Some councilors seeking pay raise attend few hearings

City Council President Bill Linehan (above, at a hearing on pay raises earlier this month) attended 15 percent of hearings, the fewest of any of the 13 council members.

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The Boston city councilors pushing hardest for significant raises have had the poorest attendance at hearings since January 2014.

// Recusal call clouds Gary Sampson case

Concerns over Judge Mark Wolf’s interactions at a film festival have disrupted one of the city’s most high-stakes federal cases.

The 25 largest banks based in Greater Boston have increased commercial real estate lending nearly 40 percent over the past three years.


Commercial deals in Boston area stir talk of ’80s bubble

Industry officials say the competition for deals is so fierce that many banks are relaxing lending standards.

// $113m New Bedford marine terminal sits largely idle

The site, built with state bonds to be a staging ground for a wind farm in Nantucket Sound, sits unused after Cape Wind canceled its lease.

P.F. Chang cook stabbed to death sought a new life

Elivelton Dias, 38, was a hardworking immigrant who moved to the US to escape violence and start a family, his sister said.

// Fixes set for deadly Back Bay intersection

New striping will be painted and flexible posts will be installed at the corner where Anita Kurmann was fatally struck.

Adrian Walker

// He was just trying to make Haiti better

Family and friends are still in disbelief after the killing of former Boston police officer Yves Damberville in Port-au-Prince.

// Holyoke begins school year with an air of hope

Despite resistance to a state takeover of the city’s schools, some are cautiously optimistic about the system’s new leader.

Tom Brady Deflategate hearing

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was in federal court in New York on Aug. 12.

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Ben Volin | On football

Goodell, Brady expected at Deflategate hearing today

If the lawsuit does go to a decision — either today or Friday — it almost certainly won’t end there.

// Live updates from Deflategate hearing in N.Y.

Tom Brady and Roger Goodell are due in federal district court today for a hearing regarding the Patriots QB’s punishment.

// Advocate on other side of Green Line extension debate

Stephanie Pollack, the transit secretary giving voice to a worst-case scenario, has often pressured officials to keep their commitments.

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

// Red Sox want to play the role of late-season spoiler

Getting out of last place and finishing .500 are other things on the team’s to-do list.

Avalena Conway-Coxon died suddenly in foster care in Auburn on a hot Saturday in August.

An Auburn child lost amidst chaos and addiction

Enter Avalena Conway-Coxon’s world, where only in death did the toddler get the full loving focus she deserved.

// Kanye West for president?

Taylor Swift won video of the year, Miley Cyrus briefly flashed one of her breasts, and West ranted at the MTV Video Music Awards.


She can’t stand the mother of her daughter’s best friend

She wants to preserve the children’s friendship, but doesn’t want the other mom in her life as a friend.

// Who is still playing Pokémon?

The Poképalooza in Boston 10 days ago probably would have passed without notice, if not for an alleged mass shooting plot.

Ground Game

// Tracking the endorsements of N.H. GOP activists

Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Rand Paul have picked up the most support from top party activists in the Granite State so far.

Opinion & Ideas

Renée Graham

// Another grieving parent steps forward, while politicians cower

The men and women elected to serve our country can only offer empty empathy so long as they fear the wrath of the NRA.

The Big Picture

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10 years after Hurricane Katrina

President Obama visited New Orleans to mark progress the city has made before the anniversary of the hurricane.


Innovation Economy

// Is the tech party coming to an end?

Investors have had a rollicking time putting money into tech and biotech startups. Are they getting ready to split?



// In Nigeria, a chance for fellowship

The fellowship of suffering in the New Kuchingoro camp illustrates one of the least appreciated aspects of the Boko Haram story.