Downturn in sales isn’t just bad news for retailers

Statewide sales tax collections have dropped for the first time in more than three years.

South Boston, MA - 7/27/2016 - A woman places a teddy bear at a makeshift memorial at the L Street Bath House for 7-year-old Kyzr Willis, of Dorchester, whose body was found yesterday in the water off of Carson Beach in South Boston, MA, July 27, 2016. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic:

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe staff

Center reopens as Kyzr Willis investigation continues

The Curley Community Center reopened to adults after the death two days ago of a missing young boy.

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The city is asking departments to shave off 5 percent in overtime spending they pay employees who solve crime, fight fires, and sweep the streets.

Boston-07/26/2016- Boston Common looks like a desert as the heat wave takes a toll on the once green grass on the Boston Common, in which most of the grass there is parched. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(metro)

John Tlumacki/Globe staff

Will the heat end?

Thursday will see temperatures hit the 90s again, but relief could be on the way.

BOLD TYPES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/07/28/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/579379792.jpg David Ortiz throws his weight behind new baseball gaming app

The backers of a new mobile baseball game are getting an assist from a guy who knows a thing or two about hitting a home run.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/07/28/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/comp.jpg Four nominated to Appeals Court

Governor Charlie Baker nominated two Superior Court justices and two people from the attorney general’s office Wednesday.

Google executive joins Wayfair board

The Boston-based home furnishings Internet retailer added a Google executive with ties to Massachusetts to its board.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/07/28/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/FOX_NEWS_MOOD.JPG Fox News goes silent after Ailes’ departure

Insiders described the on-set atmosphere as icy, as employees grapple with internal division after the abrupt exit of Roger Ailes.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/07/27/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/AFP_DE2Y9.jpg Legislation highlights divisions on Lyme disease

State lawmakers want to require coverage for long-term treatment while disease specialists criticize such an approach.

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Jeff Magidson/Artslides Digital Imaging

Got room for murals nearly 14 feet tall?

The murals painted by “Make Way for Ducklings” author Robert McCloskey need a new home.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/07/28/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/2016-07-28T052133Z_1033608287_HT1EC7S0EVEUV_RTRMADP_3_USA-ELECTION.jpg Fast Forward: Hillary Clinton’s big night, Patriots’ training camp

A new morning report to help you get ready for the day.

Democratic National Convention

ground game

Ground Game: Obama, Trump, and the ‘other’ factor

Eight years after President Obama was the “other,” there’s suddenly a new kind of “other” — a super rich celebrity.

Yvonne Abraham

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If Stein is looking for someone to compare to Trump, the mirror would be a pretty good place to start.

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Donald Trump said he was being sarcastic when he made his explosive remarks Wednesday.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/07/28/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/583816888.jpg The latest: Harry Reid says CIA should give Donald Trump fake briefings

Speaking the day after the GOP nominee made explosive remarks about Russia and hacking, the Nevada Democrat says Trump can’t be trusted.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/07/27/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/AFP_DK6VF-2519.jpg Political oratory takes center stage at conventions

Political conventions are delivering a mid-summer feast of speeches in an era of cable TV sound bytes and 140-character attacks.

Photos: Patriots training camp Day 1

The Patriots held their first day of training camp at the practice fields of Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Names

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/05/11/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin012116PatriotsPractice_spt25-9926.jpg Julian Edelman facing paternity suit

A Swedish model says the Patriots receiver is the father of her unborn baby.

Cooking | Globe Magazine

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/07/26/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/webcrop0731cook.jpg Recipes: Kebabs to please everyone at the party

Combos like lamb and eggplant and halloumi and fig to up your food-on-a-stick game.

Love Letters

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/07/28/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/goldstein-5643.jpg He makes fun of her weight and age

“I’m at the point where I dread eating anything that isn’t a salad in front of him. What do I do?”

Globe investigations

“When the EMTs arrived, Dave was laying like this.” Gerry Hill said, offering to show where his suicidal son was fatally shot after a tense encounter with police.

spotlight

When despair meets deadly force

Nearly half of people killed by Massachusetts police over the last 11 years were suicidal, mentally ill, or showed clear signs of crisis.

The story behind 'Spotlight'

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

The Big Picture

2016 Democratic National Convention

Democrats met in Philadelphia for their national convention.