Ideas

The issue of crime in 16 cases

Alejo Porras

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/24/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/151124_WALKER_25travel_25632x.jpg Amtrak threatens to cut Boston rail service

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

LOVE LETTERS

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/26/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/Meredith_Goldstein_150px-5172.png ‘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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/07/29/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/ryan_longfellow3_met.jpg 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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/26/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/brown_28NamesIviCat04_liv.jpg 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.

Davis Mega Maze

David Ortiz’s face carved in to Sterling corn maze

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

in focus

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/22/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/160726150405-holy-hell-michel-closeup-calendar001-super-169.jpg 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.”

Ty Burr

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/26/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Avatar-7453461-1518.jpg What’s in a list of great movies? And who decides?

Lists are ridiculous necessities that attempt to forge consensus out of unique and personal passions.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/540293172.jpg 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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/26/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/spearskaraoke.JPG Britney Spears and James Corden duet on ‘Carpool Karaoke’

Oops, he did it again.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/tlumacki_holyokemicrocollege_metro301.jpg A college of 10? Nation’s first ‘microcollege’ opens in Holyoke

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

Things to Do

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/25/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/chin082915CarribeanParade_met5.jpg The Weekender: Beethoven, Sharon Jones, and the physics of love

Everything fun to do this weekend around Boston.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/26/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/newspaperbox1-11797-U82371375060589C--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg Reward offered in Salem LGBT newspaper box explosion

Investigators are offering up to $5,000 for information that will help solve the case, which police are calling a possible hate crime.

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)

Michael Dwyer/AP/file 2016

Paul LePage attacks continue, this time with an obscene tirade

The Maine governor told reporters he wished he could point a gun between the legislator’s eyes.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/26/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/47545ed19a0849488e65549e4dfe2387-47545ed19a0849488e65549e4dfe2387-0.jpg Bernie Sanders to return to N.H.

The senator from Vermont will campaign for his former primary rival Hillary Clinton and other local Democrats on Sept. 5.

ground game

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/26/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/123c816b77f947aa924a48f14d972400-123c816b77f947aa924a48f14d972400-0.jpg 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.

Michael A. Cohen

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/26/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/cohen-1683.jpg Trump’s immigration con game

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/23/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/24wellspic02.jpg Despite restrictions, lawn lovers water on

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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/30/BostonGlobe.com/Boston/Images/a256e882c32d4a9d85992d0b71a2eea1-9dd8731aae464d1eabe6a4bc3c9c4f74-0.jpg Roger Goodell’s new chairmen’s committee includes Robert Kraft

Kraft is one of five owners on the panel, which will help Goodell identify the NFL’s top priorities.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/26/BostonGlobe.com/Foreign/Images/AFP_FJ65S.jpg 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.

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'

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/spotlight-9497.jpg 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.