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Steps were missing on a staircase leading to the JFK/UMass MBTA station in September.

Suffolk DA will not bring criminal charges in BU professor’s death at JFK/UMass station

The investigation into the death of David K. Jones began under former Suffolk district attorney Rachael Rollins, who announced just before she left the office that it had launched a criminal probe into a potential “lack of oversight or negligence” at the MBTA.

Attorney General Maura Healey has taken an office fraught with political land mines and transformed it into something else, branding herself “The People’s Lawyer.”

Can Maura Healey’s opponents make a race out of this?

Healey enters the race as the clear front-runner — indeed, she’s been the Democrats’ best hope of regaining the governor’s office for at least four years.

Thich Nhat Hanh at the Tu Hieu Temple in Hue, Vietnam, in 2019.

Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen master and political reformer, dies at 95

A Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh was one of the world’s most influential Zen masters, spreading messages of mindfulness, compassion and nonviolence.

Eighteen-year-old Kaleah Sack (left) laughed as she pulled up a clump of lobsters while fishing with her uncle James Nevin. On each of the traps, a special green tag identified them as belonging to the Indigenous Mi’kmaw people, who insist that a 269-year-old treaty grants them the right to fish when and how they want.

As waters warm and the lobster population booms off Canada, tensions rise between Indigenous and commercial fishermen

The increasing lobster catch in St. Mary’s Bay has raised the stakes for local fishermen, including the Mi’kmaw. As a result, long-simmering tensions between the Mi’kmaw and commercial fishermen, who have lobbied the government to shut down what they consider an illegal fishery, have boiled.

117-year-old Polish Roman Catholic church in New Bedford closing this month

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, the first Polish Roman Catholic church in the city, is set to close this month after 117 years, following years of declining membership and the death of its pastor.

Brothers Craig and Matt Taylor built a miniature Irish-style pub on wheels, dubbed The Wee Irish Pub. It was a pandemic project that stemmed from conversations around a fire.

Sidle up to the ‘Wee Irish Pub’ — a miniature barroom-on-wheels that can be delivered straight to your door

Two brothers from Reading built a 7-foot-by-17-foot traveling pub that comes complete with a bar, taps, benches, and Irish décor.

An ambulance thought to be carrying Nicholas Alahverdian, also known as Nicholas Rossi, who is believed to have faked his own death to escape sex assault charges in Utah, United States, arrives at Sheriff Court in Edinburgh,  Britain, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, following his arrest after he missed an extradition hearing on Thursday at the same court. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)

Nick Alahverdian being held in Scotland ahead of a pre-extradition hearing

He is next due in court on Feb. 10 for a pre-extradition hearing, officials at the Edinburg Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court said.

More than 100 first responders showed up to the news conference opposing the vaccination mandate at Florian Hall on Friday.

Firefighters union pushes back against vaccination mandate for Boston’s workforce even as vast majority of members comply

In the latest instance of resistance to Boston’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for its city workforce, the influential firefighters union protested the new requirement with a news conference that detailed its objections at Florian Hall on Friday.

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The Trustees have restored this section of Weir Hill Reservation to enhance habitat for a protected species of butterfly and other native pollinators.

Butterflies will get a lift at Weir Hill Reservation in North Andover

The Trustees of Reservations plans to expand its long-term efforts to enhance habitat for a protected species of butterfly and other native pollinators and plants in North Andover.

Anmol Sharma delivered food at the Hamilton Grove Apartments, subsidized low-income housing for seniors, in 2020. Members of Newton Neighbors Helping Newton Neighbors deliver groceries with the Newton Food Pantry and the Newton Housing Authority amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Newton Neighbors seeks volunteers for food pantry deliveries

Newton Neighbors is seeking volunteers to help deliver food donations to area pantries and local residents, as well as support the city’s community freedge.

Mural artist Brand Rockwell painted a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. on canvas during an event organized by Many Helping Hands 365 in Cambridge Monday.

Massachusetts remembers MLK, reflects on how his legacy can shape the future

With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, most celebrations were held virtually. King’s legacy was remembered in speeches, community service projects, and prayer.

Dave Winn's employment discrimination case was ready and set for trial in March 2020 but Covid-19 stymied that trial date. It would take 17 months and five trial dates before the case would make it before a jury in Middlesex Superior Court.

‘It’s a systemic breakdown’: With jury trials suspended, an unprecedented backlog snowballs

The pandemic has spurred stop-and-go pauses in trials and caused courthouse closures over the past two years, creating an epic backlog of trial-ready cases in the Massachusetts Trial Courts.

Reported snow on Jan. 17.

Storm brings strong winds and coastal flooding — and snow to Western Mass.

Wind stronger than 60 mph caused power outages in several locations in Eastern Massachusetts while some places in the western part of the state received more than nine inches of snow.

Massport's newest cranes are unloading and loading the largest cargo ship to visit Boston.

Boston port served by the largest-ever cargo ship to visit the city

The Ever Fortune is the first of the larger ships that the Massachusetts Port Authority is hoping to attract following an expansion of the Conley terminal and a harbor dredging project.

Somerville Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, center, after she voted at the VNA Assisted Living Facility on Alewife Brook Parkway on Election Day in November.

Seven new mayors across Greater Boston offer hope, visions for the future

They face stiff challenges, but the new mayors of Somerville, Lawrence, Lowell, Gloucester, Framingham, Lynn, and Newburyport have shared their optimism for the coming year.

Should Massachusetts require public projects to give priority to American-made steel?

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