In recent years, four Mass. jails got $164 million in federal money to house ICE detainees

The sum, brought into the state’s coffers through controversial contracts with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has raised the eyebrows of some advocates and immigration attorneys who oppose the agreements and think there are better alternatives.

In a 2012, Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown ran against one another for a Senate seat. Warren won.

In Warren’s first electric campaign, glimpses of the future

In 2012, Elizabeth Warren took on incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown, the most popular political figure in the state, whose unlikely win in a liberal state had made him a national figure.

Kian Reagan-Caer and other birders kept an eye in all directions while birdwatching Saturday.

‘Bird nerds’ stalk the marshes of Plum Island in the annual avian Superbowl

They came from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and as far away as Pennsylvania to see as many birds as nature would permit in 12 hours.

Michelle Carter walked out of Bristol County Dartmouth Women's Correctional Facility Thursday morning.

Yvonne Abraham

Michelle Carter’s out of jail, but not out of the spotlight

It takes nothing away from the tragedy of Roy’s death, or the harm of Carter’s texts, to say that the reality of their relationship was far more complicated than it appeared, far less amenable to easy narratives and sermons about our unhinged times.

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Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Mass Audubon Society

sunday’s child

Zadrik is talkative and friendly

Legally freed for adoption, a very structured home and a consistent parenting style seems to work best with Zadrik.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2020. There are 340 days left in the year.

Cause of 5-alarm warehouse fire in Hanover under investigation

Fourteen area fire departments assisted the Hanover department in fighting the fire, which had ignited propane tanks.

Hingham police take armed man barricaded in home into custody

No one was injured in the incident, which led police to evacuate residents living nearby and order others to shelter in place as heavily armed officers took up positions.

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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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3 teens stabbed in Dorchester, police say

One teen was critically injured in the stabbings that occurred on Blue Hill Avenue shortly before 5 p.m,, Boston police said.

Seamus Mallon

Kevin Cullen

Seamus Mallon, a champion of the Irish peace process, lived as a Catholic and spoke ‘like a Prod’

Seamus Mallon, who died Friday at 83, helped bring peace to Northern Ireland, where despite having experienced discrimination and injustice as a Catholic he had no truck with hurting or chasing out his Protestant neighbors.

Could Trump muzzle John Bolton? The limits of executive privilege, explained

WASHINGTON — Republican senators allied with President Donald Trump are increasingly arguing that the Senate should not call witnesses or subpoena documents for his impeachment trial because Trump has threatened to invoke executive privilege, and a legal fight would take too long to resolve.


A man on a scooter crossed Green Line tracks on Beacon Street.

Starts & Stops

Boston still waiting on scooter legalization

A key lawmaker says he’s still hoping for action by the summer.

Elizabeth Warren’s plan to beat the other Democrats, and Trump? Her ground game, according to new campaign memo

A strategy memo from Warren's campaign says she has beefed up staffing beyond the earliest voting states in preparation for a difficult nomination fight.

As ‘flight shame’ movement grows, more airlines and travelers seek to offset carbon footprint

One sign of the 'Greta effect’ in the US: JetBlue announced plans to go carbon neutral this year. And apps are helping passengers do the same.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2020. There are 341 days left in the year.

A cloud of smoke, cheeseburgers and fries lead to Springfield man’s arrest

As he spoke with the trooper, Ivan Marrero ate two McDonald’s cheeseburgers and fistfuls of fries as a blunt burned in a cup-holder, State Police said.

East Boston man arrested for allegedly firing pellet gun at shuttle bus near North Station

Thomas Henderson, 20, was arrested Friday night on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and destruction of property, according to Boston police.

Man indicted for murder of woman in Pittsfield

Tyler Sumner, 25, of North Adams, is due to be arraigned Jan. 29 in Berkshire Superior Court for the fatal shooting of a New York woman last August, officials said.

01/21/2020 Boston MA - Justina Pelletier (cq) was inside courtroom at Suffolk Superior Court, For opening statements in her malpractice law suit aganist Boston Children's Hospital. Her mother Linda Pelletier (cq) is at right, getting ready to take her seat. (Pool Photograph) (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)

Justina Pelletier’s pediatrician did not see evidence of abuse

As a pediatrician, he would be required to alert authorities if he suspected child abuse.

Nathan Parker slept with his son Lucas Parker on a mattress in the living room because of his medically fragile condition. Lucas Parker suffered severe permanent injuries after eating romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli bacteria during a visit to California in 2018.

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The danger in our salad bowls

Leafy green vegetables have become the leading cause of E. coli poisoning. And the federal government may not be ready for the next outbreak.

BOSTON, MA - 01/15/2020 Newly inaugurated Councilor Julia Mejia smiles at the council after delivering her maiden speech in the Iannella Chamber in City Hall. Councilor Mejia is the first foreign-born Afro-Latina immigrant woman to sit on BostonÕs City Council. Erin Clark / Globe Staff

City councilor’s angry caller has a change of heart

When City Councilor Julia Mejia received an angry, hate-filled voice mail message, she turned it into a video. Then her antagonist called again — and apologized.

Protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse in Boston on Tuesday to support the Iranian student. Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein Abadi planned to attend Northeastern. Iranian student is just latest sent away

Northeastern student from Iran removed from US before court hearing

Several others have similarly been turned away after landing at Logan International Airport.Several others have similarly been turned away after landing at Logan International Airport.

Man, 37, is indicted for allegedly shooting up N.H. wedding

A man who allegedly shot two people and pistol-whipped a third victim during a shocking rampage at a Manchester, N.H. wedding in October has been indicted on charges related to that episode as well as a later alleged assault of his public defender when the lawyer paid him a jailhouse visit, records show.

Mass. treasurer warns of Lottery text scam

The texts say, “Hi this is Kim with the MA Lottery. Please reply when you get a chance. I have some great news,” State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg’s office said Friday.

(DO NOT PUBLISH--FOR SPOTLIGHT) Richmond, BC, Canada, 12/14/2019, Nathan Parker sits with his son Lucas after delivering his food through his feeding tube. The five fateful bites of Romain lettuce he ate a year ago exposed him to a toxic bacteria that sickens tens of thousands of people in the United States each year, killing scores of them. And leafy green vegetables, despite their healthful reputation, now own a dubious distinction: they cause more dangerous and deadly E. coli 0157 outbreaks than any other food. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

THE UNCOUNTED: Many E. coli victims are excluded from the official tally

It’s always been challenging to identify the victims of E. coli poisoning, but the CDC makes the job even harder

Man and woman indicted in connection with killing of N.H. couple in Texas

A man and a woman from Utah who were arrested last year in connection with the October killings in Texas of a married couple from New Hampshire have been indicted on three charges, authorities announced Wednesday.

MBTA investigating ‘seat failure’ on one of the new Orange Line trains

As of late Friday afternoon, the cause of the seat failure had not been determined.

Former City Hall aide John Lynch sentenced to 40 months for bribery

John M. Lynch, the former City Hall aide who took a $50,000 bribe to help a developer, was sentenced in federal court Friday in a case that has rocked City Hall and cast a dark cloud over the city’s development process.

Husband pleads guilty to killing transgender activist wife in the Berkshires

A North Adams man on Thursday admitted to killing his wife, the transgender activist Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, and was sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility in 25 years, prosecutors said.

A pedestrian walked past the A-D Distributing Company, Inc., a flag retailer in Des Moines.

There’s one thing this Iowa shop sells that no presidential campaign can do without

Once every four years, this Des Moines flag shop is inundated with requests as presidential candidates descend and the caucuses approach.

David Sanchez, a former Boston firefighter, stood in court during sentencing in West Roxbury District Court on Jan. 24. Sanchez was convicted of indecently assaulting a female colleague and received two years of probation.

Former Boston firefighter placed on two years of probation for indecent assault

David Sanchez, 39, was found guilty last week of one count of indecent assault and battery and one count of assault and battery.

Salem State student Hector Rivera and his former middle school teacher and mentor Theresa Dannaher.


A classroom bond that became a bridge

They were separated by age and geography – by socio-economics and by culture – but something very special happened in that Gloucester middle school classroom six years ago.

City Councilor Julia Mejia turned a 'disturbing’ voicemail upside down

The newly-elected official posted it to YouTube to highlight behavior that’s become “all too familiar.”

What you need to know about the new coronavirus

The Globe asked three Boston physicians who specialize in infectious diseases what the concerns are.

Rockland man dead after head-on collision

The 40-year-old man lost control of his Nissan Versa and crashed into a Mercedes on Centre Avenue Thursday afternoon, police said.

Senate climate bills would push state to adopt carbon pricing

Massachusetts officials would be required to pursue new pricing on carbon emissions from cars, commercial buildings, and homes within 10 years under sweeping climate legislation state Senate leaders are unveiling Thursday.

Plymouth students charged with attempted arson for performing viral video stunt

Two 15-year-old boys, believed to have been copying a viral video, are facing criminal charges for allegedly short-circuiting two electrical outlets at Plymouth North Regional High School, police said.

Emerson College gathers to denounce hate graffiti found in dorm

Dozens of students and staff filled the college’s Spiritual Center Thursday for a vigil following the discovery of the Nazi symbol in a stairwell at the Piano Row residence hall.

One dead in Lawrence house fire

The fire broke out at 5 Saxonia Ave. early Thursday evening, the state fire marshal’s office said.

Mohammad Shahab Dehghani

Criticism intensifies over detention, rejection of Iranian Northeastern student

Customs and Border Protection officials put Shahab Dehghani on an Air France flight to Paris Monday night despite a federal judge’s order to keep him in place for 48 hours.


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

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Portland, Maine

Four indicted for alleged roles in October assault at Encore Boston Harbor casino

Four people were indicted for their alleged roles in an October assault of a man at Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett.

Justina Pelletier (right) listened on Tuesday to testimony in her family’s case against Boston Children’s Hospital and four of the doctors who provided her care.

Children’s Hospital ethicist questioned handling of Justina Pelletier’s case, documents show

Boston Children’s Hospital’s own in-house ethicist questioned the hospital’s handling of the high-profile dispute over the care of Justina Pelletier that broke out between her parents and her doctors.

Witnesses say Holy Cross coach turned left into oncoming traffic before fatal crash

Moments after last week’s horrific crash, as paramedics plucked members of the Holy Cross rowing team from inside a crushed van, the coach who drove the vehicle allegedly blurted out a plea: “God please let me have had a green arrow.”

Good Samaritans help rescue boys from Taunton River

Three people are being hailed as heroes after they helped to rescue two 14-year-old boys who had fallen through the ice on the Taunton River Thursday afternoon, public safety officials said.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 file photo, Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer poses for a portrait in New York. Kramer, a founding member of the band, filed a lawsuit against his band mates in January 2020 in Massachusetts Superior Court in Boston, claiming he has been kept out of the band after he hurt his ankle in 2019 and missed some shows. The suit comes just as the band is set to perform and be honored at Grammy Awards events. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, File)

Kevin Cullen

In awkward Aerosmith breakup, sympathy for the drummer

Joey Kramer went to court to stop his Aerosmith bandmates from giving him the bum’s rush. By then, it was too late.

Coast Guard: 2 unresponsive people pulled from ocean in Maine

Two people were on the Kennebunkport-based fishing boat Hayley Ann Thursday when an automated distress signal alerted the Coast Guard to a problem.