Big houses on Vineyard draw filmmaker’s attention

Thomas Bena has waged what has sometimes been a lonely and divisive campaign to curb the size of new construction and preserve the pastoral quality of Martha’s Vineyard.

Boston police union challenges body camera program

Boston’s largest police union renewed its fight against body cameras Friday.

Abington, MA 11/24/2015 – A passenger boards an Amtrak train at South Station in Boston, MA on November 24, 2015. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving is considered the busiest travel day of the year in Boston. (Globe staff photo / Craig F. Walker) section: Business reporter:

Amtrak threatens to cut Boston rail service

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

Cranston, Rhode Island - 9/3/2015 - Pediatrician Dr. Richard K. Ohnmacht prepares a shot of the HPV drug Gardasil for a patient at his office in Cranston, Rhode Island, September 3, 2015. Both girls and boys in Rhode Island must be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that can cause cancer. The new rule has sparked protests from parents, a 2,400-member Facebook group opposing the mandate, and complaints from the American Civil Liberties Union and a local conservative group..(Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

How did R.I. win acceptance of HPV vaccine?

A school-entry requirement is thought to be only one piece of the puzzle.

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Officials ask students and families to pay attention to road restrictions on move-in day

Travelers looking for additional information about parking bans and road closures may sign up for alerts from the state’s DCR.

Two dead in apparent murder-suicide in Ashby

The adult man and woman were found outside a home Friday afternoon, authorities said.

John J. McGlynn Sr., former longtime Medford mayor, dies at 94

John J. McGlynn Sr., 94, who died Aug. 20, was a five-term mayor of Medford and a longtime public servant.

Students of all abilities take to the waves in adaptive sailing event

The sailing event is hosted by the Department of Conservation and Recreation to allow people of all abilities to enjoy outdoor recreational activities.

Boston Police commissioner pleads for peace at weekend Carnival Day festivities

Evans said some people party overnight in anticipation of the morning celebration.

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Police found a 23 bags of marijuana, cash, and a gun in Rayshawn Mohameed’s possession.

Alleged drug dealer leads police on foot chase through Boston Common

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

Josh Moriarty, of Newburyport, lifted his daughter Maggie to reach an apple at Russell Orchards in 2013. The worst drought in more than a decade won’t significantly impact the state’s apple orchards, growers say.

Apple pickers, rejoice: The drought has little impact on orchards

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

Private First Class James Mansfield.

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.

A worker posted a sign at the Brazilian consulate in Boston on Friday.

Brazilian consulates, including Boston’s, on partial strike

Workers launched a partial strike this week saying they are paid far less than other federal workers in similar jobs back home.

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.

David Becker.

23,000-plus sign petition for judge to lose job over ‘light’ sentence in sex assault case

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

Nashua karate instructor accused of sexual assault

Police say Daniel Rogers bit a young girl and touched her sexually.

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.

Worker on East Boston roof suffers electric shock

The man was doing work on the roof of an East Boston home when he received an electric shock at about 10 a.m.

FILE - In this July 25, 2016 file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Moving beyond “Obamacare,” political activists are looking to ballot questions in a couple of major states as a new election-year front in the nation’s long-running debate over the role of government in health care. California voters will decide whether to limit what drug companies can charge many state programs, while Coloradans will vote on a state version of a “single-payer” government-run health system, similar to what Sanders proposed in his hard-fought but unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Bernie Sanders to return to N.H.

The senator from Vermont will campaign for his former primary rival Hillary Clinton and other local Democrats on Sept. 5.

From the archives: Harvard Square newsstand sold the magazine that started a revolution

“I can still remember grabbing the Popular Electronics as if it was yesterday,” Paul Allen, who made the fateful purchase, said.

The fire marshal’s office is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for anyone with information about the incident.

Reward offered in Salem LGBT newspaper box explosion

Investigators are offering up to $5,000 for information that will help solve the case, which police are calling a possible hate crime.

Rockport police still investigating woman’s attack

A woman was attacked near the Rockport T station late Wednesday night, police said.

Two men arrested after police find thousands of grams of cocaine, heroin

Police found 3,971 grams of cocaine, 439 grams of heroin, and over $10,000 of cash from a Deering Road home in Mattapan.

 BOSTON, MA - 7/26/2016: The Longfellow Bridge that spans over the Charles River under reconstruction viewed from Cambridge at evening dusk (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 05longfellow(2)

Don’t be alarmed by the cloud of steam over the Longfellow Bridge

A “steam blow” is taking place this weekend to remove dirt and debris.

BOSTON, MA - 3/21/2016: A major renovation was the elevator for handicap and elderly.....Grand re-opening ceremony at the Government Center T station (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 22govtcenter

Elevator owners may have to report mechanical failures within 24 hours

Under proposed changes by the state’s Board of Elevator Regulations, temporary elevators at work sites would also have new safety requirements.

Does your town have a water ban in effect?

As Mass. endures its worst drought in more than a decade, many of the state’s cities and towns have issued outdoor water restrictions.

Some people put up “well water” signs so they can blast their sprinklers without drawing nasty scowls from neighbors.

Despite restrictions, lawn lovers water on

As the state faces an unprecedented drought, some suburbanites refuse to retire their sprinklers.

Fast Forward: A break on the campaign trail, National Dog Day

A new morning report to help you get ready for the day.

Holyoke-08/19/2016- Students who are young, mothers are in a new

Nation’s first ‘microcollege’ opens in Holyoke

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

Pack an umbrella Friday, then plan for a sunny weekend

Consider it a trade-off: Bring your umbrella for a partly wet and possibly stormy Friday, followed by sunny skies for the weekend.

Cancellations on MBTA’s Newburyport/Rockport line

Two trains on the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line were canceled.

One dead in Sumner Tunnel ramp crash

One person was killed and two more were hospitalized following a crash on the Sumner Tunnel ramp to Interstate 93 northbound.

This day in history

Today is Friday, Aug. 26, the 239th day of 2016. There are 127 days left in the year.

Fall River man sentenced for attack on pregnant girlfriend

Mario Ramos recieved 10 to 12 years for home invasion, strangulation, assault and battery, and other charges.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Trump says Clinton ‘trying to smear’ his supporters

Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton’s speech, which tries to link him with hate, is aimed at distracting from questions about her foundation and e-mails.

Pod of killer whales spotted off Cape Cod

A group of friends witnessed a rare event — an apparent pod of killer whales swimming nearby as their boat cut through the Cape Cod waters.

Harvard, Bloomberg unite for $32 million initiative for mayors

The “curriculum” will consist of training and research programs, mentorship, and best-practice sharing among participants, though specifics are yet to be determined.

Rockport police say the man pictured in this surveillance footage matches the description of the alleged suspect.

Rockport police seek A & B suspect

Police responded to the area of Pooles Lane at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday to reports of a woman screaming.

Sister Paula Merrill.

Nun killed in Mississippi came from close Stoneham family

Paula Merrill, 68, was born in Stoneham and developed her affinity to the Catholic Church in Massachusetts.

Woman, dog injured in Dorchester shooting

The woman, who was 18, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and the dog was taken in the back of a police cruiser to an animal hospital.

Boston activists win important round in battle with United Nations

The UN has acknowledged that its peacekeepers were responsible for infecting Haiti with cholera. Credit is due a lawsuit by Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.

12/31/2014 WALTHAM, MA Julio Resto (cq) is arraigned in Waltham District Court (cq) following the murder of a woman at an apartment in Waltham. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Waltham man will serve life sentence for 2014 New Year’s Eve murder

Resto killed his 42-year-old wife after an argument over a Christmas present.

Boston, MA - 8/25/2016 - MBTA janitors hold a sit-in outside and inside Governor Charlie Baker's office protesting budget cuts which will likely mean janitor layoffs. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Metro, Reporter: David Scharfenberg, Topic: 26janitors, LOID: 8.2.4106712288.

MBTA janitors protest impending layoffs

During a sit-in at the governor’s office, they warned that staff cuts would mean unclean train stations.

FILE - In this July 13, 2016, file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks to the Center of American Progress Action Fund in Washington. Warren is being considered as a vice presidential pick for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Elizabeth Warren shrugs at Curt Schilling’s aspirations

The former Red Sox pitcher said he would “like to be one of the people responsible for getting Elizabeth Warren out of politics.”

Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico governor, Gary Johnson and his running mate, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, greeted supporters at the New Hampshire State House in Concord on Thursday.

Libertarian candidates rally in N.H.

Gary Johnson and Bill Weld had sharp criticism for the major party presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Owen Labrie, center, listens to prosecutors with his lawyer J.W. Carney, left, before being sentenced in Merrimack County Superior Court, Thursday Oct. 29, 2015 in Concord, N.H. The graduate of the exclusive St. Paul’s School was sentenced to a year in jail for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman girl as part of a tradition in which upperclassmen competed to rack up sexual conquests. Labrie was allowed to remain free on bail while he appeals his conviction. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, Pool)

St. Paul’s parents helped fund Owen Labrie’s defense

A prominent parent led an effort that raised over $100,000 to fund a high-powered legal team, documents show.

Police sought the public’s help in identifying this woman in connection with an East Boston homicide.

Woman found in connection to June slaying in E. Boston

Boston police said they had found a woman they sought to interview regarding a June homicide in East Boston.

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Man convicted in brutal 2013 attack on Brockton woman

Brian Vines could face a mandatory life sentence if convicted as a habitual offender.

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.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings.

Aaron Hernandez guilty of murder



The former Patriots tight end was convicted in the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd.