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Mass. courts’
juvenile cases plummet

Criminal and child welfare caseloads in the state’s juvenile courts have fallen sharply over the past three years despite economic turmoil that has placed enormous strain on many families, a dramatic decline that confounds social workers, lawyers, and child and family advocates. (By Peter Schworm, Globe Staff)

Hearings air endless tales of troubles

Juvenile court hearings are closed to the public, but court officials allowed a Boston Globe reporter to visit one day last month on the promise that the juveniles and their parents would be kept anonymous. (By Peter Schworm, Globe Staff)

Putting the mute in commute

In January, the MBTA will begin a three-month “quiet car” test on the Fitchburg and Franklin commuter rail lines, designating one car on each train as a refuge from chirping ringtones and grating chatter. (By Eric Moskowitz, Globe Staff)

Bill calls for court OK to foreclose

Secretary of State William F. Galvin plans to submit a bill next month that would force Massachusetts mortgage lenders to get court approval before seizing homes, in an effort to protect homeowners and address concerns about how foreclosures are conducted. (By Jenifer B. McKim, Globe Staff)

Volunteers give a lifeline
to turtles trapped on Cape

Scientists and volunteers are finding unprecedented numbers of juvenile sea turtles, mostly Kemp’s ridleys, on Cape Cod Bay shores this winter — and widely predict this year will be one of the worst on record for turtle strandings. (By Beth Daley, Globe Staff)

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