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After 17 years of service with the United Church of Christ, Rev. Nancy Taylor, the senior pastor at Old South Church, is retiring. Worshipers gathered Sunday to hear Rev. Taylor’s final sermon.

The Rev. Nancy Taylor of Old South Church: her last sermon

She writes like a poet and preaches like a prophet,” the Rev. Shawn M. Fiedler, acting associate minister, said at the outset of the Sunday morning service.

The US Supreme Court is poised to hear two cases this fall about the use of race in selective college admissions, including one focused on Harvard University’s admissions policy.

As affirmative action decision looms, colleges look for alternative ways to achieve diversity

Admissions experts said although there is no direct substitute for race, other factors and methods can help to admit people from diverse backgrounds — including some strategies that the complainants in the case, Students for Fair Admissions, have suggested as “race-neutral” alternatives.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills speaks to reporters, Wednesday, May, 4, 2022, at the State House win Augusta, Maine.

Maine seeks a place in space

A Maine-based, NASA-affiliated nonprofit organization for several years has been exploring ways to benefit from small-rocket satellite launches. The state government has also hopped aboard the space plan.

A group of volunteers and organizers huddled last year before heading out to knock on doors during a canvass kickoff event for Question 1 on the 2021 ballot. Question 1 overhauled the city's budget process, giving city councilors more control over city finances.

For the first time this year, Boston city councilors have the power to tear up the mayor’s budget. Will they?

Armed with broad new power to rewrite Boston’s annual operating budget, the city council has so far been treading lightly.

Maine man, 19, charged with murder in fatal shooting of 2-year-old girl

Andrew Huber Young, of Wells, allegedly shot the three people at a home in the town about 4:20 p.m. Saturday, the Maine Department of Public Safety said in a statement. The child was identified as Octavia Huber Young of Wells, but officials did not disclose her relationship to Andrew Huber Young.

Police commissioner search committee aims to choose three top candidates from 30 applicants

The mayor can expect a slate of candidates by late June or early July, according to chair of the search committee.

Man dies from injuries after 3-alarm Oxford fire Friday

A 38-year-old man who was in critical condition after a three-alarm fire in Oxford on Friday died from his injuries Saturday morning, according to state Fire Marshal’s Office spokesperson Jake Wark.

Man dies after being struck by MBTA commuter rail train in Hanson

A 31-year-old man died after he was struck by an MBTA commuter rail train near the Monponsett Street crossing in Hanson early Sunday morning, according to Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan.

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Riverfest will return to Assembly Row in 2022 with a day filled with free events, fun and fireworks on September 10. Pictured are musicians from Riverfest in 2021.

Outdoor fun, pesky weeds, and garden tours

Assembly Row in Somerville will host a series of outdoor programs throughout the summer and into September so that visitors can enjoy the amenities the neighborhood has to offer.

Over 1,000 Newton residents, 30 vendors and a live entertainment group come together outside of City Hall for the Newton Earth Day Festival April 24.

Newton entertains and educates with Earth Day festival

Live music, face painting, green technology showcases, and a children’s petting zoo were all part of the city’s annual Earth Day festival April 24 at Newton City Hall.

Michael Conlon, 28, was shot and killed by Newton police on Jan. 5, 2021. His family is calling for greater mental health and crisis training for police officers.

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.

MIDA chef and owner Douglass Williams

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.

Stephanie Beard was last seen driving this silver Subaru Impreza on Interstate 293 near Manchester, N.H.

Woman wanted for allegedly fatally stabbing elderly man, stealing his car, in Manchester, N.H.

Stephanie Beard, 34, is considered to be dangerous and should not be approached. She was last seen driving a silver Subaru Impreza on Interstate 293 south in the Manchester area, according to a statement issued early Saturday by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office.

Engineering graduate Ethan Williams of Leominster wears a mortarboard displaying his desire for completion as he sits among approximately 7,000 undergraduates who graduated Friday evening from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Rep. McGovern urges defense of democracy at UMass Amherst commencement

“I won’t tell you what to believe—but I will tell you that you have been given an incredible gift—a world class education,” Representative James McGovern, a Worcester Democrat, told about 7,000 graduating students Friday evening at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

Boston Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley attended a press conference at The Vatican last month after meeting with Pope Francis.

Cardinal O’Malley reaffirms Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion in new blog post

Boston Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion rights Friday evening in a post on his blog, his first public comments since the leak of a draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court will vote to end federal protection of abortion rights.

The Goodnow Library in Sudbury has purchased 12 Kala Soprano Ukuleles, which will be used in learn-to-play classes and other program

Ukuleles, gardening, and a gratitude gala

The Goodnow Library in Sudbury purchased 12 ukuleles to expand community programming.