Former Providence mayor ?Buddy? Cianci dies

Former Providence Mayor Vincent A. ?Buddy? Cianci died Thursday at the age of 74.

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Vincent ?Buddy? Cianci dominated Rhode Island politics for parts of four decades.


// GE and the promise of the new Boston economy

As recently as a few decades ago, this was a much different city and Massachusetts a much different state.

// State Senate proposes public records overhaul

The legislation goes further than a House bill to make it easier for people to obtain government records.

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Photos: Tattoos help bombing survivor Sydney Corcoran to heal

?I love expressing myself,? Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Sydney Corcoran said about the many tattoos that now grace her body.

// More of us are renters than ever before

For the first time on record, homeownership in the Boston area dipped below 60 percent.

// Sundance is looking heavier this year

It?s an unusually quiet festival, and an unusually serious one, Ty Burr says.

// Hawaii AG says fantasy sports illegal, no enforcement yet

Doug Chin is the latest state official to say daily fantasy sports games played for cash are illegal gambling under state law.

home of the week

// Belmont Colonial features double-decker bedroom

The home has six bedrooms and a basement that includes an exercise room, sauna, and a half bath.

The Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven-member crew were lost when a ruptured O-ring in the right Solid Rocket Booster caused an explosion soon after launch from the Kennedy Space Center in this NASA handout photo dated January 28, 1986. Thirty years after the space shuttle Challenger exploded during liftoff, a new generation of spaceships continues to build on changes made after NASA's fatal accident. REUTERS/NASA/Handout via Reuters/Files ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.

from the archives | Jan. 29, 1986

Fiery blast destroys space shuttle Challenger

The explosion killed all seven crew members, including Christa McAuliffe, a New Hampshire teacher who was to be the country?s first private citizen to orbit the Earth.

// Baker unveils new economic development bill

Governor Baker is filing a bill aimed at stimulating the local economy through capital grants and workforce training funds.

ground game

New poll shows four-way battle for 2nd place in N.H. GOP primary

The Suffolk University poll shows John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio in a statistical tie.

// Police arrest two people wounded in violent Brookline episode

Police Chief Daniel C. O?Leary called the incident ?a targeted crime? as he announced details Thursday.

Young residents ran away and others covered their faces as a municipal worker sprayed insecticide to combat the  mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus.

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Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

What is Zika, and can it reach the US?

Never before has there been a Zika outbreak of this scale, with over a million cases in Brazil and potentially millions more in the months ahead.

// Zika ?spreading explosively,? WHO official says

?The possible links, only recently suspected, have rapidly changed the risk profile of Zika from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions,? the agency?s director-general said.

Pizza shop owner allegedly recruited ex-employee for prostitution

Michael Giakoumakis allegedly tried to recruit a 19-year-old woman to have sex with married men for money.

// Mexico puts ?affluenza? teen on plane to Texas

Uniformed Mexican immigration agents put Ethan Couch aboard a commercial flight to Texas on Thursday, ending his month-long stay in Mexico.

Massage therapist sues Harvard over contractor status

An independent contractor at Harvard University Health Services Center for Wellness claims she and others are entitled to employee benefits.

The crew of a motor lifeboat sets out to save the crew on a damaged oil tanker during a February 1952 nor?easter in ?The Finest Hours.?

Walt Disney Studios; globe staff illustration

Movie Review

Coast Guard comes to the rescue in ?Finest Hours?

The dramatic film recalls the saving of 32 men off Cape Cod in a raging nor?easter in February 1952.

// Lexington man killed by runaway wheel is mourned

Police are investigating what caused the wheel to break off a pickup truck Tuesday and collide with a sedan traveling in a different direction.

Ground Game

ground game

// How Tuesday night encapsulated the 2016 campaign

For those who follow the presidential campaign?s every turn, last night could have caused some whiplash.

Globe investigations

// Globe investigations and Spotlight reports

A look at high-impact investigations from The Boston Globe, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning report on abuse in the Catholic Church.

The Big Picture

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Water crisis in Flint, Mich.

Thousands of residents in Michigan have been exposed to toxic amounts of lead, including about 9,000 children.

The story behind 'Spotlight'

// Boston Globe coverage and the movie ?Spotlight?

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


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// In Minsky?s wake, machines get smarter

If history had gone Marvin Minsky?s way, he might have spent his last days in the care of medical robots.



// Pope Francis meets Iranian leader to discuss Middle East

The meeting marked the first time ranian President Hassan Rouhani has visited the West since a landmark nuclear agreement with Iran last year.

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Design New England

// Home Sweets Home

Interior designer Holly Joe cooks up the love in her sophisticated yet cozy family house in Westwood.