As older population grows, Massachusetts angles to become the Silicon Valley for ‘age-tech’

Massachusetts leaders think it’s time to apply the state’s Yankee ingenuity — its potent mix of brainpower and technology prowess — to solving the problems of aging.

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Former Boston school leader to receive payment in secret deal

Boston’s School Committee approved a separation agreement Monday, in apparent violation of the open meeting law, with Tommy Chang, the former superintendent of the city’s public schools.

Boston, MA--7/17/2018-- Five month old Atlas Arnos (C) charms Mayor Walsh as his mother, Lauren Leonardis, holds him during a press conference held to announce a $5 million grant to combat youth homelessness at Bridge Over Troubled Waters, which provides youth homeless services in Boston. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 18homeless Reporter:

Boston’s battle against youth homelessness gets a big boost

On any given night, about 360 unaccompanied youths and young adults are believed to be homeless in Boston. The city won $4.9 million in federal funding to combat the problem.

Cyclists prepared for the start of the World Naked Bike Ride Boston at North Point Park in Cambridge in 2015.

Some dockless bike companies don’t mind if you use their bikes for Boston’s World Naked Bike Ride

Just be courteous and think about the people who might use that bike after you.

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Woman, teen killed in NH crash

The male driver of the 2000 Volkswagen Jetta suffered life threatening injuries and was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, New Hampshire officials said.

Two Boston men arrested for robbing and assaulting a 60-year-old woman in Norwood

Naeem Miles, 21, of Mattapan, and Adilson Fernandes, 20, of Dorchester, were arrested Tuesday night, police said.

Despite devastating fire, Vermont newspaper publishes on

The Vermont Standard’s staff is currently operating out of a local library.

Gay Ugandan woman, fearing imprisonment or worse if deported, pleads to stay in US

Gay, lesbian, and transgender Ugandans can be sentenced to life in prison in the African country.


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Today is Thursday, July 19, the 200th day of 2018. There are 165 days left in the year.

Three people cited for violating striped bass catch limit on Cape Cod

Each individual possessed more than one striped bass over 28 inches, the daily limit per person, police said.

East Coast MS-13 leader sentenced to prison

Jose Adan Martinez Castro, 29, known by the street name “Chucky” was sentenced to 19 1/2 years in federal prison, prosecutors said.

Mass. House OK’s repeal of 19th-century law that criminalized abortion

On Wednesday, the House passed its version of the legislation that would repeal a set of abortion restrictions that had not been enforced in the state for decades.

The new vehicles will have sensors to count passengers and redesigned doors.

First new Green Line cars may debut in Sept.

T officials showed off the first of 24 new trolleys that are sleeker, roomier, and have new gadgets, such as video screens and sensors that will count passengers.

Roxbury church building saved from demolition

Historic Boston Incorporated agreed to purchase the property and work with the community on future plans for the site, the city announced Wednesday.


Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

Shaun Tyman.

Lowell man allegedly tracked co-worker with GPS for at least 12 days

A Lowell man is now facing stalking charges following a monthslong investigation by Lowell and Winchester police.

Mike Denneen, whose sharp producing instincts guided musicians and bands, dies at 54

Mike Denneen, 54, of Watertown, who died July 10, was a producer and recording engineer whose sharp instincts guided musicians and bands, and cofounder of Somerville’s Q Division studio.

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Yvonne Abraham

GOP candidates from Mass. miss chance to stand up to Trump

The Massachusetts Republicans running for the US Senate will fit right in with the dutiful doormats in the caucus they hope to join.

Former Milton Academy teacher Reynold Buono at his original arraignment in June.

Bail set at $50,000 for ex-Milton Academy teacher accused of raping student in 1980s

Reynold Buono, 72, was returned to the United States last month from Thailand to face child rape charges.

Lawsuit alleges abuse at Catholic monastery in ’70s

The monk admitted to the abuse in 2013, but the abbey did not inform the plaintiff or pay for him to receive treatment, the lawsuit states.

After Tuesday’s rain, more showers are on the way late in the weekend and into next week.

Dave Epstein

Wet, humid weather coming, but it won’t rain all the time

However, we’re also unlikely to see any days with bright blue skies and low humidity.

Vikings didn’t wear horned helmets, and other not-so-known facts about these Norse warriors

On the occasion of a replica Viking longship docked in Plymouth: There a lot of misinformation about the famous seafarers.

Time Machine

July 19, 1970: The Globe reports that colleges and universities up and down the East Coast are making moves to restrict anti-war politicking on campus.

Man dies in industrial accident at hospital

A 46-year-old man died Wednesday as a result of an industrial accident at a hospital in Concord, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement.

Alleged child molester accused of violating terms of release gets less restrictive terms

Jorge Chavarria-Rosa was accused of violating a judge’s order that he not leave his home, but now he has permission to leave for work.

Former public safety secretary to consult with scandal-plagued State Police

The State Police say they have brought in a familiar face to consult and bring change to the department: former state public safety secretary Kathleen O’Toole.

Two flooded out vehicles sit under the railroad bridge on Cambridge Street in Worcester, Massachusetts on July 17, 2018. Heavy rain caused flash flooding in many parts of the region. Photo by Matthew Healey

Tuesday’s thunderstorms spawned a small tornado in a Conn. town

The tornado touched the ground around 4 p.m. west of Ashford Lake in Ashford and stayed there for approximately one minute.

T worker charged with stealing $5,000 from backpack left on Orange Line

A veteran MBTA employee was arrested by Transit Police for allegedly stealing $5,000 in cash from a backpack a passenger left behind.

Brookline sushi restaurant damaged by fire

Brookline firefighters responded to 187 Harvard St. Wednesday morning and put out a small fire.

Beachgoers walked past a flag warning swimmers of potential sharks on Nauset Beach.

‘I’d love to see Jaws just come out of nowhere’: Video shows great white eating seal off Cape Cod

A group of boaters got to witness a rare sight last weekend: a great white shark having a meal.

Man charged after Peabody police seize $150,000 in cash, thousands of prescription pills

Police say they found more than 200 Oxycontin pills, thousands of Xanax pills, and anabolic steroids in a home in Peabody Tuesday afternoon.

A driver in a pickup truck splashed past several flooded and abandoned cars on Lamartine Street in Worcester.

Thunderstorms doused some areas of Mass. with more than 4 inches of rain

Tuesday’s high wind gusts also brought down trees and power lines, causing thousands of outages.

Billerica man charged with causing fatal crash involving motorcyclist in Dorchester

A Billerica man has been identified by Boston police as the alleged driver of a car in a Dorchester crash last month that fatally injured a motorcyclist.

Pedestrian dies after being hit on Cape Cod road

A 59-year-old woman has died after being struck by a car Tuesday night near the Barnstable-Mashpee line, authorities said.

A black bear seen in New Hampshire.

N.H. woman still recovering after bear breaks into her home

Officials believe the bear entered the residence through a door, somehow got stuck inside, and injured the woman while attempting to escape.

Legislative leaders in Mass. agreed to a $41.9 billion budget proposal — nearly three weeks into the current fiscal year.

State budget won’t include provisions on immigration

Liberals lawmakers had wanted the budget to prohibit police from performing some federal immigration duties.

A black widow spider.

Conn. woman finds poisonous spider in grocery store grapes

A Connecticut woman says she and her 11-year-old son were eating the grapes together when they found the spider.

Uber driver charged with rape held without bail

Alejandro Done, 46, waived a hearing to determine whether he could be released on bail.

Alejandro Done.

Serial rapist gets 18 to 22 years for attacks on Esplanade and in South Boston

A serial rapist was sentenced Wednesday for raping women on the Esplanade and in South Boston in 2006, 2007, and 2010.

Woman shot in face inside Dorchester restaurant

Boston police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who was inside the restaurant at the time of the shooting.

There’s a stretch of sunny weather and lower humidity coming to the area.

Wednesday will be warm, but less humid

Sunny, dry weather is expected for the rest of the week.

Emanuel Lopes is seated during his arraignment on Tuesday.

Man accused of murdering Weymouth officer and bystander held without bail

A lawyer for Emanuel Lopes said he has “been unable to speak with him in any coherent fashion” about the case, but the judge decided Lopes was aware of what was happening.

NYC foundation to help pay off slain Weymouth officer’s mortgage

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, created to honor a New York City firefighter killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, announced it will pledge $100,000 to the family of Weymouth Police Sergeant Michael Chesna.

A $1 billion shortfall is the consequence of the state’s failure to update its 25-year-old formula for doling out aid, according to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

State shortchanges public schools by $1 billion a year, report from research group says

The shortfall is the consequence of the state’s failure to update its 25-year-old formula for doling out aid, according to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

FILE - In a Tuesday, July 11, 2017 file photo, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh speaks during a rededication ceremony for the repaired New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston. Mayor Marty Walsh has taken the oath of office for a second term as Boston's chief executive Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Former Vice President Joe Biden presided over the inauguration Monday at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Marty Walsh to swing through Trump districts to hype Democrats

The mayor is taking a two-day trip to Republican-leaning districts in Ohio and Indiana where Democrats are vying for congressional seats.

MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MA - 07/11/2018 Ruth Weiner and Judy Lipsky push through on day two of a three-day journey, covering hundreds of miles, on Martha's Vineyard. Ruth and Judy met in a mom playgroup in the 70s, found they shared a love of bicycling, and now, in their 70s, the two have cycled 1000s of miles together, all over the world. Erin Clark for the Boston Globe

‘Molly-Beas-Del!’ A friendship built on serendipity and a road slowly traveled

After 40 years and 40,000 miles on their bicycle, two Sharon women continue on an epic cycling quest thanks to a little voice that told them it was time to go electric.


July 18, 2018

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Today is Wednesday, July 18, the 199th day of 2018. There are 166 days left in the year.

Man shot in Revere home

Revere and State Police are investigating the shooting of a 33-year-old man at a home on Campbell Avenue in Revere early Tuesday morning.

Woman struck by car in Barnstable in critical condition

The woman was struck near 100 Falmouth Road and taken to Cape Cod Hospital, a fire official said.