Amtrak threatens to cut Boston rail service

Amtrak and the MBTA are embroiled in a legal dispute over the cost of track maintenance.

// Thousands sign petition for judge’s removal after sex assault sentence

The judge sentenced David Becker, 18, to probation after he pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault.

The Portland Press Herald published an apologetic editorial in the wake of racially charged comments from Maine Governor Paul LePage.

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Portland Press Herald editorial apologizes for LePage

“Dear America: Maine here. Please forgive us – we made a terrible mistake,” the paper said after Governor Paul LePage’s racially charged comments.

FILE- In this June 7, 2016, file photo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage attends an opioid abuse conference in Boston. LePage is being accused again of making racially insensitive comments, this time by saying photos he's collected in a binder of drug dealers arrested in the state show more than 90 percent of them are black or Hispanic. The governor made the remark at a town hall in North Berwick, Maine, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Paul LePage wants to duel state legislator

In an obscene tirade, the Maine governor said he wished it were 1825 so he could challenge state legislator Drew Gattine and point a gun between his eyes.

24-year-old Salem, N.H., man killed in Sumner Tunnel crash

Dillon Cohen was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, State Police said in a statement.

Michael A. Cohen

// Trump’s immigration con game

Trump is changing his position on illegal immigration, but just give a day before he has a new one.

Brazilian consulates, including Boston’s, on partial strike

Workers launched a partial strike this week saying they are paid far less than other federal workers in similar jobs back home.

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.

// Despite restrictions, lawn lovers water on

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

// 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.

Davis Mega Maze

David Ortiz is somewhere in this maze. Can you find him?

Davis Mega Maze is honoring the retiring Red Sox legend as the theme of this year’s puzzle.


// ‘Are women’s expectations unrealistic?’

I’ve been on and off dating sites for the past six years, and I find the whole process frustrating.

// Ivy the cat delighted JP residents for 15 years

“Some knew him in person, and some knew him through the glass,” said Tim Foley, the owner of Ivy Insurance.


// Bundchen still in Rio as Brady readies to play in Carolina

We hadn’t seen much of Tom Brady before Friday’s preseason game, but his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, has been out and about in Rio.

Alejo Porras


The issue of crime in 16 cases

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

Ozzy Osbourne (pictured in New Jersey earlier this month) performing with Black Sabbath.

Music Review

Black Sabbath bids New England farewell at Xfinity Center

Playing its last-ever New England show nearly a half century after its local debut, Black Sabbath proved again why it’s the most esteemed force in heavy music.

// Are Aly Raisman and Chrissy Teigen BFFs?

Everybody loves Aly. At least, that appears to be the sentiment after the Needham native won three medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

// What it’s like to vacation in Brussels six months later

My time was a week of contrasts, veering from the happiness of tourist mainstays such as waffles and frites to serious discussions of terror cells.

// Don’t be alarmed by the cloud of steam over the Longfellow Bridge

A “steam blow” is taking place this weekend to remove dirt and debris.

in focus

// What it’s like to be in a cult

A man who spent 20 years in a cult, and as their unofficial videographer, presents his experience in the documentary “Holy Hell.”

Anna Deavere Smith with bassist Marcus Shelby in American Repertory Theater’s “Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education.”


In ‘Notes,’ an education in injustice from Anna Deavere Smith

In her powerful solo performance, Smith portrays an array of characters who offer perspectives on the school-to-prison pipeline.

Things to Do

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

Everything fun to do this weekend around Boston.

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

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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.