Boston schools agree to change policies on suspensions

The changes are the result of a lawsuit that alleged students involved in minor discipline incidents that the school treated as urgen crises.

Governor Charlie Baker spoke during a forum on the opioid epidemic.

Baker calls state’s opioid addiction ‘a relentless foe’

Overdose mortality fell 5 percent in 2017, but the latest data suggest a similar drop will not be seen in 2018.

Former Governor Michael Dukakis stands in front of a 1949 Hudson he rode around in Friday in support of a North-South Rail Link.

Michael Dukakis rode around in a rusty Hudson to drum up support for the North-South Rail Link

The former governor made stops in Mattapan, the Seaport, and Lowell to emphasize the importance of improving transportation.

Firefighters rescued two women from a building at 77 Division St. in Rockland on Friday.

2 residents rescued from burning building in Rockland

Firefighters rescued a 16-year-old girl from an apartment building Friday morning and brought out a 19-year-old woman who had been searching in the smoke for an exit.

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Today is Saturday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2018. There are 44 days left in the year.


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I-93 in Windham, N.H. re-opens after 4-car crash, icy conditions

Southbound lanes were closed north of exit 3 for about an hour Friday night, New Hampshire State Police said.

Peabody police identify mother struck with child by car

Marly Araujo, 48, of Peabody, and her 4-year-old son were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital after being struck by a car as they crossed Washington Street Thursday evening, police said.

Map: Where snow from the nor’easter fell

How much snow did New England get on Thursday night?

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Authorities investigating manhole explosion in Melrose

Authorities are investigating after an explosion in a pair of manholes rocked a Melrose neighborhood Friday night, police said.

This skiff was found 1.3 nautical miles south of Coggeshall Ledge in Newport, R.I., the Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard halts search off R.I. after boater found safe at home

A 14-foot skiff was found unoccupied, with its engine running, off Newport, R.I., officials said earlier.

Mayra Cardona (left) and Rosa Phinn-Westby with a photo of their brother, Jose Luis Phinn Williams, who they identified as the gas station attendant fatally shot in Dorchester last month.

Charges dropped against man accused of killing gas station attendant

The Suffolk DA’s office said the government “filed paperwork withdrawing the murder case against” Kevin Dante Williams Jr., 21.

Last seen in 2015, FAO Schwarz, the extravagant toy store, has reopened in Manhattan.

Iconic toy store FAO Schwarz makes its comeback

Three years after it closed its beloved toy store on Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz is making a return to New York.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

N.H. couple died in murder-suicide, officials rule

Donald McLaughlin, 58, shot and killed his wife, Diane McLaughlin, 68, in their Hooksett home, and then killed himself, New Hampshire officials said.

Newbury College suspends student charged with indecent assault

A Newbury College student has pleaded not guilty to charges that he groped three female students.

Boston’s new tourism boss named

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau’s board of directors Friday selected Martha Sheridan to be its new chief executive.

Rob Noyes of Hingham shoveled snow in front of his house on Friday before going to work.

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Winter? Already? Come on.

The symptoms of our case of early-onset winter are textbook: Everybody forgot how to drive. The commuter rail went to hell. There’s snow on the patio furniture you haven’t put away yet.

Somerville man pleads guilty to assaulting 2 federal officers outside courthouse

In April, Jessi Tombari, 34, tried to steal the weapon of one officer, and a second had to intervene to help apprehend him, authorities said.

Stoughton-11/16/18 Ricardo Francis from Hyde park was arraigned in Stoughton District Court for breaking into a Sharon home on Billings Street and assaulting a woman at knifepoint while her three young children were nearby. Photo for the Boston Globe by Debee Tlumacki (metro)

Sharon parents, 3 kids terrorized by armed man inside their home

At one point during the bizarre attack, the man was stabbing with a knife into a closet door where the father and children had taken refuge, police said.

ROBERT REDFORD (right) as Bob Woodward and DUSTIN HOFFMAN (left) as Carl Bernstein in the 1976 film

Here are some of the most memorable lines from movies written by William Goldman

Goldman authored such screenplays as “All the President’s Men,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” and “The Princess Bride.” He died Friday; he was 87.

CNN journalist Jim Acosta arrived at the White House after having his press pass restored Friday.

Civil rights groups, advocates say court ruling on CNN reporter a victory for First Amendment

Katie Fallow, senior staff attorney at the Knight Institute, said the Acosta saga is part of a broader White House trend.

Young man loses part of leg after being trapped in wood chipper in South Yarmouth

Co-workers applied a tourniquet to his leg, and firefighters rushed the man to Cape Cod Hospital.

The facade of St. Joseph Memorial Chapel at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.

Holy Cross cancels classes to hold summit on confronting hate, fostering tolerance

The campuswide summit comes in the wake of a campus assault in which police say a student was targeted because of their sexual orientation.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2017.

Oops! Cutting and pasting can cause big problems for lawyers

Cutting and pasting is a known pitfall for lawyers — as was shown when a prosecutor used the technique and inadvertently revealed charges against Julian Assange.

Members of the hazmat team investigated on the roof of the hotel.

Hydrogen peroxide spill triggers hazmat response at East Boston hotel

Guests staying on the ninth and 10th floors of the Embassy Suites hotel were asked to leave their rooms as a precaution while a hazmat team investigated.

A blanket of snow covers a field of crocheted poppies on display from Veterans Day.

‘It’s great for business.’ Despite 9.3 inches of snow, Carlisle is not fazed

Carlisle was one of more than a dozen Mass. communities that got at least 9 inches of snow from the nor’easter that passed through.

Man charged with killing mother in N.H. hospital poised to change his plea

Travis Frink previously pleaded not guilty to murder charges for the September 2017 slaying of his mother, Pamela Ferriere.

Cole Reissner, 20, of Sandwich.

Former Hyannis Chick-fil-A employee attempted to rob restaurant with knife

Cole Reissner of Sandwich was later identified by witnesses as the suspect, Barnstable police said in a statement.

Boston, MA - 11/4/18 - Building facades collapsed onto the sidewalk, on Harvard Avenue, in Allston, causing injuries. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 005buildingMetro Reporter: John Hilliard, Jerome Campbell

Was the Allston facade collapse a freak occurrence? Maybe not

Building facade collapses — like the one in Allston this month — are more common than you may imagine.

Snow fell on trailers set up in Lawrence to house people displaced by the gas explosions two months ago.

Several trailers set up for Merrimack Valley explosion victims had water issues during storm

Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty said that “the trailer people are working on a way to thaw the pipes.”

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Once the pay hike’s top critic, Baker will take $100,000 in new compensation in 2019

When state lawmakers rammed a bill into law last year giving them and other elected officials hefty pay hikes, Governor Charlie Baker was unequivocal in his disapproval.

MBTA general manager Luis Ramirez in 2017.

No bonus — yet — for MBTA general manager

State officials have put off a decision on whether to award general manager Luis Ramirez a bonus for his first year at the helm.

Jamal Gray.

Manchester, N.H., police seeking swastika vandalism suspect who may have fled to Mass.

Police say Jamal Gray is wanted for “his alleged involvement with multiple criminal mischiefs involving swastikas.”

Evidence found in the search.

2 Boston residents arrested for fentanyl trafficking

Boston police executing a search warrant Thursday arrested two city residents on charges of trafficking fentanyl, police said.

Map: Power outages in Mass.

Heavy, wet snow felled trees and downed power lines Friday morning.

Commuters made their way past wet snow at Alewife station Friday morning.

Storm slows commuter rail travel Friday morning

In addition to downed trees and mechanical problems, a train on the Fitchburg line was forced to stop after hitting a snowbank on the tracks.

CONCORD, MA - 11/16/2018: Snowstorm in November... David Smith shovels a driveway at the Emerson Museum in Concord(David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand alone photo

Greater Boston slogs through its first snowstorm of the season

The highest accumulations reported were in Billerica, Clinton, North Reading, and Stow, where at least 9 inches of snow fell.

Rob Noyes shoveled snow near his Hingham driveway before dawn Friday.

Greater Boston is in for a windy morning commute

Thursday evening’s nor’easter dropped anywhere from three to nine inches on Greater Boston. Now, the storm is bringing strong winds for the morning commute.

Here’s how much snow fell across Massachusetts

After a nor’easter blew through the Massachusetts Thursday night, some parts of the state saw nine inches of snow.

Snow expected to turn to rain in Boston

Snow fell in Boston Thursday night, but was expected to turn to rain in the city before midnight.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Nov. 16, the 320th day of 2018. There are 45 days left in the year.


Nov. 16, 2018

Wanted fugitive captured in Cambridge with guns, body armor; three others arrested

Troopers assigned to the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and state Parole Board tracked Matthew Haley to Cambridge.

BU campus police warn of scam targeting Asian students

The most recent scam took place on Nov. 2, when a student was convinced to transfer $49,000 in separate payments to the scammer using an online payment platform relating to Bank of China.

Death investigation underway in Hooksett, NH

The investigation into the “untimely deaths” of two adults is ongoing, state officials said Thursday.

State Police investigating worker’s death at road construction site in Becket

All westbound lanes on Route 90 at the 17.2 mile marker are closed, the tweet said.

Boston, MA - November 15, 2018: Copy photo of Thomas Downes, Silver Star recipient, in Boston, MA on November 15, 2018. (COPY PHOTO - Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: metro reporter:

Thomas Downes, awarded a Silver Star in World War II, dies at 92

Thomas Downes, 92, of Milton, who died on Veterans Day, was awarded a Silver Star for gallantry for his service during World War II.

The campus at Darmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

Dartmouth students shocked, angered over abuse allegations in lawsuit

“I don’t think that anybody in a position of authority should be using their power to demand sexual favors, or any sort of favors,” said Ashwini Narayanan, 18.

Mother and son struck, seriously injured in Peabody

The mother and her son, who is believed to be around four years old, were walking in the area of 264 Washington St. around 5:30 p.m. when they were hit by the car, a Peabody fire official said.