Here’s how a small research boat filled with letters from Kingston students ended up in Western Australia

The small ship, called the “Star of the Sea,” was crafted at the Sacred Heart School in 2019. Later, it was launched in the Indian Ocean by a team of researchers.

A Democratic congressman in New England could lose in November

Welcome to the region's most confusing race. Oh, and the Republican primary there is bananas, too.

Boston judge denies bail for father and son who allegedly helped Carlos Ghosn, former Nissan CEO, escape Japan

In an 18-page ruling, Magistrate Judge Donald Cabell denied bail to Michael Taylor of Harvard, and his son, Peter Maxwell Taylor.

Boston Housing Authority nonessential eviction moratorium extended to the end of the year

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boston Housing Authority is extending its moratorium on nonessential evictions through the end of the year, officials announced Friday.

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Worst-case scenarios predicted Mass. hospitals would be overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. Here’s why that didn’t happen

Hospitals proved nimble in increasing the number of intensive care patients they could treat, swiftly tripling the number of ICU beds statewide.

Students help ex-inmates start their own businesses

With unemployment rates sky-high, it's harder than ever for ex-convicts to find work. Some are hoping to start their own businesses instead, thanks to a new program in which law school students help former inmates learn entrepreneurship skills.

Reduced capacity, twice-daily deep cleaning when Boston Children’s Museum reopens

The museum will first open for members only on Friday, July 17, through that weekend. It will reopen for everyone else on Wednesday, July 22.

Boston is the third most ‘intensely gentrified’ city in the United States, study says

The San Francisco-Oakland metro area led the list, with the highest proportion of gentrifying neighborhoods, followed by Denver, Boston, Miami, and New Orleans.

Mass. colleges ask immigration authorities to allow international students to stay

A letter sent Friday to the Department of Homeland Security and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement was signed by leaders from the University of Massachusetts system and the Commonwealth’s nine state universities and 15 community colleges, as well as state Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos E. Santiago.

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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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Our poor, persecuted president

Has any president, living or dead, suffered as much as President Trump?

The Great Divide

Amid a national reckoning, Black voices challenge a white suburban school district to do better

A national uprising against racism has reinvigorated criticism of persistent racial inequalities in education, in mostly-white suburbs as well as more diverse cities.

Gas tax increase looks doubtful for this year

The Massachusetts Senate said it is not planning to approve a tax increase to finance a package of ambitious transportation improvement.

Boston moves into Phase 3 of pandemic reopening Monday with ‘caution and confidence,' Walsh says

Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Friday that Boston will move into the third phase of its reopening Monday amid the COVID-19 pandemic with “both caution and confidence,” and that city officials will continue monitoring public health data as venues such as gyms are permitted to open their doors again.

Most State Police troopers implicated in overtime fraud scandal will keep their jobs

The disciplinary measures mark just the latest in a years-long saga that has besmirched the state’s largest law enforcement agency and resulted in a handful of criminal charges and calls for agency reforms.

High-stakes hearing set for Tuesday in Harvard, MIT lawsuit challenging ICE rules on international students

A federal judge in Boston has set Tuesday as the date for a high-stakes hearing in a lawsuit filed by Harvard and MIT challenging new rules issued this week that deny visas to international students if their college classes all meet online in the fall.

The Toy Shop of Concord will close at the end of the month after a 78-year run

The Toy Shop of Concord will shut its doors for good on July 31.

Animal rights advocates sue federal government over treatment of research primates

A group of local animal rights advocates has sued the US Department of Agriculture, saying the agency refuses to raise standards for the animals.

District attorneys clash over young killers seeking parole based on brain research

The SJC ordered a trial judge to hold hearings on evolving research on brain development to help the court determine whether the ban on mandatory life sentences should be extended to young adults.

Harvard student reportedly denied entry to US as university sues to block ICE visa policy

A Harvard University student from Belarus has been barred from entering the United States, an attorney for the college reportedly said Thursday, apparently because of new rules issued this week that deny visas to international students if their college classes all meet online in the fall.

International conservation group designates right whales as critically endangered

The designation highlights the need to protect a species that is believed to have fewer than 400 animals left, with only about 85 reproductive females,


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Some in Portsmouth fear Trump rally will bring the ‘Superspreader in Chief'

A growing chorus of health care professionals and others asked Governor Chris Sununu to require masks at the event.

Mass. marijuana regulators fine Acreage Holdings $250,000 for attempting to exceed license cap

The Cannabis Control Commission also fined Garden Remedies and Healthy Pharms (now "Mission") for using banned pesticides.

This day in history

Today is Friday, July 10, the 192nd day of 2020. There are 174 days left in the year.

Boston schools look for more room, with plans for 6 feet of social distancing

Facing an intense two-month sprint before the scheduled first day of school on Sept. 10 — and mounting demand for details on their reopening plans — Boston school officials say they will release three possible blueprints for the fall by the end of this month.

Leckey to launch $300K ad buy in packed 4th congressional primary

Leckey’s ad seeks to emphasize both her progressive credentials and her place as the only woman of color in a field where the majority of candidates are white.

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In praise of New England’s Republican governors

The leader of their party is a dope, but Phil Scott, Chris Sununu, and Charlie Baker have shown it's wise to be conservative when it comes to public health.

State commissioner for deaf placed on leave amid ties to controversial fraternity

The Baker administration on Thursday placed the state’s chief advocate for the deaf on administrative leave.

With latest SJC pick, Baker faces history — and calls to meet the moment

With Justice Barbara A. Lenk set to retire on Aug. 17, Baker will make his sixth nomination to the seven-person bench in a little over four years, widening the Republican’s stamp on the oldest continuous sitting appellate court in the Western hemisphere.

Mass. reports 177 new confirmed coronavirus cases, 25 new deaths

Two of the key metrics the state is monitoring as it allows businesses to reopen ticked upward, while one dropped and one remained steady.

It’s hot and humid. What happens to people who can’t afford air conditioning?

Many free public spaces for cooling down will not be available because of the coronavirus this summer. Community groups fear this will leave lower-income people roasting in the heat, while wealthier people relax in chilled air or escape the city entirely.

Bookkeeper charged with stealing more than $60K from small businesses in Danvers, Haverhill

A bookkeeper is facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing more than $60,000 from businesses in Danvers and Haverhill when she failed to pay their Massachusetts state taxes, prosecutors said Thursday.


DOJ report says Springfield narcotics officers have a pattern of using excessive force

Officers are too quick to throw punches and sometimes “resort to unreasonable takedown maneuvers that, like head strikes, could reasonably be expected to cause head injuries,” according to the report, released after a two-year investigation.

Trump threatens schools and blasts CDC guidelines in an effort to reopen

President Trump on Wednesday threatened to withhold funding for schools that do not reopen in the fall and assailed the CDC guidelines for returning to the classroom as “very tough & expensive” — a condemnation that prompted Vice President Mike Pence to announce the CDC would soon change them.

This day in history

Today is Thursday, July 9, the 191st day of 2020. There are 175 days left in the year.


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Automakers lobbying group challenges signatures for right-to-repair ballot question

An automakers’ group on Wednesday formally challenged the signatures gathered for a statewide ballot question that would expand the access car owners and independent body shops have to diagnostic and repair data.

As tension with Trump grows, Harvard, MIT sue to protect foreign students studying in US

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in US District Court in Boston, the universities are seeking a temporary restraining order that would put the Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy on hold for 14 days.

Boston’s police review board was primed to push for reforms. Years later, its impact is negligible

The board’s failure has served as a flash point in a roiling debate over the accountability of law enforcement, with local advocates and officials calling for more stringent oversight of the Boston Police Department.

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Other DAs undermine Rachael Rollins, and the will of the voters who elected her

It's clear some Massachusetts district attorneys don't like the way Suffolk DA Rachael Rollins does her job. Now they're trying to reach into her jurisdiction and do it for her.

Contact tracing for coronavirus in Mass. significantly downscaled as leaders report chronic problems

Hundreds of contact tracers hired since the program was launched in April were recently laid off.

Coming soon to 8 Mass. cities: free, on-demand testing for any state resident

Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday announced that the state’s launching a new Stop The Spread campaign to offer free COVID-19 testing in eight communities hit hard by the virus.

With campuses in flux, incoming college students ask whether purely online classes are worth it

As the beginning of the fall semester approaches, many college students are having to determine what constitutes a college experience and whether purely online classes are worth pricey tuition fees.

We’re gonna need a bigger state: Great white sharks are detected off Block Island

Their presence is fairly common in the colder waters of some Cape Cod beaches, where they chase down seals. However, in Rhode Island, great whites have long been a mystery.

Brunswick, Maine, woman calls for removal of Confederate general statue in Georgia that depicts her ancestor

A Maine woman is calling for the removal of a statue outside the Georgia capitol building that depicts one of her ancestors, Confederate officer and former Georgia governor John B. Gordon, calling Gordon “a Confederate General and likely KKK leader.”


‘That’s a huge freshwater fish': record-breaking trout caught on Maine lake

A massive trout caught on a Maine lake last week has shattered a 62-year-old state record, officials said.

Elizabeth Warren tiptoes into Markey-Kennedy primary fight

Senator Elizabeth Warren endorsed her colleague Ed Markey in his primary race against Representative Joe Kennedy III more than a year ago. And that was about it, until last week.

Is that a great white shark’s fin? Or something else? Here’s how to tell the difference

The dorsal fins of some less-threatening sea creatures are often mistaken for sharks, so check on this dorsal fin guide before your next beach trip.