Secret VA ratings hid poor quality care from public

Nearly half of Veterans Affairs nursing homes nationwide received the lowest possible quality ranking last year, but the agency kept its ratings from the public.

Representative Joe Kennedy III spoke during a rally in Tornillo, Texas, to protest the Trump administration’s policy on separating migrant children from their parents.

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Joe Kennedy protests Trump’s family-separation policy near ‘tent city’ for children

The Massachusetts congressman joined protesters in Texas Sunday, blasting President Trump and comparing those who are fleeing violence today to his own ancestors.

First lady Melania Trump, center, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, left, applauds as President Donald Trump speaks to employees at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

First lady says US should govern ‘with heart’

Melania Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says the first lady believes ‘‘we need to be a country that follows all laws,’’ but also one ‘‘that governs with heart.’’

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This summer, there will be no vacation from Trump talk

US residents traveling abroad this summer will soon learn there is no escaping the president.

// Questions raised about City Hall ties of outside counsel investigating Fire Department

An outside counsel who is reviewing the Boston Fire Department’s handling of misconduct allegations has a long history of representing City Hall.

// Rising seas could mean 62,000 Mass. homes will face chronic flooding by 2060, report says

By 2060, many homes could flood 26 times or more a year just from high tides, according to data from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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5 takeaways from Tom Brady’s interview with Oprah

The quarterback talked family, retirement, his relationship with Bill Belichick and the Patriots, and more.

// Wayfair, anticipating rapid growth, leases more office space in the Back Bay

Wayfair, the fast-expanding online retailer, has signed a lease for another 395,000 square feet of office space in the Back Bay.

// 12 people displaced in 5-alarm apartment building fire in Ayer

Twelve people were displaced after a five-alarm fire ran up a seven-unit Ayer apartment building’s side and into its attic on Sunday afternoon.


‘It’s gonna be a scorcha!’

Boston- 06/09/18- Minnie Haven, 9 from Greenville, NC plays in the waterfall fountain in Copley Square. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

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Heat advisory issued for Boston today

Even if Boston doesn’t break the heat record for Monday’s date, it’s certainly going to be the hottest day so far this season.

Frankcy Andrebil enjoyed the breeze across Boston Harbor.

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First sweltering heat of the season arrives

Monday will be hot and humid, and in some parts of Massachusetts it could feel hotter than 100 degrees.

■ Temperatures will range from 95-103 degrees today.

■ A heat advisory has been issued for Boston.

■ Air quality alerts have been posted for most of Massachusetts, and parts of Maine and southern New Hampshire.

■ Several Merrimack Valley schools have canceled classes or will dismiss students early.

A staff member got some fresh air from a window at the Oliver hazard Perry Elementary School in South Boston.

Boston Public Schools open for classes Monday, despite the heat

Boston public school officials promised they would be “closely monitoring” each school and asked parents to make sure their children stay hydrated.


// Rafael Devers, Red Sox power way past Mariners

Devers belted a three-run homer, and Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts also homered to help Boston split in Seattle.

// Unprepared hikers rescued in White Mountains

New Hampshire authorities say two Massachusetts hikers who got lost in the White Mountains were carrying almost no useful gear or supplies.

Sharon, MA - 6/12/18 - Barry Arntz talks about the $119, 425.61 bill of deferred taxes and interest due to the town of Sharon, for his mother's home. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 18consumer Reporter: Sean Murphy

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Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

An inheritance damaged by delayed taxes

Barry Arntz thought he and his sister owned the house passed down to them by their deceased mother “free and clear” — no mortgages, no liens, no encumbrances of any sort.

// Born of blobfish joke, Ted Cruz edges Jimmy Kimmel in basketball game

Texas Senator Ted Cruz triumphed over late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel in their much-hyped charity basketball game that Kimmel dubbed the Blobfish Basketball Classic.

// Delta Dental, dentists find common ground on payment rates

A year after sparring over payment rates, Massachusetts dentists and the state’s largest dental insurer have made peace.

// In reversal, Whittier Health Center in Roxbury won’t lay off workers

The layoffs — which included physicians, nurses, and mental health therapists — had been criticized by employees as retaliation for trying to form a union.


// Brooks Koepka’s family witnesses history at US Open

Koepka’s parents and brother were present for his second straight title after watching last year’s tournament from home.

// Chinese president ‘more than happy’ to fill ‘vacuum’ left on world stage by President Trump, John Oliver says

Xi Jinping’s authoritarian regime is “leaving out some very important details” when it tells its story on the world stage, the comedian said on “Last Week Tonight.”

// In Brockton, cheers for local firefighter turned US Open competitor

Brockton firefighters cheered on one of the their own as Matt Parziale competed in this year’s US Open Championship.

Alex Beam

// Are we doomed?

Is there any hope for civilization?

TV Critic’s Corner

// Her reality should be TV, not the White House

I really don’t ever want to hear another highly commercialized reality star talk — even tentatively — about parlaying silly TV fame into political clout.

A couple embraced after leaving balloons at a memorial outside the home of Stewart Weldon.

Stewart Weldon targeted women in throes of relapse, withdrawal

In the methadone clinics and drug-afflicted neighborhoods of Springfield and Chicopee, Weldon had a reputation as an erratic and violent crack user.

Opinion & Ideas


// Reentry programs turn lives around. Beacon Hill should fund them

House and Senate lawmakers deep in budget negotiations should sign off on a measure, already approved by the House, that would funnel $3 million into halfway houses.

Special reports


// Why Facebook and Google should pay you for your data

Users’ clicks and posts built Facebook and Google’s online empires. Isn’t it time they got paid for their labor?



Watch ‘Runnin’,’ a STAT documentary

“Runnin’,” now available for purchase on Vimeo, takes an intimate look at a group of friends in Somerville who came of age as the opioid epidemic took hold and morphed into a national nightmare. It retraces the lives of friends lost, and one last member of the group struggling to avoid the same fate.

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Seattle’s mayor talks growing pains that offer some lessons for Boston

Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan spoke at a Globe event on how innovation is shaping our world, and she’s in high demand among the hundreds of mayors gathered in Boston.

Love Letters: The Podcast

Love Letters Podcast

// Getting over a breakup

Meredith Goldstein explores how to move on when a relationship ends.

Listen:   Apple Podcasts   |   Stitcher   |   RadioPublic



// Calling all foodies

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