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Battenfeld: Trump’s the only one who can right his ship, no matter who’s bailing

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Donald Trump is the only one who can right his presidency, and there’s still no signs of him changing at all.

Fitzgerald: On Common’s hallowed ground, every voice heard – even the hateful

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A friend called one day with a request: “We’re planning a pro-life event; would you be one of our speakers?”

Rally rabble-rousers to be 'dealt with swiftly'


Transit police will have a “substantial presence” at subways and train stations today as right-wing organizations and counterprotesters — with the latter group potentially in the tens of thousands — flood into the city for the so-called…

Daniel Koh leaves City Hall to run for Congress

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Daniel Koh is leaving his high-profile post as Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s chief of staff to begin revving a congressional run in his hometown district, where he’ll test his resume, roots and fundraising ability against a potential crowd of…

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Driver’s sibling held as more attacks feared

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Spanish authorities are bracing for more terror attacks in the wake of a coordinated van assault on Barcelona’s packed Las Ramblas promenade that officials say left at least 13 people dead and scores of others hospitalized with serious…


Teen in Concord struck by train


A 15-year-old boy suffered serious and possibly life-threatening injuries last night when he was hit by a commuter rail train in West Concord, police said.

‘Barbarian’ exits White House, back at Breitbart to fight Trump foes

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Embracing his new nickname “Bannon the Barbarian,” Steve Bannon proclaimed “I’ve got my hands back on my weapons” and will be “going to war” against President Trump’s enemies, as he returned to Breitbart News last night just hours after…

Interfaith service stands in solidarity against bigotry


Nearly 2,000 people gathered at an interfaith service in Boston last night to stand in solidarity against hatred on the eve of today’s controversial so-called “Free Speech Rally” featuring at least two right-wing extremist speakers.

'Team player' for Marty Walsh

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s incoming chief of staff David Sweeney says the sudden shake-up of the mayor’s Cabinet won’t disrupt City Hall and political watchers predict the chief financial officer will keep a low profile while getting the job…

Finland on alert after attacker stabs 8 people


HELSINKI — A man stabbed eight people yesterday in Finland’s western city of Turku, killing two of them, before police shot him in the thigh and detained him, police said. Authorities were looking for more potential suspects in the attack.

Frates on hand as Gov. Baker signs ‘Ice Bucket’ bill


Peter Frates, who helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars to fight ALS, was on hand at the State House yesterday as Gov. Charlie Baker ceremoniously signed a bill designating the first week of August as “Ice Bucket Challenge” week.

Plenty of blame in sea collision


WASHINGTON — It was before dawn, and most of the ship’s crew lay asleep in their berths aboard the Fitzgerald, a U.S. destroyer, when suddenly the ocean flooded in on the starboard side and disaster loomed.


Correction: Opioid Abuse story


BOSTON — In a story Aug. 16 about nonfatal overdoses, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by Gov. Charlie Baker's office, reported erroneously the period for which the number of such overdoses surpassed 65,000. The period…

Ex-cop who sought nude pictures of children pleads guilty


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A former Massachusetts police officer who asked people to send him nude pictures of their daughters has pleaded guilty to a federal child pornography charge.


Driver pleads guilty, sentenced to role in fatal crash

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SALEM, Mass. — A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and vehicular homicide a month after apologizing to the family of a 45-year-old man killed in a drunken driving crash.


Eastern equine encephalitis appears for first time in state


WESTPORT, Mass. — Massachusetts health officials say eastern equine encephalitis has been detected in a mosquito in the state for the first time this year.

Mayor Walsh urges Bostonians to avoid Common during rally tomorrow

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Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is urging people to stay away from Boston Common tomorrow during the so-called “Free Speech Rally” as Walsh and other officials promised to deploy hundreds of police and security cameras in an effort to keep…


Boston mayor: Violence won't be tolerated at weekend rally

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BOSTON — Boston will deploy about 500 police officers on Saturday to prevent possible violence at a free speech rally and planned counterprotests, the mayor and police commissioner said Friday.


State Department confirms death of American citizen in Barcelona

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An American citizen is among the 13 killed in the terrorist attack in Barcelona, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

Friday, Aug 18

Adriana Cohen: A chance for president to shake off controversy, be leader

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The terrorist attack in Barcelona yesterday that killed 13 innocents and injured many is an unacceptable, heinous tragedy.

Carr: Media’s willing to rip GOP, but lay off blaming killer terrorists

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Last Sunday ABC News had absolutely no question about how to identify the van driver in Charlottesville:; “REGISTERED REPUBLICAN.” I guess none of the terrorists in Barcelona yesterday were REGISTERED REPUBLICANS, but then, judging by the…

Gelzinis: Dad feared worst for family in Spain


When Sid Massaro first heard the news about Barcelona yesterday, he was ambushed by that awful moment of dread every parent fears most.

Battenfeld: Attack shows need to pull together

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A day after celebrating a little boy who wanted peace, we get a grisly reminder of war.

Thursday, Aug 17

Gelzinis: Eastie WWII vet, 101, on Nazis: ‘I’ve seen this before’

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Ask Raphael “Ralph” Capobianco his age and he explains it this way: “Well, I was born here in East Boston in 1916, so I suppose you could say I’m 101 years old.

Forget moaning, time to get down to business

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I saw the Trump Tower presser Tuesday and thought it was a good event for the president: He jousted with the media, slammed hate groups and thoughtfully brought up the issue of political correctness and its effect on statues and monuments.

Atkins: ‘Blame’ backlash for president grows

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WASHINGTON — Corporate America’s mass exodus from two of President Trump’s economic councils dealt a political blow to the president and a far more direct rebuke of his comments blaming “both sides” for the deadly white supremacist rally…

FAA looking into near-collision of drone, chopper

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a state police helicopter narrowly avoided a potentially “catastrophic and fatal” collision with a drone that was flying at an illegal altitude and in a restricted area,…

Wednesday, Aug 16

Carr: Local 25’s ‘Top Chef’ victory a throwback to the bad ol’ days

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When was the last time the feds lost an organized-crime case, which is what this trial was, pinky-ring thugs engaged in trying to shake down a legitimate business.

Rally organizers still want permit

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Boston Free Speech Rally organizers are meeting with city and police officials today in hopes of getting their permit to assemble Saturday on the Common, and Mayor Martin J. Walsh says he wants counter-protesters to stay out of the Hub.

Arlington shop’s American flag burned

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Arlington cops are investigating the burning of an American flag that had been attached to a longtime local family business.

Outrage, disbelief echo over latest vandalism to New England Holocaust Memorial

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Civic and religious leaders gathered at the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston yesterday to denounce the third act of vandalism at the memorial in less than two months.

Tuesday, Aug 15

Revere cops find guns, drugs, money after attack


Revere cops found an illegal gun, several pounds of drugs and thousands of dollars in cash in a city home after a man was beaten and held captive over a drug debt, prosecutors said.

McGovern: Holdout could help defense

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Declaring someone guilty until proven innocent is an affront to the American criminal justice system, but for the Teamsters awaiting a verdict in the “Top Chef” extortion trial, hearing that a juror is thinking like that may provide some…

Shattuck: Pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio the right move

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Arizona’s Joe Arpaio became Maricopa County sheriff in 1993 and thus began the dark ages for the bad guys.

Homicide increase sparking a call to action by leaders


A 33-percent surge in homicides is prompting community leaders to look for new solutions to violence plaguing inner-city neighbhorhoods.

Monday, Aug 14

Weather delays bridges’ opening


The Commonwealth Avenue and BU bridges will remain closed to vehicle traffic through the middle of the week due to weather delays, transportation officials said yesterday.

Chabot: Beth Lindstrom’s better for Baker

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Moderate Bay State Republicans are drooling at the prospect of GOP operative Beth Lindstrom’s entrance into the 2018 race against U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren — and not just unemployed Mitt Romney and Scott Brown campaign staffers.

Fitzgerald: Gentle colleague earned respect and admiration


Sometimes words get in the way and we end up not telling someone exactly how we feel about them, which is kind of how it was in all the years Wayne Woodlief was a colleague here at the Herald.

Chelsea police warn public of fentanyl influx


Four people died from suspected drug overdoses in Chelsea in less than 48 hours since Friday, news that rattled residents and prompted police to warn the public of a likely influx of fentanyl in the streets, the city’s top cop said.