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Christopher Francesconi will be the new police chief in East Providence. He is a 21-year veteran of the force.

East Providence mayor taps department vet as new police chief

Christopher Francesconi will replace William Nebus, who resigned earlier this month after tensions with Mayor Bob DaSilva. 2 hours ago

Jay Black, soaring lead singer of the Americans, dies at 82

Mr. Black's majestic voice turned such songs as “Cara, Mia” and “Only in America” into hits.

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The maximum security facility of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections

Advocates urge Rhode Island to end ‘prison gerrymandering’

Advocates calling for the state redistricting commission to count incarcerated people at their home addresses.

Heavy rain will begin to fall across the region Tuesday morning.

Maps: What to expect from the Nor’easter approaching Mass.

Massachusetts is expected to be hit by a significant coastal storm this week to close out October.

Melrose elementary schools not celebrating Halloween in classrooms this year

Elementary schools in Melrose will eschew Halloween celebrations in their buildings this week in favor of broader, fall-themed activities, Superintendent Julie R. Kukenberger said Friday in a letter to families.

Concord-Carlisle High School teacher placed on leave for allegedly using racial slur

The teacher, who also serves as a coach in another school district, allegedly used the racial slur while addressing student-athletes after a game Friday night.

A photo of Elijah Lewis was on display during Sunday's vigil at Watson Park in Merrimack N.H.

What we know about the death of 5-year-old Elijah ‘Eli’ Lewis

“Where is Eli?” That question, which had haunted a little boy’s family and stumped police, was answered Saturday when a cadaver-sniffing dog discovered the body of 5-year-old Elijah Lewis in a makeshift grave in Ames Nowell State Park in Abington.

WWE will hold a Survivor Series event at TD Garden in Boston on Nov 26, 2022.

WWE’s Survivor Series will return to TD Garden in 2022

The wrestling entertainment company will also hold a pay-per-view event at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence next spring.

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The Weymouth Food Pantry is expanding its warehouse to provide more space for perishable and frozen foods for pantries across the South Shore.

Weymouth Food Pantry to start a food bank serving South Shore

The Weymouth Food Pantry is expanding its warehouse and starting a South Shore Food Bank, which will provide food storage space to pantries in 18 other communities.

Author Roxie Zwicker will speak on witchcraft stories from New England history at Ventress Library in Marshfield on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

South Shore region embraces the spooky spirit of Halloween

Ghosts and goblins never had it so good as a range of public events celebrate a holiday’s spectral fun.

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Assembly Row and the Somerville Arts Council has unveiled a new art installation titled “We are Somerville” depicting Somerville residents and workers.

Giant banners say what Somerville is about

Assembly Row and the Somerville Arts Council has unveiled a new art installation titled “We are Somerville.”

A woman runs along Commonwealth Avenue on the marathon route Oct. 11.

With Boston Marathon’s return, Newton residents ran again for charity

Newton runners teamed up with charity groups and raised money for various organizations in this year’s Boston Marathon — held in person on Oct. 11 for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Newton residents played 19th century lawn games at the Homestead Hayfest Oct. 3.

Back to the 19th century: Newton’s Jackson Homestead and Museum welcomes families to hayfest

The smell of freshly pressed apples and hay filled the air at the Jackson Homestead and Museum Oct. 3, drawing hundreds of families out on a cloudy day to dip candles and churn butter at the Homestead Hayfest.

Local band the Buzzkill Ramblers performs at the Newton Harvest Fair Oct. 17.

‘We’re thrilled to bring it back.’ Newton’s annual Harvest Fair returns

Newton held its 46th annual Harvest Fair on Oct. 16 and 17 after taking last year off due to the pandemic.

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, left, is running for a second term this year and faces a challenge from Amy Mah Sangiolo, right, a former Ward 4 Councilor-at-large. LEFT: PAT GREENHOUSE / GLOBE STAFF RIGHT: SANGIOLO CAMPAIGN

A lopsided financial battle is playing out in Newton’s mayoral race

In the final weeks of Newton’s mayoral race, Mayor Ruthanne Fuller has drawn upon a sizable war chest to help blunt a challenge from former city councilor-at-large Amy Mah Sangiolo.

I Voted stickers sit on the table at Hyde Community Center during Newton's 2019 municipal election. This year, voters in Newton will elect candidates for mayor, School Committee, and City Council.

Here are the candidates running in Newton’s races for mayor, City Council, and School Committee

Voters across Newton Nov. 2 will decide contested races for mayor, City Council, and School Committee.

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