Traffic piling up under clear skies, but rain could punctuate the 4th

A couple of miles from the Sagamore Bridge, MA., 07/02/15, Daniel Reardon of Stoughton, waits for roadside assistance on his way to Falmouth for the weekend. His car broke down. Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe

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“As we expected, it’s a tough day for driving,” said Lt. Daniel Richard, a State Police spokesman.

Spike in crime often accompanies Fourth of July

At Boston Medical Center’s trauma center, few things are predictable, but one sure bet is a flurry of activity on Independence Day.

Azamat Tazhayakov, left, poses with friend Dias Kadyrbayev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in New York in this undated photo.

Friend of Boston Marathon bomber drops appeal

Azamat Tazhayakov, a college buddy of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, withdrew his appeal of his federal prison sentence, according to court documents.

State chemist may have tainted up to 10,000 cases

Sonja Farak, allegedly addicted to the drugs she was hired to test, could have tampered with more evidence than officials initially claimed, according to attorneys.

One dead in Roxbury double shooting

A 24-year-old man was killed and another man wounded Thursday night after a Roxbury shooting. Two men were arrested.

A computer-generated image of a toddler-age girl whose body was found on the western shore of Deer Island.

Cause of death, ID of Deer Island toddler still unknown

The girl whose body was found last week was wrapped in a zebra-striped fleece blanket and wore polka dot leggings, officials said.

USA's Abby Wambach celebrates her team's victory over Germany at the end of a Women's World Cup semi-final soccer match in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium on June 30.

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Mayor to host Women’s World Cup viewing party

Mayor Martin Walsh will host the viewing party Sunday at 7 p.m. on City Hall Plaza as the U.S. faces Japan.

Sophia Lewis (left) of PSEG Long Island spoke with a visitor at a job fair in New York this week.

Percentage of those in labor pool at 38-year low

Driven by retiring baby boomers, the decline could make it tougher to find workers, potentially slowing economic growth.

Hats off to the Red Sox’ outfield of Alejandro De Aza (lef), Mookie Betts (center), and Jackie Bradley Jr. for their performances on Thursday.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Red Sox’ challenge now is keeping momentum

The team needs a successful homestand before the All-Star break to become relevant in the AL East race.

Rosa Maldonado, 39, who came to Boston illegally from El Salvador, is monitored intensely as an alternative to immigration detention.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Illegal immigrants under higher scrutiny than many criminals

Lawyers say the intensive program often subjects asylum seekers to stricter scrutiny than dangerous criminals, including sex offenders.

Kyle Loughlin pleaded not guilty Friday in Brockton Superior Court to charges of sexually abusing two young boys.

Former Bridgewater State student held on $100,000 bail for sex abuse charges

Kyle Loughlin pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he sexually abused two young boys while working at the school’s daycare, said prosecutors.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/26/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/2006-04-126HealthCareBill-1731447.jpg Amid health, gay marriage votes, no one invokes DiMasi

The two causes that Sal DiMasi went to the wall for passed from controversial wayposts to the virtually unshakable law of the land.

Fourth of July

Your guide to Boston’s July 4 fireworks

Keith Lockhart will celebrate his 20th year as conductor of the Pops at the 42d Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on July 4.

What’s open, closed on Fourth of July

Find out what stores are open and the operating times of the T.

Online photos show Scott Brown before  and after his weight-loss program.

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Scott Brown stirs varied reactions to his role as weight-loss salesman

Scott Brown’s role as a distributor for AdvoCare — and his curious online endorsement — was met with guffaws by Facebook followers.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/02/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/20150702_CFW_Burlington_2127x.jpg Screams heard before woman’s body found at Burlington hotel

The Extended Stay Hotel called police at 12:20 a.m. after guests reported the scream, as well as “what sounded like a gunshot.”

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/01/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/davis_scotch5_biz.jpg State’s public defenders try to unionize for the 3d time

Public defenders are paid less in Massachusetts than in any other state, ranking just below West Virginia when cost of living is accounted for.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/03/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Par8218296.jpg Poll shows two sides neck-and-neck before Greek referendum

The brief but intense campaign in Greece’s critical bailout referendum ends Friday.

The Big Picture

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Globe photos of the month, June 2015

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month.