Mixed success in controlling health costs, report says

Spending at the state’s biggest health insurer and health care provider helped drive spending well above inflation last year.

Students Avdit Kohli, Yan Olshevskyy, and Yajur Gulati carried mattresses down Commonwealth Avenue to their new apartment in Allston Monday.

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Students’ old gear gets a recycling push

Programs are springing up at local colleges to sell former students’ leftover furniture to incoming students so that those items don’t head for landfills.

As vote nears, many unsure who’s on ballot

Voters just don’t seem to know the candidates who are running for statewide office on Sept. 9, except one – governor.

Spectators at the scene of a small airplane crash that killed two people in North Hampton, N.H.

Two killed in N.H. plane crash

“It dropped, just dropped out of the sky,” a man who witnessed the crash said.

Jose Ramirez, 6, of Chelsea looked up at a police officer at the back-to-school celebration at Williams School.

Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff

Mass. police forces lag in racial diversity

The state’s eight most ethnically and racially diverse communities are policed by a predominantly white corps of officers.

Abbey D'Agostino, a seven-time NCAA champion, recently signed with New Balance and moved to Newton.

Boston works to reclaim status as a runners’ mecca

The Boston Athletic Association and New Balance are helping the area re-emerge as a training ground for world-class runners.

Book Review

Oprah essays ring with truth, truisms

The book’s contents span 14 years, lending a sense of evolving consciousness to the dozens of short essays.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/01/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Gasper_90-13846-7913.jpg Rory McIlroy’s frustrating day ends in tie for fifth

McIlroy’s putter betrayed him this time, as he shot a final-round 70 at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Opinion

endorsement | democratic primary

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Boghosian_05McChrystal7_MET-1114--90x90.jpg Seth Moulton for Congress

The Globe’s editorial board believes Moulton offers the best chance for effectiveness and influence in Washington in representing the Sixth District.

Ideas

Hindsight

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/30/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/jfk.jpg How New Englanders invented the wilderness

The birth of the movement to protect places ‘untrammeled by man’