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Laughter on the way at Harvard Square
WATCH: The beloved Comedy Studio was home to Boston’s comedy boom in the 1980s and now work is underway to rebuild.

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Siblings Lilly and Asa seek a home together

Sunday’s Child is a weekly column featuring a child or children currently in foster care awaiting adoption.

Two Massachusetts schools are ditching oil for geothermal heat pumps

Thanks to incentives from Washington, D.C., two Massachusetts public schools are turning away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy for heating and cooling.

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‘Cambridge, we have a problem’: The true story of NASA’s center in Kendall Square

The NASA Electronics Research Center, which will soon be knocked down, is “the only major center the space agency has closed,” according to the author of the official NASA history.

Woman dies, man injured after shooting in Cambridge early Thanksgiving morning

A woman died and a man was injured in a shooting in Cambridge early Thanksgiving morning, police said.

A Cambridge resident wanted bigger things for her urban front yard. Neighbors helped plant a ‘Miyawaki forest’ there.

Using a popular approach to planting trees, even a Cambridge front yard can be rapidly transformed into an environmentally friendly space.

123-year-old jewelry store in Brockton is closing

"Once you get into your 80s and look down the road, all you see are people getting sick or having broken bones," owner Gladys Rysman said. "So before we got into that, we thought we would simplify life.”

Marshfield woman killed in crash involving police vehicle

Michelle Freestone was driving a Subaru Forrester that collided with a Marshfield police vehicle around 10:30 a.m. on Plain Street.

Tewksbury police looking for gunman who held up convenience store

Tewksbury police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a gunman who allegedly wielded a high powered weapon during an armed robbery at a convenience store Sunday night, officials said.