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Laughter on the way at Harvard Square
WATCH: The beloved Comedy Studio was home to Boston’s comedy boom in the 1980s and now work is underway to rebuild.

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Waiting for a heart transplant, he finally got a life-saving call — but had no ride. A stranger stepped in to help.

When an Oxford resident in need of a heart transplant needed a ride to Boston, he got one from a person — a heart transplant survivor — he barely knew. The act of kindness transpired with help from HeartBrothers, a Marlborough-based nonprofit.

Community choirs rock the house

Rock Voices spreads the harmony of being so happy together

Judicial inquest clears Cambridge police officer in fatal shooting of 20-year-old college student

The shooting of a 20-year-old Sayed Arif Faisal by a Cambridge police officer in January was “justified and does not constitute a criminal act,” Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced Thursday.

Bodies of two divers in their 70s who drowned recovered at beach in Rockport

The victims were identified as Alan De Oliveira Leao, 75, of Pepperell and Richard Brady, 78, of Hampton, N.H., law enforcement officials said Thursday night.

Two men charged with murder in death of pregnant woman’s baby in Holyoke

A woman struck by a stray bullet while she was riding a public bus Wednesday was eight months pregnant, a prosecutor said in court.

Nonprofit buying Iron Horse Music Hall — once the beating heart of Northampton’s live-music scene

The Parlor Room is set to purchase the club, a deal that could usher in a new chapter for the city’s musical life.

Cambridge church to remove 302-year-old golden rooster weathervane

The congregation will discuss whether the historic weathervane should be sold and if the church will install a replacement for the rooster, which was created in 1721 and designed for a church in Boston’s North End.

15 indicted in New Hampshire for alleged roles in Lawrence, Mass.-based fentanyl and cocaine drug ring

Federal prosecutors said Thursday that 15 people were indicted last month in New Hampshire for their alleged roles in a drug ring based in Lawrence, Mass., and that one of the defendants died soon after the indictment was handed up.