From an MD, a call to action on addiction

A Chelsea physician writes of the importance — and rewards — of treating opioid addiction in primary care.

Lawrence S. Bacow, the former president of Tufts University, was named Harvard University’s next leader last week.

A bit of advice for Harvard’s new president

What happens when you become president of the world’s most prestigious university? Suddenly everyone has advice for you.

School Superintendent Tommy Chang visited the Sarah Greenwood School and spoke with a K2 Spanish class student.

At midpoint of his term, Tommy Chang is being tested

The controversies that have ensnarled Superintendent Tommy Chang have run the gamut, from budget cuts and school closures to turbulent leadership and late school buses.

In an e-mail, Lowell Fire Chief Jeffrey Winward said officials believe the surge was caused by higher levels of fentanyl on the streets.

Lowell fire chief warns of surge in opioid overdoses

Lowell Fire Chief Jeffrey Winward said the city responded to 20 overdoses over the course of three days. The patient in each case was revived.

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This day in history

Today is Monday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2018. There are 315 days left in the year. This is Presidents Day.

Man struck by car in Beverly, taken by helicopter to Boston hospital

A male pedestrian was struck by a car in Beverly on Sunday evening, prompting a police investigation.

Senator Markey vows to force Senate debate on gun control

At a town hall in Framingham, Edward Markey suggested a goal for the effort: to turn the meaning of the National Rifle Association’s initials into “Not Relevant Anymore.”


Lottery results from Sunday drawings

Boston man allegedly hits several parked cars while trying to escape traffic stop

The 20-year-old man allegedly hit several parked cars and tried to run away from his own moving vehicle in an attempt to escape a routine traffic stop on Saturday.

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An example of the text message reminders used by courts in New York City.

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Some court systems are texting people to get them to show up. Could it work here?

A growing number of court systems around the country are using software to automatically send reminders to people about their upcoming court appearances.

A rear view of the East Boston building that partially collapsed.

Building partially collapses in East Boston

No one was injured after a four-story residential brick building that was being renovated in East Boston partially collapsed Sunday afternoon.

Plymouth man arrested in Fall River for gun and drug possession

A 42-year-old man was arrested early Sunday morning after police found a loaded gun and drugs in his car in Fall River, State Police said.

Man arrested in Allston gas station parking lot stabbing

A Brookline resident was arrested early Sunday for allegedly stabbing a 25-year-old man in a Speedway gas station parking lot.

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Plow driver trapped by live wires after crash in Cohasset

The driver was trapped for 45 minutes as crews worked to turn off the power.

A multi-alarm fire destroyed the landmark Sozio appliance and furniture store on Route 60 in Revere on Saturday.

A day later, cause of fire that destroyed landmark Revere store isn’t clear

The fast-moving five-alarm blaze demolished the landmark Sozio store on Route 60 in Revere on Saturday.

South Boston water main break buckled road, temporarily closed part of bridge

A water main break on Dorchester Avenue in caused a buckle in the street and shut down the inbound side of the Broadway Bridge Sunday morning, according to officials.

Boston-02/11/2017 The statue of Bruins Bobby Orr outside TD Garden is covered in snow after the overnight snowstorm. The statue depicts Orr's 1970 Stanley Cup winning overtime goal. JohnTlumacki/Globe Staff (metro)

Winter storm brings up to 9 inches of snow in parts of Mass., but warmup is on its way

It’s a tale of two types of weather: Snow last night, and expected temperatures in the 60s on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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How much did it snow in your area?

Snow totals for areas in Massachusetts from last night’s storm.

Storm drops more than half a foot of snow in some spots

Snowfall totals were highest north and west of Boston, with as much as 9 inches reported in Haverhill.

A multialarm fire at the landmark Sozio appliance store on Route 60 in Revere drew firefighters from several North Shore communities.

Massive blaze wrecks Revere store

The five-alarm fire destroyed the landmark Sozio appliance store on Route 60.

Boston man arrested for armed carjacking

Trevor Clarke, 24, was also charged with the armed robbery of a convenience store, police said.

Richard J. Cincotta.

Yarmouth man arrested for selling fentanyl outside drug treatment center

Richard J. Cincotta, 64, sold the drug to a man at Cape Cod Treatment Center, police said.

Bullets found in bathroom of R.I. middle school

A custodian found bullets in the boys’ bathroom at Woonsocket Middle School Friday afternoon, police said.

Earlier this month, Shannon Daniels, the Stanley Elementary School principal, came out as transgender.

In Swampscott, parents grapple with transgender issues

Elementary school principal Tom Daniels announced earlier this month that she would henceforth be known as Shannon.


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Beauty and the Ugly Truth

The Boston Globe Spotlight Team investigates widespread sexual misconduct in the fashion/modeling industry.The Boston Globe Spotlight Team investigates widespread sexual misconduct in the fashion/modeling industry.

Reenactors with the Massachusetts Volunteer 54th Regiment waited to present the colors in a ceremony at the William E. Carter American Legion Post 16 on Saturday.

In Mattapan, African-American veterans tell their stories

The city honored African-American veterans on Saturday with a brunch at the William E. Carter American Legion Post 16 in Mattapan.

Quincy baby girl’s death investigated

The 11-month-old girl died Saturday at a Boston hospital, two days after she was rushed there from her home in Wollaston, officials said.

N.H. woman charged with 20 counts of animal cruelty

Teresa Gordon, 36, turned herself into police after multiple cats, rabbits, and other animals were found unattended or dead at a home in Exeter, police said.

What’s open, closed on Presidents’ Day

What’s open, closed on Presidents’ Day.

Ed Markey’s career-long fight against nuclear weapons

No elected official on the national scene has been banging the drum about the nuclear menace as loudly and for as long as Markey. With President Trump, his cause has gained new relevance.

Alijah would do best in a two-parent home.

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Alijah is an engaging and polite 9-year-old

Alijah likes playing football, board games, and card games, and he loves singing and dancing.

Milton police arrest teen, seek others in connection with pizzeria beating

A group of teens allegedly assaulted the owners of a Milton pizzeria Friday evening.

Braintree-12/20/17 At the Archdiocese of Boston Headquarters, Cardinal Sean O'Malley met with the media to speak about the death of former Boston Cardinal Bernard Law. John Tlumacki/Globe staff (metro)

O’Malley will head revived Vatican abuse panel

Cardinal Sean O’Malley has been reappointed as the head of a Vatican commission on child sex abuse.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society

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This day in history

Today is Sunday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2018. There are 316 days left in the year.

One man dead in Lowell double shooting

Two men were shot around 4:30 a.m. in Lowell. One was pronounced dead, and the second was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Precipitation will move into the Greater Boston area late in the evening Saturday — somewhere in the 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. window — and continue until about sunrise Sunday.

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After snow Saturday night, springlike temps next week

We’ll see snow tonight — possibly six inches or more in some places — and then sunny skies and a warming trend right after that.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2018. There are 317 days left in the year.

Billerica man sentenced to 40 years in prison for sexually abusing 2 boys

Philip Toronto, 43, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of children, officials said.


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Bridgewater teen charged after referencing Fla. mass shooting in disturbing post

A teen in Bridgewater apparently referenced the Florida mass shooting earlier this week in a disturbing social media post Friday.

Boston police overtime pay hits $66.9m

The city of Boston’s payroll increased to nearly $1.6 billion last year, a hike of less than 1 percent over 2016, according to new data released Friday.

A jogger passes the skyline while running on the Harbor Walk in the Seaport District of Boston, MA.

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The MBTA has suspended service on the Mattapan trolley line starting at 9 p.m. Saturday.

With snow on tap, buses will replace Mattapan trolley Saturday night

Depending on how much snow falls on the region, the shuttles could continue into Sunday if they are needed.

Under a bill signed Friday afternoon by Governor Charlie Baker, schools educating students fleeing from this summer’s hurricanes are in store for $15 million in state funds.

Charlie Baker signs budget bill with school aid

School districts educating students who fled Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands after this summer’s hurricanes are in store for $15 million in state aid.

Dorchester man accused in Roxbury slaying held without bail

Tyrone Worrell, 39, stands accused of shooting and killing Tarek Mroue, 37, Wednesday evening.

The state has cleared three Andover High School varsity boys’ hockey coaches of wrongdoing.

DCF clears Andover hockey coaches of wrongdoing

Chris Kuchar, the boys’ head coach, and two assistants were reinstated Friday, school officials said.