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The road to the finish line

Along the way
Finish line

Texts and information by Jenna Russell, David Filipov, Steve Wilmsen, Patricia Wen, Geoff Edgers, David Abel, Michael Rezendes, Sarah Schweitzer, Steven A. Rosenberg

Chiqui Esteban, Javier Zarracina/Globe Staff

Displaced Long Island homeless crowd South End shelter

700 former residents of the homeless shelter on Long Island live in cramped, disorienting conditions with fewer amenities than they previously had.

Top bid to build new MBTA subway cars is from China

The possible deal comes amid concerns about the company’s links to the Chinese government, which has been criticized for human rights abuses.

Mental health record may be predictor for Baker

Charlie Baker’s strategy with the state’s mental health system in 1991 may be a window into how he might handle costly issues as governor.

In Galvin’s contracts, little public process

Secretary of State William Galvin’s office has scant records of its decisions to award state contracts to a firm that has done work for his campaigns.

Amid Ebola worry, nomination for surgeon general languishes

Politicians in both parties oppose the appointment of Dr. Vivek Murthy, a physician at Brigham and Women’s hospital.

Champions of the printed word

The Boston Book Festival is expected to draw 25,000 people, suggesting the world of analog books isn’t going to evaporate.

Breaking barriers in New Haven

Every wall has a story. The story of this one, and the battle to tear it down, is about how complicated race and class have become in America.

Indiana motel meeting leads to a gruesome confession

Taken into custody Saturday, Darren Vann has admitted killing at least seven women, the police said.

This year’s One City One Story reading event

Jennifer Haigh’s story, “Sublimation,” explores the changes that occur when a grown man returns home to live with his elderly mother.

42 days after last case, WHO declares Nigeria Ebola free

The World Health Organization callied the outcome the triumphal result of “world class epidemiological detective work.”

City Council raises also may boost pensions

A pay increase would increase Councilor Charles C. Yancey’s pension by at least $16,000 a year if he remained in office through 2018.

Drop politics from student housing plans

As tightly packed as Boston is, it isn’t short on buildable land.

Market Basket cited as a model for other companies

US Labor Secretary Thomas Perez praised Arthur T. Demoulas for fostering an environment where workers could be heard.

Militant pleads not guilty in Benghazi attacks

Ahmed Abu Khattala, 43, entered the plea through his lawyer in a 15-minute court proceeding before a federal judge.

Turkey says it will aid Kurdish forces in fight for Kobani

Turkey will allow Iraqi Kurdish forces to cross its border with Syria to help fight militants from the group called the Islamic State.

Royals are the toast of Kansas City

Kansas City sports fans can ignore the NFL for a while. The World Series has come back to town.

What’s new at the sixth annual Boston Book Festival

This year’s lineup includes offerings that don’t fit into the typical book-festival box.

After Keene, N.H., riots, soul-searching and a mortified citizenry

For locals, the incident is a considerable black eye for the city, which is known for its postcard-cute Main Street and its beloved festivals.

$40k for a marble? Have you lost your you-know-what?

For committed collectors, marbles are a serious enterprise that can generate thousands, maybe tens of thousands of dollars during a single weekend at a trade show.

A new rule for male politicians

If you wouldn’t say it about a man, then don’t say it about a woman — and vice versa.

Bidder viewed as likely to keep Reebok local

The $2.2 billion bid comes from Jynwel Capital, a Hong Kong private equity firm.

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