Amtrak threatens to cut Boston rail service

Amtrak and the MBTA are embroiled in a legal dispute over the cost of track maintenance.

// Thousands sign petition for judge’s removal after sex assault sentence

The judge sentenced David Becker, 18, to probation after he pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault.

The Portland Press Herald published an apologetic editorial in the wake of racially charged comments from Maine Governor Paul LePage.

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Portland Press Herald editorial apologizes for LePage

“Dear America: Maine here. Please forgive us – we made a terrible mistake,” the paper said after Governor Paul LePage’s racially charged comments.

FILE- In this June 7, 2016, file photo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage attends an opioid abuse conference in Boston. LePage is being accused again of making racially insensitive comments, this time by saying photos he's collected in a binder of drug dealers arrested in the state show more than 90 percent of them are black or Hispanic. The governor made the remark at a town hall in North Berwick, Maine, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Paul LePage wants to duel state legislator

In an obscene tirade, the Maine governor said he wished it were 1825 so he could challenge state legislator Drew Gattine and point a gun between his eyes.

24-year-old Salem, N.H., man killed in Sumner Tunnel crash

Dillon Cohen was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, State Police said in a statement.

Private First Class James Mansfield.

Department of Defense

Private First Class James Mansfield is coming home — 73 years later

The remains of the Plymouth native, killed in action on a Japanese battlefield during World War II, were discovered last year.

// Police chase alleged drug dealer through Boston Common

An officer eventually caught up to the 18-year-old from Dorchester and a struggle ensued.

Michael A. Cohen

// Trump’s immigration con game

Trump is changing his position on illegal immigration, but just give a day before he has a new one.

// French top court overturns burkini ban

The ruling is expected to set a legal precedent for the 30 or so French resort municipalities that have issued similar bans on the body-concealing garments.

// What it’s like to vacation in Brussels six months later

My time was a week of contrasts, veering from the happiness of tourist mainstays such as waffles and frites to serious discussions of terror cells.

Ivy the cat greeted a passersby from the storefront of Ivy Insurance Agency in JP.

Casey Brown

Ivy the cat delighted JP residents for 15 years

Ivy the cat certainly knew how to relax.

// Apple pickers, rejoice: The drought won’t ruin your fall

Apple trees are equipped to weather dry conditions because they have deep roots and are often irrigated.

// That day Paul Allen started a company at the Out of Town News stand in Harvard Square

The venerable news kiosk sold the magazine that sparked Microsoft co-founder’s inspirational moment. Now it’s threatened with closure.

// David Ortiz’s image carved in to Sterling corn maze

Davis Mega Maze is honoring the retiring Red Sox legend as the theme of this year’s puzzle.


// Red Sox got caught in MLB’s Latin America crackdown

Major League Baseball is trying to change the “Wild West” mentality there, but some question its methods and motives.


// ‘Are women’s expectations unrealistic?’

I’ve been on and off dating sites for the past six years, and I find the whole process frustrating.


// Bundchen still in Rio as Brady readies to play in Carolina

We hadn’t seen much of Tom Brady before Friday’s preseason game, but his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, has been out and about in Rio.

Alejo Porras


The issue of crime in 16 cases

This special edition of Ideas explores crime through the eyes of first responders, criminals, and victims living with the legacy of trauma.

Ozzy Osbourne (pictured in New Jersey earlier this month) performing with Black Sabbath.

Music Review

Black Sabbath bids New England farewell at Xfinity Center

Playing its last-ever New England show nearly a half century after its local debut, Black Sabbath proved again why it’s the most esteemed force in heavy music.

// Are Aly Raisman and Chrissy Teigen BFFs?

Everybody loves Aly. At least, that appears to be the sentiment after the Needham native won three medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

book review

// The art world’s famous frenemies

In his lively and compelling new book, Globe art critic Sebastian Smee shows how the tension between famous painter friends influenced their work.

Things to Do

// The Weekender: Beethoven, Sharon Jones, and the physics of love

Everything fun to do this weekend around Boston.

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

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Deadly earthquake hits Italy

Rescue crews were using whatever they could to locate survivors from a magnitude 6.2 earthquake that reduced three Italian towns to rubble.