Fourth of July

Early birds stake out spots on the Esplanade

A man slept under a tent as he waited for the Fourth of July festivities to begin on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston.

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Fourth-goers arrived early to snag prime spots at Saturday night’s 42nd Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.

A cloudy July 4, with a chance of passing showers

Low pressure south of New England will keep skies mostly cloudy, with a chance of passing sprinkles in Boston.

// What’s open, closed on Fourth of July

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

Your guide to Boston’s July 4 fireworks

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

Woman shot to death in Lawrence

A woman in her 40s was found inside an apartment building on Exchange Street about 4 a.m., suffering from a gunshot wound.

TripAdvisor said it needed more space in moving to its Needham site.

Business policies giving Needham an edge over Newton

Newton has been on the wrong end of a number of relocations lately, and business leaders say that’s not a coincidence.

// Puerto Rico’s debt crisis in danger of crushing economy

After nearly a decade of recession, Puerto Rico’s government says it cannot pay its $73 billion debt much longer.

Five armed robberies in 45 minutes in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge

Police are investigating whether the robberies that occurred early Friday morning are related, authorities said.

Sarah Norris, in a Craigville Beach parking lot, said she thought smoking was “frowned upon,” rather than prohibited.

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Cape towns ban beach smoking

Eight of Cape Cod’s 15 towns have banned smoking on the beach in response to complaints about fumes and litter.

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Matt Barnes (68) was turned around by a 2 run scoring line drive single up the middle in the seventh inning on Friday night.

Game 83: Astros at Red Sox

The Sox continue their three-game series against the Astros with a 1:35 p.m. game.

With the Mass. Pike already prone to backups, critics of hosting the Olympics say VIP trav-el lanes would only make things worse, But Boston 2024 says it can limit serious conflicts.

Fast lanes for athletes, VIPs part of Olympic plan

The IOC urges host cities to implement the fast lanes so athletes, media, and sponsors can count on reliable journey times.

The town has 37 miles of coastline and a population of 56,468 as of the 2010 US Census, a 15 percent increase since 2000.

What’s behind the home buyer pilgrimage to Plymouth?

The development of the upscale Pinehills community helped kick things off, but downtown Plymouth has also seen a vigorous revitalization.

“We want to be as transparent as we possibly can,” said Police Commissioner William Evans.

Boston police to step up antibias measures

The move comes after a report said the department had disproportionately observed, interrogated, or searched black residents.

The governor’s announcement in February of a panel to overhaul the MBTA has led to disagreements with unions.

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Democrats now cast wary eye on Baker

Charlie Baker, a Republican elected governor by appealing to Democrats, has demonstrated how difficult it is to please everyone.

Adam Hodges-Leclaire onboard the frigate Hermione.

Living his dream aboard 18th-century replica ship

Adam Hodges-Leclaire, who dresses in historically accurate clothing, is the only American aboard a replica of Lafayette’s frigate for its commemorative Atlantic crossing.

For many, remedial math not a solution

Of those who take remedial courses, only 1 in 5 goes on to complete a college-level math class and many never earn degrees.

Ground Game

// N.H. thinks Donald Trump is for real

Whether Trump is serious about running for president or just serious about publicity, his sudden support is hard to ignore.


The Declaration of Independence

// ‘All men are created equal’

Read the document that changed the course of human history.

The Big Picture

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Globe photos of the month, June 2015

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