Smoke ’em if you got ’em? Not at today’s VA facilities

The VA is rolling out a nationwide smoking ban at all its hospitals and medical centers beginning Oct. 1, a blanket prohibition that covers the grounds, parking lots, visiting cars, and even the designated “smoke shacks” where veterans congregate.

Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III spoke Sunday during a campaign stop at Worcester’s Hadwen Park Congregational Church.

In Worcester, Joe Kennedy finds common ground with LGBTQ asylum seekers

Kennedy’s visit to Hadwen Park Congregational Church was his third event of the day in his nascent campaign to unseat Senator Edward Markey.

Ayanna Pressley (center) joined the crowd at a rally at Roxbury Community College to urge people to vote Tuesday.

Ayanna Pressley to Boston City Council candidates: Urge residents to make their voices heard

The congresswoman sounded an urgent call to council candidates Sunday during a get-out-the-vote rally in Roxbury, arguing that turnout in local elections, like Tuesday’s, will be critical to getting people to cast ballots in 2020.

L. Rafael Reif, MIT’s president, is facing the most significant test of his leadership.

MIT president Rafael Reif is suddenly at the center of a storm

In the wake of revelations about the university’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein, some students and faculty have called for Reif’s resignation. His supporters say no one is better equipped to help reform the institute.

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Newton Democrats say Kennedy vs. Markey is a tough choice

Newton Democrats feel they’re being given a tough choice: Remain loyal to their incumbent senator, or support the congressman they’ve already elected to the House four times in the last seven years? And some have already made up their mind.

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This museum has a 200-year-old house, and it’s growing another wing

Soon there will be even more at the Peabody Essex Museum to marvel at: a $125 million new wing, galleries, and garden slated to debut this Saturday.

Malden man charged with manslaughter in fatal South End stabbing Wednesday night

The move marks the third homicide arrest by Boston police this week.

Adrian Walker

Is Charlie Baker becoming a man without a party?

As the Massachusetts GOP moves farther and farther to the right, how long can the governor support it?

Man arrested in fatal shooting in Everett

Charles Demos, of Rochester, N.H., allegedly shot and killed Jarrod Harris, a 42-year-old Everett resident, shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday outside Karma Lounge on Ferry Street.

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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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Teen dies after swimming in a pond in Milton, N.H.

A 17-year-old boy has died after he was found unconscious in a New Hampshire pond Saturday afternoon.

Man dies after motorcycle crash in Springfield

A man died after his motorcycle was involved in a crash with another vehicle Saturday afternoon in Springfield, police said.

Police kill bear ‘behaving aggressively’ toward people in Fitchburg

Police have received many calls about the bear this summer “due to its lack of fear of humans and pattern of following humans.”

Freetown man who died of EEE is remembered as an ‘all around family guy’

James Longworth was the second person in the state to die of EEE, a rare mosquito-borne illness, this year.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Mass. Audubon Society

Makayla is learning how to ride horses.

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Makayla is adventurous and considerate

Makayla likes going to school and spending time with her peers. She interacts well with others and the adults in her life say Makayla is pleasant and considerate.

State Police find hiker who went missing in Berkshires

The 54-year-old woman was discovered uninjured early Sunday morning after a search lasting more than five hours.

Roxbury man arraigned on weapons charges in connection with Back Bay shooting

Jamall Smith of Roxbury arrested Friday with the help of Brockton police and was later arraigned on weapons charges in Boston Municipal Court, authorities said.

Rapper Michael L. Bivins starts basketball league at Roxbury Y

The Michael L. Bivins 13 and Under Basketball League kicked off a 10-week tournament Saturday with the rap star in attendance.

Everett man fatally shot in fight outside hookah bar

The man was leaving the Karma Lounge in Everett with a woman just after 1 a.m. when a “physical altercation occurred between the couple and several individuals,” leading to gunshots.

BU celebrates raising $1.85b over seven years

Boston University celebrated the fund-raising achievement on Saturday with a celebration at Agganis Arena.

A plan to deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts via new transmission lines would carve a wide path through more than 50 miles of North Woods.

New rule shifts development in Maine’s prized North Woods

A state rule change that took effect this summer could open as much as 1 million acres of the North Woods and Maine’s other unincorporated territories to new development.

Harvard Graduate Students Union threatens strike

The students said they could soon walk off their campus teaching and research jobs if negotiators for the Ivy League institution don’t budge on issues of pay, benefits, and protections for discrimination and harassment.

Across the city, there are more than 30 candidates seeking to be finalists for four contested district seats and the council’s four at-large seats, which could lead to the first majority-woman council in history. It could also be the most racially and ethnically diverse.

Boston voters could elect most diverse City Council ever

From Mattapan to the Back Bay, voters in Tuesday’s preliminary election will be advancing a slew of finalists for City Council.

Massachusetts education officials are about to embark on a comprehensive review of the Boston school system, which is led by superintendent Brenda Cassellius.

State to review Boston Public Schools

The reviews examine leadership, governance, curriculum, instruction, assessment, human resources, professional development, student support, and finances.

Chelsea man arrested in connection to fatal stabbing in East Boston

Raul Gutierrez-Rosales, 22, was arrested on a murder warrant at his residence Friday night, Boston police said.

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Our hopes, and burdens, on the young

Young climate change activists are annoyed that those who have finally woken up now look to them for hope.

A car crashed through the entrance to a bank on Front Street in Scituate on Saturday.

Truck crashes through front door of Scituate bank

The truck plowed into MountainOne Bank just before noon Saturday, sending one person to the hospital.

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Summer’s last hurrah is this weekend as fall moves in Monday, bringing rain

Temperatures in the low 80s are expected today, Sunday, and Monday. Rain is possible later Monday, the first day of fall.

Senator Ed Markey attended a rally against climate change at Boston City Hall Plaza on Friday.

Markey challenges Kennedy, other opponents to November debate on climate change

The senator’s challenge was issued Saturday morning, shortly before Joe Kennedy formally announced that he was challenging Ed Markey for his seat.

Andover man killed in early morning single-car crash

Shannon Smith, 51, was driving a 2014 Cadillac CTS when he veered from the Interstate 93 northbound left lane and struck a guardrail just south of Exit 45.

Former vice president Joe Biden spoke to the crowd in Galivants Ferry, S.C., on Monday.

In South Carolina, Joe Biden has strong support from black voters — for now

Biden has been coming for years to this state where familiarity counts. And his status as the former right-hand man to President Barack Obama grants him additional credibility with a Democratic electorate that is two-thirds African-American.

Joseph Kennedy spoke at the East Boston Social Center on Saturday morning.

Kennedy announces bid for Senate, vowing to fight Trump

Joseph P. Kennedy launched his campaign during a breakfast with supporters and his family in East Boston, then was on to seven campaign stops throughout the day.

New Jersey man released from jail after triple-fatal crash in Maine

Praneeth Manubolu, 28, was ordered to be on home detention by a federal magistrate.

Attorney for 2nd Brown accuser: ‘The NFL acted promptly’

On the day Antonio Brown was released by the Patriots, an attorney for the second woman to accuse the wide receiver of sexual misconduct said her client was gratified to learn the league was taking her allegations seriously.

The daughter of the face donor kissed Carmen Blandin Tarleton at a 2013 new conference after the transplant.

Her face transplant is failing after 6 years. Now this patient awaits an uncertain future

Carmen Blandin Tarleton’s situation is a reminder that despite successes in the field, face transplantation is experimental and there are many unanswered questions about benefits versus long-term risks.

In one of a series of “climate strikes,” youth called for action on climate change in Boston on Friday.

Thousands of students converge on City Hall Plaza, joining global youth strike for a Green New Deal

The global strike was initially inspired by Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who spoke on Friday in New York.

Jesse Mermell of Brookline, center, is considering a Democratic primary candidacy for the Fourth Congressional District, which may be vacated by Representative Joseph P. Kennedy. On Friday, she made an appearance at the Climate Strike rally at City Hall Plaza.

As Joe Kennedy announces Senate campaign, pols move toward bids for his Congressional seat

“It’s almost political malpractice if you don’t take a look at it,” said state Representative Patricia A. Haddad.

Explosion damages at least 2 homes in Ossipee, N.H.

News reports say at least two homes were on fire Friday afternoon. There was no immediate word on injuries.

State Police seeking public’s help in locating SUV connected to Attleboro hit-and-run

State Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a white Cadillac Escalade that may be connected to a fatal hit-and-run on Interstate 95 southbound in Attleboro Monday night.

State troopers seized $25,000 Thursday afternoon during a motor vehicle stop in Revere.

Police seize $25,000, arrest man on warrant for trafficking cocaine during traffic stop in Revere

A motor vehicle stop in Revere Thursday afternoon led to the arrest of an East Boston man and the seizure of $25,000, State Police said.

US Army veteran William Weaver paid his respects to US Navy veteran Eileen Robichaud at her funeral at the Elmwood Cemetery in Methuen on Friday. The 84-year-old Robichaud died without immediate family in the area, so a funeral director asked the public to attend.

Hundreds gather at funeral to pay their respects to Methuen Navy veteran they’d never met

More than 200 people — young and old, veteran and civilian, townies and out of towners — gathered to bid farewell to Eileen Robichaud.

Westford man identified as victim of fatal motorcycle crash

Officials have identified the victim of the fatal motorcycle crash with a school bus in Westford Thursday as Steven Welch, 20, of Westford.

Peter Levesque of Taunton won millions of dollars from a lottery ticket recently.

A detour on the road steered this Taunton man straight to a multimillion-dollar jackpot

After a detour caused a Taunton man to take a different route home recently, the annoyance turned life-changing when he won millions of dollars from a scratch ticket.

Suspect charged in grisly murder of Worcester man found burned in grass

A 35-year-old man was charged this week with murder after he reportedly told a witness that he stabbed a 30-year-old Worcester man.

2nd death reported in Mass. from EEE virus

A Bristol County man in his 70s has died from EEE, making him the second Massachusetts resident to die this year from the mosquito-borne virus, state officials said Friday.

President Trump for the second time has nominated Patrick J. Bumatay, an openly gay prosecutor and Harvard Law alumnus, to the bench of a federal appeals court in California.

Trump nominates openly gay Harvard Law alum for federal appeals bench

President Trump for the second time has nominated Patrick Bumatay, an openly gay prosecutor and Harvard Law alumnus, to the bench of a federal appeals court in California.

The family of slain Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger (above, in 1994) is filing a wrongful death claim against the federal government following his death in prison last year.

Whitey Bulger’s family blames federal prison system for his slaying

The family of murderous gang boss James “Whitey” Bulger alleges he was deliberately placed in the high-security prison where he was beaten to death allegedly by fellow inmates.

Here are some of the most interesting signs we saw at today’s climate change rally

Here are some of the most interesting signs we saw at today’s climate change rally.

People gathered at City Hall Plaza on Friday. More than 3,000 people said on the Facebook event page that they planned to attend the strike in Boston.

Thousands gather on City Hall Plaza as part of youth-led worldwide climate strike event

High school students have been organizing the strike for the past few months as part of a worldwide series of strikes ahead of a United Nations climate summit in New York City.

Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro.

Dave Epstein

Can anything spoil the beautiful, warm weekend of weather ahead?

Just how warm is it going to be, and could any weather events spoil the fun?