Diversity in ranks limited, police try to build links

Jose Ramirez, 6, of Chelsea looked up at a police officer at the back-to-school celebration at Williams School.

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Against the backdrop of unrest in Ferguson, Mo., officials acknowledge they have struggled for years to diversify local departments.

Man, 24, fatally shot in Boston

The 24-year-old man was one of six people hit by gunfire in separate cases during a violent holiday weekend in Boston.

As primary vote nears, many unsure who’s on ballot

Voters just don’t seem to know the candidates who are running for statewide office a week from today.

Despite holiday volume, no headaches on roadways

As the Labor Day weekend came to a close, major traffic delays ramped up Monday as holiday travelers headed back toward Boston.

Two killed in N.H. plane crash

“It dropped, just dropped out of the sky,” a man who witnessed the crash said.

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Vacationing couple assaulted in hotel room

A man broke into the elderly couple’s room and robbed them at knifepoint, police said.

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Student injured in fall from MIT fraternity window

A student was rushed to the hospital when she fell from a window, officials said.

Students Ankur Patel, Asees Binepal, and Gurvir Dhaliwal signed paperwork to allow housing inspectorsto enter and inspect their new apartment at 24 Highgate St. Monday in Allston.

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As students return, Boston on alert for rental violations

The increased vigilance follows a Globe Spotlight Team series on unsafe and sometimes illegal off-campus apartments.

Students Avdit Kohli, Yan Olshevskyy, and Yajur Gulati carried mattresses down Commonwealth Avenue to their new apartment in Allston Monday.

Students’ old gear gets a recycling push

Programs are springing up at local colleges to sell former students’ leftover furniture to incoming students.

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Stand-up comic is a Labor Day stand-in

It was tough for Paul Elwell to make a living as a comedian, but now he’s back doing standup as a working man on and off stage, telling jokes.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was among the politicians and labor activists who convened at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston for the Labor Day Breakfast.

Walsh speaks at Labor Day breakfast

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, a former labor leader, was keynote speaker at the annual event.

David Berthiaume took a chainsaw to a giant tree that fell onto the house of his friends, Leslie and Patrick Courtney, on Vernon Street in Worcester.

Worcester cleans up after tornado hits city

The tornado snapped and uprooted trees Sunday night, some of which landed on cars and homes, but no injuries or deaths were reported.

Special Report: The Longest Road

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At 17, the shadow fell: a devastating diagnosis of mental illness. Trouble, hospital, home, into the depths again. Now, he aims to make his way back.

The 2014 race for governor

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The latest coverage of the race to replace Deval Patrick as governor of Massachusetts.

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Candidates for attorney general Warren Tolman and Maura Healey are tapping into different impulses within the party.

The Jobs of Summer

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This seasonal Globe feature highlights the quintessential warm-weather jobs of New England.

Boston homicide map

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Information about victims of homicides in Boston in 2014.

MCAS results

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Results for each of the state’s districts in English, math, and science, sorted by grade.

Arrest of Aaron Hernandez

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Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is charged with the murder of Dorchester man Odin Lloyd, whose body was found near Hernandez’s home.

JFK: 50 Years Later

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A five-part series examining the profound impact of former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Casino gambling in Mass.

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Globe coverage of the state’s implementation of resort gambling following the 2011 law legalizing casinos.