Lahey, Beth Israel in merger talks

If the merger can be completed, it would reshape the state’s health care industry, creating a system of eight hospitals across Eastern Mass.

Chewing tobacco will be banned from sports venues, including Fenway Park.

Boston bans chewing tobacco in ballparks

The ban will bring an end to ballplayers holding wads of chewing tobacco in their cheeks, including at Fenway Park.

Three 22-story residential towers were approved by the Boston Civic Design Commission Tuesday.

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Three more Seaport towers move ahead

The Boston Civic Design Commission gave its approval to the plans for three 22-story condo and apartment towers.

Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill in the Seaport was one of the bars cited by regulators.

Five bars charged with violating ‘pay-to-play’ rules

The five bars allegedly took cash to stock products from a distributor while excluding its competitors.

Cruiser crashes, catches fire after being shot at in Millis

Police are seeking a man in a pickup truck involved in a “random shot at a police cruiser.”

Harvard allows students to pick new gender pronouns

Students can now choose “ze, hir, and hirs” as their preferred gender pronoun, under a new policy.

Senator Barbara Mikulski became the crucial 34th vote.

Obama wins votes needed to secure Iran nuclear deal

Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote needed to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive in Congress.

AG rejects proposed ballot question on fireworks

Ballot initiatives on raising taxes on the wealthy and legalizing marijuana were among those certified by Maura Healey.

Michelle Carter listened to defense attorney Joseph Cataldo argue for the involuntary manslaughter charge against her to be dismissed in August.

Teens exchanged disturbing texts before suicide

Prosecutors say the texts show Michelle Carter brainstorming with Conrad Henri Roy over the best way for him to kill himself.

 

Live video: Political Happy Hour with Elizabeth Warren

Warren speaks with Globe reporter Joshua Miller at a Political Happy Hour event.

BetaBoston | Tech Lab

With Sway, boring slideshows made easy

Microsoft has come up with a successor to PowerPoint that makes it even easier to create boring corporate presentations.

The second-floor landing was converted into a study space for the homeowner’s three children.

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How to create the perfect homework space

Kids aren’t necessarily getting the equivalent of the corner office, but gone are the days of a desk and bookshelf shoved into the corner of the bedroom.

Actress Sienna Miller, pictured in Boston last November.

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Director confirms Sienna Miller cut from ‘Black Mass’

Miller had played the role of James “Whitey” Bulger’s girlfriend, Catherine Greig.

Performers dressed in costumes in Milk Row Cemetery sin 2007.

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Somerville seeks ‘docents’ to give tours of historic graveyard

Volunteers are being sought to dress up in colonial garb and share the history of the Milk Row Graveyard near Union Square.

Natalia Kapourelakos (left) and Anastasia Tsoumbanos at the rebuilt Lakeview Pavilion in Foxborough. A fire in 2014 razed the function hall the sisters owned at the same site.

Sisters revive Foxborough wedding venue after fire

Much of the $7 million expense was covered by insurance, but Natalia Kapourelakos and Anastasia Tsoumbanos said they wanted to make the building bigger.

John Kasich spoke Wednesday during a campaign stop at New England College in Henniker, N.H.

In N.H., talk of faith from John Kasich

Campaigning for president in New Hampshire, Kasich said his tenure as Ohio governor has deepened his faith and given him perspective.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listened to a customer following her office’s refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., on Tuesday.

Ky. clerk in gay marriage fight was divorced three times

Kim Davis, the county clerk waging a moral war over the institution of marriage, also had two children while she wasn’t married.

Actor Idris Elba in 2013.

Idris Elba responds to furor over author’s too ‘street’ comment

The British actor responded to the controversy about him as the next James Bond.

Ground Game

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/01/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/200_ted_cruz.jpg Ted Cruz sells himself as antiestablishment candidate

The US senator from Texas stopped in N.H. on Monday to open his campaign office in Manchester.

Opinion & Ideas

JEFF JACOBY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/01/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Jeff_Jacoby_150px-1224.jpg Bikes don’t belong on busy city streets

Cyclists and traffic don’t mix. It’s not just foolish to pretend otherwise — it’s deadly.

The Big Picture

Globe photos of the month for August 2015

A look at some of the best images taken by Boston Globe photographers in August.

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BetaBoston

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/071814_BUS_Blake11A-467x267.jpg Friendly’s co-founder doesn’t let 17-foot fall keep him from Techstars

The 100-year-old co-founder of Friendly’s was injured when he rolled into a rock quarry about three weeks ago, but has pronounced himself healed.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/Foreign/Images/Pope-Francis-Primer.jpg A primer on where Pope Francis stands on gays, divorce, abortion

Pope Francis is expected to raise a range of issues when he visits Cuba and the United States Sept. 19-27.