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GOP unveils slim bill on health

Senate Republican leaders on Thursday trimmed their vision of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, unveiling a new, scaled-down bill that failed during an early-morning vote.

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New England has the highest rate of fentanyl-related deaths in the nation, due mostly to Mexican cartels bringing in vast quantities of the synthetic drug.

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Governor Baker is set to sign the recreational pot measure Friday, setting in motion a high-stakes, 11-month sprint to license retail establishments.

12 people were on board a 24-foot Four Winns Horizon brand powerboat when it capsized and overturned near the Hog Island in Buzzards Bay on Wednesday.

Diver recounts dramatic rescue of boy after boat capsized in Buzzards Bay

Responders heard the call crackling over the distress channel and raced toward the boat in trouble, mounting a tense battle against waves — and time.

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As the GOP’s fight over health care drags on, businesses are salivating over the next item on the Trump agenda: a tax code overhaul.

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

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Scaramucci ignites fierce White House fight: ‘Shiv in ribs’?

President Donald Trump’s new communications director exploded the smoldering tensions at the White House into a full-fledged conflagration Thursday.

The Nation

GOP unveils slim bill on health

By Robert Pear and Thomas Kaplan

Senate Republican leaders on Thursday trimmed their vision of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, unveiling a new, scaled-down bill that failed during an early-morning vote.

Scaramucci ignites fierce White House fight: ‘Shiv in ribs’?

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

By Jenna Johnson and Philip Rucker

President Donald Trump’s new communications director exploded the smoldering tensions at the White House into a full-fledged conflagration Thursday.

DC lobbyists ready for ‘Hunger Games’ of tax code reform

A high-profile tax lobbyist, Ken Kies, hosted a fund-raiser on Nantucket last week for House Speaker Paul Ryan (above), who has made rewriting the tax laws his highest priority.

By Victoria McGrane

As the GOP’s fight over health care drags on, businesses are salivating over the next item on the Trump agenda: a tax code overhaul.

The World

French crews tame dramatic wildfire on Mediterranean coast

By THOMAS ADAMSON and NADINE ACHOUI-LESAGE

French firefighters have tamed one of the fiercest blazes to break out during four days of wildfires in the country’s southeast Mediterranean coast that led to the evacuation of more than 12,000 people.

Wife of Zimbabwe’s leader tells Mugabe to name successor

By FARAI MUTSAKA

Zimbabwe’s first lady on Thursday publicly urged her 93-year-old husband to name a successor, wading into a subject that President Robert Mugabe has regarded as taboo.

US attorney general presses on with mission to El Salvador

By Sadie Gurman

Though his future may be in doubt, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions forged ahead Thursday with a tough-on-crime agenda that once endeared him to President Donald Trump, opening a mission in El Salvador to step up international cooperation against the violent street gang MS-13.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Joan Wickersham

Rhyme and reason: where the teachers go for their poetry fix

Pile of old books isolated on white

By Joan Wickersham

The Summer Institute is about teaching poetry in school, but the approach is profoundly non-academic.

Editorial

When it comes to health care, this is an awfully dangerous bet

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) heads to the Senate floor for a vote on health care legislation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 26, 2017. Seven Republicans rejected a measure repealing major parts of the Affordable Care Act without replacement on Wednesday; the 45-55 defeat signaled that a “clean repeal” bill cannot get through Congress. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

Voting for a bill that senators don’t actually support, just to get it out of their hair, would be a dangerous move.

Letters

In talking of cancer’s ravages, personal choices are beside the point

“Wouldn’t it be kinder to recognize that lung cancer shouldn’t happen to anyone, including smokers?” — Felicia Nimue Ackerman

Metro

Diver recounts dramatic rescue of boy after boat capsized in Buzzards Bay

12 people were on board a 24-foot Four Winns Horizon brand powerboat when it capsized and overturned near the Hog Island in Buzzards Bay on Wednesday.

By Michael Levenson, John R. Ellement and Martin Finucane

Responders heard the call crackling over the distress channel and raced toward the boat in trouble, mounting a tense battle against waves — and time.

How Hingham police say a fatal standoff unfolded

Hingham, MA -- 7/11/2017 - Russell Reeves breaks down as he stands inside his son, Austin's room and talks about the SWAT police who wouldn't back down after he asked them to. His son, Austin, took his own life after a 10-hour standoff with the SWAT team. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 16standoff Reporter:

By Jenna Russell

Incident reports released this week revealed new details about the 10-hour standoff that ended with the suicide of a 26-year-old man at his family’s home.

Construction site met code before fire, but tougher measures may be pending

The cause of Sunday’s 10-alarm fire in Waltham is still under investigation.

By Tim Logan

The Waltham apartment complex that burned did not have the type of proactive plan that can help prevent fires at construction sites, because the city did not require such plans in 2015.

Business & Tech

THE FINE PRINT | CONSUMER ADVOCATE

Travel company offers blind woman free trip

Watertown, MA -- 7/18/2017 - JoAnn Becker a travel tour company denied her a chance to join a scheduled tour of Vietnam because she is blind. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 21consumer Reporter:

By Sean P. Murphy

The chairman of Overseas Adventure Travel wrote a letter to JoAnn Becker to say he was “very sorry and saddened by the way our organization communicated with you.”

Dunkin’ brewin’ up ‘on-the-go’ service

By Danny McDonald and Janelle Nanos

The company was focused on streamlining its operations to better establish itself as an “on-the-go” brand.

Claims that medical school dean led drug-fueled secret life stun many in Boston

Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito.

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

In Boston, Carmen Puliafito was known as driven and intense, a physician who relished the business of running a clinic as well as his time in the operating room.

Obituaries

Richard D. Driscoll, 86, banker who advocated for affordable housing

28dickdriscoll - Richard Driscoll (Handout)

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Driscoll, the Globe said in an editorial, was “a banker who knows there is more to life, and to banking, than the bottom line.”

Barbara Sinatra, Frank’s fourth wife and philanthropist, dies at 90

Barbara and Frank Sinatra at a 1988 party for Milton Berle’s 80th birthday party in Los Angeles.

By John Rogers

The former model and Las Vegas showgirl founded with her husband a children’s center in southern California that has served more than 20,000 children since 1986.

Sports

BEN VOLIN I ON FOOTBALL

Tom Brady will sacrifice some reps for Jimmy Garoppolo in camp

Foxborough -07/27/2017- The Patriots held their first day of traing camp at the practice field of Gillette Stadium. Qb's (left to rt) Jacob Brissett, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Tom Brady work in sync during a passing drill. John Tlumacki/Globe staff(sports)

By Ben Volin

Brady and Garoppolo split the snaps almost evenly Thursday, each taking turns with the starters and backups.

First-place Red Sox land back at Fenway after bumpy road trip

SEATTLE, WA - JULY 26: Craig Kimbrel #46 of the Boston Red Sox, center, is congratulated on his win by David Price #24, with Sandy Leon #3 at left at Safeco Field on July 26, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

By Peter Abraham

Long games, losses, and questions of character have dogged the team in the last three weeks.

Patriots fans show up in large numbers at training camp

Foxborough -07/27/2017- The Patriots held their first day of traing camp at the practice field of Gillette Stadium. Fans scream out for Rob Gronkowski for his autograph at the end of practice. John Tlumacki/Globe staff(sports)

By Brad Almquist

The Patriots announced that attendance for the first practice of camp was 15,349.

Weekend

Movie Review | ★ ★ ★

With Charlize Theron as lethal agent, ‘Atomic Blonde’ is a blast

Charlize Theron (left) and Sofia Boutella in “Atomic Blonde.

By Ty Burr

It’s film noir meets Jason Bourne with a dash of John LeCarre, and its chief claim to your attention is our reigning lady badass at its center.

Stage Review

‘Romeo and Juliet’ blends darkness, light in agile Boston Common production

John Zdrojeski and Gracyn Mix play the title roles in “Romeo and Juliet.”

By Don Aucoin

The Shakespeare on the Common production adroitly blends shadow and light to tell a story that is as much about young death as young love.

Music

Offa Rex brings a blend of olde and new to Newport

From left: Colin Meloy, Olivia Chaney, John Moen, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query, and Chris Funk of Offa Rex.

By Stuart Munro

The band, a collaboration between Olivia Chaney and the Decemberists, mines traditional British folk for a sound that seems uniquely their own.