South Boston family raises money to honor the memory of their late son

The McGraths are determined that 2-year-old Colin McGrath’s spirit will endure, by giving back to a community that rallied around them after Colin’s death last year.

New England Baptist Hospital, in the Mission Hill neighborhood, has evolved from its beginning in 1893.

New England Baptist Hospital to launch campaign to attract more low-income patients

The renowned institution where Boston Celtics and amateur athletes alike go sits amid two of Boston’s neediest neighborhoods. Yet just a tiny fraction of its patients are poor.

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Lawmakers file bills to make controversial court hearings less secret

At issue is the practice in which clerk magistrates decide behind closed doors whether to approve charges before suspects are publicly arraigned.

The State Police headquarters in Framingham.

Spurned recruit asks judge to force State Police to accept him

A federal jury last year found that State Police unfairly denied a black applicant. Now, he wants a judge to order the agency to give him a job.

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Snowstorm could drop up to 6 inches on Boston area Monday

Snowfall is likely to begin after midnight with up to 6 inches accumulating in Boston, according to the National Weather Service.

State commission rules Brookline was not justified in firing firefighter who complained of racist remark

Gerald Alston, who served 11 years on the Brookline Fire Department, was fired in October 2016.

Death of woman found dead in Madison, N.H., ruled a homicide

Melissa Hatch, 42, was killed by “multiple sharp injuries including deep incised wounds of the neck,” New Hampshire’s attorney general said in a statement Sunday.


The City of Presidents celebrates its holiday

The Quincy Presidents’ Day Family Winterfest provided an opportunity Sunday for parents to take children out for a brisk day in the sun — with a historical bent.

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They were the top of their class at Boston public schools. Then life happened

Read a multi-part investigation into how and why the lives of promising Boston valedictorians didn’t quite turn out the way they expected.

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Lottery results from Sunday drawings

A team from Massachusetts will travel to Haiti to build a playground on an empty lot at the Marion G. Austin School & Orphanage.

These kids aren’t just playing on playgrounds, they’re building them too

Designing a playground for a school and orphanage in Haiti? It’s all in a day’s work for a group of middle schoolers from Winchester and Lowell.

Owner of Frank’s Diner in Ludlow arrested on drug charges

Francisco Evangelista, 75, faces charges including trafficking cocaine.

Amesbury teen killed in snowmobile crash in Maine

A 17-year-old from Amesbury, Mass., was killed while riding a snowmobile in Poland, Maine, on Saturday night.

The site of the former Bayside Expo Center.

Adrian Walker

UMass-Boston is about to find out if a real estate windfall can help calm a warring campus

The real estate deal that will bring over $200 million to cash-poor UMass-Boston comes as the school, operating under its second interim chancellor, confronts a turning point.

Columbia Gas CEO Steve Bryant speaks at a news conference in Lawrence, Mass., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, regarding last week's gas explosions and house fires in the Merrimack Valley. Bryant announced that the utility is donating $10 million to an emergency relief fund for people affected by the emergency. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Columbia Gas president will retire in May

The president of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts is retiring months after high pressure in gas pipes that the utility maintained led to a series of explosions in the Merrimack Valley.

Dog reunited with owner after 8 month, 175-mile journey

A dog that went missing in Massachusetts months ago has been reunited with its family after being found in Maine, 175 miles away.


For vacation week, skip the school books

It’s also Presidents’ Day week, and if you’re not dragging your young ones from car lot to car lot hoping to score a good deal, consider taking them somewhere else for fun.

Woman, daughter injured in Ludlow kitchen fire

A woman was seriously burned and her daughter was also injured when a kitchen fire broke out in Ludlow on Sunday morning, officials said.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2019. There are 316 days left in the year.

Investigators shut down River Street between Malta and Mattakeeset streets as they examined the crime scene on Sunday afternoon.

Boston police investigate Sunday stabbing that left man with life-threatening injuries

A man was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries Sunday after Boston police found him suffering from stab wounds.

ICE detainees in Boston jail go on hunger strike, groups say

Dozens of people detained by federal immigration officials were on a hunger strike at a Boston jail, according to two organizations.


Dave Epstein

Storm expected to bring snow early Monday morning

There will likely be snow in the air from roughly midnight tonight all the way through the mid-to-late afternoon on Monday.

Jimmy Iem, 30, of Lowell, was fatally shot Saturday evening.

Lowell man killed in shooting remembered as loving father of two young sons

A 30-year-old Lowell man who was fatally shot Saturday evening was remembered by his brother Sunday as a loving, hard-working family man who was the father of two young sons.

Driver killed in Medford crash Saturday night identified as Haverhill woman

Florence Bisson, 58, of Haverhill was killed Saturday evening in a single-vehicle crash in Medford, according to State Police.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Mass. Audubon Society

What’s open, closed on Presidents’ Day

What’s open, closed on Presidents’ Day.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2019. There are 317 days left in the year.

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.

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Polito pays herself back $226,000 in loans from decades-old campaigns

“I was fortunate to have the means to be able to recoup the funds that I personally gave to my campaigns, and I felt it was the right time to do so,” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said.

Snow on the way Sunday

Snow is set to start falling at 9 p.m., with accumulations ranging from 2 to 4 inches in Eastern Massachusetts.


Audrey Pence, the VP’s daughter, got engaged in Provincetown

The recent Northeastern University grad took to Instagram to announce her engagement to Daniel Tomanelli with a series of photos of the pair kissing in the rain.

Woman killed in crash on I-93 in Medford

The single-car crash near exit 33 temporarily closed some southbound lanes, State Police said.

These posters were discovered Friday in East Boston.

Boston police arrest 3 men accused of posting racist fliers

Matthew Wolf of Lowell, Christopher Hood of Malden, and Tylar Larson of Rochester, N.Y., are facing assault or weapons charges, police said.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Kenneth Perry was recognized during the African American Veteran Appreciation Brunch in Roxbury.

African-American veterans honored in Roxbury

Mayor Walsh honored veterans at the third annual African American Veteran Appreciation Brunch.

Harwich man dies after swerving off Route 6 in Yarmouth

David Marceline, 46, died Saturday morning after swerving his tractor-trailer to avoid a median strip on Route 6.

Juvenile arrested in murder of woman in Madison, N.H.

The body of Melissa Hatch, 42, was found inside a home, and the juvenile was arrested at the scene, authorities said.

US Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey laughed while chatting with a supporter Saturday in Portsmouth, N.H.

Cory Booker visits New Hampshire for first time as presidential candidate

The New Jersey senator is spending Presidents’ Day weekend in the state.

Desiree loves singing and dancing with others.

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Desiree is ready for a family of her own

The 6-year-old is an energetic girl who is full of life.

Man shot in Woburn over $10 debt, police say

Asa Cooper, 28, of Dorchester, allegedly shot a man outside his home around midnight Friday and fled the scene in a van, Woburn police said.

Cambridge police arrest man accused of approaching two preteen sisters on street

A Cambridge man who is reportedly a registered sex offender is accused of approaching two preteen sisters on the street and grabbing one of them.

A newer single room at Mass. General, which is seeking approval to build two connected towers with 450 private rooms, at a cost of more than $1 billion.

Patients want private rooms, and hospitals are accommodating them

MGH is joining a growing number of US medical centers that are constructing private rooms, often at significant cost, to give patients and caregivers more privacy.

Flanked by football players Peter Coleman, left and Kobe Weinstein, right, Old Orchard Beach Football Coach Dean Plante spoke about changes coming to football here next fall.

As football loses luster, smaller teams take hold in Maine

Maine is poised to become the only New England state to field high school football teams with eight players instead of 11.

Paula Sharaga of Cambridge died Friday when her bicycle collided with a cement truck at Brookline Avenue and Park Drive in the Fenway.

Family, friends mourn popular librarian killed in bicycle crash

Paula Sharaga, 69, of Cambridge worked in public libraries in Brookline and Holliston, her husband said.

The Seacoast Marine Mammal Rescue Team found this seal pup in the middle of a Salisbury street earlier this week.

Seal pup rescued after wandering onto road in Salisbury

The pup was found in an area near Salisbury Beach, according to a marine rescue organization.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke at a meet-and-greet event Saturday in Raymond, N.H.

Indiana’s Pete Buttigieg offers his youth as advantage in race for White House

The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind., spoke Saturday in Raymond, N.H.

General Electric’s plan for a bold building along the Fort Point Channel are no more.

Yvonne Abraham

Big companies don’t need our tax breaks

Are we finally going to see an end to cities and states bowing and scraping and offering massive tax giveaways to attract big corporations?

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited several businesses in Downtown Exeter as the presidential hopeful was in New Hamshire for the weekend.

Presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand tours businesses in Exeter, N.H.

She was among several Democratic candidates seeking to be the nation’s chief executive who visited the Granite State on Saturday.

Injured hiker rescued in Duxbury

The hiker was walking her dog with a group in a wooded area when she fell and was injured.

Jordan Thompson, 20, is one of 22 men from around the country picked to participate in Barack Obama's My Brother's Keeper summit in Oakland, Calif. He poses in Nashua, N.H., next to a mural near City Hall created by

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From Nashua to Obama’s MBK Rising! in Oakland, Jordan Thompson is a keeper of the community

For a former foster kid, a young man dealing with the intersections of blackness, queerness, and masculinity, Thompson still finds his rise a little unbelievable.