SJC rejects ‘millionaires tax’ ballot question

The Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling delivers a crushing defeat for progressive activists and organized labor and removes a volatile issue from this fall’s election.

11veterans -- Nick Bonanno pushes his father, Russ Bonanno, down the hallway at the VA in Bedford. Nick visits his father several times a week to push him around the building in his wheelchair along with throwing a ball around. Nick tries to engage his dad as much as possible when he comes to visit. (Kelsey Cronin)

Secret VA ratings hid poor quality care from public

Nearly half of Veterans Affairs nursing homes nationwide received the lowest possible quality ranking last year, but the agency kept its ratings from the public.

Sharon, MA - 6/12/18 - Barry Arntz talks about the $119, 425.61 bill of deferred taxes and interest due to the town of Sharon, for his mother's home. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 18consumer Reporter: Sean Murphy

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Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

An inheritance damaged by delayed property taxes

Barry Arntz thought he and his sister owned the house passed down to them by their deceased mother “free and clear” — no mortgages, no liens, no encumbrances of any sort.

// Questions raised about City Hall ties of outside counsel investigating Fire Department

An outside counsel who is reviewing the Boston Fire Department’s handling of misconduct allegations has a long history of representing City Hall.

// Unprepared hikers rescued in White Mountains

New Hampshire authorities say two Massachusetts hikers who got lost in the White Mountains were carrying almost no useful gear or supplies.

// 5 takeaways from Tom Brady’s interview with Oprah

The quarterback talked family, retirement, his relationship with Bill Belichick and the Patriots, and more.

// Wayfair, anticipating rapid growth, leases more office space in the Back Bay

Wayfair, the fast-expanding online retailer, has signed a lease for another 395,000 square feet of office space in the Back Bay.

// Trump hasn’t decided if he’ll keep Patriots Super Bowl ring gift, raising ethics concerns

Ethics experts say they are concerned that the president is waiting to decide whether to disclose the gifts he receives, using an apparent loophole in the law.


// This summer, there will be no vacation from Trump talk

US residents traveling abroad this summer will soon learn there is no escaping the president.

// ‘We know what happened to Steven Disarro...he was strangled to death,’ prosecutor says at mob trial

Jurors in the murder trial of Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme began hearing closing arguments today.

Representative Joe Kennedy III spoke during a rally in Tornillo, Texas, to protest the Trump administration’s policy on separating migrant children from their parents.

Ivan Pierre Aguirre for the Boston Globe

Joe Kennedy protests Trump’s family-separation policy

The Massachusetts congressman joined protesters in Texas Sunday, blasting President Trump and comparing those who are fleeing violence today to his own ancestors.

// Trump claims children ‘are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth’ as way to enter US

“Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border. It is historic,” Trump tweeted Monday.

// Redd’s restaurant in Roslindale is closing, owner says

The owner wrote in an e-mail the restaurant is closing “because the largest asset of this business, the liquor license, is going to be devalued tremendously” by a City Council initiative.

// Wedding bells are ringing, but justices of the peace aren’t getting the call

Justices of the peace, who long presided over non-religious weddings, are getting pushed out by one-day officiants. And they’re not happy about it.

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Globe Magazine

Would you smoke a joint in front of your kids?

Pot is legal in Massachusetts but many parents still don’t want their kids to know they partake.

Boston- 06/09/18- Minnie Haven, 9 from Greenville, NC plays in the waterfall fountain in Copley Square. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

Dave Epstein

Heat advisory issued for Boston today

Even if Boston doesn’t break the heat record for Monday’s date, it’s certainly going to be the hottest day so far this season.

// Strong thunderstorms expected to roll through state

The hot and steamy weather conditions enveloping the state may generate powerful thunderstorms later tonight.

More on the weather

■ The heat index will range from 95-103 degrees today.

A heat advisory has been issued for Boston.

Air quality alerts have been posted for most of Massachusetts, and parts of Maine and southern New Hampshire.

Strong thunderstorms could hit the state later tonight.

// Born of blobfish joke, Ted Cruz edges Jimmy Kimmel in basketball game

Texas Senator Ted Cruz triumphed over late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel in their much-hyped charity basketball game that Kimmel dubbed the Blobfish Basketball Classic.

Opinion | Richard North Patterson

// Wealthy donors are pulling our democracy to the right

After Citizens United, our elected representatives spend countless hours courting the wealthy.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by JASON SZENES/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9667085c) New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (R) slides safely past Boston Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon (L) in the first inning of their MLB game at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York, USA, 09 May 2018. Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees, USA - 09 May 2018


This Yankee-Red Sox race is razor close. How can each team create some separation?

We take a look at what moves each team could make to pull away.

// In Brockton, cheers for local firefighter turned US Open competitor

Brockton firefighters cheered on one of the their own as Matt Parziale competed in this year’s US Open Championship.

Alex Beam

// Are we doomed?

Is there any hope for civilization?

A couple embraced after leaving balloons at a memorial outside the home of Stewart Weldon.

Stewart Weldon targeted women in throes of relapse, withdrawal

In the methadone clinics and drug-afflicted neighborhoods of Springfield and Chicopee, Weldon had a reputation as an erratic and violent crack user.

Opinion & Ideas


// Reentry programs turn lives around. Beacon Hill should fund them

House and Senate lawmakers deep in budget negotiations should sign off on a measure, already approved by the House, that would funnel $3 million into halfway houses.

Special reports


// Why Facebook and Google should pay you for your data

Users’ clicks and posts built Facebook and Google’s online empires. Isn’t it time they got paid for their labor?



Watch ‘Runnin’,’ a STAT documentary

“Runnin’,” now available for purchase on Vimeo, takes an intimate look at a group of friends in Somerville who came of age as the opioid epidemic took hold and morphed into a national nightmare. It retraces the lives of friends lost, and one last member of the group struggling to avoid the same fate.

Globe event

Seattle’s mayor talks growing pains that offer some lessons for Boston

Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan spoke at a Globe event on how innovation is shaping our world, and she’s in high demand among the hundreds of mayors gathered in Boston.

Love Letters: The Podcast

Love Letters Podcast

// Getting over a breakup

Meredith Goldstein explores how to move on when a relationship ends.

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// Calling all foodies

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