From the start, a muddied message on Russia

Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that Russia’s Vladimir Putin had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 election.

US President Donald Trump spoke during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday.

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As Trump’s statements on Russia continue to change, he now says he warned Putin about meddling

President Trump spent a second day Wednesday managing the fallout from his widely criticized meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, shifting stances and mopping up what the White House said were misstatements.

// Former Boston school leader to receive payment in secret deal

Boston’s School Committee approved a separation agreement Monday, in apparent violation of the open meeting law, with Tommy Chang, the former superintendent of the city’s public schools.

// Russian woman used sex in her role as covert agent in US, prosecutors say

Maria Butina, who has been charged with secretly acting on Moscow’s behalf in the United States, was ordered held without bond.

// Merging Beth Israel, Lahey would drive up costs, watchdog says

The consolidation would boost medical spending by as much as $191.3 million a year for inpatient, outpatient, and primary care services.

Emanuel Lopes is seated during his arraignment on Tuesday.

Man accused of murdering Weymouth officer is fit for trial, court clinician testifies

A lawyer for Emanuel Lopes said he has “been unable to speak with him in any coherent fashion” about the case, but the judge decided Lopes was aware of what was happening.

// Lowell man allegedly tracked co-worker with GPS for at least 12 days

A Lowell man is now facing stalking charges following a monthslong investigation by Lowell and Winchester police.

// Former public safety secretary to consult with scandal-plagued State Police

The State Police say they have brought in a familiar face to consult and bring change to the department: former state public safety secretary Kathleen O’Toole.

//[1] Serial rapist gets 18 to 22 years for attacks on Esplanade and in South Boston

A serial rapist was sentenced Wednesday for raping women on the Esplanade and in South Boston in 2006, 2007, and 2010.

VINEYARD HAVEN, MA--071818-- Alan Dershowitz, Professor of Law, Emeritus Harvard Law School speaks at the Katharine Cornell Theater. Dershowitz wanted a civil dialogue with members of the Martha's Vineyard community about his defense of President Trump. (Photo by Steve Haines/For The Boston Globe) Lifestyle Editor Shanahan 8.4.2583495509

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Alan Dershowitz concedes: He didn’t realize ‘how emotionally people are invested in opposing Trump’

The former Harvard Law professor spoke to residents on Martha’s Vineyard about his controversial defense of President Trump and how he’s been met with unexpected blowback on the island.

Boston MA 11/25/16 San Antonio Spurs Kawhi Leonard shooting a jumper in the key in between Boston Celtics Al Horford and Jae Crowder during first quarter action at the TD Garden. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:


What the Kawhi Leonard deal means for the teams involved, Celtics, and NBA as a whole

Leonard going to an Eastern Conference team will re-balance the player talent scales at least a bit.

SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 11: Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots football team and chief executive officer of the Kraft Group, arrives for a morning session of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 11, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every July, some of the world's most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, technology and political spheres converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive weeklong conference. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Three Boston teams named to Forbes World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams

The Patriots were the second-ranked NFL team.

FILE - In this Saturday, May 19, 2018 file photo,Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado throws to first base to make the double play on Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Without Manny Machado, Orioles will be fodder for Red Sox

If he’s traded to the Dodgers as expected, Baltimore will be a weaker team.

After Tuesday’s rain, more showers are on the way late in the weekend and into next week.

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Dave Epstein

Wet, humid weather coming, but it won’t rain all the time

However, we’re also unlikely to see any days with bright blue skies and low humidity.

Forks, Spoons and Knives on Blue Background

Miss Conduct

Is it rude to bring our own silverware to parties? We’re anti-plastic

I don’t want my family using paper plates and plastic utensils, even at other people’s parties. Plus, a popcorn-in-teeth dilemma.

Elsie Fisher in Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade.”

★ ★ ★ ½ | Movie review

‘Eighth Grade’ is a middle school marvel

Writer-director Bo Burnham’s film breaks your heart and makes it soar.

// Going green is cutting into hotel housekeepers’ livelihoods

Programs that encourage guests to skip housekeeping, and save energy, are wreaking havoc on workers’ schedules, a union says.


Dig, a new dating app for dog lovers, to host Fort Point bash

The dating service was founded by Newton-raised sisters Leigh and Casey Isaacson, who believe that dog-friendly humans make good teams.

// ‘I’d love to see Jaws just come out of nowhere’: Video shows great white eating seal off Cape Cod

A group of boaters got to witness a rare sight last weekend: a great white shark having a meal.

// Some dockless bike companies don’t mind if you use their bikes for Boston’s World Naked Bike Ride

Just be courteous and think about the people who might use that bike after you.

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Yvonne Abraham

// GOP candidates from Mass. miss chance to stand up to Trump

The Massachusetts Republicans running for the US Senate will fit right in with the dutiful doormats in the caucus they hope to join.

Special reports

// For refugees in Kenya, an education in hope

The Kakuma Refugee Camp is a holding center for thousands dispossessed by war and conflict. A New Hampshire university has made it the focus of its global plans.


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// WATCH: The pleasure and pain of seeing inside living cells

Eric Betzig’s newest microscope looks nothing like the one you remember from school.

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Seattle’s mayor talks growing pains that offer some lessons for Boston

Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan spoke at a Globe event on how innovation is shaping our world, and she’s in high demand among the hundreds of mayors gathered in Boston.

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