Struggling Brockton schools may sue the state

Brockton was able to spend just $1.28 per student on classroom supplies during the 2016-17 school year.

Dick Friedman eyed the crane at work on One Dalton, the 742-foot tower he has developed in the Back Bay.

This colorful Boston developer is enjoying his last [bleeping] hurrah

Dick Friedman‘s new tower at 1 Dalton St. is changing the city’s skyline.

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Pot shops face bans in most of Mass.

A review of local restrictions heightens concerns that the early adult-use pot market will be smaller than many consumers expected.

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Opponents say Block Island wind farms are causing problems across prime fishing grounds

The nation’s first ocean-based wind farm has exposed what fishermen say are serious threats caused by scattering metal shafts and snaking underwater cables.

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Ferry loses power off Martha’s Vineyard

The Coast Guard responded to the ferry, which had 78 people aboard, officials said.

Lincoln man arrested on drug charge at post office

The 26-year-old man had the drugs shipped to a local post office box from Europe, police said.

What’s the best way to get to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston?

Take public transportation or ride a bike, Boston police suggest.

‘Distraught’ North Attleborough man surrenders to police after hourslong standoff

The man, who is in his 70s, surrendered around 6:40 p.m. and was taken to a hospital for evaluation, State Police said.


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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

AG Healey announces investigation into data firm used by Trump campaign

The attorney general launched a state probe into reports that a data firm employed by the Trump campaign improperly harvested information.

Nicla Marabito, 10, left, of Eliot K-8, and Mira Yu, 12, of Boston Latin School waited for the final rounds to begin during the Boston Centers for Youth & Families Spelling Bee.

International buffet or spelling contest? Latin middle schooler wins Boston bee

Sashimi. Chocolate. Chipotle. Pistachio. Those are some of the words Mira Yu spelled to earn a trip to Washington, D.C.

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The State House culture still needs to change

At the very moment significant reform on harassment and sexual misconduct on Beacon Hill was approved, an appalling scene was a reminder that more remains to be done.

Man arrested for breaking into elderly woman’s home in Ashby

Andrew D. Grace, 30, was arrested in a home next door, where police followed footprints in the snow to find him, police said.

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Tyvon likes to make others laugh

Tyvon is ready to find his forever family. Tyvon does well in family settings and could be placed with either a two-parent or single parent family.

Yo-Yo Ma is a prolific performer who has recorded more than 100 albums and has worked to promote collaboration among artists from different cultures.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to speak at MIT

The world-famous cellist will visit campus Monday to give a lecture.

Coyote spotted relaxing on MIT lawn

MIT had an unexpected visitor on campus Friday.

Black immigrants honored by Boston City Council

Boston city councilors recently honored four black immigrants who have made significant contributions to their communities and neighborhoods.

Robert Tyrell Barrett-Scott of Mattapan was arrested for possession of this Ruger LCP .380 Auto firearm and ammunition.

Teenager arrested in Mattapan for illegal gun

Robert Tyrell Barrett-Scott, 19, of Mattapan was arrested Friday for carrying a loaded gun.

Watertown Deputy Fire Chief Tom McManus gave flowers to Maureen Toscano at the dedication of a plaque to her late husband, firefighter Joseph A. Toscano, at the corner of Merrifield and Bigelow avenues.

Watertown dedicates square to fallen firefighter

The family of fallen firefighter Joseph Toscano helped Watertown officials dedicate a plaque honoring him.

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This day in history

Today is Sunday, March 18, the 77th day of 2018. There are 288 days left in the year.

Danielle Van Vooren of East Boston hurried down Boylston Street on New Year’s Eve in 2017.

St. Patrick’s Day weekend is ushering in cold for week ahead

This weekend will be mostly dry with temperatures in the 30s before another storm potentially sweeps through Boston in the upcoming week.

Jason Triplett, dressed in an Elsa costume, pushed a Boston police wagon that was stuck in the snow Tuesday night.

Ice, ice, baby: Figure skating star Adam Rippon shouts out Boston’s drag Queen Elsa

The queen of ice got smiles and salutations from a star skater.

Brazilian man sentenced to prison for illegal reentry after deportation

Josilei DeCastro, 37, was also given one year of supervised release and will face deportation, officials said.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, March 17, the 76th day of 2018. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick’s Day.

Tips from neighbors lead to drug arrest in Rowley

John M. Cook, 20, was arrested Thursday on drug distribution charges, Rowley police said.

Angela Ruggiero congratulated the United States women’s hockey team after their gold medal victory over Canada at the Winter Olympics last month.

Sports psychologist says former Mass. Olympian defamed him

Steven Ungerleider says women’s hockey star Angela Ruggiero tried to silence him and discredit his attempts to address a sexual abuse crisis in US Olympic sports.

FBI’s McCabe is fired a little more than 24 hours before he could retire

Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday night fired the former FBI deputy director, based on those findings and the recommendation of the department’s senior career official, he said.

Brockton amps up security at middle schools after student jumped by classmates

Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter ordered police to be present outside of all six of the city’s middle schools upon dismissal.

Housekeeper stabbed with scissors at Portsmouth, NH hotel

A New York woman who was staying at the hotel allegedly stabbed the housekeeper Friday morning, police said.


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Mass. Pike bridge dedicated to fallen trooper

The late state trooper Thomas L. Clardy was honored Friday with the dedication of a bridge on the Mass. Pike and a memorial stone.

Former Lynn man pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter for Swampscott mother’s slaying

A 39-year-old former Lynn man pleaded guilty Friday to voluntary manslaughter for the slaying of a 25-year-old Swampscott mother in 2014.

Michelle Murray-Mendez and Steven Mendez, parents of Jaimee Mendez, listened to proceedings at Salem Superior Court in Salem on Friday.

Family furious at plea deal in death of young Swampscott mother

Jason Fleury, 39, admitted Friday to manslaughter in the Nov. 6, 2014, death of 25-year-old Swampscott mother Jaimee Mendez.

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Man found guilty of 1987 Roxbury slaying

A Suffolk Superior Court jury Friday found a man guilty of murdering a 19-year-old woman more than 30 years ago.

Judge Maurice Flynn looked on as Shiina Dionne listened to the charges against her at Tufts Medical Center.

Suspect in fatal I-495 crash in Andover arraigned in hospital bed

Shiina Dionne was arraigned on an array of charges, including vehicular homicide and operating under the influence of alcohol.

Federal judge in Boston sentences two women for ATM-skimming scheme

A federal judge in Boston sentenced two Romanian women on Friday in connection with a multistate ATM-skimming operation that included Massachusetts.

Michael Patrick McCarthy, convicted of killing 2-year-old Bella Bond, appeared in Suffolk Superior Court on Friday.

Judge denies motion to downgrade conviction in Bella Bond murder

A Suffolk Superior Court judge Friday rejected a plea to reduce the second-degree murder conviction of Michael McCarthy.

Five arrested for operating interstate prostitution ring out of high end apartments

Five people from Massachusetts, Virginia, and Georgia face federal charges for allegedly operating an elaborate interstate prostitution ring.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Thursday afternoon after police allegedly found him carrying a loaded pistol in Dorchester near Roberts Playground.

Footprints in the snow lead police to a teen and a loaded gun

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Thursday afternoon after police allegedly found him carrying a loaded pistol in Dorchester.

Tracey Rannals Bryan and her 11-year-old son Jack got the VIP treatment from the Brookline Police Department. After Jack underwent heart surgery at Boston Children's Hospital, he got to go on a special tour of the police station.

Boy awaiting heart surgery gets special ride from Brookline police

A Brookline police detective met an 11-year-old boy who was about to undergo heart surgery. And then something special happened.

President Trump.

Who will Trump fire next? Betting sites get in on the action

As staff members close to the president continue to depart from the White House, people are placing bets on who might be next.

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Supreme Judicial Court to weigh rule that nixed Aaron Hernandez conviction

Massachusetts’ high court will consider whether the state should get rid of a centuries-old legal principle that erased the former Patriots tight end’s murder conviction after he killed himself.

The Boston Police Pipes and Drums band marched during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2017.

St. Patrick’s Day parade organizers say they will abide by shorter route

Parade organizers have fought with the city over the designated route in recent years.

“I was in my glory,’’ Paul Sheehan said of his early days with Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign. “I loved it. I had no idea what I was doing.’’


A single moment, 50 years ago, that changed the course of a life

Paul Sheehan was a funeral director when he met Robert F. Kennedy on St. Patrick’s Day in 1968 and was propelled into a career in politics.

Governor Charlie Baker’s office said he is attending this year’s breakfast.

No skits, same bad jokes: St. Patrick’s Day breakfast going ‘down to its roots’

Faced with just weeks to pull together the eggs-and-politics tradition, organizers say they’re going for a scaled-down affair.

Scott Berry (center, with children Caitlyn and Christopher) was being a good neighbor when his life was changed forever.

Roslindale man struck by falling tree branch during nor’easter and left paralyzed

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Scott Berry, who was being a good neighbor during the nor’easter when his life was changed forever.

Pedestrians made their way past a pile of melting snow during a warm day last month.

First day of spring may bring yet another storm — or nothing at all

On Tuesday, the vernal equinox will mark the arrival of spring — in theory, at least.

Young students prepare for Boston’s citywide spelling bee

Boston’s brightest young wordsmiths will compete in the 11th annual citywide spelling bee on Saturday.