Slain BU student Erin Edwards remembered for her commitment to social justice, journalism, and music

Boston University student Erin Edwards was found dead Thursday night inside her Atlanta suburb townhouse. Police suspect her mother shot Erin and her brother before turning the gun on herself.

Erin V. Edwards.

BU student killed in apparent murder-suicide in Georgia

Erin Edwards, 20, a rising junior in the College of Communication, was found dead alongside two family members at a home outside Atlanta Wednesday.

Joi Ito in 2018.

Head of MIT Media Lab faces crisis that tears at lab he helped elevate

Last week, Joi Ito acknowledged he had extensive personal and professional ties to Jeffrey Epstein. Students have demanded a fuller accounting of Ito’s relationship with Epstein. And some have called on Ito to resign.

The game drew 16,441, many of them children.

$5 tickets, $1 dogs, and 12 minutes of play: Red Sox fans relished this day at the ballpark

The resumption of the Aug. 7 game against the Royals allowed for a different kind of vibe — and crowd — at Fenway Park.

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Service restored on Orange Line after track fire near Wellington

Images on social media showed orange flames on the tracks under a train at the entrance to a tunnel between Wellington and Malden Center stations.

‘Strong, bold, and remarkable’: Celebrating African-American suffragists from Mass.

A Women’s Equality Day celebration in the Boston Public Garden honored African-American suffragists, whose legacies are often overlooked in history.

10 arrested in Wendell State Forest logging protest

Ten protesters who attempted to block the toppling of century-old oak trees in Wendell State Forest were arrested Thursday and Friday for disorderly conduct and trespassing.

Looking back on recent MBTA fires

The MBTA has been the target of commuters’ ire in recent years. One recurring issue is fire.

What She Said

The naked truth about campaigning while female

Rarely discussed is the disrespect, condescension, and even real risk women candidates can confront when alone on the threshold to strangers’ homes, asking for their vote.

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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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Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet closes after buoy detects sharks

This detection marks the 86th time a beach has closed on the Cape and Islands since July 1, and the 69th closure since the beginning of August, according to a Globe tally.

Planned Parenthood announced this week it would forgo the federal funds that pay for STD testing and treatment at its health centers across the country rather than comply with a new federal rule that bars programs that receive Title X funding from providing information about abortion.

Planned Parenthood forgoes federal funding for STD treatment amid record high

Across the country, there has been a spike in sexually transmitted diseasese. Massachusetts reported 1,091 new cases of syphilis in 2017 — a 56 percent increase since 2013. Gonorrhea cases spiked at 7,307 in 2017, a 144 percent increase over 2013.

Hongyan Sun was arraigned in June in the killing of his wife.

Judge rejects Lexington man’s bid for bail while he is held in wife’s death

Judge Kenneth Salinger rejected Hongyan Sun’s request, citing “strong circumstantial case,” Sun’s ties to China, “substantial financial assets,” and “evidence of attempts to conceal/destroy evidence.”

Man, 26, arrested on gun charges in Roxbury after struggle with Boston police officers

A 26-year-old man with an outstanding warrant got into a struggle with Boston police officers in Roxbury Thursday morning and was arrested for allegedly carrying a gun, police said.

Cattail mosquitoes can transmit Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus to humans.

Third human case of EEE in Massachusetts confirmed

A third human case of eastern equine encephalitis infection has been confirmed in Massachusetts, the state Department of Public Health said Friday.

Man with car full of balloons leads NH police pursuing him to his home, crashes into own garage

A man who filled his car with balloons and was driving without headlights on led New Hampshire State Police on a five-minute long pursuit that ended when he pulled into his own driveway and smashed his car into the garage, New Hampshire State Police said.

A car hit a lawn mower tractor in the breakdown lane of a highway in Nashua, N.H., Thursday afternoon.

N.H. transportation employee seriously injured when car slams into tractor on Nashua highway

The driver of the lawn mower tractor, identified by police as Thomas Porter, 55, of Nashua, N.H., sustained serious injuries from the crash.

Watch the artist removing tattoos from a mural of Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird in Indiana

The new mural of Larry sure looks a lot less edgy now.

Michelle Carter arrived at Taunton District Court for her sentencing.

Supreme Court wants AG Healey’s office to respond to Michelle Carter’s request for high court review

The US Supreme Court has asked Attorney General Maura Healey’s office to respond to a request from Michelle Carter to have the nation’s highest court review her involuntary manslaughter conviction for goading a teenager to commit suicide in 2014.

Nathan Carman (pictured Wednesday) testified Friday for the second straight day at a bench trial in federal court in Providence.

Nathan Carman says his mother was ‘kind of the problem’ as boat was sinking

Nathan Carman testified Friday that his mother was “more kind of the problem than the solution” as his fishing boat was sinking, leading to his mother’s disappearance and presumed death at sea.

Postal worker killed in Longmeadow crash was delivering the mail on his route

Daniel Nacin, 59, was operating a van on Route 5 Thursday around 11 a.m. when a Connecticut man, being pursued by police from that state, drove his pickup truck into Nacin’s van.

People sought relief in the fountains near the Eiffel Tower on July 25, when the temperature hit a recordbreaking 108.7 degrees in Paris. Researchers say climate change, if left unchecked, will be a drag on countries’ economies in coming years, whether they are rich or poor, hot or cold.

Hot or cold, rich or poor, countries around globe will not escape wrath of climate change, researchers say

Climate change will hurt the economies in virtually all countries, not just in hot or poor ones, if carbon emissions are left unchecked, according to researchers from the University of Cambridge.

Family mourns death of Green Beret from Chicopee; had decided to reenlist for 4th tour of duty

Family, friends, and local officials mourned the loss of Master Sergeant Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa, a 31-year-old Green Beret from Chicopee who was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday.

A dolphin was spotted in the Merrimack River looking for food, the Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue said.

Bottlenose dolphin spotted in the Merrimack River

A bottlenose dolphin was spotted swimming in the Merrimack River earlier this week, which is a rare sighting in New England, officials said.

Tom Brady walked to the field during practice at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Federal patent officials reject Tom Brady’s ‘Tom Terrific’ trademark application

The US Patent and Trademark Office informed lawyers for Brady’s company that its request to trademark “Tom Terrific” was being refused in part because the nickname’s too closely linked to Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver.

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth.

NRC approves sale of Plymouth nuclear plant

Holtec, a New Jersey-based company with no experience in decommissioning a nuclear power plant, will acquire the operating license from Entergy, a Louisiana-based company that has owned the plant since 1999.

The Dropkick Murphys sang hits such as “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” for Quinn Waters, 3.

Dropkick Murphys visit Quincy boy, 3, battling cancer

The Dropkick Murphys performed a private concert in Quincy on Wednesday for a 3-year-old boy who is isolated at home with brain cancer, according to the band.

Tom Wopat, ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ star who got arrested in Waltham in 2017, will play R.I. concert

Wopat made local headlines in August 2017, when he was arraigned on charges of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 and cocaine possession.

Seth Moulton.

After Seth Moulton drops out of race, he has no regrets

Like his beloved baseball team, the Red Sox, this wasn’t Seth Moulton’s year.

Vehicle hits pump, sparks fire at Danvers gas station, then drives away

The vehicle fled from the scene afterward, officialDanvers Fire Lieutenant Linus Murphy said the call came in at 1:18 a.m. and firefighters used a water hose and dry chemical extinguishers to put out the fire.s said.

Man indicted for robbing North End grocery store

Dante Mirabella, 52, of Boston was indicted for the armed robbery of Bob’s Grocery Store in May, federal prosecutors said.

File- This Feb. 16, 2013, photo shows a Burmese python being displayed at the python hunt awards ceremony presented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, at Zoo Miami. A Florida senator who once hunted down a 9-foot Burmese python wants the state to pay private contractors to eradicate pythons and other invasive species from the Everglades. Republican Sen. Frank Artiles, who doubles as a python hunter, said during a committee meeting Tuesday that the effort is needed because “furry creatures” and American alligator nests are being destroyed by the voracious snakes. (Peter Andrew Bosch /Miami Herald via AP)

A roughly 8-foot python is missing in Newton

Have you seen Lightning, the Burmese python? Let the Newton Police Department know about it.

Man stabbed in Dorchester

The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was in critical condition late Thursday night, Boston police said.

Police investigate an accident involving a U.S. Postal Service vehicle and a pickup truck fleeing from Enfield police, Thursday, August 22, 2019, on the Route 5 on the Longmeadow, Mass/Conn. line. Massachusetts State Police say at least two people suffered potentially life-threatening injuries in the crash near the Connecticut border. (Jim Michaud/Journal Inquirer via AP)

2 killed after police chase crosses from Conn. into Longmeadow

David Cersosimo, 47, of Rocky Hill, Conn. crashed his pickup truck into a US Postal vehicle driven by Daniel Nacin, 59, of Enfield, Conn.Thursday morning, officials said.

MIT president L. Rafael Reif.

Read the letter MIT’s president sent Thursday about Jeffrey Epstein

L. Rafael Reif sent a letter to the MIT community Thursday on the university’s ties to the disgraced financier.

The Media Lab is known for developing robotic prosthetics, among other things. Two researchers said they were cutting ties to the lab because of its connections to Jeffrey Epstein.

MIT president says school received about $800k from Jeffrey Epstein foundations

L. Rafael Reif also apologized to Epstein’s victims. The financier, accused of sexually abusing underage children, killed himself earlier this month.

Anne M. Lynch left the courthouse Wednesday with her lawyer after pleading not guilty.

Lobbyist caught up in State Police case is known for her edge on Beacon Hill

Anne Lynch evolved from managing the day-to-day business of trade associations to running a firm that pushed the interests of dozens of organizations, including the powerful state troopers union.

Paolo Franzese replaces Thomas Bowes (above), who was fired earlier this week.

State appoints temporary leader of RMV’s Merit Rating Board

Paolo Franzese is taking a leave from the state Division of Insurance, the state Department of Transporation announced Thursday.

MBTA suspends Green Line service between North Station, Lechmere

Passengers riding the Green Line between North Station and Lechmere were forced onto shuttle buses because of power issues, the T said.

Decorated soldier from Chicopee killed in Afghanistan

A 31-year-old decorated special forces soldier from Chicopee was killed in combat in Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to the US Army.

Peter Baldassari stood in All Saints Way, his shrine to Catholic saints in a North End alleyway. He was struck by the idea to create a shrine 28 years ago in the neighborhood he’s lived in his whole life.

‘More saints there than in paradise’ in a hidden shrine in a North End alleyway

Peter Baldassari has been decorating the alleyway between 4 and 8 Battery Street with pictures and collages of Catholic saints since 1991.

Attorney Matt Cameron says the Trump administration’s move is “a very direct war on asylum.”

Trump’s move halts virtually all asylum cases in New England

Federal officials stopped processing most of the cases filed in the Boston and Newark offices, affecting some 40,000 petitions for asylum.

Vermont's Roman Catholic Bishop Christopher Coyne spoke at a news conference Thursday in South Burlington about a new report that found there were

Vermont Roman Catholic Church publishes sexual abuse report incriminating 40 priests

The release by the Vermont diocese comes as the Catholic Church across the country and worldwide comes to terms with a legacy of the sexual abuse of minors.

Players trying out for the soccer team at St. John’s Prep in Danvers consumed plenty of water on the first day of tryouts. The high temperature in Boston on Thursday was 93, tying the record reached in 2003 and 1955.

Steamy! Temperature of 93 at Logan ties record

The temperature at Logan International Airport reached 93 Thursday afternoon, tying the record for the date.

Massachusetts General Hospital said Thursday that a data breach in its neurology department has exposed the private information of nearly 10,000 people.

MGH reports data breach that exposed information of nearly 10,000 people

The breach exposed information about participants in certain research programs, including their names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, and medical histories.

A map of Massachusetts beaches, included in a Tuesday report, that tested positive in at least one 2018 sample for potentially hazardous levels of fecal bacteria in the water.

Activists defend water quality, criticize beach report

Environment Massachusetts stood by its framing of a report about bacteria concentrations at beaches across the state after other organizations raised concerns about “hyperbole.”


What challenges do correction officers face?

UMass Lowell Professor Mazen El Ghaziri discusses the profession’s mental and physical toll.

In the wake of revelations about the MIT Media Lab’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein, two star scholars have announced they will resign from the esteemed research center.

Here’s what you need to know about the MIT Media Lab and Jeffrey Epstein

Joi Ito, the director of the lab, has apologized for associating with the disgraced financier, but he hasn’t resigned.

N.H. man hit and injured by his own boat after falling overboard Thursday

A man was struck and injured by his own boat after falling overboard in Newton, N.H., early Thursday morning police said.

Kody, a Massachusetts State Police dog, tracked down a domestic violence suspect Wednesday.

Mass. State Police dog finds domestic violence suspect in weeds in Warren

Kody followed the trail from the suspect’s abandoned car and tracked down a 26-year-old domestic violence suspect that was hiding in a patch of weeds in Warren Wednesday night, police said.

Flooding in the coastal city of Cebu in the Philippines.

Researchers say climate change means humans will have to retreat from the coasts — so let’s do it the right way

If we can’t stop climate change, then we should take a thoughtful approach to how people can retreat from areas that climate change puts at risk.