McCarthy drops out of House speaker race, vote postponed

Representative Kevin McCarthy spoke to reporters after his decision on Thursday.


House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said at a press conference that he felt that a fresh face was needed in the Republican leadership.


// Can we please stop pretending marijuana is harmless?

The truth is it can be dangerous, especially for young people.

// Triple-deckers in demand, families getting pushed out

In recent years, the desire for the properties has grown, and the population living within them has shifted.

// Food shortages? Floods? Experts detail climate change fallout

The question of how Boston would cope with either a serious winter storm or a hurricane was the topic of a sobering HUBweek panel.

The National Lampoon creative team from the early ‘70s in the film “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead.”

Movie Review

Documentary recalls shock, awe of National Lampoon

“Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead” may be a mite too worshipful toward its subject, but worship isn’t uncalled for.


// Walsh needs to end costly fight against Everett casino

Mayor Walsh has spent more than $1 million fighting the Everett casino, but now it’s time to move on.

Alex Speier

// Playoff teams demonstrate why Red Sox need an ace

Baseball is getting yet another reminder of the centrality of the elite starting pitcher in the postseason.

// Patriots give Dion Lewis contract extension

The deal adds two years to his contract and could keep him in New England through 2017.

// Lawsuit claims rival stole dumpling recipes, cloned menu

The owner of a Weston restaurant alleges a trio of dumpling pirates hatched an elaborate scheme to steal her trade secrets.

A Los Angeles County health official urged people to get the measles vaccine after an outbreak that started at Disneyland.

Nick Ut/AP

US could be on verge of measles outbreak, researchers warn

One in eight children under the age of 17 is susceptible to measles and would likely get sick if exposed to the dangerous virus.

//[1]-1610--90x90.jpg US airman who helped thwart French train attack stabbed in Calif.

Spencer Stone, who helped subdue an attacker on a French train in August, is in stable condition, an official said.

Baker proposes bill to allow more charter schools

The legislation would permit 12 new or expanded charters per year across the state.

Two ex-Boston Archdiocese officials sued in sex abuse case

A Chelmsford woman alleges she was sexually molested by a now-defrocked priest because they failed to properly supervise him.

Earlier attempts at a hands-free cell phone law have failed, but it looks as if it’s really going to happen this time.

George Rizer for The Boston Globe

Yvonne Abraham

Confessions of a driver who can’t stop looking at her phone

My phone has gotten smarter, and I’ve gotten dumber.

// Fire damages at least 8 boats at Quincy marina

Four of the damaged boats sank completely in the morning blaze at Captain’s Cove Marina.

//[1]-970--90x90.jpg Belarusian writer wins Nobel Prize in literature

Alexievich, 67, used the skills of a journalist to create literature chronicling the great tragedies of the Soviet Union and its collapse.

//[1]-1604--90x90.jpg Rupert Murdoch suggests Obama isn’t a ‘real black president’

‘‘Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide?” Murdoch tweeted.

Opinion & Ideas

Farah Stockman | Boston after busing

// In schools, can separate be equal?

Integration alone doesn’t produce a quality education, and it can’t be our only strategy for academic success.

Ground Game

//[1]-1562--90x90.jpg Calm down, Hillary Clinton has not lost New Hampshire. Yet.

Clinton is currently losing N.H., but she is very, very, very, very far away from the state being a lost cause.

The Big Picture

Samer Shkeer, a Syrian refugee, prays after crossing the Mediterranean to the shore of Skala Sykamnia on the island of Lesbos, Greece, on Sept. 11.

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Perilous crossings

Globe photographer Craig F. Walker documented the plight of refugees and migrants looking for a better life in Europe.


Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

// Data privacy? It’s mostly gone, but that can change

Just about everything we do these days is under some form of electronic surveillance.



// On day one of Synod 2015, conservatives strike first

The traditionalist camp isn’t going to just counter-punch this time around.