Should marijuana use matter in child welfare cases?

Massachusetts child welfare officials are warning that a ballot provision could effectively tie the hands of social workers.

Captain George “Butch” Harris, took a skiff out to his fishing boat in Eastport, Maine.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

‘I’ll tell you, when anything leaves, it crushes us’

The challenges are enormous in Eastport, Maine, a city of 1,300 people about 350 miles northeast of Boston.

Shirley Leung

// Buzzkill: Just vote no on Question 4

As a mother of two young kids, I am skittish about legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts. But as a taxpayer, I am downright petrified.

Opinion | Margery Eagan

// Countering the anti-pot hysterics with a ‘yes’ on Question 4

Enough of this “Reefer Madness” hysteria from nearly every one of our politicians fighting ballot Question 4 to legalize marijuana.

Roxbury, Ma 031213 City on a Hill Charter School student volunteer check names of future students drawn from a list of hopefuls on lottery day on March 12, 2014 for charter school placements in Boston. More than 13,600 names have been entered for nearly 2,200 open seats. According to the principal as of earlier today 900 names had been entered at this site for about 100 openings. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)


Vote ‘yes’ on Question 2

Voters have a chance to continue a successful strategy in public education by approving a measure that would allow the state to continue expanding public charter schools.

Adrian Walker

// Adding charter schools is about opportunity, not just funding

Lifting the cap could place good schools within reach of more students. Why is that a bad idea?

// Boats catch fire at Mystic Wellington Yacht Club in Medford

Medford firefighters and State Police troopers were on the scene near Station Landing around 7 a.m.

// Facing complaints, Quincy deals with rat problem

The rat population appears to have spiked in the last 18 months, a boom felt especially in residential neighborhoods.

Cars pass under toll sensor gantries hanging over the Massachusetts Turnpike, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, in Newton, Mass. The state Department of Transportation is discussing plans for demolishing the tollbooths as it gets ready to implement an all-electronic tolling system on Interstate 90 which runs the length of the state. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Associated Press/Elise Amendola

Your guide to the new all-electronic tolling

Expect traffic. A lot of it.


// The Weekender: Dancing pirates, magical creatures, and nasty women

Everything fun to do in Boston and beyond.

Women & Power | Magazine

The 2016 top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts

The Globe Magazine and the Commonwealth Institute partner to name the most noteworthy companies and nonprofits helmed by women.

Women & Power | Magazine

// Advice from 7 female leaders charting the future of our economy

Voices from the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts on fostering diversity, coping with crisis, and more.

// Fast Forward: World Series game at Wrigley, Statue of Liberty dedicated 130 years ago

A new morning report to help you get ready for the day.

// Night Shift was fed up with distributorships. So they started their own.

The owners of the Everett brewery are promising to offer others friendlier contracts, more personal attention, and deliveries of fresher brews.

Letter from abroad

// Even overseas, no escaping this election

It’s a difficult time to be an American abroad, especially if you’re suffering from election burnout and the purpose of your travel is pure escapism.

Ground Game

// Michelle Obama is the real winner of the 2016 campaign

While the country is still days away from counting votes, there is already a winner in this election: Michelle Obama.

// Trump to hold rally in New Hampshire today

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is returning to New Hampshire for the third time this month.

Truffled beet noodles with sauteed chicken.

Photograph by anthony tieuli / food styling by Sheila jarnes

Cooking | Magazine

Trade your pasta for these healthy spiralized veggies

You won’t miss the carbs in truffled beet noodles, a zoodle pad Thai, and a kugel with sweet potatoes.


// That hip used-clothing store on the corner is hard to recreate online

Building an online apparel marketplace is tough — and expensive.

Bella English

// Their fight lost, members of closed Scituate church start their own

After 12 years of a 24/7 vigil at St. Frances X. Cabrini church, parishioners have started their own church outside the auspices of the Archdiocese of Boston.

//[1].jpg Lawyer accuses Justice Thomas of groping her at a 1999 party

The lawyer, who was 23 at the time, said Thomas had “sort of cupped his hand around my butt and pulled me pretty close to him.”

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The desperate and the dead

// The broken covenant

Behind the fragmented state of mental health care lies a political system failure that spans decades — and continues.

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Autumn colors from around the world

Fall in the northern hemisphere showed vibrant colors around the globe.

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2 Yazidi women who fled ISIS slavery receive EU’s Sakharov Prize

Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, two young Iraqis who escaped sexual slavery by the Islamic State and became advocates for women’s rights, were honored Thursday with the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Union’s top human rights award.