Adrian Walker

Paul LePage isn’t quirky. He’s a disgrace.

Maine Governor Paul LePage held up a news release with a booking mug shot from a three-ring binder of news releases and articles about drug arrests on Friday.

Joe Phelan /The Kennebec Journal via AP

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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Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff/File


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.


// With death penalty, fewer criminals will kill

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.

Man dies after being pulled from Martha’s Vineyard pond

The victim, Clinton Griesser, was pulled from Edgartown Great Pond on Saturday.

Body found in Manchester, N.H. park

Investigators described the incident early Sunday as a suspicious death.

// 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.

// Tufts student awakes to intruder in bedroom

The man, who appeared to be of college age, fled through the front door and into a dark-colored sedan, police said.

Andris Nelsons leading the BSO at Tanglewood earlier this month.

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Nelsons to have expanded role at Tanglewood next summer

Andris Nelsons announced Sunday that he is planning to return to the Berkshires next summer for four full weeks.

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.

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.

Boston, MA - 8/27/2016 - (1st inning) Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) got one out on Kansas City Royals third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert (19), but wasn't able to turn two during the first inning. The Boston Red Sox take on the Kansas City Royals in Game 2 of a 3 game series at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 28Red Sox-Royals, LOID: 8.2.4086513060.

Dustin Pedroia to miss Red Sox’ series finale vs. Royals

The second baseman will be away from the team for personal reasons.


Tips for surviving in today’s bidding wars

When your reasonable offer on a home is rejected, it’s enough to make you cry — and you’re not alone.

A Bridj vehicle, which can hold shipments and passengers, drove toward a364 Marlborough St.

Katherine Taylor for The Boston Globe

Bridj to bring boxes by bus

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

// Trump stand-ins struggle to speak for and defend nominee

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.


// What’s ‘alt-’ about the alt-right?

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.

// Some women in US go topless today in push for equality

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

A scene from Avatar.

Ty Burr

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.

Opinion & Ideas

// 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

// 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

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.