Children’s gets key backing amid Prouty Garden fight

Shepley Bulfinch

Boston Children’s Hospital’s proposed expansion received a key recommendation, despite concerns over the garden and a possible increase in medical costs.

OPINION | JANET NAPOLITANO

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/09/29/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/1002_napolitanoSpot-kklC--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg It’s time to free speech on campus again

Challenging students to encounter controversial material prepares them to be resilient for the rest of their lives.

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Nathan Carman is at the center of two mysteries: The fate of his missing mother and the unsolved murder of his wealthy grandfather.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/09/30/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/AFP_GO3IY.jpg If there are no damning secrets in Trump’s tax returns, why hide them?

Donald Trump seems to be making a straightforward political calculation in refusing to release his returns.

scott kirsner | innovation economy

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A growing number of companies allow employees to take as much time off as they want. But the policies can create problems.

address

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America’s student loan debt has reached $1.3 trillion, surpassing every type of consumer debt except mortgages.

Brendan O’Brien, 12, landed a bottle on its cap while showing off his skills with James Tobin in West Roxbury.

Bottle flipping becomes the rage with middle schoolers

It’s not hard these days to find kids flipping bottles: at bus stops, at middle-school lunchroom tables, inside Little League dugouts.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/09/30/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/05562926.jpg Fast Forward: Sox come home, Topsfield Fair kicks off, haikus celebrate coffee

The Red Sox get ready to close the regular season at Fenway, Shimon Peres is laid to rest, and more of the news you need.

CHAD FINN | SPORTS MEDIA

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The Red Sox had to shake off a crushing loss to the Yankees to enjoy the spoils of clinching the AL East.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/09/30/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Dan_Shaughnessy_150px-10197.jpg In farewell to David Ortiz, New York stays classy

The Yankees’ pregame ceremony for the retiring Red Sox slugger was short, sweet, and dignified.

Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis star in “Masterminds.”

THINGS TO DO

The Weekender: Punks, rebels, and dancing b-boys

A guide to everything fun to do in Boston and beyond.

FILE -- Alicia Machado, who won the Miss Universe pageant in 1996, in Los Angeles, May 6, 2016. Donald Trump, who has been involved with pageant for years, has acknowledged pressuring Machado to lose weight, saying it was her job as Miss Universe to remain in peak physical shape. (Emily Berl/The New York Times)

Emily Berl/The New York Times

Donald Trump doubles down on insulting Alicia Machado

The GOP nominee shamed the former Miss Universe over her sexual history.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/09/29/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/29NewHampshire09-001.jpg Insults key in Trump’s toolkit

Donald Trump has a history of using weight as a way to make fun of, demean, or express his disapproval of people he wants to punish.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/09/28/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/2915e066eb274b78bc2194d8b1058b50-cad5a4f0355a4c649271df813c599de5-0-11722.jpg Clinton leads Trump by 7 in New Hampshire

Hillary Clinton is ahead of Donald Trump in the Granite State, according to a new WBUR poll.

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So far about 10,000 people have applied for the Central American refugee program, which critics say sidesteps Congress.

Lawrence, MA., 09/16/16, At the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children RuthEmely Rivera, cq, uses a doll with a clear plasteic head to teach young mothers about Shaken Baby Syndrome. She is a home visitor for first time teen parents. Suzanne Kreiter\Globe staff

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Once-robust effort to prevent shaken-baby syndrome appears to be weakening

The evaporation of state funds is one major cause, but recent publicity raising questions about the diagnosis may also play a role.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/09/29/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/e253d896e3cb47609aaf537991d2b6e6-e253d896e3cb47609aaf537991d2b6e6-0.jpg Is marijuana a gateway drug?

Political leaders who oppose the effort to legalize pot say it too often leads users to abuse harder drugs.

Bella English

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/09/30/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/1023hands2-2287.jpg To die with dignity, he left the US

Danny exercised a right every American should have: to end one’s life in a peaceful and humane way. But to do so, he had to leave the country.

Connections | Magazine

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/09/27/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/connections1002illo%20-2113.jpg Singing to my babies and remembering Mom

She’s not gone, as long as we have the music to connect us.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/09/29/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/harvardmumps1.jpg Harvard raids rival Columbia for new endowment chief

N.P. “Narv” Narvekar, currently head of Columbia University’s endowment, will take over Harvard’s $35.7 billion fund in December.

Globe investigations

The desperate and the dead

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/29/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/spotlight9090-11856.jpg The broken covenant

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

The story behind 'Spotlight'

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

The Big Picture

Matthias Schrader/Associated Press

Oktoberfest 2016

The taps are open at the world’s biggest beer festival in Germany that runs until Oct. 3.