Budget squeeze rooted in health care costs for poor

Why does Massachusetts constantly careen from one state budget gap to another?

State leaders, needing to close a budget shortfall, shut down Westborough State Hospital two years earlier than planned. Relics from its heyday remain on the abandoned campus.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Spotlight | The desperate and the dead

The broken covenant

Behind the fragmented state of mental health care lies a political system failure that spans decades — and continues.

Adrian Walker

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/28/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/walker-11812.jpg Paul LePage isn’t quirky. He’s a disgrace.

If you think any of his behavior suggests the Maine governor is a racist, you’d better be prepared for serious blowback.

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Friends and family mourned Sunday afternoon after a fatal car crash forever altered the lives of three teenage “best friends.”

Ashby murder-suicide victims identified as divorced couple

A divorced couple found dead outside an Ashby home on Friday have been identified as Rebecca and John Griffin.

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Massachusetts is pressing its counterparts in the region’s cap-and-trade program.

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DANTE RAMOS

The hookers and the cornerback

The Harvard senior’s death was a cautionary tale to all who saw the city’s adult entertainment district as a danger to decent Bostonians.

JEFF JACOBY

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When the death penalty is on the books and consistently enforced, a significant number of homicides will be prevented.

Man on bike killed by commuter rail train in Somerville

Crossing gates were fully functioning and had been dropped in preparation for the train’s approach, police said.

In this Aug. 11, 2016 photo, Sherri Smith holds an early photo of her twin sons, Jesse and Tony Sparks during an interview in Madison, Wis. Both eventually died as a result of accidental drug overdoses, Tony in 2005 at age 23, and Jesse in July of this year at age 34. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via Associated Press

Opinion | Dr. Vivek H. Murthy

Turning the tide on opioid addiction

The opioid epidemic can only be solved if all of us step up to do our part. So what can we do?

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-9987.jpg How much of the Brady-Garoppolo soap opera is real?

We’re working on a mystery without any clues. It’s armchair psychology on armchair quarterbacking.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

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The offense faced a stiffer challenge in the third exhibition game, and the defense showed creativity and versatility.

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If Matthew George has his way, a robot might deliver your groceries, maybe as soon as this year.

Beyoncé ”Formation” is nominated for video of the year.

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Good news for MTV’s VMAs: Music videos matter again

For the first time in several years, there’s something exciting about the current collection of nominees.

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The move comes in celebration of GoTopless Day, focused on promoting gender equality and women’s rights to bare their breasts in public.

8/18/16 - North Andover, MA - Smolak Farms - This is a dead Christmas tree seedling in a field of dead seedlings at Smolak Farms that died during this summer's drought. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker held a press conference at Smolak Farms in North Andover, MA along with other state and local officials about the widespread and worstening drought hitting the state. Topic: 19drought. Photo by Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Drought’s effects mount as dry weather continues

The results of the drought are being felt throughout the region, including by wildlife and plants.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/08/16/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Advance/Images/12132007_13wewelles-6341639.jpg Wellesley father says racist posts shook family

A family’s photo was defaced with jokes about lynching and shared on Facebook, leaving residents to grapple with racism.

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Donald Trump isn’t making it easy for top supporters and advisers, from his running mate on down, to defend him or explain some campaign positions.

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The “alt-right” is making a name for itself in the mainstream. But what's in a name?

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses as she speaks at a campaign event at Truckee Meadows Community College, in Reno, Nev., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Clinton recalls her father in response to Trump’s past

Hillary Clinton offered details about her father and her upbringing as a contrast to Donald Trump’s background.

Opinion & Ideas

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/24/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/0828K1_JulianCartie.jpg The issue of crime

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

Globe investigations

Private schools, painful secrets

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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.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

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.