Compact Boston may have Olympic advantage

In contrast with its rivals’ spread-out plans for the 2024 Summer Games, Boston is offering itself as a city with a close array of venues.

Students at the Susan B. Anthony Middle School in Revere tried out the online PARCC test in April.

Boston may end most use of MCAS

Most Boston public schools would drop the MCAS next spring in favor of a new online testing system.

Insurers see cost hikes in Partners HealthCare mergers

Mass. insurers are seeking stricter price controls and other limits on Partners before allowing it to acquire three hospitals.

// More serious charges may be next for Blackstone mother

The more serious charges could be filed after examinations are completed of the remains of three infants found in the house.

QB Tom Brady’s actions on the sideline late in Sunday’s game point to his dissatisfaction with the Patriots offense. Jim Mone/Associated Press

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Ben Volin | On football

Patriots offense is dysfunctional right now

The Patriots are 27th in total yards, are committing penalties at an alarming rate, and they have absolutely no vertical stretch to their offense.

// Renovation of Graves Island lighthouse inches forward

Boston businessman David Waller aims to covert it into equal parts family vacation home and historic preservation project.

opinion | Alan M. Dershowitz

// Detentions of war

How can the US keep suspected terrorists with no hope of being brought to trial, but espouse due process?


// Parents of Welles Crowthers brimming with pride

Alison and Jefferson Crowther, whose son died saving lives in the Sept. 11 attacks, were honored guests at the BC-USC game.


// ‘Broken Monsters’ by Lauren Beukes

Beukes’s novel opens with the discovery of a super-yucky, interspecies corpse, kicking off a murder investigation.