The Irish pub, a hallmark of Boston culture, begins to fade away

A city once known for Irish brogues and bars now finds itself losing cultural touchstones.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren campaigned Thursday in Iowa City.

The 2020 Dem race is about Iowa — and increasingly only about Iowa

The first caucus state could settle the most important arguments of the sprawling primary field, analysts say.

The Prudential Center was one of the possible targets, according to federal prosecutors.

Terror suspect charged in N.Y. allegedly scouted 3 locations in Boston

The man cased out Fenway Park, the Prudential Center, and Quincy Market, federal prosecutors in New York said.

Representative Joseph P. Kennedy lll said his House colleagues “have all been very supportive.” Above: Kennedy listened during an appearance Tuesday in Needham.

Democrats are all over the place on Joe Kennedy’s Senate run

It illustrates the distress some feel about Kennedy’s challenge to incumbent Senator Edward Markey.

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Here are some of the most interesting signs we saw at today’s climate change rally

Here are some of the most interesting signs we saw at today’s climate change rally.

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Can anything spoil the beautiful, warm weekend of weather ahead?

Just how warm is it going to be, and could any weather events spoil the fun?

Whitey Bulger’s family filing wrongful death claim

The family of slain Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger is filing a wrongful death claim against the federal government following his death in prison last year.

‘It was within feet of him’: Photo shows great white shark swimming past surfer in Cape Cod waters

“All of a sudden I saw the wake and then the fin, and it was pretty evident thereafter that it was a shark.”

Dangerous rip currents, roaring waves to slam New England until Friday night

Officials are warning beachgoers to look out for dangerous rip currents with 6- to 9-foot waves Friday in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, and New Hampshire, according to the National Weather Service.

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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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Sheila Pereira, 42, of Shrewsbury, signed up for the wrong half-marathon (it turned out to be in the UK, not the USA).

Woman who mistakenly signed up for half-marathon in Worcester, England, ends up running 13 miles by herself in Worcester, Mass.

The 42-year-old Shrewsbury woman will receive a medal and T-shirt for her efforts, race organizers said.

Smoke fills Tufts Medical Center Station due to motor malfunction on train

Tufts Medical Center Station filled with smoke Friday morning after a motor malfunctioned on an Orange Line train.

Stephen Semprevivo arrives at Federal Court in Boston in March.

Feds say college admissions scam dad has ‘chutzpah,’ lacks remorse — and deserves 13 months in prison

Federal prosecutors on Thursday sought a 13-month prison term for Stephen Semprevivo, who paid a $400,000 bribe to get his son into Georgetown University.

Michelle Carter left her parole hearing yesterday in Natick.

Michelle Carter denied early release from prison by Mass. Parole Board

“Ms. Carter’s self serving statements and behavior, leading up to and after his suicide, appear to be irrational and lacked sincerity,” the board wrote in its decision.

People gathered at City Hall Plaza on Friday. More than 3,000 people said on the Facebook event page that they planned to attend the strike in Boston.

Thousands gather on City Hall Plaza as part of youth-led worldwide climate strike event

High school students have been organizing the strike for the past few months as part of a worldwide series of strikes ahead of a United Nations climate summit in New York City.

Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg answers a question Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


Why RI’s top Democrats haven’t picked a horse for president

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza made some news this week when he joined more than 50 municipal leaders from around the country in endorsing Pete Buttigieg for president, but that got Rhode Map thinking: Who are the other top Democrats in the state backing for president?

Have a question about the changing face of retail and real estate in Boston? Ask us

Welcome to “On the Street,” a new project from the Globe’s reporters covering real estate and retail. Our goal with the series is to explore corners of the region undergoing dramatic changes. That’s where you come in.

2 arrested after allegedly stealing, crashing wheelchair transportation van from Melrose hospital

The incident ended with a chase, the vehicle crashing into a parked car, and two people being arrested, police said.

Worker dies after being hit by tree limb in Swansea

Taylor Bowen, 28, of Rehoboth was pronounced dead Thursday at Rhode Island Hospital, Swansea police said.

Salem man sentenced to life in prison for murdering estranged wife

Douglas Steeves, 53, was convicted Thursday for strangling Carmela Saunders,48, to death in her Salem apartment, officials said.

Man charged in fatal Dorchester shooting was on probation following June gun conviction

Brian Keith Joyce Jr., 25, of Dorchester, now faces a murder charge for allegedly gunning down 27-year-old Marcus Dunn-Gordon late Monday in the area of 800 Morrissey Blvd.

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Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins visited Roxbury Prep High School in Hyde Park on Thursday.

Boston officer on leave after students accuse him of using slurs

Students at a Hyde Park charter high school said the officer used racist slurs against them and a faculty member last week.

Motorcyclist killed in crash with school bus in Westford

A 20-year-old man was involved with a crash with a school bus from the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District just before 4 p.m., officials said.

Luther, the white tiger at Franklin Park Zoo, dies from cancer

The 14-year-old tiger was recently diagnosed with an ”undifferentiated round cell tumor” and stopped responding to medication, Zoo New England announced Thursday.

Mariela Sanchez of Tegucigalpa, Honduras (left), her son Jonathan Sanchez, 16, and husband Gary Sanchez prepared for questions from reporters after the press conference on termination of medical deferred action in Boston on Monday, Aug. 26. Jonathan has cystic fibrosis.

US officials reverse decision ending medical relief to immigrants

The Trump administration has reversed its decision to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for medical treatment and other hardships.

Photographer captures shark jumping out of water off Cape Cod in ‘a once in a lifetime shot’

A photographer was on vacation over Labor Day weekend when he captured a great white shark breaching the waters off Head of the Meadow Beach.

Funeral director invites public to veteran’s funeral Friday morning in Methuen

A funeral director has invited the public to the graveside funeral of a Korean War veteran who was set to be buried with no mourners in attendance in Methuen on Friday.

Woman, 40, smashes into road sign and dies on Fitchburg highway after losing control of car

The Webster woman rolled over in her 2006 Subaru Impreza around 11 a.m. while she was driving east on Route 2 between Exits 27 and 28, State Police said in a statement.

Janet Fillion checked on her students as they worked in her Latin class at Boston Latin Academy.

Together, they’ve taught at BPS for more than a century

Janet Fillion and Alma Wright are the district’s longest-serving teachers. Their careers span 15 superintendents, the dawn of the classroom computer, and the racial turmoil of the 1970s.

Teenager to plead guilty in mother’s slaying in Litchfield, Maine

A teenager who allegedly killed his mother with two of his friends last year has agreed to plead guilty and faces a prison term of 25 to 35 years, prosecutors say.

Connecticut father, son die in fall from cliff

A 71-year-old man tripped atop a cliff and his adult son tried to save him, but both fell about 75 feet to their deaths at an abandoned quarry in Connecticut, police said Thursday.

A trooper found a kilogram of cocaine inside a car during a motor vehicle stop in Shrewsbury Wednesday night.

2 arrested on charges of cocaine trafficking after traffic stop in Shrewsbury

A motor vehicle stop in Shrewsbury Wednesday night led to two people being arrested on charges of cocaine trafficking, State Police said.

The gas explosion Monday at LEAP Inc., an organization that helps people with developmental disabilities, killed one fire captain and injured six other firefighters and a civilian.

Injured Farmington firefighter released from hospital as town rallies around victims of gas explosion

One of the Farmington firefighters injured in Monday’s explosion was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon as the town ramps up fund-raising efforts for those affected by the devastating event.

While some school officials have jumped to attention and rapidly deployed one of the many tools at their disposal to alert students and parents about the imminent danger of vaping, others have essentially ignored the news.

In Mass., the schools that took action on vaping largely varied by ZIP code

Amid a cascade of federal warnings and media coverage of the vaping illness, there has been no consistent effort from schools across Massachusetts about informing students and parents.

David Ortiz.

Big Papi’s back on Twitter

Red Sox legend David Ortiz on Thursday afternoon tweeted for the first time since he was nearly killed in a shooting June 9 in his native Dominican Republic.

Charles Street will be closed to cars on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, for the inaugural Open Charles Street.

Charles Street will be closed to cars this Sunday so shoppers can roam free

Fans of Open Newbury Street will want to head to Open Charles Street this weekend.

Ed Donga, 84, taking a call at his retirement party.

He joined the TSA after the Sept. 11 attacks. Now he’s retiring — at age 84

An 84-year-old man who joined the TSA shortly after the agency was formed has just retired from Boston Logan Airport.

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnev in a courtroom sketch from his sentencing in 2015.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev loses a lawyer for pending appeal in Boston Marathon bombing case

One appellate attorney is no longer working to save confessed Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the death chamber, legal filings show.

Organizers of Friday’s youth climate strike run to catch an Orange Line train, where they’ll hand out fliers and sing to draw attention to the event.

Faced with an uncertain future, young climate activists take to the streets

The students behind Boston’s climate strike are waging a battle against hopelessness.

Emerson employes Erin Glover, Jacqueline Holland, and Katherine Yeh visited the “Friends” replica set at Emerson College Thursday.

‘Friends’ replica set on display through Monday at Emerson College

A replica set of the iconic TV show “Friends” is on display at Emerson College through Monday.

Massachusetts State House.

After years of debate, top Mass. lawmakers unveil school funding plan

House and Senate leaders on Thursday unveiled long-awaited legislation they say will overhaul the state’s antiquated school-funding formula by funneling $1.4 billion more toward cities and towns over seven years.

Woman’s pistol is detected by TSA at Worcester airport

A Winchendon woman was found to have a loaded pistol in her carry-on bag Wednesday at Worcester Regional Airport, the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday.

Passersby walked near City Hall in Boston.

EMILY’s List endorses five female Boston City Council incumbents

Only Councilor Althea Garrison, the most conservative of the panel and an antagonist on some of her colleagues’ progressive proposals, was slighted.

Antoinette Carter of Roxbury took a selfie onboard a new Orange Line train last month.

‘Orange you happy?’: Another new Orange Line train hit the tracks this week

There are now two — count them, two — six-car trains up and running.

Michelle Carter, convicted in 2017 for her role in pushing a friend to commit suicide, after a Parole Board hearing Thursday to consider her request to reduce her 15-month jail term.

Michelle Carter parole hearing held behind closed doors; results expected within 48 hours

Carter, who was convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter for badgering her boyfriend into committing suicide, began serving a 15-month sentence Feb. 11.

Around 30 people displaced by 3-alarm fire in Stoughton rooming house

The 27-unit building at 820 Washington St. has alarms and sprinklers that activated when the fire started, and residents were able to get out safely, officials said.

New Hampshire sent 300 families erroneous letters saying their children had elevated lead levels

The state’s Department of Health and Human Services apologized for the error, saying the false notification was the result of a processing error.

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Federal prosecutors say Boston Calling case was ‘properly charged’

Federal prosecutors have countered two former City Hall aides convicted of extortion last month who are calling for acquittal or a new trial, asserting the pair’s arguments are lacking and that the case was “properly charged.”

State Police union votes to stop paying legal fees of indicted former president

The 1,900-member State Police Association of Massachusetts made the move to cease footing Dana Pullman’s legal bills by rescinding a prior union membership vote that took place in January.

State officials confirm ninth human case of EEE virus

A man in his 70s from Manchester-by-the-Sea has contracted the virus, officials said Wednesday.