SJC chief wants to know if minorities get ‘equal justice’

Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants.

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SJC Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants said Thursday that he has commissioned a probe into sentencing disparities for minority defendants.

// Mother struggles with guilt after daughter’s shooting in Roxbury

“My kids are my life,” the young mother said. “They’re my everything.”

// Nonprofit seeks to fill skills gap of low-income high school graduates

The goal of Year Up is to give at-risk young people the tools necessary to avoid the minimum wage rut while earning college credits.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Delaware on Thursday.

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Adrian Walker

A candidate with no clue

At the close of Wednesday’s debate, Trump made an awkward pitch partly aimed at the tiniest part of his constituency: black voters.

// Trump leaves GOP leaders shell-shocked and fearful

Donald Trump’s defiant comments Thursday further dismayed leaders who have been struggling with how to respond to his rhetoric.

// Say Trump loses and refuses to concede. Then what?

Donald Trump has said he may not accept the results of the election on Nov. 8 if he loses. So what could he realistically do?

Cardinal Timothy Dolan sat between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

Donald Trump booed at Al Smith dinner

Talk about an awkward dinner party.

Marshfield Senate candidate held by US Marshals

Stephen D. Gill, a Navy veteran, was taken into custody for failing to appear to give testimony before a military commission.

Turning the old Bayside site into a soccer stadium would offer a deserving part of the city something different.

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Shirley Leung

A Dorchester soccer stadium could bring out the teamwork

The New England Revolution remain in talks about a UMass site the governor and mayor seem to like.

// Meet Esopus Spitzenburg (and other unusual apple varieties)

Tis time of year, it’s worth getting out to pick-your-own orchards and sampling more unusual varieties.

// Cage-free egg fight heats up on TV

A long-simmering referendum battle over farm animal welfare and food prices is bursting onto Boston-area television screens.


// A guide to Question 4

Marijuana could soon be legal if voters decide on Nov. 8 to approve the drug for recreational use. Here’s what a “yes” vote might mean.

// Everett man arrested in shooting of 13-year-old Chelsea boy

“I feel all right,” the 13-year-old told the Globe. “There’s no one coming after me. I’ll be okay. It was an accident.”

// Hassan now leads Ayotte by 8 points in US Senate race in N.H., poll finds

The race between Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Kelly Ayotte could ultimately help decide control of the US Senate this election cycle.

// Boston Children’s expansion receives final OK

The $1 billion, 71-bed building triggered concerns over health care costs and the loss of a treasured garden for patients.

Bryce Dallas Howard plays Lacie in the “Black Mirror” episode “Nosedive.”

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A dark reflection of the day after tomorrow

Shows like “Black Mirror” are set in worlds that look remarkably like our own — except for some scary tweaks.

TV Critic’s Corner

// Unconventional crime-solving in ‘Holistic Detective Agency’

In the series premiere of “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” on BBC America, an eccentric detective joins up with struggling musician to solve crimes.


// First case of CTE diagnosed in MMA fighter

Dr. Bennet Omalu also announced the discovery of CTE in two more professional wrestlers, who both died this year at age 44.


//[1].jpg David Backes helps set things right on Bruins’ second line

It was with a sense of awe that Backes described the feed delivered by his first-time centerman.


// The Weekender: Leno, Hamilton, and serious twerking

Everything fun to do in Boston and beyond.

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Globe investigations

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.

The Big Picture

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Big Picture

The battle to recapture Mosul

Iraqi and Kurdish forces have begun a military offensive to take back the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul.