Mixed success in controlling health costs, report says

Spending at the state’s biggest health insurer and health care provider helped drive spending well above inflation last year.

Students Avdit Kohli, Yan Olshevskyy, and Yajur Gulati carried mattresses down Commonwealth Avenue to their new apartment in Allston Monday.

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Students’ old gear gets a recycling push

Programs are springing up at local colleges to sell former students’ leftover furniture to incoming students.

Who’s on the ballot? Voters aren’t sure

Voters don’t seem to know the candidates who are running for statewide office.

James Foley and Daniel Johnson met shortly after each had graduated from college, when they signed up for Teach for America in Phoenix.

A friend’s elegy for James Foley

Poet Daniel Johnson began writing a piece for Foley after his friend was taken captive. Now it is set to be published.

Jose Ramirez, 6, of Chelsea looked up at a police officer at the back-to-school celebration at Williams School.

Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff

Mass. police forces lag in racial diversity

The state’s eight most ethnically and racially diverse communities are policed by a predominantly white corps of officers.

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

Boston works to reclaim status as a runners’ mecca

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

Boston Capital

Insiders big winners when mutual banks go public

Most community banks that convert to public companies will disappear in a matter of a few years. It’s not hard to see why.

Kevin Cullen

Stand-up comic is a Labor Day stand-in

It was tough for Paul Elwell to make a living as a comedian, but now he’s back doing standup as a working man on and off stage, telling jokes.

Opinion

endorsement | democratic primary

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Boghosian_05McChrystal7_MET-1114--90x90.jpg Seth Moulton for Congress

The Globe’s editorial board believes Moulton offers the best chance for effectiveness and influence in Washington in representing the Sixth District.

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’