Gene Wilder, star of classic comedies, dies at 83

Gene Wilder was seen in 2008.

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Gene Wilder, who starred in “Willy Wonka” and Mel Brooks comedies, is dead at 83, his family said.

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As news of Wilder’s death rocketed around the Internet, many hailed the comedic master.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/29/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/ducboat.jpg Duck boat driver issued $100 ticket after Storrow Drive crash

The driver who crashed into an overpass was diverted from his route because union janitors were protesting MBTA job cuts.

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Man is arraigned in Lunenburg crash that killed friend

Joseph Kapp, 19, is charged with motor vehicle homicide by driving under the influence of liquor.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/29/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/bedbug-map-11849.JPG Map: Where the bedbugs are in Boston

Thinking of picking up some furniture off the street in Allston? This map of bedbug reports citywide might convince you to think again.

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Donald Trump has begun to make a pitch to African-American voters, but his approach has not been warmly received.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/29/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/chelsey-russell2-crop.jpg Former Boston Marathoner dies while saving her son

It started with a splash and a scream, and then another splash.

DANTE RAMOS

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/29/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/AFP_FP3IU.jpg Mylan finds one more way to game the system

It’s almost as if the maker of the EpiPen had drawn up a list of ways to game a dysfunctional health care system — and decided to check off every last one.

Malden cuts school buses in effort to save money

The decision, which affects about 120 of Malden’s 6,500 students, sent parents scrambling to make other arrangements.

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin attended a news conference in New York in 2013.

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Huma Abedin separating from Anthony Weiner after scandal

Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin announced Monday that she’s separating from husband Anthony Weiner.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/29/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/IMG_7281-11864.JPG Strange visitor from the South is spotted off Cape Cod

No, that’s not a mermaid in the water.

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Darrell Ward died in the fiery crash Sunday on the shoulder of Interstate 90 in western Montana.

A truck with a crane tipped over on Route 24, trapping two employees inside the crane’s bucket and halting traffic.

Crane truck tips over on RI bridge, trapping two workers

The two workers were eventually transferred to the bucket of another vehicle and returned safely to the bridge.

A happy farewell after 32 years at the French fry station

Freia David’s smile, enthusiasm, and her daily hugs made the McDonald’s in Needham more than just a restaurant.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/29/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/08greenline03-10690[1]-10623.jpg Feds encourage state to move forward with Green Line extension

The Federal Transit Administration said it needs a “good deal of clarifying information” before providing nearly $1 billion in funding.

Peter Abraham | Beat writer’s notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/07/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tai_20160703_redsoxVsAngels_sports_25.jpg Is David Ortiz the MVP of the American League?

Ortiz leads the league in slugging percentage, OPS and doubles, and is second in RBIs.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin082214patspantherspreseason_spt32.jpg Break between games wouldn’t faze Jimmy Garoppolo

If he skips the final preseason game in New York, he won’t be on the field again until Sept. 11.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/29/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/05513712.jpg Scientists exit Hawaii dome after yearlong Mars simulation

Six scientists lived in a dome on a Mauna Loa mountain, going outside only while wearing spacesuits.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/29/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/lizzi-marriott.jpg Family of murdered teen fights to keep her history private

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.

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.

MTV Video Music Awards

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Jimmy Fallon presents the Video of the Year award during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Even Michael Phelps loved Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Ryan Lochte’ act

Fallon’s impersonation of the controversial swimmer was one of the Olympic highlights to mark MTV’s awards show.

Globe investigations

Private schools, painful secrets

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/06/14/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/160607_BH__ErikaSchickel3.jpg 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'

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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

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.