Yvonne Abraham

The royal wedding offered us a break from the awful

We saw way more novelty come to the centuries-old tradition of the British monarchy than we’ve seen for years in the distinctly American tradition of mass shootings.

As the other world turns: How a trip to Mars thwarted and ignited love

Three years ago, three locals were selected among 100 finalists for an ambitious project to colonize Mars.

At Harvard’s 1968 commencement, police removed demonstrators from Harvard Yard. The group was protesting the choice of the Shah of Iran as commencement speaker. Third from right is Donald King.

50 years later, Harvard graduates look back on year of tumult and tragedy

Many graduates have gone on to great personal and professional success, of course, but many feel disillusioned by the state of the country and regret over what might have been.

Secretary of State William Galvin previously launched an internal review after the Globe reported more than a dozen employees had performed political work for their boss.

More Galvin employees found helping campaign during business hours

The Globe has found a growing number of examples of the secretary of state’s campaign closely intertwining with his public office.

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Weekend storms to be followed by a warm, sunny week

Before Greater Boston residents can enjoy a week of sun and balmy temperatures, they can expect to be hit by another wave of rain and thunderstorms Sunday afternoon.

Former New Orleans mayor to be presented with JFK award for removing Confederate statues

Mitch Landrieu will receive this year’s John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award.

At Mount Ida, a mysterious benefactor with ties to the school’s president loaned it $16 million

Rosalie Stahl, a 98-year-old New York City real estate investor, is a longtime personal client of college president Barry Brown.

Deval Patrick tells Bentley graduates to ‘seek purpose, not prestige’

The former governor spoke Saturday at the Waltham university’s commencement.

At least four teenage males dead in East Bridgewater crash

Three teens were pronounced dead at the scene. A fourth died at Brockton Hospital, and a fifth teen was taken to Boston Medical Center, officials said.

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New England news in brief

New England news in brief

M/V Katama sailed toward Woods Hole earlier this year.

Mechanical failure on Vineyard ferry Saturday leads to cancellations, delays

Saturday’s cancellations come just days after the Steamship Authority announced that delays due to mechanical failures were up for the year.

Weekend storms are expected, and then warm temperatures

Thunderstorms are expected both Saturday and Sunday, and then temperatures in the 70s are forecast.

Don Chiofaro, the Boston developer, was captain of the Harvard football team in the fall of his senior year.

Crimson vignettes from 1968

In the last two weeks, the Globe interviewed a number of graduates from the Harvard and Radcliffe class of 1968. Here are brief profiles of a few.

Lori D. Nelson will become the city’s new chief resiliency officer this week.

Boston’s new chief resilience officer sees city at crossroads on race, economic opportunity

Lori Nelson is tasked with combating racial and economic inequality in Boston.

New Bedford man arrested after beating his dog with a baseball bat

Gregory Ostiguy, 50, “did indeed strike his dog with a baseball bat” inside a car near Colonial Way around 6:50 p.m. Friday night, police said in a statement.

Drug trafficker sentenced to federal prison

Jalal Altarabeen, 34, was sentenced to four years in prison plus three years of supervised release, officials said.

Boston police arrest two men in Dorchester slaying

Dawon Wright, 22, of Dorchester and Dario Baxter, 21, of Lynn are each charged with murder in the death of Michael Ross, 34.

“I believe in you. I believe in your persistence. And I believe your persistence will make all the difference,” Senator Elizabeth Warren told graduates of Lesley University on Saturday.

Elizabeth Warren tells Lesley graduates to speak out and fight for their dreams

“There will be plenty of people in your life who will try to shut you up, but people who shut up seldom make a difference,” Warren told the graduates.

Two Providence men charged in shooting death of boxer

Cedric Dalomba, 22, and Rasheid Lebron, 26, are due to be arraigned Wednesday in Providence County Superior Court, officials said.

Representative John Lewis walks up the stairs past a photograph of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury on Saturday.

Congressman John Lewis lambastes Trump at Roxbury town hall

“I didn’t attend the inauguration. I’ve never met with this man. I’ve never seen him in person. I don’t care to see him,” the civil rights icon said.

The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, with its big screen, hosted a royal wedding viewing event Saturday morning.

A royal viewing party on this side of the Atlantic

More than 250 people, dressed appropriately for the occasion, turned out at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston to watch the wedding.

Christian especially enjoys playing outdoors and riding his toy tractor.

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Christian, 5, is available for adoption

Sunday’s Child is a weekly column featuring a child or children currently in foster care awaiting adoption.

Governor Charlie Baker has asked lawmakers to allow certain MBTA employees to remain on the agency’s capital budget.

Starts & Stops

In reversal, MBTA and Charlie Baker seek change in budget rules

The T says it’s a crucial long-term issue ahead of increased repair, expansion, and modernization work on the aging transit system.

Chess notes

News from the world of chess

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Mass Audubon Society

This day in history

Today is Sunday, May 20, the 140th day of 2018. There are 225 days left in the year.

Braintree parent faces charges after bringing gun to elementary school

Matthew Vacher, 36, was arrested Friday after a handgun was allegedly found in a backpack he brought to Ross Elementary School, according to Braintree police.

Dorchester shooting leaves man with serious injuries

The victim was shot around 1:40 a.m. at 39 Olney St. and taken to Boston Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, police spokeswoman Officer Rachel McGuire said.

Plymouth man found safe after standoff

The scene was cleared at around 10 p.m., after police determined the man was not inside the home, according to State Police.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, May 19, the 139th day of 2018. There are 226 days left in the year.


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Man found guilty of killing, disemembering Somerville man

Carlos Colina, 35, of Cambridge, will be sentenced Monday for the killing of Jonathan Camilien in 2015, officials said.

Carver teens arraigned on gun, threats charges

The two 14-year-old boys were arraigned on gun and threats charges in Wareham Juvenile Court, officials said.

Newbury Street will be car-less on these three days this summer

This summer’s car-free days on Newbury will mark the third year in a row for the initiative.

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Trump administration abortion rule sets off alarms in Mass.

In Massachusetts, the stakes are high. The Title X program provides about more than $6 million to subsidize care at 93 health centers, including four Planned Parenthood branches.

The library building on the campus of UMass Boston in Dorchester.

UMass Boston faculty call for new chancellor search

In a Friday statement, faculty said the current three candidates for the job “do not have the skills, experience, or values” to lead the university.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Gun found in parent’s backpack at Braintree elementary school

Ross Elementary School was briefly placed in lockdown Friday, but there was no threats made to the school, officials said.

Justin Trudeau spoke at MIT Solve, a conference aimed at developing ways to apply scientific innovations to solve global problems.

Justin Trudeau boosts AI in talk at MIT

“I’ve always been fascinated by physics and math,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told businesspeople and students at an MIT conference.

With scones and mimosas, Plimoth Plantation plans royal wedding watch party

What better place to watch the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle than the first English colony in America?

Boston Firefighter Samuel Perez Rosado was escorted to a Suffolk Sheriff’s van after being arraigned at South Boston District Court on Monday.

Boston firefighter facing child rape and assault charges dies

Samuel Perez Rosado, 38, died Friday morning and his death “is currently being investigated as a nonhomicide,” according to the Suffolk district attorney’s office.

Shaun Harrison’s job was to look after kids like Luis Rodriguez, Suffolk Assistant District Attorney David Bradley said. Instead, prosecutors and Rodriguez say, Harrison recruited the boy to sell drugs.

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Shaun Harrison and a litany of betrayals

The criminal charges against Shaun Harrison don’t quite do the depravity of his case justice.

A New England Aquarium Rescue Team was on site where a dead Minke whale washed up on Wollaston Beach on Friday.

Dead whale spotted at Wollaston Beach in Quincy

A somewhat decomposed 12-foot-long whale carcass was spotted floating in the water at Wollaston Beach in Quincy Friday afternoon.

Shaun O. Harrison at a 2015 court hearing.

Here’s what you need to know about the ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ Shaun O. Harrison case

A brief refresher on the case of the 58-year-old Boston high school dean who allegedly led a secret life of crime and ended up shooting a student who was dealing drugs for him.

AeJay Malachi Fletcher was all smiles Friday after receiving his diploma from Wheelock College.

In bittersweet commencement, Wheelock College bids adieu

The Fenway college, founded in 1888, is merging next month with Boston University.

The truck got stuck on Pavilion Beach around 10:30 a.m.

Pepsi truck gets stuck on Gloucester beach

A Pepsi truck got stuck in the sand on a Gloucester beach as the tide approached Friday morning after the driver took a wrong turn, police said.

People stood on Castle Island with flags as the USS Constitution was saluted by the Concord Independent Battery (rear) and the 101st Field Artillery that fired in a return salute.

USS Constitution salutes Vietnam veterans, commemorates war

The USS Constitution is typically seen as a symbol of the War of 1812, but on Friday, it commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

AState Police substation at the Boston Fish Pier in the Seaport District of Boston.

Evans says Boston police, State Police at ‘standstill’ over Seaport jurisdiction

State Police Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin did not appear before City Council to testify on the issue despite being invited to a hearing on Friday.

US Representative Michael Capuano faces a primary challenge from City Councilor Ayanna Pressley.

Congressional Black Caucus backs Michael Capuano

The black caucus’s political arm said it based its decision on the congressman’s 20-year record as a “strong committed partner.”