Science in their DNA: Internship at Harvard affiliate inspires high school students

Eight high school students from Massachussetts conduct experiments all summer long with word-renowned scientists through an internship program at the Forsyth Institute in Cambridge.

Opioid-related deaths decline in Mass., but ‘we’ve gone from horrible to less horrible’

Doctors warn that the statistics don’t tell the whole story.

Former head of the State Police Association of Massachusetts Dana Pullman left the Moakley Federal Courthouse on Wednesday.

Former State Police union chief, lobbyist arrested by FBI; alleged bribery plot uncovered

Dana Pullman, a pugnacious defender of State Police troopers caught up in an ever-expanding fraud scandal, and lobbyist Anne Lynch were arrested at their homes early Wednesday.

Framingham, MA - 8/21/2019 - US Senator Edward Markey and Congresswoman Katherine Clark host a community town hall discussion at Framingham high school, on the Green New Deal Resolution and solutions to fighting climate change. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Metro, Reporter: Globe Staff, Topic: 22Markey, LOID: 9.0.651413725.

In Framingham, voters are split on the prospect of a Joe Kennedy run against Ed Markey

“Good idea!” one voter said about a potential Kennedy run. Said another about the possibility: “The whole idea is craziness.”

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Historic Tyngsborough meetinghouse struck by lightning, tree down during Wednesday’s storm

A historic meetinghouse in Tyngsborough was struck by lightning Wednesday afternoon during a powerful thunderstorm that took down several trees and caused power outages in Haverhill and Methuen.

Dump truck stuck in Quincy parking garage removed; 50 vehicles trapped in facility

Quincy police released dramatic footage of the truck being lowered onto a flatbed in the predawn darkness.

Person struck by train in Gloucester; commuter rail trains delayed

Passengers were told to expect severe delays due to the police activity in Gloucester, officials said.


Scott Lively, a longtime Baker foe, says goodbye to politics — and hello to farm life

Scott Lively says he’s done with politics. And he has the chicken to prove it.

Aerial mosquito spraying set for Middlesex, Worcester counties

A second round of aerial spraying started Wednesday night in southeastern Massachusetts. Spraying will begin in Middlesex and Worcester counties on Sunday, state public health officials said.

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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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Teens fined $2,500 each for jumping over ferry railings

Luke Garrity, 18, jumped off the Island Queen in Falmouth in June and Andrew Myers, 19, jumped off the Anna C in Block Island, R.I. in July, the US Coast Guard said.

Brandeis investigates after photos found on anti-Jewish site

School safety officials were investigating after images from the university’s website appeared on the Vanguard News Network Forum, which promotes white nationalist views.

Two reported sexual assaults at St. Paul’s School for first six months of this year, report says

There were at least two reported sexual assaults on the grounds of St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire during the first six months of the year, according to a report released Wednesday.

Cambridge police search for suspect in fitness class stabbing

A man allegedly used a jackknife to stab another man during a fitness class at the Temple Street YWCA Wednesday evening, Cambridge police said.

Three men indicted for alleged fraud scheme at UMass Amherst

Three men were indicted for allegedly giving or accepting thousands of dollars in illegal kickbacks while working for the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the office of Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement Wednesday.

Investigators were at the scene at Main and Pleasant Streets.

Person wounded in officer-involved shooting in Brockton

A Brockton police officer was involved in a shooting just before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday near Main Street in Brockton.

The MIT campus in Cambridge.

2nd researcher at MIT Media Lab cuts ties amid Jeffrey Epstein fallout

A visiting scholar said in a post Wednesday that he was ending his affiliation with the media lab after this academic year in protest of its connection to Epstein.

Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Senator Edward Markey spoke to demonstrators during the Together and Free:Rally Against Family Separation at City Hall Plaza in Boston on June 30, 2018.

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Kennedy would have to make a case against Markey, not just for himself

If Congressman Joe Kennedy III runs for Senate, and if he wants to win based on more than that name, he will need to make the argument that he could do a better job than Senator Ed Markey.

Money is pouring into Maine’s high-profile Senate race for Susan Collins’s seat, threatening to upend the state’s reputation for genteel politics and giving way to a new era of partisanship.

Outside money flows into race for Susan Collins’s Senate seat

Democrats vowed last year to make Republican Senator Susan Collins pay for her vote confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Republicans declared they would have her back. Neither has forgotten its promises.

Fire at North Andover recycling plant burns into second day

Smoke continued to spew Wednesday afternoon from a four-alarm fire at a recycling plant off Route 125 nearly 24 hours after it first was reported.. Smoke continued to spew Wednesday afternoon from a four-alarm fire at a recycling plant off Route 125 nearly 24 hours after it first was reported..

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Bicyclist injured in South End, taken to hospital

The bicyclist fell off a bike while trying to avoid a motor vehicle just before 6 p.m. Wednesday near Massachusetts and Columbus avenues, Boston police said.

Passengers were ordered off a Green Line D train during the Wednesday evening commute.

Part of MBTA Green Line replaced with shuttles after branches fall on overhead wires

Passengers on a D branch train traveling between Fenway and Kenmore stations Wednesday evening were ordered off the train. Shuttle buses have replaced service.

A small earthquake was detected under Wareham

A tiny earthquake rumbled the ground under Wareham on Wednesday morning, officials said.

Time Machine

Aug. 22, 1962: The Metropolitan District Commission announced that it would flush the Charles River in Brighton with 15 million gallons of fresh water daily to eliminate a stagnant condition causing objectionable odors in Newton, Brighton, and Cambridge, the Globe reported.

MSPCA opens animal cruelty probe into Falmouth horse farm

Officers with the MSPCA enforcement division examined horses at Smithfield Farm on Sandwich Road Tuesday morning and “opened an ongoing investigation into animal cruelty at the facility.”

06peterpan - ***low res - do not used wider than 1.5 columns*** - Wendy Alberty, 49, of New Jersey was arrested Sunday after she was accused of locking a woman inside a luggage compartment on a Peter Pan bus. (Connecticut State Police)

Peter Pan bus driver denies accusations that she locked passenger in luggage compartment

A longtime Peter Pan bus driver is denying allegations that she intentionally locked a passenger inside a luggage compartment earlier this month.

07/31/2019 Boston MA - Afternoon thunderstorms caused pedestrians to scurry on Atlantic Avenue, even with their shoes off.(Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)

The latest from Boston meteorologists on today’s severe weather

With severe weather in the forecast, here’s a look at what to expect, according to Boston-area meteorologists.

The region is expectd to see showers and possible thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday.

Severe thunderstorms bring rain, wind; possible funnel cloud spotted

Strong storms rumbled across Massachusetts and Rhode Island, bringing heavy rain, lightning strikes, and at one point prompting a tornado warning for areas on the North Shore.

Portland, Maine, police arrest man, 30, for allegedly trying to break into museum

Tim Toun, of Portland, was arrested after he allegedly tried to burglarize the Maine Historical Society at 489 Congress St. around 2:46 a.m, police said.

Investigators were originally looking at a different issue. But the probe snowballed into a review of Dana Pullman’s alleged embezzlement of union funds.

5 things to know about the case against the former State Police union chief

Former State Police union boss Dana A. Pullman has been charged with bilking his own union. Here are five things to know about the case.

Singer-producer Pharrell Williams (left) and contemporary artist Mr. launched


Mass shootings require a call to action. Will we answer?

In Paris, an American icon asks how we will put our kids before guns and make a better future.

Maria Merola of Maria's Pastry Shop, as pictured in September 1998.

Maria’s Pastry Shop in the North End will close in September

Lovers of cannoli will soon have one less spot in Boston to get their fix.

Florida man pleads guilty to cyberstalking, threatening Mass. woman

Byron A. Cardozo, 35, allegedly harassed a 30-year-old woman from February 2017 until his arrest in August 2018, according to a statement from US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling.

Sorry, Mom, I’d rather use the app. That’s what a lot of Americans are saying nowadays, according to new resarch.

The robots are taking over matchmaking, while family and friends are falling behind

Stanford researchers found that meeting online has become the most popular way couples meet, surpassing introductions through friends and family members.

A dump truck fell through the roof of a parking garage in Quincy Wednesday morning.

Dump truck falls through top of Quincy garage; 2 buildings evacuated

There were no injuries but the driver of the truck was inside when it fell through, police said.

Massachusetts 54th Regiment reenactors posed in front of the Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial after an event last month. Tours of the Black Heritage Trail will begin at the memorial on Saturday and Sunday.

Events planned in Boston for ‘National Day of Healing’ to explore toll of slavery on 400th anniversary

People will pause Sunday at five sites in Boston to consider the lives of men and women torn from their homelands and treated as the personal property of others.

Nashua, N.H., woman flees police after crashing car, leaves boy, 6, in back seat, officials say

A Nashua, N.H., woman allegedly sped away from police trying to pull her over Tuesday, crashed her car, and fled on foot, leaving a 6-year-old boy behind in the back seat, police said.

A new mural of Larry Bird in Indianapolis features tattoos that were the artist’s creative touch.

Larry Bird wants the tattoos removed from a new mural of himself in Indianapolis

When Celtics legend Larry Bird saw a huge new painting of himself on the side of a building in Indianapolis, he wasn’t happy.

There’s more humidity and possibly severe weather on the way

We could see many changes in the weather between now and Friday.

Your moving truck won’t fit under the low bridge of Boston’s Storrow Drive.

‘You cannot drive a moving truck on Storrow Drive. You cannot drive a moving truck on Storrow Drive. You cannot drive a moving truck on Storrow Drive’

As Sept. 1 draws closer, and with it an onslaught of college students in oversized vehicles packed with furniture, the message bears repeating. And repeating.

Shark signage on Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet.

Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro closed due to sharks

Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet closed Wednesday due to a shark detection, officials said.

 Dana Pullman.

Read the FBI affidavit on the arrest of the former State Police union chief, lobbyist

The FBI detailed the charges against Dana Pullman and Anne Lynch in a 20-page affidavit Wednesday.

Man, 55, arrested after police say they found a loaded gun inside his scooter

Boston police arrested a man after finding a firearm, ammunition, and drugs inside the scooter that he was sitting on in Jamaica Plain on Tuesday night, officials said.

Boston police arrest man, 18, on gun charges in Roxbury after foot chase

Boston police arrested an 18-year-old man for gun possession in Roxbury Tuesday night after chasing him on foot, police said.

Smoke billows from recycling plant fire in North Andover more than 12 hours after blaze broke out

The cause of the fire at the recycling plant on Holt Road remains under investigation, officials said.

Boston city councilors criticize Boston Calling convictions as ‘damaging precedent’

Boston city councilors joined community activists Wednesday in protest of the federal prosecutions of two former City Hall aides, saying their extortion convictions for pressuring a music festival to hire union members will have a chilling effect on the very advocacy they carry out daily in their jobs.

4-alarm fire strikes North Andover recycling facility

The fire started at 200 Holt Road, where a business called Recycling Works is located.

Search continues for missing Dennis swimmer

Divers suspended its search Tuesday night of Scargo Lake reported to be in distress earlier in the day. But first responders planned to continue searching the area overnight, officials said.

Dr. Ruth Potee is medical director of the Franklin County House of Correction in Greenfield, which received a license to become a methadone clinic.

County jail approved to become a methadone clinic

The Franklin County House of Correction is among seven correctional facilities gearing up to treat addiction behind bars.

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Here’s what you should know about Eastern equine encephalitis

You can take steps to prevent this rare but deadly mosquito-borne illness.