Is Boston’s building boom overwhelming streets and transit?

The region is hungry for housing, but questions are mounting about the capacity of the transit system to handle so many more riders.

Aaron Hernandez talked friend Mike Pouncey the day before he hanged himself.


Aaron Hernandez ‘in great spirits’ day before suicide, Mike Pouncey says

The former Patriots tight end and the Miami Dolphins center spoke on the phone the day before Hernandez hanged himself in his jail cell.

// Number of Mass. fentanyl deaths alarms DEA

New England has the highest rate of fentanyl-related deaths in the nation, due mostly to Mexican cartels bringing in vast quantities of the synthetic drug.

// Military says transgender policy unchanged for now

Transgender individuals can serve openly until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has received President Trump’s ‘‘direction’’ to change the policy.

// Senators plan legislation to insulate Mueller from firing

Lindsey Graham, one of those working on the bill, sternly warned President Trump not to fire Robert Mueller or Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

// Historic Jewish cemetery in Melrose vandalized

About a half-dozen headstones were knocked over at a Jewish cemetery in Melrose early Thursday, Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan said.

// Up next for the GOP health care bill is ‘vote-a-rama.’ What to expect

Senators are buckling in for the ‘‘vote-a-rama’’ during which unlimited amendment votes can be offered on the health legislation from both sides.

The Trump presidency

//[1] The 6 most unusual quotes from Anthony Scaramucci’s CNN interview

Newly installed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci called into CNN in a combative interview with Chris Cuomo.

// MBTA police say they have the right to keep all arrests secret

The MBTA said its policy was justified under the state’s Criminal Offender Records Information Act, a stance that drew sharp criticism from open records advocates.

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12 people were on board a 24-foot Four Winns Horizon brand powerboat when it capsized and overturned near the Hog Island in Buzzards Bay on Wednesday.

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Diver recounts dramatic rescue of boy after boat capsized

“The life preserver had the kid pinned against the floor of the boat . . . without an air pocket. I was able to reach him, to grab him,’’ Michael Margulis said.

//[1].jpg At age 26, Ravens’ John Urschel retires from NFL to pursue PhD in math at MIT

A doctoral candidate in mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Urschel already has nine published or accepted research papers to his name.

// More chefs accommodate fickle diners, but a few refuse to change their recipes

As American eating habits grow increasingly fickle, chefs and restaurants are forced to determine just how far they’re willing to go to accommodate customers.

Star mixologist Ran Duan is planning to revamp his family’s Sichuan Garden with a cocktail bar and a cosmetic makeover.

At Brookline cocktail ‘paradise,’ grasshoppers will be on the menu

Plus, Sumiao Hunan Kitchen opens in Kendall Square and Pagu takes on Saturday brunch.

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// Questions about Red Sox’ offense hover as trade deadline nears

The decisions made in the next four days have implications not just for 2017 but for the offseason and beyond.

// An ump told Adrian Beltre to move into the on-deck circle. So Beltre moved the circle

The Rangers third baseman was ejected from Wednesday’s game after a disagreement with the umpire.

This is may be the deepest roster the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady Patriots have ever had.



Patriots are Loaded, with a capital L

The Patriots’ backups would be favored over the Jets’ starters by a touchdown.

// Never been to Patriots training camp? You (and your kids) are missing out

Even for devoted fans, Patriots training camp seems to arrive early. Just as summer hits its sweaty stride, football’s back. Here’s how to make the most of it.

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// With Charlize Theron as lethal agent, ‘Atomic Blonde’ is a blast

It’s film noir meets Jason Bourne with a dash of John LeCarre, and its chief claim to your attention is our reigning lady badass at its center.


// Title of Hillary Clinton memoir revealed

Everyone, it seems, has a theory about how Donald Trump was elected president. We’re about to learn what Hillary Clinton thinks happened.

// Bezos surpasses Gates as world’s richest person ahead of Amazon results

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has held the top spot since 2013, but a strong earnings report from Amazon buoyed Jeff Bezos.

// Sunbathing ‘Fugitive of the Week’ arrested in Haverhill yard

Amy Beth Tremblay was captured four months after a warrant was issued for her arrest.


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// Using CRISPR, scientists efficiently edit genome of viable human embryos

Some of the nation’s leading scientists have long warned against such work.