Drought’s effects mount as dry weather 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

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

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

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.

Spotlight | The desperate and the dead

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Many hands have shaped Massachusetts’ mental health care system, from crusading activists and judges to groundbreaking filmmakers and political leaders of all stripes.

Wellesley’s schools superintendent would not discuss whether any Wellesley High School students were disciplined over the Facebook posts.

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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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/28/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/200_tufts.jpg 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.

Woonsocket teen shot by police after foot chase

The 19-year-old man sustained non-life threatening injuries after being shot by a Woonsocket, R.I., officer following a foot chase.

Pat Arcand smiled with Tomell Kelley and his grandmother Sophia Weah as Tomell moved into his dorm room at Springfield College.

Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

A special bond helps at-risk city kids reach college

Pat Arcand’s first stop was in the heart of a Roxbury public housing development menaced by gang violence.

The issue of crime

Kidnapped on old Cape Cod

It started with nine wine corks and 28 matches on a Tuesday afternoon in May.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2016-06-15T012746Z_1709125223_NOCID_RTRMADP_3_MLB-BALTIMORE-ORIOLES-AT-BOSTON-RED-SOX.jpg How many players is too many for baseball teams?

Baseball teams can add players in September, but how many do they really need?

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.

Andris Nelsons leading the BSO at Tanglewood earlier this month.

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.

Above (from left): Donald Trump, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Stephen Bannon.


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?

Republicans are looking beyond November and seeking to mend a party fractured by nominee Donald Trump, who chucked the party playbook on how to expand its electoral base. Above: Trump campaigned Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Response to Trump has GOP rethinking immigration

Republicans are seeking to mend a GOP fractured by an outsider who chucked the party playbook on how to expand its electoral base and win.

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.

The glazed duck with brown rice.

Dining out

At Dig Inn, bowls worthy of the name

Dig Inn, a Back Bay outpost of the New York chain, is known for its seasonal, farm-focused, customizable fare.

The highly-anticipated Fort Bishangarh.

Christopher Muther | Travel

How the other half vacations

Every year, thousands from the luxury travel world converge on Las Vegas’ Virtuoso Travel Week to pitch their latest and greatest.


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.

Globe Magazine

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/27/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/hiker0828largay-U824082884041yeH--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg ‘When you find my body’: The last days of Gerry Largay

Lost for at least 19 days in the Maine wilderness, the 66-year-old hiker died as she had lived: with courage and with grace.

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

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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.