Families of crash victims push for ‘hands-free’ cell law

Proposals before the state Legislature would ban cellular phone use without a hands-free device.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/06/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/4e5778ddf10f47799652654594869d62-f6d673c153884d21adeed34380c50807-0.jpg Fury of storm may have been too much for El Faro crew

On a vessel buffeted by 50-foot waves and winds estimated at up to 140 mph, lifeboats become impossible to drop into the sea.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/06/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/aaA[1]-8669--90x90.jpg Pilot who died on Phoenix-Boston flight identified

The pilot of the American Airlines flight was Michael Johnston, 57, who was based out of Phoenix.

A sign at the edge of campus welcomed students and staff back to Umpqua Community College on Monday.

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Oregon killer’s mother wrote about gun rights, troubled son

Christopher Harper-Mercer’s mother was well aware of his fascination with guns. In fact, she shared it.

Hernandez lawyers ask judge to toss evidence in Boston killings

The former Patriots player and convicted killer is facing a second trial in an alleged 2012 double shooting in the South End.

MBTA Administrator Brian Shortsleeve (left) and General Manager Frank DePaola unveiled a new “countdown” sign at Kenmore Station in August.

MassDOT press office

Green Line to get countdown clocks in downtown stations

The clocks are part of an ongoing effort to provide more accurate scheduling information to customers in real time.

Family lays veteran to rest, 65 years after he went missing

Army sergeant Christopher Vars, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, went missing in action while fighting in North Korea.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/23/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Tlumacki_roxburyaprtmentinspections_metro087.jpg Despite city effort, Boston lags in apartment inspections

The city had hoped to complete 44,000 inspections by year’s end. So far, only about 10,000 have been inspected.

A group of playful protesters picketed outside the Museum of Fine Arts on Monday, expressing their dislike of painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s work.

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Sebastian Smee

Renoir protest at MFA is funny, but sophomoric

Even a Renoir skeptic knows it’s sophomoric to stage an anti-Renoir protest outside the Museum of Fine Arts.

DraftKings’ offices in Boston were seen last year.

Evan Horowitz | Quick study

What is fantasy sports betting and why is it legal?

What regulations should apply to an industry that seems so very much like gambling?

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/06/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/Roomies2-1718--90x90.jpg Rent in Boston solo or having a roommate, what’s scarier?

Yes, you’d have to share your couch, your fridge, your shower with a stranger. But grown-ups having housemates isn’t as crazy as you think.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/06/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/braya150-4103.jpg Unexpected death of teen YouTube star saddens family, friends

A family known pseudonymously as “the Bratayleys,” which has amassed a massive online following, has been struck by tragedy.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/14/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/Rudick_danvers560address.jpg Leave New England? Company sends foliage to you

New Englanders who have moved away can now have fall foliage — three whole leaves! — delivered directly to them.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/06/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/istock-big.jpg When you make minimum wage, day care costs are staggering

Child-care costs would now devour at least 30 percent of a minimum-wage worker’s earnings in every state, a new report found.

Team president Theo Epstein (right) and manager Joe Maddon were the key leaders for a franchise that won 97 games this season.


Dan Shaughnessy

Cubs looking like the Red Sox’ baseball cousins

With the championship-starved Cubs in the playoffs, many similarities can be drawn to Theo Epstein’s tenure in Boston.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/05/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/greenhouse_sowa-1_business.jpg Bitter split muddles future of South End markets

Because of an ugly business divorce, a market currently in the “SoWa” district will move to a grimy parcel under the I-93 overpass.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/22/BostonGlobe.com/BCOM/Images/Boston-3493.jpg Live updates from the HUBweek festival

HUBweek is the weeklong festival intended to showcase the region’s dominance in science, art, and technology.

Opinion & Ideas

Opinion Reel

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/06/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/jordan-brightcove2--150x150.jpg Announcing the Fall 2015 selections

Watch these nine short films that have something to say — about family, identity, community, mopeds.

Ground Game

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/06/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/2015-10-05T192358Z_88095125_GF10000233358_RTRMADP_3_USA-ELECTION-CLINTON[1]-1562--90x90.jpg Calm down, Hillary Clinton has not lost New Hampshire. Yet.

Clinton is currently losing N.H., but she is very, very, very, very far away from the state being a lost cause.

The Big Picture

Samer Shkeer, a Syrian refugee, prays after crossing the Mediterranean to the shore of Skala Sykamnia on the island of Lesbos, Greece, on Sept. 11.

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Perilous crossings

Globe photographer Craig F. Walker documented the plight of refugees and migrants looking for a better life in Europe.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/05/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/GettyImages-466071300A.jpg Local firms show off drones, bots for law enforcement

A Danvers-based drone maker has begun shipping a new kind of police surveillance aircraft that can stay aloft for days.



//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/05/BostonGlobe.com/Foreign/Images/bishops150-1091.jpg On day one of Synod 2015, conservatives strike first

The traditionalist camp isn’t going to just counter-punch this time around.