After racism uproar, MFA bans 2 members and pledges to change protocols

The Museum of Fine Arts said Friday it was banning two visitors who made racist comments to Dorchester middle school students last week from its grounds, while pledging to change its protocols for front-line staff and guards.

Mario Batali on his way to his arraignment Friday in Boston Municipal Court.

Mario Batali pleads not guilty to sex assault charge in Boston court

Batali, 58, is charged with indecent assault and battery in what appears to be the first criminal charge to arise from a series of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Managing Director, Head of Public Markets, Stephen Blyth is a member of the executive team at Harvard Management Company. He is pictured at HMC. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Prominent professor warned Harvard of sex harassment threat to grad students

Harvard officials received a detailed warning a year ago by a prominent faculty member that graduate students were vulnerable to sexual harassment by powerful professors.

As uncertainty has swirled around the Encore Boston Harbor, preparations for the $2.6 billion casino’s June 23 opening are in a final sprint, an unfathomably massive logistical operation hurtling toward the finish line.

Amid drama, Encore prepares for June opening

The sweep of the casino’s effort is unique in Massachusetts history: readying a five-star hotel, a massive casino, 15 restaurants and lounges, a conference space, a spa, and more — all to open in one fell swoop.

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Morrissey Boulevard reopened after drawbridge fixed

The drawbridge was stuck open for nearly three hours Saturday evening. Morrissey Boulevard was reopened to traffic at 9:15 p.m., State Police said.

Bernie Sanders holds first 2020 campaign rally in Vermont

Sanders touted how policy proposals from his 2016 campaign aren’t considered as radical today.

One juvenile shot, another arrested in Oxford

The victim was found suffering from a gunshot wound not believed to be life threatening outside the town library on Main Street, police said.

A ‘tremendously fun’ opening day for Newton recreational pot shop

“It’s been tremendously fun — we couldn’t be happier with how today went,” Julia Wentworth, director of retail at Garden Remedies, said Saturday evening.

Family hopes for justice after arrest in Amesbury teen’s death

Carlos Rivera, 47, was arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly giving the girl drugs earlier in the week, according to the district attorney’s office.

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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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“I think of it every day,” said Rich Newcombe, about the day in 1969 that changed his life forever.


A reach across time for his saviors from war

A handmade roadside bomb would forever changed the contours of Rich Newcombe’s world and what the solemn national holiday we celebrate this long weekend means to him.

People in Quincy, Weymouth may have been exposed to child with measles, state officials warn

A child diagnosed with measles on May 24 visited several locations in Quincy and Weymouth during the disease’s infectious period, state health officials said.

The city’s cultural institutions are watching the fallout at the Museum of Fine Arts (above) closely.

How the city’s cultural institutions are attempting to confront racism

The recent incident at the Museum of Fine Arts has sparked a citywide conversation about discrimination in cultural centers.

James Jordan (left) appears outside of federal court in Abingdon, Va.

Appalachian Trail stabbing highlights challenge of intervening on behalf of the mentally ill

The challenge: how to get troubled people the help they need, while weighing their rights against the possibility they could harm themselves or others.

Three Mass. men arrested in N.H. cyber sex investigation

Keith Colantonio, 37, of Milford, Samuel Da Silva, 41, of Chelsea, and Alex Kinney, 28, of North Chelmsford, were among 12 men arrested Friday, officials said.

Volunteers worked Friday to remove graffiti from Dorchester’s Vietnam veterans memorial.

Veterans official on suspect identified in memorial vandalism: ‘Pray for the guy’

The unidentified suspect was taken into custody without incident by state troopers and UMass Boston police, authorities said.

James Jordan is accused of attacking a group of hikers at this campsite along the Appalachian Trail in Wythe County, Va.

The twisted, fatal journey of the accused Appalachian Trail killer

The transformation of James Jordan into the menacing Sovereign, say many who know him, was at once shocking and sadly predictable.

The commencement speech playbook: Make joke, pretend to be humble, impart lesson

The genre of the Commencement Speech is fixed and rarely transcended. Boston, home to what feels like an infinite number of graduations, is Ground Zero for this ritual rhetoric.

A large crowd showed up Saturday at the dedication of the Great Hunger Memorial on Deer Island in Winthrop.

Irish famine memorial dedicated on Deer Island

The monument honors 850 Irish immigrants who died on the island while they were quarantined there.

Defrocked Mass. priest ordered to serve 16 years in Maine

A judge on Friday ordered Ronald Paquin, 76, to serve 16 years in state prison for sexually abusing an altar boy during trips to Maine in the 1980s. He already served more than 10 years in prison in Massachusetts for sexually abusing another altar boy in that state.

Two men arrested on drug trafficking charges in Wareham

Jaqua Smith, 24, of Onset and Shawn Panepinto, 22, of New Bedford are due to be arraigned Tuesday in Wareham District Court, officials said.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson testified before a House committee on Tuesday.

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Ben Carson is Trump’s stooge at HUD

The administration cares nothing about the department’s mission of housing poor families and everything about deploying yet another arm of government to further its nativist goals.

A male scarlet tanager perched on a limb in the Boston Public Garden.

Memorial Day weekend promises to be sunny and warm

It’s the unofficial start of summer — and the weather is expected to live up to the hype.

Man, 32, fatally shot Friday night in Brockton

The unidentified man was shot at about 11:26 p.m. at 47 Highland St. in Brockton.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in Pepperell crash

Pepperell police said speed appears to have been a factor in the crash that occurred around 7 p.m. Friday.

Police investigated at the scene of Friday’s construction accident in Lynn.

Firefighters rescue construction worker trapped under ton of debris in Lynn

The 38-year-old man was conscious and alert when he was transported from the site, according to Lynn police.

Friends, family raise money for N.H. woman in need of lung transplant

Heidi Dolan, 30, of Goffstown, has cystic fibrosis and is preparing for a lung transplant at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Mansfield police searching for man who robbed store clerk at gunpoint while wearing rabbit mask

Mansfield police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a Cumberland Farms clerk at gunpoint just after midnight Friday, officials said.

Asked if had any concerns about operations at the Department of Corrections, Governor Charlie Baker was blunt: “I don’t have concerns. No, I don’t.”

Governor Baker defends state prison system, now under federal investigation

The probe, launched by the civil rights unit of the US attorney’s office in Massachusetts, is focused on reports of mistreatment of inmates.

Thomas P. Costin, appointed postmaster in Lynn by the late John F. Kennedy, is one of the last living postmasters appointed by a president.

Lynn Post Office renamed after one of the city’s most dedicated public servants

At 92, Thomas Costin is one of the last living postmasters appointed by a president before the postal service became an independent agency.

Man tried to lure young woman into car in Franklin, police say

A young woman reported around 3:30 p.m. Friday that an older man in a brown Jeep approached her near the Westerly Apartments on West Central Street, police said.

Allie Emond held her daughter, Emilia, in front of a photo of her late husband, fallen Army Sergeant First Class Eric Emond at the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial. Eric Emond was one of the driving forces behind the memorial, which was rededicated Friday.

Family and friends take ‘pride and honor’ in tribute to fallen Mass. soldier

Eric Emond’s name was added to the very memorial he helped create — one that pays tribute to Mass. service members who have died since 2001.

The Boston Fire Department at the 140th Annual Ball and Awards Ceremony.

Boston firefighters honored for courageous acts, including 3 from same Dorchester engine company

These men, along with 41 other firefighters and two civilians, received honors for courageous acts at the 140th Annual Ball and Awards Ceremony at the Sheraton Boston on Thursday evening.

Read the MFA’s statement on the field trip investigation

The Museum of Fine Arts issued the following statement on Friday.

The state Senate is pushing a proposal that would subject the privately run MBTA Retirement Fund to an outside review, the second such time it’s approved a measure to dig into the troubled system.

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Senate wants an outside review of MBTA Retirement Fund

The state Senate is pushing a proposal that would subject the privately run MBTA Retirement Fund to an outside review, the second such time it’s approved a measure to dig into the troubled system.

Robert Flaxman, 62, of Laguna Beach is among the parents who are set to plead guilty in US District Court in Boston to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, records show.

Three more parents plead guilty in nationwide college admissions cheating scandal

They are among 50 people charged in the scam.

Man killed by Amtrak train in Vermont

A 56-year-old man was struck and killed by a train in Northfield, Vt., Thursday morning after attempting to cross the tracks, officials said.

New Stanley Cup signage went up around the entrance to TD Garden and North Station to celebrate the Boston Bruins place in the NHL Final.

Police warn fans to watch out for fake Bruins tickets during Stanley Cup Final

“The Boston Police would like to take this opportunity to remind fans to be wary of purchasing counterfeit tickets to the big game,” police said in a statement.

Blast of wind expected to hit Cape and Islands Friday afternoon

Get ready to hold onto your hats, folks.

Representative Joe Kennedy III.

Joe Kennedy III, LGBTQ group rip Trump administration proposal on transgender protections

Congressman Joe Kennedy III on Friday slammed a Trump administration proposal targeting discrimination protections for transgender people in healthcare.

Time Machine

May 28, 1999: Treading into a field that most schools have long considered too mine-laden, Brown University will integrate the formal study of values into its famously unstructured undergraduate curriculum next year.

A devout Catholic, attorney Frances Hogan has been volunteering for antiabortion causes since 1968, when she was a student at Boston College Law School.

For women in Mass. on front lines of the fight to dismantle Roe v. Wade, hope mixes with skepticism

The abortion battle may be reaching an inflection point and some longtime antiabortion activists are encouraged, yet wary.

Fla. man arrested in alleged theft of almost $750,000 from ATMs in Mass., R.I.

Dean Colin, 26, of Miami is facing multiple charges, Seekonk police said in a statement Friday morning.

MBTA riders faced minor delays because ‘There’s a swan blocking the Orange Line tracks’

The bird delayed service for six minutes, officials said.

Dorchester--05/24/19 Graffiti including a swaskita are removed with a solvent early Friday morning, from the backside of granite stones at the Dorchester Vietnam Memorial on Morrissey Blvd. after it was vandalaized again sometime on Thursday. City of Boston workers John Binion(right, standing) and Jason Moynihan(left) work to remove it. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

Volunteers and workers remove graffiti from Dorchester Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The vandalism occurred just one day after repairs to the monument were completed from a prior defacement in October.

Pantless driver freaks out kids in Needham

Police say the man, who was driving a small white sedan, stopped in Needham and asked a group of juveniles for directions Thursday evening.

Watch live: Mario Batali in Boston courtroom

The famed chef is facing a sexual assault charge.

Victim in Dorchester homicide identified

Boston police have identified the man who was fatally shot Tuesday on Millet Street in Dorchester as 43-year-old Carl Brown.

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Long weekend will feature plenty of sunshine in New England

This year, our Memorial Day weekend is looking quite nice.

Three students hurt when dump truck hits school bus on I-93 in Randolph

Three of the 15 Norfolk County Agricultural School students on board the bus were taken to the hospital for minor injuries, State Police said.

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Some of the best sports photos in Boston history

Take a swing through some of the best sports photos in Boston’s history.