Fourth of July

Thousands attend fireworks spectacular on Esplanade

The 42d annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is a distinctly Boston event, but attracts people from all over the world.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/05/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/150704_kdb_fourth_0043.jpg Scenes from the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

Thousands took in the fireworks display over the Charles River Saturday night.

US vs. Japan | 7 p.m. (FOX)

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/04/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/TS-APW1140933.jpg What you need to know for US vs. Japan

The US holds a 2-1 edge in World Cup matches against Japan, but Japan won on penalty kicks in 2011.

Katherine McManus, who begins her senior year at Notre Dame this fall, is a 2012 graduate of Thayer Academy.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

For Katherine McManus, giving back helps to heal after tragedy

Last month, a year after her sister’s murder, McManus was named winner of the national Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award.

Young park-goers showed their enthusiasm on a ride at the Jefferson, N.H., amusement park.

One family, 62 years, and the business of fun at Santa’s Village

After more than 60 years in operation, the New Hampshire amusement park is among the most successful in the country.

An Egyptian man held a cross and a Quran as security forces stood guard last week during the funeral of Egyptian Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat.

John L. Allen Jr. | All Things Catholic

Christians suffering in the Middle East

Christians in the region are a convenient target anytime someone is mad at the state, the West, or any other perceived enemy.

The placards dangle from rearview mirrors to remind parking-ticket writers that privately owned vehicles have privileges reserved for city employees on official business.

Parking placards went to 245 city workers

The placards dangle from rearview mirrors to remind ticket writers that privately owned vehicles have privileges reserved for city employees on official business.

Kevin Cullen

Free speech has a price — letting jerks have their say

Free speech can be irritating, but if somebody harbors views you find offensive, it’s better to know it.

Three bodies found in two homes in Boothbay Harbor

The bodies of two men and one woman were discovered after police conducted a well-being check.

Jefferson Davis’s monument.

Jay Paul for The Boston Globe

Divided Nation

Richmond split over how to remember Confederate history

It’s not just the city’s history of inequality but its continuing unequal treatment of the Confederacy over slavery, says one activist.

 Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz has drawn criticism — from inside his office, from defense lawyers, from judges — over arranging deals with repeat offenders in exchange for their testimony in Brockton area murder cases.

Plymouth’s DA faces fire for witness deals gone awry

Cruz has apparently broken his own rule when it comes to cutting deals with career criminals.

Karen Adams recalled her mother , Marie Crean, falling in May 2014  and the following care she received at Braemoor Healh Center. Crean died last August at the age of 85.

At Brockton nursing home, questions of faulty care

A state review found Synergy Health Centers, which owns Braemoor Health Center, failing in critical areas.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/05/BostonGlobe.com/Foreign/Images/ARP4222720-1046.jpg Greece votes on high-stakes bailout referendum

Opinion polls show Greeks evenly split on whether to accept more fiscal austerity, or defiantly reject the creditors’ proposals.

 Glenn Quirion of Sweet Tooth Bakery uses dozens of eggs in batters.

John Tlumacki/globe staff

Higher egg prices hitting shops, consumers

The price of eggs has doubled in just a few short weeks after an outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest.

Man fatally shot in Dorchester Saturday night

At 10:50 p.m. on Holborn Street, shots were fired from a car, which then took off, police said.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/05/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/200_lawrence_mugshots.jpg Lawrence police arrest four suspected of armed-robbery spree

The arrests were in connection with a string of armed robberies in Lawrence, Cambridge, Brookline, and Boston on Friday.

Yvonne Abraham

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/05/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/abrahamy-8965.jpg Summer has its annoyances

At the beach, nothing maddeningly says summer like boom boxes pumping out music I didn’t choose.

Ground Game

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/01/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/2015-07-01T011327Z_1151802888_GF10000145120_RTRMADP_3_USA-ELECTION-TRUMP.jpg N.H. thinks Donald Trump is for real

Whether Trump is serious about running for president or just serious about publicity, his sudden support is hard to ignore.

Opinion

farah stockman | boston after busing

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/02/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/stockman-558.jpg Bringing parents’ strength to all of Boston’s public schools

In a city like Boston, poor kids tend to go to poor schools, and wealthy kids to affluent schools.

The Big Picture

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Globe photos of the month, June 2015

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