After suicides in Acton and Boxborough, a communion of sorrow

The unthinkable has been an all-too-common companion in two small neighboring towns, where six young people took their lives in the short span of 30 months. The questions keep coming: What is happening? And why? And when will it stop?

MyReese Legendari, 5, reacted to seeing a piñata Saturday at the holiday party in Roxbury.

Children gather at Roxbury community center for annual holiday party

For the past 19 years, peace advocate Isaura Mendes has transformed a community space into a sea of purple and green and filled it with holiday spirit.

Edgar Mejia, lit candle in hand, at Thursday’s vigil for his daughters, who were killed Dec. 9.

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At Revere road side, solace laced with fears

An accident killed two children. For many, the tragedy is too close to home.

Ralph DeMasi appeared in court in December 2016 for his arraignment.

Bulger trial witness found not guilty in 1991 Worcester killing

Ralph DeMasi, 82, was on trial for the slaying of an armored truck guard at a supermarket.

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Christmas in the City brings joy to children in need

Children and parents who are homeless or in transitional housing celebrated for the 30th straight year.

She laughed off her dad’s stories about Charles Barkley. Then he showed up at her dad’s funeral

A Tufts graduate had always brushed off her father’s tales of hanging out with Charles Barkley — until the basketball legend arrived at her father’s funeral to deliver a heartfelt eulogy.

‘Active police investigation’ in Easton; public asked to avoid area

The investigation is near Bay and Allen roads, but local officials say there’s no danger to the public.

This day in history

Today is Monday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2018. There are 14 days left in the year.

Two Vt. cousins allegedly made off with snowboards stowed at Sugarbush

Police seized three of the five snowboards from the men’s car shortly after they left Sugarbush Resort.

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My wife, Laura Levis, did everything she could to save herself when the asthma attack began. She went to Somerville Hospital and called 911, too. How could she have been left to die just outside the emergency room?

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BOSTON, MA - 11/19/2018: Fog and rain cover the city skyline in a blanket from the view of the Charles River, BU Bridge, Boston. Obstructed are downtown , 200 Clarendon ( John Hancock Tower ), Prudendtial and one Dalton on right.(David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand alone photo

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Rain could be heavy at times in Boston, and some areas may see a little snow

A storm will bring potentially heavy rain, with some places, especially to the north and west, seeing some snow.

Boston area will see rain, sometimes steady, into Monday

Clouds will bring rain to Eastern Massachusetts and a wintry mix, including some snow, to western parts of the state. Temperatures will stay above freezing in the Boston area.

Boston, MA, 12/16/2018 -- Firefighters evacuate a volunteer who was playing the role of a victim who was caught in a train that had derailed during an MBTA emergency response exercise near Fenway Station on the Green Line. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

Only a drill: MBTA simulates mass-casualty on Green Line

A federally mandated exercise simulated a mass-casualty incident on the Green Line on Sunday morning, centered around Fenway on the D branch.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2018. There are 15 days left in the year.

Bird sightings across the region

Recent bird sightings from the Mass Audubon Society.

Share your story: How have you been affected by suicide?

In a recent story, the Globe’s Mark Arsenault shares the stories of six young people from two small towns lost to suicide in 30 months. We understand that this has affected many in New England, and we’ve created this space for people to share their stories.

2-alarm fire displaces residents in Back Bay

Firefighters were able to safely evacuate all the units at 168 Beacon St. Saturday night.

Gun buyback yields 43 weapons and 11 replicas, Boston police say

The one-day event was held to mark the sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre.


Lottery results from Saturday drawings

A crime scene was established Saturday evening on Massachusetts Avenue.

Police investigate stabbing near Berklee Performance Center

The victim’s injuries were not expected to be life threatening, police said.

Roxbury man arrested in Georgia for June double-homicide

Nicholas Antoine, 20, was arrested in suburban Atlanta and charged in the deaths of Wilfred Peters and Jeffrey Montaque.

Man charged with OUI in Braintree pedestrian crash

Darrell Young, 25, of Quincy was also charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury crash that injured a 21-year-old man from Braintree, police said.

A bicyclist on the Longfellow Bridge this week.

Longfellow Bridge’s biker-safety posts to remain in place for now

Officials said that “given that there are no winter weather events in the immediate forecast,” they would delay the removal schedule.

Lexie Duseau plans to run next year’s Boston Marathon for Globe Santa.

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Runners getting ready to take on the Boston Marathon for Globe Santa

Every year two runners take on Heartbreak Hill and the rest of the marathon to raise money for Globe Santa.

Rollover crash on West Roxbury Parkway injures man

The driver, a 43-year-old man from Dedham, suffered non-life-threatening injuries when the car rolled near Washington Street around 1 p.m., authorities said.

Two-alarm Dorchester fire displaces 17, injures firefighter

The firefighter was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Boston Fire Department. The fire caused about $30,000 in damages.

Spencer man dies in Friday night crash

Cole Victor of Spencer was pronounced dead at the scene, Spencer police said in a statement. It was not immediately clear why Victor veered onto the wrong side of the road, police said.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Dec. 15, the 349th day of 2018. There are 16 days left in the year.


N.H. woman charged in connection to overdose death of 27-year-old man

Molly Duquette, 27, was arraigned Friday on charges of the sale and possession of a controlled substance, authorities said.

Man, three children taken to the hospital after apartment fire in Attleboro

The four individuals, two of whom are infants, were taken to a local hospital Friday as a precaution because of the smoke caused by the fire, Deputy Fire Chief Ed Greve said.

Quincy police seek person of interest in recent house break-ins

The person, who appears to be wearing an all-light-colored outfit in one of the videos released by police, may have possible ties to Rhode Island, police said.

The Baker administration has already pushed the concept of reserving space on city streets for dedicated bus lanes. Above: A bus uses such a lane in Everett.

Mass. releases its vision for beating the traffic

A mammoth report on the future of transportation in the state was released Friday. At the heart of it: fixing public transit and putting it on sound financial footing.


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Man shot in Mattapan identified

Gregory Phillips, 25, of Dorchester, was found shot inside his car near 155 Savannah Ave. Monday, police said.

Woman rescued from burning car in Wareham crash facing OUI charge

Daicia Rezendes, 28, of Marion, will be summoned to court to face charges related to the Dec. 8 head-on crash, police said.

Man struck by car in Chelmsford, flown to hospital

The man, who was not identified, was struck at the intersection of Boston and Brian roads around 5:15 p.m., Chief James Spinney said in an e-mail.

Transit Police seek man for questioning in larceny case

The incident occurred Nov. 28 around 4:30 p.m., police said.

Globe Santa did a bit of stand-up comedy to open the Giggles Comedy Club’s annual show to benefit Globe Santa.

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Grandparents want to make happy holiday for grandkids

Drug addiction has increasingly caused some parents to leave the care of children to grandparents.

Newbury College in Brookline has 627 students  and a tuition of about $34,000. Above, the school’s Mitton Hall.

Newbury College to shut down in the spring

The small liberal arts school in Brookline has been on probation with accreditors since the summer because of financial issues.

Former State Police lieutenants John T. Giulino (left) and David Keefe during their arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court in October.

Former State Police lieutenants face more charges in OT scandal

David Wilson of Charlton, John Giulino of Lanesborough, and David Keefe of Norfolk stole thousands of dollars through claiming bogus overtime in 2015, the AG said.

The state income tax will drop to 5.05 percent in 2019, from 5.1 percent.

State income tax to drop, edging closer to 5 percent

The rate went from 5.1 percent to 5.05 percent. More changes could be in store for taxpayers if the economy keeps humming.

Firefighters did a walk-by Friday during the wake for Worcester Firefighter Christopher J. Roy at St. John’s Catholic Church.

Thousands attend wake for Worcester firefighter Christopher Roy

Roy’s funeral will be held Saturday.

First responders deliver twins on highway in Sterling

An ambulance rushed to the highway Friday morning — not to respond to a crash, but to help a couple deliver twins.

The incarcerated Bill Cosby paid tribute to a contemporary, the late jazz vocalist Nancy Wilson, on his Twitter account.

From prison, Bill Cosby pays tribute to jazz vocalist Nancy Wilson

Cosby, 81, is serving a three- to 10-year state prison sentence for sexually assaulting a woman in his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.

Some students at Harvard Divinity School are upset about the school’s plans to take down this tree.

Debate swirls about fate of oak tree at Harvard Divinity School

The red oak is slated to be removed to make room to renovate and expand Andover Hall, against the wishes of some students.

‘Boss of bosses’ gets 20 years for running massive drug ring

The sprawling family operation moved drugs from Mexico to Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, prosecutors said Friday.

John Adams Courthouse, home to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Mass. high court cites Ginsburg in setting limits on police powers to search, arrest

The state’s high court Friday positioned the right to privacy enshrined in the Massachusetts Constitution as a bulwark against some warrantless searches and arrests.

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Palmer man charged with murder, violating restraining order in fatal stabbing

A 62-year-old Palmer man allegedly stabbed someone to death overnight Thursday in the Central Massachusetts town, officials said.

Police warn residents in Medford, Burlington after bear sightings

Police are urging residents to take precautions after multiple sightings of black bears rummaging through people’s backyards Thursday and Friday.

Francis Byrne, 94, of Manchester, N.H., stood with his great-grandchildren behind him after he received a long-awaited Purple Heart medal for getting wounded during World War II.

New Hampshire man receives long-awaited Purple Heart medal

On Friday morning, Francis Byrne, 94, received the Purple Heart medal for an injury he received during World War II.