MIT announces $1b outlay for study of artificial intelligence, computing

The MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing will open in September 2019 as “an interdisciplinary hub for work in computer science, AI, data science, and related fields.”

Violent crime in Mass. fell in 2017, but homicides rose

The violent crime rate dropped below national levels for the second time since 2016, according to FBI statistics.

Supporters of admissions policies that include race as a factor marched in Harvard Square on Sunday.

Dueling rallies ahead of Harvard affirmative action lawsuit

Harvard students, alumni, and employees marched in support of affirmative action in admissions while opponents rallied against it.

Side-by-side drawbridges create a bottleneck for trains entering and leaving North Station, the MBTA says.

MBTA will replace North Station drawbridges, eliminating a chokepoint

By building a wider bridge with six rail lines, the project will allow an increase the number of platforms available for commuter-rail passenger service.

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In New England, Aaron Hernandez ran for glory, and for his life

Hernandez was known within the Patriots as a top star who was beyond odd. Some teammates found him full of “red flag” behavior.

Does Hernandez’s life say anything about the game of US football?

Aaron Hernandez was known within the Patriots as a top star who was beyond odd.

State bomb squad responds to World War II-era tank shell found in basement in Gloucester

A Rockland woman was cleaning her 86-year-old mother’s basement when she discovered the ordinance on her late father’s workbench.

Lawmakers pare back Baker’s funding proposal for school safety

The supplemental state budget would also put $10 million dollars aside for costs related to the Merrimack Valley gas explosions.

Former Fessenden students sue school, alleging officials ignored abuse

William A. Greaves II and John Sweeney, who attended the Newton private school as boys in the 1960s and 1970s, say the school knew children were vulnerable to teachers and the former assistant headmaster.

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Boston, MA 1-29-18: It was a grey day, with touches of brown thrown in, but two exercisers brightened the scene on a path along the Charles River on Soldier's Field Road with red tops this afternoon. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Latest idea for Mass. Pike project: elevate the bike path along the Charles

State officials will consider an “eleventh-hour” proposal for the billion-dollar reconstruction of the Massachusetts Turnpike through Allston.

Foxborough, MA - 10/14/2018 - (4th quarter) Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) leaps to make a long touchdown reception that tied the game at 40-40 late in the fourth quarter. The New England Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs in a Sunday night NFL game at Gillette stadium in Foxborough. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Jim McBride, Topic: 15Patriots-Chiefs, LOID: 8.4.3482575762.

Patriots fan will face charges after beer was thrown in Tyreek Hill’s face

A 21-year-old man from Mansfield will be summonsed to court for disorderly conduct and throwing an object during a sporting event after Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill had beer thrown in his face.

One of the guns collected from the search warrant bust last Thursday.

7 arrested in 2 incidents in Lynn

Lynn police arrested six people and seized two guns and several bags of drugs Thursday after executing search warrants at an apartment complex. In an unrelated case, police arrested a man Saturday for allegedly firing a gun into the air and at a vehicle.

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Smoking is rampant in hiphop videos and that could be a public health problem

Many hiphop videos contain depictions of tobacco or marijuana smoking or vaping, according to a study that raises questions about the videos’ impact on young people.

The cat in the Westfield shelter.

Westfield shelter looking for owner of a cat thrown out of a moving vehicle

When the unknown object hit the ground, it started moving, the woman told Robichaud, prompting her pull over and take a look.

Man, 79, crashes into Buzzards Bay post office; hits gas instead of brake

A 79-year-old Bourne man allegedly drove the car into the post office lobby accidentally when he tried to pull into a parking spot outside the building.

R.I. woman leads police on chase through 2 states

The chase started in Warwick, Rhode Island at about 1:30 a.m. and ended in Swansea, Massachusetts.

People held signs onstage as Mayor Walsh hosted a rally supporting immigrant families to speak out against the Trump Administration's change to the

Mayor Walsh and advocates rip proposal to make it harder for immigrants to get green cards

Walsh, speaking during a rally at Faneuil Hall, called the proposed changes to the rules surrounding green card applications a “disgrace.”

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone (left) and GOP Senate candidate Geoff Diehl (right).

Somerville mayor says he’ll break his Sam Adams boycott if Geoff Diehl wins Senate seat

A spat seems to be brewing between Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone and Republican Senate candidate Geoff Diehl’s campaign this week.

Watertown police facing sudden spike in opioid overdoses since Sunday

Watertown police urged relatives and friends of those battling opioid addiction to actively check on their well-being Tuesday.

Senator Elizabeth Warren holds a rally at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, Mass. on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

Here’s what you need to know about Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test

Why did Senator Elizabeth Warren take a DNA test and release the results? Here’s a brief rundown.

Here’s the full list of the 143 Sears, Kmart stores closing around the US

The one-time powerhouse retailer that survived two world wars and the Great Depression has been calving off pieces of itself as it burns through money.

A grain silo collapsed and fell onto a barn at Cheery Hill Farm in Lunenburg on Sunday.

Lunenburg farm reeling from silo collapse that killed one cow; dairy barn heavily damaged

The daughter of the owners of Cherry Hill Farm said it was “amazing” that no one was hurt when a silo collapsed on Sunday.

The latest ‘Last Seen’ episode: ‘The Bobbys’

Episode 5: Does the FBI stand by its claim, made in 2013, that the stolen art traveled from Boston, through Connecticut and was offered for sale in Philadelphia?

The alligator that was seized from the man.

Man arrested at Framingham hotel after charging people to take photos with alligator, snake, and tarantulas

The man was arrested on an unrelated warrant and will be criminally summonsed for the illegal importation and possession of an alligator.

Members of the Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team.

Mass. dispatches emergency team to Florida to help with Hurricane Michael recovery effort

The 12-person incident management team will be deployed to Florida Monday after Governor Charlie Baker authorized the move.

Republican nominee for Senate Geoff Diehl.

Warren’s opponent calls DNA test proof of presidential ambitions

“This just reaffirms that she is trying to address an issue that would potentially hamper her for that presidential run,” Geoff Diehl said in a Monday interview with the Globe.

Police found this shotgun in the Nantucket man’s car.

Police find tactical shotgun in Nantucket man’s car during traffic stop

Police say they found the Kel-Tec KSG 12-guage dual-barrel tactical shotgun after Amis Carlisle was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

A rally in Copley Square was held to support the lawsuit from Students for Fair Admissions against harvard.

Lawyer says Harvard ‘let the wolf of racial bias in through the front door’

Attorney Adam Mortara gave opening arguments Monday morning in federal court in a high-stakes trial that has drawn an overflow crowd of onlookers.

Combined Lottery jackpot total surpasses $1 billion this week

The Mega Millions jackpot for Tuesday’s drawing is an estimated $654 million and the Powerball jackpot for Wednesday is an estimated $345 million.

Man found dead in Greenland, N.H.

“This is an ongoing investigation into whether a crime has occurred,” the release said. “At this juncture, there is no evidence to suggest that there is a threat to the general public.”

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Swastikas drawn on science lab bench at Reading Memorial High School

The principal confirmed details of the disturbing incident in a letter to families and staff posted to the Reading Public Schools website Saturday.

Fire officials recommend boiler inspections after Duxbury home explosion

“There was a failure of multiple safety devices on the boiler and an inspection could have prevented this from happening,” an official said.

The latest ‘Last Seen’ episode: ‘Two Bad Men’

This is the story of two men. One of them was born lucky. The other wasn’t.

A rainy Monday, and colder temps to follow

It will be a cool and damp start to the work week.

10/15/18--Boston MA-- Protestors outside Federal Court in Boston Monday morning where Harvard will face a lawusit from Students for Fair Admissions. David Ryan/ Globe Staff

The Harvard admissions trial starts today. Here’s what you need to know

A high-stakes case accusing the university of discriminating against Asian-American applicants begins today.

Study: Veterinarians struggle as they balance the needs of pets and owners

Balancing the medical needs of animal patients with the financial and emotional ones of their human owners can have a negative impact on their mental health, according to a new study.

The latest ‘Last Seen’ episode: ‘The Bobbys’

In the absence of any new statements from the Boston FBI, we’re going to follow the trail to scrutinize the story they told in 2013. Does it hold up?

This day in history

Today is Monday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2018. There are 77 days left in the year.


Oct. 15, 2018

Ritchy Rinchet (left) and David Hogg were part of a HUBweek conversation Sunday at Faneuil Hall centered around youth activism and ending gun violence.

David Hogg and other panelists address gun violence at HUBweek

Activists, including Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg, said Sunday that the next steps in solving the national gun violence crisis hinges on two things.


Lottery results from Sunday drawings

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Why do some neighborhoods provide greater economic opportunity?

A group of economists have released an unprecedented neighborhood-by-neighborhood look at upward mobility in America.

Should football be treated more like a business, or remain a college extracurricular activity?

A rising star with a violent streak enabled by college football.


How college helped fuel Aaron Hernandez’s rise and accelerated his fall

A rising star with a violent streak enabled by college football. Consequences did not necessarily apply to top athletes.

‘There is a hole in our family.’ Hudson man dies during honeymoon in Costa Rica

Tragedy struck Friday when the couple got caught up in flood waters while traveling along the country’s western coast.

Time Machine

Oct. 15, 1987: The Globe’s William Doherty reports that British actress Vanessa Redgrave may be able to college additional damages from the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

A grain silo fell onto the barn.

More than a dozen calves trapped after barn collapse in Lunenburg

A regional rescue team responded to Cherry Hill Farm after a grain silo fell onto the building.

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Cumberland Farms evacuated after bag of drugs bursts during arrest

The store in Manchester, N.H. was forced to close until it could be professionally decontaminated, police said.