Secret VA nursing-home ratings hid poor quality care from public

11veterans -- Nick Bonanno pushes his father, Russ Bonanno, down the hallway at the VA in Bedford. Nick visits his father several times a week to push him around the building in his wheelchair along with throwing a ball around. Nick tries to engage his dad as much as possible when he comes to visit. (Kelsey Cronin)

Kelsey Cronin

Nearly half the Department of Veterans Affairs nursing homes nationwide received the lowest possible quality ranking last year, but the agency kept its ratings from the public until last week, finally releasing some of them only after receiving questions from reporters about the secrecy.

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The man, who called himself Henry Greenberg, offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton, Trump’s presumptive Democratic opponent in the upcoming presidential election.

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Peter Strzok, who was singled out in a recent Justice Department inspector general report for the politically charged messages, would be willing to testify without immunity, and he would not invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to any question.

First lady Melania Trump, center, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, left, applauds as President Donald Trump speaks to employees at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

First lady Melania Trump says US should govern ‘with heart’

Mrs. Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says the first lady believes ‘‘we need to be a country that follows all laws,’’ but also one ‘‘that governs with heart.’’

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Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Trump, was jailed last week in the investigation by Robert Mueller.

Yvonne Abraham

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America is wrenching your children away from you at the border, but don’t blame us.

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up from the presidential SUV.

‘When are Republicans going to stand up to Trump? Never.’

President Trump is scoring policy victories with surprising efficiency, and his approval rating among GOP voters is nearly 90 percent.

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A year after sparring over payment rates, Massachusetts dentists and the state’s largest dental insurer have made peace.

Saïsa Nicolas’s greatest goal is to someday establish an orphanage in her native Haiti.

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She came here 9 years ago, knowing no English. She’s now a valedictorian

Dangers in Haiti led Saïsa Nicolas’s family to move to Boston, and her diligence in school separated her from the pack.

Report: High skin cancer rates, especially on Cape

Almost 9 percent of people in the Barnstable-Yarmouth area have been diagnosed with a form of skin cancer.

For Travel - 04kidconway - The White Mountains are a family-fun place to play outdoors. (Pamela Wright)

Unprepared hikers rescued in White Mountains

New Hampshire authorities say two Massachusetts hikers who got lost in the White Mountains were carrying almost no useful gear or supplies.

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Two gunmen opened fire at an all-night arts and music festival early Sunday morning, sending people running over each other in the scramble to safety.

NICK CAFARDO/ON BASEBALL

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The Red Sox manager teared up when talking about his dad, who died when he was only 13.

THOMAS FARRAGHER

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Gerard Beirne knows his 12 children are a blessing, yet it’s a path he almost never took.

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The retail marijuana locations that are expected to soon open in Mass. may have to operate using only cash because no banks have so far agreed to provide services.

A couple embraced after leaving balloons at a memorial outside the home of Stewart Weldon.

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Stewart Weldon targeted women in throes of relapse, withdrawal

In the methadone clinics and drug-afflicted neighborhoods of Springfield and Chicopee, Weldon had a reputation as an erratic and violent crack user.

Firefighters battle six-alarm blaze in Ayer

Firefighters were battling a six-alarm blaze that broke out at a residential structure on East Main Street on Sunday.

Foxborough- 06/05/18- QB Tom Brady runs off the field after practice. The Patriots held a minicamp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

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5 takeaways from Tom Brady’s interview with Oprah

The quarterback talked family, retirement, his relationship with Bill Belichick and the Patriots, and more.

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Brady said he decided to ultimately accept the four-game suspension because there was “too much anxiety” surrounding the situation.

Born of blobfish joke, Ted Cruz edges Jimmy Kimmel in basketball game

Texas Senator Ted Cruz triumphed over late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel in their much-hyped charity basketball game that Kimmel dubbed the Blobfish Basketball Classic.

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The Massachusetts Democrat made the announcement in a not-so-cryptic post on Twitter on Sunday.

Music Review

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Saturday night’s cover-packed show at the ballpark had something for almost everybody.

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Beyonce, center, and Jay-Z perform during a Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaign rally in Cleveland. Beyonce performed a 2-hour set at Coachella, Saturday, April 14, 2018, paying tribute to the marching bands, the dance troupes and step teams at historically black colleges and universities. Jay-Z also came out for a collaboration.( AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

A guide to Beyonce and Jay-Z’s surprise joint album ‘Everything is Love’

The record is a victory lap from a couple who have mined their relationship for universal truths and then presented them as art.

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Chris Cornell’s daughter has released a recording of a duet with her late father as part of an emotional tribute to the late rocker on Father’s Day.

Names

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Moretz said she loved her first visit to P-Town so much that she was making plans to return in a month. “[Expletive] Hawaii; it’s all about P-Town.”

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Her signature moment in ART’s “Jagged Little Pill” brings the audience to its feet night after night.

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This place won’t stay a secret much longer.

Opinion & Ideas

Editorial

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Never in the history of the world has a single company had so much control over what people know and think.

Special reports

IDEAS | THE BIG TECH ISSUE

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Users’ clicks and posts built Facebook and Google’s online empires. Isn’t it time they got paid for their labor?

STAT

Stat

Watch ‘Runnin’,’ a STAT documentary

“Runnin’,” now available for purchase on Vimeo, takes an intimate look at a group of friends in Somerville who came of age as the opioid epidemic took hold and morphed into a national nightmare. It retraces the lives of friends lost, and one last member of the group struggling to avoid the same fate.

Globe event

Seattle’s mayor talks growing pains that offer some lessons for Boston

Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan spoke at a Globe event on how innovation is shaping our world, and she’s in high demand among the hundreds of mayors gathered in Boston.

Love Letters: The Podcast

Love Letters Podcast

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Meredith Goldstein explores how to move on when a relationship ends.

Listen:   Apple Podcasts   |   Stitcher   |   RadioPublic

 

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