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Officials defend decision to shoot bear in Newton

Massachusetts Environmental Police are facing a deluge of criticism over the fatal shooting of a black bear Sunday, but the agency stands by its decision.

// After clashing with deputies, fire chief resigns

Steve E. Abraira fought with his command staff over his management style and handling of the Marathon bombings.

Bulger lawyers want public present for jury selection

Attorneys for James “Whitey” Bulger demanded members of the public be allowed in the same room with potential jurors.

Police probe apparent suicide on John Henry’s yacht

Emergency responders found a male in cardiac arrest on the Red Sox owner’s yacht, Boston police said today.

Tania Merisca of Brockton reacted as she spoke about the death of her four-year-old son, Chauncey Cohen.

Mother seeks answers after ‘suspicious’ death of son, 4

A woman whose son became unresponsive while in a bathtub at a Brockton hotel said she wants to know how he died “so he can rest in peace.’’

Chloe O’Connell at Children’s Hospital. The 20-year-old from Wellfleet is going through the hospital’s new Female Athlete Program after suffering stress fractures in both heels.

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Gender gap in treating female athletes

Female athletes are prone to different types of injuries than their male counterparts, but specific training for women still lags.

Patrice Bergeron’s face showed he’d been in a scrap.

Game 2: Bruins at Penguins, 8 p.m.

Patrice Bergeron showed the fight in Bruins

The defensive smothering of Bergeron, who got into a Game 1 fight with the Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin, can lead opposing stars to frustration.

Marathon bombings

// Last bomb victim discharged from Boston hospital

After spending 50 days at Beth Israel, Erika Brannock, a 29-year-old preschool teacher from suburban Baltimore, was discharged on Monday.


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Volunteers Chris Diani (left) and Ann Hoganson were evacuated from a train that stopped in a tunnel during a commuter rail emergency response drill in Salem on Sunday.

Dress rehearsal for responders on rail system

Police and fire officials tested their response to a simulated explosion and fire in Salem on Halloween, when the city fills with visitors.

Special Reports

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Bitten by Uncertainty

With tens of thousands of people contracting Lyme disease in Mass. each year, the Globe is taking an in-depth look at the disease, the patients, the debate, science and testing.