Is the opioid epidemic easing in Mass.?

Opioid-related deaths declined by 5 percent in Massachusetts during the first half of this year, the strongest indication yet that the overdose crisis may be abating.

Felix G. Arroyo.

Felix G. Arroyo accused of repeated sexual harassment by city employee

In a complaint, a woman who worked for Arroyo alleges he “spanked” her buttocks, made sexual comments, and grabbed her by the back of her neck. Arroyo called the allegations baseless.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/22/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Ninivaggi-Herald_23rally03_met.jpg 18 people arraigned after Saturday’s rally and counterprotest on Boston Common

More than a dozen of the 33 people arrested Saturday are accused of assaulting police during confrontations.

Donald Trump with former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio in January 2016.

Trump will not pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio at Phoenix rally

President Trump had said he was ‘‘seriously considering’’ a pardon for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, an immigration hardliner.

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The first deployments could take place within days.

Barnstable Police

Kennedys ‘incited this crowd into an angry mob,’ police say

Matthew “Max” Kennedy allegedly threw himself into a wall, smashed a shelf full of glass objects, and refused to cooperate with officers.

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Louise Linton apologized for boasting about her wealth and then disparaging someone who criticized her during a nasty Instagram exchange.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/22/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/AFP_PW2DV.jpg Who is Louise Linton? 5 facts beyond her Instagram rant

She bragged about how much she paid in taxes — but who exactly is she?

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The governor said he remains confident in Luis Ramirez despite accounting problems at a company Ramirez recently led as chief executive.

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Rene Norestant Jr., who was captured on video beating a homeless man with his own cane, will avoid jail time if he performs community service.

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How to use cheddar for every occasion

It’s Jimmy Kennedy’s job to dream up creative ways to use cheddar. Now Cabot’s resident chef is sharing his ideas.

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Richard Ansara, chef-owner of Tresca, studied the heirloom tomatoes while judging Tuesday at the Massachusetts Tomato Contest.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

33rd annual Massachusetts Tomato Contest draws a crowd

The event featured tomatoes of all kinds and colors. Judges wandered around, looking and touching before tasting.

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Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and draft picks are in the discussions as compensation to Cleveland.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/22/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/GettyImages-599228438.jpg Malia Obama politely brushed us off when we tried for an interview at Harvard

The eldest daughter of former president Barack Obama has moved into one of the dorms on campus, just like all the other freshmen in the class of 2021.

NAMES

Former President Obama spotted dining at Harvard Square restaurant

President Obama was spotted at Harvest restaurant Monday and the timing lines up perfectly with freshman move-in day at the school.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/22/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/tlumacki_TrumpandRobertKraft_sports222-001.jpg The Patriots gave Trump a Super Bowl ring with his name engraved on it

Anthony Scaramucci produced a bit of fake news this week in regards to President Trump, Robert Kraft, and a Patriots Super Bowl ring.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/22/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/7f3571de29b045428be7fcd2012a612b-7f3571de29b045428be7fcd2012a612b-0.jpg A list of Confederate monuments defaced or removed after Charlottesville

About 50 Confederate monuments around the country have been removed, vandalized, or both.

SCOT LEHIGH

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/22/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Scot_Lehigh_150px-3235.jpg Donald Trump usually trusts his instincts, and that’s a problem

President Trump repeatedly finds his promises and proclamations ripped apart by reality.

Kianna Kaizer (left), the girlfriend of Jeremy Himmelman (right), called his ‘‘political side’’ only a small part of his life but acknowledged he held decidedly far-right beliefs.

Deadly shooting ends friendships forged in neo-Nazi group

The friendship of four young roommates — though cemented in an obscure neo-Nazi group — never seemed destined for bloodshed.

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In an editorial, the Rev. William Aitcheson described himself as ‘‘an impressionable young man’’ when he became a member of the hate group.

Blue Hill Bay Lighthouse on Green Island in Maine is for sale.

Steve Shelton

For $650,000, you could own this Maine lighthouse — plus the island it’s on

Blue Hill Bay Lighthouse is located on Green Island off the coast of Brooklin, Maine, and offers white sand beaches and 360-degree oceanfront views.

Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton hits a three-run home run against the New York Mets during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

CHAD FINN

Red Sox shouldn’t trade for Giancarlo Stanton

It doesn’t make sense right now beyond his obvious ability to be a one-man heart of any lineup.

Jeff Immelt.

Talking Points

GE’s Jeff Immelt says he couldn’t afford to be ‘a wuss’

The company’s former chief executive has penned a 6,000-plus-word essay for the latest issue of the Harvard Business Review.

The solar eclipse

The moon eclipsed the sun above the Washington Monument on Monday.

Do your eyes hurt after the solar eclipse? Here’s what you need to know

So you looked directly at the sun while trying to watch the solar eclipse. Did you cause damage to your eyes?

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/22/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/iss052e056225.jpg NASA’s photos of the eclipse are better than yours

An iPhone camera is no match for NASA.

Investigations

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If you have been a victim or witnessed a hate incident, share your information here so we can investigate.

STAT

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/22/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/APOE4.jpg At high risk for Alzheimer’s, they’re experimenting — on themselves

Tips to prevent dementia abound, but there’s little hard science. So carriers of a variant that raises their risk experiment — on themselves.

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