Downturn in sales isn’t just bad news for retailers

Statewide sales tax collections have dropped for the first time in more than three years.

Boston-07/26/2016- Boston Common looks like a desert as the heat wave takes a toll on the once green grass on the Boston Common, in which most of the grass there is parched. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(metro)

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Will the heat end?

Thursday will see temperatures hit the 90s again, but relief could be on the way.

// Merkel says refugee attacks mock Germany’s hospitality

After recent bloody attacks stunned the world, the German chancellor defended her refugee policy while calling for more security.

// City urges cut in overtime costs for major departments

The city is asking departments to shave off 5 percent in overtime spending they pay employees who solve crime, fight fires, and sweep the streets.

// Four nominated to Appeals Court

Governor Charlie Baker nominated two Superior Court justices and two people from the attorney general’s office Wednesday.

Three-alarm fire in Brookline home causes $800,000 in damage

Eight people have been displaced as a result of the fire.

Democratic National Convention

Yvonne Abraham

// A new low for Jill Stein

If Stein is looking for someone to compare to Trump, the mirror would be a pretty good place to start.

// Trump says he was being sarcastic, but thinks Putin is better leader than Obama

Donald Trump said he was being sarcastic when he made his explosive remarks Wednesday.

Man drowns while tubing on Deerfield River

The incident was one of two Western Massachusetts drownings in as many days.

A makeshift memorial at the L Street Bathhouse.

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What we know — and don’t — about Kyzr Willis’s death

There are some answers, but key questions still remain in the disappearance and death of Kyzr Willis.

// Center reopens as Kyzr Willis investigation continues

The Curley Community Center reopened to adults after the death two days ago of a missing young boy.

What our critics say

★ ½ | Movie REview

// ‘Bad Moms’ is ‘The Hangover’ for suburban mothers

What the film’s premise has in novelty, it lacks in execution.

★ ★ ★ | Movie REview

// ‘Les Cowboys’ updates ‘The Searchers’

This artful, melancholy film does not suffer by comparison with John Ford’s masterpiece until the end.

Can a violinist bring Boston police and youth together?

Shaw Pong Liu hopes a new musical collaboration will help heal divisions between police and city youth.

// Jimmy Garoppolo’s mind-set hasn’t changed

Despite having to take the helm for the first four games, Garoppolo said he is preparing for the season like it is business as usual.

Pats receiver Julian Edelman hosting a workout at the PUMA Store on Newbury Street in April.


Fans supporting Edelman amid paternity controversy

Fans at the first day at Patriots training camp aren’t all that perturbed by reports that Julian Edelman is facing a paternity suit.

// What David Ortiz’s last season tells us about how he’ll be remembered

It’s not just what he’s accomplishing on the field, it’s what happens between the games.

Matt Damon on


Matt Damon has a pretty great Prince story

Prince had a very Prince-like one-liner when Damon met him years ago.

Globe investigations

“When the EMTs arrived, Dave was laying like this.” Gerry Hill said, offering to show where his suicidal son was fatally shot after a tense encounter with police.


When despair meets deadly force

Nearly half of people killed by Massachusetts police over the last 11 years were suicidal, mentally ill, or showed clear signs of crisis.

The story behind 'Spotlight'

// Boston Globe coverage and the movie ‘Spotlight’

“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

The Big Picture

2016 Democratic National Convention

Democrats met in Philadelphia for their national convention.