Walsh seeks to sharply increase recycling, composting in Boston

The plan would be part of an effort to support the city’s goal of going carbon neutral by 2050, officials said.

CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 24: Head coach Peter Brand talks to Veronica Czyzewski of Harvard as she competes against Karolina Cieslar of St. John's in the Saber semi finals during the Division I Women's Fencing Championship held at The Wolstein Center on the Cleveland State University campus on March 24, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

The feds are looking into the sale of the Harvard fencing coach’s house

A federal grand jury is investigating the Harvard fencing coach’s sale of his Needham house to a wealthy Maryland businessman whose teenage son was eyeing admission to the prestigious university.

Armed guards stood by while suspects in connection with the shooting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz were taken to court by the police in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

David Ortiz case a high-profile test for troubled Dominican criminal justice system

The high-profile investigation into the plot to kill David Ortiz will test the Dominican Republic’s troubled criminal justice system under the harsh glare of the international spotlight.

Young man with hands clasped together

Suicides soar among teenagers, Harvard study says

The report provides the first detailed breakdown of young people by age and sex over several years. And it reveals a recent, abrupt spike.

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Forecasters warn of dense fog along coast, so drive slowly

A particularly dense fog has fallen onto coastal communities Wednesday, meaning severely reduced visibility during the morning commute.

Neighbor and police officer rescue man from house fire in Abington

The man was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital on Tuesday night, authorities said.

Woman accused of killing mother at Goffstown, N.H. home to be arraigned Wednesday

Jennifer Clow has waived extradition and agreed to return to New Hampshire, according to a statement from the New Hampshire deputy attorney general’s office.

Hanson police investigating vandalism at town hall, school

It is unclear if the two incidents are related, police said.

David Ortiz’s lawyer says former slugger ‘is innocent in what happened’

The lawyer, José Martínez Hoepelman, said he had been briefed by Dominican authorities, who plan to disclose Wednesday the results of their preliminary investigation into the shooting of David Ortiz.

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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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Eight-year-old boy nearly drowns at Fessenden School camp in Newton

Lifeguards performed CPR on the boy, who was “fully conscious and alert,” when taken to a hospital, Newton fire officials said.

New Bedford man stopped for texting while driving arrested on drug, gun charges

Severn Williams, 20, was allegedly in possession of a loaded .380 Llama handgun while being unlicensed to carry, Massachusetts State Police said in a statement Tuesday.

Enroute to overdose call, Yarmouth firefighters deliver baby girl

The patient who overdosed survived and was also taken to Cape Cod Hospital, the department said Tuesday.

Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

On MBTA, a rare rift between Baker and Walsh

The T’s latest woes have seemingly opened something else between the Republican and Democrat — a rare fissure.

On Monday, workers waited for a Red Line train to pass by before working on the tracks at the JFK/UMass Station.

Red Line and Commuter Rail try getting back to regular service

The Red Line is increasing the number of trains per hour, while the Commuter Rail is no longer running extra trips.

Alleged child rapist added to Mass. State Police most wanted list

Zion Pierre Vazquez, 31, allegedly committed multiple sexual assaults against a child under 10 years old over an extended period of time, Massachusetts State Police said in a statement.

Reading police chief resigns after alleged domestic violence incident

Mark Segalla, who has been on paid leave since Dec. 22, will resign effective June 28, the town announced Tuesday.

Boston City Councilor Althea Garrison and chief of staff Mark Murphy’s partnership has at times rankled her council colleagues.

With an ex-priest as her top aide, Althea Garrison seeks to challenge council from the right

When Garrison was officially sworn in as a councilor at-large, she named Murphy her chief of staff — kicking off a partnership that’s been pushing an agenda ranging from housing to veterans’ services.

Governor Charlie Baker and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides spoke in support of the governor's bill to raise $1 billion in new revenue over the next decade to invest in climate adaption infrastructure before the Joint Committee on Revenue in the State House on Tuesday.

Baker touts climate resiliency bill in testimony before lawmakers

Governor Charlie Baker testified in front of the Joint Committee on Revenue to discuss his bill that would raise funds to help mitigate the effects of climate change.

Cambridge poet Gail Mazur said Dr. Menkiti was “paternal and princely, adoring conversation about poems and poets.”


Ifeanyi Menkiti, Wellesley professor who rescued the Grolier Poetry Book Shop, dies at 78

Ifeanyi Menkiti, 78, of Somerville, was a longtime Wellesley College philosophy professor and poet who purchased the Grolier Poetry Book Shop in 2006, keeping it from closing.

After delays, Red Line resumes regular service

In a tweet shortly after 6:10 p.m., the MBTA said regularly scheduled service had resumed.

Voters back moratorium on face recognition surveillance in Mass.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts released the findings to launch its new “Press Pause on Face Surveillance” campaign, which supports a moratorium and aims to build public awareness about civil rights concerns associated with face recognition technology.

NORTH ANDOVER, MA- NOVEMBER 08, 2017- : Abigail Nam, 10, raises her hand during his fourth grade math class at Kittredge Elementary School in North Andover, MA on November 08, 2017. Teacher Kim Hordon was teaching a Eureka Math lesson on unit conversion and problem solving with metric measurement. (The new MCAS test is redefining the performance of the schools statewide. With tougher questions, fewer students are scoring in the top category of the exam.) (CRAIG F. WALKER/GLOBE STAFF) section: metro reporter: (REPORTER SPOKE WITH BEN's MOM)

MCAS critics want three-year moratorium

Educators and advocates are urging state lawmakers to press the pause button on the use of the state’s standardized test program as a graduation requirement and a component of school accountability measures.

Payroll tax to fund family and medical leave will be higher, begin later than planned

The payroll tax contributions are to fund the estimated $800 million program launched so workers can more easily take care of themselves and their families without facing financial crises.

Stoughton traffic stop leads to arrest of 3 men; drugs, guns seized

Police arrested three men and seized a gun from a car after a traffic stop in Stoughton on Saturday night. In a later search, they found another gun and more than 100 grams of fentanyl.

Inmate pleads guilty to smuggling drugs into South Walpole correctional facility

Chad Connors, 42, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to distribute suboxone, a narcotic, and alprazolam, a sedative, according to US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling’s office.

An American Airlines jetliner at Logan International Airport.

Plane strikes bird after Logan takeoff, forcing it to land

A New York-bound American Airlines plane taking off from Logan International Airport Tuesday morning struck a bird, which caused it to land in Boston after just 17 minutes in the air.

President Trump will formally kick off his reelection bid Tuesday night in Florida — and supporters are already lined up.

Ground Game

The case for — and against — Trump’s path to reelection victory

With just over 500 days until November 2020, two things appear to be true: Defeating Trump will be harder than many Democrats think and, yet, his path to victory isn’t obvious at all.

Maine jurors Tuesday convicted John Williams of killing Somerset County Deputy Corporal Eugene P. Cole.

Man with Mass. ties convicted of killing Maine deputy corporal

John D. Williams, 29 at the time of Eugene Cole’s death, was found guilty of murder Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

Nathan Carman, the Vermont man at the center of separate probes into the murder of his wealthy grandfather and disappearance of his mother at sea, now has a trial date in a pending Rhode Island lawsuit tied to his mother’s presumed death.

Nathan Carman lawsuit in R.I. slated for trial in August

The lawsuit filed against Nathan Carman, 25, by the insurer of his sunken boat is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 12 in US District Court in Providence, records show.

Boston, MA--06/17/2019--Commuters at the JFK red line station cross over the tracks via a sky bridge on Monday morning. (Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe) Topic: redlinejfk Reporter:

Walsh charges ‘there’s absolutely no checks and balances right now’ at MBTA

Mayor Walsh this week jumped forcefully into the debate over the state of the T after a derailment on the Red Line shoved the agency’s performance back under the microscope.

Jo Marchi, 94, looked at her husband Jim Marchi, 96, at their 72nd wedding anniversary party Sunday at the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton, N.H. Their 72nd anniversary is officially Friday.

‘It’s a very loving relationship’: Meet the New Hampshire couple married for 72 years

A whole lot of things have changed since 1947, but one thing hasn’t: Josephine and James Marchi are still together.

On last day of school, Cohasset middle and high school classes canceled following threat, officials say

Cohasset Middle-High School was closed Tuesday following threats made to students, officials said.

Taxi driver stabbed during confrontation with customer in Hyannis

The taxi driver received non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

In thiis May 22, 2019, photo, a couple stands next to a shark warning sign while looking at the ocean at Lecount Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Mass. Cape Cod beaches open this holiday weekend, just months after two shark attacks, one of which was fatal, rattled tourists, locals and officials. Some precautionary new measures, such as emergency call boxes, have yet to be installed along beaches where great whites are known to frequent. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Tracking great white sharks off Cape Cod could help protect beachgoers

Researchers plan to hit the water soon with a focus on the sharks’ hunting and feeding behavior the summer after one man was attacked and another killed in the water near the coastline.

House Ways and Means Committtee Chairman Richard Neal.


Steyer’s group continues pressure on Neal to get Trump’s tax returns

‘Need to Impeach’ has put up two billboards in Richard Neal’s district that call on the representative to obtain President Trump’s tax returns.

Greenfield man who tried to kill sister, brother-in-law, sent to prison

A Massachusetts man who authorities say tried to kill his sister and brother-in-law by cutting their throats has been sentenced to up to eight years in prison.

Gina Grant in a police photo taken on the night of the murder of her mother.

What leads Harvard to rescind admission?

Over the years, Harvard has dropped a number of admitted students for a range of legal and ethical lapses. Here’s a look back at some examples.

Woman charged in double stabbing in Plymouth

A 26-year-old woman is facing charges in connection with a stabbing Monday night in Plymouth.

Malden police search for unarmed robbers who faked heart attack as distraction

Two men used a fake heart attack to distract a cashier before robbing a convenience store Sunday evening in Malden, officials said.

Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz, center, a suspect in connection with the shooting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, is taken to court by the police in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, June 13, 2019. American prosecutors say they believe two suspects in the shooting of Ortiz are wanted for crimes in the United States. Meanwhile, the father of another suspect said his son belongs to a notorious Dominican gang of drug-dealing hitmen. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)

How it went down: Timeline of the shocking David Ortiz shooting in Santo Domingo

Here’s what we know about the chain of events leading up to the brazen attack on David Ortiz in a Santo Domingo night spot.

Tufts Medical Center. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

Tufts Medical Center received more than 4,500 robocalls in just two hours one morning last April

For hospitals, these spam calls amount to a literal life-or-death challenge, one that increasingly is threatening doctors and patients in a setting where every second can count.

An excerpt from the manuscript of American Revolutionary War soldier James Melvin. (The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati)

A Concord Revolutionary War soldier’s ‘long-lost’ journal is being digitized

The thoughts from James Melvin’s manuscript detail his march with Colonel Benedict Arnold from Maine to Quebec during the war.

Man gets 10 to 12 years for fatal stabbing of teen at Brockton park

Plymouth Superior Court jurors found Anildo Lopes Correia guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the April 2015 stabbing death of 18-year-old Ywron Martins.

Update: A broken refrigerator and the store that took too long to make things right

Sears last week quickly refunded the $630 Fran Carleton paid to have her refrigerator fixed, even though it could not be repaired.

The shooting occurred between two schools, Nativity Preparatory School and John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Jamaica Plain.

Neighborhood rattled after two men fatally shot in Jamaica Plain

Boston police identified the two men killed in a Jamaica Plain shooting Monday night as Christian Green, 32, of New Bedford, and Jose M. Martinez, 34, of Boston.

Milk snake slithers into Medford kitchen, bites 9-month-old boy

A snake expert later identified the unwanted guest as a female milk snake, a non-venomous species local to Massachusetts.

Two men fatally shot in Jamaica Plain

The killings Monday marked the 19th and 20th homicides in Boston this year, compared to 24 at this time last year, police said.

Child struck by vehicle in Dorchester

The child was alert and conscious at the scene, and the injuries were thought to be non-life-threatening.

Monday’s hearing drew hundreds of activists to the State House.

On Beacon Hill, high-voltage testimony about abortion

Hundreds of activists descended on the State House Monday for their first opportunity to weigh in on a bill that would expand abortion access in Massachusetts.

Kyle Kashuv, survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, speaks at the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Friday, April 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Harvard rescinds admission to Parkland survivor over racist comments

Kyle Kashuv announced Monday that Harvard had decided to rescind his admission to the university’s Class of 2023 because of racist comments that he made nearly two years ago.