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Congressman James Langevin of Rhode Island.

Congressman Langevin’s next move: Why not president of Rhode Island College?

Langevin says he’s still in good health, and that he wants to continue to contribute to the state for as long as he can. Leading his alma mater could be the right next step.

A CharlieCard being used in Boston.

Making riders tap their CharlieCard to leave could reduce expected fare evasion surge, new analysis finds

The nearly $1 billion Automated Fare Collection 2.0 system will allow riders to board buses and trolleys using all doors. But, that convenience meant to speed up service will allow more riders to skip paying the fare altogether, the MBTA has acknowledged.

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A bottle of Ostreida vodka with oysters from Matunuck Oyster Farm in Rhode Island.

Here’s how a boutique distillery in Rhode Island is making the country’s first oyster-distilled vodka

Ostreida boasts a palate of “savory salinity, crisp sea brine, and the unmistakable salty New England oyster perfume intwined on the buttery back bone” of ISCO’s organic corn distillate.

Randy Michaud arrived Monday at the Salisbury Council on Aging to drop off hats knitted by the Sisters of Notre Dame to donate to residents who were displaced by a massive, 9-alarm fire that destroyed a seaside motel and four residential buildings on Salisbury Beach. The town on Tuesday said that enough garments have been donated and that people consider donating gift cards or send money to a relief fund set up to help residents.

Salisbury collects donations for displaced residents after massive fire

The town is also accepting donations by mail to the senior center, elementary school or Salisbury Town Hall to help more than 30 residents burned out of their homes from Monday's 9-alarm fire.

André Leon Talley.

Influential fashion journalist André Leon Talley dies at 73

Mr. Talley was an influential fashion journalist who worked at Women’s Wear Daily and Vogue and was a regular in the front row of fashion shows in New York and Europe.

Brockton firefighter falls through floor, injured during house fire

A mayday call was issued for a Brockton firefighter during a house fire Tuesday night, but he was found and treated for minor injuries, officials said.

Bridgewater man dies from car crash on Interstate 95 in Westwood

A 40-year-old Bridgewater man died after the Jeep he was driving rolled over on Interstate 95 south Tuesday, State Police said.

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A leaf-blowing landscaper disappears behind a tornado of leaves.

Clean, quiet lawn care is within our power

What began with a small group concerned with public health and environmental impacts of gas-powered land care is now becoming a national movement.

Man locked in a chicken coop gets rescued

A guy gets stuck in a chicken coop, a customer punches a washing machine at a laundromat, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

This is a rendering of a new community park being installed in front of UTEC's headquarters at the corner of Warren and Hurd streets in Lowell.

A new community park rises up in downtown Lowell

A largely idle site at a downtown Lowell intersection is being transformed into a community park through the efforts of a local nonprofit.

Jeff Hill earned Bentley’s Offensive MVP honors as a sophomore when Bentley finished 8-2, and as a junior and senior was an All-Northeast-10 Conference and All-New England selection.

California beckoned to Jeff Hill, a three-sport star at Mansfield High

Jeff Hill was accustomed to coming through in big moments when he arrived on the campus of Bentley University in Waltham in 2011.

In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

Walk the path of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life at Bird Park

Thirty posters about King’s life have been posted on a fence at Francis William Bird Park in Walpole.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addressed marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in 1963.

Newton to hold 54th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration Jan. 17

The city of Newton will host its 54th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, Jan. 17, as a virtual event.

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Janice Bennett, a NewMo driver, dropped off a passenger outside the Newton Senior Center.

Newton limits NewMo rideshare trips to two passengers due to COVID-19 surge

Newton is now limiting NewMo rideshare service trips to two passengers instead of three due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, according to Mayor Ruthanne Fuller.

Methuen's police station.

Arbitrator rejects contract that would have required Methuen to pay some police captains $500,000 a year

Arbitrator Loretta Attardo found that Methuen city officials had no idea when they signed the agreement that the leader of the union had inserted massive pay increases for police captains.