Higher-ranking State Police officers ordered troopers to skip overtime shifts, court filing says

Several State Police supervisors regularly ordered rank-and-file troopers in a scandal-ridden unit to skip overtime shifts that they were paid for, a former trooper says in a newly unsealed court filing.

A little-known bust of Shakespeare is part of a building near 15 Beach Street in  Chinatown.

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Shakespeare in the Tow Zone: What’s up with Chinatown’s bust of the Bard?

Here’s why old Bill S. has been staring out at pedestrians on Beach Street, likely for more than a century.

One proposal would hike the gas tax by 15 cents over the current 24-cent Massachusetts excise.

Mass. drivers could be facing two increases at the gas pump

The state’s gas pumps could ultimately provide a ripe resource to help fund Massachusetts’ transportation needs and its long-running war against climate change.

Pete Buttigieg greeted people at a party in Stratham, N.H., on Friday.

On health care, Pete Buttigieg is pitching a choice and trying to set a contrast

The Indiana mayor is proposing a public option for health care, which means allowing people to choose between a government-run health plan and private insurance. He has made an effort to distinguish his proposal from Senator Elizabeth Warren’s “Medicare for All” plan.

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Westford residents spot bobcats in neighborhood

Software engineer and father William Azer said he saw his first bobcat on his property about a month ago, but he didn’t expect it would return with another adult and two younglings.

Cardinal O’Malley says Vatican may soon reveal report on disgraced cardinal McCarrick

Boston’s Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley says the Vatican may publish by late this year what it knows about the rise to power of disgraced former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

The real haunted houses: Photographer focuses on New England’s abandoned buildings

Jason Baker has spent more than a decade photographing abandoned buildings across New England, and the images are downright eerie.

Whitman man dies in motorcycle crash

A 29-year-old man died after his motorcycle crashed into two parked cars on a residential street in Whitman Monday night, officials said.

Rain, brief snow, potentially record cold descending on Boston

Rain will briefly turn to snow on Tuesday, as unseasonably cold weather again descends upon the region, but the precipitation should clear out overnight, leaving the rest of the week largely clear but still bitterly cold after sundown.

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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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Neo-Nazi group posts flyers at Boston University, report says

An organization that tracks the online activity of extremist groups says a neo-Nazi group has posted a video showing members placing recruitment posters around Boston University.

Chelsea police are looking for a small red or maroon SUV in connection with a shooting late Monday.

Police looking for suspects, SUV involved in Chelsea shooting incident; 27 to 30 shots fired

The shooting took place in the area of Lawrence Street late Monday, police said. No one was injured, but bullets hit several cars and at least one home.

Former governor Deval Patrick and Senator Elizabeth Warren in 2013.

Deval Patrick is just the latest Mass. politician to eye the White House

When it comes to campaigns for the White House, it seems there’s always a Massachusetts connection.

Speaking on Monday in Exeter, N.H. about sexism in the presidential race, Elizabeth Warren said, “This should be a question the men should have to confront head-on.”

Elizabeth Warren finds a new foil in Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg’s surprise move to entertain a presidential campaign could plunk one of the richest people in the world into a race where Warren, more than most, has been talking about taxing them.

On the Freedom Trail, guides battle modern city life

Amid the throngs of office workers and tourist groups in downtown Boston you’ll soon come across a historical reenactor, clad in Colonial-era garb.

Dylan Lang, the New England law student who started the anti-Brown push.

Student petition opposes Scott Brown’s appointment as next president of New England Law

The letter excoriating Scott Brown’s political stances, endorsement of President Trump, and service in his administration had 165 signatures as of Monday afternoon, according its primary author.

FILE - In a Aug. 30, 2005 file photo, floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina fill the streets near downtown New Orleans. The most destructive U.S. hurricanes are hitting three times more frequently than they did a century ago, a new study by a Danish research team said Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

New research: The most destructive hurricanes are hitting US more often

Big, destructive hurricanes are hitting the United States three times more frequently than they did a century ago, according to a new study.

Boston, MA 11/7/19 Steven Musto (cq) visits a Boston-area mausoleum where family is buried. He leaves a beer tap, bought at the Doyle's auction, for his brother David (cq). (The name of the cemetery is intentionally omitted.) Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 12cullenStevenMusto Reporter: Kevin Cullen

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A brother’s final toast

Steve Musto and his little brother Dave spent so many of their formative years together at Doyle’s that Steve knew he had to take a piece of the iconic JP bar before it closed forever.

Maps: When and where to expect snow and record cold this week in New England

Record-setting cold air for this time of year and some early-season snowfall is expected for New England, as much of the nation braces for a so-called “arctic blast.”

Connecticut college gymnast dies after suffering spinal-cord injury in practice

Officials at Southern Connecticut State University say 20-year-old Melanie Coleman died Sunday, two days after suffering a spinal cord injury during practice.

Trooper finds two guns in car after Fitchburg man pulled over for missing inspection sticker

A Fitchburg man who was pulled over in Lunenburg Sunday night for not having an inspection sticker on his car was arrested after he was found to be in illegal possession of two guns, one of which was loaded, police said.

Police bust Roxbury man with drugs and gun after traffic stop

Police busted a 27-year-old Roxbury man Sunday evening with drugs and a gun after he was pulled over in a vehicle with a cancelled license plate, authorities said.

Woman’s body found near wastewater treatment plant in Athol; criminal probe underway

Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan’s office confirmed the grim discovery. The woman’s name and age weren’t immediately available.

Rockport man receives response to message in a bottle he threw in ocean 9 years ago

A 19-year-old college student from Rockport received a response from France on Friday to a message in a bottle that he threw in the ocean when he was 10 years old.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the New York City Veterans Day Parade at Madison Square Park, in Washington, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

As we head into the impeachment hearings, here’s your guide to Trump defenders’ arsenal of arguments

One thing’s for sure: You’re likely to hear a fusillade of defenses. And silver-tongued GOP politicians may mix more than one into a single sound bite.

Child, 12, rescued after falling 10 feet into dirt hole in Newton

Firefighters rescued a child who was injured after falling 10 feet into a large dirt hole in Newton Sunday evening, Newton Fire Lieutenant Michael Bianchi said.

Friendly’s restaurant in Stoneham shuts down

The Friendly’s located on Main Street in Stoneham closed for good Sunday, according to a spokesperson for the chain.

Deacon Jack Franchi listened to keynote speaker Sergeant Gumersindo Gomez during the Veterans Day ceremony at Memorial Hall in the Massachusetts State House in Boston.

Governor Baker urges public to honor veterans for their sacrifice and bravery

“There is no democracy without the sacrifice of our servicemen and women and their families,” Baker told spectators in his Veterans Day address at a State House ceremony.

While Boston should only get a coating to less than an inch of snow Tuesday, parts of Maine and New Hampshire could get 6 inches or more.

Winter is here: Parts of N.H. and Maine could get 6 inches of snow

While Boston should only get a coating to less than an inch of snow Tuesday, parts of Maine and New Hampshire could get 6 inches or more.

Broad Reach care worker Luis Montalvo, from Puerto Rico, in his room at the group home in Brewster.

Care worker digs: A nursing home owner on the Cape offers housing to his employees

Struggling to find workers for his Chatham nursing home and assisted living center, Bill Bogdanovich bought properties on the southeastern elbow of Cape Cod to rent to employees.

Malden District Court temporarily closed for repairs

Malden District Court closed temporarily on Oct. 28, and its cases are being heard for the time being in Cambridge District Court in Medford.

Firefighters responded to a house fire at 6 Weathervane Road in Canton early Monday morning.

Residents escape flames in two-alarm Canton house fire

The call came in at 2:44 a.m. Monday for a fire at 6 Weathervane Road, fire officials said. The occupants and their dogs got out safely.

Winter storm warnings are posted for heavy snow in far northern New England.

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Record-setting cold air is coming our way this week

Temperatures Wednesday will likely make it the coldest Nov. 13 any of us have ever experienced and are expected to break records in Boston.

Walpole street closed after crash knocks down utility poles

Main Street remained closed Sunday night between Spring Valley Drive and Greenwood Road, and could impact the Monday morning commute, police said.

More cold ahead, with a little snow possible in Boston

After highs in the 50s on Monday, another cold spell is expected to arrive Tuesday afternoon along with a chance for snow. But there will be little to no accumulation.

In his Jamaica Plain workshop, Michael Babcock demonstrated a 75-year-old Linotype Model 31, maybe the last hot-type press in Boston. Linotypes revolutionized the newspaper industry.

With Linotype print, the old is new again

In a 20-by-16-foot workshop behind his house in Jamaica Plain, Michael Babcock cajoles and commands what is believed to be the last hot-type press in Boston.

Russell Pittsley last month buttoned the Army jacket that he wore during World War II, when he served in the infantry.


Old soldier salutes other veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice

Russell Pittsley is still paying tribute to the uniform and the service of veterans like himself at age 99, now as part of a military honor guard that has become his final tribute to his fellow former soldiers.

Here are some of the Veterans Day commemorations in Greater Boston

Veterans Day is a time for reflection of life in the military, while enjoying some recognition for having served.


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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey in September.

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Maura Healey’s office recovers $4 million from debt collector

The attorney general has reached a $4 million settlement with a company that she says has employed strong-arm tactics to collect debts from vulnerable residents.

Two dead, 1 injured in boat crash on Lake Winnipesaukee

Two men are dead, and a female injured, after two boats collided near Bear Island in Meredith, New Hampshire State Police announced Sunday night.

The week in business

Pitch competitions, a workshop for veterans entering the business world, and other events and things to know.

W. Bridgewater man allegedly struck bicyclist stopped at light, fled scene

Russell Nichols, 39, was allegedly drunk when he struck Dartmouth man from behind as the bicyclist was stopped at a red light at the intersection of State and Cross Roads in Dartmouth Saturday night.

First ‘cold-stunned’ sea turtles of season rescued

Two “cold-stunned” juvenile Kemp’s ridley turtles were found, one at Ellis Landing Beach in Brewster and another at Boat Meadow Beach in Eastham.

Boston MA 11/10/19 After the post-service wreath laying in front of the Iraq-Afghanistan Memorial behind the church, Major Michael Court (cq), is given the Operation Service Medal, for his time in Iraq and Syria. The presentation is made by British Counsul General Harriet Cross (cq). The Rev. Stephen T. Ayres (cq), Vicar, is at right. Armistice Day - Remembrance Day - Veterans' Day are celebrated at Old North Church (Christ Church in the City of Boston). Ayres is preacher. The Rev. Eleanor Terry (cq), Associate Vicar, is celebrant. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 11OldNorth Reporter: Max Reyes

Old North Church honors Remembrance Day

Parishioners and visitors at Old North Church paused Sunday to remember service members who sacrificed their lives in World War I and the conflicts since.

Raid nabs 13 pounds of fentanyl, handguns, thousands in cash

Authorities in Boston and Brockton seized about 13 pounds of fentanyl, $27,000, and four handguns Thursday in raids resulting from a large-scale investigation of a Mission Hill drug ring.

Labor lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordan and Senator Edward J. Markey tangled on environmental issues at a climate forum at Stonehill College.

Liss-Riordan challenges Markey at climate change forum, with Kennedy absent

Senator Ed Markey and labor attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan broadly agreed on climate change issues discussed at Stonehill College, although Liss-Riordan challenged Markey on his congressional record. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III didn’t participate, citing the timing of the event.

Josiah loves going to school and enjoys learning new things.

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Josiah is friendly and loving and ready for a family of his own

Not yet legally freed for adoption, Josiah is in need of a two-parent family with older or no children in the home.

Bristol, RI--06/27/2019--American flags are a common sight all over Bristol, RI. The town is known for its 4th of July celebrations. (Nathan lima for The Boston Globe) Topic: 17ribarboza Reporter:

What’s open, closed on Veterans Day

What’s open, closed on Veterans Day.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Mass. Audubon Society

At Harvard, an admissions scandal that unfolded out in the open

The money changed hands in a series of donations, a land deal, a real estate purchase. This was big money. This was Harvard. And they almost got away with it.