Baker calls for Uber, Lyft fee hike, more MBTA funds in budget proposal

Governor Baker on Wednesday unveiled a $44.6 billion budget proposal that would hike the fee imposed on Uber and Lyft rides across the state by 80 cents, and then funnel the $100 million in new funding it would raise into the MBTA and municipal coffers.

Boston Police Superintendent in Chief William Gross wore a body camera during a 2016 press conference.

11 Boston police officers assigned to school unit don body cameras

Eleven Boston police officers assigned to a school unit started wearing body cameras this week, in what the city’s school district called “an opportunity to showcase and enhance the department’s commitment to transparency.”

It is hard to listen to the preposterous words of GOP leaders, like Senator Mitch McConnell, who support President Trump.

Yvonne Abraham

Hey Log Cabin Republicans, Trump is not your friend.

Three years into his disastrous reign, it takes some pretty serious mental and moral gymnastics to ignore indisputable facts and argue for this president’s fitness for office. Enter the Log Cabin Republicans.

01/21/2020 Boston MA - Justina Pelletier (cq) was inside courtroom at Suffolk Superior Court, For opening statements in her malpractice law suit aganist Boston Children's Hospital. (Pool Photograph) (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)

Why did Justina Pelletier’s parents’ relationship with Children’s deteriorate?

Justina Pelletier’s parents seemed willing to let her receive psychiatric care at Boston Children’s Hospital a year before that issue provoked a custody dispute, court testimony suggests.

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One person shot on Dorchester Avenue

The shooting occurred at 7:14 p.m. at 1336 Dorchester Ave., Boston police said.

Academics, authors come to the defense of fired Babson College employee

Dozens of academics, free speech advocates, and bold-type authors, actors, and musicians, including Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates, and Roseanne Cash, have come to the defense of a Babson College employee who was fired earlier this month for a joke Facebook post that suggested Iran should compile a list of 52 American sites to bomb.

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Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

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 FATAL CRASH Two people died and another was injured when a pickup truck and a car collided on Granite Street in Braintree early Wednesday morning, according to police. The victims were identified as Bryan Davila Martinez, 23, and Jan Rivera, 20, both of Randolph. The white truck was traveling south, and the dark-colored sedan north, when they crashed in the area of 647 Granite St. around 4 a.m., police said. One male in the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene, and a second male in the sedan was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The driver of the pickup truck was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The crash is under investigation.

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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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Today is Thursday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2020. There are 343 days left in the year.

’It’s time’: BSO president Mark Volpe announces retirement

After 22 years, Volpe has announced his plans to exit next year.

A funeral Mass was held at St. Mary's Church for Grace Rett, the 20-year-old rower from Holy Cross who was killed in a car accident in Vero Beach, Fla. Her parents, Mary Jo and and Christopher, and younger sister, Brianne, left the Mass Wednesday morning.

Mourners celebrate the life of Holy Cross rower killed in Florida crash

Family, friends, teammates, and well-wishers gathered on Wednesday morning to celebrate the life of Grace Rett, a Holy Cross rower who had turned 20 last week.

Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado.

Michael Bennet, longshot-in-chief, stakes White House bid on N.H.

New Hampshire is basically the only place the US senator is making his pitch, betting his campaign on a gamble that a strong showing in the first-in-the-nation primary can catapult him out of obscurity and into contention.

Baker proposes new governance structure for MBTA

Governor Baker’s annual budget proposal includes a long-awaited plan for a new oversight board at the MBTA, including a seat for cities and towns.

Weston Town Hall.

The number of million-dollar earners in Mass. is soaring — here’s where they live

The latest count shows a 12.5 percent spike in the number of million-dollar earners in Massachusetts.

Boston, MA - 1/21/2020 - Gov. Charlie Baker enters the House Chambers to deliver his annual State of the Commonwealth address. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Metro, Reporter: Fox/Miller, Topic: 22SOTC, LOID: 9.0.1884429000.

In State of the Commonwealth speech, Baker presses for more aggressive climate action, more money for T

Governor Charlie Baker pledged action in tackling climate change and the region’s transportation woes, using his speech Tuesday night to press for more MBTA funding, quicker action to slice greenhouse gas emissions, and stronger support for a hotly debated carbon pact.

Lake Maspenock in Hopkinton.

Report finds abundant strengths, pressing challenges in MetroWest

The report describes the region west of Boston as “a seeming land of plenty where some struggle to thrive,” the executive director of Foundation for MetroWest said.

This day in history — Jan. 21

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2020. There are 345 days left in the year.

An electrical outlet was scorched inside a classroom at Plymouth North High School Tuesday after two students performed a dangerous viral trend where a penny was stuck between the outlet and a phone charger that was partially plugged in. (Photo courtesy Plymouth Fire Department)

Mass. fire marshal issues warning about viral video challenge

State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey issued a warning Tuesday about a viral video challenge popular with teenagers that could damage electrical systems or spark a fire.

Northeastern student from Iran removed from US is just the latest sent away at Logan

Several others have similarly been turned away after landing at Logan International Airport.

Justina Pelletier (right) listened Tuesday as a social worker testified in the Pelletiers’ lawsuit.

Justina Pelletier’s lawyers offer dueling portraits of parents suing Boston Children’s Hospital

Two starkly different portraits of the 21-year-old Connecticut woman emerged during opening statements at Suffolk Superior Court.

Governor Charlie Baker delivers State of the Commonwealth speech

Governor Charlie Baker is expected to lay out his vision for the coming year in his State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night.

Steamship Authority website ran aground for several hours Tuesday

The Steamship Authority said late Tuesday afternoon that the issue was resolved and that about 10,000 reservations had been made for trips from May to October.


Former Vice President Joe Biden (left) and Bernie Sanders.

Sanders, Biden lead tight pack of front-runners in Suffolk/Globe New Hampshire poll

Three weeks before the New Hampshire primary, nearly one in four likely primary voters are still undecided on which candidate they will support.

George Li admired his handiwork in Boston Public Garden on Monday evening.

A message for TB12: ‘Stay Tom’

Many Patriots fans have expressed their views on quarterback Tom Brady’s future, but only one has done so by carving 20-foot letters into the snow atop the lagoon in Boston Public Garden.

Route 1 north in Revere closed after tractor-trailer rollover

All lanes were closed Monday night, after a tractor-trailer rolled over at Route 60 and spilled its contents onto the roadway, State Police said.

More than 50 people gathered at Logan Airport to protest the detainment of Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein.

Northeastern University student from Iran faces possible deportation

A Northeastern University student returning from his home country of Iran on a student visa was detained at Logan Airport on Sunday by US Customs and Border Protection and is in custody waiting to learn whether he will deported.

Acton police investigating a string of robberies

A man allegedly robbed an Acton convenience store by smashing the glass front door on Sunday night, the latest in a string of similiar robberies in town, police said.

Missing Franklin woman spotted on video, police say

Kayla Quagan, 35, who was last seen on Friday with her dog, “remains out of contact by her own choice,” police said.


Lottery results from Monday drawings

Ke Tang, 68, left, and Thelma Brody, 83, went into the bingo room at the Callahan Center in Framingham in July 2019. Prominent researchers and public health officials are calling on nations to pay more attention to health risks, especially depression and cognitive decline, facing the growing ranks of chronically lonely older adults.

Researchers, health officials call for a unified approach to loneliness and social isolation

As populations age across the developed world, prominent researchers and public health officials are calling on nations to pay more attention to the health risks, especially depression and cognitive decline, facing the growing ranks of chronically lonely older adults.

MGH among hospitals testing new heart transplant method for the first time in US

A new method of “reanimating” donor hearts from those who have died from cardiac failure would greatly expand the donor pool.

A pot found in a North Attleboro home where meth was allegedly being cooked.

State Police raid secret meth lab in North Attleboro home, arrest two who lived there

After a multi-month investigation, Massachusetts State Police raided a North Attleboro home last week that was being used as a secret methamphetamine lab and arrested two people who lived there, police announced Monday.

UMass Lowell student from Revere mourned after Costa Rica crash

A UMass Lowell student who died after a car crash last week in Costa Rica is being remembered as a generous friend, devoted son and brother, and devout Muslim.

 1-18-2020 Boston, Mass. Over 500 guests attended a surprise 65th birthday for Jake Kennedy held at the Seaport Hoterl, he is the founder of the Christmas in the City over thirty years ago with his wife Sparky. L. to R. are Sparky Kennedy greeting her husband Jake with Governnor Charlie Baker looks on. Photo by Bill Brett for the Boston Globe.

For Jake Kennedy, it really is a wonderful life

Kennedy has spent his life helping others. Now that he is fighting ALS, a lot of people are paying him back and paying it forward.

Father suffocates coyote after animal attacks young child

A father suffocated and killed a coyote on a trail in Exeter, N.H., on Monday, after the animal attacked his young child, according to police.

BOSTON, MA - 01/20/2020 Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley laughs with Governor Charlie Baker during a panel conversation at the annual MLK Memorial Breakfast Committee, the nations longest-running event honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event hosted an audience of over 1,350 guests including business, civic, community and religious leaders. Erin Clark / Globe Staff

Hate and white supremacy are ‘ruining this country,’ Ayanna Pressley says. Not identity politics

Representative Pressley’s comments during a discussion at the 50th annual MLK Memorial Breakfast also led to the day’s most awkward moment when Governor Charlie Baker jokingly lamented that his place on the stage meant he had to follow her and “that rant.” Baker reached out to Pressley later to apologize.

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Shrewsbury man dies in Colorado skiing accident

A 25-year-old Shrewsbury man died in a skiing accident in Colorado Saturday after he appeared to have lost control and collided with several trees, police said Monday.

Man and dog rescued from icy Sterling pond

A man was pulled from an icy pond in Sterling Sunday morning after the he fell out of a canoe he was using to rescue his dog

Chicopee man arrested for drug trafficking charges after search warrant

A Chicopee man was arrested for drug trafficking on Thursday after officers allegedly found cocaine, marijuana, cash, and ammunition while executing a search warrant at the suspect’s home.

Moira Brown, a resident of Canada’s Campobello Island, examined a package that had been opened by US agents.

On quiet Campobello Island, Canadians angered by US inspection of their mail

US Customs and Border Protection agents have been opening mail bound for Campobello since September — searching Amazon packages, personal letters, Christmas presents, and even prescriptions headed toward the island made famous as President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s summer retreat.


Here are some MLK Day events that caught our attention

There are many Boston-area events on Monday commemorating the towering American who endured, persevered, and ultimately lost his life fighting to uplift his countrymen and women.

Lessons from my first patient

A medical student’s experiences in the anatomy lab are an indelible reminder that each patient is someone’s child, parent, and partner.

On Sunday, an audience heard a volunteer docent discuss the lives and times of blacks buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery.

On the eve of MLK Day, group remembers black lives at Mount Auburn Cemetery

About two dozen people gathered in the cemetery’s Story Chapel on Sunday, just before the holiday commemorating the birth of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., to hear about some of the African American people buried at the cemetery.

A federal inspection report details shortcomings at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford.

Federal inspectors detail shortcomings at VA facilities in Northampton, Bedford

The findings include the alleged failure of a Western Massachusetts facility to properly notify the families and legal guardians of patients in situations in which health problems led to five deaths — an assertion the facility’s officials deny.

Two people hospitalized with hypothermia after pickup truck crashes into pond in Walpole

The crash was likely a result of weather conditions: Temperatures were below freezing at the time, and the snow had recently turned to rain.

Two men killed in overnight Brockton crash

Damean Amado Abreau, 23, died after being trapped in the wreckage, officials said. The passenger, later identifed as Adenilzo Lopes, 21, was rushed to Brockton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Boston, Massachusetts -- 4/10/2017 - MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin speaks to reporters during a press conference held to announce that MassDOT will close Commonwealth Avenue from Kenmore Square to Packard's Corner to most vehicular traffic for several weeks. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 11bridge Reporter:

Adrian Walker

Tom Tinlin was lucky to survive his aneurysm. Now he’s advocating for other survivors

Tom Tinlin — then the state highway chief — knew almost nothing about brain aneurysms when he was struck by one in 2017. Now he is the new board chairman of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2020. There are 346 days left in the year.