Bloomberg bombs first debate test, raising questions about his viability

His first appearance onstage with his rivals was seen by many as stiff, at times stumbling, and generally underwhelming.

No negligence. No malpractice. Justina Pelletier’s family loses their civil suit against Boston Children’s Hospital

A Suffolk County jury on Thursday found that Boston Children’s Hospital did not commit medical malpractice in its treatment of Justina Pelletier, a Connecticut teenager who spent nearly a year in its child psychiatric ward after doctors told state authorities they suspected her parents of medical child abuse.

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Cambridge high school struggles with equal access to AP classes

A Boston Globe analysis found that when it comes to Advanced Placement test taking, Black students are more underrepresented in Cambridge than in any of the 13 other towns and cities bordering Boston.

Maine towns head to court over border dispute

The Maine towns of Kittery and York find themselves locked in a dispute over a football field-long parcel of land along busy Route 1.

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Homicide victim identified as 18-year-old Dorchester man; 17-year-old charged with manslaughter

A 17-year-old boy was arrested by Boston police on a manslaughter charge as a juvenile for allegedly fatally wounding another teenager on a Dorchester street around noontime on Wednesday, Boston police said.

Charges expected in Florida crash that killed four members of Mass. family

The driver of a pickup truck involved in a horrific crash that killed four members of a vacationing Whitman family, including a 5-year-old girl and her 11-year-old brother, will "be charged with something," though it’s unclear what as the investigation continues.

Moralizing in Sin City

If you’re someone who thinks Donald Trump needs to be sent packing, watching the Democrats attack one another like 14-year-olds fighting over the remote was depressing indeed.

Police ‘confused’ about their role in world of legal marijuana, former BPD head Ed Davis says

Police officers and lawmakers discuss the confusion that comes with legalizing marijuana, but not all marijuana. Licensed sellers of the drug call for a crackdown on illicit sellers, while many in the Mass. community talk about the true victims of the war on drugs.

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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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The Mass. hands-free driving law goes into effect Sunday. Here’s what you can and cannot do

The new Massachusetts hands-free driving law goes into effect this Sunday. Here’s what you definitely can’t do anymore — and a look at what you can.

Florida appeals court agrees to hear arguments in Robert Kraft prostitution case

A Florida appeals court has agreed to hear arguments in the misdemeanor prostitution case against Robert Kraft, roughly one year after the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots was initially charged with soliciting sexual favors at a spa in Jupiter, Fla.

State leader recommends probation for Roxbury charter school

The state board of education will vote next week on whether to put the City on a Hill charter school on probation.

There’s been no winter this winter

With little more than a week left in February and two weeks before Daylight Savings Time begins, the winter of 2019-2020 in Boston looks destined to go down in the books as unusually warm and fairly snow-free.

Dinosaurs may have been warm-blooded, research from Yale suggests

A study published in Science Advances Friday examining eggshells challenged the prevailing theory that the prehistoric creatures may have been cold-blooded, not warm-blooded.

Baker’s push to curb emissions draws a familiar foe: his own party

Governor Charlie Baker is one of the most prominent proponents of the Transportation and Climate Initiative, the 11-state, cap-and-trade program his administration touts as a key response to climate change.

Suspicious death investigated in Manchester, N.H.

A fatal shooting took place Wednesday on Union Street, between Bell and Grove, Manchester police said.

N.H. man sentenced to 15-30 years for fatally stabbing woman

Daswan Jette, 22, of Concord, was convicted of manslaughter for the death of Sabrina Galusha, 23, nearly three years ago, officials said.

Caroline Kennedy resigns from Harvard School named for her father

In a major blow to the Harvard Kennedy School, Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy, has abruptly resigned from her long-time advisory role at an institution founded to honor her father’s legacy.


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Newton, MA 1/5/19 Dr. Peter Grinspoon (cq) survived an addiction to opioids and wrote about it in his memoir

Medical community struggles with own opioid dilemma: How to heal the healers?

Many clinicians who abuse opioids don’t have access to the same medication as their patients for recovery. Some don’t think they need it. Others say they’re at risk of death.

Horrific crash claims members of three generations in one Whitman family

A trip to Disney World ended in tragedy for the Smith family Tuesday, after a pickup truck rear-ended their van, killing Julie Smith, her 5-year-old daughter Scarlett, 11-year-old son, Jackson, and and her mother, Josephine Fay.

Testimony concludes in Justina Pelletier medical malpractice case

Justina Pelletier and parents, Lou and Linda Pelletier, have sued four caregivers at Children's Hospital for medical malpractice and negligence.

Ratings agency warns Simmons about debt

A key rating agency has warned Simmons University about its financial outlook as the Fenway school embarks on ambitious construction projects and prepares to change leaders.

Boston Fire Department getting new vehicle to aid city during floods and devastating storms

The Boston Fire Department is adding a new vehicle to its fleet that will help the city respond to flooding, devastating storms and other weather-related events.

Northland critics file new campaign finance complaint against Newton mayor

A local group of opponents alleges Mayor Ruthanne Fuller violated campaign finance law by seeking the state’s help in trying to influence voters to support the project.

US Attorney Andrew Lelling and public corruption

The prosecution of state Representative David Nangle is the latest criminal case against public officials, employees, and members of law enforcement by US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling.


R.I. Supreme Court blocks the release of 38 Studios grand jury documents

The high court’s decision to keep the records secret acknowledged that the 2012 collapse of the video game company still pains R.I. residents, but the justices decided that grand jury secrecy is too vital a part of the legal system.

Kennedy and Markey spar at first televised debate in Senate campaign

The debate thrust the primary matchup between two Massachusetts Democrats back into the spotlight after months of playing second fiddle to the presidential primary.

Police officer struck by vehicle in Framingham

The officer, who was assisting with traffic at an office park Tuesday evening, was conscious and alert, according to police.

BOSTON, MA - 11/26/2019: At English High School in Jamaica Plain, Governor Charle Baker spoke to students before he signed the Education Finance Bill. Present also were , Lt. Governor Polito, Senate President Spilka, Speaker DeLeo, Senator Lewis, Representative Peisch, Mayor Walsh, legislators and students and faculity. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 27schoolfunding

Baker budget doesn’t keep state’s commitment to poor students, critics say

More students would be classified as low-income under Governor Charlie Baker's budget, although districts would get less extra money for each one of those students than they expected to receive under the new law.

State Representative David Nangle used campaign funds to fuel casino gambling habit, prosecutors say

State Representative David Nangle, a Lowell Democrat who sits on the House Committee on Ethics, was arrested Tuesday on federal charges, prosecutors said.

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In Donald Trump’s America, justice isn’t always blind, and it’s sometimes strange

As the US attorney’s office in Boston was diligently performing the standard duties of federal prosecutors, the nation’s highest-ranking official — the president of the United States — was busy, too. Only he was busy pursuing a very different vision of justice.

Boy Scouts’ bankruptcy filing could yield key evidence in abuse cases, Boston lawyer says

The Boy Scouts of America’s bankruptcy filing on Tuesday could yield important evidence in the thousands of sexual-abuse cases against the century-old organization, according to a Boston lawyer who has represented dozens of victims.

WWII veteran from Dorchester still grapples with memories of Iwo Jima 75 years later

On Feb. 19, 1945, Stanley Berman, now 99, was a Coast Guardsman on a landing ship in the rough, distant waters of the Central Pacific, taking part in what would become an epic and gruesome battle.

During the downtown lunch rush, every second counts

With two hours to justify their existence, downtown lunch spot measure success by the second.


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With clippers and a comb, she was a small-town soul

For 35 years, from her post at Eric’s Barber Shop in downtown Camden, Julie Drinkwater Landwehr was the unofficial chronicler of life in her hometown.

Dracut man fatally shot Sunday by police in Newbury tied to at least three carjackings and stabbing

Thomas Murray, 31, was named as the suspect who touched off a police pursuit Sunday after he allegedly stabbed an employee at the Tulley BMW dealership in Nashua and stole a BMW X5 SUV Sunday night, according to Massachusetts State Police.

Union chief who supported Walsh gets new post, and hefty raise

Richard Paris received an $88,959 salary in 2013, the year before Walsh was elected with large support from the firefighters’ union. He has been in the new role since April.

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First in the nation, last in our hearts

Why do we take two years to run an election process, saturating the airwaves with stupid ads while making our campaigns more about money than ideas?

For the civic-minded, JFK Library is a Presidents’ Day destination

The annual event traced the rich history of American politics that grade-school history buffs, parents eager to impart a civics lesson, and maybe even a possible future president or two were delighted to celebrate.

Congresswoman Pressley pushes for Warren campaign

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley rallied enthusiastic crowds of Elizabeth Warren supporters Monday as the campaign deployed a formidable ground game in pursuit of a much-needed win in the senator’s home state primary, just two weeks away.

Uber and Lyft fees might increase in Massachusetts — but to what end?

The state fees attached to your Uber and Lyft trips are probably going up soon, to help pay for public transit and local roads. But is that the only reason to raise those ride-hail fees, or should they be used more creatively to try and fight traffic jams?

Northeastern students target rumors, falsehoods on coronavirus via new on-line magazine

A new on-line magazine produced by international students at Northeastern University aims to put a human face on the outbreak and challenge some of the falsehoods surrounding the coronavirus crisis.

Police say hail-ride claim was a misunderstanding; no charges will be filed

An Allston woman who reported that a man tried to abduct her from a Union Street bar early Sunday and drive her toward New Hampshire actually got into the wrong Lyft driver’s vehicle, a Boston police spokesman said Monday.

Crows swarm around the trees of the Merrimack River between North Andover and Lawrence at sunset.

There’s a whole mess of crows in Lawrence again

The phenomenon has become impossible to ignore, capturing the attention of previously unaware residents and befuddling nearby business owners along the Merrimack.


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BOSTON, MA - 01/15/2020 District 3 City Councilor Frank Baker speaks during the city council meeting on Wednesday afternoon. Baker is technically a Democrat, but is often a no-vote against a number of city initiatives that he thinks aren't good for the city- often, he's alone in that thinking. Erin Clark / Globe Staff

In Dorchester, he’s Frank. In increasingly progressive City Hall, call him Councilor No

Frank Baker has found himself in the minority — sometimes totally alone — amid an unprecedented surge of progressivism on the Boston City Council.