Wampanoag tribe fights latest in long history of ills

The tribe, decimated by English settlers in the 17th century and forced onto lands in Mashpee, was the target of a tweet by President Trump that opposed continued protection for its lands.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson testified before a House committee on Tuesday.

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Ben Carson is Trump’s stooge at HUD

The administration cares nothing about the department’s mission of housing poor families and everything about deploying yet another arm of government to further its nativist goals.

After racism uproar, MFA bans 2 members and pledges to change protocols

The Museum of Fine Arts said Friday it was banning two visitors who made racist comments to Dorchester middle school students last week from its grounds, while pledging to change its protocols for front-line staff and guards.

Mario Batali on his way to his arraignment Friday in Boston Municipal Court.

Mario Batali pleads not guilty to sex assault charge in Boston court

Batali, 58, is charged with indecent assault and battery in what appears to be the first criminal charge to arise from a series of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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Motorcyclist injured after crashing into wood pile in Cohasset

The 21-year-old man from Rockland, was taken to South Shore Hospital with “traumatic” injuries, police said.

Milton woman, 100, recalls service in World War II, Korea

Natalie Fultz has lived a remarkable life that includes service in two wars. On Memorial Day, she will reflect on her experiences at a holiday commemoration.

Beyond budget figures: Report provides a snapshot of 1.8m on MassHealth

An attempt to humanize an insurance program that is often reduced to numbers and statistics.

Man rescued from water off Winthrop

A 23-year-old man tried to swim from Pico Beach to Snake Island when he appeared to be in distress, prompting a 911 call, an official said.

A special day to kick off a precious season

Many cities and towns in the Boston area will have observances on Monday to mark Memorial Day.

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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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Rene Lavoie, an Army Reserve, kissed his granddaughter, Rilynn, 5, in New Bedford.

Once on the street, 1,000 vets have found a home, according to Walsh

Boston’s mayor launched Boston’s Way Home in 2015 as a strategic plan to end chronic and veteran homelessness.

No one submitted paperwork to oppose City Councilor Edward Flynn of South Boston in 2019.

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At least 3 City Council seats will be uncontested in fall

Tuesday was the last day for candidates for the nine district and four at-large seats to turn in signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Man, 74, hospitalized after boat overturns off Cape Cod

Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills fire officials responded to Collier Ledge at about 8:35 a.m. after receiving a report that a boat had overturned, officials said.

Five-acre brush fire in Falmouth likely caused by fireworks

A brush fire that tore through five acres of land on Cape Cod Saturday night was likely caused by the illegal use of fireworks, according to fire officials.

Motorcyclist flown to Boston hospital after Middleborough crash

A man was flown to Tufts Medical Center to be treated for serious injuries after the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a tow truck on Route 28 in Middleborough, authorities said.

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Sunny weather will continue through Monday in Boston area

Sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s are in the forecast for Memorial Day, before the chance of rain Tuesday.

Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia, delivered the commencement address Sunday at Framingham State University’s graduation at the DCU Center in Worcester.

John Lewis’s message to Framingham State grads: ‘Get in trouble’

The congressman and civil rights icon spoke at the university’s commencement Sunday at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Woman killed in West Warwick, R.I., crash

Ferial Alrifel, 70, a West Warwick resident, was pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital, where the three injured adults were also taken, West Warwick police said in a press release.

Bird sightings across the region

Bird sightings from the Mass. Aubudon Society

Sean Regan enjoyed King’s Beach with his 2-year-old daughter, Annabelle, on Saturday afternoon.

Seven beaches in Greater Boston aced water quality tests last year

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has been testing water quality at beaches along Boston Harbor since 2011.

3-alarm fire breaks out at Waltham home

A 3-alarm fire raged Saturday night at a home at 205 Adams St. in Waltham, according to police.

Man seriously injured in Bourne motorcycle crash

The 49-year-old man was flown to a hospital for treatment of “significant injuries,” Bourne police said.

Man pulled from Sagamore Beach while trying to assist young kayaker

The man became tired and had to be pulled from the water while tried to assist a boy whose kayak had overturned, Bourne police said.

5 suffer minor injuries in Nashua porch collapse

About two dozen people, including children, were standing on the porch when it gave way around 8 p.m., according to police.

Morrissey Boulevard reopened after drawbridge fixed

The drawbridge was stuck open for nearly three hours Saturday evening. Morrissey Boulevard was reopened to traffic at 9:15 p.m., State Police said.

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders addressed supporters in his home state of Vermont on Saturday.

Bernie Sanders holds first 2020 campaign rally in Vermont

Sanders touted how policy proposals from his 2016 campaign aren’t considered as radical today.

One juvenile shot, another arrested in Oxford

The victim was found suffering from a gunshot wound not believed to be life threatening outside the town library on Main Street, police said.

The latest addition to the growing number of businesses that sell recreational marijuana in Greater Boston opened for business Saturday in Newton.

A ‘tremendously fun’ opening day for Newton recreational pot shop

“It’s been tremendously fun — we couldn’t be happier with how today went,” Julia Wentworth, director of retail at Garden Remedies, said Saturday evening.

“I hope the charges stick,” Chloe Ricard’s stepfather Brian Dolan said, speaking at his Amesbury home. “I hope this never happens to a 13-year-old little girl ever again.”

Family hopes for justice after arrest in Amesbury teen’s death

Carlos Rivera, 47, was arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly giving the girl drugs earlier in the week, according to the district attorney’s office.

“I think of it every day,” said Rich Newcombe, about the day in 1969 that changed his life forever.


A reach across time for his saviors from war

A handmade roadside bomb forever changed the contours of Rich Newcombe’s world and what the solemn national holiday we celebrate this long weekend means to him.

People in Quincy, Weymouth may have been exposed to child with measles, state officials warn

A child diagnosed with measles on May 24 visited several locations in Quincy and Weymouth during the disease’s infectious period, state health officials said.

The city’s cultural institutions are watching the fallout at the Museum of Fine Arts (above) closely.

How the city’s cultural institutions are attempting to confront racism

The recent incident at the Museum of Fine Arts has sparked a citywide conversation about discrimination in cultural centers.

James Jordan (left) appears outside of federal court in Abingdon, Va.

Appalachian Trail stabbing highlights challenge of intervening on behalf of the mentally ill

The challenge: how to get troubled people the help they need, while weighing their rights against the possibility they could harm themselves or others.

Three Mass. men arrested in N.H. cyber sex investigation

Keith Colantonio, 37, of Milford, Samuel Da Silva, 41, of Chelsea, and Alex Kinney, 28, of North Chelmsford, were among 12 men arrested Friday, officials said.

Volunteers worked Friday to remove graffiti from Dorchester’s Vietnam veterans memorial.

Veterans official on suspect identified in memorial vandalism: ‘Pray for the guy’

The unidentified suspect was taken into custody without incident by state troopers and UMass Boston police, authorities said.

James Jordan is accused of attacking a group of hikers at this campsite along the Appalachian Trail in Wythe County, Va.

The twisted, fatal journey of the accused Appalachian Trail killer

The transformation of James Jordan into the menacing Sovereign, say many who know him, was at once shocking and sadly predictable.

The commencement speech playbook: Make joke, pretend to be humble, impart lesson

The genre of the Commencement Speech is fixed and rarely transcended. Boston, home to what feels like an infinite number of graduations, is Ground Zero for this ritual rhetoric.

A large crowd showed up Saturday at the dedication of the Great Hunger Memorial on Deer Island in Winthrop.

Irish famine memorial dedicated on Deer Island

The monument honors 850 Irish immigrants who died on the island while they were quarantined there.

Defrocked Mass. priest ordered to serve 16 years in Maine prison

Ronald Paquin was convicted of sexually abusing an altar boy during trips to Maine in the 1980s. He already served more than 10 years in prison in Mass. for sexually abusing another altar boy.

Two men arrested on drug trafficking charges in Wareham

Jaqua Smith, 24, of Onset and Shawn Panepinto, 22, of New Bedford are due to be arraigned Tuesday in Wareham District Court, officials said.

A male scarlet tanager perched on a limb in the Boston Public Garden.

Memorial Day weekend promises to be sunny and warm

It’s the unofficial start of summer — and the weather is expected to live up to the hype.

Man, 32, fatally shot Friday night in Brockton

The unidentified man was shot at about 11:26 p.m. at 47 Highland St. in Brockton.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in Pepperell crash

Pepperell police said speed appears to have been a factor in the crash that occurred around 7 p.m. Friday.

Police investigated at the scene of Friday’s construction accident in Lynn.

Firefighters rescue construction worker trapped under ton of debris in Lynn

The 38-year-old man was conscious and alert when he was transported from the site, according to Lynn police.

Friends, family raise money for N.H. woman in need of lung transplant

Heidi Dolan, 30, of Goffstown, has cystic fibrosis and is preparing for a lung transplant at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Mansfield police searching for man who robbed store clerk at gunpoint while wearing rabbit mask

Mansfield police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a Cumberland Farms clerk at gunpoint just after midnight Friday, officials said.

Asked if had any concerns about operations at the Department of Corrections, Governor Charlie Baker was blunt: “I don’t have concerns. No, I don’t.”

Governor Baker defends state prison system, now under federal investigation

The probe, launched by the civil rights unit of the US attorney’s office in Massachusetts, is focused on reports of mistreatment of inmates.

Thomas P. Costin, appointed postmaster in Lynn by the late John F. Kennedy, is one of the last living postmasters appointed by a president.

Lynn Post Office renamed after one of the city’s most dedicated public servants

At 92, Thomas Costin is one of the last living postmasters appointed by a president before the postal service became an independent agency.

Man tried to lure young woman into car in Franklin, police say

A young woman reported around 3:30 p.m. Friday that an older man in a brown Jeep approached her near the Westerly Apartments on West Central Street, police said.

Allie Emond held her daughter, Emilia, in front of a photo of her late husband, fallen Army Sergeant First Class Eric Emond at the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial. Eric Emond was one of the driving forces behind the memorial, which was rededicated Friday.

Family and friends take ‘pride and honor’ in tribute to fallen Mass. soldier

Eric Emond’s name was added to the very memorial he helped create — one that pays tribute to Mass. service members who have died since 2001.

The Boston Fire Department at the 140th Annual Ball and Awards Ceremony.

Boston firefighters honored for courageous acts, including 3 from same Dorchester engine company

These men, along with 41 other firefighters and two civilians, received honors for courageous acts at the 140th Annual Ball and Awards Ceremony at the Sheraton Boston on Thursday evening.