Alex and Ani hurt by executive exits, party incident

Alex and Ani founder Carolyn Rafaelian and former chief executive Giovanni Feroce presided over a period of tremendous growth. The company now has 46 stores, including one on Newbury Street (above). Rafaelian’s real estate holdings include Belcourt Castle in Newport.

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Behind the New Age marketing and rapid expansion, the jewelry retailer has struggled with some decidedly negative vibes.

// New State Police leader open to body cameras

“We want to be transparent, and we want to show that what we do is the right thing so I’m not opposed to it,” said Colonel Richard McKeon.

A glass pavilion at the Smith Campus Center would create 6,461 square feet of indoor space open to the general public.


Harvard’s glass pavilion plan for plaza meets resistance

Critics say the glass enclosure would intrude on the freewheeling culture of Forbes Plaza at Harvard Square.

Yves Dambreville

Long-lauded ex-city officer killed in Haitian homeland

Yves Dambreville, who long served as a liaison to the city’s Haitian community, died in Port-au-Prince.

Builders miss city diversity targets

Most developers failed to meet goals for hiring Boston residents and women for construction jobs — including the city itself.


// Ex-envoy, charged with sexual abuse, has died, Vatican says

Jozef Wesolowski, 67, was found dead early Friday in the Vatican room where he has been held on house arrest.

300,000 in Mass. to see health policy rates rise 6 percent

Health insurers will boost rates for small businesses and individuals, a troubling sign that costs are again accelerating.

Adrian Walker

The end of a long-simmering war on Beacon Hill

Suffolk University is poised to open a new $62 million building on Beacon Hill, expanding its already substantial footprint in the area.

Woman sues Red Sox owner after 2014 foul ball injury

A Brookline woman who was struck by a foul ball at Fenway Park in June 2014 is suing the team’s principal owner.

Defendant Owen Labrie, left, and his attorney J.M. Carney, in court in Concord, N.H., where Labrie is on trial for rape.

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In wake of St. Paul’s case, how do we teach Owen Labries?

While we’re steeped in news about the dangerousness of boys, we’re surrounded by a culture that celebrates their conquests.


// NESN owes us an explanation on Don Orsillo termination

Fans and media continue to be perplexed, but so far the reaction from the station has been silence.

// Walpole to block Confederate flag over high school field

However, the school board stopped short of renaming its athletic teams – the Rebels – voting to instead “rebrand” the name.


// Love, politics, and a tale of two struggling cities

A common dedication to public service and belief in their ability to make change led to romance between the mayor and the councilor.

Shirley Leung

// Tough choices on Green Line project, but it isn’t derailed yet

Even in the face of stomach-churning runaway costs, Governor Charlie Baker is going to find a way to get the Green Line extension done.

Above: co-director and climber Jimmy Chin during the attempt to climb Mount Meru, in the Himalayas.

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Movie Review

‘Meru’ a visually sublime, dramatic documentary

Attempting to figure out how the incredible shots of mountain climbing were filmed almost spoils them.

Kevin Meaney stars in “Thought Bomb” Friday at Oberon.

Tales from real life, with a musical kicker

“Thought Bomb” features people who will tell autobiographical stories, then sing. Calling the performers “eclectic” only scratches the surface.

All instruments made at Burkart’s plant in Sharon,

Boston area is host to a cluster of high-end flute makers

A plethora of companies outside Boston have made Mass. a boutique center for professional musicians and students.


Curt Schilling and the etiquette of ‘delete’

The Schilling tweet episode highlighted an emerging dilemma of the social-media era.

Ground Game

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


// Why Joe Biden shouldn’t run

The vice president has his legacy to lose.

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.


// Fitbit outsells smartwatches, report says

Apple is in second place behind market leader Fitbit, which shipped 4.4 million units in the second quarter.


// On Chibok anniversary, Christians caught between hope, experience

Most of the Chibok girls remain missing 16 months into their abduction.