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Militants free US writer with Mass. ties who was held in Syria

Peter Theo Curtis’s captivity, at the hands of a group linked to Al Qaeda, was kept from the public.

Michael Bourne gave the peace sign to his family during an arraignment in Dedham.

Gretchen Ertl for the Boston Globe

Second of three parts

Days of crisis, compassion, faith, and futility

There may be a more exhausting journey than that of the mentally ill, their families, and their caregivers. But for those locked in the cycle of hopes raised and dashed, it’s hard to imagine what it could be.

Lower temperatures this August have cut short beach time for many in Greater Boston.

August’s cool weather gets a chilly reception

The temperatures have been, quite simply, pleasant. And therein lies the complaint.

Biopharmaceutical companies shifting labs, jobs to Mass.

Amid an industry push to tighten and refocus, research and development jobs in the state have only increased.

Many Market Basket stores, like this one in Somerville, have empty shelves.

No accord in Market Basket discussions

A deal remains elusive as the stalemate continues to drain millions of dollars a day from the grocery chain.

The Nation

State of emergency declared after Calif. quake

A mailbox was all that remained of a mobile home that was destroyed in a fire at the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park.

By Henry K. Lee and Will Kane

The quake was the largest in the Bay Area since the devastating 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

Tensions in Ferguson, Mo., flare, subside

People attended Peace Fest Sunday in Forest Park in St. Louis where Michael Brown spoke to guests. Brown is the father of Michael Brown Jr., who was shot and killed by a police officer in nearby Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9.

Police reported only a handful of arrests late Saturday and early Sunday as protests continued after the death of Michael Brown.

Suspect in Los Angeles-area shootings arrested

Police said the shootings happened within the span of an hour Sunday in the San Fernando Valley area.

The World

Hamas finance official killed in airstrike

Israel called on Gaza residents to evacuate buildings housing Hamas operations; 16 people died in airstrikes on Sunday.

By Fares Akram

The missile killed the official as he rode in a car, ripping open the vehicle and scattering American currency on the street, according to a witness.

Rebels parade captured Ukrainian soldiers

A man hurled an egg at captured soldiers escorted by pro-Russian rebels in a central square in Donetsk, Ukraine.

While support and mobilization for Kiev’s campaign against the separatists has grown in many parts of the country, resentments fester in much of the east.

Libya’s Islamist militias claim control of capital

The umbrella group calling itself Dawn of Libya said it has also taken hold of other locations in the capital controlled by the rival militias.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | Martin F. Nolan

Obama’s Kennedy

Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama confers with Senator Ted Kennedy in January 2008.

By Martin F. Nolan

Ted Kennedy, who died on this day five years ago, was the last politician President Obama respected or admired.

opinion | Jennifer graham

Embracing the gray, wrinkled characters

Sylvester Stallone (center) stood between Randy Couture and Jason Statham on the set of “The Expendables 3.”

By Jennifer Graham

Long in the tooth is increasingly accepted, so long as the teeth are blindingly white.

opinion | Robert Emmet Meagher

Francis’ mixed message on war with the Islamic State

Pope Francis’ innocent words attempted to defy gravity, i.e., the gravitational pull towards war generated by the church’s traditional endorsement of “just war” theory.

By Robert Emmet Meagher

If only the pope had followed his own cautions and disowned the “just war” tradition.

Metro

August’s cool weather gets a chilly reception

Lower temperatures this August have cut short beach time for many in Greater Boston.

By Billy Baker

The temperatures have been, quite simply, pleasant. And therein lies the complaint.

Militants free US writer with Mass. ties who was held in Syria

Writer Peter Theo Curtis has ties to the Boston area.

By Bryan Bender and Dan Adams

Peter Theo Curtis’s captivity, at the hands of a group linked to Al Qaeda, was kept from the public.

Mohegan Sun may have violated deal with Palmer landowner

The timing of a meeting between executives from Mohegan Sun scheduled and leaders of the Suffolk Downs racetrack is significant as the Connecticut casino giant had an exclusivity agreement with a Palmer landowner.

By Mark Arsenault

Revelations that the Conn. casino giant may have broken its exclusivity agreement could have political ramifications.

Business ǀ Science

No accord in Market Basket discussions

Many Market Basket stores, like this one in Somerville, have empty shelves.

By Casey Ross and Jack Newsham

A deal remains elusive as the stalemate continues to drain millions of dollars a day from the grocery chain.

Biopharmaceutical companies shifting labs, jobs to Mass.

By Robert Weisman

Amid an industry push to tighten and refocus, research and development jobs in the state have only increased.

Duo hit pay dirt giving ‘Madden’ advice

Zach Farley (left) and Stephen Gibbons have written four editions of guides to the best-selling “Madden NFL’’ video game. The latest game and guide will be released Tuesday.

By Hiawatha Bray

Zach Farley and Stephen Gibbons have written four editions of guides to the best-selling “Madden NFL’’ video game.

Obituaries

Richard Attenborough, actor-director; at 90

Richard Attenborough’s career brought him praise as an actor and director.

By Benedict Nightingale

Mr. Attenborough reinvented himself as a director after a distinguished stage and film acting career.

Anne Godley St. Goar, 92; put her patients at ease

Dr. St. Goar also served as president of the Chestnut Hill Garden Club.

By Emma Stickgold

Dr. St. Goar practiced general internal medicine for about 25 years at the Bunker Hill Health Center.

Sports

MARINERS 8, RED SOX 6

Red Sox lose eighth straight

Mike Zunino is picked off and tagged out by Dustin Pedroia during sixth inning.

By Julian Benbow

The Mariners swept a three- or four-game series from the Sox at Fenway for the first time in team history.

Academies have changed the landscape of youth soccer

Lucas Rezende-Verge, starting goalkeeper for Weymouth High School the past two seasons, got his big break when teammate Scott Greenwood joined the Bolts.

By Shira Springer

At the top of the development pyramid, US Soccer-sanctioned academy programs focus on making the best young players even better.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

Projecting the Patriots’ roster

Running back Shane Vereen has carried the ball seven times for 25 yards this preseason.

By Ben Volin

Bill Belichick and his staff will have some tough decisions to round out their 53.

G: Health

Experts show you how to work out outside

Mark Safer and Simran Ahluwalia, trainers with Equinox, demonstrate outdoor exercises, such as the “Inverted Body Row.”

By Jaclyn Reiss

New England’s temperate summer climate and bounty of parks and green space make it a prime location for outdoor fitness.

Music Review

Dutoit closes out BSO season at Tanglewood

Charles Dutoit leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and vocal soloists in the traditional Tanglewood season-ending performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on Sunday.

By Jeremy Eichler

The Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit led the summer’s final two BSO performances at Tanglewood this weekend.

Music Review

Robyn and Röyksopp at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Robyn and Röyksopp performed together after performing separate sets at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Friday.

By Luke O’Neil

The synergy was evident between the Norwegian duo and Swedish pop star.

More Stories

Book Review

‘The Liar’s Wife’ by Mary Gordon

By Clea Simon

Daily Dose

Ever wonder why older people sleep less?

By Karen Weintraub

Daily Dose

Botox for fighting cancer?

By Karen Weintraub

Daily Dose

Nut butter recalls

By Karen Weintraub

Health events

Boston bike ride and Provincetown Harbor swim

By Globe Staff

In practice

Normal worry, or hypochondria?

By Dr. Suzanne Koven

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

Names

Newlyweds Cheryl Hines and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. party for ‘Veep’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Mark Wahlberg goes to the gym in Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Remembering Robin Williams with ‘Good Will’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Drew Barrymore has quality time on Nantucket

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Red Sox wives prep for Fenway to the Runway

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein