Arroyo calls harassment charges an effort to damage his reputation

The city’s former health services chief says that his accuser gave three different versions of her story, and that her intent was to damage his public image.

Julie Eldred was given probation after she stole jewelry to pay for drugs, but that probation called for her to stay off substances — something she was unable to do.

SJC to weigh if courts can force sobriety on drug users

Julie Eldred is arguing that her substance use disorder makes it virtually impossible to control her drug use through sheer will.

This photo provided by Open Road Films shows, Michael Keaton, from left, as Walter

Out of ‘Spotlight,’ the movie, comes the Spotlight Fellowship

The producers of “Spotlight” had just won the 2016 Academy Award for best picture, but they wanted to go further: they wanted to support new investigative journalism.

Pigs raced through the water at the Topsfield Fair.


Wear shorts but bring a sweater, and head to the fair

This is the time of year to bask in what’s left of shorts weather while enjoying a New England autumn tradition.

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Highway accident traps mother inside car in Duxbury

The woman, her husband, and baby daughter are all expected to recover after their car crashed into a tree.


Lottery results from Sunday drawings

Plan calls for keeping primary guardians out of prison in nonviolent cases

The bill is being considered by Beacon Hill lawmakers as part of efforts to overhaul the state’s criminal justice system.

8 children are injured when deck collapses during Methuen cookout

One adult was also injured in the collapse; none of the injuries are considered life-threatening.

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The story behind ‘Spotlight’

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The blaze forced the closure of several popular businesses including Blasi’s Cafe, PS Gourmet Coffee, and the Village Touch Salon.

Building owner vows to rebuild after Adams Village fire

A basement fire early Saturday morning forced the closures of several popular Dorchester businesses.

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New England news in brief

Springfield man to appear in court on kidnapping, rape charges

Thomas Terrell, 38, is scheduled to appear in Chicopee District Court.

Foxborough, MA 09/24/17 New England Patriots players took a knee during the National Anthem before their game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at Gillette Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Local football fans divided on question of games as venues for political protests

As controversies continued to swirl around the NFL on Sunday afternoon, football fans in Boston expressed strong opinions.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Sept. 25, the 268th day of 2017. There are 97 days left in the year.

Foxborough, MA: September 24, 2017: Patriots wide reciever Brandin Cooks sails across the goal line as he stayed in bounds to make a great catch to haul in the game winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter on a pass from quarterback Tom Brady (not pictured). The New England Patriots hosted the Houston Texans in a regular season NFL football game at Gillette Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).


Patriots defeat Texans with last-minute heroics

The Patriots rallied at Gillette Stadium in the final minute for the win.

Foxborough, MA 09/24/17 Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the first quarter. The England Patriots host the Houston Texans Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at Gillette Stadium. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

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Patriots look to continue winning ways against Texans

The Texans are winless at Gillette Stadium, and both teams are 1-1 on the season.

Man dead after Sunday morning shooting

A man died Sunday morning after he was found near Boston Medical Center with a gunshot wound.

Foxborough, MA 09/24/17 New England Patriots players took a knee during the National Anthem before their game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at Gillette Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

‘We just wanted to send the message of unity and being together’

Sixteen Patriots players kneeled during the national anthem Sunday, and many others locked arms in solidarity with their teammates.

Warm, summery days ahead for the start of the week

Temperatures in Boston could reach 82 degrees, 12 degrees above the average for this time of year.

A police officer secured the crime-scene tape outside of the Grand View Avenue home where the body of 30-year-old Vanessa MacCormack, a Lynn schoolteacher, was found in Revere.

Revere police investigate death of Lynn public school teacher

Vanessa MacCormack, 30, was found dead in her home Saturday.

Man stabbed multiple times Saturday night in Lynn

The 20-year-old victim was stabbed multiple times, but is in stable condition at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Globe spotlight

Secrets in the sky

With lax FAA oversight, the United States remains an easy mark for terrorists and others who prize anonymity when registering aircraft or getting licensed to fly. So much for the lessons of 9/11.

‘Suspicious death’ of Revere woman investigated

The woman’s body was found late Saturday afternoon at her home on Grand View Avenue, authorities said.

Globe Spotlight

Secrets in the sky

With lax FAA oversight, the United States remains an easy mark for terrorists and others who prize anonymity when registering aircraft or getting licensed to fly. So much for the lessons of 9/11.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

Dorchester teen charged with five robberies, sexual assault

Jude Despage, 18, allegedly robbed five women, and sexually assaulted one of them, over a 36-hour period, Boston police said.

Bryce Vongsa celebrated at the 25th anniversary reunion at Kimball Farms for graduates of the Klarman Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Once tiny babies, graduates of neonatal unit gather for reunion

The Klarman Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center celebrated its 25th anniversary Saturday.

Pauline Katz filled a chair with Fluff for a game of musical chairs during the “What the Fluff?” Festival.

This is a Fluff story about Somerville

This year marked the 100th anniversary of the marshmallow treat Fluff’s invention.

The Burma Task Force held a rally on Boston Common on Saturday to protest recent attacks against the Muslim Rohingya community in Myanmar.

Protesters on Boston Common call for end to humanitarian crisis in Myanmar

More than 100 people formed a circle around speakers and demanded action from elected officials before marching around the Common.

Amazon’s Seattle headquarters is centered around the city’s South Lake Union and Belltown neighborhoods.


In Seattle, Amazon is blessing and burden

Some say suitors for Amazon’s second headquarters may not quite realize all that they’re signing up for.

Puerto Ricans are cleaning up after the island was decimated by one of the worst hurricanes ever to strike the US territory.

For group of first responders, duty calls in Texas, then Puerto Rico

Massachusetts Task Force 1 has sent members to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria just weeks after they were dealing with Hurricane Harvey.

Chris Clark and Lisa Alviti are hoping to get back to Danvers this weekend.

Danvers residents, stranded in Puerto Rico by Maria, still seeking flight home

A Danvers couple taken by surprise when Hurricane Maria bore down on Puerto Rico is still trying to get home.

Boston City Council race could change landscape

They are the races that have played out in the background of a humdrum mayoral election, in the neighborhoods where local politics matter.

Voter turnout expected to be low in mayoral preliminary

The Massachusetts secretary of state said he expects 60,000 registered voters to cast their ballots.

Worcester woman issued multiple citations for fleeing scene of pedestrian crash

The driver, a 26-year-old woman who resides on West Boylston Street, fled the scene and was issued multiple citations, including failure to yield for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, police said.

Tito Jackson was sworn in as a city councilor in 2011. He has a reputation for calling out the powerful.

Tito Jackson’s record steeped in advocacy

Council historians stressed there is nothing unusual about Jackson’s limited record: Most of the substantive legislation the council votes on originates with the mayor.

Eight- and nine-year-old Pop Warner football players practice in Pflugerville, Texas in 2015.

Yvonne Abraham

Football takes more hits

It has been a horrendous week for football. So what are parents, cheering on their helmeted kids on brisk autumn afternoons, to do?

Jazmin, Jacoby, and Joshua.

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Three siblings ready for a family they can share

Jazmin, Jacoby, and Joshua are siblings of Caucasian and Hispanic descent who are looking to be adopted together.

Robert Ferriere (left) of Groton, N.H., got consolation from his old pastor, Anthony Scalfani, after a memorial service for Pamela Ferriere on Saturday at the Rumney Baptist Church in Rumney, N.H.

Family remembers N.H. woman killed in hospital shooting

Mourners gathered Saturday to celebrate what they call Pamela Ferriere’s kindness, devotion to faith, and radiant smile.

Children’s Service of Roxbury attempted to break the Guinness World Record by creating the world’s largest human peace sign on Boston Common. The official count was 1682 people, falling short of the record.

On the Common, gathering together as a symbol for peace

People gathered on Boston Common to attempt to set a world record for the largest human peace symbol.

Chess notes

News from the world of chess

Fall River man charged in drunken U-turn and crash on I-95 in Rhode Island

The man crashed into an oncoming car as he traveled in the wrong direction, according to Rhode Island State Police.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2017. There are 98 days left in the year.

A fare checker on the commuter rail platform at South Station checks a passenger’s ticket before he boarded last week. The checks are being made on a limited basis for now.

Starts & Stops

The fare police are in full swing on the commuter rail

The commuter-rail operator began running spot ticket checks this month on random trains.

A taste of summer over this first week of autumn

The warm weather is expected to last most of the week, until a cold front hits Thursday.

this week in weed

Marijuana gets all dressed up and rides the elevator to the top floor

A tidal wave of establishment money is poised to crash over the cannabis industry in Massachusetts.

Several Dorchester businesses damaged in overnight two-alarm fire

The building that caught fire houses a restaurant, nail salon, coffee shop, and dentist office.

As the workweek winds down, weather conditions will improve, although periodic showers and temperatures only in the high 60s are expected in Greater Boston Friday.

‘Jose is history’

While the storm remained parked south-southeast of Nantucket Friday night, it was “slowly winding itself out of existence,” said one forecaster.

Mountain bike valued at $8,000 stolen in Brookline

The black and orange Pivot brand bicycle was secured to the roof of its owner’s car, according to Brookline police.