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State lawmakers poised to vote on new budget

The $36.5 billion spending blueprint was finalized Sunday night, a mere 30 hours before the new fiscal year begins.

MGH to screen all patients for substance abuse

The mandatory screening program is part of a broad plan to improve addiction treatment.

Numbers bring a rise in home equity loans

Borrowers are once again using their homes as a quick source of cash.

The Rev. Terrence P. Devino gave an orientation talk to parents of incoming freshmen at Boston College.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

College orientations for parents help ease separation pains

Special orientations for parents, once a rarity, have in recent years become common on campuses.

Senator Elizabeth Warren backed Senate hopeful Alison Grimes, a Kentucky Democrat.

Warren takes populist message to GOP-dominant South

Elizabeth Warren has backed Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell’s Democratic opponent.

The Nation

Warren takes populist message to GOP-dominant South

Senator Elizabeth Warren backed Senate hopeful Alison Grimes, a Kentucky Democrat.

By Matt Viser

Elizabeth Warren has backed Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell’s Democratic opponent.

In unorthodox move, Obama picks executive to oversee VA

Bob McDonald.

By Juliet Eilperin and Greg Jaffe

Former Procter & Gamble executive Bob McDonald attended West Point and served in the Army.

Obama seeks $2b to ease border woes

President Obama will also ask for new powers to deal with returning children caught while traveling without their parents.

The World

Sunni forces declare birth of Islamic state

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant waved an ISIL flag.

By Rod Nordland

The extremists also declared their leader the caliph of all jihadi organizations worldwide.

Israel says it must keep military on West Bank

By Dan Perry

The prime minister asserted that an armed presence was necessary to keep a jihadi juggernaut from powering its way to the outskirts of Tel Aviv.

Ukraine consults leaders in Europe

By David M. Herszenhorn

The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France discussed how to stop fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | Nathaniel P. Morris

Learning the difference between medicine and the medical industry

By Nathaniel P. Morris

Can medical schools truly teach medicine when they present a censored version of today’s health care?

Jennifer Graham

Tough Mudder and Spartan Races: Masochism goes mainstream

A Tough Mudder contestant struts his stuff in Illinois in 2013.

By Jennifer Graham

Extreme racing is a welcome aberration in a nation that appears doomed to expire of abdominal flab.

MIKE ROSS

Redefining the immigration debate

The border area in Nogales, Arizona, Arizona is a symbol of the flaws in the US immigration system. Every day more than 1,000 undocumented migrants are sent to the US part of the city to be deported to Mexico.

By Mike Ross

The current laws are defined by the height of a fence rather than the broader goals of a global economy.

Metro

College orientations for parents help ease separation pains

The Rev. Terrence P. Devino gave an orientation talk to parents of incoming freshmen at Boston College.

By Matt Rocheleau

Special orientations for parents, once a rarity, have in recent years become common on campuses.

State lawmakers poised to vote on new budget

By Joshua Miller

The $36.5 billion spending blueprint was finalized Sunday night, a mere 30 hours before the new fiscal year begins.

MGH to screen all patients for substance abuse

Patients at Massachusetts General Hospital will be asked questions about their substance use as part of a plan to improve addiction treatment at the facility.

By Liz Kowalczyk

The mandatory screening program is part of a broad plan to improve addiction treatment.

Business ǀ Science

Numbers bring a rise in home equity loans

By Deirdre Fernandes

Borrowers are once again using their homes as a quick source of cash.

New allies in war on weight

Companies are exploring novel ways to help people shed unwanted pounds.

By Karen Weintraub

Companies are exploring novel ways to help people shed unwanted pounds, such as a pill that turns into a gelatinous glob.

Facebook study tinkers with feeds

Facebook manipulated news feeds for more than a half-million  users for a study examining how emotions can be spread on social media.

By Vindu Goel

Facebook revealed that it had manipulated the news feeds of over half a million users as part of a psychological study.

Obituaries

Robert Gardner, 88; reinvented films about cultures

Mr. Gardner along the Ganges while shooting “Forest of Bliss,” a visual poem about life in the holy Indian city of Benares.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Gardner founded the Harvard Film Archive and reinvented the art of ethnographic films, those documentary studies of faraway people and their cultures.

Meshach Taylor, at 67; Boston-born actor costarred in ‘Designing Women’

By Frazier Moore

Mr. Taylor played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom.

Philip Lutzenkirchen, at 23; former tight end for Auburn

Mr. Lutzenkirchen was a fan favorite who played on the 2010 national championship team.

Sports

red sox 8, yankees 5

Red Sox defeat Yankees in series finale

David Ortiz hit his 450th career home run, his 19th this season.

By Peter Abraham

The Red Sox banged out 12 hits to support John Lackey, who picked up his ninth victory of the season.

ON BASEBALL

Much excitement as Mookie Betts makes debut

Mookie Betts dives back to first on a pickoff try after he walked in the sixth. He scored his first run in the inning.

By Nick Cafardo

In his second at-bat, Mookie Betts singled up the middle in the fourth inning for his first major league hit.

Charlie Davies wonders what might have been

Before joining the Revolution, ex-US national team striker Charlie Davies (right) played in the MLS for DC United. Luis M. Alvarez/Associated Press

By Rob Harms

Injuries in a bad car accident derailed his World Cup dreams, but Davies is still playing for the Revolution.

G: Health

Timing knee and hip replacements

By Kay Lazar

Choosing the right time to have a joint replaced may now be easier, thanks to extensive tracking of patients who’ve already had the surgery.

Q&A

Pets have mental health problems, too

Laurel Braitman (with Alf, who suffered from canine Alzheimer’s) is the author of “Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves.”

By Karen Weintraub

Q&A with Laurel Braitman, who authored a book on the history of animal mental health.

Daily Dose

Why doctors don’t talk to pregnant women about toxic chemicals

By Deborah Kotz

Reducing pregnant women’s exposure to environmental toxins was recently deemed “critical” to prevent fetal health problems.

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Health Answers

Should I worry about frequent floaters in my vision?

By Courtney Humphries

Concert review

Latest Edition of Boston boy band in good shape

By Sarah Rodman

Television Review

‘Under the Dome’ has some explaining to do

By Sarah Rodman

Concert review

Zac Brown Band brings feel-good vibe to Fenway

By Maura K. Johnston

Book Review

‘Bulletproof Vest’ by Maria Venegas

By Nick Romeo

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

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Mark Ruffalo talks up Boston Globe movie at Nantucket Film Fest

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All is calm at ‘Whitey’ screening

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Newton couple in HBO’s ‘112 Weddings’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Denk cancels Rockport concert

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Hulk Hogan tries the local sushi

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein