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Universities warn of extreme heat expected during Sunday’s commencements

University officials warned people to be prepared for extreme heat at commencements Sunday, as forecasters predict record-setting high temperatures in Boston and Worcester. → Read More

‘It’s hot:’ Expect sizzling heat Saturday, Sunday

Kristie Smith, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s office in Norton, said succinctly, “It’s hot.” → Read More

After a lifetime of learning, a 92-year-old Newton woman earns her college degree

“I came here because that is what I was interested in — I wanted to continue my education,” Elly Pollan said. “It’s wonderful, actually. It keeps you alive, and keeps you interested.” → Read More

Judge: Newton police officers not ‘criminally responsible’ in 2021 shooting of resident

A district court judge has found that Newton police were justified when an officer fatally shot a resident who charged a sergeant with a knife while suffering from a mental health crisis last year, according to an inquest report released Tuesday night. → Read More

Chef Douglass Williams to serve as Newton Mayor’s Community Breakfast keynote speaker

Newton chef Douglass Williams, a James Beard Foundation 2022 nominee for Outstanding Chef, will serve as keynote speaker for the upcoming Mayor’s Community Breakfast. → Read More

Worcester residents mourn those killed in weekend fire as officials seek cause

The fire left three people injured, gutted the six-family three-decker at 2 Gage St., and damaged two neighboring buildings, according to city officials. → Read More

Family of Melissa Tremblay, 11-year-old murdered in 1988, praise police for arrest

The family of Melissa Tremblay, an 11-year-old found murdered in Lawrence in 1988, praised investigators in a statement Saturday for making a long-awaited arrest of a suspect in the girl’s killing. → Read More

Walensky, Jha praise graduates Saturday for resiliency during pandemic

Two of the nation’s top public health leaders Saturday praised university graduates during commencement addresses in Lowell and Worcester for overcoming obstacles imposed by the pandemic and urged them to continue striving for success. → Read More

Chef Mario Batali waives jury trial in indecent assault case in Boston

Celebrity chef Mario Batali Monday waived his right to a jury trial and will instead leave it up to a Boston Municipal Court judge to decide whether he is guilty of allegedly groping and forcibly kissing a woman at a Boylston Street restaurant in 2017. → Read More

Family faces ‘unbearable’ loss after father, son die in Mendon car crash Friday

A father and teenage son killed together in a late-night car crash while leaving work in Mendon Friday were mourned Sunday by family members who said they faced an unbearable loss — and worries for their remaining loved ones, including the man’s 10 month-old daughter. → Read More

Boston trial of celebrity chef Mario Batali on charge of indecent assault starts Monday

The Boston trial of Mario Batali, a celebrity chef who faces a criminal charge of indecent assault and battery after allegedly groping and forcibly kissing a woman in 2017, is set to begin Monday at Boston Municipal Court. → Read More

Wu endorses Arroyo in Suffolk district attorney’s race

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu backed City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo in the race for the Suffolk county district attorney’s office Saturday during a press conference at Adams Park in Roslindale. → Read More

Woman who survived Holocaust to speak at Sunday commemoration

Amid growing numbers of antisemitic incidents and violence, a coalition of local groups and diplomats from Israel and Germany will host a virtual Community Holocaust Commemoration of Yom Hashoah Sunday. → Read More

Demonstrators at Moderna’s Cambridge headquarters demand company ‘stop hoarding vaccine science’

A group of demonstrators protesting outside Moderna’s Cambridge headquarters Saturday demanded the company license its mRNA vaccine technology to help add to the world’s supply of COVID-19 shots. → Read More

Newton launches search for interim school superintendent

The Newton School Committee will be spending the next several months seeking an interim successor for Superintendent David Fleishman, who is leaving the district at the end of the academic year. → Read More

Markey: US must ‘roll out the welcome mat’ to Ukrainian refugees, lift cap on those escaping war

US Senator Edward Markey urged the United States to lift its cap on refugees from Ukraine as millions of people flee a devastating war started by Russia’s unprovoked invasion. → Read More

State Senate poised to debate long-awaited sports betting bill Thursday — but differences with House remain

The prospect of legalized sports betting in Massachusetts could take another step forward this week, when the state Senate is expected to debate its version of a bill to greenlight gambling on professional teams. → Read More

‘Praying that soon we will all be at peace’: Greater Boston’s Jewish community offers support to people of Ukraine

Ukraine’s people are fighting for their freedom against a Russian invasion — and half a world away, Greater Boston’s Jewish community is mounting a widespread response, sending aid packages, food, money, and their prayers to the war-torn country. → Read More

The Newton-to-White-House pipeline taps public health professionals

Newton's Dr. Rochelle Walensky and Dr. Ashish Jha once spent their spare time assisting neighbors. Now, they occupy some of the highest posts in the federal public health, a reflection of the new demand in the halls of power for the world-class medical expertise concentrated around Boston. → Read More

Newton residents, educators call for more funding to avoid school job cuts

Dozens of Newton parents and educators Monday called on elected officials to increase funding for the city’s public schools and avoid proposed job cuts they said would hurt vital services for students still recovering from the pandemic. → Read More