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

Mourners reach out to touch a ghost bike at a vigil for Amanda Phillips, who was killed while riding a bike in Inman Square by inattentive drivers.

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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.

// 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.

// In N.H., Donald Trump takes aim at US trade deals

He says American leaders have been manipulated by other nations through trade pacts.

// 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.

7,000 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.

Mass. man charged with plotting Islamic State inspired attack

Alexander Ciccolo’s apartment in Adams contained several partially constructed Molotov cocktails.

// Vermont reaches $5.9m settlement in ski resort probe

The settlement was related to a fraud investigation of real estate developments at two ski resorts, including Jay Peak.


// 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.


// MBTA takes first major step toward privatization

The MBTA’s warehouse operations could be run by a private company by October.

Sara Peattie runs the Puppet Free Library in Boston.

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.

// In a first, self-driving car driver killed in Florida collision

The driver of a Tesla car using the ‘‘autopilot’’ automated driving system died in a collision with a truck in Florida last month.

// To attract sponsors, the Boston Pops fireworks show will need to change

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

// Judge grants new trial to Adnan Syed of ‘Serial’ podcast

A Baltimore judge has granted a new trial to a convicted murderer at the heart of the popular “Serial” podcast.

// Al Gore’s daughter arrested in Boston pipeline protest

Karenna Gore was among demonstrators who tried to block construction on the site by lying in a trench dug for the pipeline.

Things to Do

// The Weekender: Fireworks, Dylan, and a friendly giant

Everything fun to do around Boston over the Fourth of July weekend.

// Boston officials plead for peace over Fourth of July weekend

The July 4th weekend has historically been one of the city’s most violent, with an average of 12 shootings each year.

06/22/16: Boston, MA: Red Sox manager John Farrell (left) and team president Dave Dombrowski (right) were chatting in the dugout before the game. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Chicago White Sox in a regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway Park. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic: Red Sox-White Sox

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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.

// 5 things Brexit means for millennials

This is how Britain’s decision to leave the European Union could impact you.


// Mike Tirico gets uncharacteristically warm sendoff from ESPN

The network generally eschews sentimental farewells, but an exception was made for the accomplished veteran.

// Tasty Burger looks to raise $15m

An expansion is in the cards, but the company won’t say where or when.


// MBTA Twitter account briefly hijacked by haiku battle

Someone at the MBTA is a poet and now we all know it.

Opinion & Ideas


// Don’t use test scores to judge teacher quality

The Mass. Legislature should act promptly to endorse a bill that repeals the mandate to use test scores in evaluating teachers.

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.