Long before the shooting, Big Papi had brushes with people who ‘want something from me’

David Ortiz has long grappled with the risks of life in the limelight, encountering past trouble with Dominican associates, including one man on his own payroll.

Haley Cremer’s family, father Marc, second from left, sister Morgan, and mother Ivie after Jeffrey Bickoff’s sentencing.

Registry fails to alert local police of trouble drivers, flouts law enacted after 2014 traffic tragedy

A Globe review has found the agency has failed to send notifications about license suspensions and revocations to municipal police departments in compliance with “Haley’s law.”

Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont, wants to expand Social Security, even as the program will pass an omnious tipping point.

Invisible no more: Social Security will soon slide into insolvency

Barring Washington getting over its dysfunction and fixing Social Security, the program may soon have to cut benefits for tens of millions of retirees.

The Youth Beach Bash & Splash was held at the McCormack Bath House at Carson Beach in South Boston on Friday.

Heat and humidity offer a weekend-long, double-barreled assault

Temperature records will be threatened. Energy-sapped residents and midsummer tourists will flock to beaches and air-conditioned rooms for relief. Welcome to the hottest weekend of 2019.

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Video: Fisherman drags shark back into ocean near Martha’s Vineyard

Lee Pasqualucci caught a fisherman on Martha’s Vineyard dragging a small shark back into the water by its tail.

Woman dies after hit and run crash in Somerville

The woman, who is believed to be about 50 years old, was walking in the crosswalk on Mystic Avenue Saturday night.

Woman injured in jet ski crash in Plymouth

The 19-year-old woman was flown to Boston Medical Center for treatment, a Plymouth fire official.

Another scorcher in store for Sunday

Temperatures across Eastern Mass. on Sunday could hit 100 — with a heat index expected to reach 100 to 110.

Police looking for 2 individuals in connection with North End arson

Police want information about a white Hispanic male and a white woman as part of an investigation into a fire set near 241 Hanover St.

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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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Avery Chamberland, 8, of Tiverton, R.I., wore her astronaut outfit to Saturday’s event at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

JFK Library celebrates 50th anniversary of moon landing

Thousands of people visited the Dorchester museum Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 crew’s extraordinary feat.

Tony Maws (left) opened Kirkland Tap & Trotter six years ago.

Somerville’s Kirkland Tap & Trotter restaurant is closing

Owner and chef Tony Maws said the restaurant would be shutting down Saturday night after six years of business.

Fisherman rescued off the coast of Nantucket

The Coast Guard rescued a 55-year-old man from his fishing boat off the coast of Nantucket after suffering a medical-emergency at 3 a.m. on Saturday, officials said.

Braintree police are asking would-be criminals to take a couple days off. Watch “Stranger Things,” the department suggested — but don’t offer up any spoilers.

Braintree police have a request: Don’t commit crime until Monday

The town’s police department took to Facebook to encourage criminals to take the next couple (scorching hot) days off.

Eric Joseph, 51, of Short Hills, N.J., was arrested Saturday. New Hampshire State Police say he was observed traveling 142 miles per hour on a stretch of Interstate 95 in Greenland, N.H., where the speed limit is 65 m.p.h.

N.J. man arrested after allegedly driving 142 m.p.h. on Interstate 95

Eric Joseph, 51, was arrested Saturday morning while traveling near Greenland, N.H., police said.

Ambulance involved in crash while transporting patient to hospital

Just after midnight, a Boston EMS ambulance was involved in a crash while transporting a patient to the hospital.

Man killed in early morning Roxbury house fire

The fire broke out at approximately 4 a.m. and another person was rescued from the building.

07/19/2019 New Bedford MA -Some tried cooling off at the Altitude H2O inflatable floating aqua park obstacle course, at East Beach in Clark’s Cove in New Bedford. Hot temperatures are expected in the region. (Jonathan Wiggs GlobeStaff)

This new water park floats on the ocean

Altitude H20, an inflatable floating water park, opened at East Beach.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, July 20, the 201st day of 2019. There are 164 days left in the year.

Two Delta aircrafts clip wings at Logan airport

Delta flight 2488 made contact with the wing of another Delta aircraft at Logan Airport on Friday night, Delta Airlines representative Susannah Thurston said in a statement.

Andrew Bott has stepped down as Brookline schools superintendent.

Brookline schools superintendent resigns

The Brookline School Committee is expected to pick an interim leader soon to replace Andrew Bott, who led the district for three years.

TripAdvisor’s headquarters in Needham.

Referencing Queen, Madonna, and Cher, TripAdvisor blasts ‘Straight Pride Parade’ over alleged trademark infringement

TripAdvisor, the Needham-based travel company, has written a cease-and-desist letter to an organizer behind the controversial “Straight Pride Parade” scheduled for later this summer in Boston, alleging that he is infringing upon the company’s intellectual property rights.

MBTA releases dramatic video footage of June Red Line derailment

The footage adds visual drama to an incident that for frustrated commuters typified an inconsistent public transit system. Weeks later, full service has not been restored.

Heath Ellis is always happy to see Polly Five Toes (he’s missing one) when sailing around Gloucester Harbor.

A captain befriends a sea gull and keeps the crackers coming

Gloucester schooner captain Heath Ellis and Polly Five Toes have become celebrity BFFs on Cape Ann.

Students walked along the pier after arriving by ferry at Thompson Island to take part in the Outward Bound Connections program.

Expanding horizons: Boston students learn, play on Thompson Island

This summer marks a decade-long partnership between Outward Bound and Boston Public Schools, aimed at overcoming achievement and opportunity gaps.

Framingham- 03/20/18- Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin addressed the media at the State Police Headquarters concerning an investigation into State Police overtime. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe staff (metro)

Officer files motion against State Police, saying it hasn’t admitted him to academy ‘without preconditions’

A federal jury gave Orlando Riley, a New Bedford police officer, a $130,000 discrimination award in 2018, but he pushed further.

Arthur Medici (right) was killed in a 2018 shark attack at a Wellfleet beach.

Third prosthetic leg discovered near memorial for Revere man killed in Wellfleet shark attack

The first artificial leg was found in March, according to Wellfleet police, who are investigating the incidents.

Two more North Atlantic right whales found dead in Canadian waters

Two more North Atlantic right whales were found dead in Canadian waters this week, authorities said on Friday.

Orange and Red lines experience delays due to medical emergencies

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority’s Orange and Red Lines were both delayed for about 20 minutes Friday due to medical emergencies, the MBTA tweeted.

The five-story rooming house was evacuated Friday afternoon, Boston fire officials said.

12 people taken to hospital after hazmat situation at rooming house in South End

Eleven firefighters and a resident went to the hospital for evaluations after being exposed to noxious fumes at a rooming house in the South End. All of the residents were allowed back into their units.

Charlestown man with warrant nabbed at North Station after allegedly evading fare

A Charlestown man allegedly evaded a fare at the North Station T stop Thursday and gave MBTA Transit Police a fake name when they caught him, but authorities quickly determined his true identity and discovered he was wanted for other crimes.

Campers on the first day at Camp Harbor View on Long Island dumped water on their councilors.

Heat hacks: 12 tips and tricks to keeping your house cool

With 100-degree temperatures on the horizon, you’ll need to do everything you can to stay cool, so we’ve compiled some tips on how to beat the heat and keep your home as cool as possible.

No parole for ex-gang member who committed Holyoke slaying at 16 with sawed-off shotgun

Officials urged the man, who committed murder as a 16-year-old, to “refrain from engaging in anti-social behavior” and get treatment before he tries again to win his freedom in a few years.

Accused child rapist from Leominster arrested Thursday in Illinois after 6 years on the run

An accused child rapist from Leominster was arrested in Illinois after six years on the run - and just one month on the State Police Most Wanted list, State Police said.

Charlie Baker.

In wake of horrific crash, Baker files legislation to strengthen commercial driver licensing

Acting in the wake of a horrific crash last month involving a Massachusetts man who should not have had commercial driver’s license, Governor Baker is proposing legislation to strengthen the state’s laws regulating such drivers.

BOSTON, MA - JULY 05, 2019: (left to right) Governor Charlie Baker listens to Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack during a press conference regarding the Registry of Motor Vehicles at the State House in Boston, MA on July 05, 2019. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Metro reporter:

Here are the key unanswered questions surrounding the Mass. RMV scandal

Four weeks have passed since Volodymyr Zhukovskyy allegedly crashed head-on into a group of motorcyclists in New Hampshire, killing seven people.


Great white shark named after Julian Edelman

A great white shark was named after Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy tweeted Friday.

Abandoned kitten rescued from box on Malden sidewalk

Malden police rescued a kitten that was found abandoned in a box on the side of a road Wednesday, police said.

Carlos Rivera at his May 28 arraignment in Lawrence District Court.

Lawrence man pleads not guilty to rape, drug charges in connection with death of 13-year-old

A 47-year-old Lawrence man on Friday pleaded not guilty to charges that he provided drugs to 13-year-old Chloe Ricard and sexually assaulted her before dropping her off unconscious at a local hospital, where she later died.

Authorities tracked a suspect from Brookline to the Muddy River Friday.

Suspect chased from Brookline is arrested in Boston’s Muddy River

The wild police pursuit ended when the suspect was apprehended in the river, officials said.

The Apollo computer may have had 1m times less memory than your phone, but it was a remarkable device

The computer that guided man to the moon half a century ago was bulkier and far less powerful than the smartphone you’re sending snaps on today. But the Apollo Guidance Computer was a groundbreaking engineering feat, experts said.

The city of Boston posted a warning sign at the Myrtle Street Playgound on Beacon Hill, where a

On summer days, fun playground equipment can turn dangerously hot

Everyone knows that metal slides can get hot, but some may not realize that newer playground materials — such as plastic and rubber — can also burn a child’s skin.

Police say loaded gun found during traffic stop

A 20-year-old Dorchester man allegedly tried to hide a gun under the seat of his car when Boston police pulled him over early Friday, but ended up getting arrested on firearm charges, police said.

Temperatures will reach the upper 80s to lower 90s Friday and then increase to upwards of 100 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.

Forecasters warn Saturday and Sunday will be ‘major scorchers’

An excessive heat warning has been issued for most of Massachusetts, in effect from noon on Friday until 8 p.m. Sunday.

NH authorities investigating shooting death in Manchester, ‘suspicious’ deaths in Concord

New Hampshire authorities are currently investigating the deaths of three people in what appear to be separate incidents in two major cities.

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Humpback whale spotted swimming through Cape Cod canal ‘highly unusual’

The Wareham Department of Natural Resources and US Army Corp. of Engineers helped aid the whale through the canal Thursday. The sighting was descriped as “highly unusual” for the area.

One shot in Revere; search on for suspect

The victim was in critical condition late Thursday night, according to State Police.

Boston, Lawrence declare heat emergencies; cooling centers to open

Cooling centers will be open at Boston Center for Youth & Families community centers and residents can swim at the city’s pools for free. Lawrence will open its library and a community center on Saturday and Sunday.

In East Boston, 3 adolescent migrants share their experiences crossing the border

One boy and two girls sat facing the intimate group, recalling their personal encounters with violence in Central America and the unsafe migratory routes and detention centers in the United States.

The interior of the Boston Public Library main branch on Boylston Street.

Suspect in Boston Public library assault insists he didn’t start fight

William Zaniboni, 49, of Boston is accused of punching a library employee in the face and spraying him with a chemical that is believed to be mace.

Callie Lazzaro, 4, fed a goat at the petting zoo on the farm in Plymouth County operated by the sheriff’s department.

A bumper crop of discord over popular Plymouth farm

A dispute over who has authority over the 90-acre property has morphed into a political power struggle with no clear outcome — except, maybe, a day in court at the expense of county taxpayers.