‘I don’t have any pain anymore’: Justina Pelletier takes stand in Boston Children’s Hospital lawsuit

In her family's lawsuit against Boston Children's Hospital, Justina Pelletier testified Monday, recalling the harrowing period she spent separated from her parents.

Paul Grogan to step down from Boston Foundation

During his tenure, the foundation expanded its purpose and loosened its purse strings, giving away more than $150 million last fiscal year and releasing in-depth reports on everything from the plummeting population of children in the city to the need for public transit investment.

State Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley, seen here at his confirmation hearing, will propose allowing some teachers to obtain licenses based on experience rather than state testing that has shown racial gaps in pass rates. .

State eyes plan to improve diversity among teachers

Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley will propose allowing some would-be teachers to become certified based on experience, rather than tests.

Baseball community remembers former Cape League coach John Altobelli, killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

John Altobelli, the former head coach of the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod Baseball League, died in a helicopter crash Sunday along with his wife and daughter.

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Most young people have never heard of Auschwitz. Here’s a way to make sure they will

A bill that would make Massachusetts the 13th state to mandate teaching about genocide in public schools is bottled up in committee. Time to let it out.


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UMass Boston interim chancellor takes name out of running for permanent gig

Katherine S. Newman, the interim chancellor for UMass Boston, has taken her name out of the running for the permanent gig leading the Dorchester university.

When picking presidents, New Hampshire’s track record is mixed

With just a couple weeks until New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, here’s a quick look back at how often the state’s voters actually served as a good predictor of what was to come.

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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2020. There are 338 days left in the year.

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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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Last Holy Cross rower hurt in Florida crash out of hospital

Anne Comcowich, a sophomore from Hopkinton, will return to Massachusetts to continue her recovery.

Boston blanketed in snow 5 years ago

Five years ago today, Boston was seemingly frozen in place.

Gretchen Carlson advocates for legislation banning nondisclosure agreements on Beacon Hill

The former Fox News host, with state senator Diana DiZoglio by her side, challenged Massachusetts lawmakers and the governor on Monday.

Four people are shot outside Connecticut courthouse

The four victims were in a car outside Bridgeport Superior Court on Golden Hill Street, officials said. The injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

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Today is Monday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2020. There are 339 days left in the year.

Racist graffiti toward Asian students found in Emerson dorm

Days after swastikas were found drawn in stairwells on campus, Emerson College police were called to a dormitory where derogatory words toward Asian students had been written on doors.

Rutherford Avenue just south of Sullivan Square heading for downtown Boston.

What comes first in Charlestown: the bus lane or the bus?

Officials are being pressed to design space for buses on Rutherford Avenue — a road that currently has no bus service at all.

Leftover police tape could be seen across the sidewalk in front of 575 Blue Hill Ave in Boston on Sunday. Three teens were stabbed in front of the property on Saturday.

Teen fatally stabbed on Blue Hill Ave. Saturday identified; younger brother is among those injured

A 16-year-old injured in a stabbing on Blue Hill Avenue Saturday evening has died, according to Boston police.

Rachael Rollins has said she is aiming to throw out certain convictions to prevent “harsh collateral consequences” for immigrants.

Charges dropped in effort to avoid ‘harsh collateral consequences’ spark a backlash for DA Rollins

In Osman Bilal’s case, the effort to remove the stigma of his criminal past has sparked a swirling courthouse drama, from accusations of prosecutorial deception and judge-shopping to a hushed sidebar and an abrupt departure from the bench — that has risen to the state’s highest court.

James Monaghan reached for the remote as he watches TV in his living room with his wife, Jennifer.

‘Our phone rings from 7 in the morning until 10 at night.’ Life in Iowa’s political bombardment zone

Phone calls, billboards, nonstop TV ads and social media campaigns. Under assault by presidential candidates desperate for a win in the Hawkeye state, the famous politeness and hospitality of Iowans is being tested.

Judge: Students can’t be kicked out of UConn housing after allegedly shouting slurs

A federal judge has ruled that two University of Connecticut students cannot be kicked out of university housing while their First Amendment lawsuit is in progress.

Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts. The university is expected to announce Monday that it is opening a satellite campus in Portland.

Northeastern expected to launch graduate program in Maine

At a time when many of Maine’s colleges and universities are struggling to attract students, Boston’s Northeastern University is expected to announce Monday that it is opening a satellite campus in Portland.

Four people hospitalized after being rescued from Dorchester fire

Firefighters rescued five residents total, one of whom was trapped on the third floor of the two-and-a-half story building on Seaver Street.

Meet Boston’s first youth poet laureate

Alondra Bobadilla, a student at Fenway High School, has been inspired by her grandmother.


Of ‘Drowned Hogs’ and other cold-weather fans

Everyone agrees it’s too darn cold this time of year to go swimming outside, and if you do go, you better have a good reason.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Mass Audubon Society

Zadrik loves watching basketball games on TV.

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Zadrik is talkative and friendly

Legally freed for adoption, a very structured home and a consistent parenting style seems to work best with Zadrik.

Massachusetts has received more than $160 million in funding from federal immigration authorities since 2012, mostly in exchange for keeping and transporting ICE detainees in jails run by four Massachusetts sheriff’s departments, a Globe review has found.

In recent years, four Mass. jails got $164 million in federal money to house ICE detainees

The sum, brought into the state’s coffers through controversial contracts with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has raised the eyebrows of some advocates and immigration attorneys who oppose the agreements and think there are better alternatives.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2020. There are 340 days left in the year.

Pembroke firefighters took a break at a five-alarm fire at an industrial warehouse in Hanover.

Cause of 5-alarm warehouse fire in Hanover under investigation

Fourteen area fire departments assisted the Hanover department in fighting the fire, which had ignited propane tanks.

01/25/2020 Hingham MA -Heavily armend police officers, leave scene where a man who had fired on a SWAT team, and barricaded himself at the Avalon in Hingham Shipyard, was persuaded to surrender peacefully. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)

Hingham police take armed man barricaded in home into custody

No one was injured in the incident, which led police to evacuate residents living nearby and order others to shelter in place as heavily armed officers took up positions.

3 teens stabbed in Dorchester, police say

One teen was critically injured in the stabbings that occurred on Blue Hill Avenue shortly before 5 p.m,, Boston police said.

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Seamus Mallon, a champion of the Irish peace process, lived as a Catholic and spoke ‘like a Prod’

Seamus Mallon, who died Friday at 83, helped bring peace to Northern Ireland, where despite having experienced discrimination and injustice as a Catholic he had no truck with hurting or chasing out his Protestant neighbors.

Could Trump muzzle John Bolton? The limits of executive privilege, explained

WASHINGTON — Republican senators allied with President Donald Trump are increasingly arguing that the Senate should not call witnesses or subpoena documents for his impeachment trial because Trump has threatened to invoke executive privilege, and a legal fight would take too long to resolve.


Kian Reagan-Caer and other birders kept an eye in all directions while birdwatching Saturday.

‘Bird nerds’ stalk the marshes of Plum Island in the annual avian Superbowl

They came from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and as far away as Pennsylvania to see as many birds as nature would permit in 12 hours.

A man on a scooter crossed Green Line tracks on Beacon Street.

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Boston still waiting on scooter legalization

A key lawmaker says he’s still hoping for action by the summer.

In a 2012, Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown ran against one another for a Senate seat. Warren won.

In Warren’s first electric campaign, glimpses of the future

In 2012, Elizabeth Warren took on incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown, the most popular political figure in the state, whose unlikely win in a liberal state had made him a national figure.

Elizabeth Warren’s plan to beat the other Democrats, and Trump? Her ground game, according to new campaign memo

A strategy memo from Warren's campaign says she has beefed up staffing beyond the earliest voting states in preparation for a difficult nomination fight.

Michelle Carter walked out of Bristol County Dartmouth Women's Correctional Facility Thursday morning.

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Michelle Carter’s out of jail, but not out of the spotlight

It takes nothing away from the tragedy of Roy’s death, or the harm of Carter’s texts, to say that the reality of their relationship was far more complicated than it appeared, far less amenable to easy narratives and sermons about our unhinged times.

As ‘flight shame’ movement grows, more airlines and travelers seek to offset carbon footprint

One sign of the 'Greta effect’ in the US: JetBlue announced plans to go carbon neutral this year. And apps are helping passengers do the same.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2020. There are 341 days left in the year.

A cloud of smoke, cheeseburgers and fries lead to Springfield man’s arrest

As he spoke with the trooper, Ivan Marrero ate two McDonald’s cheeseburgers and fistfuls of fries as a blunt burned in a cup-holder, State Police said.

East Boston man arrested for allegedly firing pellet gun at shuttle bus near North Station

Thomas Henderson, 20, was arrested Friday night on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and destruction of property, according to Boston police.

Man indicted for murder of woman in Pittsfield

Tyler Sumner, 25, of North Adams, is due to be arraigned Jan. 29 in Berkshire Superior Court for the fatal shooting of a New York woman last August, officials said.

01/21/2020 Boston MA - Justina Pelletier (cq) was inside courtroom at Suffolk Superior Court, For opening statements in her malpractice law suit aganist Boston Children's Hospital. Her mother Linda Pelletier (cq) is at right, getting ready to take her seat. (Pool Photograph) (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)

Justina Pelletier’s pediatrician did not see evidence of abuse

As a pediatrician, he would be required to alert authorities if he suspected child abuse.

Nathan Parker slept with his son Lucas Parker on a mattress in the living room because of his medically fragile condition. Lucas Parker suffered severe permanent injuries after eating romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli bacteria during a visit to California in 2018.

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The danger in our salad bowls

Leafy green vegetables have become the leading cause of E. coli poisoning. And the federal government may not be ready for the next outbreak.

BOSTON, MA - 01/15/2020 Newly inaugurated Councilor Julia Mejia smiles at the council after delivering her maiden speech in the Iannella Chamber in City Hall. Councilor Mejia is the first foreign-born Afro-Latina immigrant woman to sit on BostonÕs City Council. Erin Clark / Globe Staff

City councilor’s angry caller has a change of heart

When City Councilor Julia Mejia received an angry, hate-filled voice mail message, she turned it into a video. Then her antagonist called again — and apologized.

Protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse in Boston on Tuesday to support the Iranian student. Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein Abadi planned to attend Northeastern. Iranian student is just latest sent away

Northeastern student from Iran removed from US before court hearing

Several others have similarly been turned away after landing at Logan International Airport.Several others have similarly been turned away after landing at Logan International Airport.

Man, 37, is indicted for allegedly shooting up N.H. wedding

A man who allegedly shot two people and pistol-whipped a third victim during a shocking rampage at a Manchester, N.H. wedding in October has been indicted on charges related to that episode as well as a later alleged assault of his public defender when the lawyer paid him a jailhouse visit, records show.

Mass. treasurer warns of Lottery text scam

The texts say, “Hi this is Kim with the MA Lottery. Please reply when you get a chance. I have some great news,” State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg’s office said Friday.