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

// Timeline of a broken system

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

// Wellesley father says racist posts shook family’s world

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.

Globe Magazine

// ‘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.

// Drought takes major toll on region’s wildlife and crops

As the region struggles with one of the worst droughts in at least a decade, the consequences are dire for wildlife and agriculture.

Yvonne Abraham

//[1].jpg Our drought plan is all wet

The state’s drought plan is inadequate and slow, and it will only be more so as climate change makes summers more severe.

Natalia Brown wore aqua feathers in her headdress.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

J’ouvert and the carnival parade resound with revelry

Boston’s Caribbean carnival began with a parade and continued during the day in Dorchester, accompanied by pounding drums.

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.

Libertarian candidates William Weld and Gary Johnson arrived Saturday at a campaign rally in Boston.

Libertarian candidates make their case to Boston crowd

Former governor William Weld was critical of both major parties, but focused his most stinging barbs on Donald Trump.

// Dustin Pedroia’s fun hit parade comes to an end

The Red Sox second baseman hit safely in 11 consecutive at-bats until late in Saturday’s game, falling one shy of the MLB record.

The young sports fans of Boston have seen nine Duck Boat parades already.

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Off to college, but taking the home teams with them

In the Class of 2020 are the sons and daughters of Boston’s High Renaissance of sports.

// Nation’s first ‘microcollege’ opens in Holyoke

A novel approach is focused on helping young, low-income mothers earn college degrees.

// Aly Raisman gets a hero’s welcome in Needham

Needhamites gathered Saturday to celebrate the gymnast’s three medals — one gold, two silver — in Rio.

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/27/ Rio’s big story was the wrong story

Ryan Lochte’s lies overshadowed what happened in a 5,000-meter track heat, a shining example of fair play, sportsmanship, and humanity.

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.

// How New England shaped China’s craft brew master

The father of China’s craft beer revolution got his start on bar stools in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts.

// New Bruin David Backes has a history of solving problems

In the hockey rink or in an animal shelter, Backes knows where he is needed and knows how to help.

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.

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.