Real estate lending’s pace raises red flags

The competition for deals is so fierce that banks are relaxing lending standards and waiving standard protections.

Council President Bill Linehan (left), who has been the public face of the battle for six-figure salaries, attended 15 percent of hearings, the fewest of anyone on the 13-member body.

Many Boston councilors attend few hearings

The councilors pushing hardest for significant raises have had the poorest attendance at City Council hearings, a Globe analysis shows.

// Recusal call clouds Sampson case

Concerns over Judge Mark Wolf’s interactions at a film festival have disrupted one of the most high-stakes federal cases in Boston.

Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack at her office.

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Pollack finds herself on other side of Green Line debate

Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack for years had pressured officials to uphold their commitments to such projects.

Stephen Zrike, receiver for Holyoke public schools, took a selfie with a group of students at the Care Center education program.

Holyoke begins school year with an air of hope

Despite resistance to a state takeover of the city’s schools, some are cautiously optimistic about the system’s new leader.

Jami King and her husband, Landis Masnor, delivered flowers to the memorial where Anita Kurmann was fatally struck by a tractor trailer earlier this month.

Fixes set for deadly Back Bay intersection

New striping will be painted and flexible posts will be installed at the corner where Anita Kurmann was fatally struck.

Inspectional Services chief William Christopher and spokeswoman Lisa Timberlake examined a dwelling on Chester Street in Allston where inspectors found more than 30 violations on Sunday.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Housing inspectors sweep through student enclaves

Neighbors want more enforcement for code violations at apartment buildings housing students, not just a once-a-year crackdown.

Peabody stabbing victim came to US to flee Brazil violence

Elivelton Dias, 38, had moved to Salem in 2002, looking to start a new life in the US.

Elijah Gonzalez wore a Pikachu hat at a game in New Bedford.
Newcomer Joseph Rebello, 10, played a game of Pokémon Friday at New Bedford’s Global Learning Charter school.

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Pokémon game lures all ages to its lifestyle

The arrests this month over an alleged plot against the Pokémon World Championships in Boston has raised questions.

The New Bedford terminal received and stored wind turbine components from manufacturer Gamesa for its wind farm in Plymouth.

$113m New Bedford marine terminal sits largely idle

The site, built with state bonds to be a staging ground for a wind farm in Nantucket Sound, sits unused after Cape Wind cancelled its lease.

Wes Craven.

Horror master Wes Craven dies at 76

Craven, whose “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Scream” made him one of the most recognizable names in the genre, has died.

US District Judge Richard M. Berman is expected to rule on Tom Brady’s lawsuit vs. the NFL on Friday, but a ruling could come as early as Monday.

Ben Volin | On football

The Deflategate drama keeps chugging on

Tom Brady and Roger Goodell are both due in court Monday, and the sides still aren’t close to a settlement.

President Barack Obama on Sunday said he's changing the name of the tallest mountain in North America from Mount McKinley to Denali.

White House says Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali

The move comes after Alaskans sought to change the name amid opposition from those from McKinley’s home state of Ohio.

Jesse Metzler, 19, of Newton, Mass., who goes by the trail name

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Appalachian Trail partying raises ire

When one hiker set out to tackle the Georgia-to-Maine footpath, he anticipated solitude in wilderness — not a monthslong frat party.

Miley Cyrus hosted the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night.

Another year, another eventful night at the VMAs

Taylor Swift won video of the year, Miley Cyrus briefly flashed one of her breasts, and Kanye West ranted at the MTV Video Music Awards.


EMC battles calls for a break up

If an activist investor gets its way, EMC’s days as the pillar of New England’s tech sector could be numbered.


Something worse than the IRS awaits greedy televangelists

Comedian John Oliver has been calling attention to such swindlers and is rightly appalled.

Ground Game

// Why Joe Biden could skip N.H. if he runs for president

The rationale for Biden to skip Iowa and New Hampshire is this: He would enter in the race too late to compete in those states.

Opinion & Ideas

Renée Graham

// Another grieving parent steps forward, while politicians cower

The men and women elected to serve our country can only offer empty empathy so long as they fear the wrath of the NRA.

The Big Picture

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10 years after Hurricane Katrina

President Obama visited New Orleans to mark progress the city has made before the anniversary of the hurricane.


Innovation Economy

// Is the tech party coming to an end?

Investors have had a rollicking time putting money into tech and biotech startups. Are they getting ready to split?



// In Nigeria, a chance for fellowship

The fellowship of suffering in the New Kuchingoro camp illustrates one of the least appreciated aspects of the Boko Haram story.