Antarctic ozone hole is shrinking, scientists say

Three decades after nations worldwide banned damaging chemicals, the ozone hole over Antarctica has begun to heal.

Kyle Pam (L) speaks with his father Rolando (R) before his arraignment on real estate fraud charges in Suffolk Superior Court last week.

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‘Pam family scams’ spawning new revelations

Both state and local investigators are looking into the family’s dealings. There’s a lot to look at - but what took so long?

Shirley Leung

// The Boston Pops fireworks show needs to change

Boston’s Independence Day party is a tricky one for corporate sponsors, who don’t usually like one-day events.

// An urban ritual marks life, loss, and love of cycling

Since a Cambridge songwriter and activist was killed on her bike in March of last year, a Facebook group has put together four memorial vigils.

A demonstrator wrapped in a European flag leaves an anti-Brexit protest in Trafalgar Square in central London on June 28, 2016. EU leaders attempted to rescue the European project and Prime Minister David Cameron sought to calm fears over Britain's vote to leave the bloc as ratings agencies downgraded the country. Britain has been pitched into uncertainty by the June 23 referendum result, with Cameron announcing his resignation, the economy facing a string of shocks and Scotland making a fresh threat to break away. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images


Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

What can the EU gain from Brexit?

The UK’s departure from the European Union may represent the next crisis-as-opportunity.

// CVS pays $3.5m to settle claims it filled fake painkiller prescriptions

Pharmacists in Mass. and N.H. filled hundreds of forged prescriptions at the height of the opioid crisis.

Commuters boarded an inbound MBTA Commuter Rail train.


How will the MBTA fare increases affect you?

The MBTA has increased prices almost across the board, and the fare hikes are going into effect Friday.

7,000 baby turkeys die in Lancaster barn fire

About 7,000 turkeys died in a barn fire in Lancaster on Thursday, a breeding farm said on its Facebook page.

Nobadeer Beach on Nantucket's south shore drew an estimated 8,000 people, most of them college age on last Fourth of July. Police this year are discouraging young people from visiting, and plan aggressive enforcement of public drinking and trespassing laws.

Bill Hoenk

Nantucket to crackdown on rowdy 4th of July beach party

Nantucket will have some 70 police officers to crack down on public drinking and rowdy beach parties.

// Esplanade festivities: What you need to know

If you’re a fan of music and lively patriotism, look no further than the 43rd Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular for a way to celebrate this holiday weekend.

03ideas Russian composer Igor Stravinsky poses in Boston Jan. 12, 1944, as he prepares to conduct his own arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner to be performed by the Boston Symphony Jan. 14 and 15. Stravinsky said he kept the national anthem's melody the same, but changed the harmony. (AP Photo/Abe Fox)

IDEAS | Carly Carioli

Did the Star-Spangled Banner land Stravinsky in jail?

Boston police kept tabs on a modern composer in Symphony Hall.

// Trump’s conspiracy theories find an audience

Conspiracy theories have always been part of the American political landscape and are believed by more than half of the public.

Ground Game

// How 2016 could look a lot like Dukakis ‘88

In the summer of 1988, former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis was up by 17 points, and he lost badly.

Patrick Garvin

IDEAS | Derrick Rossignol

Why Gene Simmons doesn’t get music

When it comes to top songs, the decades define us.

// A legendary puppeteer lends puppets for free

In the basement of a Back Bay church, an award-winning puppeteer presides over one of Boston’s best-kept secrets.


// Tie-dye: it’s not just for kids or Deadheads anymore

The bright, splotchy patterns — traditionally associated with t-shirts but lately seen branching out — have become high fashion.

May 6, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (15) is fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova (8) during the first half in game three of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

What are chances a top free agent will sign with Celtics?

We’ve ranked the biggest names on the market with a “Boston signability” score.

// June swoon: Red Sox looking for answers

A dismal month was a total team effort — pitching fell off while the offense slipped into a collective funk.

// A voyeur tells stories of his motel, and Gay Talese feels duped

The legendary writer overlooked a key fact in his latest book.

Opinion & Ideas

IDEAS | Derrick Rossignol

// Why Gene Simmons doesn’t get music

When it comes to top songs, the decades define us.

Globe investigations

Families in fear

The state’s plan to close psychiatric hospitals has had unintended consequences.

The story behind 'Spotlight'

// Boston Globe coverage and the movie ‘Spotlight’

“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.


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Andris Nelsons conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra on its European tour in May.

Andris Nelsons withdraws from prestigious German festival

“Owing to a differing approach in various matters, the atmosphere at this year’s Bayreuth Festival did not develop in a mutually comfortable way for all parties,” said a statement.