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'It gives color to the city': Lawrence mural represents education, diversity  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — At about 12 feet high and 50 feet long, the brightly colored mural at the corner of Broadway and Bradford streets is an eye-catcher.

Lawrence High School launches 723 graduates into the future  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — Less than two years ago, Jeranny Geraldo arrived in the United States from the Dominican Republic, unable to speak a word of English.

Fiato leaving Lawrence High headmaster job  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — Lawrence High Headmaster Michael Fiato said he is taking a new job outside the city.

New courts, new outlook, new attitude  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — Sometimes, when talking about the aftermath of the Sept. 13 natural gas disaster, Mayor Dan Rivera sounds like a plastic surgeon.

SLIDESHOW: Lawrence High School Graduation 2019  Eagle-Tribune

Scenes from Lawrence High School Graduation ceremony held at Veterans' Memorial Stadium on Friday May 31, 2019. Click HERE to purchase photos.

High 5: Lawrence High School girls volleyball  WCVB Boston

This group of young ladies triumphed over the gas line disaster that crippled most of the Merrimack Valley.

Police: Sex tape made in Lawrence High School hallway may lead to charges  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — Police are investigating a video that appears to show two minors engaging in sexual acts in a high school hallway, Chief Roy Vasque said ...

'Where's the Security?': Community Stunned After Sex Tape Allegedly Recorded Inside Mass. High School  NBC10 Boston

Two students allegedly recorded themselves engaged in sexual activity at Lawrence High School. “I heard about it,” said student Miguel Matos. “I'm pretty sure ...

No graduate left unnamed  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — The Lawrence High School graduates list begins in 1852 with L. Maria Cobb. It ends in 2018 with Joseph Xavier Zayas.

Teen charged with beheading classmate set to finally stand trial after several postponements  WCVB Boston

The trial of a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing and beheading a high school classmate is getting underway after several postponements.

Massachusetts teen found guilty of beheading classmate, tried as an adult  USA TODAY

BOSTON — An 18-year-old man in a Boston suburb was convicted Tuesday of killing and gruesomely beheading a classmate in a dispute about a girl.

No tennis for anyone: Damaged courts out for upcoming season  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE – Joshua Jimenez spent the first few months of his senior year at Lawrence High School crowded into a Haverhill hotel with his family and then at ...

Lawrence High School shelves its library  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — The Lawrence High School library lost half its space over the last two years, along with its certified librarian, a computer lab, most of its books ...

Video: Lawrence High students' protest of principal's resignation met with silence  Lewiston Sun Journal

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Martinez is heading for West Point  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — The United States seized a North Korean ship for violating sanctions intended to force the country to stop developing nuclear weapons. A U.S. ...

Lawrence teen who beheaded high school classmate sentenced to life in prison  Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

SALEM, MASS. (WHDH) - A Lawrence teenager convicted of first-degree murder in the killing and beheading of a high school classmate in 2016 was sentenced ...

Charges Possible After Students Caught On Video Having Sex In School Hallway  CBS Boston

LAWRENCE (CBS) – Lawrence Public Schools are investigating a video of two students being sent around social media. Authorities say the video appears to ...

Lawrence girl, 16, shot in street fight  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — A 16-year-old Lawrence High School freshman is in serious condition at a Boston hospital after she was shot in the head late Friday while ...

Beheading murder trial for Lawrence teenager begins | State News  The Salem News

SALEM, Mass. — After weeks of texting and messaging back and forth with a classmate, Mathew Borges told Stephanie Soriano his “eyes would look dead soon ...

Gang member held without bail in Lawrence shooting  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — A local gang member who survived a Sept. 13 gas explosion at his Chickering Road home was held without bail Monday after his arraignment ...

Lawrence teen convicted of first-degree murder in killing, beheading of high school classmate  Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

SALEM, MASS. (WHDH) - A Lawrence teenager was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder in the killing and beheading of a high school classmate. The jury ...

One Lawrence 'kid' lends a hand to another  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — Lorraine Kowalczyk and Angelique Alon are almost 80 years apart in age, but they have much in common: They're both "Lawrence kids" – and ...

Mentors help 50 Lawrence High students stay in school, earn better grades  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — A little caring can go a long way. With the end of the academic year a week away, 50 Lawrence High School freshmen received certificates of ...

The terminator: Lawrence High's sensational middle-hitter Heredia has helped destroy the competition  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE -- Abby Heredia has a nice, wide, bright smile and isn't afraid to show it off.

3 Lawrence Schools Report Gas Smell  NBC10 Boston

At least one Lawrence, Massachusetts elementary school was evacuated and two other schools reported the odor of natural gas Thursday morning, according to ...

United by song; New England Classical Singers, Lawrence High Girls Ensemble key up annual concert  Eagle-Tribune

Rehearsal starts in 20 minutes. But already, conductor David Hodgkins of the New England Classical Singers and junior Nayelly Rodriguez of the Lawrence ...

Jury selection expected to begin in case of teen accused of beheading Lawrence High classmate  Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — The trial of a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing and beheading a high school classmate is getting underway after several ...

Man accused in shooting that wounded 16-year-old girl heads to court  WCVB Boston

A man is due in court Monday in connection with a shooting in Lawrence that seriously injured a 16-year-old girl.

Man held without bail in shooting where Lawrence girl, 16, received head wound  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — A Lawrence man who allegedly fired a gun into the air during a street fight turned gun battle Friday night was held without bail at his arraignment ...

Teen Guilty of 1st Degree Murder in Lawrence Beheading Trial  NBC10 Boston

A teenager charged with killing and beheading his high school classmate has been found guilty of first-degree murder. Jurors found 18-year-old Mathew Borges ...

'I'm Gonna Kill Someone': Chilling Testimony in Lawrence Beheading Trial  NBC10 Boston

Jurors heard more explosive testimony Thursday in the trial for a Massachusetts teenager accused of beheading his classmate. One friend of defendant Mathew ...

Lawrence school evacuated due to gas leak  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — Students from the Parthum Elementary School were evacuated Thursday when a gas leak was discovered inside the building, three weeks after ...

Hoops league flees AHS field house, citing safety woes  Andover Townsman

Hoops for Hope, the popular summer basketball program for high school teams, is moving back to Lawrence as organizers of the program say the Andover field ...

SLIDESHOW: Lawrence Graduation 2018 | Gallery  Eagle-Tribune

Seven Hundred fifty one students walked across a stage and received diplomas during Lawrence High Schools One Hundred Sixty Seventh Graduation ...

Restoration begins at Lawrence parks  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — The gas disaster took a heavy toll on the parks of South Lawrence. Now, city leaders have decided they're not going to wait for Columbia Gas to ...

Lawrence man indicted on child pornography, extortion charges  Eagle-Tribune

SALEM, Mass. — A Lawrence man already convicted of attacking and beating a transgender woman has been indicted on child pornography charges.

Man's body pulled from Spicket River  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE – The body of a 44-year-old Hispanic male pulled from the Spicket River in a densely populated neighborhood Wednesday had been stuck in the ...

After 13 years, Mike Yameen out as Lawrence High football coach  Eagle-Tribune

Mike Yameen told The Eagle-Tribune he's out as Lawrence High's head football coach.

TOM DUGGAN'S NOTEBOOK (JUNE, 2019)  The Valley Patriot

CHANGES TO METHUEN'S CITY CHARTER The Methuen City Council and the charter commission are considering changes to the city charter this year (the ...

Learning from tragedy: Teacher crafts lesson plan from gas disaster  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — For Shaddai Vargas's students, the gas explosions and fires that rocked the city Sept. 13 were difficult to comprehend.

High school student allegedly decapitated classmate over sexual dispute  Rolling Out

A high school sex triangle allegedly led to death and decapitation. Mathew Borges, 17, is currently on trial for first-degree murder in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Affidavit reveals witnesses identified shooter of girl, 16  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — Jose L. Rivera, 36, was identified by witnesses as the gunman who shot a 16-year-old girl in the head earlier this month, according to an ...

Dominican native Suarez a stalwart standout for Lawrence track  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — As a child, growing up in the Dominican Republic, the speed and determination that would one day make Lawrence's Alex Suarez a star in track ...

Celebrating Bernstein at 100: Lawrence festival spotlights native composer through music  Eagle-Tribune

It could be a musical itself — this deadline prepping for the Leonard Bernstein Centennial Festival, 10 days of musicals and concerts from Aug. 16 to 25 in the ...

Jurors in Lawrence Beheading Trial Visit Site of Murder  NBC10 Boston

The first-degree murder trial for a Massachusetts teenager accused of beheading his classmate continued Friday with jurors visiting the crime scene. Mathew ...

Lawrence Teen Accused Of Beheading Classmate Has Trial Postponed For Third Time  CBS Boston

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The trial for a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing and beheading a high school classmate has been postponed for the third ...

Second arrest in shooting that seriously injured 16-year-old girl  WCVB Boston

A second arrest has been made in a shooting that seriously injured a 16-year old girl last Friday.

Jurors get case of Lawrence teen accused in grisly killing  Boston Herald

SALEM — Jurors began deliberations today in the trial of a Lawrence teen accused of beheading and cutting off the hands of a schoolmate in a jealous rage.

Getting to know crows; Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence hosts art and writing program around annual visit  Eagle-Tribune

A teen writing leader from the crow program read his poem to the room at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, telling families he's a collector of experiences, ...

Lawrence drop-out rate is up, or down, depending how you measure  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — Just over 11 percent of the high school's class of 2017 dropped out between their freshman and senior years, an increase of 0.4 percent that ...

No arrests after Lawrence teen was shot in the head  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — Nearly a week after a girl, age 16, was shot in the head after a street fight turned gun battle police have not arrested or identified her alleged.

Columbia Gas will host meetings Saturday  Eagle-Tribune

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts will host a series of three open house meetings Saturday, March 9 to provide the community with updates on its spring activities ...

Lawrence girls volleyball rises above tragedy through tight bond  Boston Herald

LAWRENCE — When the gas explosions uprooted families in the Merrimack Valley earlier this month, it tested the community's emotional endurance, unity and ...

Lawrence explosion victim Leonel Rondon just got his driver’s license  Boston Herald

LAWRENCE — Leonel Rondon got his driver's license hours before he died in an explosion at a friend's house in South Lawrence Thursday. “He was ...

DA: Beheading murder was 'premeditated'  Eagle-Tribune

SALEM, Mass. — It's unclear if Mathew Borges, the Lawrence teen charged with the beheading murder of a classmate, will take the stand in his own defense in ...

District Attorney: Man who shot Lawrence girl in the head caught in Dorchester  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE - A Lawrence man who allegedly shot a 16-year-old girl in the head on High Street Friday was arrested late Wednesday night in Dorchester, ...

Borges jurors view crime scene  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — After four days of listening to testimony, jurors in the Mathew Borges murder trial got to walk the riverbank where the remains of Lee Manuel ...

Lawrence, the art of home; Essex Art Center exhibit highlights students' sense of place  Eagle-Tribune

For Mimi Ton, the electric cooker in her grandmother's kitchen means home.

Teamwork makes Lawrence a city on the move  The Boston Globe

In office buildings throughout the city, few Boston business leaders have Lawrence on the brain. A city of 80,000 just 30 miles north of Boston, this old mill city is ...

Jury selection begins in beheading trial  Eagle-Tribune

SALEM, Mass. — The young woman said she was "born and raised in Lawrence." She didn't know teens Mathew Borges or the late Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino ...

Demons, a beheading and a robbery: Here's what we've learned so far in the murder trial of Mathew Borges

It was a chilling message. “I think of killing someone and smirk.”

First in her class at LHS: the daughter of refugees  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — While the debate over immigrants and refugees roils the nation, Lawrence put its heritage as an anchorage for the tempest-tossed on stage ...

Lawrence High robotics team wins regional competition  Eagle-Tribune

The Lawrence High robotics team and its partners won a regional competition for the first time.

Trooper reads texts Lawrence beheading suspect allegedly sent prior to classmate’s death  Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

SALEM, MASS. (WHDH) - Jurors weighing the murder trial of a teenager accused of decapitating his Lawrence High School classmate in 2016 heard text ...


LAWRENCE HIGH SCHOOL. CLASS OF 2016. At A Glance. Graduation: Friday, June 3, 6 p.m., at Veterans Stadium. Graduation speaker: Mayor Daniel Rivera.

Station hosts Unity Day for gas disaster victims  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — Costa Eagle Media moved their studios to Lawrence High School on Friday, where they broadcast Spanish-language hits live and hosted a day ...

Massachusetts July 4 fireworks 2019: Local celebrations to watch

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is undoubtedly the biggest fireworks display in Massachusetts, with hundreds of thousands expected to flock to the city ...

Beheading murder trial starts later this month  Eagle-Tribune

SALEM, Mass. — The first-degree murder trial for a Lawrence teen accused of killing a classmate could last a month and will include a visit to the riverbank ...

Lawrence beheading trial moved to November  Eagle-Tribune

SALEM, Mass. — The trial for the Lawrence teen charged with the beheading murder of a classmate has been pushed to Nov. 5.

Baker seeks to expand early college  The Salem News

BOSTON – When Brian Perez begins his freshman year at Northern Essex Community College this fall, he'll already have a semester's worth of credits under his ...

Man killed, 12 injured after 70 gas explosions, fires rock Lawrence, Andover, North Andover  Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

LAWRENCE, MASS. (WHDH) - At least one person has died and 13 others were injured when as many as 70 gas-related explosions and fires rocked multiple ...

A play-by-play dream  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — While you're sending text messages, taking bathroom breaks, running to the fridge for another beer or sticking more nachos in the oven, ...

Methuen Pop Warner team honored  Eagle-Tribune

METHUEN — Methuen Pop Warner Football Team C was honored with proclamations from the mayor and City Council this week for a stellar season.

Kasper Joseph Kfoury, Petty Officer 2nd Class US Coast Guard ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST - VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH  The Valley Patriot

By: John Cuddy – March, 2019. Lawrence's Kasper Kfoury was present at two of the most iconic events that took place during the twentieth century in the United ...

Medical examiner: Unclear if teen beheaded before or after death  WCVB Boston

The trial of a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing and beheading a high school classmate is entering its second week.

79 more graduates receive Lawrence High diplomas  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — Divine Franco says he's ready. Franco was among 79 young men and women who received diplomas during a special graduation from ...

Art imitates life in student's work  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — Stephanie Lima's mother called out to her, telling her to check the news, to see what was going on in the city.

UPDATE: Gas leak from rooftop heating unit caused odor at Parthum School; problem eliminated, fire chief says  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — Fire Chief Brian Moriarty said Tuesday morning's evacuation of students from Parthum Elementary School, the second evacuation in the last five ...

Teen who killed, beheaded classmate gets 2 life sentences  WCVB Boston

A Lawrence teenager found guilty of killing and beheading a high school classmate was sentenced to two life sentences Tuesday.

Trial closing for Massachusetts teen charged with beheading classmate

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Lawyers will make their final pitches to jurors in the case of a teenager charged with killing and beheading a high school classmate.

Accused high school dealer remains in jail  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — Former Lawrence High School football standout Luis Crispin will be back in Lawrence District Court next month as his heroin distribution and ...

Jury weighs fate of teen charged in beheading of classmate  WCVB Boston

A jury is now weighing the fate of a Lawrence teenager charged with killing and beheading a high school classmate.

City of lights | Merrimack Valley |  Eagle-Tribune

The Iluminación Lawrence project shines a light on the city and shows others its vibrant colors in a safe, upbeat setting.

Searching for a school chief, Lawrence hopes fourth time is the charm  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — The city's painful and often humiliating experiences with past school superintendents were dragged from the closet Wednesday, when Mayor ...

Mathew Borges cut classmate's head off after stabbing him 'so he wouldn't be caught,' friend testifies

Mathew Borges, 17, is facing a first-degree murder charge in Salem Superior Court for the beheading of his classmate Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino in the fall of ...

Club plans patriotic display for town common | Merrimack Valley  Eagle-Tribune

NORTH ANDOVER — American pride will be on vivid display on the Old Center Common during the second week of June.

Valley Patriot/Lawrence High School Alumni Association Scholarship Winners  The Valley Patriot

It's amazing what the Valley Patriot has done with this annual BASH scholarship program,” said Chris Eldredge of the Lawrence High School Alumni Association ...

Summer fun to start at Methuen's Forest Lake  Eagle-Tribune

METHUEN — Forest Lake will open for the season on June 22. The hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with season stickers required at all times. The cost.

Teacher, students developing device to help prevent gas disasters  WCVB Boston

The design was selected as the Massachusetts winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, winning a $20000 grant for classroom technology in the ...

Great War heroes  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — Just more than 100 years ago, an estimated 5500 Lawrence men fought in World War I, called at that time the Great War.

How One Student's Scholarship Became a Stepping Stone  Babson Thought & Action

From a career trek in New York City, to a black affinity conference in Atlanta, learn how Babson has helped Dario Guerrero Jr. '21 open doors.

Early College makes a difference for Lawrence students  Eagle-Tribune

At the auditorium of Lawrence High School, the finalists for the sophomore class speech contest at Abbott Lawrence Academy were.

Lawrence High Football Field Trashed After Brazilian Festival  CBS Local

LAWRENCE (CBS) — A large cleanup effort was underway at Lawrence High School's Veterans Memorial Stadium Monday morning after officials said ...

Most Lawrence residents can return home Sunday morning  The Boston Globe

Residents still under evacuation orders will be allowed back in their homes at 7 a.m. Sunday, Governor Charlie Baker said at Saturday evening news ...

Over 600 graduate from Lawrence High School  Eagle Tribune

LAWRENCE — The Lawrence High School Class of 2012 exhibited great diversity in sports, academics, the arts and *service* to country.

Defense presents witness list in beheading case  Eagle-Tribune

SALEM, Mass. — Defense expert witnesses planned for the murder trial of a Lawrence teenager include two doctors who say Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino's ...

High school football players team up to help disaster victims  WCVB Boston

Eight days after the massive disaster shook the Merrimack Valley, the football teams from Andover and Lawrence met on the field to play a Friday night tradition...

Father and son graduate - both with high honors  Eagle-Tribune

HAVERHILL — The Estevez family of Lawrence strives for academic excellence.

CHECK THIS OUT A 'Giant Peach' of a musical at Lawrence High  Eagle-Tribune

Thirty students from Lawrence High School and Parthum Middle School — plus a few puppets — will take the high school's Performing Art Stage the next two ...

Lawrence marks 100th birthday of native son Leonard Bernstein  Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — On the occasion of Leonard Bernstein's 65th birthday in 1983, then-mayor Lawrence LeFebre declared Aug. 25 to be Leonard Bernstein Day.

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