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‘My heart aches’: War between Israel, Hamas roils Mass.; elected leaders decry attacks on civilians

Brandeis President Ron Liebowitz said the university was “deeply saddened” to learn that Ilan Troen, a Brandeis professor emeritus living in Israel, had lost his daughter and son-in-law.

‘Out with the old’: Boston Public Schools attempts to raise reading scores through overhauling instruction

After years of dismally low reading scores, the state’s largest school system is making a dramatic shift toward “structured literacy,” instruction that draws on a body of research.

Powerball jackpot soars to $1.55 billion; two tickets sold in Mass. worth $1 million each

Monday’s Powerball jackpot is the third largest in the game’s history and the fourth biggest prize in US lottery history.

Black Labrador rescued from culvert in Carlisle state park

Rescuers hooked Zena’s harness with a fire department pike pole and pulled her out of the water, where she was about 5 feet below the surface of the land, according to police.

Evelyn Fox Keller, MIT professor emerita who challenged gender bias in science, dies at 87

“The relationship between gender and science is a pressing issue not simply because women have been historically excluded from science,” Dr. Keller once wrote.

Boy and girl, both 12, started fire at Catholic church in East Bridgewater, officials say

The vandals apparently tried to put out the flames by using a fire extinguisher and pouring water taken from the sacristy, officials said.

In Holyoke, frustration and resolve in the face of violence

One by one, through anger and tears, the speakers at Sunday's peace rally shared the same message: the violence needs to stop, and the guns have to go.

Russell Batiste Jr., the Drumming Heartbeat of New Orleans, Dies at 57

Russell Batiste Jr., a pyrotechnic drummer and scion of one of New Orleans’ most celebrated musical dynasties, whose furious style and genre-busting approach provided the rhythmic pulse for bands such as The Meters and Vida Blue and musical artists such as Harry Connick Jr., died Sept. 30 at his home in LaPlace, Louisiana, outside New Orleans. He was 57.