Martin Luther King Jr. memorial plans run into questions, delays

King Boston, the non-profit behind the planned memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, says concerns have prompted it to delay the announcement of the winning design.

Missing woman is found alive in Charlestown, suspect arrested

Olivia Ambrose, the 23-year-old woman who went missing after leaving a downtown Boston bar on Saturday night, was found alive Tuesday, and a suspect has been arrested.

Governor Charlie Baker’s budget plan is set to include changes to the education funding formula.

Baker’s budget proposal will include changes to education funding formula

Governor Charlie Baker is slated Wednesday to unveil his budget plan for fiscal year 2020 and his much-anticipated take on overhauling the state’s 26-year-old school funding formula.

Massachusetts already bans texting while driving, but advocates say motorists are still distracted when holding a phone to their ear.

Governor Baker proposes ban on hand-held cellphone use while driving

The long-debated idea has stalled in Massachusetts even while other states in New England and around the country have adopted bans.

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Today is Wednesday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2019. There are 342 days left in the year.


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State trooper and tow truck driver hit on I-95 in Wakefield

The trooper and two truck driver were standing outside their vehicles, assisting a disabled motor vehicle, when they were struck at 6:11 a.m. Tuesday, according to State Police.

Charlestown neighborhood reacts to abduction arrest: ‘I’m shocked and relieved it’s all over’

A section of Walford Way, located within the sprawling Bunker Hill Housing Development, was cordoned off with yellow police tape Tuesday afternoon.

Police chief in rural Maine injured in 11-vehicle crash

Van Buren Police Chief Michael Bresette suffered several broken bones in the crash on Route 1 in Aroostook County Tuesday morning.

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They were the top of their class at Boston public schools. Then life happened

This morning, the Globe will release a multi-part investigation into how and why the lives of promising Boston valedictorians didn’t quite turn out the way they expected.

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Teen arrested for Weymouth gas station robbery

A 17-year-old boy from Revere for the armed robbery of a Mobil gas station that occurred on Jan. 17, police said.


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Sergeant Michael Blackwood was among the former Boston valedictorians profiled in a Globe Magazine series published Sunday.

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The fortunes of our valedictorians reflect our rising inequity

A report in the Globe Sunday Magazine detailed the fortunes of the Boston’s high school valedictorians between 2005 and 2007. The picture it paints of the city’s public schools isn’t flattering.

Massachusetts plans closer oversight of private colleges

State officials on Tuesday signed off on a plan to monitor the financial health of private colleges in Massachusetts, after the calamitous closure of Mount Ida College last spring.

Education officials encourage districts to help charter schools with buildings

The state’s top education official is encouraging local districts to hand over empty buildings to charter schools that want to expand, a controversial idea that is stoking emotions on both sides of the debate.

A timeline of events in the disappearance of 23-year-old Olivia Ambrose

After being missing for three days, 23-year-old Olivia Ambrose of Jamaica Plain was found Tuesday in Charlestown.

Watch live: Boston police give update on Olivia Ambrose case

Boston police were expected to hold a press conference at 6 p.m. on the case of 23-year-old Olivia Ambrose, who was found Tuesday after going missing on Saturday night.

Boston, MA: 01-22-2019: Crowds wait for buses outside the Park St. MBTA station in Boston, Mass. after Red Line service was shut down January 22, 2019. Photo: Joanne Rathe/Globe staff

Man rescued from underneath Red Line train at Broadway

A man was seriously injured after becoming stuck underneath a Red Line train in South Boston Tuesday afternoon, according to the Boston Fire Department.

Here are photos of the man BPD wanted to talk to in the Olivia Ambrose case

Ambrose, 23, has since been found. It wasn’t immediately clear whether anyone would be charged in connection with her three-day disappearance.

Read the full BPD statement on person of interest in Olivia Ambrose disappearance

Here’s the full statement Boston police released Tuesday regarding a person of interest in the weekend disappearance of 23-year-old Olivia Ambrose, who went missing after leaving a downtown bar Saturday night.

Investigators carefully exit the frozen farmhouse that was the scene of an overnight fire on Andover Street in Billerica

1 dead as Mass. firefighters, hampered by cold, battle string of blazes

One man died after a 139-year-old Billerica house was engulfed by flames Monday, in one of a string of residential blazes across Massachusetts.

Woman arrested after stabbing man multiple times in Pittsfield, police say

Police in Pittsfield, Massachusetts say a woman stabbed a man in the chest multiple times, just a day after the city’s first homicide of the year.

A woman raced down a steep hill on a path through the sand dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore park in Provincetown, where Mary Oliver lived and wrote.


To read Mary Oliver was to slow down and take notice

Life is precious. And wild. Nature is ruthless and luminous. Oliver captured all of it, and we were lucky to be reading along, Rebecca Pacheco writes.

Westbrook Maine’s famous ice disk earlier this month.

Giant ice disk equipped with webcam after surviving storm

Maine’s giant spinning ice disk survived the weekend winter weather that pummeled New England and now has its own livestreaming webcam.

BOSTON, MA - 1/22/2019: Long Line at Terminal A Delta Airlines ticket counter. Passengers stranded at Logan Airport due to last couple of days of forzen weather (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 23commute

Logan flight delays expected to improve Tuesday

Massport expects operations will improve at Boston’s Logan International Airport later Tuesday after dozens of departing and arriving flights were delayed or canceled.

N.H. teenager dies after Tesla crash last month

Nina Colasanto, 19, of New Ipswich, N.H., died Saturday at a Worcester hospital.

Have you hired a home health aide? Tell us your experience

We want to know if you’ve had to hire a home health aide, and, if so, what was your experience.

Grow your own shrimp? UNH researchers say it’s doable

Land-based shrimp farming has been tried in the Midwest and University of New Hampshire researcher Michael Chambers has been working to see if it could be popular here.

Some of the proposition bets for last year’s Super Bowl LI displayed at the Race & Sports SuperBook at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

Early odds favor the Patriots to beat the Rams in the Super Bowl

The New England Patriots may be universally hated outside the only region that matters, but that loathing apparently hasn’t stopped gamblers from picking our guys.

Boston, MA - December 27, 2018: Former House speaker Sal DiMasi poses for a portrait in Boston, MA on December 27, 2018. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: metro reporter:

Sal DiMasi’s next chapter? Maybe lobbying

Salvatore DiMasi has emerged from a prison sentence, cancer battle, and a federal supervised release with an eye trained back on Beacon Hill and Washington.

BOSTON, MA - 1/22/2019: There is always.... just that one spot to look out for like this slippery patch of frozen ice and snow left unshoveled in front of a residential building on Cambridge Street Boston after a weekend storm. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand alone photo

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Arctic weather will turn into 50s on Thursday

We’ll see a big change in just a few days, from frigid temperatures to rainy weather and a forecast that might feel almost balmy.

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet.

Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet shouts out to Tom Brady

Adrianne Haslet is drawing inspiration from Tom Brady as she continues her recovery after being struck by a car earlier this month.

01/22/2019 Boston MA -Pedestrians on Dartmouth Street had to deal with ice and cold temperatures. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe StaffReporter:Topic:

List of school closures for Tuesday

Here are some of the Greater Boston schools that have announced delays and closures for Tuesday.

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins.

Rachael Rollins confirms film crew is taping a documentary on her for Netflix

A film crew has been following Suffolk County’s new district attorney, Rachael Rollins, often to public events but also during more private moments.

84-year-old Wilson Menashi of Lexington looked into an octopus tank at the New England Aquarium.

Meet the New England Aquarium’s octogenarian ‘octopus whisperer’

Wilson Menashi has spent 7,800 hours — the equivalent of about four years working full time — hanging out with octopuses, the aquarium said.

Both the MBTA Red Line and Orange Line were experiencing delays during Tuesday morning’s bitter cold.

Bitter cold slows Tuesday commute as delays at Logan mount

The current conditions are causing delays on the MBTA and area roads, where a State Trooper was injured in a crash Tuesday morning.

It will be another cold day in Boston.

Windchill starts to ease up, but Boston isn’t thawing out yet

Windchill temperatures may creep back above zero in Greater Boston on Tuesday and warmer weather could be coming.

Cambridge, MA, 01/21/2019 -- People crossing the Longfellow Bridge bundled against the cold. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

Windchills will be below zero into Tuesday morning

A windchill advisory is in effect until 8 a.m. Tuesday with readings expected to be between minus-10 to minus-25 degrees overnight.

National Grid cuts gas service to 7,100 R.I. customers due to pressure problem

Governor Gina Raimondo declared a state of emergency in Newport County late Monday night and encouraged residents lacking heat to seek shelter.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2019. There are 343 days left in the year.

Man shot in dispute over online car sale in Randolph

Erolw Pope-Foster of Andover was arrested after he allegedly shot a man in a dispute over the price of a car sold through the OfferUp app, Randolph police said.

Saugus police, dispatcher help save newborn baby

A police dispatcher instructed the father how to remove the umbilical cord from a baby born in a minivan early Monday morning.

Wrentham, MA - 9/26/2017 - Stephanie Crosman appears in Wrentham District Court. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: homeaides Reporter: Linda Matchan

Hired to help the sick, she leaves a trail of accusations in her wake

Home care worker Stephanie Crosman has faced allegations from clients that she robbed them, but she keeps getting work that gives her access to the homes and valuables of elderly people.


Lottery results from Monday drawings

When she was a district attorney candidate, Rachael Rollins promised to be an independent check on others in power.

ICE arrest at Suffolk court rankles new DA

Rachael Rollins, the new Suffolk district attorney, is blasting ICE for arresting an undocumented immigrant in a Boston courthouse, saying such practices scare off victims and witnesses.

After a long adoption process, Liz Smith, 45, of Lowell, is now the mother of 2-year-old Gisele.


For a baby in need and a nurse, it was love at first sight

Liz Smith knows this: A little girl opened a little door into her heart.

Billerica, MA., 01/22/2019, Investigators carefully exit the frozen farmhouse which was the scene of an overnight fire on Andover Street. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Two-alarm fire strikes Billerica home

The fire was reported early Monday evening at a home at 29 Andover Road, a fire official said.

Time Machine

Jan. 22, 1993: The Globe’s Michael Madden writes that newly hired Patriots coach Bill Parcells might be just the ticket to revive the struggling franchise, which finished 2-14 the previous year: Parcells not only came freely to the netherworld of professional football, but came saying all manner of strangely wonderful things.”

Nathalie Gil of Dorchester participated in a sew-a-thon to make reusable bags that people can use instead of having to buy bags.

Hand-sewn bags help the poor, planet

A group of Boston women is organizing an effort to make reusable bags accessible to the city’s poorest families.

Boston police searching for 23-year-old woman last seen at Faneuil Hall bar

Olivia Ambrose was last seen Saturday night around 10 p.m. near Hennessy’s Bar at 25 Union St., according to police and her family.