Temporary Gaza cease-fire begins

A three-day truce started at 1 a.m. Boston time after heavy fighting.

Liquor license, opioid bills pass Legislature

The bills were part of a flurry to finish major legislation on the final night of formal sessions.

weekly poll

Massachusetts: even more liberal than you thought

Despite disliking the liberal title, Massachusetts voters consistently side with left-leaning policies over more conservative ones.

Results may trouble women on birth control pill

Those taking formulations with high levels of estrogen had a nearly three times greater risk of developing breast cancer, the study says.

House members headed for the door Thursday as their five-week recess loomed. This Congress is likely to be one of the least productive in history.

Congress keeps road funds going

Lawmakers waited until just hours before starting a five-week recess to make sure construction money continued flowing.

Yoenis Cespedes, acquired Thursday by the Red Sox, brings a slugger’s mentality to the plate.
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Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

Red Sox take major step in revamping offense

You’ve got to be able to win games with one swing of the bat. The Red Sox seem to have more of that now.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/31/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/davis_wsgmone21_spts.jpg Red Sox tear apart roster that won World Series

It was an unprecedented series of moves for the Red Sox, making for one of the most dizzying days in team history.

Shirley Leung

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/31/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/shirleyleung_150-8155.png To understand Market Basket feud, head to Lowell

The old mill city, the cultural heart of the state’s Greek community, is where the Demoulas saga begins.

Opinion

Alex Beam

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/31/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/BeamAlex-1724.jpg Is John le Carré the greatest living writer?

Le Carré spotlights the Cold War, and by extension the US role — and principles — that were part of it.

Movies

movie review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/25/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/9.jpg No lasting magic in Allen’s ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

The minor movie isn’t a Woody Allen disaster, nor is it one of his recent high points.