Chemist’s thefts may have tainted 10,000 cases


Lawyers say Sonja Farak’s confessions in therapy prove that her evidence tampering was far worse than previously disclosed.

A computer-generated image of a toddler-age girl whose body was found on the western shore of Deer Island.

Cause of death, ID of Deer Island toddler still unknown

The girl whose body was found last week was wrapped in a zebra-striped fleece blanket and wore polka dot leggings, officials said.

Sophia Lewis (left) of PSEG Long Island spoke with a visitor at a job fair in New York this week.

Percentage of those in labor pool at 38-year low

Driven by retiring baby boomers, the decline could make it tougher to find workers, potentially slowing economic growth.

Eleven-year-old Robbie Lifson recorded one of the 10 holes-in-one at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord this year.

At Concord country club, 10 aces in two months

Golfers ranging from 11 to 79 years old have recorded a hole-in-one at Nashawtuc Country Club this year.

Online photos show Scott Brown before  and after his weight-loss program.


Scott Brown stirs varied reactions to his role as weight-loss salesman

Scott Brown’s role as a distributor for AdvoCare — and his curious online endorsement — was met with guffaws by Facebook followers.

Hats off to the Red Sox’ outfield of Alejandro De Aza (lef), Mookie Betts (center), and Jackie Bradley Jr. for their performances on Thursday.


Red Sox’ challenge now is keeping momentum

The team needs a successful homestand before the All-Star break to become relevant in the AL East race.

Adrian Walker

// Southie art project breaks ice between police and youths

“Hand in Hand,” as the program was named, called for the two groups to spend a Saturday making art together.

Rosa Maldonado, 39, who came to Boston illegally from El Salvador, is monitored intensely as an alternative to immigration detention.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Program closely monitors illegal immigrants

Lawyers say the intensive program often subjects asylum seekers to stricter scrutiny than dangerous criminals.

// Amid health, gay marriage votes, no one invokes DiMasi

The two causes that Sal DiMasi went to the wall for passed from controversial wayposts to the virtually unshakable law of the land.

Fourth of July

Your guide to the July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

Keith Lockhart will celebrate his 20th year as conductor of the Pops at the 42d Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on July 4.

What’s open, closed on Fourth of July

Find out what stores are open and the operating times of the T.

Traffic was heavy on 93 South in Boston and most of the way down to the Cape for the holiday weekend.

Traffic slow ahead of holiday weekend

Traffic was backed up for miles heading to the Cape Thursday as travelers packed highways ahead of the holiday weekend.

The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship afloat in the Navy — it was launched in 1797 and earned its nickname “Old Ironsides” in the War of 1812 — is in the midst of a three-year restoration at Dry Dock 1 at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Skilled workers relish chance to restore USS Constitution

Forty workers are undergoing a three-year painstaking restoration of the world’s oldest commissioned warship at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

// Screams heard before woman’s body found at Burlington hotel

The Extended Stay Hotel called police at 12:20 a.m. after guests reported the scream, as well as “what sounded like a gunshot.”

// State’s public defenders try to unionize for the 3d time

Public defenders are paid less in Massachusetts than in any other state, ranking just below West Virginia when cost of living is accounted for.

Plainridge Park Casino makes $6.1m in first week

It was enough for the casino’s owners to declare themselves “pleased” and for one industry specialist to call it “a great start.”

The Big Picture

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Globe photos of the month, June 2015

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month.