Burke valedictorian inspired by promise to beloved grandmother

Damilola Adetunla’s career path was decided by an event that occurred before he was born.

Patrick Goguen (right), from Moncton, New Brunswick, beat on a drum while Noel Millea, an elder from Elsipogtog First Nation, performed a ceremony on a dead North Atlantic right whale to honor the animal's spirit before a necropsy is performed on it in Shippagan, New Brunswick.

As right whales surge north, one death too many

Until recently, right whales were seldom seen up in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Now about a third of the species regularly comes to feed in these frigid waters. It has proved to be a very dangerous migration.

6/13/2019 -- Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz, center, a suspect in connection with the shooting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, is taken to court by the police in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (Orlando Barria for The Boston Globe)

9 suspects indicted in shooting of David Ortiz

The suspects could be held in prison for up to a year while the investigation continues, according to a spokesman for the prosecution.

Gwen Lynch is the last student graduating from a one-room schoolhouse on Cuttyhunk Island. For the past seven months she has been the only child in the schoolhouse with teacher Michelle Carvalho. Above: Gwen worked on a time capsule with her teacher.

She’s the only kid on the island. And she’s graduating

Gwen Lynch is leaving Cuttyhunk, which boasts a population of approximately 10.

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New Hampshire woman’s death ruled a homicide

Sally Miller, 72, of Goffstown died from a single gun shot wound, officials said.

Man killed in Springfield crash

The driver, who was alone in the car, apparently lost control and struck a cement wall on Allen Street, Springfield police said.

Man seriously injured in Tewksbury crash

The crash occurred in the area of 1900 Main St. in front of a McDonald’s around 9 a.m. Saturday, Tewksbury police said.

Martin Richard remembered at opening of Martin’s Park

The Seaport park named after one of the victims of the Marathon bombings opened Saturday.

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Seeing red over the mess that is the MBTA

And it’s not just the T, but also the trains, buses, roads, and ferries around it, all utterly inadequate to serve our expanding region.

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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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Rolfi Ferreras Cruz (center), the suspected shooter in the attack on David Ortiz, was taken to court by the police in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Thursday.

10th suspect in David Ortiz case headed to court Saturday, prosecutor says

Also, the chief prosecutor in the case vowed to seek 40 years in prison for the alleged gunman, Rolfi Ferreras Cruz.

Boston MA 4/8/19 Gov. Charlie Baker speaking at the Army Week Boston Opening Ceremony at Faneuil Hall. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:


In a divided GOP, Baker picks raising money for lawmaker over state party

While Governor Charlie Baker helps raise money Thursday for the House’s moderate Republican leader, state party chairman James Lyons is throwing his own MassGOP fund-raiser the same night in Andover.

3-alarm fire strikes Lowell mill building

Firefighters responded at about 7 p.m. Friday to the empty mill building at 50 Tanner St.

More than 200 students in Massachusetts and New Hampshire will have nearly $2 million in debt canceled, officials said.

Former ITT Tech students in Mass. and N.H. receive debt relief

More than 200 students will benefit as part of a $168 million settlement reached between a private lender and a coalition of 43 states, officials said.

Three men arrested at Dorchester home

Eduardo Hecto, 19, Adonis Pena-Robles, 25, and Alagi Hatten-Hallon, 25, were arrested Friday morning after police executed a search warrant at a home on Ames Way, poliice said.

Capital Source: In a divided GOP, Baker picks raising money for lawmaker over state party

As conservatives have asserted control over the Massachusetts Republican Party, the divide between them and Governor Charlie Baker has included everything from disparate messaging, to, as of late, their chosen office spaces.

N.H. police investigating after man drowns in Merrimack River

Authorities in New Hampshire are investigating after a man drowned while kayaking on the Merrimack River Thursday morning, officials said.

New Hampshire police investigating suspicious death in Goffstown

Authorities are investigating a suspicious death in Goffstown, N.H., New Hampshire State Police announced in a statement Friday evening.

Man arrested on heroin trafficking charges in Lawrence

Julio Valerio, 34, who lives in the Bradford area of Haverhill, was found with 165 grams of heroin following a traffic stop Thursday night, State Police said.

Erika L. Murray, charged in the deaths of two babies whose remains were found in her squalid home, waived her right to a jury trial.

Judge deliberates fate of Blackstone mom charged with murder in ‘house of horrors’ case

Superior Court Judge Janet Kenton-Walker did not say when she would reach a verdict in Erika Murray’s trial.

Melissa Ix, design principal for Studio HIP, led the last of eight biweekly sessions with the school’s fifth-graders to design a community space.

A new park for Hyde Park, designed by Chittick Elementary students

A new community playground will close the largest public park access gap within Boston.

Pollen floated on a puddle in an alley in downtown Boston.

Pollen is getting worse, and climate change is the culprit

Allergy sufferers are feeling it: This spring’s bumper crop of the sticky powder has kicked into high gear. Achoo!

Man shot and killed in Dorchester

The shooting occurred inside a home on Devon Street early Friday morning, police said.

Crews continued to work Friday on the damage track near JFK/UMass Station.

Top T official calls Red Line ‘an urgent matter’ but unable to predict when it will be fixed

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said Friday the MBTA is hoping that riders on Monday will be able to go from Alewife to Braintree on a single Red Line train, rather than switch trains at JFK/UMass Station.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh signing the Home Rule Petition, putting the city one step closer to starting a fire cadet program.

Walsh one step closer to starting fire cadet program in Boston

If approved by the Massachusetts Legislature, the cadet program could help diversify the department, his office said.

The Charles River Conservancy hosted the first public swim in the Charles River in 50 years in July 2013.

Charles River swimmers will have to wait a week before they can dunk

The City Splash event has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 22, with organizers citing Thursday’s rainfall as the issue.

Moulton said in a statement, ‘‘Our national security is something that should transcend politics.’’

Moulton signs fellow 2020 hopeful Gillibrand’s cyber pledge

Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand says fellow challenger Seth Moulton has agreed to sign her cyber pledge not to use stolen or hacked material for political gain.

Remains of Korean War veteran from Somerville will return home Saturday

In a statement, the city of Somerville identified the veteran as Army Sergeant George Schipani, who was 19 when he died. A funeral service is scheduled for June 22 at Keefe Funeral Home.

American flags flying on the North Andover Common on Friday.

Nation’s stars and stripes celebrated across the state

Cities and towns across the Commonwealth on Friday celebrated Flag Day with pledges of allegiance, small flags planted in grass, and even a 5K.

Rafael Pérez, a local official in Santo Domingo, on David Ortiz’s shooting: “As a society, we feel embarrassed to see our youths involved in this situation.”

Santo Domingo’s residents ‘feel embarrassed’ in the wake of Big Papi’s shooting

Residents in the Dominican capital can’t fathom why anyone would target a man so closely linked to “our national pride,” a community leader said.

The Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver police said they recovered in East Boston Thursday.

East Boston man arrested on gun-related charges after police find gun, knife in pants

Boston police captured a man after a foot chase Thursday afternoon who allegedly fired shots in East Boston, where they found a revolver and a knife on him, officials said.

A container/shed with electronics was being worked on and cleaned up by construction crews.

Watch live: Press conference on the status of the MBTA Red Line

Transit officials are giving an update on the efforts to repair the Red Line after a derailment earlier this week.

Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, is facing charges that he paid for sex during two visits to a Florida spa in January. His attorneys have mounted a fierce defense.

Fla. judge declines to hold Robert Kraft’s attorneys in criminal contempt

A Florida judge Friday rejected prosecutors’ request to hold Robert Kraft’s top defense lawyers in criminal contempt for their interactions with law enforcement witnesses.

Who’s facing charges in the David Ortiz shooting investigation?

A growing number of suspects now face charges in connection to the shooting of David Ortiz. Here’s what we know about them.

Bob Durand (left, with Bill Weld).


State wildlife board pick once pleaded guilty to a hunting charge. But he swears he didn’t bait deer

Bob Durand, tapped by Governor Charlie Baker for the board that sets the state’s hunting regulations, pleaded guilty in 2013 to a misdemeanor hunting violation in Vermont.

Boston police arrest man charged in robbery of taxi driver at gunpoint

Uhmari Bufford, 24, of Dorchester was arrested Thursday on an active warrant out of West Roxbury District Court for armed robbery, police said.

One dead, one saved in two rescues on Mount Washington

Conditions on the summit were below freezing with a windchill of 12 degrees and 60 miles per hour winds on Thursday, authorities said.

The dogs range between hours-old puppies and mature adults.

More than 100 dogs rescued from ‘squalid living conditions’ at kennel in Bradford, N.H.

Bradford police rescued 52 adult dogs and 53 puppies after an investigation into possible animal cruelty found the animals in “squalid living conditions,” officials said.

‘Way out of line’: Fitchburg school officials apologize to parents, graduating students for remarks made at ceremony

In a letter to the school community this week, administrators said the speech to students at the McKay Arts Academy was “upsetting.”

Woman arrested for allegedly firing shots in Roxbury; man arrested on gun and drug charges

Two people were arrested before dawn Thursday morning after a call for shots fired led to the seizure of suspected crack cocaine and a gun in Roxbury, officials said.

Red Sox legend David Ortiz.

Authorities investigating whether ambush of David Ortiz was hatched behind bars

Authorities in the Dominican Republic are investigating whether the plot to kill David Ortiz was hatched by two prisoners behind bars, as police in the United States disclosed some of the suspects’ criminal histories in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Motorcycle and car in crash on Interstate 91 in Holyoke; one hurt

State Police initially reported that someone died in the crash, but later tweeted a correction stating that the crash was not fatal after all.

Man stabbed in Cambridge

A 58-year-old man suffered a laceration to his neck after possibly being involved in a drug transaction Thursday night in Cambridge, according to police.

Major main break closes street near Salem train station

The break blocked access to the Salem train station parking garage from Washington Street and is impacting water pressure throughout the city, officials said.

Whitman police searching for group of men who broke into home and beat man with baseball bats

The man, who was not identified, was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Man, 59, killed in Beverly crash

Gregory Rebidue of West Newbury was ejected after his car rolled over early Saturday morning near Beverly Airport, officials said.

Swastikas found at Wellesley Middle School

Two swastikas drawn in ballpoint pen in a boys bathroom are the latest example of anti-Semitic and racist incidents reported at the school, officials said in a letter to parents.

Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Fund announces 10 new scholarships

Ten graduating seniors from Andover and Danvers were awarded $20,000 worth of scholarships given in memory of the Danvers High math teacher killed in 2013 by a student at the school.


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

Jamil Simon will receive the Luxembourg Peace Prize on Friday.

Somerville peacebuilder Jamil Simon to be honored in Luxembourg

Simon’s work in peace journalism led to a symposium he organized in New York City in April 2018.

Crews worked on the damaged area near the JFK/UMass stop. The derailed car was brought into service in 1969.

It will be days before the T knows when it can fully restore Red Line service, Baker says

The MBTA on Thursday ruled out operator error as the cause of Tuesday’s train car derailment that has wreaked havoc on Red Line commutes.