Boston to host program to counter extremism

Boston was one of three cities selected by the Justice Department because of its community engagement and policing.

Stolen US-made equipment a key focus in ISIS fight

The Islamic State’s reliance on American-made equipment has highlighted concerns about plans to supply rebels in Syria.

Shootings, violent crime fell this summer, police say

Boston Police said the reduction was due to targeting “major players” and hotspots, and efforts to get guns off the streets.

Michelle Obama to headline fund-raiser for Martha Coakley

The event with Obama will be Oct. 3 in Boston, and an appearance with Vice President Joe Biden also is planned.

Shirley Leung

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/23/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/shirley-4693.jpg Charlie Baker saved Harvard Pilgrim

When Baker departed as the company’s CEO, it was rated as the country’s best health insurer.

Workers completed the process of making the home safe for the neighborhood last week.

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Blackstone orders house where infants’ remains were found be torn down

The house “is a black hole in Blackstone,” the chairman of the Board of Health said.

Harvard endowment posts 15.4 percent gain

The nation’s largest university endowment had $36.4 billion in assets at the end of its fiscal year on June 30.

Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia take the field.

PETER ABRAHAM | BEAT WRITER’S NOTEBOOK

Projecting the Red Sox’ 2015 Opening Day roster

Outside of David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia, anybody could be moved for the right return.

An iconic statue of a lion atop the Old State House on Washington Street in Boston was hoisted down from its rooftop perch for restoration.

Time capsule found inside Old State House lion statue

A sculptor hopes to find a way to retrieve the time capsule with minimal damage to the lion.

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck believes draft picks Marcus Smart and James Young “can really add something to this team.” AP Photo/Steven Senne

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Celtics brass tempers expectations for the season

Wyc Grousbeck and Danny Ainge didn’t make a big deal this summer but both said they like the players they have.

Books

Book review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/19/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/Merkin,Daphne(C)TinaTurnbow.jpg ‘The Fame Lunches’ by Daphne Merkin

Merkin’s essays showcase a fearless intelligence, although one that might be a bit too intense to take in all at once.