in the year.

Man pleads guilty in stabbing prosecutors say was motivated by transphobia

David Delacruz, 31, was sentenced to five to seven years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to knocking the victim from her wheelchair and stabbing her multiple times.

Worcester police asking for public help in identifying hit and run suspect

Worcester police are searching for a hit and run suspect that left a 77-year-old woman hospitalized Monday March 11.

Lawrence residents arrested after selling marijuana edibles meant for children

Adnellys Ramos, 36, Santos Santiago, 47, and Ranzel Ramos, 20, were charged with distributing marijuana-laced in the form of candies, chocolates, muffins, and other treats.

Girl sought relief from bullying. In exchange, teacher’s aide demanded massages, she says

A 13-year-old told investigators with the state’s child-protection agency that last fall she felt forced to give a teacher’s aide half a dozen massages.

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Prosecutors say couple used Facebook stock to gain daughter admission to UCLA

Davina Isackson, 55, and, Bruce Isackson, 61, are among dozens of wealthy parents alleged to have paid William “Rick” Singer huge sums as part of a nationwide scheme to funnel bribes to corrupt coaches and officials at selective colleges.

District Attorney Andrea Harrington, center, speaks during a news conference Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Sheffield Town Hall about a house fire on Home Road that took the lives of five people in Sheffield, Mass. Behind Harrington are Sheffield Fire Chief Brent Getchell, left, and Massachusetts State Police Lt. Detective Ed Culver. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

In Sheffield investigation, ‘overwhelming evidence’ suggests man killed wife, 3 children, DA says

Investigators found evidence of fire accelerant in different parts of the Sheffield home where the bodies were found.

Moscow, ME, 03/9/2019 -- Xavier Belanger, 11, of Moscow, Maine carves a path on Wyman Lake as his family ice fishes . (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 09snowmobile Reporter:

As temps heat up, resist going on thin ice

There have been a handful of ice rescues this season. Here are some reminders of to keep you from falling into a frozen lake in the first place.

Sean Mulveyhill, right, enters a court room before a pretrial hearing in Hampshire Superior Court, in Northampton, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010. Mulveyhill is one of six South Hadley, Mass., teens charged in connection with South Hadley High School freshman Phoebe Prince's suicide in January of 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Roback, The Republican) Library Tag 09162010 Metro Library Tag 04282011 Metro

The man at the center of the Phoebe Prince bullying case raped me, woman tells court

A 21-year-old student at Mount Holyoke College says Sean Mulveyhill flirted and pursued her on campus, then got her to give him a ride to his house off campus where he allegedly raped her.

Weymouth public housing unit evacuated after gas leak

An apartment building in Weymouth was evacuated Monday afternoon a gas main was struck, officials said.

Lizette and James Eckert were shot and killed Friday.

In double slaying, authorities say N.H. man died of single gunshot wound to the head

A New Hampshire man who died hours after being found in critical condition near his murdered wife was killed by a single gunshot to the head, officials said Monday.

Maine man identified as man killed by own truck in Canton

Police believe Michael Kulas, 72, of St. Albans, Maine may have suffered from a “serious medical event” before being struck on Sunday.

Robert Mueller has been looking into Russian tampering with the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign was involved.

More than 80 percent of voters want to see Mueller’s report, poll says

The public wants to know what special counsel Robert Mueller has found out about Russian tampering with the 2016 election and possible links to the Trump campaign, a new Suffolk poll suggests.

Middleborough police say reported attempted abduction did not happen

Middleborough police have determined that the story a woman told them Monday about an attempted abduction Monday afternoon was untrue, officials said.

New Bedford man busted for allegedly receiving two bricks of cocaine in the mail

A 46-year-old New Bedford man is facing a drug trafficking count after authorities alleged he received two kilos of cocaine through the mail.

Jury finds man guilty of raping and strangling woman inside her Quincy apartment in 2009

Joseph Beatty, now 61, who at one point shared a romantic relationship with Beaton, was convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated rape, according to District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey’s office.

Robert Gentile said Monday, on the 29th anniversary of the Gardner art heist, that he knows nothing about the theft.

Conn. man linked to Gardner theft is freed from prison

Robert Gentile maintained Monday that he knows nothing about the still-unsolved theft from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The heist took place 29 years ago today.

Justin Godin, 28, of Manchester, N.H., is accused of pointing a gun at customers in a drive-thru at a Manchester McDonald’s.

Man, 28, allegedly points gun at McDonald’s drive-thru customers in Manchester, N.H.

Police identified the suspect as Justin Godin, 28, of Manchester.

Trees began to flower at the Public Garden in Boston on March 21 last year.

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Spring starts March 20. Here’s what that likely means for Boston in terms of weather

Although it was cold and relatively snowy the first half of this month, the angle of the sun has been getting higher and higher.

State police probe act of vandalism at World War II memorial in South Boston

“We are currently investigating potential vandalism to the World War II Memorial at Castle Island,” Procopio wrote in an e-mail.


USC in Los Angeles.

Calif. mom and dad allegedly used Facebook stock holdings to help pay bribe in college admission plot

Davina Isackson, 55, of Hillsborough, Calif., made her initial appearance in US District Court in Boston today.

Lee Humiston of Maine Military Museum was reflected in the glass of the framed flag.

More than a century later, a soldier’s Civil War flag returns to Maine

The rare flag will be displayed at the Maine Military Museum in South Portland.

Suspect Darren Dyette.

Waltham police end search for man wanted for armed assault

Officials say Darren Dyette, 29, is still on the loose. He was armed during the assault, which took place around 5 a.m. Monday, police said.

David Olivo Jr., 27, of West Springfield was arrested after police found a loaded firearm and 850 bags of heroin in his car Sunday night.

Man arrested for 3rd time for allegedly dealing heroin in Springfield

Police say they discovered 850 bags of suspected heroin and a loaded handgun during a traffic stop Sunday.

Former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke, shown last week in Iowa, will make his first trip to New Hampshire on Tuesday.

Beto O’Rourke will make first visit to N.H. on Tuesday

The former Texas congressman has up to 10 stops planned in less than 48 hours, the campaign announced Monday.

Man, 90, dies after car strikes guard rail, telephone pole in Lynn crash

The 90-year-old Salem man was traveling northbound on Western Avenue when his car went off the road and struck the rail and the pole, officials said.

New research raises the prospect that humans have an ancient magnetic sense of direction

It’s been shown in animals, but do humans have a magnetic sense of direction? New research has found the human brain unconsciously responds to changes in magnetic fields.

Rescuers walk 5 hours to rescue 2 stranded women, dogs from hiking trail in Maine

The women called for help once they realized they had hiked out too far and had no food, water, or flashlights, officials said.

Here’s a list of the 100 highest-paid Mass. quasi-public workers in 2018

The top earner took home more than $668,000 last year.

A plane at Logan Airport.

Pay records show hefty spending at Mass. quasi-public agencies

At Massport, one of the largest quasi-public agencies — which is best known for running Logan Airport — about 600 workers made $100,000 or more last year.

The Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I., is the country’s oldest existing Jewish house of worship.

US Supreme Court won’t intervene in Newport synagogue dispute

The left in place a ruling that the synagogue will remain the property of a New York congregation.

Rough ride for alleged drunk driver ends at water’s edge at Falmouth beach, police say

In a statement posted to Facebook, Falmouth police said the crash occurred around 1 a.m. at “the beach at the end of Maravista Ave.”

Search conducted on Mount Washington for missing Mass. man suspended

Officials searched Mount Washington for a missing Dracut man over the weekend but failed to find any new clues to his whereabouts.

A practitioner performed reiki.

Reiki masters flex muscle on Beacon Hill

For three years, practitioners of reiki have fought to kill a measure that would require them to be licensed by the state — an effort intended to rein in human trafficking.

Oxford firefighters rescue canoeists who got stuck as they rescued dog that fell through ice

Two men who used their canoe to reach and rescue a dog who had fallen through the ice in an Oxford pond were themselves later rescued by firefighters Sunday afternoon.

Temperatures on Monday will peak in the 40s, forecasters said.

Weather word into Wednesday: Quiet

Forecasters are using a five letter word to describe weather conditions in Greater Boston for Monday and into the middle of the work week: “quiet.”

Body found following early-morning Ashland shed fire

Authorities are investigating the death of a person in Ashland following the fire on Oak Street, officials said.

Ten people, including five children, driven out by early-morning fire in Dorchester

The fire broke out on the third floor of a two-family residence, officials said.

Taylor C. Woodward, 25, of Brandon.

Vermont trooper had to be revived with Narcan following drug bust

A Vermont state trooper had to be revived with multiple doses of Narcan on Friday night after he collapsed following a drug bust, officials said.

Boston students in 2016 during an exam prep course at Boston Latin.

New parent group to launch in Boston

SchoolFacts Boston intends to identify pressing issues facing families and come up with resources to help them navigate school decisions.

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Today is Monday, March 18, the 77th day of 2019. There are 288 days left in the year.

Boston police searching for suspect in South End sexual assault

Officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying a person wanted in connection to a sexual assault at a South End business on Sunday afternoon.

New host, new venue, familiar jokes at annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

The event’s first-time host, state Senator Nick Collins, took a genial approach to his duties, with gentle jabs at his colleagues’ ambitions for higher office, policy positions, and personal foibles.

Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys in December 2016.

Dropkick Murphys’ Ken Casey got into a scuffle at the band’s Friday House of Blues show

“Basically, guy was attacking fans and I was trying to defend them,” the bassist and singer told the Globe.