The BU biolab: a timeline

The 192,000-square-foot high-security biolab has sat mostly empty since its completion in 2008.

From left: Derek Howard, John Raposo, and George Billadeau reacted after they were acquitted Monday in the 2009 death of patient Joshua Messier.

Prison guards acquitted in death of Bridgewater patient

The guards were acquitted for their role in the 2009 death of Joshua Messier.

Boston, MA - 09/13/12 - Long time Boston Globe reporter Gloria Negri bids a fond farewell to her fellow colleagues at her retirement sendoff in the Globe editorial newsroom. - (Globe Staff Photo / Barry Chin) section: Metro, reporter: unknown, slug: 14negri, LOID: 5.0.274994604.


Indispensable and unstoppable, Gloria Negri was at the heart of the Globe

For 53 years, she ranged wide for the newspaper, from “Fabulous Fenway” to war-torn Saigon. Negri died on Sunday.

Students from Orchard Gardens protested in front of their school on Monday morning.

Students keep finding needles near their school. They want action from the city.

On his way to school in Roxbury each morning, Emanuel Pires tries to avoid the discarded needles. But they are everywhere.

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Brighton man jailed for forgery facing more legal trouble

David Scher, 35, was charged Tuesday with falsely claiming to hold a law degree and taken into custody as a probation violator.

Biomass plan will undercut climate change efforts, critics say

Administration officials have said that biomass is part of an effort to diversify the state’s energy consumption.

Dave Epstein

A slushy mess is in store for southern New England

On Tuesday night, we’ll start to experience the coldest air of the season so far.

Mashpee police investigating disappearance of retired correctional officer

Mashpee police are investigating the disappearance of a 64-year-old retired correctional officer and his son is currently behing held on a gun charge, police said.

Philanthropist funded trip for officials with oversight over development he opposed

Amos Hostetter paid for two officials to join a group traveling to Europe at the same time their agency was reviewing a waterfront hotel project he was fighting to stop.

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Woman arrested, man hospitalized following Arlington stabbing

A woman is under arrest and a man is undergoing medical care at an area hospital following a stabbing inside a unit at an apartment complex in Arlington early Tuesday.

Boston police commissioner says Lena Bruce murder ‘hits close to home’

After the long-awaited verdict, Boston police Commissioner William Evans said he was pleased, but also felt “mixed emotions.”

A storm system that developed in the Ohio Valley “will bring a wintry mix of snow and ice to the interior with mainly rain in the coastal plain,’’ forecasters said.

Snow in the northwest, and rain mainly in the plain of Boston

A “wintry mix” of snow, sleet and rain will bring up to four inches to areas near North Adams while Greater Boston and coastal communities will get rain.

Methuen police charge 9-year-old with bringing pellet gun to school

Teachers found the weapon in the fourth-grader’s school bag on Friday.

Lynn police searching for suspect in daytime attack

Almost two months after a woman was attacked in broad daylight while walking in Lynn, police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect.

New Hampshire men charged with heroin possession in Chelmsford

Police say a passing car nearly hit an officer during the arrest.

Teen arrested in fatal East Boston shooting

Police charged Brockton native Thorus O’Brien, 18, with murder on Monday.

Boston’s six female city councilors gathered together for the first time Monday at an open forum. From left, Ayanna Pressley, Andrea Campbell, Michelle Wu, moderator Yvonne Abraham, Annissa Essaibi George, Lydia Edwards, and Kim Janey.

Boston’s six women councilors discuss their historic election in special conversation

Prior to 2013, only 10 women had been elected to Boston’s City Council since its inception in 1910.


Lottery results from Monday drawings

What should Boston hospitals do to be more welcoming and diverse? Tell us your ideas.

Tell us what you think about the newest installment of the Spotlight series “Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.”

Customers shopped at the SoWa winter festival in Boston earlier this month. SoWa has partnered with Globe Santa to raise funds to provide Christmas gifts for needy children.

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Young girl’s letter to Globe Santa captures the magic of Christmas

Perhaps the most moving and inspiring missives come from children themselves.

Transportation board members question long delay for train station in Allston

State officials defended the decision to delay the station at a future Allston development site until 2040.

Indiana and 12 other states are suing Massachusetts to stop implementation of its cage-free egg voter initiative.

Thirteen states sue over Mass. egg law

Indiana and 12 other states are suing Massachusetts over its cage-free egg law, asking the US Supreme Court to scramble implementation of the voter-passed initiative.

Miami Gardens, FL - 12/11/2017 - {1st quarter) New England Patriots middle linebacker Trevor Reilly (51) wraps up Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32) during the first quarter. The New England Patriots visit the Miami Dolphins in a Monday night football game at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: James M. McBride, Topic: 12Patriots-Dolphins, LOID:8.4.335853716.

It’s another bad night in Miami for the Patriots

New England (10-3) lost for the first time in two months, Tom Brady’s career record at Hard Rock Stadium fell to 7-9, and the T-shirts and hats will have to wait.

Alivia Nixon was excited when she ripped open a present during last year’s Christmas in the City.


The essence of Christmas

Christmas in the City transforms the convention center into a wonderland. The beneficiaries: an estimated 6,000 homeless children.

Talia Hyatt, a friend of Dawn Jaffier, was in tears as she testified on the first day of the trial of the men accused in Jaffier’s killing.

Friend told victim of Caribbean Day shooting: ‘Stay with us’

The murder trial for two men accused of killing Dawnn Jaffier, a 26-year-old youth worker, opened Monday.

Officials investigating death of 2-year-old boy in N.H.

Officials are investigating the death of a two-year-old boy in Manchester, New Hampshire, according to a press release from the N.H. Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald.

Wellesley bank robbed near elementary school

An employee at Wellesley Bank called 911 around 2:37 p.m. and said that a male suspect had robbed the bank while St. John School was dismissing its students.

Framingham State enlists FBI help in investigation of racist messages

The most recent message was found Friday by an 18-year-old freshman from Boston.

Watch: A conversation with the women of the Boston City Council

Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham held a round-table discussion with Michelle Wu, Annissa Essaibi George, Ayanna Pressley, Andrea Campbell, Lydia Edwards, and Kim Janey.

Laborer Randall Turner walked past an advertisement for the Pier 4 development on Northern Avenue.

That was no typo: The median net worth of black Bostonians really is $8

The median net worth for non-immigrant African-American households in the Greater Boston region is $8, according to “The Color of Wealth in Boston.”

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2017. There are 19 days left in the year. Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins at sunset.

2017 Geminid meteor shower

Dave Epstein

The 2017 Geminid meteor shower will light up the night this week

The darkest nights of the year are upon us and this makes great viewing for the annual Geminid meteor shower.

161 years ago, Boston and state officials approved a plan to fill in the Back Bay

On Dec. 11, 1856, the City of Boston approved the plan to fill in the Back Bay and build what would become one of the city’s most distinctive neighborhoods.

The casket with Montgomery Fire Chief Stephen P. Frye was placed on the bed of a Montgomery firetruck outside Blessed Sacrament Church in Westfield on Monday.

Firefighters mourn small western Mass. town’s fallen fire chief

The funeral for Montgomery’s Stephen Frye was held Monday at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament church in Westfield.

Search for two missing fishermen postponed again

The search for a missing clam boat that sank off the coast of Nantucket last week is on hold Monday as divers wait for safer conditions to go into the Atlantic Ocean.

James Witkowski left the courtroom for a break after opening statements were given Nov. 29  in his Suffolk Superior Court murder trial. A jury convicted Witkowski on Monday of first-degree murder.

Man found guilty in 1992 slaying of 21-year-old Tufts graduate

James Witkowski, 45, was convicted of first-degree murder in the Lena Bruce’s killing.

Two Mass. residents rescued on Mt. Monadnock in NH over the weekend

Two Massachusetts residents were rescued on Mt. Monadnock and the smaller Pack Monadnock in New Hampshire in separate incidents over the weekend, officials said.

Police and other first responders respond to a reported explosion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Transit Police and BPD stepping up patrols after Port Authority attack

There is no credible threat against Boston or the sprawling MBTA transit system, officials say.

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Baker assails auditor’s scathing DCF report

Governor Baker, angered by a report that painted the department as rife with dysfunction, dispatched a defense of the agency to its workers.

Man shot and killed in East Boston

The shooting was possibly drug-related, police said.

Fire leaves Sandisfield without any snow plows ahead of storm

Without any equipment, it’s unclear how the Sandisfield public works department will be able to sand and plow the roads on their own.

Dave Epstein

Boston is getting a frigid blast this week, but there shouldn’t be much snow

Before the weekend storm was over people were already talking about another round of precipitation coming on Tuesday.

A pedestrian protected himself from the rain in Boston.

Buckle up: Rain, wind, bitter temperatures heading our way

The Greater Boston area won’t see any additional snow accumulation from a storm arriving Monday night.


Color line persists, in sickness as in health

Simply put: If you are black in Boston, you are less likely to get care at several of the city’s elite hospitals than if you are white.

Tennessee boy’s emotional video about bullying gains attention nationwide

Public figures across the country — including from Mass. — are rallying behind the boy after he recounted being bullied in a heart-wrenching, viral video.



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One-alarm fire extinguished in Roslindale

Firefighters battled a one-alarm fire at a building in Roslindale Sunday night, officials said.


Lottery results from Sunday drawings

The announcement via live video from Stockholm about the prize for research on circadian rhythms drew cheers from the crowd assembled at the Usdan Student Center at Brandeis University on Sunday.

Brandeis celebrates professors’ Nobel Prize

Students, faculty, and staff gathered Sunday for a watch party as one current and one retired Brandeis professor were honored.

More snow is on tap for Tuesday

The snow from Saturday’s storm hasn’t completely melted, and Massachusetts is already bracing for more wintry precipitation.