Boston works to reclaim status as a runners’ mecca

Abbey D'Agostino, a seven-time NCAA champion, recently signed with New Balance and moved to Newton.

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The Boston Athletic Association and New Balance are helping the area re-emerge as a training ground for world-class runners.

Ed Coburn and Indira Alvarez of Boston’s Inspectional Services Department watched students in Allston.

As students move in, city vows vigilance on safety

A set of stiff realities has kicked in as thousands of students return to America’s college capital this week.

Spectators at the scene of a small airplane crash that killed two people in North Hampton, N.H.

Two killed in N.H. plane crash

“It dropped, just dropped out of the sky,” a man who witnessed the crash said.

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opinion | JOHN E. SUNUNU

Cash for Clunkers: How bad public policy gets made

The $3 billion program was a spectacular failure, at least according to two studies.

Dustin Pedroia Monday missed a second straight game after his concussion Saturday night (above). Brian Blanco/Getty Images

Red Sox notebook

Dustin Pedroia may not play against Yankees

Pedroia sustained a concussion Saturday and said he’ll play when he no longer has symptoms.

David Berthiaume took a chainsaw to a giant tree that fell onto the house of his friends, Leslie and Patrick Courtney, on Vernon Street in Worcester.

Worcester cleans up after tornado

The twister snapped and uprooted trees in its path, damaging cars and homes.

Militant Islamist fighters took part in a military parade along the streets of Iraq’s northern Raqqa in June.

ideas

Is ISIS an army of nihilists? Just the opposite

How politicians’ favorite word for the jihadist group obscures what’s really at stake.

Opinion

endorsement | Democratic primary

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2011/12/01/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Advance/Images/12conroymet_photo1.jpg Endorsement in Democratic primary: Tom Conroy for treasurer

The Globe’s editorial board says Conroy shows the most fluency in the details of the job.

Ideas

Hindsight

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/30/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/jfk.jpg How New Englanders invented the wilderness

The birth of the movement to protect places ‘untrammeled by man’