Report blasts DCF actions in Hardwick case

The review faulted the agency’s handling of the case of a 7-year-old Hardwick boy who has been in a coma since mid-July.

Globe Staff

BetaBoston

US opens criminal probe of HubSpot book incident

Officials opened an investigation into alleged attempts by former executives to obtain a pre-publication draft of a book about the Cambridge company.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/04/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/millis2-horiz-8835.jpg Millis officer to face charges in alleged false report

Bryan Johnson, 24, will face four criminal charges stemming from his allegedly false claim that he was shot at, then crashed his cruiser.

Workers removed items from MIT's Great Dome on Friday.

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

Latest MIT hack is a tribute to pranks of years past

With a fire truck, cow, and a large golden ring placed atop the Great Dome, the pranksters paid homage to previous hacks.

R.I. man dies in fall at Taunton construction site

Construction worker Nicholas Dumont, 24, of Pawtucket, R.I., fell 40 feet from the frame of a warehouse.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/04/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/maeda_05watermain_met1.jpg 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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/04/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/523034c83bf74ff18b7b9e60f11e14bd-4c62b4e1a719416499e571bff47781b3-0.jpg 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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/07/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/ryan_whales12a_met.jpg Whale calf off Plymouth causes concern

Officials urged boaters to sail cautiously and watch out for a North Atlantic right whale calf that has been spotted several times.

Who is arranging these rocking horses? Who is adding them to the herd? It’s a mystery just off the road in Lincoln.

Lane Turner/Globe Staff

Rocking horse graveyard a whimsical mystery in Lincoln

Stories abound of how a herd of plastic and wooden rocking horses spontaneously appeared on a sliver of farmland.

The Deflategate ruling

Jeffrey Kessler was the primary lawyer for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in his suit against the NFL.

Ben Volin | On Football

Attorney was confident judge would rule in Brady’s favor

Jeffrey Kessler also said he hopes the NFL realizes it’s time for a new system of discipline.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1e4ccfbe6ed34582b97a5f708e5ce281-e1209aab75264f50947357c476311af9-0-4914-7479--90x90.jpg ‘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.

A 63-year-old Indian male elephant, nicknamed Rajan, swam with people near India’s Andaman Islands in 2013.

ideas

Elephants are more human than we realize

The more we learn about them, the more warranted our affection for them appears to be.

Inside the Fisher Body Plant 21.

Christopher Muther/Globe Staff

Creativity powering Detroit’s slow rebound from the rubble

Because this story is about Detroit, I can’t start writing about the new places without diving into the old, and the extraordinary circumstances that have created a city unlike any I’ve seen.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/01/BostonGlobe.com/BCOM/Images/BM-FP-0003[1]%20-%20Copy-4734.jpg Praise for Johnny Depp as ‘Black Mass’ premieres in Venice

Depp’s portrayal of South Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger was lauded as “Black Mass” made its debut.

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?

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.

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

Michael A. Cohen

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/04/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/cohen-1263.jpg John Kasich is no ‘moderate’

When it comes to reproductive rights, the Ohio governor is very much a political extremist.

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.