288,000 have cast early ballots so far

More than 250 cities and town will be accepting early ballots Saturday and 26 will remain open Sunday as well. Yes, you can vote this weekend.

Letter from abroad

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It’s a difficult time to be an American abroad, especially if you’re suffering from election burnout and the purpose of your travel is pure escapism.

Ground Game

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While the country is still days away from counting votes, there is already a winner in this election: Michelle Obama.

Captain George “Butch” Harris, took a skiff out to his fishing boat in Eastport, Maine.

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‘I’ll tell you, when anything leaves, it crushes us’

The challenges are enormous in Eastport, Maine, a city of 1,300 people about 350 miles northeast of Boston.

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Massachusetts child welfare officials are warning that a ballot provision could effectively tie the hands of social workers.

Shirley Leung

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As a mother of two young kids, I am skittish about legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts. But as a taxpayer, I am downright petrified.

Opinion | Margery Eagan

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/10/26/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/1027marijuana.jpg Countering the anti-pot hysterics with a ‘yes’ on Question 4

Enough of this “Reefer Madness” hysteria from nearly every one of our politicians fighting ballot Question 4 to legalize marijuana.


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Voters have a chance to continue a successful strategy in public education by approving a measure that would allow the state to continue expanding public charter schools.

Adrian Walker

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Lifting the cap could place good schools within reach of more students. Why is that a bad idea?

Cars pass under toll sensor gantries hanging over the Massachusetts Turnpike, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, in Newton, Mass. The state Department of Transportation is discussing plans for demolishing the tollbooths as it gets ready to implement an all-electronic tolling system on Interstate 90 which runs the length of the state. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Associated Press/Elise Amendola

Your guide to the new all-electronic tolling

Expect traffic. A lot of it.

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Medford firefighters and State Police troopers were on the scene near Station Landing around 7 a.m.

Amherst , MA., 10/21/16, The historic Old Chapel at UMass Amherst reopens this fall after being closed for nearly 20 years because of safety concerns. Globe staff/Suzanne Krater

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Icon of UMass Amherst gets new lease on life

This fall, the Old Chapel will reopen following a $21 million renovation.

Women & Power | Magazine

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The Globe Magazine and the Commonwealth Institute partner to name the most noteworthy companies and nonprofits helmed by women.

Women & Power | Magazine

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Voices from the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts on fostering diversity, coping with crisis, and more.

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The owners of the Everett brewery are promising to offer others friendlier contracts, more personal attention, and deliveries of fresher brews.

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The rat population appears to have spiked in the last 18 months, a boom felt especially in residential neighborhoods.

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The Patriots coach gave some insight into the running back’s recovery from knee surgery.

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A pack of politicians joined a pack of dogs on Thursday to celebrate the opening of a new dog park in South Boston.

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Smithsonian raising funds to preserve scarecrow costume

Ray Bolger, a Dorchester native, played the brainless character in the classic film “The Wizard of Oz.”

Cooking | Magazine

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You won’t miss the carbs in truffled beet noodles, a zoodle pad Thai, and a kugel with sweet potatoes.


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Building an online apparel marketplace is tough — and expensive.

Bella English

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After 12 years of a 24/7 vigil at St. Frances X. Cabrini church, parishioners have started their own church outside the auspices of the Archdiocese of Boston.

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The lawyer, who was 23 at the time, said Thomas had “sort of cupped his hand around my butt and pulled me pretty close to him.”


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Everything fun to do in Boston and beyond.

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The desperate and the dead

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Behind the fragmented state of mental health care lies a political system failure that spans decades — and continues.

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Autumn colors from around the world

Fall in the northern hemisphere showed vibrant colors around the globe.

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2 Yazidi women who fled ISIS slavery receive EU’s Sakharov Prize

Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, two young Iraqis who escaped sexual slavery by the Islamic State and became advocates for women’s rights, were honored Thursday with the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Union’s top human rights award.