Steward Health Care pressured doctors to restrict referrals outside chain, suit says

A whistleblower lawsuit exposes the behind-the-scenes pressure health care companies put on doctors to keep patient referrals in-house.

Boston Phoenix owner-publisher Stephen Mindich, shown in a 2012 file photo.

Stephen M. Mindich, longtime Boston Phoenix owner and publisher, dies at 74

Stephen Mindich battled pancreatic cancer for the last four years and passed away Wednesday night at hospice, his son said Thursday.

According to a new report, of Mass. residents ages 18 to 24, nearly 16 percent consider themselves LGBT, while more than 10 percent of people age 25 to 34 self-identify as such.

Nearly 16 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds in Mass. identify as LGBT, report says

LGBT youth, however, are also often targets of discrimination, struggle with depression, and face a greater risk of homelessness, researchers found.

The Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Jury awards black nurse $28 million in hospital retaliation suit

A Haitian-American nurse who sued Brigham and Women’s Hospital for discrimination and retaliation has been awarded more than $28 million.

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These maps show where the worst Memorial Day traffic is in Mass. right now

If you’re planning to drive somewhere for the long holiday weekend and haven’t left already, you’re probably going to get stuck in traffic.

Peregrine falcon chicks tagged at Custom House Tower

On Thursday, officials at the Boston Custom House Tower tagged three baby peregrine falcons — a male and two females.

MSPCA is looking for person who abandoned Pomeranian in West Roxbury

A small 9-year-old Pomeranian was left in a backpack on the side of a West Roxbury road last week, and MSPCA officials are searching for the person responsible.

Massie campaign loses communications chief

Gubernatorial candidate Robert Massie’s communications director, Mara Dolan, has quit the campaign after six weeks — a sign of financial trouble for the Democrat before the state party’s endorsement convention next month.

President Trump awards Medal of Honor to Navy SEAL in Afghan assault

Master Chief Special Warfare Operator Britt K. Slabinski of Northampton, Massachusetts, led a daring assault and rescue mission on a snowy Afghanistan mountaintop in 2002.

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Legislation would shield trooper data from public view

Public records watchdogs say the bill would make it more difficult for the public and the press to identify misconduct.

Man acquitted of killing mom now charged with attacking girlfriend

Assistant Suffolk District Attorney Ursula Knight told the court the alleged victim in the new case is deaf and cannot speak.

The Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville.

Janitor charged in plot to poison her co-workers at Plainridge Park Casino

Authorities allege that Alexandria Martel poured chemical cleaner into two of her co-workers’ sodas that were left in a storage room.

Oscar Borraro rode his chair through a field of thousands of American flags Wednesday on Boston Common.

Fallen military men and women honored with sea of flags on Boston Common

Volunteers, military families, and area leaders gathered at Boston Common to honor fallen soldiers at the ninth annual Memorial Day flag garden.

A JetBlue airplane at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York in 2017.

Bird strike causes plane en route to Boston to turn around, make emergency landing in Buffalo

A plane scheduled to arrive in Boston Thursday morning was forced to make an emergency landing after a bird struck the plane shortly after it took off from Buffalo.

On Wednesday, Massachusetts became the latest state legislature to vote on the idea, with the House passing a “red flag” bill in a 139 to 14 vote.

Ground Game

Unlike many gun measures, ‘red flag’ laws are actually passing. It looks likes Mass. will be next

So-called “red flag” legislation would allow law enforcement to take guns away from someone deemed to be in imminent danger to themselves or to others.

Judge Thomas Estes in 2017.

SJC orders indefinite suspension for judge who had sex with court clinician

Suspension is rare in a state where judges are nominated by the governor and once appointed, seldom forced off the bench.

3 injured in MBTA bus, car collision on I-93

An MBTA bus driver and two passengers were taken to the hospital Thursday morning after a bus and car collided on Interstate 93 southbound in Charlestown, officials said.

Clinton High School student arrested for making threats in school

During a search of the student’s home after he was in custody, police recovered a .45-caliber handgun, ammunition, and $15,000 in cash.

Investigators say the bone fragment from the Whydah, which sank near Wellfleet in April 1717, is that of a human male, with “general ties to the Eastern Mediterranean area,” but did not belong “Black Sam” Bellamy.

Human remains recovered in old shipwreck off Cape Cod do not belong to legendary pirate captain

A bone fragment recovered from a centuries-old shipwreck did not come from a famous pirate after all.

Milford teacher, 40, allegedly exposed himself to teen Walmart worker in store bathroom

Teaching colleagues in neighboring towns identified the suspect as Jared Anzelone, a fourth-grade teacher at Woodland Elementary School.

The video, to be shown at next week’s Democratic State Convention, will be Josh Zakim’s first introduction to a statewide audience in an uphill effort to claim a statewide constitutional position.

Zakim calls himself a ‘bridge to progress’ in new video. Get it?

The video starts with a bit of wordplay. Josh Zakim’s campaign for secretary of state is described as a “bridge to progress.” Get it? Zakim? Bridge?

Firefighters responded to three separate rollover crashes in Duxbury and Marshfield on Wednesdat night and Thursday morning.

Officials blame road construction for 3 rollovers in 12-hour span

Several people were injured in the crashes on Route 3 in Duxbury and Marshfield.

The Encore Boston Harbor casino has commissioned three motor yachts to provide ferry service between its Everett gambling complex and the Boston waterfront.


More ferries are coming to Boston Harbor

Encore Boston Harbor casino will run three ferries year-round, joining a fleet of new water transport options around the city.

Police in Manchester, N.H., are looking for this suspect, who allegedly tried to rob a convenience store but was turned away by the clerk.

He tried to knock over Bunny’s and said he was armed. The clerk was not impressed

The clerk at Bunny’s Convenience store in Manchester, N.H., called the would-be robber’s bluff.

1.3 million cars have slipped through Mass. toll gantries

Cameras might not capture a license plate image for reasons including poor positioning, faded plates, or a bike rack in the way.

What ever happened to the Mass. cellphone ban for drivers?

A proposal to ban handheld cellphone use while driving has strong public support and the backing of Governor Baker amid mounting conerns about surging traffic deaths.

A man walks on the Boston Harborwalk near the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday.

A bright start to the holiday weekend will slowly fade

Thursday and Friday are supposed to be sunny, Saturday will be hot and steamy, and then it’s downhill from there.

‘It honestly sounded like gunshots’: MBTA train sparks fire during storm

As a quick-moving thunderstorm rolled through Boston Wednesday night, an MBTA train briefly sparked fire as it rolled out of service at Cleveland Circle Station.

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Rape reported at MIT frat house, police say

Police are investigating after an alleged rape occurred at an MIT fraternity house in Cambridge last weekend.

Natick police search for cigarette thief who ran away with skateboard

The man ran from the store after his debit card was declined. “Probably not far because, you know, he smokes,” police said.

Fire officials offer new reward to find out who set fire to Rhode Island church

A total of $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever set ablaze the New Life Worship Center in Smithfield, R.I.

Cardinal O’Malley leads group of religious leaders, scientists calling for climate action

O’Malley was among the 500-plus signatories to endorse an appeal calling climate change “an ecological and moral emergency.”

13 arrested in North Shore drug bust

Authorities seized 2.6 kilograms of fentanyl, 3,000 pills and $415,000 from a fentanyl and oxycodone, Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement.

Boston, MA - 12/20/12 - Brian McGrory, Editor of The Boston Globe. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

Globe investigating allegation top editor sent inappropriate text

Editor Brian McGrory said he did not recall the exchange but has told the Globe’s owners that they should try to retrieve the text by whatever means possible.

Full text of editor Brian McGrory’s note to staff

Globe editor Brian McGrory sent a note to staff Wednesday about allegations published on social media that he had engaged in an inappropriate text exchange with a former editor.

Mass. House passes bill to strip guns from people seen as a danger

The legislation, approved 139 to 14, would allow family members, roommates, current and former romantic partners, and police officials to petition a court to take away a gun owner’s weapons for a year.

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State Police patrol much of the Seaport District and have a substation near Boston Fish Pier.

Police chiefs’ organization backs BPD in Seaport fight

The idea of sole law enforcement jurisdiction is an outdated model of policing, says a statewide police group.

Melrose man facing indecent assault charges now a fugitive

Olexandr Kushnarenko, 48, is on the lam and will be subject to immediate arrest “upon any attempt to re-enter the United States,” Melrose police said in a statement.

Prosecutors Wednesday dismissed charges against Shiina Dionne of Lawrence, who was arraigned in her hospital bed in March.

Prosecutors drop charges against woman involved in fatal Andover crash

The Essex district attorney’s office ceased the prosecution of Shiina Dionne on Wednesday in Lawrence District Court.

Thousands of BPS students don’t graduate on time. And it’s a problem

About one in five students at public high schools in Boston are at least two years behind academically, a situation that could derail their chances of earning a diploma.

Former secretary at Brighton hospital charged in prescription scheme

Jillian Curran, 28, of Brighton is charged with allegedly stealing prescription forms that allowed herself and others to access painkillers.

Dallas Goreham, 11, found a letter in a bottle on a Nova Scotia beach. It had been written by an 80-year-old woman visiting Gloucester 18 years ago.

A wayward message in a bottle from Gloucester washed up in Nova Scotia after 18 years

Living on the coast, 11-year-old Dallas Goreham often finds things that have washed ashore – but last week, he found something quite out of the ordinary.

Vermont man accused of killing grandfather refused polygraph test

Nathan Carman said the notion that he had to prove his innocence was “abhorrent to me,” court records show.

Harvard students at the 2017 commencement.

Most Harvard seniors say they will make $70,000 right out of college

That’s not all: About one-fifth of this year’s graduates expect to make $90,000 or more.

Play rock, paper, scissors with us

A Connecticut high school baseball game was rained out, so they decided the winner over a game of rock, paper, scissors. Try your hand against us.

Police arrested four people on heroin trafficking charges Tuesday in Hampden County.

State Police seize more than 30,000 bags of heroin, arrest four people

State Police seized the bags of heroin in Hampden County on Tuesday and arrested four people allegedly involved in trafficking the Class A drug.