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The desperate and the dead | Part 3

The broken covenant

State leaders, needing to close a budget shortfall, shut down Westborough State Hospital two years earlier than planned. Relics from its heyday remain on the abandoned campus.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Behind the fragmented state of mental health care lies a political system failure that spans decades — and continues.

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// Drought’s effects mount as dry weather continues

The results of the drought are being felt throughout the region, including by wildlife and plants.

// Response to Trump has GOP rethinking immigration

Republicans are seeking to mend a GOP fractured by an outsider who chucked the party playbook on how to expand its electoral base and win.

// A hand up: a special bond helps at-risk city kids reach college

Pat Arcand’s first stop was in the heart of a Roxbury public housing development menaced by gang violence.

The Nation

Response to Trump has GOP rethinking immigration

Republicans are looking beyond November and seeking to mend a party fractured by nominee Donald Trump, who chucked the party playbook on how to expand its electoral base. Above: Trump campaigned Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

By Tracy Jan

Republicans are seeking to mend a GOP fractured by an outsider who chucked the party playbook on how to expand its electoral base and win.

Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton would shut family farms

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (right) greeted Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa during an appearance Saturday in Des Moines.

By Ken Thomas

Speaking in Iowa, the Republican candidate pledged to cut federal taxes on family farms.

Chinese censors say Ai Weiwei crossed over a ‘Redline’

Ai Weiwei, shown in Vienna with one of his projects, plans to finish the “Redline” piece.

By Javier C. Hernández

Ai’s sculpture was supposed to appear at an art show next month in Yinchuan, but the regime nixed the plan.

The World

Zimbabwe threatens to seize farms of party defectors

A worker shucked corn on a farm in Zimbabwe that may be seized because its owner opposes the rule of Robert Mugabe.

By Norimitsu Onishi

As the battle to succeed Robert Mugabe intensifies, politicians who have fallen out of favor are facing loss of their land.

Taliban overrun Afghan border district, opening a new front

By Mujib Mashal

The Taliban have overrun a border district in the southeastern Afghan province of Paktia and inflicted heavy casualties on the Afghan security forces, officials said Saturday, as the insurgent fighters opened a new front in a once-volatile region.

Editorial & Opinion


When murder is punished with death, fewer criminals will murder

CREDIT: Marie Wilson/Chicago Daily Herald Jitka Vesel Victim of the Oak Brook murder.

By Jeff Jacoby

When the death penalty is on the books and consistently enforced, a significant number of homicides will be prevented.


Dig up two unmarked graves

Credit: Boston Police Department Authorities released a facial reconstruction of a boy, estimated to be 14 to 16 years old, who was one of two boys found dead on Eldon Street in Dorchester in 1988.

It’s worth the difficulty and expense of exhuming two teenage boys found dead in Dorchester.


In health care, rapid technological change brings advances — and risks

“As an engineer working in health care, I have spent my career much closer to the pointy end of the stick” when it comes to technological change. — Rick Schrenker


A hand up: a special bond helps at-risk city kids reach college

Pat Arcand smiled with Tomell Kelley and his grandmother Sophia Weah as Tomell moved into his dorm room at Springfield College.

By Bob Hohler

Pat Arcand’s first stop was in the heart of a Roxbury public housing development menaced by gang violence.

Ivy the cat delighted JP residents for 15 years

Ivy the cat greeted a passersby from the storefront of Ivy Insurance Agency in JP.

By Carly Sitrin

The orange and white feline certainly knew how to relax.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Aug. 28, the 241st day of 2016. There are 125 days left in the year.

Business & Tech

How New England shaped China’s craft brew master

Gao Yan is determined to prove Chinese craft beer can hold its own.

By Jessica Meyers

The father of China’s craft beer revolution got his start on bar stools in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts.

The New Economy takes on Beacon Hill

Many of taxi drivers’ requests on Uber and Lyft went unheeded in the final regulating law.

By Jon Chesto

Tech players that typically rule Kendall Square have been flexing their muscles at the State House in recent months.

Five things you should know about Jim Judge

Jim Judge is the chief executive at Eversource Energy.

By Jon Chesto

Judge is the new chief executive of Eversource Energy.

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On the Job

Much to cluck about for chicken farmer

By Cindy Atoji Keene

Consumer Reports | Product Review

Cutting the cable TV cord? Here are some options

Stock, bond rally fizzles as Fischer remarks bolster rate wagers

By Rita Nazareth, Anna-Louise Jackson and Oliver Renick

Job Doc

Getting shortchanged on the final paycheck

By Patricia Hunt Sinacole

Consumer Alert

The ABCs of 529s

By Sarah Shemkus



Off to college, but taking the home teams with them

The young sports fans of Boston have seen nine Duck Boat parades already.

By Dan Shaughnessy

In the Class of 2020 are the sons and daughters of Boston’s High Renaissance of sports.

Red Sox 8, Royals 3

Red Sox offense clobbers Royals

David Price allowed five hits and two runs and struck out seven in six innings of work.

By Julian Benbow

It’s the 67th time in 2016 that the Red Sox had 10 or more hits in a game.

Dustin Pedroia’s hit parade ends just short of major league record

Dustin Pedroia singled in the sixth inning, his fourth hit of Saturday night’s game.

By Nora Princiotti

The Red Sox second baseman hit safely in 11 consecutive at-bats until late in Saturday’s game, falling one shy of the MLB record.

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Revolution face a Red Bulls team headed in the other direction

By Dan Shulman


D.J. Foster impresses in Patriots debut

By Jim McBride


MLB must address September roster expansion

By Nick Cafardo


Jackie Bradley Jr. dropped to No. 9 slot

By Julian Benbow

Travers Stakes

Arrogate a runaway winner in Travers Stakes

By Joe Drape

Royals at Red Sox | 8:08 p.m. (ESPN)

John Farrell expects Eduardo Rodriguez to be strong in return

By Julian Benbow


Hope Solo takes leave from Seattle Reign

By staff and wire reports

NASCAR Sprint Cup | Pure Michigan 400

Greg Biffle hopes to rekindle Michigan magic

By Noah Trister


DeMarcus Cousins takes home more than gold from Rio

By Gary Washburn

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

Spotlight in Rio was on wrong news story

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Red Sox 8, Royals 3

Red Sox offense clobbers Royals

By Julian Benbow


Jared Bednar’s hiring is no minor accomplishment

By Kevin Paul Dupont


What challenges await Patriots in first four games?

By Ben Volin

Cal 51, Hawaii 31

Cal routs Hawaii in college football’s season opener

By Dennis Passa


The issue of crime

Kidnapped on old Cape Cod

By Alex Kingsbury

It started with nine wine corks and 28 matches on a Tuesday afternoon in May.

Why we’re fascinated by crime

By Kathryn Casey

These cases actually happened. These events are real, not imagined.


The hookers and the cornerback

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By Dante Ramos

The Harvard senior’s death was a cautionary tale to all who saw the city’s adult entertainment district as a danger to decent Bostonians.

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The toll of duty

By Joanna Weiss

The Word

Crime’s slang lexicon

By Mark Peters

Uncommon Knowledge

Go big or go home

By Kevin Lewis

The issue of crime

Who killed Niko E. Nunez?

Joan Vennochi

The crowbar and the damage done

By Joan Vennochi

Adrian Walker

Half a body in a dumpster

By Adrian Walker

Killed off campus

By Alan Wirzbicki


A Boston story in 50 words

By Sandra Brown

A friend who can’t forget

By Alan Wirzbicki and Marshall Sloane

Stuck-up at brunch

By Maureen A.M. Doyle

Bound and chastised

By Jon Garelick


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

Former Medford Mayor John “Jack” McGlynn was remembered as a skilled manager and politician adept at forging compromises.

By J.M. Lawrence

Mr. McGlynn was a five-term mayor of the city who served as a state representative and was a World War II veteran.

Sunday Arts

book review

The art world’s famous frenemies

Top: Henri Matisse (left) and Pablo Picasso. Bottom: Willem de Kooning (left) and Jackson Pollock.

By Michael Upchurch

In his lively and compelling new book, Globe art critic Sebastian Smee shows how the tension between famous painter friends influenced their work.

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

‘The Night Of’ could be just ‘Law & Order,’ but it’s so much better than that

HBO’s “The Night Of” stars Riz Ahmed as Nasir “Naz” Khan, a Pakistani-American on trial for murder in New York.

By Matthew Gilbert

The HBO show offers proof that the crime procedural can triumph when the right writers and actors are on the case.

If you go ...

By Christopher Muther

What to do in Brussels.

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Art Review

At the ICA, Nalini Malani is a marvel

By Cate McQuaid

Dining out

At Dig Inn, bowls worthy of the name

By Devra First

in focus

What it’s like to be in a cult

By Peter Keough

by Marni Katz | globe correspondent

Color me easy

By Marni Elyse Katz

The Ticket: Pop music

By Steve Smith

The Ticket: Theater

By Don Aucoin

The Ticket: Dance

By Karen Campbell

The Ticket: Classical music

By Jeremy Eichler

the story behind the book

Debra Spark explores the mystery of marriage

By Kate Tuttle

Local bestsellers

By Sonia Rao

The Ticket: TV

By Matthew Gilbert

four takes

The challenges of ocean exploration

By Katharine Whittemore

new england literary news

An art tour of MIT and new Belmont bookstore

By Jan Gardner


How the other half vacations

The highly-anticipated Fort Bishangarh.

By Christopher Muther

Every year, thousands from the luxury travel world converge on Las Vegas’ Virtuoso Travel Week to pitch their latest and greatest.

What it’s like to vacation in Brussels six months later

Top: Outside the majestic Grand-Place in Brussels.

By Christopher Muther

My time was a week of contrasts, veering from the happiness of tourist mainstays such as waffles and frites to serious discussions of terror cells.

New Hampshire’s walkable Seacoast offers easy escapes

The Urban Forestry Center.

By Marty Basch

Trade the cityscape for enjoyable year-round water and woods walks on New Hampshire’s Seacoast.

Real Estate


Tips for surviving in today’s bidding wars

By Jon Gorey

When your reasonable offer on a home is rejected, it’s enough to make you cry — and you’re not alone.


Energy-savvy contemporary captures warmth of sun

By John R. Ellement

This Andover home offers passive-solar features in a tranquil, perennial-filled setting.

What does your money buy in Woburn?

By Rachel Lebeaux

A sampling of homes on the market in Woburn includes two Colonials with four bedrooms and finished basements.

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my first home

Dream home had us headed for the highway

By Marjorie Maling Harvey


Globe Magazine

‘When you find my body’: The last days of Gerry Largay

By Kathryn Miles

Lost for at least 19 days in the Maine wilderness, the 66-year-old hiker died as she had lived: with courage and with grace.

Globe Magazine

If you made $120 million, what would you do?

042532016 Boston Ma Paul M. English (cq) photographed for the Magazine Game Changers Series . He is photographed at his Boston Office's. Boston Globe/Staff Photographer Jonathan Wiggs

By Tracy Kidder

In an excerpt from Tracy Kidder’s forthcoming book, Internet entrepreneur Paul English decides how to spend a fortune.

Globe Magazine

At summer’s end, an ode to the outdoor shower

By Neil Swidey

Neil Swidey on a particular delight of New England’s all-too-short season.

Globe North

The world is their stage

Artistic director Bob Walsh of the Gloucester Stage Company at a meeting for

By Hattie Bernstein

Seven apprentices have spent the summer learning theater behind the scenes at the Gloucester Stage Company.


Our Neighbors’ Table expands its fight against hunger

Guest tour the Jardis-Taylor Center for Our Neighbors' Table in Amesbury on Tuesday May 24, 2016. Nearly 200 households have used the facility in its first 3 days of operation. . Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

By Christina Bagni

A 4,800-square-foot property in Amesbury features a functional market where families in need can pick up food.


Girls make shift from elite to high school teams

Goalkeeper Holly Stam during a practice drill at the Pingree School in Hamilton.

By Logan Mullen

Coming off a national championship, members of the girls’ NEFC 16-and-under elite team caught their breath before the upcoming high school soccer season begins.

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GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

By Logan Mullen


Distinctive artists on display at Flatrocks in Gloucester

By Wendy Killeen

Globe South

Stonehill College takes its discount ‘Mobile Market’ to Brockton

Angela Beyer (right) helps out a customer at Stonehill College's Mobile Market in Brockton.

By Jacob Carozza

In parts of Brockton, vegetables like those grown at the Easton campus are not widely available, even at more typical prices.


For some girls, the best of two soccer worlds

Whitman-Hanson soccer coach David Fleck checks his notes while star players Taylor Kofton, Lauren Bonavita, and Katie Korzec prepare for a two-mile conditioning run.

By Sam Boyles

Several high school players from south of Boston were part of the U16 New England Football Club squad that recently captured two national championships.

Ferry brings hope for underused Quincy park

This pilot ferry service runs between Squantum Point Park in Quincy and Rowes Wharf in Boston.

By Robert Knox

Cheerleaders of Squantum Point Park have their fingers crossed that the pilot service from Boston and Winthrop will draw more visitors.

Globe West

Forget tricorn hats. These reenactors prefer olive drab

Joseph Clayton got to wear some vintage World War II items while visiting Fort Devens Museum's open house event.

By Jeremy C. Fox

At the Fort Devens Museum, history buffs honor the men and women who served in World War II.


Pine Manor professor uses campus as a backdrop to sculpture

By Nancy Shohet West

“The Nature Show,” an indoor-outdoor exhibit of works by 25 members of the New England Sculptors Association, opened August 28.


Framingham to decide whether to buy golf course

By Debora Almeida

A Special Town Meeting in Framingham will decide whether the town should purchase Millwood Farms Golf Course or let the land be sold to a developer.