A plague of racist graffiti has Reading schools on edge

Nearly every day, teachers at Reading Memorial High School scan their classrooms carefully, sweeping their eyes across floors and furniture in search of swastikas.

Indiana Bishop Timothy Doherty, left, chairman of the committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, and Burlington Bishop Christopher Coyne, right, spoke Monday at the annual US Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore, Maryland.

Bishops end meeting with call to act soon

“We leave this place committed to taking the strongest possible actions at the earliest possible moment,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Remains of N.H. teen missing since 1984 are identified

The remains of a New Hampshire teenager who went missing in 1984 were identified this week, and authorities are connecting her disappearance to a notorious serial killer.

Mayor Jasiel Correia holds his five page speech that he decided not to read about his indictment during a press conference Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, held at the Fall River Government Center in Fall River, Mass. (Dave Souza/The Herald News of Fall River via AP)

Push to recall Fall River mayor gains momentum

Organizers behind the push to recall the Fall River mayor, who is facing a federal indictment, have submitted more than the requisite number of signatures needed for a recall election, according to a city official.

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Today is Thursday, Nov. 15, the 319th day of 2018. There are 46 days left in the year.


Nov. 15, 2018

Boston police seek public’s help to ID suspect wanted for attempted sexual assault

Boston police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect who is wanted for an attempted sexual assault in the South End early Wednesday afternoon.

Time to bundle up: Wicked cold weather and icy conditions have arrived

Forecasters expect 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet Thursday, and say temperatures will reach lows in the 20s in Boston and in the mid-teens in the suburbs.

Man pleads guilty in mortgage fraud scheme involving Dorchester, Southie buildings

Patrick Lee, a 45-year-old dual US-Irish citizen who formerly lived in Canton and Easton pleaded guilty on Tuesday to wire fraud and making an unlawful monetary transaction.

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Man wanted on child assault charge in Roxbury arrested in NJ

Edwin Fantauzzi, 30, of Lawrence, was taken into custody without incident by police Bayonne, N.J., Boston police said in a statement.

Two rescued from SUV dangling off pier in Charlestown Navy Yard

Emergency crews were on the scene early Wednesday evening trying to recover the vehicle.

Funeral services announced for former state Senator Fred Berry

Funeral services for former State Senator Frederick E. Berry will be held in his hometown of Peabody later this week.

Cold weather wins in race to restore gas service in Merrimack Valley

The reality of what was feared two months ago has begun to settle in: Cold weather has won the race against the effort to restore gas service following the Sept. 13 natural gas disasters across Lawrence, North Andover and Andover.

Officer-involved shooting investigation underway in Auburn

Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting incident in Auburn that led to the closure of an on-ramp to Interstate 290, State Police said.


Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

Candlelight dinner? VIP access? Reserved seats? All for a price at Baker’s inaugural festivities

Candlelight dinner, VIP access, reserved seats at the swearing-in? All yours and more for only $25,000.

You might not be ready for it, but many of us are going to see the first accumulating snow of the season Thursday night.

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Yes, the first snow of the season is really coming

This isn’t a major snowstorm, although some areas could see enough snow to constitute winter storm warnings being issued.

Geoff Diehl, the conservative state lawmaker who last week badly lost his bid to unseat US Senator Elizabeth Warren, said he is considering running for state GOP chair.

Geoff Diehl considering bid to lead state GOP

Diehl said Wednesday that he’s been encouraged by several people to seek the post, which has wide sway over the state Republican Party’s direction, fund-raising, and priorities.

Parents, civil rights leaders want school closures delayed

Nearly a dozen organizations led by parents, civil rights leaders, and educators called on Mayor Martin J. Walsh and school officials Wednesday to halt all school closures and major construction projects until they develop a comprehensive districtwide facilities plan.

Car, commuter rail train collide in Abington

A car and commuter rail train collided Wednesday afternoon in Abington, causing minor damage to the train, a fire official said.

The Maine congressional race between Representative Bruce Poliquin (left) and Jared Golden will be the first in US history decided by ranked-choice voting (unless a court stops it).

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Maine’s ranked-choice voting is provoking questions. Here are some answers

Many thoughtful readers had good questions. Other thoughtful readers did not seem to understand ranked-choice voting. So let’s step back and clear a few things up.

Brandeis alumnus gives $10 million to aid Japanese students

The donation is the Waltham university’s largest single gift from an international graduate.

For 2nd time in two weeks, an endangered sea turtle found stranded on Cape Cod dies

The cause of death for the turtle, a 286-pound juvenile that was critically ill and hypothermic when it was found Sunday, has yet to be determined.

A map generated Wednesday afternoon showed that Boston could see about 2 inches of snow by Friday.

These maps show how much snow Massachusetts could get in Thursday’s nor’easter

Parts of Massachusetts could see up to several inches of snow by Friday as a nor’easter bears down on the region starting Thursday night.


The Next Bite

Every step in the way we eat — from before seeds hit the ground to the moment food hits your plate — is undergoing massive change. What will the future of food look like?

Lynn resident with machete confronts armed burglars

The man called police around 8 p.m. and told officers he was holding two men who had just broken into his home on Judge Road.

Boston’s plastic bag ban begins next month. Here’s what you need to know

Mayor Martin Walsh signed an ordinance to reduce single-use plastic bags last year. On Dec. 14, the new law comes into play.

Southie theft suspect allegedly pulled knife on witness, who fired gun at suspect

A witness in South Boston fired a shot Wednesday morning at a suspect who broke into a car; the suspect then allegedly pulled a knife on the witness during a foot chase.

Child with special needs left in van for 4 hours en route to Revere school

The state’s Department of Children and Families is investigating a van driver and monitor who, after taking children to school, left a young child with special needs unattended.

Firefighters battled a fire on Exeter Street in Lawrence.

Two-alarm fire tears through Lawrence home

Firefighters on Wednesday aggressively attacked flames that were bursting out of the second-floor windows of a two-family home in Lawrence, a fire official said.

Fall River man hurt in robbery last month dies from injuries

The victim was identified by prosecutors as 39-year-old Lance Correia, who died at a hospice in Sandwich.

Fitchburg woman arraigned on murder charge

A Fitchburg woman accused of fatally stabbing a 34-year-old mother of three children on Nov. 6 was ordered held without bail after being arraigned on a murder charge.

Liquidation sale underway at popular family campground on Cape Cod

Sippewissett Campground & Cabins in Falmouth has closed down for good.

The woman was flown to a hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

Woman seriously injured after crashing car into truck hauling crane in Raynham

The woman, who was the only person in the car, crashed into the back of the truck as it was turning left into a gas station. The truck driver was not injured.

Donald Trump hosting “The Apprentice” in 2006.

Civil rights group demanding outtakes from ‘The Apprentice’ to prove Trump is racially biased

The group Lawyers for Civil Rights alleges that reality show outtakes contain President Trump using racial and ethnic slurs.

Hemenway Elementary School principal Liz Simon spoke to the media while holding a message of support and love from one of her students.

Community responds after Muslim girl, 10, receives hateful letters at school

The girl received hateful letters at Framingham’s Hemenway Elementary School, and her family hopes “this doesn’t happen to any other child at this age,” her uncle said.

The 135-year-old McGlashan-Nickerson House will be demolished if no one volunteers to move it.

Looking for a new home? This Maine one is up for grabs — with a catch

The National Park Service is looking for a volunteer to move a 135-year-old historic home that’s at risk of demolition.

Patrick McGroarty in the hospital with a pair of the nurses.

Football player donates bone marrow to 6-year-old boy

Patrick McGroarty, a junior at Salve Regina University, said he was more than ready to donate as soon as he learned he was a match for a boy with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

One of the men suspected of stealing packages.

Quincy police warn of holiday season package thieves after recent theft

Quincy police are urging city residents to keep an eye out for packages they order this holiday season after two men snuck into an apartment building and stole about eight packages.

Brady and Bundchen.


Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen spotted at ‘Hamilton’ in Boston

“I just turned around — it was like, ‘Oh my god.’ ”

Sign of the times: Citgo ad closer to landmark status

Boston Landmark Commission signs off; now it’s up to the mayor and city council.

Building 4 at the Brockton VA Community Living Center.

Sleeping staff, disregard for safety found at Brockton VA nursing home

Investigators found a nurse and a nurse’s aide fast asleep during their shifts — one dozed in a darkened room while the other was wrapped in a blanket in the locked cafeteria.

Trooper injured trying to stop wrong-way driver; three vehicles hit before driver crashes

The trooper moved his cruiser in front of the suspected drunk driver’s vehicle, but instead of stopping, the driver smashed into the cruiser and continued driving north.

In pouring rain, wearing a dry suit, diver Roy Mennell crossed Washington St. in Gloucester. He had been diving with a group from the Metro West Dive Club at Plum Cove Beach. Mennell is from Cape Cod.

Rain, rain — it won’t go away

A soggy fall, by the numbers.

Airbnb sues city over rental rules

The company filed suit against Boston, claiming requirements that take effect in January that require it to police listings and share user data violate federal and state laws.

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Comcast owes refunds, debt forgiveness to 20,000 Mass. customers

In an agreement with Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, Comcast will pay out $700,000 to resolve allegations it violated state law with deceptive advertising.


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Framingham investigating hate letters at elementary school

Two letters containing “hateful and harmful words” were found in a Muslim student’s storage bin at Hemenway Elementary School, officials said Tuesday.

The New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston was vandalized twice in 2017.

Hate crimes were up 9 percent in Massachusetts in 2017

The FBI reported Thursday that hate crimes rose nationwide for the third straight year.