Would Harvard plaza renovation threaten Square culture?

The fight about renovations to Harvard’s Smith Campus Center and Forbes Plaza is over public space, landscaping — and on a deeper level, the soul of Harvard Square.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/11/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/p54_CopleyTower.jpg The lowdown on 5 condo towers coming to Boston

A look at high-rise projects being developed from Copley Square to Government Center and down to the TD Garden.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/26/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/towers.jpg Why Boston is finally embracing high-rise condos

After centuries of being defined by brownstones, Boston is in the midst of a condo tower boom. Is that so bad?

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Hubspot memoir to hit stores two months early

If you can’t wait to read the book that spawned an executive shakeup and ethics scandal at HubSpot, you’re in luck.

Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar in the Netflix series “Narcos.”

Television review

Netflix’s ‘Narcos’ an electrifying take on war on drugs

The series takes a far-reaching look at the rise of cocaine and Pablo Escobar in the 1980s.

A medical marijuana user displayed bought from a dispensary in Salem in June.

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Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

Could medical marijuana alleviate the state’s drug epidemic?

It’s one approach that’s rarely discussed but seems to curb opioid abuse — without the risk of driving users to heroin.

SCOT LEHIGH | Opinion

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Scot_Lehigh_150px-1264.jpg Why Joe Biden shouldn’t run

The vice president has his legacy to lose.

Magazine

When did parents get so scared?

When you were a kid, you probably spent hours outside and unsupervised. It’s not that way anymore.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/04222010_22basementside4-7573301[1]-4879--90x90.jpg Filene’s Basement to be reborn as a low-price online retailer

The legendary discount retailer that went bankrupt and closed four years ago is making a comeback.

Samuel Stanford at his arraignment in Somerville District Court.

Ex-Somerville officer accused of breaking into station

Samuel Stanford allegedly took a colleague’s gun from department headquarters less than two weeks after his termination.

State reports season’s first West Nile case in a human

A Middlesex County man is being treated for the virus, making him the first person to be infected in Mass. this year.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/1eff6c72105d498b969c649d428a8a92-1eff6c72105d498b969c649d428a8a92-0[1]-4829--90x90.jpg US stocks close sharply higher

The Dow gained over 350 points Thursday as a rebound spread throughout global markets.

Looking in the direction of the victim's family, former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie entered the courtroom with his defense attorney J.W. Carney Jr. on Thursday.

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Opposing views given of alleged rape at St. Paul’s

Jurors met for several hours following closing arguments Thursday, but did not reach a verdict.

Health insurance rates to rise 6 percent for small employers

The increase will affect 300,000 people who work for small businesses that will renew health insurance plans in January.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participated in the first Republican presidential debate in Cleveland earlier this month.

Protest planned for Trump event at Boch’s house

Fed up with Donald Trump’s stance on abortion and his statements about women, advocates are planning to rally in Norwood.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/7cd580447c07493495d7ead2f554271a-7cd580447c07493495d7ead2f554271a-0.jpg Virginia shooter had become increasingly volatile

Vester Flanagan picked fights with co-workers and strangers over seemingly mundane incidents or perceived slights.

Cape Cod student plans to protest school’s yoga pants ban

Emily Connolly is organizing a symbolic protest, hoping she can convince school officials to change the new rule.

Yves Dambreville

Retired Boston officer shot, killed in Haitian capital

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

A fierce-looking 2 1/2-foot long lizard was found wandering through a residential neighborhood in Yarmouth on Wednesday, officials said.

2½-foot long lizard found on Yarmouth street

The fierce-looking lizard was found wandering through a residential neighborhood in Yarmouth on Wednesday.

Ground Game

Ground Game

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/26/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/200_biden_henniker.jpg 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

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/26/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/stockman-1244.jpg Sex, drugs, and racist policing in Rutland, Vt.

There is a right way and a wrong way to address the heroin scourge. Rutland chose the wrong way.

The Big Picture

Track and Field World Championships 2015

Nearly 2,000 competitors from 207 countries are participating in the event in Beijing.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/webb150-4832.jpg C.A. Webb leaving VC association to start own firm

Webb has swelled the reach of the New England Venture Capital Association since becoming executive director in 2012.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Foreign/Images/allen150-924.jpg On Chibok anniversary, Christians caught between hope, experience

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