Mass. opioid deaths on pace to match 2014

The crisis shows no sign of abating, despite additional treatment programs and safeguards to prevent painkiller abuse.

Backups mount after crash inside O’Neill Tunnel

Delays are extending north of the city, according to reports.

Shirley Leung

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Since the 2024 bid died, readers have weighed in on the good, bad, and ugly of the region’s short-lived dream.

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Investigators say that Walker International Events Inc. put the tent up without approval.

The Deflategate ruling

Tom Brady explained how he prepares the footballs in the NFLPA transcript.

Matt Slocum/Associated Press/File 2015

Ravens tipped off Colts on footballs, documents show

The documents, part of a court filing by the NFLPA, suggest how the Colts came to question the footballs, and what Tom Brady said in his testimony.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

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The release of more Deflategate documents will only solidify viewpoints on each side.

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The transcript of Brady’s statements at his appeal hearing sheds light on the destruction of his phone and other key points.

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Mayor Martin Walsh wants to prohibit use of smokeless products at professional and amateur sports venues, including Fenway Park.

Court suspends probation officer demotions amid bias claims

Discrimination complaints say a controversial new exam, intended to fight patronage, was biased against minorities.

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The storms brought hail as large as golf balls, snarled traffic, and downed trees.

A view of the proposed tower at 380 Stuart St. (inset) from Boston Common.

Skidmore Owings Merrill & CBT/Globe Staff photo illustration

John Hancock wants to build another iconic Back Bay tower

The life insurer is proposing a 26-story structure at 380 Stuart St. It would cost $350 million.

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Fishermen insist they can’t afford to pay the $710 it would cost each time observers accompany them to sea.

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Two groups are planning to file petitions for ballot measures Wednesday, setting the stage for a fierce battle in 2016.

“When the ferry pulled in the first time I came here and I saw the town, I said, ‘I am never leaving,’ ” Elin Hilderbrand said of Nantucket.

THOMAS FARRAGHER

Nantucket-based author is the queen of summer beach read

Thanks to her discipline and determination, Elin Hilderbrand has made herself into a literary dynamo.

A hiker explores Mount Lafayette, the highest point on Franconia Ridge.

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Hike the Whites

Why Mount Lafayette is the best hike in New England

After two weeks and more than 55,000 votes, the winner of our Hike The Whites bracket was Mount Lafayette.

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The sports tape worn by most of the players in the NFL and MLB comes from the little-known company in Salisbury.

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No arrests have been made in last week’s shooting of Grisel Sanchez, who police say was not the intended target.

The Patriots held their first day of training camp at the practice field next to Gillette Stadium. A plane circled above with a banner that read,

‘Cheaters’ banner pilot says he was asked to leave airport

The man said he was kicked out of Mansfield’s airport after the aerial stunt over Gillette Stadium.

Cheap Eats

Sichuan spot in Allston gets spicy right

In spite of no website or even a takeout menu, Mala Restaurant in Allston has found plenty of fans in its sleek new spot serving flavorful, spicy dishes.

Ground Game

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The Boston Globe has revised its rankings of the top 10 Republican presidential candidates in New Hampshire.

Opinion

Dr. Howard K. Koh and Dr. Alan C. Woodward

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A proposed city ordinance would eliminate the use of tobacco products at baseball venues and athletic fields, including Fenway Park.

The Big Picture

Wildfires burn thousands of acres in California

Drought and extreme weather have fueled numerous wildfires in California that have destroyed property and forced evacuations.

BetaBoston

Betaboston

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Crashes and other miscues are part of the drill when running a race for flying drones.

Crux

Crux

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Trump’s comments about illegal immigrants from Mexico has riled US bishops