Despite restrictions, lawn lovers water on

Some people put up “well water” signs so they can blast their sprinklers without drawing nasty scowls from neighbors.

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As the state faces an unprecedented drought, some suburbanites refuse to retire their sprinklers.

// Does your town have a water ban in effect?

As Mass. endures its worst drought in more than a decade, many of the state’s cities and towns have issued outdoor water restrictions.

// Fast Forward: France to rule on burkini ban, National Dog Day

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

A scene from Avatar.

Twentieth Century Fox

Ty Burr

What’s in a list of great movies? And who decides?

The culture desk polled critics on the best movies of the 21st century.

// With new ‘microcollege,’ low-income mothers learn Aristotle, Shakespeare

A novel approach is focused on helping young, low-income mothers earn college degrees.

// Can artificial intelligence guide stock picks?

A Boston-based firm hopes to bring the same technology behind Netflix’s personalized recommendations to financial services.


// Jon Bon Jovi back at Patriots practice

The Jersey rocker hung out on the sideline with son Romeo and chatted up Pats owner Robert Kraft.

// Harvard Square could lose iconic Out of Town News

The newsstand in the tiny 500-square-foot kiosk is not part of Cambridge’s proposed $4.6 million project to remake the plaza.

First Person | Magazine

// Franklin Park Zoo’s cure for childhood ‘nature deficit disorder’

John Linehan on the new, play-focused Nature’s Neighborhoods exhibit.

Things to Do

// The Weekender: Beethoven, Sharon Jones, and the physics of love

Everything fun to do this weekend around Boston.

// Pod of killer whales spotted off Cape Cod

A group of friends witnessed a rare event — an apparent pod of killer whales swimming nearby as their boat cut through the Cape Cod waters.

// The legend of ‘Wessie’ the snake grows in Maine

It’s said to be 10 feet long with a noggin the size of a soccer ball, and a Maine community is rattled.

// Proposed regulations focus on reporting time, work elevators

Under the proposed changes, elevator owners would have to report the incidents to the state within 24 hours.

// Rally attendee looked shocked that Trump called Clinton a bigot

Looks like Chris Christie’s wife isn’t the only one to be visibly taken aback by something Donald Trump has said.

ground game

// Is John Kasich coming back to N.H. too soon?

The trip is risky for the Ohio governor, but it is great political theater for those who love politics.


“Better Call Saul’’ The first letters of the season’s 10 episodes spell out “Fring’s Back,” a reference to “Breaking Bad” villain Gus Fring.


The titles to TV episodes have their own stories to tell

In this golden age of television, episode titles seem to matter more than ever.

// French top court overturns burkini ban

The ruling is expected to set a legal precedent for the 30 or so French resort municipalities that have issued similar bans on the body-concealing garments.

A scene from Will Allen’s “Holy Hell.”

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in focus

CNN documentary looks at Michel, The Teacher

When a charismatic guru is up to no good.

// ‘Healthy’ sweeteners, and other nutrition myths, debunked

Here are the truths behind five common nutrition myths.

Top: Outside the majestic Grand-Place in Brussels.

christopher muther/globe staff

Brussels bounces back

Six months after the country’s deadly terror attack, the city is recovering and beginning the task of luring back tourists.

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

Massimo Percossi/EPA

Deadly earthquake hits Italy

Rescue crews were using whatever they could to locate survivors from a magnitude 6.2 earthquake that reduced three Italian towns to rubble.