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Raising Connor

Nelson, NH- September 02, 2017: Connor Biscan stood atop a small rock and searched the sky for the balloons he had lost at a family gathering in Nelson, N.H., on Labor Day weekend last September. Connor had flown the balloons in an open field behind his great-grandfather's house. When the kite string broke and the balloons snagged on a tree, Connor became anxious. His mother, Roberta Biscan, praised him for remaining calm. As a baby, balloon was his first word. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: metro reporter: kowalczyk

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Connor Biscan’s family gave a Globe reporter and photographer access into his world and their struggles, believing it might help other families.

// Sunshine Lady’s charitable work for Warren Buffett clouded over

Bitter internal feuding over Doris Buffett’s charitable work is raising questions about how her wealth is being managed.

// Kerry is quietly seeking to salvage Iran deal he helped craft

Former secretary of state John Kerry has been on an aggressive yet stealthy mission to try to apply pressure on the Trump administration from the outside.

For Vivian Du, a senior at Malden High School, the price of UMass Amherst after she received her financial aid package came as a shock.

Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

Needy students squeezed at UMass Amherst

The state’s flagship university is moving out of reach for the best and brightest if they don’t have a big enough bank account.

The Nation

Kerry is quietly seeking to salvage Iran deal he helped craft

Then US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at a hotel in Vienna, Austria June 30, 2015.

By Matt Viser

Former secretary of state John Kerry has been on an aggressive yet stealthy mission to try to apply pressure on the Trump administration from the outside.

How Trump’s fixer Michael Cohen built a shadowy business empire

Many of Michael Cohen's associates have faced either criminal charges or stiff regulatory penalties.

By William K. Rashbaum and Danny Hakim

A significant portion of Cohen’s quarter-century business record is now under the microscope of federal prosecutors.

Hawaii braces for more quakes, lava from Kilauea volcano

A 2,000-foot fissure erupted within the Leilani Estates subdivision on the Big Island.

By Caleb Jones

The natural threats prompted harried and fearful residents to flee their homes, damaged several buildings, and closed schools and parks.

The World

Trump says knives make London ‘like a war zone’

President Trump spoke at the National Rifle Association convention in Dallas on Friday and asserted that a prestigious hospital in London was a “war zone for horrible stabbing wounds.” His claim was met by Britons with weary humor and bewilderment, with many in the news and on social media questioning where the president got his information.

By Yonette Joseph

It seems unlikely that the president will adopt a more conciliatory tone toward Britain before his visit in July.

Russian police detain more than 1,600 protesting against Putin

Russian riot police arrested participants of an unauthorized opposition rally in Moscow.

By Amie Ferris-Rotman

Police dragged the organizer, 41-year-old opposition leader Alexei Navalny, out of the Moscow rally by his arms and ankles.

Police arrest 14 in rape, killing of girl

The suspects are accused of abducting the girl from Chatra, where she was attending a wedding.

Editorial & Opinion


Scuttling the Iran deal would be a costly error

US President Donald Trump speaks about the Iran deal from the Diplomatic Reception room of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 13, 2017.

If Donald Trump abandons the Iran nuclear deal, the message will echo around the world: The United States cannot be trusted.

Renée Graham

R. Kelly and Bill Cosby are not being lynched

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 24, 2013 singer R. Kelly arrives for the 2013 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Fresh off the conviction of Bill Cosby, the Time's Up movement for gender equality on April 30, 2018, urged the music business to dump R&B star R. Kelly.

By Renée Graham

Supporters of men accused of sexual misconduct are trivializing one of the nation’s bloodiest chapters.

Dante Ramos

Take the low road in Allston

Boston, MA - 7/31/2017 - The eastbound Mass Pike traffic, left, is heavier than the westbound, viewed from the Allston footbridge off Cambridge Street. The Monday morning commute is impacted by the construction to replace the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge over the Mass Pike. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 01commave Reporter: XXX

By Dante Ramos

If we don’t make smart investments now, future generations will wonder: What on earth were they thinking?


Boston mayor lends his support to Dan Koh’s congressional run

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and his former chief of staff Dan Koh hugged at an event in Haverhill on Saturday.

By Evan Allen

Koh, one of 13 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in the Third District, was Marty Walsh’s first chief of staff.

Sunshine Lady’s charitable work for Warren Buffett clouded over

Emily Walsh Holland is accused of taking confidential information from Doris Buffett’s charity, which she said she got while working there. Above: Holland appeared in Boston Municipal Court earlier this month.

By Sacha Pfeiffer

Bitter internal feuding over Doris Buffett’s charitable work is raising questions about how her wealth is being managed.

yvonne abraham

For these overachievers, tuition is their latest obstacle

By Yvonne Abraham

Want to feel like a massive underachiever? Check out this crop of recent college graduates.

Business & Tech

Five things you should know about David Nussbaum

America’s Test Kitchen hit a peak for revenue in 2017 under the leadership of David Nussbaum (above).

By Jon Chesto

America’s Test Kitchen, once rocked by the departure of its most prominent personality, is reaching new highs under Nussbaum’s leadership.

It ain’t easy being green

Sheffi says sustainability can only go so far if higher costs scare off customers.

By Sarah Shemkus

Yossi Sheffi’s latest book examines the challenges and benefits of “going green” in a multilayered global economy.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

A factory in Cambridge makes 14 million Junior Mints a day. Why is no one allowed inside?

Cambridge Brands, between Kendall Square and Central Square, is owned by Tootsie Roll Industries.

By Scott Kirsner

Cambridge Brands keeps a low profile, but it’s a big business.


Celtics 101, 76ers 98 (OT)

The confetti rained for the Philly victory that wasn’t

Philadelphia, PA: 5-5-18:As the Celtics Al Horford (left) was doing a post game interview, teammate Jayson Tatum jumped in and called him

By Adam Himmelsbach

Philadelphia thought it had won the game, but instead the Celtics, led by Al Horford, took a 3-0 series lead.


Game 3 win earns a place in Celtics lore

Philadelphia, PA: 5-5-18: The Celtics Jaylen Brown howls after the 76ers missed the final shot in overtime giving Boston the victory. Al Horford is in the backround right. The Boston Celtics visited the Philadelphia 76ers in Game Three of their NBA Eastern Conference Semi Final playoff series at the Wells Fargo Center. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Dan Shaughnessy

The dramatic finish in the overtime victory compares well to any in the fabled Boston-Philly rivalry.

red sox 6, rangers 5

Red Sox finish off rally to beat Rangers

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 05: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox dives home to score on a double by \Andrew Benintendi #16 of the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 5, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

By Peter Abraham

Craig Kimbrel picked up his 300th career save.

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Revolution tripped up by Impact


Dual County League lacrosse rivals band for growth of sport

By Nate Weitzer


Wellesley’s Abby Comella a dual threat

By Shawn McFarland


Joel Embiid in a foul mood over Game 3 officiating

By Adam Himmelsbach

NASCAR Cup Series: AAA 400 Drive for Autism

Jimmie Johnson seeks to regain gear at Dover

By Dan Gelston

Nick Cafardo | on baseball

Time for Red Sox to keep an eye on the scoreboard

By Nick Cafardo


Race favorite Justify wins Kentucky Derby

By Beth Harris


Jayson Tatum again rises to the occasion

By Gary Washburn


A Bruin from 1972 finally gets his Stanley Cup ring

By Kevin Paul Dupont


College captaincy seems to put you in Patriots’ favor

By Nora Princiotti

red sox notebook

Two of Dave Dombrowski’s acquisitions face off

By Peter Abraham

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes

Can the Dodgers afford to not go after Manny Machado?

By Nick Cafardo


A translation guide to what NFL teams really said with their draft picks

By Ben Volin


Markelle Fultz counting rookie season with 76ers as ‘learning experience’

By Gary Washburn


Ideas | S.I. Rosenbaum

Genetic data can track down criminals — and everyone else

*** BESTPIX *** SACRAMENTO, CA - APRIL 27: Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspected

By S.I. Rosenbaum

Neither the Golden State Killer nor Buckskin Girl had a genetic profile in the archive used to identify them. That didn’t matter.

Ideas | Maria Devlin McNair

How children’s literature became everybody’s literature

How children’s literature became everybody’s literature

By Maria Devlin McNair

Maybe the line between “fiction” and “children’s fiction” was artificial all along.

Ideas | David Scharfenberg

Why we’re told to ‘stand up straight!’

detail of the Procession Fresco at Knossos Palace in Crete, Greece

By David Scharfenberg

Considering the curious power of posture, from ancient Greece to Hogwarts.

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Ideas | A.J.B. Lane

Here’s what to expect heading into a college reunion

By A.J.B. Lane


On Second Thought: Control of a legacy

By Adam Marcus


Big Data: 19,413

By Alex Kingsbury


Innovation of the Week: The 0.5k race

By David Scharfenberg


Getting to know your opponent

By Kevin Lewis


John Biggers, 94, pioneer researcher for in vitro fertilization

Dr. Biggers taught at several universities, including Harvard Medical School.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Biggers taught at several universities, including Harvard Medical School.

Sunday Arts


Alanis Morissette reflects on ‘Jagged Little Pill’ and the musical it has inspired

Alanis Morissette performed in San Diego in September.

By Jeremy D. Goodwin

The emotional density of the singer’s epochal 1995 album provided ample fodder for the creative team that includes Diane Paulus, Diablo Cody, and Tom Kitt.


Welcome to ‘Disgraceland,’ where music and true crime meet

Jake Brennan’s first podcast episode made Apple’s Top Ten ranking.

By James Sullivan

Boston musician Jake Brennan has told stories of music industry misbehavior and mayhem for years. Now he tells them on his new hit podcast.

Ty Burr

So what are the best sports movies?

Bill Murray in “Caddyshack.”

By Ty Burr

“Caddyshack” is on the list. So are “Raging Bull” and “Eight Men Out.”

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Quick Bite

At the Ghost Walks, drinks with drama

By Devra First


Cancer researcher wins Kraft Prize

By Mark Shanahan

The story behind the book | Kate Tuttle

A fan of perfection that’s not too perfect

By Kate Tuttle


Admires books that ignite strong reactions

By Amy Sutherland

Book Review

Michael Ondaatje crafts a superb wartime mystery

By Anthony Domestico


Relax, you’re in Las Vegas

An hour of yoga inside a High Roller Ferris wheel pod costs $75.

By Juliet Pennington

Welcome to Las Vegas, where anything — and everything — is possible, including relaxing.

The ‘Woodstock of triathlon’ turns 35

A racer crosses the finish line at the Wildflower triathlon in central California.

By Kari Bodnarchuk

At Wildflower, everyone shares common ground.

Christopher Muther

Despite a speedy recovery, the Caribbean is poised to lose billions of tourism dollars

Many Caribbean beaches, such as this one in Martinique were untouched by hurricanes in 2017. Still, the Caribbean stands to lose $3 billion over the next four years.

By Christopher Muther

The Caribbean could see losses totaling more than $3 billion during the next four years until visitor rates climb back to 2016 levels.

Real Estate

Is riding the ferry the best commute in town?

By Jon Gorey

As you stuff yourself into the underground armpit stew of a rush-hour subway car, some of your fellow commuters are peacefully gazing out at the ocean. |

What is it like to live in Medway?

By Rachel Lebeaux

When Richard Parrella’s family moved from Watertown to Medway, they felt like they had “fallen off the edge of the earth.” Read more community profiles at

What kind of home does your money buy in Medway?

By Rachel Lebeaux

A market sample includes a Mansard-roofed home with hardwood floors and a Colonial with an in-ground pool. Search listings at


Summer Travel

The 20 best beaches to visit in New England

Provincetown, MA- August 24, 2017: Mark Shepard of Boylston and his daughter Mackenzie, 8, fish on off the shore of the oversand beach driving corridor at Race Point Beach in Provincetown, MA on August 24, 2017. Mark said he's been coming to the beach all his life. (CRAIG F. WALKER/GLOBE STAFF) section: magazine reporter:

By Patricia Harris and David Lyon

Love paddleboarding and fishing? Want to build a campfire? Need snacks and family entertainment? There’s a beach for that.

Summer Travel

A beachcombing guide: Things to find at the beach

By Susan Moeller

The beaches of New England teem with all manner of creatures. You just have to know where to look.

Summer Travel

New England’s best summer foods

By Caroline Szachnowski

Find out where to sample dishes that offer a twist on local favorites, including lobster ice cream and corn pizza.

Globe North


Murphy, Gorgenyi quick out of the gate

By Matt Case

Fifteen-year-olds Jolene Murphy of Peabody and Katelyn Gorgenyi of North Reading have impressed with their early performances on the track.


GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

By Matt Case

Burlington’s Stephanie McFadries took first place in the javelin for Worcester State at the MASCAC Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship April 28.


Do something good on Mother’s Day: Walk for HAWC

06nocalendar -- Lace up your sneakers on MotherÕs Day and join Healing Abuse Working for Change in Salem for their 26th annual walk on Saturday, May 12 with Jenny Johnson, NECN's

By Kathy Shiels Tully

Healing Abuse Working for Change, which works to help victims of domestic violence, gathers May 13 for its annual fund-raiser in Salem.

Globe South

State aims to return the beach to Nantasket

Some of the debris from the storms that ravaged Nantasket Beach in March 2018.

By Johanna Seltz

It wants to dump up to 700,000 cubic yards of sand at the summer mecca to widen the beach and decrease the pounding impact of waves on the shore, especially during storms.


Quincy officials may consider eminent domain to revitalize downtown

By Jill Terreri Ramos

The city is trying to help landlords fill vacant space in key areas downtown, and other methods would be used first, officials said.


Great dance moves, now move on

By Emily Sweeney

A man is seen dancing in a peculiar place, a report of a severed head proves only partially accurate, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

Globe West

Local shops outlast Toys ‘R’ Us, with mixed feelings

By Lucas Phillips

Specialty toy shops are rethinking their strategy as the behemoth chain prepares to sell or close its stores.


In Arlington, a senior foursome seeks softball glory

By Nate Weitzer

Holly Russell, Abi Ewen, Ellie Demarre, and Allie Britt have paced the softball team to seven consecutive wins, six of them comebacks.


GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

By Nate Weitzer

Newton’s Eric Mah led Bowdoin baseball to a three-game sweep of Colby April 27-28.