Regulator sees ‘evidence of violations’ at Thornton Law Firm

Regulators told Attorney General Maura Healey they have evidence the law firm and its attorneys broke multiple laws.

City Hall parking garage attendant Jimmy Donnelly looks over the parking garage where he worked.

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His City Hall job has a lot to recommend it

Jimmy Donnelly is a Southie guy who has never wanted anything more than to work for his city.

Middlebury College campus.

Middlebury College punishes students who disrupted Charles Murray talk

Murray, a controversial author, visited the Vermont campus in March to give a talk at the invitation of the student chapter of the American Enterprise Institute.

A small group of anti-nuclear powers demonstrators gathered in Seabrook, N.H., on April 30, 1977.

Legacy of Seabrook nuclear protest debated

Decades ago, Renny Cushing led hundreds of protesters through the front gates of perhaps the nation’s most controversial construction site.

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Thousands rally on Boston Common to demand action on climate change

Thousands of people rallied at the Boston Common for action on climate change.

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This day in history

Today is Sunday, April 30, the 120th day of 2017. There are 245 days left in the year.

Photos from Saturday’s climate rally in Boston

The rally drew thousands.

Massachusetts still isn’t Trump country, poll shows

Massachusetts voters have not warmed to President Trump, with 53 percent giving him a “very unfavorable” rating in a new poll.

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04/26/2017 BOSTON, MA Director Malika MacDonald (cq) gave a reporter a tour of The Amal Women's Center in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

For Muslim women, a home to call their own

The first Muslim homeless shelter for women and children in Boston has opened in Dorchester.

Man struck by commuter rail train in Fitchburg

The man was hit near the end of the station platform Friday night.


April 29, 2017

This day in history

Today is Saturday, April 29, the 119th day of 2017. There are 246 days left in the year.

2-year-old N.H. boy taken from mall found safe in Tewksbury after Amber Alert

A 2-year-old boy kidnapped from a Manchester, N.H. mall Friday was found safe about three hours later in Tewksbury, and his parents were arrested, police said.

The campus of Choate Rosemary Hall, an elite boarding school in Wallingford, Conn.

Two Choate trustees resign amid fallout from sexual abuse report

Two former headmasters of Choate Rosemary Hall have resigned as Life Trustees of the elite Connecticut boarding school.

Gloucester building collapses, sending part of wharf into harbor

Nobody was reported injured during the collapse, which occured between 6:30 and 7 p.m., and the Gloucester Harbormaster was on scene to monitor the possiblity of oil spilling into the water


Lottery results from Friday drawings

Eleven tree companies and 65 arborists volunteered their time and resources to trim and fell trees in the Wilderness section of Franklin Park on Friday.

More than $50,000 worth of arboriculture work donated to Franklin Park for Arbor Day

At Franklin Park, the volunteers hailed from about 16 different companies and brought more than 40 pieces of equipment with them.

The shooting took place on Cedar Street shortly before 10 p.m.

‘It’s getting worse,’ Mattapan woman says after man shot to death

The victim was 30 years old and was shot on Cedar Street around 10 p.m. Thursday.

Former teller at Citizens Bank in Mattapan to plead guilty to theft of $172,000

J’Cynda Sales allegedly raided the customer’s account, making 48 unauthorized withdrawals totaling about $172,551 between Nov. 28, 2015 and May 23, 2016.

Probation for mother who overdosed at Lawrence store with 2-year-old

Mary McGowan pled guilty to reckless engagement of a child.

Political Happy Hour: April 28, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Llama | Fear | Hope

A black bear yearling is momentarily tranquilized while she receives her last checkup and an ear tag at the Tufts Wildlife Clinic before her release into the wild on Wednesday.

Black bear found in Berkshires garage is set free

Within three weeks, the bear went from 12 pounds to 25 pounds. She was released on Wednesday.

House Speaker Paul Ryan.

BC cries foul after footage is used in video by Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul Ryan may need to put his plans for fixing the tax code aside, and instead brush up on his copyright law.

N. Andover man held without bail after allegedly crashing into trooper’s cruiser in Methuen

Both the alleged drunk driver and the trooper suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Arlington first grader, father find $2,000 on ground, return it to restaurant

The bag belonged to the Medford location of Tenoch Mexican Food Corp., a family-owned restaurant that also has locations in Boston and Somerville.

17 people treated after complaints of chemical smell at Malden healthcare facility

All of the workers had been released by Friday night, but authorities said they were still trying to determine what triggered the incident.

Attorney Elizabeth Read led a session at “Know Your Rights Day” at Boston International High School on Friday.

Immigrant and refugee students learn about their rights

Attorney Elizabeth Read stood before the classroom full of teenaged immigrants and explained their rights.

Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center.

Lockdown ends at Souza-Baranowski prison

The lockdown ended Friday at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, where Aaron J. Hernandez apparently committed suicide.

Rider Stanley Innocent sat on a rock waiting for the Farimount Line train in the early morning last October.

Can a congressman use campaign funds to give you free T rides?

Most likely. So go ahead and ride the Fairmount Line for free from May 8 to 21.

Recently harvested medical marijuana that has been tested and approved is ready for clients at the Healthy Pharms facility in Georgetown, which will open May 8. (Healthy Pharms)

Medical marijuana sales growing north of Boston

With two dispensaries in business, a third to open in Georgetown, and nine others awaiting state approval, the industry is poised to blossom in the region.

Marco Belluardo-Crosby leads his Dance Jam class on Sunday morning, March 19, 2017, at the Lynch van Otterloo YMCA, located in Marblehead. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

Get into groove, you’ve got to move

Four professionals by day spend their nights and weekends teaching others how to break free through dance in Marblehead.

Boylston Place Alley reopened after gas leak forces evacuation

Multiple buildings, including some Emerson College facilities, were briefly evacuated Friday after construction workers hit a gas line.

Pope Francis waves to the press as he is welcomed by Alitalia's personnel prior his flight to Egypt, on April 28, 2017 at Rome's Fiumicino airport. Pope Francis heads for a two-day visit in Egypt for talks with the grand imam of the capital's famed Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, but also to show solidarity with Coptic Christians targeted by violence in Egypt. / AFP PHOTO / Tiziana FABITIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images

Fast Forward: Trump realizes he has a hard job, Pope Francis visits Egypt, and eat blueberry pie today

Health care vote delayed, Trump to sign orders allowing offshore drilling, what’s going to happen with North Korea, and more.

30zoblotter - Workers carefully removed the stolen Mini Cooper from the Merrimack River in Tyngsborough on Thursday. (Tyngsborough Police Department)

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When a Mini hits the water, it will sink

The UMass Lowell crew team makes an unusual discovery in the Merrimack River, turkeys cause trouble on local roads, and other odd tales.

FILE - This April 13, 2014, file photo shows the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters building in Washington. President Donald Trump’s plan to provide massive tax breaks to corporations faces big challenges as Washington struggles with mounting debt and the populist president tries to make good on promises to bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

500 people in R.I. get duplicate tax refund checks

A state official says human error is to blame.

Boston, MA - 04/25/17 - Aviana Vergnetti (cq) crosses Commonwealth Avenue in Allston in heavy rain during a spring nor'easter. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: () Topic: ()

Isolated thunderstorms possible, but afternoon will be sunny

The work week will end with a mish-mash of weather that could bring isolated thunderstorms in the morning followed by sunny skies.

Massachusetts llama on the lam

State Police are praising the cowboy skills of a trooper after he lassoed a llama loose on a state highway and led it to safety.

Wellesley High track coach arrested on child porn charge

Walter Johnson, 69, 0f Framingham, was arrested at his home Thursday morning by federal agents.

This day in history

Today is Friday, April 28, the 118th day of 2017. There are 247 days left in the year.


April 28, 2017

MIT graduate dies on campus in ‘apparent accident’

Nicholas Paggi, who graduated in 2015, died on Tuesday, the school newspaper reported. There was no other information about his death.

After firing administrator over rape allegation, Lawrence Catholic school places two on leave

A Catholic high school in Lawrence, reeling from allegations that a fired administrator drugged and raped a student in 2006, disclosed Thursday that two more staffers were placed on leave.

Body of missing Randolph teen pulled from reservoir

Christopher Defreitas, 16, was a well-liked soccer player, police said.

State trooper injured when alleged drunk driver hits cruiser in Methuen

A state trooper was hospitalized with minor injuries Thursday night after an alleged drunk driver struck his cruiser in Methuen.

Boston, MA - 4/25/2017 - Performers Taya Hopkins(L), John Turner(2nd L), Carrie Mays, and Carlos Barbosa(R) run through a performance during a rehearsal for Teen Empowerment's 25th Annual Youth Peace Conference in Boston, MA, April 25, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Urban nonprofit celebrates 25 years of giving youths a voice

The Center for Teen Empowerment will produce a play about the effects of racism in Boston, that runs Saturday at the Paramount Theatre.

Then-governor Deval Patrick spoke with his secretary of administration, Jay Gonzalez (left), and Timothy Murray.

Campaign season splinters former Patrick team

The sheer human sprawl of Deval Patrick’s two statewide campaigns and eight years in office made some fracturing inevitable.


Lottery results from Thursday drawings

Construction at UMass Boston.

This UMass Boston program faces uncertain future

The nursing school, one of the campus’s most successful programs, is looking for a new home.

Caitlin MacLeod-Bluver, shown with students. has won a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship to travel to Arctic Svalbard.

Boston International High School teacher set for Arctic

Come June, Caitlin MacLeod-Bluver is set to travel aboard the National Geographic Explorer to Arctic Svalbard on an expedition to the “Land of the Ice Bears.”


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