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Arrest log Ayer — Michael Desalvo, 37, 289 Lakeview Ave., First Floor, Lowell; operation of motor vehicle with suspended license. — Bonnie Pratt, 39, 205 Park St., Gardner; negligent operation of motor vehicl…

David Ortiz selling baseball mementos, household items Former Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is cleaning house, and you might be surprised by what he’s selling.

WHAT’S HAPPENING? Virus forges on, as world hunts solutions One by one, more and more countries are reporting cases of the new coronavirus. Governments and doctors on the front lines are scrambling for solutions and everyday life around the globe is being d…

About 40% of US adults are obese, government survey finds About 4 in 10 American adults are obese, and nearly 1 in 10 is severely so, government researchers said Thursday.

Exceptional Karma in Westford WESTFORD — The weather outside was so frightful, but the inside of the gorgeously renovated Karma Asian / Fusion Restaurant was so delightful when they hosted their exclusive grand reopening on Dec….

The 5 types of buyers in the Boston-area housing market now One of the reasons Boston housing is as expensive as it is is that there are a relatively high number of residents able to afford it. The region's economy hinges on fields that generally pay pretty well, in other words. Take the life sciences industry.

Cheap Boston Gyms: Best Membership Deals for 2020 This is another chain of gyms where you get a lot of bang for your buck. Enjoy group exercise classes, a weight room, cardio equipment, a personalized fitness plan, and more. A 12 month commitment requires a $99 enrollment fee at just $49.99 per month.

Eat Deep-Fried Junior Mints on a Cambridge Rooftop This Spring Here’s a look at the menu.

Bruins lines vs. Dallas: Ducks in a row Kuhlman sits as Krejci gets another new wing.

6 Charlestown open houses to check out this weekend From the gaslight district to the Navy Yard to the Bunker Hill Monument, each is asking under $900,000—well under in some cases.

Patriots express interest in re-signing Devin McCourty McCourty, 32, is coming off one of his best NFL seasons.

Lee Phillip Bell, co-creator of popular soaps, dies at 91 LOS ANGELES — Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” and hosted her own daytime talk show in Chicago for 3…

Fresh Links: Twinkle, Twinkle The Stars will be out tonight in Boston, regardless of the weather.

As Massachusetts solar installs plummet, stalled interconnections, land use questions are key hurdles New England clouds can't keep the power of the sun from Massachusetts - but stalled interconnection queues and land use concerns are giving developers pause, according to panelists at this year's Solar and Storage Northeast conference in Boston.

Icons inspire Boston Ballet dancers to make creative strides Boston Ballet artistic director Mikko Nissinen believes choreographers George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and William Forsythe “evolved the art form, forever changing the future of ballet.” In tribu…

Healey strikes ‘unprecedented’ settlement with insurance giants on behavioral health State Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday that she has reached groundbreaking settlements with with a group of insurance companies to provide increased access health services for more…

CT court dismisses appeal of gag order in missing mom case — The Connecticut Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal of a gag order that a judge imposed in the case of Fotis…

UK court blocks Heathrow expansion over climate concerns Campaigners won a court ruling Thursday to block the plan for a third runway at Heathrow Airport on environmental grounds, setting the stage for a new fight over whether to make Europe’s biggest airport even bigger.

East Asian ‘Tapas’ Restaurant Purple Shell Debuts in South Boston Today The ownership behind Purple Shell also owns Sushi Joy in Plymouth, which serves a mix of Chinese and Japanese food.

What we know about the Northern California coronavirus case How the person acquired the respiratory disease is unknown. "It's possible this could be an instance of community spread of covid-19, which would be the first time this has happened in the United States," the CDC said in a statement.

Police: Man murdered 91-year-old mother with sledgehammer to protect her from his ‘awful crimes’ A 59-year-old man is facing a charge of murder after police say he bludgeoned his 91-year-old mother to death with a sledgehammer because…

Democratic Leaders Willing to Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders Democratic Leaders Willing to Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders.

20-foot waves may be coming to the Great Lakes Towering waves are forming Thursday on the Great Lakes, with swells that could reach 20 feet, CNN meteorologists said. Huge waves already have…

Woman took 550 times the usual dose of LSD with surprisingly positive consequences Drug overdoses can be life-threatening, but for two women who accidentally took massive hits of LSD the experience was life changing — and…

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