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Flying foxes, pawpaws, and Scott Brown

Here’s everything you need to know about Samoa.

Creating inclusive schools for LGBTQ students

A conference Wednesday focused on ways to improve experience of LGBTQ students in Boston Public Schools.

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Lottery results from Monday drawings

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Former US Secretary of State John Kerry, a longtime summer resident of Nantucket, has bought a $12 million home on Martha’s Vineyard A1 A Brockton High baseball player killed in a car crash was laid to rest in an emotional service B1 Boston Public Schools held its first LGBTQ Leadership Summit B1

Wenham cops hunting knife-wielding repeat robbers

Wenham police are searching for two men who robbed a convenience store at knifepoint in the leafy town over the weekend.

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Abraham is a Metro columnist. Her work appears on Thursdays and Sundays.

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Cullen is a columnist for the Metro section who previously wrote for the Foreign desk and Spotlight team. His column appears Tuesdays and Sundays.

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Farragher is a Globe columnist and associate editor. He spent eight years as editor of the Spotlight Team. His columns appear Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Adrian Walker

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Walker has been a columnist for the Metro section since 1998. His column appears Mondays and Fridays.

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Bernadette Macon-Bell checked the train schedule in Mattapan.

Fairmount Line ridership has tripled since 2012, study finds

Transit advocates hope the study’s findings persuade leaders to provide more frequent trains on the line that runs through Dorchester and Mattapan.

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 19: An exterior view of the arena prior to Game Four of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden on June 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Jacobs family, owner of TD Garden and Bruins, gives $13,000 to Walsh

The Buffalo-based family that owns the TD Garden and the Bruins just gave $13,000 to Mayor Walsh’s political committee.

A funeral service was held for Brockton High School student Isaias Caban.

They lost their son in a car crash. Then, they presided at his funeral.

The parents of a Brockton teenager who died in a car crash led his funeral ceremony inside their church.

Political Happy Hour: April 26, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Shadow, schmadow | Pretty modest state budget warning | Move it, move it

Aquinnah, MA - 9/17/2015: On Martha's Vineyard at Aquinnah ....... Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribal properties at Menemsha Pond. The odyssey of the Aquinnah, who once swore off a casino in return for their ancestral lands, but now want both. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC xxaquinnah

Opponents of casino on Martha’s Vineyard file appeal

The Aquinnah tribal chairwoman dismissed the appeal as “a last-ditch effort” to block the tribe from achieving “economic self-sufficiency.”

Senator from R.I. accuses EPA chief Pruitt of violating ethics law

A Senate Democrat says the head of the Environmental Protection Agency is breaking the law by agreeing to headline a state GOP fundraiser.

Recently harvested medical marijuana that has been tested and approved is ready for clients at the Healthy Pharms facility in Georgetown, which will open May 8. (Healthy Pharms)

Medical marijuana sales growing north of Boston

With two dispensaries in business, a third to open in Georgetown, and nine others awaiting state approval, the industry is poised to blossom in the region.

Maine man arrested with 1,200 doses of fentanyl from Massachusetts

The man used an Amtrak train to get back to Maine after buying the drugs in Haverhill.

State Police at the Silber footbridge over Storrow Drive where a State Trooper killed a man with warrants and a knife in June 2015.

Fatal State Police shooting of knife-wielding man on Esplanade footbridge in 2015 deemed justified

Investigators determined that the state trooper acted in self-defense.

750 bags of heroin hidden in teddy bear, Springfield police said

Police said they raided an apartment Tuesday and found a 22-year-old man asleep with heroin and a loaded handgun in his bed.

Pedestrian hit and killed in Brockton

When Brockton firefighters arrived at 261 North Main St., the man in his 30s or 40s was suffering from cardiac arrest and a significant head injury.

Man lights up by ‘no smoking’ sign in T station. Transit Police find he is wanted in 2 states.

The man, identified as 38-year-old Peter Moniz of Fall River, is wanted in two states for financial crimes, Transit Police said.

Three toddlers taken to hospital after bus crash in Quincy

Three toddlers and their bus driver were taken to the hospital for evaluation after their school bus crashed in Quincy Wednesday.

A baby grand piano was the sacrificial instrument in 2008.

MIT students bring back tradition of tossing piano off building

After missing last year, a piano will once again fall from the roof of an MIT building Thursday afternoon to mark the last day students can drop a class.

William Camuti

Jury convicts man for fatally poisoning ‘Whitey’ Bulger extortion victim

A jury has convicted a 72-year-old William Camuti of first-degree murder for poisoning Stephen “Stippo” Rakes, who was one of James “Whitey” Bulger’s extortion victims.

Salem mayor spots ‘eerie’ face in lamppost light

The creepy visage appears to be scowling, with their brow furrowed at the passersby below.

Forecasters expect the fog and the drizzle to linger into Thursday, particularly along the coast.

After several dreary days, Sunday could be aptly named

Keep the umbrella and rain boots handy, it’s expected to be generally gloomy at least until Sunday.

N.H. lawmaker accused of starting ‘Red Pill’ forum on Reddit won’t resign

Robert Fisher, accused of making comments degrading women’s intelligence and appearing to normalize rape, said he is “not disappearing.”

Worcester, MA - 4/26/2017 - Attorney Larry Army, Jr. stands next to a blow up of a portion of a letter allegedly written by former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez as he speaks to members of the media about his client Kyle Kennedy and the relationship Kennedy had with Hernandez in Worcester, MA, April 26, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Inmate’s lawyer demands release of alleged Hernandez note

Representatives for the Hernandez family have said no such note exists.

One man shot, woman assaulted in Lowell

The incident took place near the intersection of Read and 3rd streets around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

JFK diary sells for more than $700,000

A JFK collector from Beverly outbid one other live and six telephone bidders in a packed house for the 61-page diary.

Marco Belluardo-Crosby leads his Dance Jam class on Sunday morning, March 19, 2017, at the Lynch van Otterloo YMCA, located in Marblehead. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

Get into groove, you’ve got to move

Four professionals by day spend their nights and weekends teaching others how to break free through dance in Marblehead.

Weymouth woman sentenced to prison for stealing $700,000 from employer

Katelin Garland,39, also was ordered to pay $656,852 in restitution, prosecutors said.

Dominican man sentenced to prison for heroin trafficking

After serving his sentence, Manuel “Pablo” Romero-Gonsalez, 40, will also face proceedings to remove him from the United States, prosecutors said.

The MBTA has been reconfiguring traffic lights to give Green Line trains priority over street traffic, and officials hope to make the changes permanent in the fall.

Can reworking traffic lights make the Green Line faster?

The MBTA has been reconfiguring traffic lights to give trolleys priority over cars. Officials hope to make the changes permanent.

Boston Uber driver charged with rape

It’s the latest incident involving the ride-hailing company’s drivers.

Orin Falls is one of the many sections of rapids in the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine. The area received that designation from President Obama last year.

Environmentalists vow to fight Trump on Maine monument

The president plans to review the designation of a number of national monuments, possibly including Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Man killed, 4 injured in Milton crash

The head-on crash occurred late in the afternoon on Route 28.

Lawrence Catholic school administrator fired for alleged inappropriate behavior

The firing of Andrew Nikonchuk was announced in a letter to school alumni.

Aaron Hernandez.

Prison probe surrounding Aaron Hernandez’s death focuses on contraband

Lawyers also are starting their bid to erase the former Patriot’s conviction in the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd.

In this March 3, 2011 photo, Dorrance Hill Hamilton attends the Philadelphia Flower Show, in Philadelphia. Hamilton, the granddaughter of the Campbell Soup Co. founder and a philanthropist who gave away millions of dollars to Philadelphia educational and cultural institutions, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at her home in Grande, Fla. She was 88. (Akira Suwa/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Dorrance Hamilton, museum benefactor

Mrs. Hamilton was a fixture at the Philadelphia Flower Show, winning countless ribbons over three decades before retiring from competition in 2014.

Boston, MA - 04/25/17 - Seen through rain-soaked bus station shelter, a pedestrian travels Commonwealth Avenue in Allston in a heavy downpour during a spring nor'easter. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: () Topic: ()

Heavy rains give way to drizzle on Wednesday

The heaviest rain is expected to fall in Eastern Massachusetts from midnight to about 8 a.m., before gradually lessening, according to the National Weather Service.

Sam Mitchell, 17, waits with his stepmom Lee Harris at the Children's Health Speciality Center Dallas Campus, Friday, April 14, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. Sam is a transgender male and is one of the first to sign up for a program that brings LGBT young adults, who have been bullied and faced hardship, to Provincetown, MA this summer to work and experience a tolerant community. (Guy A. Rogers III for the Boston Globe)

For LGBT youth from the South, a safe haven in Provincetown

Sam Mitchell, who lives in East Texas, can’t imagine a place where his gender is not an issue, where the specter of being bullied is not a daily fear.

“We are encouraged by the District Court’s ruling,” said Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone (above).

Mass. cities hail ruling blocking sanctuary city retaliation

A federal judge temporarily blocked President Trump’s plan to hold back funds from cities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities.

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Lottery results from Tuesday drawings

Proposed legislation backed by Governor Charlie Baker addresses so-called revenge porn as well as teen “sexting,” or sending explicit photos to each other.

Governor Baker files bill targeting ‘revenge porn’ and sexting

Sending “revenge porn” or threatening to do so would be a felony publishable by up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Sylvia Moy, composer of

Sylvia Moy, key producer, songwriter at Motown

In the recording studio, though, there was no transcription of the lyrics into Braille for Stevie Wonder to read from. So Ms. Moy sang the words to him through his earphones.

Political Happy Hour: April 25, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Scott Brown Kiwi nom official | Baker targets revenge porn | Zoom, zoom

Aaron Hernandez conferred with one of his attorneys in court on March 2.

Swirling speculation about Hernandez alarms gay-rights advocates

Advocates say unverified reports about Aaron Hernandez’s sexuality are not relevant to his crimes or his suicide.

Scott Brown.

Scott Brown nominated as ambassador to New Zealand, Samoa

President Trump on Tuesday formally nominated former US senator Scott Brown to serve as his ambassador to both New Zealand and Samoa.

MEDFORD, MA - 4/25/2017 - Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker speaks about the filing of an act relative to the harmful distribution of sexually explicit visual material at the Boston Latin Academy in MEDFORD, MA, April 25, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) mag_cat_trapper

Feds give Mass. nearly $12 million to fight opioid abuse

The grant will support treatment and recovery programs, including initiatives to help at-risk women and soon-to-be released inmates.

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“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.