Top state representative grabbed incoming lawmaker’s backside, colleagues say

The speaker’s office says it’s probing claims of “inappropriate conduct.”

French fries and pizza are some of the fast food items for the reception for the Clemson Tigers in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., Monday.


Two men dished up meals in D.C. this week. One fed furloughed workers. The other is the president

President Trump wasted no time congratulating himself for serving up fast food at the White House during the shutdown. But a D.C. chef is trying make sure furloughed workers don’t go without.

Companies are plastering the Boston accent all over ads, and some locals have had enough

On billboards and subway placards across the city, brands peddling everything from bourbon to cold medicine are dropping their r’s in the name of sales — and drawing the ire of locals.

Boston MA 1/15/19 Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh walking onto the stage before giving his State of the City address at Symphony Hall. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

Walsh touts city’s progress on housing, climate change, while blasting an ineffective Washington

It was Mayor Martin Walsh’s sixth annual address to a citywide audience since he was first elected in 2013.

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Firefighters battle house fire in Marion

There were no injuries in the fire reported to the department at 3:34 p.m., an official said.

Antihunger groups tell Governor Baker to craft ‘disaster plan’ for emergency food requests amid shutdown

State antihunger groups called for an end to the shutdown and urged Governor Charlie Baker to prepare a “disaster plan” for a likely rise in emergency food requests if the stalemate continues.

Fuel spill diverts traffic in Chelsea

The leak from a tanker truck affected traffic on Eastern Avenue, according to Chelsea police.

The Rose Kennedy green ribbon of hope

This slice that sutured together Boston after the Big Dig turns 10 this year, a worthy celebration in this season of drudgery and dank idiocy.


Purdue cemented ties with universities and hospitals to expand opioid sales, documents contend

Purdue Pharma saw relationships with Mass. General and other hospitals as a way to gain sway at the most influential academic medical centers in the country and boost its revenues, according to a court document.

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Boston, MA - 1/16/1919: Looking across North End Park on Jan. 16, 1919, the day after a giant tank at the Purity Distilling Co. on Commercial Street collapsed, sending a wave of an estimated 2.3 million gallons of molasses through the streets of Boston. The great molasses tank was located in the center of this picture. Sections of the metal may be seen at the extreme left and right in the picture. Twenty-one people perished, including two 10-year-olds, Pasquale Iantosca and Maria Distasio, who were collecting firewood near the molasses tank while home from school for lunch. (Boston Globe Archive/) --- BGPA Reference: 150115_MJ_001

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The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 was Boston’s strangest disaster

One hundred years ago today an enormous steel tank ruptured, sending a torrent of brown syrup on a deadly path through the North End.

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The Friendly Toast in Cambridge’s Kendall Square. The restaurant chain is offering free meals to furloughed government and federal employees.

A list of Boston-area businesses offering free things to furloughed workers

These Boston-area restaurants and companies are offering free meals, bowling, and tickets — among other things — to workers affected by the government shutdown.

This blue Hyundai Accent was stuck on the tracks at the Conant Street crossing.

No injuries after car gets stuck on commuter rail tracks in Concord

The blue Hyundai Accent got stuck Tuesday night after the driver made an “operator error” on the tracks at the Conant Street crossing in West Concord.

2 arrested, heroin and cash seized in Jamaica Plain traffic stop

Two people were arrested and 15 bags of heroin and nearly $4,000 in cash were seized after a traffic stop in Jamaica Plain on Tuesday, police officials said.

Worcester police seeking witnesses in death probe of woman found near Salvation Army bin

Police said earlier this month that preliminary autopsy reports were inconclusive, and are seeking the public’s help.

He allegedly ran from police in Roxbury; they say they caught him with a loaded gun

Drug Control Unit officers were conducting an investigation in the area of Blue Hill Avenue and Waverly Street around 5:19 p.m. when they pulled over Gerald Moore’s vehicle.

A woman jogged in Boston on Jan. 15. The amount of snow — or lack thereof — that the Boston area has seen thus far has been quite remarkable, officials say.

The lack of snow this winter in Boston is quite remarkable, experts say

Weather observers at Blue Hill recorded only one-tenth of an inch of snowfall last month, making it one of the lowest December totals on record.

Boston College High School.

BC High revises letter about abusive priests, suspends scholarship named for accused Jesuit

A letter informing Boston College High School about 16 Jesuits who worked there and have been credibly accused of child molestation initially misstated how many of the men are still alive.

Mother of infants found dead in Blackstone home faces June trial

More than four years after police found the skeletal remains of two infants and a fetus inside a local home in a case that shocked the public, the mother of the children will stand trial for murder.

Rite Aid denied violating Massachusetts law and said it reached a settlement in the case to avoid “avoid the uncertainty and expense of litigation.”

Rite Aid agrees to pay $177,000 to settle allegations of improper opioid dispensing

Attorney General Maura Healey accused the drugstore chain of accepting cash payments for controlled substances in violation of regulations.

A call center in Roswell, Ga., which has text-to-911 technology.

For the first time, Massachusetts cellphone users can text 911

The connection between text messaging and 911 had a “soft rollout” last month but is now fully functioning statewide, according to the State 911 Department.

Here’s a list of the 100 highest-paid Massachusetts workers in 2018

The data covers the entire Massachusetts state payroll for 2018, including the MBTA.

OxyContin pills.

Five things you should know about the Mass. suit targeting OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma

Here are five takeaways from reporting on Purdue Pharma, the OxyContin maker accused of misleading doctors and patients about the addictive painkiller.

State workers earning six-figure incomes grew 14 percent in 2018

Last year, more than 13,500 people took home $100,000 or more, up from 11,900 the previous year.

Three-alarm fire damages house on Bolton family farm; dog killed

Justin Schultz said the farm had been in his family for generations and vowed to rebuild.

State financial watchdog to step down

Thomas Shack III, the independent overseer of more than $60 billion in state spending and assets, will be replaced as comptroller by North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor.

Boston police SWAT team arrests Roxbury man on drug charges after he tries escape out bathroom

A Roxbury man was arrested Tuesday morning on drug and firearm charges after an ongoing drug investigation by Boston police.

Brockton party bus company raid nets three arrests; fentanyl and cocaine seized

Brockton and State Police, as well as a regional task force, swooped into Tex Era (Party Bus) Rental, LLC on Elliot Street late Tuesday afternoon.

One man shot, another hurt in altercation at Revere home

In a statement, Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins’s office provided an update on the melee, which occurred around 10 p.m. on Oxford Street.

REVERE, MA - 1/15/2019:COOL MORNING .... No music today by the bandstand at Revere Beach with chilly weather early in the morning in January. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand alone photo

Bright, dry day ahead for Greater Boston

Storms may come to town this weekend, but for now, skies are clear and the air isn’t too chilly.

Despite being a cat, Remy is seen hanging out near Harvard’s Barker Center.

Say hello to Remy, Harvard’s cat-in-residence

Popular with students and faculty alike, an orange tabby from Cambridge who prowls Harvard’s campus has become a mini-celebrity with a devoted online fan base.

State Police arrest 4 juveniles, two adults, in separate incidents

The arrests were made for gun, drug and motor vehicle violations in unrelated incidents in Milton and Worcester, State Police said Tuesday night.

One shot, one assaulted in Revere

The person shot suffered non-life threatening injuries, Police Chief James Guido said shortly before midnight.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2019. There are 349 days left in the year.


House damaged in fire at Bolton farm

Fire crews from several Central Massachusetts communities responded Tuesday afternoon to the fire at Schultz Farm, officials said.

Man injured in Wareham crash flown to R.I. hospital

The crash occurred just before 7 p.m. on Cranberry Highway, which is also Route 28, a fire official said.


Lottery results from Tuesday drawings

Lawrence, MA - 11/26/2018- ] Representative Seth Moulton whispers into Senator Elizabeth Warren's ear as Senator Edward Markey listens to a statement from the panel of Columbia Gas representatives during the first hearing at Lawrence High School on Monday, November 26, 2018. (Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe) Topic: (metro)

Merrimack Valley residents are receiving ‘large backdated bills’ from Columbia Gas

Federal lawmakers from Massachusetts have criticized Columbia Gas about backdated gas bills being sent to Merrimack Valley residents, months after explosions and fires rocked the region.

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Transit Police looking for suspect in assault at Dorchester station

A 71-year-old man was assaulted late last week at Ashmont station Dorchester, Transit Police said Tuesday.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh gave his State of the City address at Symphony Hall on Tuesday.

Transcript of Marty Walsh’s State of the City speech — with annotations

City Hall reporter Milton Valencia has added annotations to Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s 2019 State of the City speech

Dartmouth College campus Hanover, New Hampshire on Thursday, May 2, 2018. (Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist for the Boston Globe)

Dartmouth argues it acted promptly to investigate sexual misconduct claims

Responding to a lawsuit, Dartmouth College said it took unprecedented steps to deal with three professors accused of sexual misconduct, and it denied allegations that administrators fostered an inappropriate and unsafe culture.

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Time Machine

Jan. 16, 1983: A full-blown northeaster roared up the Eastern Seaboard but spared the Boston area a feared two feet of snow, the Globe reported.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the census, committed a “veritable smorgasbord” of federal administrative violations by reinstating a question about citizenship status on the 2020 Census, a judge said Tuesday.

No citizenship question on next census, but worries remain about undercounting immigrants

State officials remain concerned that the broader anti-immigrant climate could lead to an undercount of Latinos and noncitizens.

Watch live: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh delivers ‘State of the City’ address

The speech is expected to touch upon ways to boost the middle class, job training programs, initiatives for elderly residents, and new resources for first-time homeowners, among other issues.

The former wife of late New England Patriots running back Mosi Tatupu (center) is not entitled to any additional payouts from his retirement plan, a federal appeals court in Boston ruled Monday.

No retirement benefits for late Patriots running back Mosi Tatupu’s former wife, federal court rules

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling denying benefits to Linnea Garcia-Tatupu, who divorced the former player in 1997.

A US Coast Guard boat last week raced to help after a fishing vessel capsized in the water off of Newport, Ore. Tens of thousands of Coast Guard personnel are working without pay due to the government shutdown.

Coast Guard leader acknowledges ‘anxiety and uncertainty’ created by shutdown

The head of the US Coast Guard noted members were not receiving their regularly scheduled mid-month paychecks.

The John Adams Courthouse in Boston.

Accused statutory rapists can’t be held pending trial under dangerousness law, SJC says

A 24-page opinion dealt with two Essex County cases in which prosecutors sought pretrial detention for defendants under the law.

Lakeville firefighters rescued Craig the goose from Long Pond Monday, where he was stuck to the ice.

Firefighters rescue goose frozen in ice on pond in Lakeville

Firefighters Brien Perkins and Zach Trocki put on ice rescue suits and headed on to the pond in an ice rescue sled, a post said.

from left to right, top to bottom: Liev Schreiber, Lupita Nyong'o, David Shulkin and Ken Burns.

Here are some of the big names who attended Hampshire College in Amherst

While the school is known for its nontraditional curriculum and gradeless courses, it has also churned out some high-performing alumni.

Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday named one of his top legal aides, Cathy M. Judd-Stein, as the new leader of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Baker appoints one of his top legal aides to lead Gaming Commission

Cathy M. Judd-Stein will take the commission’s helm at a critical moment for the state’s emerging casino industry.