Former coach and parent to plead guilty in college admissions cheating scandal

The defendants were identified as Laura Janke, a former assistant coach of women’s soccer at USC, and Toby MacFarlane, a former senior executive at a title insurance company.

Superintendent candidate says ‘frank conversation’ needed on declining BPS enrollment

Says she will collaborate, make tough choices about school system’s declining enrollment.

Department of Children and Families workers leave the Dorchester DCF office holding hands with a child.

Auditor concerned that communication issues hurt foster children’s education

A new report states the issues lead to educational delays for abused and neglected children as they are moved from foster home to foster home.

How population numbers in Boston and Massachusetts changed over the past 8 years

The Greater Boston metropolitan area grew from 4.55 million in 2010 to 4.875 million in 2018, and ranked the 10th most populous in the nation last year, according to new Census data.

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Boston police arrest woman and boy, 16, after finding shotgun, rifle in Dorchester home

The 21-year-old woman and the 16-year-old boy are facing multiple gun-related charges.

Merriam-Webster adds ‘stan,’ ‘snowflake,’ and ‘EGOT’ to dictionary

Other additions to the dictionary include “gender nonconforming,” “top surgery,” and “bottom surgery.”

Read the judge’s ruling on the release of the Kraft spa video

Robert Kraft scored a procedural victory Tuesday as a judge temporarily barred the release of surveillance videos of the Patriots owner allegedly engaging in sex acts in a Florida spa. Read the decision.

In N.H., Sanders says he’s the best candidate to beat ‘the most dangerous president’

The Vermont senator argued that the ideas he ran on in 2016 have proven to be resonant with voters — not just in key primary states but across the country.

SJC ruling protects cellphone location data but upholds police powers in case of emergency

The Supreme Judicial Court said state constitutional protections against unwarranted and excessive government intrusion into personal lives must be continuously updated to match technological innovations.

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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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N.H. study finds 14 local bee species on the decline

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are pointing the finger at climate change as the cause of the setback.


Coast Guard responds to disabled fishing boat off Cape Ann

The cutter Reliance was sent to help Orion, an 80-foot fishing boat that lost propulsion 35 miles northeast of Cape Ann.

Hundreds displaced after fire at Chestnut Hill condo complex

Newton Fire Lieutenant Michael Bianchi said as many as 800 people were displaced as a result of the two-alarm fire at The Towers of Chestnut Hill.

Small earthquake recorded off the coast of Gloucester

The magnitude 1.7 earthquake occurred at 6:09 p.m. Monday, and only lasted for a second or two, officials said.

Robert Kraft.

Judge temporarily blocks release of Robert Kraft spa video

A judge agreed with the Patriots owner and issued a protective order that prevents the videos being released to the Globe and other news organizations as would routinely occur under Florida law.

Two schools locked down briefly while Andover police searched for gunman who robbed CVS

Police are hunting for an armed robbery suspect after a man stole drugs from a pharmacy in Andover Tuesday, officials said.

A family waited for a ride outside of Fenway Park after finding out that the game between the Red Sox and the Tigers was rained out Monday. The day’s rainfall broke an 82-year-old record for the day.

Rainy Monday in Boston breaks 82-year-old rainfall record

Boston received 2.3 inches of rain on Monday, which broke the old single-day record of 1.89 inches for April 22 that was set in 1937.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2019. There are 252 days left in the year.

Three men arrested after police raid motorcycle clubhouse in Everett

Three men were arrested after authorities raided an motorcycle group’s Everett clubhouse and found illegal guns and ammunition, prosecutors said Monday.

Actress Lori Loughlin at Joe Moakley Courthouse in Boston on April 3.

Lori Loughlin, other defendants in college cheating scandal, want to review evidence

The actress and more than a dozen other defendants in the college admissions cheating scandal are asking to review evidence before they file any “substantive motions” in the case.


Lottery results from Monday drawings

Tufts entrepreneurs aim to improve Bangladeshi women’s health

The Now Exchange won $15,000 to help distribute free contraceptives to clinics in Bangladesh for women working in the garment industry.

Babson’s World Globe will keep turning

The coveted 25-ton fixture makes a comeback in a new location at Babson College.

Police raided the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., in February.

Spa patrons file class action suit in Florida prostitution case

Florida authorities behind the solicitation case that has ensnared Patriots owner Robert Kraft are being sued for invasion of privacy in a federal class-action lawsuit, court documents show.

Man who allegedly threw woman in front of dump truck held without bail

Michael Baker, the man charged with throwing a woman in front of a moving dump truck in Gloucester last Friday, is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing, officials said.

Man who threatened Boston Globe workers to plead guilty, his attorney says

Robert Chain plans to plead guilty to all counts he faces in connection with the menacing calls, his lawyer confirmed on Monday.

Governor Charlie Baker announced systemwide reforms and more funds to rebuild the Department of Children and Families after he took office in 2015. But advocates say progress in DCF is slow.

Mass. foster care oversight plagued by conflict of interest, advocates say

Under the current system, the Department of Children and Families is responsible for reviewing its own performance, something the advocates say is ineffective.

Suspicious death of Hampton, N.H. man ruled a homicide

The cause of Juan Astacio’s death has not been released.

During the tenure of Helen Drinan (above), Simmons completed a $100 million fund-raising campaign, achieved university status, and expanded its online degree offerings.

Simmons University president Helen Drinan stepping down in 2020

Drinan, credited with bringing stability to Simmons over her 10-year tenure as president, says she’ll step down in June 2020.

Permit, funding hurdles cleared for South Coast Rail

The project’s first phase will extend the Middleborough Line to New Bedford and Fall River, bringing six new stations and two new layover facilities into the rail network.

Construction worker suffers minor injuries in 2-alarm Newton apartment building fire

A 2-alarm fire at a Newton apartment building sent a construction worker to the hospital with minor injuries Monday, an official said.

Students and local officials gather outside the Brooks Elementary School in Medford on Monday for the unveiling of a three-dimensional crosswalk. (City of Medford / Mayor's office) 23crosswalk

Students convince Medford to install ‘3-D’ crosswalks at elementary schools

The city on Monday unveiled a three-dimensional crosswalk at one of its elementary schools. More are planned for other schools.

Man shot by State Police trooper after he displayed firearm ordered held pending dangerousness hearing

The man shot by a State Police trooper in Brockton Saturday while allegedly armed with a firearm was arraigned in his room at a Boston hospital Monday.


Julian Edelman and rocker Citizen Cope hung out

Recording artist Citizen Cope dined with New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman after a Boston concert over the weekend and scored some team memorabilia.

Saint Jean Vianney’s heart on display for veneration in Boston

The Knights of Columbus will be presenting Saint Jean Vianney’s incorrupt heart, a major relic from French history in Boston next week while the relic takes a national tour, officials from the Archdiocese of Boston announced.

Heavy rain may snarl the evening commute

This afternoon’s rain may cause water to pool on roadways and cause decreased visibility.

Emory G. Snell Jr. (left) was convicted of killing his wife, Elizabeth L. Snell.

Convicted killer fails in bid to see personnel file of pathologist who autopsied his wife

The state’s high court said Emory Snell Jr. did not use the right legal avenue when he turned to the courts after the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner refused to turn over a doctor’s personnel file after being ordered to do so.

Teen seriously injured after leaping from fourth floor balcony at Boston courthouse

A teenager being prosecuted for domestic violence leapt from the fourth-floor balcony inside the Edward Brooke Courthouse in Boston Monday, officials said.

Bald eagle sightings reported along Charles River

The national bird was spotted perched on the branch of a tree on the Boston side of the Charles River, near the Massachusetts Avenue bridge.

Officials lift shelter-in-place at Natick High School and elementary school

Two schools in Natick underwent a shelter-in-place Monday afternoon after a report of a suicidal person near the schools, officials said.

Man struck and killed by Amtrak train in Biddeford, Maine

A man walking across train tracks Sunday afternoon in Biddeford, Maine, was struck and killed by an Amtrak Downeaster Train, officials said.

Hyde Park men killed in Rhode Island crash

Romario Cameron, 24, and Johny Goyau, 25, were killed early Sunday in a wreck on Interstate 95 in Warwick.

A manager at the Stop & Shop in Medford welcomed his employees back to work Monday morning.

Stop & Shop says stores are open but may have limited services

There was no indication from the United Food and Commercial Workers union regarding when the ratification vote will be held, though a spokesman said the vote will take place as soon as possible.

William “Rick” Singer.

Mastermind of college admissions cheating scandal asks court for permission to visit son

A lawyer for William Rick Singer, requested that his client be allowed to travel to Missouri to visit his son, who wasn’t named.

MIT researchers say life may have begun in a puddle

Researchers from MIT are suggesting the big moment may not have happened in the ocean — but rather in a shallow pond, perhaps 4 inches deep.

Who cares if your MBTA train’s on time if you reach your destination late?

The MBTA is considering changing the way it measures success on the subway.

Driver leaves scene after hitting utility pole in Brockton

Brockton officials are searching for a suspect who hit a utility pole and left the car there Monday morning.

Francis P. Salemme in a booking photo taken in West Palm Beach, Fla., in 1995 and distributed by the FBI. Salemme’s trial in Boston in connection with the 1993 killing of real estate developer Steven DiSarro began May 9, 2018. (FBI via The New York Times) -- EDITORIAL USE ONLY --

Former mob boss Frank Salemme moved to medical prison facility

“Cadillac Frank,” serving a life sentence, has been moved from a Brooklyn prison to a federal facility in Missouri.

Watch these two pups on the loose casually parade through Tewksbury

“It was funny as heck,” said Jim Lyons, who took a video of the dogs parading down the street, side by side.

Dartmouth police detective rescues man from burning home

A police detective saved a man trapped in the lower level of a ranch house Saturday night in Dartmouth when a room went up in flames, officials said.