Is marijuana a gateway drug?

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

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Transportation safety officials are looking at what the operator was doing before the crash that left one dead and more than 100 injured.

Nathan Carman and his mother, Linda, left from Port Judith, R.I., aboard the aluminum boat “Chicken Pox.”

What we know — and don’t — about the sinking of Nathan Carman’s boat

Mystery continues to surround the sinking of Nathan Carman’s boat and the disappearance of his mother.

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New Hampshire Supreme Court rules to protect information about sexual history of Lizzi Marriott.

SCOT LEHIGH

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For one, what a welcome change it will be not to have to worry about driverless millennial cars ramming into you because they are texting.

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About 350 students marched silently through the campus to condemn what they called an “insidious” lack of response from administrators.

Editorial

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Clawing back million of dollars from two top executives isn’t enough to deter more bad banking behavior.

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Thousands of frail, older Massachusetts residents were facing a wait for critical services.

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The woman was in Inman Square on Sept. 22, when the man allegedly hit his shoulder againt hers, knocking her off her bike.

Donald Trump walked off stage at the end of a campaign event in Bedford, N.H.

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Clinton campaign wages choreographed assault on Trump over fat-shaming

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.

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He again promised to help combat the state’s opioid epidemic by building a wall “to stop the heroin from pouring in.”

Ground Game

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/09/29/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/vpcomp.jpg Are these the most irrelevant VP picks in modern history?

The VP debate Tuesday could carry the same impact that Mike Pence and Tim Kaine have brought to their tickets: inconsequential.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/davis_dunks2_biz.jpg Bottled Dunkin’, coming to a grocery store near you

The iced coffees will be sold in grocery and convenience stores, as well as Dunkin’ Donuts shops across the nation.

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The Buffalo Bills coach got a little testy when he has his conference call with members of the New England media.

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz waves his cap to the crowd as retired New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera walks away, right, after Ortiz was honored before a baseball game between the Yankees and the Red Sox in New York, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Yankees honor David Ortiz before his final game in N.Y.

The Red Sox slugger received a painting as well as a book of personalized letters from current and former Yankee players.

The Brookline Avenue Bridge may soon be known as the “Big Papi Bridge.”

Could David Ortiz get a bridge?

The Brookline Avenue Bridge may soon be known as the “Big Papi Bridge.”

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.

Perspective | Magazine

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School was out, but we were still learning.

NAMES

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When Taylor’s wife asked for the channel to be changed at the airport, she was told: “This is the Bill O’Reilly corner, honey.”

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.

Opinion & Ideas

Opinion | Mary Kathryn Nagle and Gloria Steinem

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Extractive industries create “man camps,’’ which often become centers for drugs, violence and sex assault.

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.