For 600 retirees, no more free rides on the Pike

Next week, officials will send letters to the affected employees saying their transponders or pass cards will be deactivated on Sept. 11.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Officials are ending the benefit for more than 600 former employees, saying they had inadvertently continued the practice.

The Deflategate ruling

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BEN VOLIN | NEWS ANALYSIS

‘The NFL handed this case to the union on a silver platter’

One significant misstep by the NFL would have been enough to vacate Tom Brady’s suspension. Instead, a judge found three.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy1-7351.jpg The Patriots should go for complete vindication

Why not go back to court for the cash, and the picks, and the team’s reputation?

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/04/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davios_neny3_spts.jpg Patriots players take silent route on Tom Brady’s return

Even for a team known for saying very little publicly, the Patriots were especially mum Thursday night.

Workers repaired a broken water main on Mount Auburn Street and JFK Street in Harvard Square.

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

Harvard Square water main break could snarl traffic for days

A major water main break could complicate traffic in and around Harvard Square into Sunday, a police spokesman said.

US adds 173,000 jobs in August

The unemployment rate tumbled to a seven-year low of 5.1%

Assistant Rowan County Clerk Brian Mason (left) handed James Yates, and his partner William Smith Jr., their marriage license at the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky.

Timothy D. Easley/AP

Gay couple gets license to wed in Kentucky county

The couple was the first to receive a marriage license in Rowan County, ending a months-long standoff.

Shirley Leung

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/04/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/shirleyleung_150-4886.png Back to work only days after giving birth? Don’t judge

Here’s the long and short of maternity leaves: A woman should be able to choose what’s right for her without fear of criticism.

NESN’s ratings dip in the second half of the season is not on Red Sox television announcer Jerry Remy (left) and Don Orsillo but rather, an ineffective team.

Chad Finn | Sports Media

Jerry Remy’s status at NESN for next year remains a question

This season, Remy was reenergized and so were the Red Sox broadcasts. But with Don Orsillo leaving, will Remy be back?

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/03/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/150903_WALKER_04rents_03594x.jpg High-end housing market cooling off

With so many new luxury apartments in Boston, landlords are competing for tenants who can afford the high rents.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/blanding090215millis2met.jpg Millis officer may face charges after sparking manhunt

Police said Thursday the officer who claimed he was fired on by a passing pickup truck driver had fabricated the account.

President Obama and Bear Grylls take a selfie together during their taping of “Running Wild.”

The White House

buzzsaw | matthew gilbert

Obama’s not first to walk on TV’s wild side

Pop culture and politicians from both sides of the aisle have been mingling since the advent of TV.

Lily Tomlin in “Grandma.”

Movie Review

Full glory of Lily Tomlin in ‘Grandma’

The film is a character study of a cranky old lady (Tomlin) as she spends a morning and afternoon trying to help her granddaughter get an abortion.

cloArt Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/31/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/-St.JohntheEvangelist,ChristPreaching,St.Paul.jpg Making the case for the importance of John La Farge

A new exhibition at Boston College showcases La Farge, an artist renowned in his life, and forgotten after his death.

Labor Day weekend may be the busiest stretch of summer at the Clam Box, where owner Chickie Aggelakis (left) supervised as Mackenzie Colbert served.

Ipswich’s Clam Box booms as summer days fade

Summer without fried clams, after all, would hardly be worthy of the name.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/03/BostonGlobe.com/Foreign/Images/2015-09-03T214949Z_1095069379_GF10000192416_RTRMADP_3_EUROPE-MIGRANTS-TURKEY.jpg Image of drowned Syrian boy haunts the world

The photo captures everything we don’t want to see: a vicious civil war, a surge of refugees, the death of an innocent.

Ground Game

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/01/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/200_ted_cruz.jpg Ted Cruz sells himself as antiestablishment candidate

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

Opinion & Ideas

Marty Meehan

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/06/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/01232011_0123oped_umass.1-7832653.jpg State must do more to help UMass prosper

For public higher education, the biggest factor governing cost and affordability is state funding.

The Big Picture

Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Migrant crisis in Europe

A record number of migrants, most of them refugees fleeing war and crisis in the Mideast and Africa, are seeking asylum in Europe.

BetaBoston

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/071814_BUS_Blake11A.jpg Friendly’s visionary inspires at Techstars

The 100-year-old did not let a 17-foot fall or swarm of bees keep him from the tech showcase.

Crux

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/Foreign/Images/Pope-Francis-Primer.jpg 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.

Lifestyle

Love Letters

She’s stringing him along

I asked her on multiple occasions if she would date me exclusively, and she claimed that while it was easy and convenient to do, she wasn’t interested but never fully explained why.