Spotlight | 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.

Spotlight | The desperate and the dead

// Timeline of a broken system

Many hands have shaped Massachusetts’ mental health care system, from crusading activists and judges to groundbreaking filmmakers and political leaders of all stripes.

Republicans are looking beyond November and seeking to mend a party fractured by nominee Donald Trump, who chucked the party playbook on how to expand its electoral base. Above: Trump campaigned Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Response to Trump has GOP rethinking immigration

Republicans are seeking to mend a GOP fractured by an outsider who chucked the party playbook on how to expand its electoral base and win.

// Wellesley father says racist posts shook family’s world

A family’s photo was defaced with jokes about lynching and shared on Facebook, leaving residents to grapple with racism.

The highly-anticipated Fort Bishangarh.

How the other half vacations

Every year, thousands from the luxury travel world converge on Las Vegas’ Virtuoso Travel Week to pitch their latest and greatest.

The young sports fans of Boston have seen nine Duck Boat parades already.


Off to college, but taking the home teams with them

In the Class of 2020 are the sons and daughters of Boston’s High Renaissance of sports.

08/27/2016 NEEDHAM, MA Aly Raisman (cq) arrives on a fire truck for a rally honoring the Olympic champion gymnast in the Town Common of her hometown, Needham. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Aly Raisman gets a hometown hero’s welcome

Needham residents gathered Saturday morning to celebrate the Olympic gymnast’s three medals -- one gold, two silver -- from Rio.

// Cousin to Dwyane Wade is killed, Donald Trump weighs in

NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin was shot and killed Friday in Chicago while pushing her baby in a stroller.

2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Preliminary - Women's 5000m Round 1 - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 16/08/2016. Nikki Hamblin (NZL) of New Zealand stops running during the race to help fellow competitor Abbey D'Agostino (USA) of USA after D'Agostino suffered a cramp. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

Rio’s big story was the wrong story

Ryan Lochte’s lies overshadowed what happened in a 5,000-meter track heat, a shining example of fair play, sportsmanship, and humanity.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick answers questions at a news conference after an NFL preseason football game against the Green Bay Packers Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. Green Bay won the game 21-10. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Colin Kaepernick explains why he didn’t stand for national anthem

The 49ers quarterback remained seated during the pregame ceremony before the 49ers played the Packers Friday.

// Drought takes major toll on region’s wildlife and crops

As the region struggles with one of the worst droughts in at least a decade, the consequences are dire for wildlife and agriculture.

Yvonne Abraham

//[1].jpg Our drought plan is all wet

The state’s drought plan is inadequate and slow, and it will only be more so as climate change makes summers more severe.

Globe Magazine

‘When you find my body’: The last days of Gerry Largay

Lost for at least 19 days in the Maine wilderness, the 66-year-old hiker died as she had lived: with courage and with grace.

Springfield, MA - 8/12/2016 - Pat ArcandC() smiles with Tomell Kelley(R) and and his grandmother Sophia Weah move into his dorm room at Springfield College in Springfield, MA, August 12, 2016. Five years ago Arcand took Kelley and and fellow student Austin Webster under her wing and shepherded them from a failing Boston middle school through Catholic Memorial. Both are now ready to begin college. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

A special bond helps at-risk city kids reach college

Pat Arcand’s first stop was in the heart of a Roxbury public housing development menaced by gang violence.

Boston-08/27/2016- The annual Caribbean Carnival Parade was held in Dorchester as costumed marchers assembled on Martin Luther King Blvd. The parade with hundreds of marchers and dozens of floats ended at Franklin Park. Natalia Brown with the Royalty group wears aqua feathers in her headdress. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(metro)

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

J’ouvert and the carnival parade resound with revelry

Boston’s Caribbean carnival began with a parade and continued during the day in Dorchester, accompanied by pounding drums.

Lunenburg teen killed in alleged OUI crash

A Gardner teenager has been charged with vehicular homicide for allegedly crashing his car while driving drunk, killing a passenger.

Crews doused the site of the fire on Saturday.

Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe

Five-alarm fire destroys Plum Island home, damages others

Several cars were also destroyed and nearby houses were damaged in the Saturday afternoon fire.

Libertarian candidates William Weld and Gary Johnson arrived Saturday at a campaign rally in Boston.

Libertarian candidates make their case to Boston crowd

Former governor William Weld was critical of both major parties, but focused his most stinging barbs on Donald Trump.

Tufts student awakes to intruder in bedroom

The man, who appeared to be of college age, fled through the front door and into a dark-colored sedan, police said.

Opinion & Ideas

// The issue of crime

This special edition of Ideas explores crime through the eyes of first responders, criminals, and victims living with the legacy of trauma.

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.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

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.