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At least 5 cars destroyed in Boxborough auto shop blaze

At least five cars were totaled in a Wednesday morning blaze at a Boxborough auto shop, officials said.

Waltham Police issue safety advisory in wake of random attacks and ask for public’s help

As police continue to seek the person or persons responsible for at least 10 random attacks on men in Waltham in recent weeks, authorities are urging residents to report anything suspicious.

‘We held onto them tight’ - Mom, two children rescued from 2-alarm fire in South End

As flames and heavy smoke billowed from a South End brownstone Wednesday morning, Boston firefighters calmly made their way up a ladder to the third floor balcony and rescued a trapped deaf mother and her two small children, authorities said.

Lynn police investigating shooting of 18-year-old man sitting in car

Lynn police are investigating a shooting incident that left an 18-year-old man with wounds to his legs and also damaged a home and several cars Tuesday night, Lynn police said Wednesday.

Georgina Mace, who shaped list of endangered species, dies at 67

Mace, one of the world’s most prominent conservation biologists, died Sept. 19 in hospice care in Oxford, England. Her death, which was not widely reported in the mainstream press, was due to breast cancer, her brother Dr. Peter Mace said.

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 2, the 337th day of 2020. There are 29 days left in the year.

Man arrested for fatal shooting in Malden

Zachary Dimaro, 21, of Malden allegedly “discharged a firearm” from his Greenwood Court residence during an encounter with the victim, Joshua Mercier, 25, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office said in a statement Tuesday night. Dimaro is due to be arraigned Wednesday in Malden District Court on charges, including assault and battery by discharging a firearm.

Untimely death being investigated in Unity, N.H.

Authorities in New Hampshire are investigating an untimely death after a body was buried on residential property in Unity, a small town in Sullivan County.

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Close encounter of the drone kind

A driver spots a low-flying drone in Marblehead, a woman's mailbox disappears for the second time in Bridgewater, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

First-ever deer hunt is planned at World’s End in Hingham

The controlled hunt is scheduled for Dec. 2 and 9, and the property will be closed to the public those days, according to Trustees spokesman Aaron Gouveia.

A dazzling drive through Middleborough Festival of Lights

Organizers of the annual event say they hope the pandemic-adjusted celebration will still bring cheer to the community.

ZooLights illuminates Stone Zoo with holiday cheer

Zoo officials hope the annual event, set to begin Friday, Nov. 27, will bring some brightness and joy to families amid the gloom of the pandemic.

Quincy-based service agency keeps its promises in a time of need

Interfaith Social Services of Quincy is seeing a sharp increase in need. Its upcoming holiday season fund-raiser is counted on to fund the agency’s annual budget.

Coronavirus surges at prison; hospitalized inmate’s family seeks answers

An outbreak of coronavirus at MCI-Norfolk has raised concerns about whether the state is doing enough to protect prisoners, who are double-bunked in dormitory-style buildings that aren’t designed for social distancing, as infections surge across the state.

More and more Bostonians struggle to feed themselves as a resurgent pandemic approaches

The economic and health ravages of COVID-19, combined with food price increases, have produced a rising tide of food insecurity. Citywide, the number of people receiving SNAP benefits has increased by 21.2 percent since the pandemic began.

Now more than ever, families need help from Globe Santa

The father from West Roxbury tells Globe Santa a tale of deep personal loss and sadness, family and financial disruption as he recounts how he and his loved ones have been ravaged by the COVID 19 pandemic.

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