Why did slayings tumble in Mass. last year?

Boston police closed off a scene with crime tape in January 2015.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Officials attribute the decline to focused attention on gang violence, drugs, and gun trafficking.

National Weather Service

Up to 4 inches of snow expected in Boston Monday

Forecasters expect up to 4 inches to fall in the Boston area Monday during a storm that could hit the morning commute.

Learning curve

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States such as Utah, Indiana, and Delaware have stepped up their efforts with immersion programs for elementary students.

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Business at the Plainville slot parlor surged in January and February.

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Fire officials arrived to the scene within seconds to find the victims ? a 49-year-old and a 51-year-old ? trapped inside the car.

Adrian Walker

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Recruiting and training efforts could have more impact than creating more districts with a nonwhite majority.

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Wareham officials say the restaurant suffered heavy damage and the truck was destroyed.

Andris Nelsons and others worked on a recording of Shostakovich?s Symphony #8 in the BSO?s new state of the art control room.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

With a sleek new studio, the BSO embraces the future

The BSO?s new control room ? arguably the most advanced of its kind ? puts creative control in the hands of the orchestra.

Silver medalist Ashley Wagner, of the United States, skates during the exhibition program at the World Figure Skating Championships, Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

What Worlds can tell us about 2018 Olympic ice skating

Newly crowned silver medalist Ashley Wagner is already thinking about music and story lines for potential Olympic programs.

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The report said a data leak of 11.5 million records uncovered a money trail that ?came uncomfortably close? to the Russian president.

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CEO Jim Rooney is direct about wanting to expand the group?s appeal beyond its usual suit-and-tie crowd.

Tight end Martellus Bennett played for the Chicago Bears last season.

Martellus Bennett the latest to answer Brady?s conch shell call

The Patriots? social media wackiness continues.

Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz signed autographs for fans before a spring training baseball game last month.

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Dan Shaughnessy

No time to waste for Red Sox

As they prepare to launch their 116th big league season at Progressive Field Monday, the Boston Red Sox are immersed in a sense of urgency.

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Jason Aldean beat Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert for entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

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Harington, who plays Jon Snow on HBO?s ?Game of Thrones,? talked about the show?s next season on ?The Jonathan Ross Show.?

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A bull that got loose in Queens recently was saved from the slaughterhouse with a little help from the famous comedian.

Opinion & Ideas


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Transparent, gender-neutral systems would prevent bias from derailing the best and fairest outcomes.

Ground Game

ground game

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Tuesday?s election may matter and function more like those initial nominating contests than the more recent primaries.

The Big Picture

The Boston skyline is framed by ?Gates of Transcendence,? at the Boston Harbor Shipyard Marina in East Boston. The sculpture, by Michael Alfano, is part of the HarborArts Outdoor Gallery along the Boston HarborWalk.

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The Big Picture

Globe photos of the month, March 2016

A look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month.

Nation & World

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Globe investigations

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The Boston Globe?s 2001-2002 investigation into sexual abuses by clergy in the Catholic Church resulted in more than 600 stories.

The story behind 'Spotlight'

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?Spotlight? is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.


scott kirsner | innovation economy

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The Boston office of Legendary Entertainment crunches ?big data? to help the film studio make key decisions, from casting to marketing.


John Allen Jr. | All Things Catholic

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Pope Francis is massively popular around the world, but somewhat divisive inside the church itself.

Design New England

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In the latest issue of Design New England, a one-of-a-kind design combines aesthetics and functionality for harmonious living.