Questions raised about City Hall ties of outside counsel investigating Fire Department

An outside counsel who is reviewing the Boston Fire Department’s handling of misconduct allegations has a long history of representing City Hall.

Representative Joe Kennedy III spoke during a rally in Tornillo, Texas, to protest the Trump administration’s policy on separating migrant children from their parents.

Joe Kennedy protests Trump’s family-separation policy near ‘tent city’ for children

The Massachusetts congressman joined protesters in Texas Sunday, blasting President Trump and comparing those who are fleeing violence today to his own ancestors.

11veterans -- Nick Bonanno pushes his father, Russ Bonanno, down the hallway at the VA in Bedford. Nick visits his father several times a week to push him around the building in his wheelchair along with throwing a ball around. Nick tries to engage his dad as much as possible when he comes to visit. (Kelsey Cronin)

Secret VA nursing-home ratings hid poor quality care from public

Nearly half of Veterans Affairs nursing homes nationwide received the lowest possible quality ranking last year, but the agency kept its ratings from the public.

Frederica Williams, Whittier Street Health Center’s chief executive, as pictured at the Roxbury facility in 2012.

In reversal, Whittier Health Center in Roxbury won’t lay off workers

The layoffs — which included physicians, nurses, and mental health therapists — had been criticized by employees as retaliation for trying to form a union.

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Driver treated for unknown injuries in rollover crash in Roxbury

A car driver was treated for unknown injuries after a rollover crash late Sunday in Roxbury, police said.

Three cars engulfed by flames after five-car crash on I-93 in Boston Sunday afternoon

One person — a 30-year-old man from Medford — was injured and taken to the hospital after the incident.

Athol police find and return 40-pound tortoise to its owner

After finding the tortoise on Partridgeville Road Sunday night, an officer lured it closer with lettuce.

Several schools announce early dismissal, cancel classes Monday due to heat

Temperatures could feel like 100 degrees in the Merrimack Valley, and some schools cited a lack of adequate air conditioning to keep students in class.

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It could feel close to 100 degrees in parts of New England on Monday

Even if Boston doesn’t break the heat record for Monday’s date, it’s certainly going to be the hottest day so far this season.

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Matt Parziale, 31, a Brockton firefighter for 4½ years, competed in the final round of the US Open golf championship.

In Brockton, cheers for local firefighter turned US Open competitor

Brockton firefighters cheered on one of the their own as Matt Parziale competed in this year’s US Open Championship.

Tufts extends its presidential tree

The new presidents at Union College, Harvard University and Hampshire College all have ties to Tufts University.

Fire damage was seen on a house where a fire broke out in Ayer on Sunday.

12 people displaced in 5-alarm apartment building fire in Ayer

Twelve people were displaced after a five-alarm fire ran up a seven-unit Ayer apartment building’s side and into its attic on Sunday afternoon.


Lottery results from Sunday drawings

Boston- 06/16/18-Boston's Mirabella Pool in the North End opened for the year. Thomas McMahon, 10 from Boston warms up affter taking a dip in the fcild water. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(lmetro)

Heat advisory issued as scorching temperatures are expected in Mass. on Monday

Factoring in humidity, temperatures in those areas are expected to feel like 100 degrees

Protests organize Father’s Day vigil for ICE detainees

In addition to supporting the detainees, organizers said they hoped the protest sent a message to lawmakers about the need to act on immigration legislation.

13breaktime -- Schoen and Shu's donut shop will feature food from several wholesale providers including Union Square Donuts. (Jake Schwencke)

Two Harvard sophomores hope to fight homelessness, one doughnut at a time

As volunteers at a youth shelter in Harvard Square, Tony Shu and Connor Schoen saw firsthand how homeless people can struggle to find work, trapping them in a vicious cycle.

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Worcester man killed in motorcycle crash

The man, identified only as a Worcester resident, was killed instantly when he lost control of his motorcycle just after 4 a.m.

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Today is Monday, June 18, the 169th day of 2018. There are 196 days left in the year.


Man rescued from Lawrence apartment fire

A 24-year-old man and two firefighters were taken to the hospital after a dramatic rescue from an apartment fire in Lawrence Sunday morning, an official said.

Solar panels catch fire at Burlington school

Two panels were destroyed in the fire that broke out at Marshall Simonds Middle School at around 11:40 a.m. on Sunday, a fire official said.

For Travel - 04kidconway - The White Mountains are a family-fun place to play outdoors. (Pamela Wright)

Unprepared hikers rescued in White Mountains

New Hampshire authorities say two Massachusetts hikers who got lost in the White Mountains were carrying almost no useful gear or supplies.

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Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Mass. Audubon Society

Police investigated in Dorchester after a shooting Saturday.

Young girl suffered abrasion after report of shots fired in Dorchester

“We are still trying to determine how she got that injury,” said a police spokesman.

A couple embraced after leaving balloons at a memorial outside the home of Stewart Weldon.

Before kidnapping charges, Stewart Weldon cast a long shadow in Springfield

“There’s not a human there,” said one woman. “You’d see nothing in his eyes.”


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Bedford crash claims elderly driver

An 85-year-old Billerica man died Saturday morning after the car he was driving on the Middlesex Turnpike crossed the center line and struck a Jeep, officials said.

Delegates representing United Church of Christ congregations in Massachusetts voted to join with sister churches in Rhode Island and Connecticut in the effort.

New England UCC churches look to organize progressive ‘Christian voice’

The churches want to launch an organized, progressive Christian voice to counter right-wing religious forces in US politics.

Mary, 8, and her sister Bernadette, 9, laugh as their brother Bartholomew, 5, plays with hay while they watch as Raphael is swung upside-down by their dad Gerard Beirne as their other brother Anthony, 2, giggles.


From his grandfather’s knee, lessons of love

Gerard Beirne absorbed his life-shaping lessons at the knee of his grandfather in a home across the Atlantic Ocean.

Dorchester man injured in home invasion

Police arrested Taurean Pearson, 36, of Boston, after he forcibly entered a Dorchester man’s apartment and cut him on the wrist with a knife early Saturday morning, police said.

Bicyclist injured in Worcester crash

A 21-year-old woman riding a bicycle suffered a head injury when she was struck by a car Friday night in Worcester, police said.

Brockton crash victim identified

Jorge Leite, 54, of Brockton, died Saturday morning at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, officials said.

Central American asylum seekers waited last week in McAllen, Texas, as US Border Patrol agents took them into custody.

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Hey undocumented immigrants, it’s all your fault

America is wrenching your children away from you at the border, but don’t blame us.

At Juneteenth, black Bostonians celebrate identity, unity in spirited cookout

“July 4 is not our independence day. Juneteenth is our independence day,” said Leslie Marshall, 54, of Dorchester.

Woman, three children injured after car strikes building in Fall River

The woman and children were taken to a local hospital as a precaution, Fall River police said Saturday.

Cashier thwarts robbery of Methuen store

A cashier at White Eagle Pantry on Merrimack Street used a baseball bat to chase away the robbery suspect, Methuen police said Saturday.

Wes Roehl, 7, cooled off with a swim Saturday at the Mirabella Pool in the North End.

The city’s two public outdoor pools and South Boston ‘family-friendly’ beach open this weekend

Boston’s two outdoor public pools and “family friendly” beach open this weekend.

Cash-only possible for first pot sales in Mass.

Soon-to-open dispensaries say no banks have come forward to provide services.

Taunton woman killed in I-93 crash

The woman, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near exit 5 in Braintree early Saturday, State Police said.

Saïsa Nicolas’s greatest goal is to someday establish an orphanage in her native Haiti.

She moved to Boston knowing no English, but ended up a valedictorian

Dangers in Haiti led a family to move to Boston, where a student’s diligence at a charter school separated her from the pack.

Report finds high skin cancer rates in Mass., particularly on Cape

The Blue Cross Blue Shield report found that 8.6 percent of people in the Barnstable-Yarmouth area have been diagnosed with a type of skin cancer.

Lowell High School and the district’s other facilities could be closed Monday on account of temperatures expected to near 100.

Lowell may close schools Monday with temperatures expected to soar into the high 90s

With temperatures expected to climb well into the 90s across the Bay State on Monday, Lowell Public Schools may stay closed for the day, according to school officials.

Two buildings in Boston’s Seaport district.


The Seaport gondola idea isn’t dead yet

Boston will study traffic in the Seaport — again — and consider whether additional bus, rail, ferries, bike-share, and ride-hailing services can help. And an aerial gondola, too.

Anthony and Brycen both love going to the playground.

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Brothers ready for their family

Anthony and Brycen are loving siblings who are ready to join a family together.

 Boston, MA - May 02, 2018: A jogger passes over the Evelyn Moakley Bridge on Seaport Blvd in Boston, MA on April 28, 2018. Temperatures are expected to reach the 80's on Wednesday. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: metro reporter:

Today and Sunday will see high temperatures in the low 80s — and Monday will be a scorcher

The Boston area could see high temperatures in the mid-90s Monday, with areas more inland approaching triple digits.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, June 16, the 167th day of 2018. There are 198 days left in the year.


June 16, 2018

Two men critically injured in Brockton crash

First responders worked for more than 20 minutes to extricate one man who was trapped in his car, a fire official said.