Plymouth’s DA faces fire for witness deals

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

Fourth of July

People celebrated as the performance at the Hatch Shell came to a close.

Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

Scenes from the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

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

Special effects are fired from the Hatch Shell during the Stars and Stripes forever.

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.

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.

// 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.

Jefferson Davis’s monument.

Jay Paul for The Boston Globe

Divided Nation

Richmond split over 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.

Man fatally shot in Dorchester Saturday night

A car was seen fleeing the scene after a man in his mid-20s was shot and killed, officials said.

Joe Martinez took notes on this spring’s tadpole population in Mount Auburn Cemetery during a visit last month.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Tadpoles bring new life to Mount Auburn Cemetery

Efforts are underway to reintroduce spring peepers, gray treefrogs, and American toads to Mount Auburn.

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.

New Bills coach Rex Ryan knows the Patriots quite well from his six seasons with the Jets.


Sizing up AFC East’s top 10 offseason moves

A ranking of which moves made by the Patriots and their AFC East rivals could have the most impact.

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.

Mike Napoli’s hitting just .192 on the season with a team-high 78 strikeouts.

With Mike Napoli struggling, David Ortiz steps in at first

Manager John Farrell decided Sunday to sit Napoli, who is 2 of his last 27.

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

// 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.

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

City boosts number of workers with free parking privileges

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

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.

Ground Game

// 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.


farah stockman | boston after busing

// 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.