Mass. presses other states in region to cut emissions

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

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.

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.

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.

Adrian Walker

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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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.

Historic home burns in Northborough, displaces firefighter’s family

A three-alarm fire displaced the family of a local firefighter living there on Sunday.

Body found in Manchester, N.H. park

Investigators described the incident early Sunday as a suspicious death.

// Police looking for missing Waltham woman

Elaine Libertini, 79, was last spotted in her car, likely heading toward Boston’s Seaport District.

Foxborough-08/05/2016-The New England Patriots held their 2nd day of training camp at the practice fields of Gillette Stadium. Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady took turns throwing the ball long yardage into a plastic trash container after practice was over. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(sports)

John Tlumacki/Globe staff


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.


// Patriots got a more realistic test from Panthers

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

// Friends and family mourn after fatal Lunenburg crash

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

// 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.

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.

// 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.

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

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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.

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.

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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.