Senator John McCain.

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Senator McCain diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer

Arizona Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, has glioblastoma, a brain tumor.

// What to know about Sen. John McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis

Here are five things to know about glioblastoma and McCain’s future health.

O.J. Simpson in court in Las Vegas in 2013.

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O.J. Simpson to plead for his freedom on live TV

Former football star and convicted felon O.J. Simpson will command the world’s attention once again Thursday.

// Slain Mission Hill store owner recalled as ‘the last of a bygone era’

The hard-working 58-year-old father had overcome troubles and tragedies to become a beloved neighborhood business owner.

// Supporters pack court as suspects in Mission Hill store owner slaying are held without bail

Jerome Hobson, 38, of Dorchester, and Shawn Redden, 26, of Brockton, were each arraigned on murder and other charges in West Roxbury Municipal Court.

Yvonne Abraham

// The soul of a neighborhood, killed for no reason

Andres Cruz was the kind of hardware store owner who still extended credit to cash-strapped customers and offered help with their projects.

// In mayoral race interview, Jackson dings Walsh for furthering city’s inequality

Tito Jackson participated in the first of two conversations with the city’s leading mayoral candidates.

Judge denies MIT janitor’s request to be released from custody

Francisco Rodriguez, a 43-year-old father who has no criminal record, has become a political emblem of the US immigration system.

// Snarled by traffic, Bristol sheriff facing contempt hearing

Judge William Young ordered Tom Hodgson to appear for a contempt hearing because he showed up two hours late.

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Marty Walsh and Sam Kennedy on the art of building consensus

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Trump’s presidency at 6 months

US President Donald Trump speaks during the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House in Washington, DC, July 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

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Donald Trump was sworn into office six months ago. But his young presidency has struggled under the weight of a failed health care overhaul, an obstacle-ridden travel ban, and constant Russia controversies.

// Trump rages at Sessions in New York Times interview

President Trump said Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from all matters related to Russia was “very unfair to the president.”

// Shrugging off controversy, Trump’s voter-fraud panel seeks more personal data

The panel is among the earliest examples of Trump translating his “us-against-them” political philosophy into governance.

Opinion | Jeffrey D. Sachs

// Lies and the lying lobbyists who tell them

The greatest problem in Washington is not polarization but lying.

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// Red Sox make quick work of Blue Jays

After winning a 15-inning marathon Tuesday, the Red Sox needed just 2 hours 47 minutes to defeat Blue Jays Wednesday.

Humpback whale's right pectoral flipper is raised as it falls back into the water, in this spin breach, in the southeast corner of Stellwagen Bank.

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Whale watching can brighten even a gray day

Will you see a humpback if you take a whale watch tour on a rainy day? Lucky for you, whales are just as likely to surface on a dreary day as they are on a nice one.

// Trust’s decision to sell buildings means big changes in store for Harvard Square

The Dow and Stearns family trust is likely to seek $95 million for two properties that house businesses like the Black Ink gift shop, Felipe’s Taqueria, Origins, and Flat Patties.

Alex Beam

// Don Jr. and Jared meet Boris and Natasha

An imagined meeting of the Trump circle and the world’s greatest “no-goodniks.”

Lillian Webb and Donald Eugene Webb.

Fugitive told wife to bury him in backyard when he died

A fugitive accused of killing a Pennsylvania police chief and recently dug up in Dartmouth instructed his wife to bury him in their yard.

// Boston is a wicked sweaty city, report finds

The city ranks as one of the sweatiest cities in the country.

// Heartbreakers guitarist takes stage in Somerville club

Mike Campbell joined local Grateful Dead tribute band Bearly Dead during a cover of the Dead song, “Loser.”

// Chef Barbara Lynch faces drunken driving charge, report says

Renowned chef Barbara Lynch is facing a drunken driving charge after a car crash in Gloucester earlier this week.


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