‘I never thought I would be sitting here again’

A man convicted of murder at 17 – and released from prison after more than 30 years in a landmark Supreme Judicial Court case, only to have his parole revoked — asked the Massachusetts parole board Tuesday for another chance.

Yarmouth firefighters searched for possible victims after the roof of a whole wing of the Cape Sands Inn was blown off Tuesday.

‘The scariest thing I’ve ever been through’

A tornado and winds up to 110 miles per hour on Cape Cod on Tuesday damaged buildings, including an inn that lost its roof, and left summer vacation plans in shambles.

City Hall officials Timothy Sullivan (left) and Kenneth Brissette are charged with extorting a concert promoter into hiring union labor at the popular Boston Calling festival.

Boston Calling case begins with early mention of Mayor Walsh

It was clear from the start of the trial Tuesday that the mayor’s history as a former union leader would serve as a key backdrop to a corruption case that has dogged his administration for five years.

Attorney General Maura Healey.

Healey investigating trucking company tied to fatal N.H. crash

Westfield Transport Inc., the West Springfield trucking company under widespread scrutiny, has been cited 74 times by federal regulators in the past two years for a variety of infractions.

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Saugus selectman facing charges of theft from nonprofit, misuse of campaign funds

A Saugus selectman is among a trio of facing charges for allegedly stealing from a Boston nonprofit, according to the Suffolk district attorney’s office.

State reports outbreak of foodborne illness

Cyclosporiasis is typically contracted from eating fresh, imported produce. It is not passed from person to person, and health officials advise making sure to wash all produce and kitchen tools.

Adrian Walker

Will people of color ever feel that they belong in the Seaport?

A new survey commissioned by the Conservation Law Foundation confirmed what many suspected: people of color feel far less welcome in the Seaport than white residents.

Witnesses describe Cape storm damage: ‘The winds started spiraling out of control’

“The next thing we knew, the roof was just lifted up . . . like a blanket,” Jason Couse of Belchertown said. “The scariest thing I’ve ever been through.”

Dave Epstein

Tornado on the Cape? A look at how it happened

For the second day in a row, a tornado warning was issued across parts of Cape Cod. While yesterday’s thunderstorms brought strong, damaging winds, today’s brought an actual tornado.

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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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The roof of a whole wing of the Cape Sands Inn was blown off Tuesday. No guests were reported injured as violent storms moved over Cape Cod.

Photos: Storm damage on Cape Cod

Wind gusts partially tore the roof off a local motel and left thousands in the region without power when scores of trees and electrical lines came down, officials said.

A bartender operated an Angry Orchard Hard Cider tap.

Angry Orchard says actions of staffers who racially profiled couple were ‘inexcusable’

Cathy-Marie Hamlet wrote that she and her friends were repeatedly targeted by security staff at a New York orchard operated by the Boston Beer Company. The company issued a public apology Tuesday.

Man uses powerful magnet to pull an Uzi and other firearms out from the bottom of Pillings Pond

On Saturday morning a man took a magnet attached to a rope and tossed it into Pillings Pond to see what would come up.

Van overturns in river in North Reading

A van carrying people with special needs rolled into a river in North Reading Tuesday morning, leaving seven people injured, the North Reading Fire Department said.

Two arrested, 1,520 bags of heroin seized during a traffic stop in Greenfield Saturday

Police seized the heroin weighing about 30.4 grams during a motor vehicle stop early Saturday morning in Greenfield, State Police said.

Vinnie Piro (right) and Karen Piro outside federal court in 1984.

Vinnie Piro, colorful figure in Mass. politics, dies at 78

A former Democratic state Representative, he was also the target of a high-profile criminal investigation that ended with his acquittal in 1985 on federal charges of attempted extortion and conspiracy.

Three Boston residents killed amid deadly month on N.H. roadways

New Hampshire State Police identified the three people killed in Sunday’s New London crash and said none of them were wearing seatbelts when their car rolled over and they were ejected on I-95.

Stormy weather floods roads and takes down trees on Cape Cod, in Southeastern Mass.

There were several reports of cars stuck in flood waters, lightning strikes, and downed trees and wires.

Boston, MA, 07/22/2019 -- A tour bus group huddled under umbrellas as they took in the view of the State House from across the street. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

More strong winds, rain on the way

Following last night’s tornado warning, thunderstorms continue to threaten the region with heavy rain and wind Tuesday.

Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP addresses the NAACP's (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) 110th National Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan on July 22, 2019. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP)JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Mayor Walsh at NAACP convention in Detroit; Boston will host in 2020

“I’m honored to attend the NAACP conference in Detroit this week, and formally accept an invitation to host the national conference in Boston next year,” Martin J. Walsh said in a statement.

Northeastern sexual assault suspect arrested

Northeastern University police arrested a man who attempted to sexually assault a student on campus last Thursday, Northeastern police said in a statement Tuesday.

State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack.

RMV oversight hearing halted when two officials don’t show up to testify

Lawmakers voiced anger that two officials weren’t available to testify about operations at the agency, which remains mired in questions about how it failed to track errant motorists for months, if not years.

MBTA rail passengers face delays due to ‘equipment swaps’ during Tuesday commute

The delays started shortly after service began.

Thunderstorms prompt tornado warning on Cape Cod and knock out power across Mass.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for several towns on Cape Cod for just over an hour Monday night.

Maine man pleads guilty in death of stepdaughter

A Maine man pleaded guilty Monday to murder in the beating death of his 10-year-old stepdaughter, whose abuse sparked outrage and led to changes in the state child welfare system.

More than 100 cases of foodborne illness cyclospora in Massachusetts

The cause of the outbreak is unknown and most cases occurred in greater Boston.

A second Democrat will challenge Markey for Senate seat

Steve Pemberton, a former foster child from New Bedford turned businessman and author, will become the second Democrat to directly challenge Senator Ed Markey in a Democratic primary next year.

Man injured after car crashes into liquor store in Bridgewater

The injured man, a Bridgewater resident, was taken to South Shore Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Dominican national charged with using US citizen’s Social Security number, stealing government benefits

Prosecutors said Noemi Mejia, 51, used the identity of a US citizen from Puerto Rico to get federal housing assistance benefits.

Wellesley man charged with taking inappropriate recording of minor

Police received a report earlier this month that a man may have photographed a child from a shower at a Wellesley gym.

Stoneham man charged with trafficking fentanyl

A Stoneham man was charged with fentanyl trafficking in federal court in Boston, the US attorney for the District of Massachusetts said in a statement Monday.

An actor waited behind a sign during the Fund Our Future Day of Action, an education advocacy initiative, at the State House in Boston in May.

Education advocates see progress on Beacon Hill

Many education advocates are characterizing the state’s new budget as a big step toward overhauling school funding, but they are still eager for Beacon Hill to pass a separate and more comprehensive remake of the state’s 26-year-old funding formula.

Lynnel Cox at the DA’s office Monday. She said she believed her son overdosed while in a Boston police holding cell.

A man battling addiction dies in a police holding cell, and his mother remembers

Shayne Stilphen died after an arrest the morning of July 14. In a powerful display, his mother brought three poster boards filled with photos of him to the lobby of the Suffolk district attorney’s office, in an effort to get answers.

Protesters filled an MBTA board meeting to call for a reduced fare for low-income riders.

MBTA protesters call for low-income fare

Advocates want the T to institute a fare for riders of modest means, similar to the reduced fares for some middle- and high-school students.

Kevin Cullen

There’s no sending back Birukti Tsige, because she’s already going places

Birukti is many things: an immigrant from Ethiopia, a brilliant Malden High graduate, and a believer in speaking her mind, even before this president moved into the White House.

Person shot in Roxbury; ballistics recovered at scene

Officers responded to the shooting around 2:22 p.m. in the area of Vine Street and Mt. Pleasant Avenue, a police spokeswoman said.

One arrested in Cambridge park after naked bike ride after-party

A 37-year-old man was arrested at a park in Cambridge Saturday night after Massachusetts State Police broke up an after-party for the World Naked Bike Ride, State Police said.

Firefighters battled a 9-alarm fire in Natick on Monday morning.

Several businesses destroyed in 8-alarm Natick blaze

Heavy smoke poured from a building containing several downtown businesses as officials closed surroundings roads to allow firefighters to knock down the blaze.

FBI-sponsored forensic lab in Chelsea will analyze digital evidence from cellphones, computers

The New England Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory is the 17th such lab in the US.

The hot air balloon New Horizon sailed Monday before making an emergency landing.

Hot air balloon makes emergency landing on Andover roadway

The balloon landed on Route 125 Monday morning, officials said.

Installation photo of “Gordon Parks: Selections From The Dean Collection,” at The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University.

Jeneé Osterheldt

Black history is for sale in Chicago. Whoever owns the culture, controls the narrative

Ebony magazine’s archives are on the auction block, putting 4 million images and 70 years of history up for grabs.

Police release video clips of suspect who left Holocaust denial flyers at Marblehead synagogue

In one clip, a suspect places a flyer on a sign located at Temple Emanu-El and then appears to photograph it with a cellphone.

Suna Bayrakal of Natick (left) embraced her son, Kadrik Young, 11, as they watched firefighters battle a 9-alarm fire in Natick.

Photos: Scenes from the 8-alarm fire in Natick

Firefighters from Natick and other surrounding communities worked for hours to control the downtown blaze.

Woman charged with drunken driving in Lowell after allegedly striking bicyclist

The driver of the vehicle who hit the biker was identified as Jacquelyn Hopkinson, 26, of Dracut, Lowell police said.

Boston, MA., 07/23/2019, Minnie, a high energy mixed breed dog has been returned to the shelter at Angell Animal Medical Center a record four times after overwhelming her adopters. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

High-energy dog returns to shelter a record four times after overwhelming adopters

A dog is back at a Jamaica Plain animal shelter because of her boundless energy, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention for Cruelty to Animals said.

There are about 400 North Atlantic right whales left.

Lobstermen, Maine lawmakers push back at limits on lobster lines

The plan to remove half of the vertical trap lines from the Gulf of Maine is intended to protect the North Atlantic right whale, which is among Earth’s most endangered species.

Somerville, MA - 7/22/19 Accompanied by his defense attorney Patrick Hanley, left, Zewdu Abate Gedamu gets to a waiting car, after his arraignment in Somerville District Court. He is charged with a hit and run Saturday that left a woman dead. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 23hitrun Reporter: Emily Sweeney

Roxbury man accused in fatal hit-and-run in Somerville pleads not guilty

The driver charged in the deadly hit-and-run crash this weekend that killed 52-year-old Cheryl Pauline Richards was arraigned Monday morning.

Mayor Marty Walsh.

Mayor Walsh may be called to testify in City Hall corruption case

If Walsh were called, it would be the first time that a sitting mayor in Boston has taken the stand in a criminal trial in nearly 100 years.

Emma Paven, 19, has Sunflower Syndrome.

Mysterious sunflower syndrome is spotlighted at MGH

Patients are compulsively drawn to bright light, which triggers an unusual type of seizure.

No parole for man who killed his roommate in Mashpee for selling him low-quality cocaine

Troy Ashley, 49, pleaded guilty in 2003 to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Frederick Brown two years earlier at the residence they shared.