New cars and new promises, but it’s the same old Orange Line

Breakdowns, service interruptions, malfunctioning new cars — it’s been a mess during the first snowy week of the season.

Tufts employee Gabe Ryan removed the Sackler name from a Harrison Avenue building on Thursday.

Tufts removes Sackler name from buildings, programs

Work on the removal began Thursday. The university took the rare step after a report censured Tufts for having what appeared to be too cozy of a relationship with the family behind OxyContin.

US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling announced a major crackdown on the Latin Kings gang in Massachusetts.

FBI arrests 47, seizes three houses in crackdown on Latin Kings gang violence

US Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office confirmed the arrest of dozens of Latin Kings members and associates, including East Coast and Mass. leadership.

A classroom at the Pickering Middle School in Lynn.

Lawmakers are plowing $1.5 billion more into education. How will they pay for it? Good question

With no dedicated funding source in place, the newly promised cash infusion is relying, in part, on the state’s economy — and its tax receipts — to keep growing.

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Caroline Kennedy to christen carrier named after her father

John F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline will participate in the christening of a new aircraft carrier that’s named after the 35th US president.

Former English High dean charged in Latin Kings crackdown

Shaun O. Harrison, who was convicted of shooting a student he enlisted to sell drugs, was one of several suspects charged with racketeering in an affidavit released Thursday.

All aglow on Boston Common

Thousands cheered, sang, and danced on Boston Common Thursday night as they celebrated the city’s official Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

New England news in brief

Woonsocket, R.I.

Time Machine

Dec. 6, 1998: The high cost of living in Massachusetts is driving away young people and causing a shortage of workers that could jeopardize the state’s economic expansion, according to a new report.

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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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Lottery results from Thursday drawings

Boston police Sergeant Detective Michael Devane, who was one of the first officers to interview accused killer Bampumim Teixeira, testified Thursday at Teixeira’s murder trial.

Accused killer of South Boston doctors claimed affair, self-defense to police

According to prosecutors, Bampumim Teixeira said he was having an affair with one of the victims when they were caught inside the woman’s condo by her fiancé.

A Peloton stationary bike

Kevin Cullen

Cut Grace from Boston some slack. There are Christmas ads far more insulting

That ad from Peloton, where a guy buys a ridiculously expensive exercise bicycle for his already fit wife, is dumb. But there’s worse.

Globe Santa

With fond memories of Globe Santa, mother now finds herself in need of help

A mother who received presents from Globe Santa when she was young now needs help to make the holidays happier for her 5-year-old.

A Trader Joe’s story in Virginia, as pictured in 2013.

Sushi products at Trader Joe’s recalled after listeria found in Brockton supply facility

Trader Joe’s recalled several of its prepared sushi products after the FDA found they may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause a serious infection.

Man shot in the chest in Dorchester

The man was taken to a local hospital, police said.

Romans brought wood from 1,000 miles away to the Eternal City, study says

A new study by Italian researchers traces ancient timbers found during an excavation in Rome to the Jura mountains in eastern France more than 1,000 miles away, underlining the Roman Empire’s prowess at long-distance trading

Tammie Galloway (left) is accused of killing her 81-year-old neighbor.

Woman testifies about finding slain 81-year-old mother in her Needham home

Anna Doubenski told jurors about what she saw — her mother on the floor, with blood pooled around her neck and head — on the first day of Tammie Galloway’s trial.

Michael Cook, 42, has pleaded not guilty to the assault charges and is currently being held without bail, records show. His lawyer didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

Prosecutors will seek to charge North Adams man in death of wife

Prosecutors will seek a murder indictment against a North Adams man who served prison time for child rape, after his wife died Sunday from injuries he allegedly inflicted on her over the summer, authorities said Thursday.

Another morning of delays on the MBTA Orange Line

Passengers on the MBTA Orange Line experienced more delays Thursday morning due to mechanical problems.

A Tufts University School of Medicine employee removed Arthur M. Sackler’s name from a building at 145 Harrison Ave.

A list of what carries the Sackler name (and what doesn’t anymore)

The Sackler family has its name on buildings throughout New England and across the world — or at least it used to.

1 hurt in Peabody apartment building blaze

One person was flown to a Boston hospital after they were burned in a one-alarm fire at a Peabody apartment building, fire officials said.

Beats the Orange Line: Deer spotted swimming near MBTA ferry

Passengers on an early morning ferry from Hingham to Boston watched as the forest creature tried to make its way to land.

Researchers install the new quantum squeezing device into one of LIGO’s gravitationa wave detectors.

MIT says new instrument is allowing it to pick up more gravitational wave signals

Researchers at MIT say a new instrument is allowing the detection of more gravitational wave signals at the groundbreaking Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.

Barack and Michelle Obama reportedly bought Boston Celtics owner Wyc GrousbecksÕ estate at 79 Turkeyland Cove Road on Martha's Vineyard. (Anthony Esposito for Wallace & Co. Sotheby's International Realty)


Obamas reportedly buy Martha’s Vineyard waterfront estate for $11.75 million

The Edgartown mansion formerly owned by Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck sold for $11.75 million, according to land records.

Former Massachusetts governor William Weld in November.

Bill Weld’s Manchester, N.H., campaign office broken into twice in two days

Former Massachusetts governor William Weld’s presidential campaign office in Manchester, N.H., was broken into twice in two days this week, police in that city said.

Artist Ben Fenske painted on the Boston Common during a recent snow storm.

More snow is on the way (but not much)

There’s a 40 percent chance of snow for Suffolk County Friday, but less than half an inch is expected in Boston.

Man in wheelchair rolling along I-93 off ramp in Boston picked up by police cruiser

State Police got a call alerting them to the man at 5:10 a.m. Thursday. Two cruisers went to the location, and one of the troopers picked up the man and gave him a ride to his final destination.

Read the e-mails between Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson and Stephen Miller

Hundreds of e-mails obtained by the ACLU and reviewed by the Globe reveal a sheriff in near-constant contact with Miller and other White House officials. Here is a selection of the e-mails.

Electrical or gas issue caused manhole explosions in Brookline, investigators say

The underground explosion in Brookline Wednesday night popped off four manhole covers and damaged some buildings, officials said.

Kevin Otto left Suffolk Superior Court after being sentenced to two years in jail.

Judge sentences drain company owner to 2 years for South End trench collapse deaths

Kevin Lee Otto was convicted during an October bench trial of two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of witness intimidation.

Man dies after crashing into tree near Harvard Square in Cambridge

The driver died and the passenger was hospitalized with serious injuries early Thursday, police said.

(Back of stage, left to right) Rick Allen, Joe Elliott, Vivian Campbell, Phil Collen, and Rick Savage of Def Leppard, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, and Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe, and (front of stage left to right) Bret Michaels, C.C. DeVille, Bobby Dall, and Rikki Rockett of Poison attended a press conference announcing their 2020 stadium tour on Wednesday.

Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard are coming to Fenway next summer

They’re teaming up for a 2020 stadium tour alongside Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and will play at Fenway Park on Aug. 25.

In Wareham, hunter accidentally shoots person

One hunter allegedly shot another in Wareham on Wednesday in what investigators are calling an accident.

Two barn swallows flew near a nest in a boat house behind the stable at the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

Feds decision to demolish Bri-Mar Stable in Hadley upsets conservationists

The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to demolish Bri-Mar Stable in Hadley, the site of Massachusetts’ largest known nesting colony of barn swallows, has upset a local group of bird enthusiasts and conservationists.

Five hospitalized, hundreds evacuated in carbon monoxide incident at Salem commercial building

The carbon monoxide leak was thought to be caused by a heating unit on the fourth floor of the building at the Shetland Industrial Park.

Gas leak causes underground explosion in Brookline, blowing off manhole covers

An underground explosion caused by a gas leak popped off four manhole covers and damaged some buildings on a stretch of Route 9 Wednesday night, Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Canney said.

New England news in brief


Despite fabricating degree, top official in medical examiner’s office promoted back into management

At $115,000 a year, Lisa Riccobene’s new salary is actually higher than the one she previously made before officials suspended and demoted her amid revelations she claimed to have a psychology degree she didn’t earn.

Construction begins on Weymouth compressor station

Construction activities have begun on a natural gas project in Weymouth that continues to draw widespread opposition, and one official involved in the project recently outlined a 10-month construction schedule.

Tweet of the day

Please don’t stick your hand in a snowblower.” — @Bfmorth (Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty)

E-mails obtained by the ACLU and reviewed by the Globe reveal Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson was in near-constant contact with White House senior adviser Stephen Miller and other White House officials.

Yvonne Abraham

Sheriff’s e-mails show level of White House loyalty

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson’s public professions of loyalty are but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the sheriff’s connection to this White House — and barely reflect the full measure of Hodgson’s fanatical devotion, particularly when it comes to Trump adviser Stephen Miller, according to hundreds of e-mails obtained by the ACLU and reviewed by the Globe.

Criminologist Kathryne Hall of the Boston Police Department displayed evidence from the crime scene during the trial of Bampumim Teixeira at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston on Wednesday. Teixeira is accused of killing two doctors in their South Boston penthouse.

DNA links man to slaying of two doctors in South Boston home, official testifies

Julie James, manager of the Boston Police crime lab’s DNA section, told jurors Wednesday that genetic material found on Bampumim Teixeira’s blood-stained work boots and shirt linked him to the slaying of two doctors in their South Boston condominium.

Police ‘desperate’ to find those who abused dog found with chemical burns in Acton woods

Acton police and the MSPCA are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction on animal cruelty after a puppy was found with a broken leg and chemical burns, officials said.

Tim Ritchie has been named President of Boston’s Museum of Science.

Museum of Science names next president, nearly a year after departure of longtime leader

Tim Ritchie will join the nonprofit museum in February 2020 with over 15 years at the helm of metropolitan science centers.

Each year Globe Santa delivers gifts to thousands of deserving children throughout Greater Boston.

Globe Santa

Grandmother caring for her grandchildren needs Christmas help

After the death of her daughter in February, the grandmother from a South Shore town had to take over the care of her three grandsons since their father is in jail.

Gold Star families decorated the Christmas Tree in the State House Wednesday.

Baker, Polito honor Gold Star families in Christmas tree ceremony at State House

Families decorated the tree in the State House’s Memorial Hall with ornaments and photos honoring the fallen service members.

A crowd of people waited to board an Orange Line train at Malden Center on Wednesday morning.

New Orange Line cars pulled from service due to ‘uncommon noise,’ return date unknown

Hours after three decades-old Orange Line trains broke down during the Wednesday morning commute, MBTA officials detailed the problems holding up new subway cars that are expected to eventually replace them.

The pill (left) unfolds into a star shape in the stomach, where it releases a birth control drug for weeks.​

MIT researchers are developing a once-a-month birth control pill

The new contraceptive is made to sit in the stomach and gradually release the birth control drug over the course of three weeks.

Man charged in box cutter and shovel attack in Roxbury

A 58-year-old Boston resident is facing criminal charges for allegedly attacking a man with a shovel and box cutter in Roxbury on Tuesday, police said.

Prosecutors want man to serve nearly 4 years in prison, repay $2 million stolen from PBS subsidiary

The government Wednesday recommended a 46-month prison term for Christopher Morris, 49, when he’s sentenced. Morris, who was arrested in 2017 in Brazil, pleaded guilty in September to four counts of wire fraud.