The state budget crisis that never goes away

Why does Mass. constantly lurch from one budget emergency to another? The answers — more than one — are complicated.

Governor Paul LePage of Maine held up a news release with a booking mug shot from a three-ring binder of news releases and articles about drug arrests.

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Adrian Walker

Meet New England’s George Wallace: Paul LePage

If you think any of his behavior suggests the Maine governor is a racist, you’d better be prepared for serious blowback.

// Opinions still split on tourism in Katahdin woods region

Some in the area, declared a national monument last week, say the move is just another power grab by politicians in Washington.

// Wellesley shows solidarity with family subjected to abuse

About 300 people attended the event in support of the residents, who say they were recently targeted in racist Facebook messages.

//,business,bridjrobot_001[1].jpg Bridjing the gap in package delivery, with help from a robot

The transportation startup Bridj plans to launch BridjBOX, which would use self-driving droids to bring deliveries to your door.

// Court’s ruling reopens wounds for murder victim’s family

The N.H. high court says the man convicted in Lizzi Marriott’s death can discuss her sexual history in his appeal. Her family is fighting back.

Governor Charlie Baker’s administration is the driving force behind a plan to further cut carbon emissions.

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Mass. presses other states in region to cut emissions

The commonwealth is pressing its counterparts in the region’s cap-and-trade program.

// No shooter found at LA airport after passengers flee terminal

Loud noises, not gunshots, were responsible for the bedlam, a police spokesman said.

// Man on bike killed by commuter rail train in Somerville

The crossing gates were fully functioning and had been dropped in preparation for the train’s approach, police said.

Divorcees named as those killed in Ashby murder-suicide

Rebecca and John Griffin had split more than 20 years ago, officials say, but Rebecca often helped her ex-husband with chores.

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In this Boston court, chains are a familiar sound

Advocates for immigrants say the pervasive use of shackles is demeaning to detainees who face charges of civil infractions, not crimes.


// The students are coming! The students are coming!

Some schools already have welcomed their charges; others will in the coming days. Here’s your guide to who’s moving in, and when.


// Red Sox routed by Royals in series finale

Kansas City’s eight-run outburst in the sixth inning wiped out an early Red Sox lead.

MTV Video Music Awards

Beyoncé accepted an award on stage during the MTV Video Music Awards.

Beyoncé proves she's in a lane of her own at MTV VMAs

Beyoncé owned the MTV Video Music Awards by winning video of the year and giving a 16-minute performance.

//[1]-1555.jpg Watch Kanye West ramble onstage at MTV VMAs

The rapper touched on subjects from music to his beef with Taylor Swift to violence in his hometown Chicago.

// City program to preserve low-rent apartments off to slow start

The first deal under the program, announced in May, was recently secured.

Sherri Smith held an early photo of her twin sons, Jesse and Tony Sparks, both of whom died from accidental drug overdoses.

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Opinion | Dr. Vivek H. Murthy

Turning the tide on opioid addiction

The opioid epidemic can only be solved if all of us step up to do our part, the US surgeon general writes. So what can we do?


// How much of the Brady-Garoppolo soap opera is real?

We’re working on a mystery without any clues. It’s armchair psychology on armchair quarterbacking.


// Patriots got a more realistic test from Panthers

The offense faced a stiffer challenge in Exhibition Game No. 3, and the defense showed creativity and versatility.


// What’s ‘alt-’ about the alt-right?

The “alt-right” is making a name for itself in the mainstream. But what's in a name?

// Wednesday speech could clarify Donald Trump’s immigration policy

The move comes after speculation that Trump might be softening his promise to deport 11 million people living in the US illegally.

Globe investigations

Private schools, painful secrets

// The unexpected price of reporting abuse: retaliation

The Globe found 15 instances of retaliation at New England private schools against students or employees who raised concerns about sexual abuse by staffers.

The story behind 'Spotlight'

// Boston Globe coverage and the movie ‘Spotlight’

“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

The Big Picture

Westborough State Hospital, formerly known as the Westborough Insane Hospital.

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Spotlight | The desperate and the dead

Ghosts from a failed system

Westborough State Hospital was built in the 1800s on hope and compassion. But with little scientific knowledge of mental illness, institutions like these became wretched warehouses.