Cities offer $75m Green Line lifeline

The troubled Green Line Extension got a big jolt of cash from local governments Thursday, just days before a key meeting of transportation officials.

Firefighters battle a three-alarm fire on Rush Street in East Somerville.

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Heavy fire hits three-story home in Somerville

Firefighters were battling a heavy blaze here on Thursday that gutted a three-story home and sent at least one person to a hospital.

// Would-be lawyer accused of multiple scams

He wasn’t a lawyer, but David E. Scher knew his way around a courtroom.

State failing on granting quick hearings in DCF cases

Court officials say they cannot find enough attorneys to handle the cases within the required time frame.

// Paul Ryan declines to endorse Donald Trump

Trump fired back shortly after, saying he’s ‘‘not ready to support’’ the House speaker’s agenda.

// Strategist Mary Matalin leaves the GOP. Here’s why.

The high-profile pundit emphasized her decision was not connected to Donald Trump’s being the presumptive GOP nominee.

May 5, 2016 - Harvard Business School (HBS) HBS students that was a part of creating Urbanhail Abdulaziz AlBassam, 26 years old and graduating in 2017, holds his iPhone with the app urbanhail running to show a price comparison of car sharing services Uber hits back at a group of HBS students who created an app, Urbanhail, to compare prices of ride sharing services business, 06uber, woodward (Katherine Taylor for The Boston Globe)

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New app gives Uber a little disruption of its own

A small Harvard startup that wants to compare fare prices found that Uber isn’t too happy with little competitors ignoring its own rules.

// In one week, 4 toddlers accidentally shoot, kill selves

In a country with more than 30,000 annual gun deaths, the smallest fingers on the trigger belong to children.

// Hospitals aim to stop vote on how they’re paid

Hospital executives are trying to stave off a fall ballot question that would change the way health care is financed in Mass.

Cutler, Maine - 5/11/2015 Lobsterman Nick Lemieux holds a lobsters stored on his dock in Cutler, Maine, May 7, 2015. A border disputer between the United States and Canada in the region over a body of water in the Gulf of Maine near the Machias Seal Island has caused friction between Canadian and American lobsterman over who has the right to fish there. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

Sweden, fearing a flood of Maine lobster, goes on the offensive

Swedish government officials have proposed banning the sale of live US lobsters in the European Union and designating them as an invasive alien species.

// Attention Pacers fans: Kevin McHale isn’t walking through that door

Larry Bird said he “respects” his former Celtics teammate too much to hire him as head coach of the Indiana Pacers.


// Red Sox earn series win in Chicago

Seven players drove in a run for Boston, with solo homers from Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, and Jackie Bradley Jr.


// Stage adaptation of ‘Cheers’ headed to Boston

The local engagement of the show, slated for Sept. 9-18, will launch a national tour.

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Ideas | Sarah Gailey

Dissociation is scary. Dissociation is safety.

There’s no way out of it, not really, except to learn how to remember the names for things and to keep the tears from falling.

// Steuart Pincombe serves quality sounds to thirsty listeners

Pairing Bach with beer, the cellist makes points about quality, tradition, innovation, and standards.

// Harvard, MIT ranked two most prestigious colleges in the world

The Boston area might be a hot college spot in the US, but it’s also apparently home to the best institutions in the world.

// Want to see the newest John Malkovich movie? Too bad.

Malkovich’s movie is locked in a “state-of-the-art safe” until 2115 — and only a lucky few will be able to behold the vault.

Ground Game

Ground Game

// Who will be Trump’s VP pick?

A Globe analysis of more than 70 former and current elected officials yielded seven people who could join his ticket.

The Big Picture

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Big picture

Alberta wildfires

A disastrous wildfire has forced more than 80,000 residents to evacuate Fort McMurray, the biggest evacuation on record in Canada.