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College aid offers fail to grow with economy

The economy is improving and endowments are rebounding, but the generosity of many schools’ financial aid policies is not.

Paul Broun, (right), a Republican, in Georgia’s Senate race,  has views that could help the Democrats.

JOHN AMIS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

August 25

Democratic strategy promotes Tea Party rivals

A by-any-means approach to preserving the fragile Democratic majority in the Senate is helping increase the political polarization that afflicts the US.

A special Suffolk Superior Court session handles cases tainted by the alleged misdeeds of Annie Dookhan.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Freed amid scandal, they soon found trouble again

A Globe analysis shows that the state drug lab scandal has led to increased crime in cities such as Boston and Brockton, but not the tidal wave feared.

Harold and Sylvia Engler were shocked to find out that Harold had never been admitted to Beth Israel Deaconess while he was recovering from surgery. He had stayed for 10 days.

Status of Medicare patients can result in huge bills

Despite long hospital stays, some elderly patients are never “admitted,” leaving them with higher costs.

The Nation

Thousands mark Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech

Tens of thousands of people flooded the National Mall Saturday to mark a week of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” address and the March on Washington.

By Trip Gabriel

Tens of thousands of people flooded the National Mall to mark a week of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of King’s “I Have A Dream” address.

Edward Snowden may have bypassed electronic logs

By Adam Goldman and Kimberly Dozier

The government has had a difficult time determining which classified materials Snowden took from the NSA because of sophisticated efforts to cover his digital trail.

Ginsburg calls Supreme Court one of most activist

“I love my job. I thought last year I did as well as in past terms,” said Justice Ginsburg.

By Adam Liptak

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 80, vowed in an interview to stay on the court as long as her health and intellect remain strong.

The World

Syria warns US against military action

By Bassem Mroue and Albert Aji

The Syrian government accused rebels of using chemical weapons and warned the US not to launch any military action over an alleged chemical attack last week.

Arrest made in Lebanon mosque bombings

Relatives carried the body of a woman who died after a mosque packed with worshippers was bombed ON Friday in Tripoli, Lebanon. Sectarian tensions have soared.

By Ryan Lucas

The double bombing killed at least 47 people in the northern city of Tripoli.

Egypt broadens targets of crackdown in country

By David D. Kirkpatrick

Activists say the authorities are acting with a sense of impunity exceeding even the period before the 2011 revolt against Hosni Mubarak.

Editorial & Opinion

Ellen Goodman

Come on up, you boors, and get your Equal Rites awards

By Ellen Goodman

These awards honor (or dishonor) people who have worked to take women’s rights and dignity backward.

TOM KEANE

Outsiders have a stake in city election, too

By Tom Keane

Boston is New England’s economic, cultural, and intellectual center, and anyone with a stake in the city’s success is deeply interested in the outcome of the mayor’s race.

Opinion | JEFF JACOBY

Does an officer’s race matter?

Boston Police Academy graduates took an oath in July.

By Jeff Jacoby

The racial makeup of Boston’s police force has long been a source of stress and frustration.

Metro

Homeless veterans shelter embarks on $21m renovation

Veteran Barbara Barnes looked over her former bunk in the women’s quarters of the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, which is planning a $21 million expansion for the fall of 2014. It will include more beds placed on a separate floor designated to female veterans, who may not feel comfortable sharing all of their space with the center’s larger population of male veterans.

By Nikita Lalwani

The overhaul will add 35 permanent apartments, and the emphasis will shift from temporary to long-term residence.

Caribbean parade draws dancers, mayoral hopefuls

The Carribbean Carnival parade was a colorful event in Roxbury and Dorchester Saturday.

By Nikita Lalwani

Amid a heavy police presence, Boston’s annual Caribbean Carnival parade was a festive event for participants and political candidates.

Board changes policy on Mass. bar exam headware

By Nikita Lalwani

The change came after an observant Muslim was mistakenly asked to remove her headscarf while taking the test.

Money & Careers

Crippling debt defers graduates’ dreams

$70,000 IN STUDENT DEBT: Mackenzie Hunter, 23, graduated in 2013 from Northeastern University. She had hoped to join the Peace Corps, but can’t get her loans deferred.

By Gail Waterhouse

Thousands of recent college graduates with loans to pay off are putting their plans for better lives on hold.

Innovation Economy

Why we’re a magnet for life sciences

By Scott Kirsner

The year life sciences took the baton from tech in Massachusetts was 2002, as the dot-coms were dying of starvation.

Lab equipment for cheap — if you don’t mind dents

Ian Schmitz’s job is to build BioSurplus’ inventory of  laboratory equipment.

By Callum Borchers

BioSurplus helps life science start-ups get off the ground with discount lab equipment.

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home of the week

One-floor living and plenty of closet space

By John R. Ellement

Boston Real Estate Now | Scott Van Voorhis

A quicker second chance after foreclosure

By Scott Van Voorhis

handyman on call

Chimney caps can keep critters and rain out

By Peter Hotton

On the Job

Craftsman builds furniture with soul

By Cindy Atoji Keene

ETIQUETTE AT WORK

A compliment, written or spoken, can go a long way

By Peter Post

On the Hot Seat

Building up minority presence across industries

By Shirley Leung

Sports

red sox 4, dodgers 2

Jon Lester, Red Sox stifle Dodgers

Red Sox starter Jon Lester likes what he sees after Juan Uribe lined into an inning-ending double play in the seventh.

By Peter Abraham

Lester continued a run of strong starts, pitching into the eighth of a 4-2 victory against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Dan Shaughnessy

Vin Scully simply the best broadcaster of all time

By Dan Shaughnessy

Only one man can be the greatest sports broadcaster who ever lived, and that man is the legendary voice of the Dodgers.

Private detectives see holes in Patriots’ path

Private investigators such as John Nardizzi, Pamela Hay, and Jay Groob, left to right, have weighed in on how they might have kept an eye on Aaron Hernandez before his arrest.

By Shira Springer

Investigators say the Patriots could have been more proactive to raise red flags about Aaron Hernandez.

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On Second Thought

Maria Sharapova’s name change idea falls flat

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Red Sox Notebook

Mike Napoli back in swing after tough stretch

By Peter Abraham

On Baseball

Red Sox trying to build momentum

By Nick Cafardo

From the Maniacal One . . .

By Chuck Waseleski

Sunday Baseball Notes

Time running out for AL contenders to get players

By Nick Cafardo

Sunday Football Notes

Danny Amendola used to Wes Welker comparisons

By Ben Volin

Sunday Hockey Notes

Bruins have sharp new scout in P.J. Axelsson

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Sunday Basketball Notes

Sad end won’t tarnish Allen Iverson’s legacy

By Gary Washburn

What They Were Thinking

Fans interacting with Alex Rodriguez

By Stan Grossfeld

Ideas

Who will fight the beauty bias?

By Ruth Graham

It’s deep, unconscious, and surprisingly universal—and means beautiful people get a much better deal. But righting injustice isn’t easy when no one wants to call themselves plain.

Economic equality: What the March on Washington didn’t win

Rep. Byron Rushing (left) from Roxbury and John Dukakais at the unveiling of the A. Phillip Randolph statue in Boston’s Back Bay Station.

By Jack Curtis

Fifty years later, why we remember King and not A. Philip Randolph.

Q&A

Murder for young readers

Michelle Abate, author, “Bloody Murder: The Homicide Tradition in Children's Literature”

By Craig Fehrman

Kids’ books have always been a surprisingly violent place, argues Michelle Ann Abate.

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Obituaries

Dr. Ernest Hartmann, researched sleep, the nature of dreaming; at 79

Dr. Hartmann spent decades contemplating what dreams and nightmares can reveal.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Hartmann, formerly a psychiatry professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, was the first editor of the journal Dreaming.

Cedar Walton, 79; worked with scores of major jazz performers

Cedar Walton was one of the most respected figures in jazz.

By Matt Schudel

Mr. Walton performed with legends like Billie Holiday and newcomers such as Roy Hargrove, Jeremy Pelt, and Christian McBride.

John Hollander, inimitable craftsman of verse; at 83

Using wit and inventiveness, Dr. Hollander wrote poetry of formidable difficulty, often in longer forms.

By William Grimes

Mr. Hollander’s first poems were in an old-fashioned form, but he later turned to writing poetry of formidable difficulty.

Sunday Arts

Akash Chopra is fit for the ‘Jungle’

Akash Chopra, 10, plays the lead role of Mowgli in the Huntington Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Jungle Book.”

By Eric Spitznagel

Chopra, star of the Huntington Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Jungle Book,” is taking his wild ride in stride.

movies

Wong Kar-wai treats every film like a masterwork

Zhang Ziyi starred in “The Grandmaster.”

By Saul Austerlitz

The famously perfectionist filmmaker, director of “The Grandmaster,” is known for regularly requiring upward of 20 takes per shot.

comedy

The awed couple: Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.

By Sarah Rodman

The happily married couple, known for playing two of the most memorable NBC characters, has been known to belt out a few songs during their off hours.

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Art Review

Rembrandt prints amaze at the MFA

By Cate McQuaid

Score

Duck That will give audiences the bird

By Matthew Guerrieri

Top Picks

‘The Great Gatsby,’ Moulin Rouged

By Tom Russo

zoom

‘The World’s End’ as they know it

By Rebecca Ostriker

CINEMANIA

Martial arts hits

By Peter Keough

My Instagram: Topher Yandell

By Christopher Muther

the one thing

The perfect fall carryall

By Marni Elyse Katz

history repeating

Chita Rivera, a lifetime onstage

By Jeffrey Gantz

Critic’s picks: Visual art

By Sebastian Smee

television

Critic’s picks: What to watch this week

By Matthew Gilbert

Names

Joey McIntyre turns his life into a musical

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

High divers look before they leap at ICA

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Ben Affleck as Batman? Opinions are mixed

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Hinge launches in Boston with a bash

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Rob Gronkowski helps Brockton Pop Warner team

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Book review

‘Claire of the Sea Light’ by Edwidge Danticat

By Laura Collins-Hughes

NPR host, absorbs books for his quiz show

Peter Sagal

By Amy Sutherland

Book review

‘The Returned’ by Jason Mott

By Alan Cheuse

Book review

‘Manson’ by Jeff Guinn

By Julia M. Klein

READING TOURS | KATE TUTTLE

Porter Square Books has new owners

By Kate Tuttle

new england writers at work

Alice Hoffman’s going a different way

By Eugenia Williamson

Travel

California’s captivating Central Coast

The dramatic vista of Big Sur.

By Lynda Gorov

Central Coast is a meld of urban and rural that’s easily accessible and achievable on budgets big and small.

San Francisco’s AT&T Park charms a Fenway fan

Fans stand for the national anthem before  Game One between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers in the 2012  World Series at AT&T Park.

By Joseph P. Kahn

The ballpark’s setting in the up-and-coming China Basin area is a glittering example of urban redevelopment done right.

Essay

A Calif. lagoon to return to — and love

A rental cottage on the Bolinas Lagoon in California has a ladder that can be lowered from a rear deck into the channel.

By Bonnie Tsui

A pact to spend one long weekend a month in Bolinas, a quintessential funky surf-hippie-artist community an hour north of San Francisco, defined a summer.

Magazine

Little folk

Alastair Moock.

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

Move over, Wiggles. Zip it, Barney. Alastair Moock and his compatriots create songs that youngsters and their parents can both love.

Magazine

John Maguire has a plan to save Friendly’s

New CEO of Friendly’s Ice Cream, John Maguire.

By Zac Bissonnette

The ice cream chain’s new CEO is focused on fix-it — tastier Fribbles, faster service, cleaner restaurants — as he works to resuscitate a Massachusetts institution.

8 great (and free!) free online courses

By Jon Marcus

A catalog of some of the most interesting online classes born in and around America’s college town, from building a website to cooking with culinary legends.

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Perspective

Out of bounds

By Shira Springer

Style Watch

Embracing vintage

By Marni Elyse Katz

Miss Conduct

Viva Las Vegas

By Robin Abrahams

Cooking

Green and gold

By Adam Ried

A Restaurant’s Take

Summer on the plate

By Devra First

Dinner With Cupid

Ups and downs

First Person

Second coming

Connections

Becoming friends with my brother

By Laura Shea Souza

Tales From the City

Just how old are you?

Globe North

Tewksbury vote against slots was decisive

A meeting last week on the $200 million Merrimack Valley Casino proposal drew 2,617 voters, the largest crowd for a Special Town Meeting  in decades.

By Kathy McCabe

Fearing an increase in crime and traffic and a drop in home values, residents effectively killed Penn National’s bid to build a 24-hour slots parlor.

Cummings Foundation spreads the wealth

Woburn Police Sergeant Paul Tenney with a camera that reads license plate numbers, financed by a Cummings Foundation grant.

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald

A Woburn-based foundation with $1 billion in assets is dishing out $10 million this year, much of it to nonprofits north of Boston.

Burlington

Program helps Jewish, Muslim teens foster friendship, peace

Elaine Herther (center), a resident at Stonebridge, talks with visiting Israeli teens.

By Steven A. Rosenberg

Residents of the Stonebridge assisted living facility have gotten visits from 10 teenagers — five Muslim, five Jewish.

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Arts

‘Dueling Divas’ visit Gloucester

By Wendy Killeen

Burlington

Work begins on Marion Tavern renovation

By John Laidler

Malden

Developers seek a change in conditions

By Jarret Bencks

Medford

Conservation Commission has vacancies

By Kathy McCabe

Melrose

Planning Board meets Monday

By Kathy McCabe

Reading

Library opens access to tutoring service

By Brenda J. Buote

Revere

City invites seniors to open houses

By John Laidler

Somerville

Work on playground begins

By Jarret Bencks

Stoneham

Annual street festival returns

By Brenda J. Buote

Tewksbury

10-year-old organizes Jimmy Fund Walk team

By John Laidler

Winchester

Group aims to appeal CVS decision

By Brenda J. Buote

Winthrop

Town election scheduled

By John Laidler

Malden

Bids open on government center location

By Jarret Bencks

Andover

Board of Health combating Culex mosquitoes

By Brenda J. Buote

Gloucester

Overdose vigil to be held Thursday

By David Rattigan

Hamilton, Wenham

High school principal embraces social media

By David Rattigan

Lawrence

Teenagers face charges over stolen cars

By Karen Sackowitz

Lowell

Lowell woman placed on probation

By Karen Sackowitz

Manchester-by-the-Sea, Essex

New department chairwoman at high school

By David Rattigan

Newburyport

Breast Care Center receives $5,000 donation

By Brenda J. Buote

North Andover

Senior living community welcoming first tenants

By Brenda J. Buote

Peabody

New chief assessor assumes her post

By John Laidler

West Newbury

Fire Chief Scott Berkenbush resigns

By Taryn Plumb

Globe South

Condos in Braintree, Watertown using DNA to track littering dogs

Justine, a 6-year-old shih tzu, lives at Devon Wood in Braintree, where dogs’ DNA is stored in a database.

By Johanna Seltz

Authorities are using DNA to track dog droppings to the offending animals – and fine their owners.

Former Foxborough manager a finalist for new job

Kevin Paicos agreed to step down a year early from his job as Foxborough’s Town Manager. He is collecting his salary of $211,000, which is already in the budget.

By Michele Morgan Bolton

After agreeing to leave his job early and still get paid, Kevin Paicos has been named a finalist for a part-time, temporary town administrator job in Northfield.

Middleborough museum exhibit recalls celebrity little people

The wedding of Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren in 1863 was a huge news event that pushed the Civil War off newspaper front pages.

By John Laidler

In the midst of the Civil War in 1863, a large crowd turned out at Grace Church in New York City to witness the wedding of a dwarf couple.

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Dining Out

WaterFire Tavern is a feast for the eye

By Ellen Albanese

Beverly Beckham

Russia, US more alike than different

By Beverly Beckham

People

Teen building Burmese democracy

By Paul E. Kandarian

Quincy’s August Moon Festival

By Jessica Bartlett

Marion

Auditions for children’s chorus

By Paul E. Kandarian

Braintree

Grant creates playground shade

By Jessica Bartlett

Cohasset

Historical Society collection displayed

By Johanna Seltz

Hanover

Three-way race in special election

By Juliet Pennington

Hingham

Seniors, beware of phone scam

By Jessica Bartlett

Holbrook

New water main installation

By John Laidler

Hull

Road race benefits public schools

By Johanna Seltz

Marshfield

Flood zone meeting Sept. 4

By Jennette Barnes

Milton

Suffolk Resolves House open to public

By Dave Eisenstadter

Pembroke

Pembroke town at sunset

By John Laidler

Plymouth

Old burial hill gets listed

By Emily Sweeney

Quincy

YMCA renovation helped by donation

By Jessica Bartlett

Randolph

Fund to benefit apartment fire victims

By Katherine Finnell

Rockland

Crackdown on drunk driving

By Katherine Finnell

Weymouth

Candidates’ night for District One

By Johanna Seltz

Avon

Property tax bill could rise $100

By Johanna Seltz

Bridgewater

State grant awarded for housing, downtown

By John Laidler

Mattapoisett

Dog owners to police waste pickup

By Paul E. Kandarian

Sharon

New teacher-evaluation system

By Jennette Barnes

Stoughton

Theater group gets grant

By Rich Fahey

Walpole

Free bike-safety clinic

By Johanna Seltz

Dedham

Orthopedic facility set to open

By Dave Eisenstadter

Carver

New group for local youths

By Robert Knox

Canton

Cash reward for Dunkin’ Donuts robberies

By Dave Eisenstadter

Halifax

Town Meeting to vote on school boiler

By Elaine Cushman Carroll

Hanson

Library encourages book-film group

By John Laidler

Norton

Corridor project eligible for aid

By John Laidler

Raynham

Discount rain barrels for sale

By John Laidler

Wareham

Animal cruelty charge dismissed

By Emily Sweeney

Mansfield

Businesses reprimanded for selling to minors

By Elaine Cushman Carroll

Easton

Road closures for streetscape project

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Freetown

New elementary school principal

By Juliet Pennington

Brockton

Mayor asks residents to help fight crime

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Foxborough

Work starts on artificial turf field

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Middleborough

Warning over West Nile Virus

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Westwood

Student develops tech help website

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Globe South Community Bulletin Board

By Compiled Nicole Leonard

Globe West

New toll system heading to Pike

The 24 toll plazas on the Mass. Pike would be replaced with 17 automated gantries (at left), which will scan E-ZPasses and photograph registration plates as cars pass undeneath.

By Matt Rocheleau

State officials have unveiled a $250 million plan to replace all tollbooths along the Massachusetts Turnpike with electronic tolls.

West Newton next on face-lift schedule

Business owners Don and Janet Scope like the character of West Newton, even with its long list of potential improvements, including broken sidewalks and old phone booths.

By Evan Allen

West Newton is the latest village to be targeted by the city for improvements.

Neighbors protest Walden’s plan for clinic

Walden Behavioral Care has signed a sales agreement on the Marist property in Framingham, visible from the Mass. Pike.

By John Swinconeck

Opinions remained sharply divided at a Framingham Zoning Board hearing on whether to allow a clinic for eating and mood disorders.

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Wayland

Cuban baseball legends in Boston

By Jose Martinez

People

Franklin 11-year-old gives back

By Cindy Cantrell

Brookline

Comments on Hancock Village proposal

By Brock Parker

Lexington

Local bluegrass band to wrap up series

By Brock Parker

Arlington

Register for Town Day road race

By Brock Parker

Arlington

Churches organize gun buyback event

By Brock Parker

Brookline

Police offer emergency response training

By Brock Parker

Weston

Rotary sets date for antique car show

By Andrew Clark

Littleton

Board maintains transfer station fees

By Nancy Shohet West

Boxborough

State cites presence of West Nile virus

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Carlisle

Deadline, workshop on solar-energy program

By Nancy Shohet West

Northborough

Path clears for aqueduct trail

By Jennifer Roach

Pepperell

Learn to play the ukulele at library

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Shirley

Auditions for ‘Bah Humbug’ production

By Rachel Lebeaux

Maynard

Open seats on town boards, committees

By Calvin Hennick

Groton

Firefighters plan Labor Day festivities

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Harvard

Praise for efforts to safeguard pond

By Davis Bushnell

Concord

Meeting on changes to flood maps

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Concord

Town offers condo as affordable housing

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Groton

Science Saturday will explore seeds

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Wayland

Tour history through five houses

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Marlborough

Silvestri to lead Kane School for now

By Calvin Hennick

Ayer

Hammering away on school complex

By Davis Bushnell

Bolton

New grading system at middle schools

By Matt Gunderson

Shrewsbury

Back to school on Tuesday

By Abby Jordan

Hudson

Openings on blight bylaw committee

By Calvin Hennick

Upton

Guided hike in state forest Sunday

By Rachel Lebeaux

Ashland

High school art exhibition at the library

By Rachel Lebeaux

Bellingham

Annual scholarship golf tournament

By Rachel Lebeaux

Franklin

Museum to host antiques appraisal

By Rachel Lebeaux

Holliston

Apply for tax work-off plan by Friday

By Ellen Ishkanian

Medfield

Food pantry seeks donations

By Abby Jordan

Medway

Chat with superintendent Wednesday

By Rachel Lebeaux

Milford

Board releases draft of casino pact

By Ellen Ishkanian

Norfolk

League preparing for annual gala

By Abby Jordan

Wrentham

Register youths for flag football

By Abby Jordan

Westborough

Meeting on state hospital Tuesday

By Jennifer Roach

Framingham

Price is named to MassBay board

By Jaclyn Reiss