Boston police to step up antibias measures

The move comes after a report said the department had disproportionately observed, interrogated, or searched black residents.

With the Mass. Pike already prone to backups, critics of hosting the Olympics say VIP trav-el lanes would only make things worse, But Boston 2024 says it can limit serious conflicts.

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Fast lanes for athletes, VIPs part of Olympic plan

The IOC urges host cities to implement the fast lanes so athletes, media, and sponsors can count on reliable journey times.

The governor’s announcement in February of a panel to overhaul the MBTA has led to disagreements with unions.

Democrats now cast wary eye on Baker

Charlie Baker, a Republican elected governor by appealing to Democrats, has demonstrated how difficult it is to please everyone.

For many, remedial math not a solution

Of those who take remedial courses, only 1 in 5 goes on to complete a college-level math class and many never earn degrees.

TripAdvisor said it needed more space in moving to its Needham site.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Business policies giving Needham an edge over Newton

Newton has been on the wrong end of a number of relocations lately, and business leaders say that’s not a coincidence.

// Tips pour in about girl found on Deer Island

Officials have received hundreds of tips and State Police say there have been nearly 20 million views of the girl’s photo on Facebook.

Boston, MA - 07/03/15 - (7th inning) Houston Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis (11) and Houston Astros first baseman Chris Carter (23) scored to give the Astros a 7-5 lead in the top of the seventh inning which ended the night for Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Matt Barnes. The Boston Red Sox take on the Houston Astros in Game 1 of a three game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Julian Benbow, Topic: 04Red Sox-Astros, LOID: 8.1.1821041706.

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Red Sox decisions fizzle in 10-inning loss to Astros

With the bullpen taxed, Red Sox Triple-A call-up Noe Ramirez was hammered by the Astros.

Five armed robberies in 45 minutes in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge

Police are investigating whether the robberies that occurred early Friday morning are related, authorities said.

Sarah Norris, in a Craigville Beach parking lot, said she thought smoking was “frowned upon,” rather than prohibited.

Julia Cumes for the Boston Globe

Cape towns ban beach smoking

Eight of Cape Cod’s 15 towns have banned smoking on the beach in response to complaints about fumes and litter.

Fourth of July

Gloria Kelley (right) was all smiles as she went through security with Linda Lee Stacy at the DCR's Hatch Memorial Shell Friday.

Security stepped up in Boston for holiday weekend

Authorities said they are not aware of any specific terrorist threat, but that people should still be vigilant.

Last year’s Independence Day fireworks over the Charles River as seen from the roof of 33 Agganis Way.

What’s open, closed on Fourth of July

Find out what stores are open and the operating times of the T.

John Trumbull’s “Declaration of Independence.”

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In ‘Declaration of Independence,’ preserving the patriots’ faces

The classic American history painting captures a scene that never occurred.

Why Americans love to declare independence

The 1776 Declaration was only the first. What we learn from the long history of splinter constitutions, manifestos, and secessions that followed.

// Ready for a raise? Here’s how to ask

With the unemployment rate falling and the labor market getting tighter, the time might be right to ask for more money.

// Ex-Bridgewater State student’s bail set at $100,000

Kyle Loughlin pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he sexually abused two young boys while working at the school’s daycare.


// Unsolved missing person case leaves all sides disturbed

“Everyone’s concerned because the police said he’s dangerous and they’re keeping an eye on the guy,’’ said one neighbor of John Castonguay.

Brian Wilson performed at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Thursday night.

Music Review

Brian Wilson offers timeless hits, communal joy

There’s an unspoken understanding that Wilson, 73, is a damaged genius, and the fans instinctively extend deep empathy for him.

Ground Game

// N.H. thinks Donald Trump is for real

Whether Trump is serious about running for president or just serious about publicity, his sudden support is hard to ignore.


The Declaration of Independence

// ‘All men are created equal’

Read the document that changed the course of human history.

The Big Picture

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Globe photos of the month, June 2015

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month.