Tentative deal reached between Stop & Shop, striking workers

After a 10-day strike, Stop & Shop and its workers have reached a tentative agreement, bringing an end to a work stoppage that crippled New England’s largest grocery chain.

Pallavi Macharla (center) faces murder charges in the death of 6-month-old Ridhima Dhekane.

How did little Ridhima die? Murder trial pits dueling accounts of shaken baby deaths

A medical examiner ruled the girl died from blunt force and violent shaking. Then she changed her mind.

Candidates to serve as Boston’s next school superintendent include (from left) former Minnesota education commissioner Brenda Cassellius, Miami-Dade County Public Schools chief academic officer Marie Izquierdo, and Cathedral High School principal and former Randolph schools superintendent Carlos Santos.

Huge challenges await Boston’s next schools chief

The issues facing the winner are immense and raise a critical question: What kind of superintendent does the 56,000-student system need to guide it?

Rick Rodriguez and Gayle Saks, with Lola and Gronk, in their dog-friendly apartment.

‘Don’t bark in the elevator’: Urban dogs learn new rules

In some Boston neighborhoods, good luck finding a condo or apartment that’s not dog-friendly.

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Shock, sadness across region after bombings in Sri Lanka

Immigrants and local leaders spoke out Sunday after the deadly bombings, which killed more than 200 people.

Ben & Jerry’s campaign opposes racial inequalities in marijuana arrests

“It’s hard to celebrate 4/20 when so many people of color are still being arrested for pot,” the Vermont-based company announced the on Twitter on Saturday.

Making tracks: Pace of work on Green Line extension project is picking up

There are no new tracks or stations yet, but the pace of work is picking up on the long-delayed extension project.


Lottery results from Sunday drawings

Tracking the spread of mercury across the planet

A team led by UMass Lowell researchers studies how much of the toxic substance accumulates in our forests, with the goal of reducing the pollutant.

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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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Job interviews of Boston’s superintendent finalists will be public

The three finalists will interview in public Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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A mother seeks to give her slain son a voice

Ten years ago this spring, Denise Cosby’s son, Justin, was shot to death in a high-profile murder on the Harvard campus.

Boston, MA - 4/21/19 Stop & Shop employees and their supporters continue to strike in front of the South Bay store in Dorchester. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 22stopshop Reporter: John Hilliard, Sophia Eppolito

Read the statements from both sides on the Stop & Shop deal

A tentative deal was reached Sunday between Stop & Shop and thousands of striking workers. Here’s a look at statements from each side.

NEGOMBO, SRI LANKA - APRIL 21: Sri Lankan officials inspect St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of Colombo, after multiple explosions targeting churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019, in Negombo, Sri Lanka. At least 207 people have been killed and hundreds more injured after multiple explosions rocked three churches and three luxury hotels in and around Colombo as well as at Batticaloa in Sri Lanka during Easter Sunday mass. According to reports, at least 400 people were injured and are undergoing treatment as the blasts took place at churches in Colombo city as well as neighboring towns and hotels, including the Shangri-La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand, during the worst violence in Sri Lanka since the civil war ended a decade ago. Christians worldwide celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the day on which Jesus Christ is believed to have risen from the dead. (Photo by Stringer/Getty Images)

Local leaders denounce Sri Lankan mass killings

Across New England, government officials spoke out in the aftermath of bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 200 people.

13 passengers hospitalized after arriving at Logan Airport

The group included students and chaperones who were returning from an April vacation trip when they fell ill on a flight from Miami.

Easter Sunday fire in Sturbridge displaces more than 30

Fourteen units in a 42-unit apartment complex were completely destroyed.

Man’s body recovered from Springfield lake

The man, who was not identified, was found floating in Porter Lake in Forest Park at 9:10 a.m. The incident does not appear suspicious.

Wrentham woman killed in rollover crash in Walpole

Sara Kaufman, 44, was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the injuries she sustained in the crash.

This day in history

Today is Monday, April 22, the 112th day of 2019. There are 253 days left in the year.

Bill Weld campaigned at the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester, Vt., on Tuesday.

Trump’s strategy is to turn Americans into ‘nationalists who hate everybody else,’ Weld says

Former Massachusetts governor William Weld, who is challenging the president in the 2020 Republican primaries, blasted the president Sunday.

St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, after an explosion there Sunday.

Cardinal O’Malley speaks out on Sri Lankan massacre

Cardinal Sean O’Malley offered words of comfort on Easter Sunday, in the wake of bombings at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka.

Warming temperatures are bringing blooms on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston and elsewhere, as seen on Sunday.

Work week will start with rain, and it’s sticking around

The weather pattern appears as if it’ll hold until Wednesday, when we’ll get a respite — a brief one — from damp conditions.

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Amy hopes to be a singer and dancer

Amy is a bright, articulate, and charismatic girl who is extremely perceptive. Her biggest wish is to be a part of a family that says “I love you.”

A priest gave communion during Easter sunrise service at Castle Island.

Hundreds celebrate sunrise Easter Mass on Castle Island

Before dawn, hundreds of people across the region left their beds and traveled to gather at the edge of Boston Harbor and welcome one of the holiest days of the Christian calendar.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, April 21, the 111th day of 2019. There are 254 days left in the year.

Bird sightings across the region

Bird sightings from the Mass. Audubon Society

Death of man in Laconia, N.H. ruled homicide

Authorities found 57-year-old Wilfred Guzman Sr. inside his home Friday.

N.H. airman killed overseas in non-combat related incident

Staff sergeant Albert J. Miller died at the Al Udeid Air Base, according to a press release from the US Department of Defense

Man shot in confrontation outside Holyoke store

Around 2:30 p.m., the victim walked into the Holyoke Medical Center emergency room with a very serious gunshot wound below his belt, Lieutenant Jim Albert said.


Easter celebrated at Boston area churches

Vigils and other services were held Saturday, the day before the holiday.

State Police: Trooper shot man in Brockton who pointed weapon at him

Claude Brown-Madison of Fall River suffered an injury that was not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

Woman injured as stray wheel smashes windshield on I-95

An 80-year-old woman was hospitalized after a stray wheel flew over the median on interstate 95 and into her windshield on Saturday afternoon, State Police said.

Abington youth faces charges for THC-infused candy bars, marijuana, alcohol

The boy charged with several counts of possession with intent to distribute Class C and Class D drugs, police said.

Should elephants have the same rights as humans? A Conn. court will hear the case

An animal rights group is trying to free three elephants in a petting zoo by winning them the rights of “personhood.”

Environmentalists pleased with state budget proposal

As a percentage of the overall budget, the House leadership budget funds environmental programs at the highest rate in four years.

Lawrence residents react to fire in house damaged by gas disaster

A raging fire Friday in the vacant home was a new source of trauma for residents burdened by memories of the catastrophe.

Aidan Clarke attended a few college soccer camps — at a cost of up to $500 apiece — before calling it quits. He and his father, Dan, said Aidan got little instruction.

For wealthy people or well-connected, college admissions are easier

The glare of the admissions scandal has obscured the vast ecosystem of other ways that the connected get a leg up — all of which are perfectly legal.

Advocates seek to avoid UMass tuition increase

The House Ways and Means budget falls short of the funding level University of Massachusetts officials have sought to stave off tuition and fee increases across its four undergraduate campuses.

Driver in Gloucester dump truck crash shaken

The driver is a retired Gloucester firefighter who now works for Marshall’s Farm.

An adult female North Atlantic right whale fed in Cape Cod Bay in early April 2019, accompanied by a young calf.

New regulations are a matter of life and extinction for right whales

A team plans to meet in Providence next week and issue formal recommendations that seek to reduce whale deaths and serious injuries by as much as 80 percent.

UMass Amherst purchased the 72-acre campus last year for $70 million from Mount Ida College after the small school said it was going to close due to financial trouble.

UMass Boston professors fume about competition from Mount Ida campus

On the campus of the former Mount Ida College in Newton, UMass Amherst is offering a business program strikingly similar to the one offered on the Boston campus.

Chicopee pedestrian killed by alleged drunk driver

A 24-year-old woman was killed and another pedestrian was seriously injured when they were allegedly struck by a drunk driver Friday night while walking on a sidewalk in Chicopee, according to police.

Warmth, snowmelt, rain raise flood concerns in Northern New England

Flood warnings and watches remained in effect for much of the three-state region, officials said.

Man shot by SWAT team after barricaded women escape Hopedale home

Harvey Bennett Hubbard, 61, was stable Saturday at a Worcester hospital, according to the Worcester DA’s office.

Puddles lined the grounds of Stone Zoo in Stoneham on Saturday.

Plenty of rain in store for Easter, Passover

Saturday began a rainy stretch that could last the week and could affect Easter sunrise services.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh launched the Greater Boston Immigrant Defense Fund as a pilot program in 2017.

Walsh’s budget includes $50,000 for immigrant legal defense

Boston’s mayor launched the the Greater Boston Immigrant Defense Fund in 2017 to help immigrants facing deportation to hire lawyers.

Representative Seth Moulton is expected to join the Democratic field.

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A woman’s prayer

Lord, grant me the confidence of a male candidate for president.

Woman is injured after nearly being struck by Red Line train

A woman suffered minor injuries after nearly being struck by a Red Line train Saturday afternoon at South Station.

Pickup truck is hit by commuter train in West Bridgewater

Three people who were in the truck were taken to a hospital with injuries that were serious but not life-threatening, authorities said.

Striking workers were outside a Stop & Shop in Dorchester Saturday.

Stop & Shop and union officials keep negotiating on deal

Union officials said there had been some progress, but that the chain “would like to take away” “significant items.”