Complaints rising at The Ride

Riders say service has worsened ever since the MBTA launched a major overhaul of the paratransit system in February.

Bill Gidrewicz (center) and director Nanci Baren served a lunch to members of the Ruby Rogers Center in Somerville.

Closure of Somerville mental health center unsettles a community

The Ruby Rogers Center serves Somerville residents with mental illness or disability and will close Sunday after 30 years.

A screenshot from a video created by Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In this dramatization performed by employees, a doctor holds the door for a man who turns out to be a stranger and is not supposed to enter the operating room area.

Brigham kidnapping dramatization highlights security risks

Shaken after a woman posing as a doctor snuck into operating rooms in December, Brigham and Women’s will train employees to be on the lookout for “tailgating.”

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Glory days return to Salem CC

Tom Watson, John Daly, and Bernhard Langer will be among those playing in the US Senior Open June 26 through July 2 at the Peabody course, which also hosted the tournament in 2001.

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Healey’s top target these days is Trump

The Massachusetts attorney general has racked up 11 legal cases against the Republican president’s agenda.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Weymouth man shot in Quincy

Quincy police do not believe the shooting, which occurred early Friday, was random.

Maura Healey’s many lawsuits against the Trump administration

Mass. AG Maura Healey has taken action against the Trump administration on numerous fronts in the past six months.

Prosecutors take fight to reinstate Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction to SJC

The battle over the Hernandez murder conviction is going to the state’s highest court.

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Man found fatally stabbed inside Brockton home

Police are investigating the fatal stabbing of a man in Brockton.

Head of feared MS-13 chapter in East Boston pleads guilty to drug, gun charges

Santos Portillo-Andrade, 33, a Revere resident who also goes by the moniker “Flaco,” faces a lengthy prison term.

Boston’s DraftKings wants to merge with its former sports fantasy rival, New York-based FanDuel.

Under planned fantasy sports merger, DraftKings would take the lead

Internal documents detail how the now-disputed deal with FanDuel would work.

The Dalai Lama previously visited Boston in 2014.

Dalai Lama to appear in Boston this weekend

The Tibetan spiritual leader is scheduled to arrive Saturday and appear at an event at the Sheraton Boston on Sunday.

In N.H., police could be close to arresting man who punched woman 39 times

Rochester, N.H., police appear to be closing in on the man who allegedly punched an 18-year-old woman 39 times.

Angelo Colon-Ortiz was arrested in April.

Suspect indicted in Marcotte murder

The Worcester man accused of killing Vanessa Marcotte was formally charged with murder Friday.

Gun stolen from police vehicle found

The Remington shotgun was found in Lowell, Chelmsford police said Friday in a statement.

Jurors in Bella Bond murder trial deliberating nearly four days

Twenty-two hours have passed since Judge Janet Sanders sent the jury to deliberate.

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2017, file photo, the sun rises over the clouds in front of the summit of Haleakala volcano in Haleakala National Park on Hawaii's island of Maui. The National Park Service is studying whether to keep its new system requiring reservations to drive up to Haleakala's summit to see the sunrise. The agency said Thursday, June 15 it will conduct an environmental assessment for the program, which was implemented on an emergency basis earlier this year to address overcrowding. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

New research says the sun may have had a twin

The answer is yes, most likely — according to new research from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at Harvard University.

A humpback whale washed up on the beach and died off of Cape Cod.

2 humpback whales die after stranding on Cape Cod

The whales are part of a larger trend of deaths that has researchers worried.

Severe thunderstorms sweeping into Boston area

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Suffolk County, Essex County and northeastern Middlesex county, effective until 3 p.m.

Barry Cadden was convicted in March of racketeering and other charges in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed more than 60 people and sickened hundreds more nationwide.

Prosecutors say New England Compounding Center boss should spend 35 years in prison

“If there ever was a fraud case that deserves the greatest punishment allowable, this is it,’’ federal prosecutors wrote in court papers.

Lawrence woman, 19, identified as person found in Braintree hotel

The investigation into the death of Reina Rodriguez is ongoing, according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey’s office.

Minuteman Health shifting to for-profit status

Minuteman has about 37,000 members in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Current members will see no interruption in coverage, Minuteman said.

Alonzo Johnson helped an 83-year-old man down an escalator at a mall in Holyoke. The image went viral this week.

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How heartwarming racial memes backfire

Viral social media posts that purport to show racial harmony unwittingly reflect our deep divides.

David Epstein

What’s in store for this weekend’s weather

With the remnants of a tropical storm playing a role in the forecast, those looking to get outside might need some clarity on what will be happening.

Jessie, a 10-pound spaniel mix, had just arrived at Logan Thursday when she slipped her collar, State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said.

Rescue dog rescued at Logan Airport

A dog from Puerto Rico that slipped away from its handler and went on the lam at Logan has been found, State Police said Friday.

Submit your queries to consumer columnist Sean P. Murphy

The Globe’s new consumer columnist is open for business.

Al Capone's handwritten musical composition titled

Original Al Capone song up for sale at auction of underworld artifacts

The handwritten musical composition by Al Capone is expected to fetch upwards of $20,000.

Person struck and killed on MBTA Lowell commuter rail line

A person was struck and killed by an MBTA commuter rail train on the Lowell line Friday morning.

Boston police arrested a man with a can of black spray paint in his hand after he allegedly painted this graffiti on a restaurant wall in Brighton.

Alleged tagger arrested by Boston police with paint can in hand

Standing next to fresh graffiti, Jackson Elliott allegedly had a can of black spray paint in his hand..

Fifty-nine years of stories from one address

With an eye toward the future, the Boston Globe said goodbye to its longtime Dorchester home this week.

Man shot in Dorchester

A male victim was shot late Thursday night on Lyndhurst Street.

BPD officer who appeared in racially charged video back on patrol; second officer on leave

The officer was relieved of duty on June 9 and returned last week, a department spokesman said.

Proposed location of new Lowell High School. Lowell city council voted 5-4 to build a new school in a suburban neighborhood rather than renovate the existing 186-year-old downtown school.

After vote to move high school, Lowell faces lingering divisions

Rather than solve a bitter rift, the decision to build a new school in an affluent neighborhood has further hardened divisions.

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Boston, MA - 06/22/17 - Steve Nazro (cq), longtime event scheduler at the Boston Garden and its incarnations, at his retirement party. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Kiana Cole) Topic: (23garden)

Steve Nazro retires after 50 years at the TD Garden

For decades, Steve Nazro has pieced together an intricate puzzle at the TD Garden.

Framingham man sentenced to prison for assault

Thomas Bejamin, 50, was found guilty of assault and battery causing bodily injury, Middlesex prosecutors said.

Salem, MA: June 21, 2017: Salem's oldest cemetery, the Charter Street Burial Ground is getting a facelift. (Globe Staff Photo/ Jim Davis)

New look for old Salem cemetery

The centuries-old Charter Street Burial Ground, which includes the graves of witch trial judges, is on its way to getting a rejuvenated face


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

Cancer researcher awarded $22m in suit against Steward Health Care

A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Thursday awarded more than $22 million to a cancer scientist who sued Steward Health Care System.

Lawrence man found guilty of murdering father of four

Joshua Chevez, 25, shot a gun into a crowded party in Lawrence in 2014, killing mark Trussell, prosecutors said.

Female teen found dead in Braintree hotel; case is suspicious, DA says

A 19-year-old Lawrence woman was found dead in a Braintree hotel room Thursday morning, officials said.

Francisco Rodriguez, 43, faces deportation.


If Francisco Rodriguez is deported, we will be a smaller, meaner nation

There’s a new administration in Washington that has decided going after decent people is a lot easier than going after criminals who might fight back.

Political Happy Hour: June 22, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Moulton plotting against Pelosi | Nat’l GOP attacks Setti | Pop quiz, hotshot

Former Red Sox player David Ortiz spoke during a ceremony renaming Yawkey Extension to David Ortiz Drive.

There is now officially a Boston street named after David Ortiz

“I thank God every day for giving me the opportunity to be part of this wonderful city,” David Ortiz said.

This day in history

Today is Friday, June 23, the 174th day of 2017. There are 191 days left in the year.

The Gerry behind gerrymandering

The birth of gerrymandering goes all the way back to 1812, when Mass. Governor Elbridge Gerry signed a now-infamous bill allowing his party to redraw state Senate districts to its advantage.

Two reasons why Trump came clean about not having tapes of Comey

Why President Trump decided to make this type of announcement is unclear. But what is clear is why he was in a hurry to make it.

A crew member onboard the Peruvian Navy tall ship Union.

Photos: Tall Ships leave Boston Harbor

Following a six-day celebration, more than 50 Tall Ships departed Boston Harbor on Thursday, staggered over the course of the morning.

Supreme Court rejects new trial request in Boston murder case

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against a Boston man seeking to overturn his murder conviction because his lawyer failed to object when the trial judge closed the courtroom during jury selection.


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