Trump’s EPA is said to cut scientists out of new water policy that threatens New England wetlands

Scientists at the US Environmental Protection Agency are accusing the agency’s political appointees of ignoring their advice and barring them from shaping sweeping new guidelines as the Trump administration plans to announce a policy that could drastically curb protections of the nation’s streams and wetlands.

Roxbury 01/18/20 Sadiki Kambon of the Nubian Coalition spaeks at a roundtable discussion was held at Black Market in Nubian Square to duscuss the newly named Nubian Square replacing the name Dudley Square. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

Residents contemplate the future of Nubian Square

Now known as Nubian Square, Roxbury is trying to shape its main commercial district in the image of its new name.


No more No Name or Top of the Hub? Maybe it’s not so bad.

We don’t have to go into mourning every single time a long-lived restaurant goes out of business. Sometimes those lights should go out. Sometimes it's just time.

01/18/2020 Concord NH -Former Massachusetts First Lady Diane Patrick (cq) campaigns for her husband Deval Patrick in Concord New Hampshire. She attended the women's rally at the State House .The former Governor ,is running for President. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)

Diane Patrick campaigns for her husband in New Hampshire

“This is a man who really desperately wants to know you — and you, and you,” she told campaign volunteers in Nashua. “He wants to listen to you. He cares about you, and he governs in that way.”

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State Police respond to jackknifed tanker in Revere, crash with serious injuries in Swampscott

A crash that left a person with serious injuries was reported in Swampscott. About an hour later, a tanker jackknifed along Route 16 in Revere, police said.

Two South Boston men arrested for attempting to rob ATM

Gerald Pekins, 46, Mark Mullaney, 53 of South Boston allegedly tried to rob a bank machine at 67 Broad St. early Saturday morning, Boston police said.

Body of missing Seekonk man found

The body was found around 3 p.m. in the area near Gammino Pond and the public library on Newman Avenue, Seekonk police said in a press release.

In Cambridge, women’s march demonstrators discover no protest planned

March Forward Massachusetts, which had overseen previous women’s marches in Boston and Cambridge, didn’t plan an event this year.

US still in the midst of civil rights movement, Pressley says at Berklee

Pressley, the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress, received the Unsung Hero Award during the college’s 17th annual Unsung Heroes Award Ceremony.

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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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Teen, man arrested on gun charges in Boston

A 17-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man were arrested on gun charges in separate incidents in Roxbury and Dorchester, Boston police announced on Saturday.

Five injured in Easton crashes, including a parking lot hit-and-run

The driver allegedly fled the scene after hitting a woman in a parking lot, leaving her with severe lower leg injuries.


The River Ridge, La., team took a selfie after winning the Little League World Series Championship last August.

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Stealing signs and heroes

It’s Little League registration time. This year, thanks to Major League Baseball’s sign-stealing scandal, the path from January snow to April sunshine passes through yet another episode of “Professional athletes are definitely not your best role models.”

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2020. There are 348 days left in the year.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 22, 2013, US rapper Eminem performs during a concert at the Stade de France in Saints-Denis, near Paris. - Guess who's back?... Rapper Eminem surprised fans on January 17, 2020, by dropping a new album featuring a strong anti-gun violence theme but also stoking the kind of controversy that brought him fame. On the album, one track called

Eminem gives Tom Brady a shoutout on the surprise album he released Friday

When Eminem released a surprise album on Friday, the track “Premonition” joined a long list of rap songs to mention an unlikely figure in hip-hop: Tom Brady.

Video captures Boston bartender saving choking customer with Heimlich maneuver

A 34-year-old worker at a bar near Downtown Crossing leapt into action to save a man who was choking on steak tips Thursday night.

Body of missing Chelmsford woman found in Merrimack River

The body of Susan Willand, a 54-year-old North Chelmsford woman who went missing last month, was found in the Merrimack River in Lowell Friday morning.

Flowers adorned a rowing machine inside the Hart Center at Holy Cross.

After their daughter’s death, Grace Rett’s family returns to the water

Seven victims of Wednesday’s deadly crash remain in the hospital, including the coach of the Holy Cross women’s rowing team, who was driving the team’s van at the time of the accident.

18lynch - This government exhibit shows former City Hall employee John Lynch taking a bribe. Lynch is slated to be sentenced in federal court on Friday, June 24. (Federal Court Records)

Lynch, former City Hall employee, caught on camera accepting stack of cash in bribery

A photograph filed in federal court late Friday shows former City Hall employee John M. Lynch “grabbing thousands of dollars in cash as part of a corrupt bribe.”

Ex-TSA screener facing enticement charges back behind bars after contacting victim

Corey Chambers, 25, had been free on bail after he allegedly lured teenage girls to participate in sexual acts.

State’s upgraded system to ease foster care chaos expected in mid-Feb.

Many DCF workers don’t have access to the new database and are still relying on a paper-based system.

7 Massachusetts projects awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grants

The new NEH grant funding will help protect historic works of art, create new editions of centuries-old books, and build a database that can tell the history of South Asian paintings by the pigment of their paint.

Lawyers for Lori Loughlin, 14 others got millions of pages of evidence from the feds, records show

Federal prosecutors have handed over millions of pages of evidence to lawyers for Hollywood star Lori Loughlin and 14 other defendants charged for their alleged roles in the college admissions cheating scandal, legal filings show.

Charlie Baker

Baker ‘dethroned’ as most popular governor in the nation, according to a new poll

Governor Charlie Baker is popular. He’s just no longer the most popular, according to one nationwide poll.

Critics say more must be done to deter impostors and perpetrators of sexual assault in ride-hail business

The case of a man charged in Boston with kidnapping and raping an Uber customer highlights that ride-hailing is vulnerable to imposter drivers, and sexual assailants have shown they can exploit the system.

By the time he gets his high school diploma, he’ll already be a college graduate

In May, Chris Strynar Jr. will receive his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard Extension School, a year before he graduates from high school. He plans to begin a graduate program in physics this year.

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Miguel Rodriguez pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and other charges.

A chance encounter, a high-speed chase: How police caught the alleged Springfield kidnapper

The Wednesday night arrest of Miguel Rodriguez for allegedly kidnapping an 11-year-old girl was the result of assistance from a variety of tipsters and Good Samaritans — a network of residents who contributed in bringing the child home unharmed.

Couple suing DCF over alleged assault of their daughter by foster child with abusive history

A former foster family claims the Department of Children and Families placed a foster child with a history of being a “perpetrator of sexual abuse” in its home without sharing his background, only to have the boy allegedly sexually assault the parents’ daughter.

01/16/20 -- Rowers from College of the Holy Cross should have been on the water in this lagoon along the Indian River in Vero Beach, Fla. Thursday morning, but a van crash on Wednesday left one young rower dead and several more in the hospital. ZOE GREENBERG/GLOBE STAFF

A day after tragedy, silence on the water

Six rowers and two others involved in a crash that killed a Holy Cross rower in Florida are expected to survive.


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Driver injured after crashes into tollbooth in Rochester, NH

Ronald Theriault, 65, of North Conway, was seriously injured after his car went flying over the tollbooth on Route 16 and struck another vehicle, officials said.

The entrance to MIT at 77 Mass. Ave.

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A potential silver lining in Harvard and MIT taking Jeffrey Epstein’s silver

Harvard and MIT took Jeffrey Epstein’s money and gave him prestige. They have a chance to make amends.

Public works employee shot to death in Lawrence was not ‘intended target,' investigators say

In a brief statement, Lawrence officials identified the slain worker as Marcos A. Ruiz-Rodriguez, 52, of Methuen, a long-time public works employee.

Clockwise from top-left: Rosie Ruiz received her crown after being the first woman to cross the finish line during the Boston Marathon in 1980; Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson intercepted a pass intended for New England’s Rob Gronkowski in 2015; Mayor James Michael Curley returned to Boston from prison in 1947. “The Gerry-Mander” cartoon first appeared in the Boston Gazette in 1812.

Long before Alex Cora, Boston has been a city of cheats

If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t trying, the old adage goes. And here in Boston, no one’s ever accused us of being slackers.

New State Police contract calls for raises, GPS tracking of police cruisers

The union’s adoption of the GPS tracking ends a lengthy battle over a reform pushed by the department and Governor Charlie Baker in the wake of the agency’s payroll fraud scandal. Still, the two sides are poised to square off again over plans to deploy cruiser dash cameras and body cameras.

At the Rashi School, King’s message resonates

The Rashi School, a K-8 Reform Jewish school in Dedham, has long looked to social justice as a guiding principle.

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N.H. man charged in Superior Court for fatal shooting in Everett

Charles Demos, 30, who was indicted last month by a Middlesex County grand jury, was ordered held following his arraignment Wednesday, officials said.

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Lottery results from Wednesday drawings

Brenda Cassellius is superintendent of Boston Public Schools.

New schools superintendent vows to set higher expectations in Boston classrooms, build trust

Superintendent Brenda Cassellius laid out a new strategic plan for the district Wednesday, a five-year vision that aims to bring equity to schools across all neighborhoods.

In most high profile N.H. endorsement yet, Representative Kuster backs Buttigieg

With our country so consumed by division, @PeteButtigieg is the leader who can finally turn the page on the Trump presidency and bring our nation together,” she wrote on Twitter.

Boston firefighter is found guilty in assault of coworker at firehouse

A Boston firefighter was found guilty Wednesday of assaulting a female colleague, in an incident that underscored the dwindling number of women in the city’s fire force and the hostility some say they have long endured.

President Trump

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Other voters’ sexism

Can a woman win the presidency? In 2020, that maddening, dispiriting question isn’t just about gender. It’s also about how broken we are as a country.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo.

DeLeo doesn’t see ‘a whole lot of support’ for a regional climate pact

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said lawmakers likely can’t wait for a potential cash infusion from the Transportation and Climate Initiative, a regional effort that Baker has roundly supported.

Officials probing college scam heard call between ringleader and Lori Loughlin

Federal prosecutors in Boston made the disclosure in a filing in the closely watched case against Hollywood star Lori Loughlin and several other defendants.

The state could be facing a nearly $900 million budget gap next fiscal year thanks to slowing tax revenue and growing costs, a Beacon Hill watchdog is warning.

State faces $900 million budget gap, watchdog warns

The analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation suggests that lawmakers may have to consider “tax increases or spending cuts” to balance the state’s $43 billion-plus budget.

Visitors watched a NASA presentation in the exhibit hall during the American Meteorological Society’s annual meeting in Boston.

The local TV weathercaster may want to tell you about climate change, too

Those friendly local weathercasters have a new and urgent mission: to convey the climate crisis in their daily briefings to audiences around the world.