Baker vetoes automatic voter registration parts of supplemental budget

The governor said proposed sections of the bill would render the system unavailable for next year’s presidential primary.

The procession followed the casket of Pete Frates, draped in a flag bearing his name, during a funeral Mass at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish church at Boston College on Friday.

Funeral held for Pete Frates, who raised millions for ALS research

A funeral Mass was held Friday for Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball star who raised millions for ALS research by championing the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Massachusetts State House.

Voters passed a tax cut. Lawmakers balked. Twenty years later, it’s finally here

The tax rate will drop from 5.05 percent to 5 percent on Jan. 1, fulfilling the will of voters who first approved the new rate through a 2000 ballot question, state officials said Friday.

Woman who was raped, allegedly by IRS agent, gives dramatic, tearful testimony

Through tears, a woman who was raped, allegedly at gunpoint by an IRS agent, in 2017 inside a Boston parking garage took the witness stand Friday in Suffolk Superior Court and provided her harrowing account publicly for the first time.

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Man stabbed in Allston

The man, who is in his mid-30s, was stabbed at about 1:11 a.m. near 34 Harvard Ave.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Mass. Audubon Society

Grafton man rescues passenger from car sunk in river

Chris Etre was driving down Wheeler Road Friday night when he noticed a car sinking intothe Quinsigamond River, police said.

‘My goal is to continue to bring people together, to learn to love one another’

For two decades, Isaura Mendes has brought Santa Claus to greet children as they enjoy Cape Verdean food and Christmas carols — a moment of holiday joy drawn from her efforts to end violence.

Scores of sex offenders have state licenses to be electricians, manicurists, and more. The official who found out got fired

Ada Alfonso discovered a high-risk sex offender among the licensed electricians her office regulates — and a pattern of lax oversight at the Division of Professional Licensure.

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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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Bill Connolly accepted a donation from Ramona Sequeira and Andy Plump of Takeda.

Globe Santa

Homeless but not hopeless, family seeks help from Globe Santa

A young mother and her 2-year-old daughter have spent more than a year in a family shelter southwest of Boston. But the woman wrote in a letter to Globe Santa that the two are safe and she believes the day will come soon when they leave the shelter system for friendlier surroundings.

N.H. man facing civil rights charge after Dracut attack dies days before court appearance

Jeremy Stephenson, 36, of Plaistow, N.H., died Monday, according to an obituary.

Corrections officers with an inmate at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center.

Yvonne Abraham

Harsh prison rules punish the innocent

Why does the Massachusetts Department of Correction make it so difficult, so unpleasant, for those who visit loved ones in prison?

Housing advocates rallied in Central Square in East Boston, then marched a half-mile to the Meridian Street Bridge, where they unfurled a huge banner to call for 50 percent of the housing at Suffolk Downs to be affordable.

Protesters call for more affordable housing in Suffolk Downs redevelopment

Dozens of community members and affordable housing advocates rallied Saturday afternoon in East Boston’s Central Square to call for more transparency, greater community input, and an increase in the number of affordable units for a proposed development at Suffolk Downs.

Lower half of man’s body found in Lawrence

Workers performing routine maintenance outside a hydroelectric plant on South Broadway discovered the body parts on Friday, officials said.

Man injured after car crashes into driving school in North Reading

A person inside the building at 324 Main St. was taken to Lahey Hospital’s trauma center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, a fire official said.

Man fatally shot Friday outside Brockton home

Marshawn A. Potts, 26, was fatally shot in Brockton Friday night, according to the Plymouth district attorney’s office, which said reliminary investigation indicated the shooting was not random.

Congressman Joe Kennedy III walked the picket line with Harvard University graduate students Saturday morning.

Joe Kennedy III marches with striking Harvard graduate students

Congressman Joseph Kennedy III marched in solidarity with striking Harvard University graduate student workers, supporting their demands for better pay and benefits and greater protections against sexual harassment and discrimination.


The week in business

Five of the top stories from the past week.

How many children die from abuse? The Globe and ProPublica wanted to find out

Experts have long suspected that the United States badly undercounts the number of children who die from abuse and neglect.

Sunny Sunday ahead; snow possible for Monday

Temperatures in Boston are likely to rise to near 60 degrees as rain washes out the day with a chance of minor flooding.

Actress Lori Loughlin left Moakley Federal Court after an afternoon hearing with her husband, Mossimo Giannulli (right).

Loughlin defense attorneys say prosecutors have denied them evidence in college admissions case

Federal prosecutors in the sprawling college admissions case have denied actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, a fair trial by denying them evidence, their lawyers asserted in a Friday court filing.

Former Hanscom employee sentenced to federal prison on child porn charges

William Gates, 41, of Burlington, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years, plus 5 years of supervised release, after thousands of child pornography images and videos were discovered on his electronics and in his home, officials said.

Moelis & Company employees, including, (front row, from left) managing directors Robert Crowley and John Grady, turned out to support Globe Santa.

Globe Santa

Improv Asylum inspires laughs and money for Globe Santa with fund-raiser show

The Improv Asylum is putting on a benefit show Tuesday to raise money for Globe Santa.

Tell us about your online holiday shopping woes

We want to hear about your online shopping stress.

A few weeks out from a super-important fund-raising deadline, Senator Edward Markey has pulled out some big political guns as he races to raise cash.

Schumer swoops in to boost Markey, as key cash deadline looms

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer was the special guest at a big-dollar fund-raiser Thursday evening to benefit Markey’s effort to hold onto his seat for another six-year term.

The procession followed the casket of Pete Frates, draped in a flag bearing his name, during a funeral mass at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish church at Boston College in Boston on Friday.

Photos: Mourners remember Pete Frates at funeral

The service for Pete Frates, who died Monday at the age of 34, was held at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in Chestnut Hill, which was packed with mourners.

The MWRA's wastewater treatment plant in Quincy.

Massachusetts issues new standards for ‘forever chemicals’ in water supply

Amid growing concerns about toxic chemicals in the water supply, state regulators issued new safety standards for groundwater on Friday.

Man convicted of killing two doctors in South Boston sentenced to life without parole

Bampumim Teixeira, convicted of killing two doctors in their South Boston condominium in 2017, was barred from the courtroom Friday when he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A baby doll belonging to Jasmine Irwin rests in the wreckage of the trailer where the family used to live. In September 2015, Tami Mann murdered 20-month-old Jasmine by throwing the toddler headfirst into the floor. Jasmine’s father, Jasper Irwin, continued living in the trailer until he was forced to leave. The trailer was destroyed by the property owner a couple years after the murder to discourage others from living there

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The federal government has one main law to prevent child abuse. No state follows all of it

Hundreds of thousands of children face abuse every year, but there is only one federal law that directly addresses this national tragedy. That law, a review by the Globe and ProPublica finds, is routinely and often flagrantly violated — with consequences that should come as no surprise.

How many children die from abuse? The Globe and ProPublica wanted to find out

Experts have long suspected that the United States badly undercounts the number of children who die from abuse and neglect.

Teamwork, patience and strong support from outside funders made this report on child abuse possible

About the state child abuse survey

KOSCIUSKO, MS - 08/06/2018 The Mississippi flag flies below the the American flag at the Chancery Court Building in downtown Kosciusko, where Tami Mann and Jasper Irwin will find out the ultimate fate of their three children during the fight for who gets custody. The Irwin children currently live with cousins who have filed for adoption, but Angel Mann and Lacey Mann are fighting for full custody. Erin Clark for the Boston Globe

How Mississippi falls short in complying with federal child abuse law

Cambridge man arraigned on drug, weapons charges

Cheury Gomez, 29, was arrested following a routine traffic stop on Soldiers Field Road in Brighton, State Police said.

Man wanted in Randolph gas station shooting turns himself in at court

Traequon Duncan, 23, of Dorchester, who allegedly shot another man at a Mobil gas station over the weekend, turned himself in at Quincy District Court Thursday, officials said.

Jake Kennedy and his wife, Sparky, started Christmas in the City in 1989 to help homeless children.

Kevin Cullen

Jake Kennedy has ALS. He will fight it with all his might

Kennedy and his wife, Sparky, founded Christmas in the City 30 years ago. He’s now been diagnosed with the same disease that has afflicted other family members.

By the numbers

$240.8 million: The cash prize for winning the Mega Millions lottery drawing on Friday.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh (front, center) had a friendly exchange with NAACP Boston Branch president Tanisha Sullivan (front, left).

Baker, Walsh offer details on 2020 NAACP convention in Seaport

The conference will be held July 25th to 29th at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and is expected to draw 10,000 attendees.

Students hung out on the quad at Dartmouth College in May 2018.

Dartmouth College celebrates 250th anniversary

Nestled along the Connecticut River, the school was founded by clergyman Eleazar Wheelock in 1769 with the intention of training Native Americans to become Christian missionaries.

Opening statements were made Thursday in the Suffolk Superior Court jury trial of IRS agent James Clarke. He is accused of raping a summer intern in his car in July 2017.

Trial begins for IRS agent accused of raping college intern

James Clarke, 45, is charged with aggravated rape, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and indecent assault and battery.

Elizabeth Warren spoke in New Hampshire.

In N.H., Warren gives her most forceful attack yet on rivals as her poll numbers stall

Senator Elizabeth Warren traveled to the must-win state of New Hampshire on Thursday and launched an amped-up offensive against her chief rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination.

A new guide from the Boston Licensing Commission outlines how late-night establishments should respond to rowdy patrons and what employees should do if they witness a crime.

Boston officials unveil safety recommendations for bars and patrons

The 33-page guide was the product of discussions among police leaders, club owners, and the licensing commission about making the city’s night life safer.

Passengers boarded the MBTA’s Red Line at Ashmont Station.

Critics say the T needs more money. So why did lawmakers then give it less?

The Legislature’s move underscores the complicated debate that’s engulfed the state’s public transportation, in which many say the state must find more cash for the T’s coffers but there’s no widespread agreement on the best approach.

Back row, from left: Paul D'Angelo, Carolyn Plummer, Mike Clarke, and Lenny Clarke. Front row, from left: Globe Santa's Bill Connolly, Steve Castraberti, Anthony Scibelli, Dave Russo, Sharon McGrath, and Globe Santa prior to a Globe Santa fund-raiser at Giggles Comedy Club at Prince Pizzeria in Saugus.

Globe Santa

Globe Santa sells out eighth annual Giggles comedy night

Nationally known standup comics filled every seat inside Giggles Comedy Club on Wednesday night and kept the audience roaring with laughter while raising more than $7,500 for Globe Santa.

Starts & Stops

‘Good luck with that’: How New Englanders are resisting highway exit renumbering

New England states are starting to come to grips with a federal mandate that they number their exits. But not without some resistance — in some cases, from powerful places.

Appeals court questions whether Boston Marathon bombing jury was biased

A federal appeals court judge questioned Thursday whether jurors who decided the fate of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were properly screened for bias, raising a possible flaw in the proceedings that could force the court to vacate Tsarnaev’s death sentence and require a new trial.

The event has grown, and is now capped at 700 runners.

Santa Speedo Run celebrates 20 years of raising eyebrows in the Back Bay

This Saturday, hundreds of scantily clad participants will continue the bawdy, benevolent tradition. But the origins of the Speedo Run trace back to a boozy lark born in a Beacon Hill bar at the beginning of the millennium.

Six of the tenured professors who are suing Tufts (from left): Emmanuel Pothos, Henry Wortis, Brent Cochran, Amy Yee, David Greenblatt, and Michael Malamy.

Tufts professors sue over new fund-raising requirements

The professors allege that when they were first offered tenure at Tufts, there was no requirement that they raise a certain amount of funding, but since 2017 the university has required them to support at least 40 percent of their salary with research funding from outside sources.

Boston-12/11/2010- During the annual Santa Speedo Run which started at the Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant on Boylston Street, a runner jumps in the air at the start. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki (metro) Library Tag 12122010 Metro

Photos: Speedo Run through the years

The State House.

State lawmakers reach compromise on long-stalled spending bill

In reaching a deal, lawmakers sliced what both chambers had previously earmarked — and Governor Charlie Baker had requested — for the MBTA, whittling the funding from $50 million to $32 million just days after a high-profile report criticized the T for not prioritizing safety.