Fantasy games draw scrutiny as gambling ban blurs

Local start-up DraftKings denies an accusation often leveled at the company — that it is essentially a gambling operation.

While some retailers started back-to-school specials as early as June, those pencils, backpacks and other supplies are likely to be even cheaper in the late summer.

Retailers see shift as consumers wait for back-to-school deals

The old strategy of holding special sales months before the start of a season is catching up with stores.

A rendering of the Circle Cinema project shows the senior housing building (front) and hotel.

National Development

Brookline approves hotel, senior housing

The $85 million project straddling Brookline and Boston includes a 162-room hotel, 92 units of senior housing, and stores.

Samaritans revive girl pulled from Milton pond

Two good Samaritans rescued a drowning 7-year-old girl and performed CPR until emergency personnel arrived.

Off-duty State Police trooper arrested for domestic violence

The 36-year-old trooper allegedly seriously injured a woman at his central Massachusetts home.

Donald Trump spoke to the media during on the first day of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, on Thursday.

Trump fires aide over racist online postings

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign fired the aide on Sunday amid accusations of racist writings on Facebook.

Some believe Tom Brady has a compelling argument and a chance to have his suspension vacated; others believe he has no shot.

Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

Legal specialists can’t pick winner in Brady lawsuit

Few, if any, experts consider this a slam-dunk case for No. 12.

JOAN VENNOCHI

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/30/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Joan_Vennochi_150px-1283.jpg Say farewell to old Boston

Power shifted from old Boston to new, the day a band of insurgents blocked the Olympic dreams of the city’s elite. It’s about time.

Hitchbot with Boston Globe writer Christopher Muther in July.

Vandals cut short robot’s hitchhiking adventure

HitchBOT had covered a lot of ground since its July 17 departure for San Francisco, including Boston, but was vandalized in Philadelphia.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Location, Location, Location

What is it like to live in Holbrook?

Its location south of Boston, proximity to highways, and varied public transportation options “would interest anyone,” one resident said.

Foxboro, Massachusetts - 8/2/2015 - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady(R) passes during training camps at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, August 2, 2015. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Patriots practice report

Playful Tom Brady-Malcolm Butler smack talk a highlight

Late in the Patriots’ fourth day of workouts, cornerback Butler dared Brady to throw his way.

02/21/14: Ft. Myers, FL: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is signing an autograph as team CEO Larry Lucchino is pictured at right. Whether Lucchino and the Red Sox offer something else for Ortiz to sign this spring, namely a contract extension, remains to be seen. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) section:sports topic:Red Sox Spring Training

Dan Shaughnessy

Red Sox will miss Larry Lucchino

Lucchino’s style made plenty of enemies, but he was good for the Red Sox.

Boston MA 8/2/15 Boston Red Sox Junichi Tazawa looking at the ball after giving up a game tying ground rule double by Tampa Bay Rays Asdrubal Cabrera during eighth inning action at Fenway Park on Sunday August 2, 2015. .(photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: Red Sox-Rays Reporter: Peter Abraham

Rays 4, Red Sox 3

Rays rally past Red Sox for win, 4-3

The Red Sox squandered a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning and lost to Tampa Bay.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/02/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/trustey1.jpg Father, daughter drew the world close

Joseph and Anna Trustey, both of Wenham, died Wednesday evening when the plane he was piloting crashed in Milwaukee.

Governor Charlie Baker, left, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh rode in the Pan-Mass Challenge Sunday in Wellesley.

Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

Walsh, Baker ride in Pan-Mass Challenge

The Boston mayor and Mass. governor took to the roads in the bicycle event that raises money for cancer care and research.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/02/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/2015-08-01%2000.25.46_Jayden%20Stephenson%20edited%20(1).jpg ‘Ghostbusters’ stars make surprise visit at Tufts children’s hospital

The stars of “Ghostbusters” — which is filming around Boston this summer — visited with patients at the Tufts Floating Hospital for Children.

Travis Roy counts being on this deck overlooking Malletts Bay as one of his joys.

KEVIN CULLEN

Leading a purposeful life, chosen by challenges

Travis Roy has good genes, the passion and idealism of his great-grandfather, the unassuming wisdom of his great-grandmother.

Ground Game

Video

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/29/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/paul.jpg Conversations with the 2016 presidential candidates

The Globe’s James Pindell sits down with presidential candidates and hopefuls to discuss the race.

Opinion

Farah Stockman | Boston after busing

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/30/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/stockman-562.jpg Farah Stockman: Naming this era of racial contradictions

The thing is we don’t agree any more on what race means.

The Big Picture

A cyclist crossed a bridge in Christian A. Herter Park on the Charles River.

Lane Turner/Globe Staff

Globe photos of the month: July, 2015

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month including the Fourth of July celebration.

BetaBoston

BetaBoston

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The “1-Hour Photo” signs have come down outside CVS Pharmacy stores in Boston and throughout the US.

Crux

John L. Allen Jr. | All things Catholic

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/02/BostonGlobe.com/Foreign/Images/allen-886.jpg Sainthood cause for victims of anti-Christian pogroms in India stalls

Seeing the martyrs of Kandhamal declared saints is “my wish and my people’s wish,” said Archbishop John Barwa.