Mother of girl who died in foster care dies of apparent drug overdose

Jessica Conway was pronounced dead after being found at a Worcester apartment Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Lahey, Beth Israel in merger talks

If the merger can be completed, it would reshape the state’s health care industry, creating a system of eight hospitals across Eastern Mass.

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A Brockton company will become the state’s second medical marijuana dispensary under a waiver issued Wednesday.

Walsh reiterates opposition to six-figure salary for City Council

Mayor Martin Walsh believes the $99,500 salary he is proposing is “fair and generous,” his spokeswoman said.

The Pilgrim nuclear power plant at Plymouth.

Pilgrim nuclear plant safety rating is downgraded

The downgrade happened after repeated unplanned shutdowns at the Plymouth facility and problems with safety relief valves.

Chewing tobacco will be banned from sports venues, including Fenway Park.

Boston bans chewing tobacco in ballparks

The ban will bring an end to ballplayers holding wads of chewing tobacco in their cheeks, including at Fenway Park.

Harvard allows students to pick new gender pronouns

Students can now choose “ze, hir, and hirs” as their preferred gender pronoun, under a new policy.

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Ballot initiatives on raising taxes on the wealthy and legalizing marijuana were among those certified by Maura Healey.

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The Boston Civic Design Commission gave its approval to the plans for three 22-story condo and apartment towers.

Michelle Carter listened to defense attorney Joseph Cataldo argue for the involuntary manslaughter charge against her to be dismissed in August.

Teens exchanged disturbing texts before suicide

Prosecutors say the texts show Michelle Carter brainstorming with Conrad Henri Roy over the best way for him to kill himself.

Hillary Clinton

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In Clinton e-mails, a crash course on kissing up

The thousands of pages of Hillary Clinton’s correspondence are a master class in how official Washington communicates.

Law enforcement officials were on guard after multiple shots were fired into a Millis Police cruiser, officials said. Officers from several localities responded in the search for the suspect.

Gunman shoots at police vehicle, which crashes and burns in Millis

Law enforcement descended on Millis after the gunman shot at a police vehicle and then drove away.

Senator Elizabeth Warren appeared at Suffolk University as part of the Globe’s interview series.

Warren had ‘long conversation’ with Biden, she says

Senator Elizabeth Warren didn’t provide many details about her recent lunch with Vice President Joe Biden and would not say if she would finish her term.

After

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Final curtain could fall at the Colonial Theatre

When “The Book of Mormon” ends its run in October, the Colonial will close as its owner, Emerson College, considers new uses for the venue.

Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill in the Seaport was one of the bars cited by regulators.

Five bars charged with violating ‘pay-to-play’ rules

The five bars allegedly took cash to stock products from a distributor while excluding its competitors.

Actress Sienna Miller, pictured in Boston last November.

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Director confirms Sienna Miller cut from ‘Black Mass’

Miller had played the role of James “Whitey” Bulger’s girlfriend, Catherine Greig.

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was born under the care of midwives.

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Call (back) the midwife!

US doctors have monopolized childbirth and made deliveries more complicated than necessary, a Boston University professor says.

09/01/2015 Malden, MA Ð Second grader Andre Luiz Domingos (cq) 7, stands at his locker during the first day of class at Salemwood School in Malden, MA on September 09, 2015. Andre said he was a little nervous about going back to school but overall he felt,

Tips for parents feeling the back-to-school blues

Children may experience stress about returning to the classroom — or going for the first time. And parents, too.

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With Sway, boring slideshows made easy

Microsoft has come up with a successor to PowerPoint that makes it even easier to create boring corporate presentations.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listened to a customer following her office’s refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., on Tuesday.

Ky. clerk in gay marriage fight was divorced three times

Kim Davis, the county clerk waging a moral war over the institution of marriage, also had two children while she wasn’t married.

Ground Game

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The US senator from Texas stopped in N.H. on Monday to open his campaign office in Manchester.

Opinion & Ideas

Will Luzier

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If passed, an initiative on the November 2016 ballot would mark an important, and long overdue, policy shift.

The Big Picture

Globe photos of the month for August 2015

A look at some of the best images taken by Boston Globe photographers in August.

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BetaBoston

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The 100-year-old co-founder of Friendly’s was injured when he rolled into a quarry about three weeks ago, but has pronounced himself healed.

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Crux

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/Foreign/Images/Pope-Francis-Primer.jpg A primer on where Pope Francis stands on gays, divorce, abortion

Pope Francis is expected to raise a range of issues when he visits Cuba and the United States Sept. 19-27.