Proposed land sale splits townsfolk in Holbrook

Some residents are concerned their town is preparing to sell a 32-acre plot to a housing developer for a pittance.

Ben Eramo, 18, has been playing Billy Joel songs for about 10 years.

Sing us a song, you’re the tribute band

Ben Eramo, of Byfield, has been obsessively rehearsing Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Billy Joel’s catalog for about 10 years.

Real Estate Professional Colette Harron of Sotheby’s Realty at Katherine Hepburn's former Fenwick estate. The home in Old Saybrook, Conn. is on the market for $11,800,000. The home has over 8,000 square feet with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. (Steven G. Smith for the Boston Globe)


A Connecticut home fit for Hollywood royalty

Colette Harron has returned to Fenwick, a tiny and tony borough at the mouth of the Connecticut River, again and again to market the Katharine Hepburn home.

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts -- 3/29/2017 - Rabbi Matt Soffer of Temple Israel searches for pine cones for Passover at the Arboretum. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 30seder Reporter:

A pine cone could be a new symbol for an ancient Jewish tradition

Boston’s largest Reform synagogue is proposing an addition to the Passover Seder: a pine cone to represent prisons and criminal justice reform.

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Falmouth fire claims one life

The victim is the 25th civilian to die in a fire in Massachusetts this year.

Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez takes stand in Aaron Hernandez trial

Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez seemed to frustrate the prosecution when she repeatedly said she could not recall details about her conversations with Hernandez.

North Reading police seize 14 grams of fentanyl

The synthetic opioid has been linked to dozens of overdose deaths in Massachusetts.

The 50 weirdest things people left behind in Ubers

The ride-hailing company, in an effort “to acknowledge Uber’s most forgetful riders,” released statistics on the most commonly forgotten items.

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Eventually, pregnancy protection bill became Beacon Hill priority

Nothing like a bit of bad press to nudge Beacon Hill legislators to get off the dime — six months later.

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Residents urged to lock cars after thefts reported in Weymouth and Quincy

Dozens of people reported that their cars were broken into over the past week.

Researchers based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences identified 11 factors that correlate with problem gambling, including demographics.

Daily lottery play linked to gambling addiction

People with a gambling problem are most likely to play the lottery each day and have a greater portion of friends and family who gamble themselves, a study found.

Stray bullet hits truck driver’s windshield in Easton

A bullet went though one truck driver’s windshield as part of an apparent case of road rage in Easton Wednesday evening.

2-alarm fire destroys Tewksbury home

A 2-alarm fire tore through a vacant home in Tewksbury Wednesday night, officials said.

Protesters greeted a bus with anti-transgender messages in front of the State House.

Anti-transgender bus rolls into Boston, is promptly greeted by protests

The “Free Speech Bus,” which carries an anti-transgender message, was seen at City Hall and then the State House.

Worcester student walks across state for Spring Break

The 138-mile journey took 21-year-old Gilbert Hernandez from Pittsfield to Boston.

One person killed in Falmouth crash

The driver of an SUV was killed when his vehicle crashed head-on into a tree on Ostrom Road Thursday night.

GOP lawmakers in North Carolina announced late last night that they have reached a deal to repeal the controversial HB2 law and will vote on it this morning.

Fast Forward: N.C. to kill LGBT bias law, and taking a walk in a park to chillax

Say bye-bye to the nasty HB2 law in North Carolina, and more of the news you need to start your day.

Boston police are trying to identify this man suspected of breaking into a North End restaurant.

Boston police seeking identity of suspect in North End break-in

Boston police posted surveillance images of the man suspected of robbing the Vinoteca Di Monica restaurant on Wednesday.

Spring storm could bring six inches or more in parts of Mass.

The stormy weather will arrive in Western Massachusetts Friday and slowly migrate into Boston.

Governor Baker.

Baker may join Trump’s opioid panel

Governor Charlie Baker is in line to join a panel of presidential appointees led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Former jail guard, inmate arraigned on drug charges

Marlon Juba, 29, of Lynn allegedly cooperated with Zenon “Doughboy” Rodgriguez, 27, of Chelsea, an inmate at the South Bay House of Correction, prosecutors said.

Haze in Lawrence building prompts hazmat response

Tests have determined the substance to be a type of refrigerant, but the exact chemical composition is still undetermined.

Major gas leak in Providence closes parts of I-195

A gas line ruptured and blew through the surface of a road, according to reports.


March 30, 2017

This day in history

Today is Thursday, March 30, the 89th day of 2017. There are 276 days left in the year.

Hundreds turn out for Israeli parliament town hall

Five members of Israel’s Knesset held an open discussion with the greater Boston Jewish community.

Trucker allegedly drove cross country nonstop fueled by drugs

Police have arrested a trucker they say drove nonstop from Seattle to Massachusetts fueled by crystal meth, LSD, and cocaine.

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in court.

Shooting evidence detailed in Hernandez case

Jurors in the double murder trial also will not hear a jailhouse conversation Hernandez had with his mother in which she made reference to the “bad things” he told her.

Revere suspends police officer charged with beating sons

Officer Angela Halcovich, 31, was with beating her two young sons, ages five and eight, in January along with her boyfriend Marcos R. Garcia.

Portrait of Chris Louras inside the Speak Easy Cafe, Rutland VT (Corey Hendrickson for the Boston Globe)

Unwelcome plan for refugees shakes up Vermont city

The five-term mayor of Rutland, Vt., recently lost a re-election bid after he supported a controversial plan to bring in Syrian refugees.

05/06/2016 -Rutland, VT- A pedestrian crosses Center Street in Rutland, VT on May 06, 2016. Rutland Mayor Chris Louras has created a plan to resettle 100 Syrians in the city beginning this fall. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Metro reporter: macquarrie

Syrian refugees face pushback in Vt.

City aldermen are fighting controversial resettlement of an estimated 100 refugees in Rutland, Vermont.

Khizr Khan said when he and his wife were deciding whether to speak last summer, they considered what their son would want them to do.

Reluctant at first, Khizr Khan now embraces spotlight

Khizr Khan said when he and his wife were deciding whether to speak last summer, they considered what their son would want them to do.

Aliakbar Zangiband (right) with his son’s friend Marven Abda, at a memorial for his slain son Mohammadreza Sina Zangiband.

Road rage may have led to Lynn deliveryman’s murder

Surveillance videos led investigators to believe that the confrontation “may have been the result of a road rage incident,” police said.


Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

Boston, MA - 2/21/2017 - Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker speaks during a news conference to announce the state's criminal justice system's review findings at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, MA, February 21, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Governor Baker boosts funding for early education

The funding, if approved by the Legislature, will translate directly into raises for teachers.

Parts of Mass. could get up to 8 inches of snow this weekend

A potential storm could drop up to 3 inches in the Boston area, while there is the possibility for up to 8 inches in the far northwest part of the state.

Photos provided by Everett and State Police show David Grossack, who was arrested Tuesday in connection with an Everett killing.

Man arraigned for Everett artist’s killing

David Grossack, 47, was ordered held without bail at his arraignment Wednesday, according to the Middlesex DA’s office.

Students demanding that Harvard University publicly declare it will no longer invest in coal and other “dirty energy” industries blocked doorways at an office building in Harvard Yard.

Anti-coal Harvard students block administration building doors

The students are pushing the school to declare it will no longer invest in the coal industry.

Boston man sentenced to life in prison for Malden murder

Juana Buruca, 41, pled guilty to the stabbing death of a Malden man in 2014.

This weekend’s storm projections in graphics

Here’s a look at the upcoming storm, through the latest projections and graphics.

Boston-03/29/2017- The numbers of visitors are below expectations at the Edward Kennedy Institute. Three people were the only visitors inside a replica of the Senate Chamber as they hear a presentation. John Tlumacki/Globe staff(metro)

Kennedy Institute finds if you build it, not everyone will come

The institute projected it would draw up to 150,000 visitors annually. But since it opened two years ago, it’s seen just 62,000 each year.

Political Happy Hour: March 29, 2017

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Union welcomes new agreement between MBTA and S.J. Services

The MBTA announced Tuesday it had reached a new agreement with S.J. Services, its main janitorial company, to make 30 employees full time.

Placards lined fences surrounding Boston Common during the Women's March in Boston.

Archivists will sort through signs from the Boston Women’s March this weekend

They will catalogue and begin to digitize the posters to preserve a bit of the city’s history.

State Treasurer Deb Goldberg.

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Pot drama in State House. (Don’t hold your breath for final act.)

The Legislature appropriated $300,000 for initial marijuana regulation. The state treasurer is in charge of regulation. Will she get the money?

Bristol Country Sheriff Thomas Hodgson.

Bristol County Sheriff Hodgson is no stranger to controversy

Hodgson made headlines when he called for the arrest of elected officials of so-called sanctuary cities, but it’s far from the first time.

Woman indecently assaulted on Revere Beach Boulevard

State Police are searching for the man who attacked a woman early Wednesday in Revere.

“Any person who actively incites panic or fear of law enforcement is doing a disservice to the community,” Shawn Neidauer, a spokesman for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in a statement.

State representative draws flak for warning of ICE raids

Michelle DuBois took to Facebook to warn undocumented immigrants in the Brockton area not to “go out on the street,” Wednesday.

New Orange Line trains

Take a tour of the new Orange Line train

A mockup of the future train cars will be on display at City Hall Plaza for the public to explore.

Congress has sent the president a bill that will allow Internet service providers to take your Social Security numbers, the websites you visit, and even where you are located, and use the info any way they like without your permission.

Fast Forward: We say goodbye to online privacy and the Brits say ta-ta to the EU

The president wants Congress to reduced the current year’s federal budget, and more of the news you need to know.


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