Only 40 percent of Harvard undergrads will return to campus this fall

Harvard’s approach is among the more restrictive in the Boston area. Most universities have laid out plans to bring most students back this upcoming school year with masks, frequent testing, smaller classrooms, and a mix of online and in-person classes.

‘Us existing, being here, is just power.’ Black Boston photographers talk about covering recent protests

Some say they are looking to build a portfolio. Others say it’s their calling, or are chasing an iconic shot. Underpinning the various motivations is a sense of duty to chronicle this current moment, to tell their stories.

Yet another ice cream shop is begging rude customers to chill

The owner of Herrell's Ice Cream and Sweet Bakery in Northampton said there have been a multitude of incidents this summer, making it one of the hardest in recent memory.

Three questions surround Trump’s N.H. rally this Saturday

This is no typical presidential visit.

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This day in history

Today is Tuesday, July 7, the 189th day of 2020. There are 177 days left in the year.

Woman fatally shot in Dorchester Sunday was a bystander watching fireworks

Felicity Coleman was one of seven people killed in Boston last week in a barrage of violence around the holiday weekend. The man accused of killing her had gotten into an argument with someone else and shot into a crowd of people, hitting Coleman, prosecutors said.

In Springfield, an Instagram post costs a detective her job

Florissa Fuentes, a 30-year-old detective in her first year with the department, was fired on June 19 after a controversial social media post made in apparent support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

College will be far different this fall, but the price will be largely the same

A significant portion of university instruction will take place online this fall, a setup that officials say will cost them more, not less. As a result, most have not offered to lower the cost, despite acknowledging that the experience will be vastly different.

Massachusetts reports 15 deaths, 157 new confirmed coronavirus cases

Key indicators ticked downward as much of Massachusetts entered Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan.

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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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When it comes to BPD overtime cuts, councilors want detailed plan

City councilors are pushing to make sure reductions to overtime become a reality and are calling for Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s team to provide a detailed plan of how the cuts will be achieved.

State Senate unveils sweeping police reform bill, plans to pass it this week

Following reform legislation proposed by Governor Charlie Baker, the Massachusetts state Senate on Monday unveiled its own package designed to increase police accountability and fight systemic racism.

Ghislaine Maxwell, charged in connection with Jeffrey Epstein scandal, expected to make court appearance Friday in New York

Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite charged with sex crimes in connection with the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, will likely make her first court appearance in New York on Friday.

Councilor Lydia Edwards advocates charter change to give Boston City Council more budgetary power

“If we really want to reflect what the voters need and want, we have to change the system,” said Councilor Lydia Edwards.

Passenger injured in ATV crash in New Hampshire

Samantha Cafaro, 29, of East Providence, R.I., was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., after the 4:15 p.m. accident in Jericho Mountain State Park.



Trump to hold outdoor rally in N.H. next weekend

President Trump will hold an outdoor campaign rally next Saturday night in New Hampshire, his campaign announced Sunday, marking the third time he will campaign in the state in a year, and the second time he will travel to New England in a little over a month.

500-foot ‘Black Lives Matter’ street mural painted in Nubian Square

The two-day project, which began Saturday morning, stretches from the corner of Palmer Street in Nubian Square to the front door of Black Market, the business organizing the painting.

Boycott continues against Cambridge Whole Foods that sent employees home for Black Lives Matter masks

On Sunday, more than 40 people held signs in front of the River Street store, where they have gathered nearly every day since June 25. The group erupted into cheers every several minutes — marking each time they convinced a shopper to buy groceries elsewhere.

Phase 3 of the coronavirus recovery starts Monday, but some businesses will wait

Many businesses will delay opening so they can better prepare for new health regulations — which can include capacity limits, the installation of physical barriers, plus requirements for workers and customers to wear masks.

Man arrested in fatal shooting of woman in Dorchester

A man was arrested in the fatal shooting of a woman in Dorchester early Sunday morning, Boston Police said.

In New England, college reopening takes a variety of forms

Across New England, colleges and universities are scrambling to figure out how the fall semester will work amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic: Students at home or students on campus? Professors teaching in classrooms or teaching from home, via Zoom? How will dormitories work? And cafeterias? And sports?

With summer camps in financial free fall, advocates say state has left them in a bad spot

According to an industry organization, at least a third of camps and as many as two-thirds may never reopen. Overall, camps in the state stand to lose about $450 million this summer,

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Faneuil Hall merchants open for business, but still need help to stay afloat

Businesses reopened last week to a nearly empty Faneuil Hall Marketplace and a pile of past-due rent bills. To save the local character of one of Boston's landmarks, renters will need help.

This day in history

Today is Monday, July 6, the 188th day of 2020. There are 178 days left in the year.

One killed, four injured in shooting at Saturday night cookout in Lynn

A 35-year-old Lynn man was killed and four other people were injured in a shooting at a cookout in Lynn Saturday night, the Essex district attorney’s office said.

Amid moment of reckoning, some police chiefs leave the job to someone else

Several area police chiefs, facing tough new calls for reform brought on by the national Black Lives Matter movement, have announced plans to retire. The sudden departures could signal the difficulty some police chiefs believe they face, or even their willingness to confront issues around race and violence.

‘A one-two punch:' bookkeeper accused of stealing from restaurants, bakers, and other small businesses already hurting from COVID shutdown

Clients knew Patricia Lindau as the nice woman who handled their payroll and made sure they paid their state and federal taxes on time — until she disappeared. Now, more than 20 New England business owners, most already reeling from the economic crisis, are learning they owe huge amounts to the Internal Revenue Service, and the state.

Protesters call on board chairman to ‘wake up’ Sunday morning

About 50 people gathered outside the building where the chair of Brookline’s select board lives Sunday morning, chanting “Black lives matter” and making noise to “wake up” Chair Bernard Greene and encourage moving funds from the town’s police department to other areas.

“If I die now, have I lived the life I wanted to?”

If an entire region can have an existential crisis, we’re having one. Spouses are being left, retirements pushed up, friends dropped. People are moving to rural spots and strengthening their faith, and those fortunate enough to have a choice are saying “no” to commuting.

More than 1,000 gather in Boston for celebration of Black women in march and rally

In stark contrast to largely subdued Independence Day in Boston, more than 1,000 people gathered Saturday afternoon to celebrate the lives of Black women, and demand an end to police violence, with a planned march from Nubian Square in Roxbury to a rally at Boston Common.

For devoted Fourth fans, an off-key Independence Day

For devoted fans of the annual celebration, it is one more loss to the coronavirus.

Boston police identify 15-year-old killed in Boston during violent week

A week of violence in Boston continued into the weekend, with two people dying Friday night, one in a fatal stabbing, and another person seriously injured in a shooting Saturday morning in separate incidents, police said.

Police confiscate cache of fireworks, incendiary devices in South Boston

Amid worries that the Fourth of July holiday will increase the frequency of illegal fireworks displays, Boston police announced Saturday they confiscated a “large quantity” of fireworks and incendiary devices from a vehicle in South Boston.

Mass. reports 23 new deaths, 210 new COVID-19 cases Saturday

State officials reported 23 new deaths and 210 new cases of the coronavirus Saturday, a little more than a day before much of Massachusetts prepares to ease coronavirus restrictions starting Monday.

Dozens hold July 4 rally at Old State House

A group of about 50 people gathered outside the Old State House in Boston Saturday for a reading of the Declaration of Independence, despite officials’ pleas to avoid crowds during the coronavirus pandemic.


Twinning to the max

There are friends who do everything together. And then there are these friends.

The North Washington Street Bridge is about to come down

A temporary bridge will carry traffic in out of downtown Boston while the aging truss bridge is demolished.

The long road back from COVID-19

It took Nina Coletta 72 days to get back home. But when she finally arrived at her doorstep in late June, amid cheers from well-wishers crowding the sidewalk, she could barely feel the familiar ground beneath her feet. She had lost nearly all sensation below her ankles. It was Day 72. But clearly many more days of recovery lay ahead.

15-year-old girl shot at South Shore Plaza in Braintree; two in custody

The girl's injuries were not life threatening, police said.

Trauma compounded on trauma: Boston suffers violent week ahead of July Fourth

From June 26 through Friday afternoon, the city saw four homicides, 13 nonfatal shootings, and at least 10 nonfatal stabbings — days of violence in communities already wrestling with grief.

Fauci praises Mass. coronavirus response as state’s key indicators continue downward trend

Massachusetts health officials on Friday reported that 17 more people have died from the coronavirus, and another 290 people have contracted it, bringing the total death toll in the state to 8,149 and the total case count to 109,628.

No public fireworks display. Socially distant barbecues. This is definitely the most unusual Fourth of July anyone can remember

The country's 244th birthday is shadowed and subdued by the coronavirus, staggering unemployment, and searing questions of America’s commitment to racial justice.

EEE detected in Mass. mosquitoes for first time this year

Massachusetts health officials are reminding residents to wear bug spray after eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, was detected in a sample of mosquitoes for the first time this year.

Baker approves one-year extension for MBTA board amid pandemic, financial challenges

Governor Charlie Baker signed off late Thursday on a one-year extension of the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, keeping the agency’s oversight panel in place through the next stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MBTA is sharing crowding information during the pandemic. So, how does it work?

The latest MBTA digital feature would have been nice to have months ago, but now seems borderline critical during an infectious disease outbreak: live information on how crowded that next bus is, allowing riders to decide if there’s enough room to safely board and observe social distancing.

How to pretend like you’re not pretending that this thing is over

The whole point of social distancing is for people to know you're doing it.

Environmental inspections plummet amid pandemic

State water quality, air pollution, and other inspections, already declining, cratered after the coronavirus hit Massachusetts, records show.

Vermont colleges unite to help community newspapers

Under a program launched by the University of Vermont, students are being paired with local news outlets — some established, some brand-new — to provide the fledgling journalists with real-world experience.

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A patriotic forest takes root to fight a stubborn, invisible — and deadly — enemy

More than 8,000 flags fly as emblems of resolve against a pandemic.