Harvard professor seeks records of Boston connection to Pentagon Papers

In 1971, two grand juries in Boston looked at leaks related to the Pentagon Papers, which detailed the US involvement in the Vietnam War. Records of those grand juries remain sealed today, and Harvard’s Jill Lepore wants them released.

Roxbury, MA, 12/18/2018 -- Students at Orchard Gardens K-8 School including Sixth grader Sariah Gutirrez, 11 (C) protest the prevalence of needles around their school building. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 19walker Reporter:

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Fed up with stepping over needles near school, students say enough

The students at the Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School have been walking past used needles for years. They staged a dramatic protest about it Tuesday, with the support of parents, school staff, and neighborhood activists.

In landmark agreement, Mass., eight other states vow to cut transportation emissions

The states have agreed to work together to impose regionwide limits on transportation emissions, the nation’s largest source of carbon pollution.

A view of the loading dock where Marie gave birth.

Under a dark sky, a baby is born

The baby was born on a concrete loading dock in Chinatown in a frigid wind, the outside world visible just above the lip of the dumpster at the edge of the dock.

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Music teacher at South Shore Catholic schools placed on leave

Matthew Browne was placed on leave after St. Paul School in Hingham received an allegation of inappropriate conduct with a student. Browne was also placed on leave from Sacred Heart School in Weymouth, pending the outcome of an investigation, officials said.

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Authorities are investigating after 11-year-old Haverhill girl’s death

An 11-year-old Haverhill girl was hospitalized, placed on life support, and later died after an incident in Lawrence.

Salvation Army issues urgent plea for donations to Red Kettle campaign

With a week left to reach its $3.5 million fund-raising goal, donations are down nearly 20 percent from last year at half the organization’s locations in Massachusetts, The Salvation Army said.

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The unthinkable has been an all-too-common companion in two small neighboring towns, where six young people took their lives in the short span of 30 months. The questions keep coming: What is happening? Why? When will it stop?

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Weymouth apartment fire displaces residents from three units

A Weymouth firefighter was injured, as was the building’s owner who was doing plumbing repairs when the fire started, officials said.

Indicted Fall River mayor has five days to resign, or face recall election, city council says

Mayor Jasiel Correia II has been indicted on charges of fraud and tax evasion related to a tech startup.


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Representative Jim McGovern said, “I’m not spending all my time focused on impeachment.”

McGovern warns against House Democrats focusing on impeachment

“The votes aren’t there,” McGovern said in an interview with the Boston Globe’s editorial board Tuesday, referring to the fact that Republicans hold a majority in the Senate and so far don’t appear inclined to support convicting Trump should the House bring impeachment articles against him.

Alonzo Dedrick was arraigned at Dorchester District Court.

Dorchester man who shot two troopers in ’88 is arrested on new gun charges

Alonzo Dedrick, who served a prison sentence for shooting two narcotics troopers, was arrested after a foot chase during which he allegedly tossed away a gun and ammunition.

The state Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that the vertical flexposts that protect bicycle lanes from car traffic on the Longfellow Bridge will remain in place, while officials evaluate whether leaving them in for the winter is safe.

Bicycle lane flexposts to remain on Longfellow Bridge while officials evaluate snow safety

Cycling advocates and elected officials had urged the state Department of Transportation to reconsider their decision to remove the plastic bollards for the season.

New Orange Line cars on the production floor of CRRC Corp.’s factory in Springfield.

Trade war hangs over ceremony celebrating completion of new MBTA subway cars

New Orange Line cars are rolling out of a Springfield factory as officials with the Chinese-owned manufacturer lobby the Trump administration for tariff exemptions.

Owen Labrie in court in 2017.

N.H. prep school graduate is ordered to jail

Owen Labrie, convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate in 2015, will report to Merrimack County House of Corrections on Dec. 26, a New Hampshire judge ruled Tuesday.

Prior to sexual harassment allegations, Everett superintendent faced ethics inquiries, criminal case

Frederick Foresteire, 75, is on paid administrative leave while the School Committee investigates sexual harassment allegations against him.

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Choosing children’s needs over a better job means little money to go around at Christmastime

Balancing finances against the emotional and medical needs of children is challenging for parents whose choices to spend more time with their children mean tighter family budgets. Globe Santa helps brings Christmas joy to their children when families can’t afford it.

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After congressional bid, Dan Koh running for Andover selectman

After falling short in a recount for an open congressional seat, Dan Koh said Tuesday he is running for selectman in his hometown of Andover.

Study suggests mindfulness classes help people lose weight

Mindfulness training helped people participating in an intensive weight management program to lose more pounds, according to a small new study.

Haverhill construction worker dies after falling down elevator shaft

Police responded to a construction site at 98 Essex St. around 10:20 a.m. Tuesday after receiving a call about an accident.

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Ioannis Miaoulis, longtime Museum of Science president and director, to step down in January

The former dean of the Tufts University School of Engineering is stepping down Jan. 31 from the Museum of Science.

Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” was adapted into an animated film in 2012.

Judges quote Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Lorax’ in denying permit for pipeline through national forest

“ ‘Speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues,’ ” the judges wrote in their decision.

Two Spark Energy employees charged with breaking into Hyde Park home

The victim told police he observed two men approach his home near Summit Street around 2:10 p.m. Monday and ring the doorbell, police said in a statement.

An artist’s rendition of 2018 VG18, or “Farout.”

Local astronomers announce discovery of farthest object in solar system

The 500-kilometer-wide dwarf planet has been dubbed “Farout” because of its unprecedented distance from the sun.

Here’s why experts say the judge in the ACA case went too far

Boston-area law professors contend Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling is the judicial equivalent of a doctor performing surgery on the wrong body part — it’s just not right.

Man allegedly shoots wife, then kills himself

The 45-year-old woman told police in Rochester, N.H., that her husband shot her and then turned the weapon on himself.

Boston, MA - December 18, 2018:Sean K. Ellis embraces his sister Lasalle Ellis in the courtroom at Suffolk County Superior Court following his proceeding in Boston, MA on December 18, 2018. (Sean K. Ellis appeared in Suffolk Superior Court Tuesday where a judge formally ended the first degree murder charge that kept him in state prison for nearly 23 years. The move by the judge comes one day after Suffolk District Attorney John P. Pappas said he would not retry Ellis for for the 1993 murder of Boston Police Detective John Mulligan, who was shot five times in the face outside a Roslindale drug store on a paid detail.) (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: metro reporter:

Sean Ellis is formally freed of murder charge in detective’s killing

The move by the judge comes after Suffolk District Attorney John Pappas said he would not retry Ellis for for the 1993 murder of Boston Police Detective John Mulligan.

Man stranded on New Hampshire mountain gets help by posting on Facebook

When Robert Cummings found himself stranded on a mountain in whiteout conditions on Friday, he did what many millennials do: He posted about it on social media.

Waltham firefighters rescue man trapped in construction site

The worker was taken to a nearby hospital and the scene has since been cleared, Fire Chief Tom Macinnis said.

Here’s the full report detailing problems at the Steamship Authority

The 140-page report said the agency, which runs ferries to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, was fortunate to have avoided more frequent and severe problems before this year.

2 teenagers arrested, 1 with gun, after leading police on foot chase in Mattapan

Two Boston teenagers, one of which was carrying a loaded gun, were arrested Monday night in Mattapan after they led officers on a foot chase.

Boston police arrest 15-year-old boy and two 14- year-old girls in assault at downtown jewelry store

The woman told police that a group of juveniles gathered outside the door and began to ring the bell “relentlessly” before the alleged assault.

A 3-alarm fire in Webster displaced six residents.

3-alarm house fire rips through Webster home, displaces 6 residents

Four of the residents were home at the time, but they all had evacuated by the time firefighters arrived.

Students released from a lockdown embraced following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.


Training students to patch up classmates’ gunshot wounds sends message: Kids, you’re on your own

In a nation unwilling to take even modest steps to prevent the next Columbine or Parkland massacre, schools have begun training students how to patch up victims of mass casualty events.

Brookline police arrest alleged package thief

Brookline police arrested a man who was allegedly stealing packages from homes on Beacon Street.

Hopkinton public schools closed Tuesday because of downed power lines

Downed power lines cut electricity to three of the town’s schools, the school department said.

A wind advisory is in effect along the Massachusetts coast until 1 p.m., and winds could gust up to 45 miles per hour.

A chilly and windy day is ahead; power outages reported

Dress warmly and drive carefully as temperatures in most of the state will remain at or below freezing Tuesday morning.

Ayanna Pressley, the democratic winner of the Massachusetts 7th congressional district speaks at a rally at City Hall against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Looks like Ayanna Pressley will have Shirley Chisholm’s old congressional office

Massachusetts’ first black congresswoman announced Monday on Twitter that she will work in the Capitol office that belonged to the country’s first black congresswoman.

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Frederick Foresteire during an Everett School Committee meeting in February.

Everett schools superintendent placed on leave amid sexual harassment probe

The longtime Everett public schools superintendent has been placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation probes sexual harassment allegations against him.

Tractor-trailer driver killed in Fall River crash identified as 67-year-old Fairhaven man

John Silva, the only occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene of the multi-car crash on Route 24 North on Thursday.

Attorney General Maura Healey earlier this year.

18 states, including Mass., file motion challenging ruling striking down Affordable Care Act

The motion, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, seeks the court to clarify the impact of the ruling and confirm the ACA “is still the law of the land,” Healey’s office said.

N.H. teen indicted in connection with stabbing of Mass. trooper

A New Hampshire teenager has been indicted in connection with a stabbing of a Massachusetts State Police trooper following a wild chase that ended in New Salem in mid-October, officials said.

Man fatally stabbed last week in Palmer identified as 43-year-old man

Michael Strindberg, of Palmer, was found with multiple stab wounds at 321 River Road on Dec. 13. He was taken to Baystate Wing Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Brookline, MA - 12/14/2018- ] Mitton Hall is seen from Fisher Ave at Newbury College in Brookline on Friday, December 14, 2018. Newbury College has announced that the school will be shutting down after the spring semester. (Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe) Topic: (metro)

Before announcing shutdown, Newbury College recruited students from defunct Mount Ida

With Newbury set to close, students are surprised and saddened, especially those who transferred from recently closed Mount Ida College.

Leominster woman sentenced after stealing Social Security, Veterans Affairs benefits

Joyce Progin, 71, unlawfully collected over $300,000 in public funds, officials said.

Westport used auto dealership and former owner to pay $450,000 for allegedly selling defective vehicles

The company and former owner are also accused of failing to protect their customers’ private information and of failing to provide copies of appropriate documents for vehicle sales.