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Spending on health care rises in Mass.

Partners plans to reduce costs by delivering more coordinated care in lower-cost community settings instead of its big academic hospitals, Massachusetts General (above) and Brigham & Women’s.

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The state’s efforts to control rising costs met mixed success, according to a report.

Boston hoping to draw top runners to city

With elite team initiatives underway at the Boston Athletic Association and New Balance, Boston is re-emerging as a running mecca.

As primary vote nears, many unsure who’s on ballot

Voters just don’t seem to know the candidates who are running for statewide office a week from today.

Jose Ramirez, 6, of Chelsea looked up at a police officer at the back-to-school celebration at Williams School.

Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff

Diversity in ranks limited, Mass. police try to build links

Against the backdrop of unrest in Ferguson, Mo., officials acknowledge they have struggled for years to diversify local departments.

Students Avdit Kohli, Yan Olshevskyy, and Yajur Gulati carried mattresses down Commonwealth Avenue to their new apartment in Allston Monday.

Students’ old gear gets a recycling push

Programs are springing up at local colleges to sell former students’ leftover furniture to incoming students.

The Nation

Small hospitals run by military said to put patients at risk

By Sharon LaFraniere

The trickle of patients at some of the hospitals compromises the ability of staff to diagnose and treat serious illnesses.

Study says low-carb diet leads to reduced body fat

By Anahad O’Connor

The findings are unlikely to be the final salvo in an often contentious debate about what foods are best to eat for weight loss and overall health.

US eating habits improve a bit, except among poor

A 12-year study shows a steady improvement in how Americans eat. Diets high in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits are recommended. Above, a shop in Washington, D.C.

By Lindsey Tanner

Even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found.

The World

NATO planning rapid-response troops near Russia

A mother and child hid in a shelter in Donetsk, Ukraine. Separatists softened their demand for full independence.

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis

The new force of some 4,000 troops would be able to quickly deploy and would be supported by prepositioned equipment.

3 Americans held in North Korea plead for US help

By Choe Sang-Hun

All three apologized for violating North Korea’s laws and asked Washington to send a high-level emissary to negotiate their release.

UN backs inquiry of Islamic State’s alleged crimes

Iraqi Shi’ite militia fighters celebrated on Monday the breaking of a siege of the town of Amirli by Islamic State militants.

By John Heilprin

The United Nation’s top human rights body approved an investigation into alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State.

Editorial & Opinion

Farah Stockman

‘Game of Thrones’ looks an awful lot like America

On “Game of Thrones,” Ned Stark’s first term in office as King’s Hand didn’t end so well.

By Farah Stockman

Is it any surprise that Americans are fascinated by this epic HBO saga of a world order crumbling?

TOM KEANE

Cool summer doesn’t invalidate climate change

Despite New England’s experience, 2013 was, worldwide, the hottest year on record, and 2014 may be hotter still.

By Tom Keane

If climate change is real, then how come last winter was so long and our summer so cool? It’s because our perspective is skewed.

Cathy Young

Women Against Feminism: Some women want equality without anger

By Cathy Young

A new social media movement has its silly aspects, but it raises some much-needed questions about feminism’s present and future state.

Metro

Diversity in ranks limited, Mass. police try to build links

Jose Ramirez, 6, of Chelsea looked up at a police officer at the back-to-school celebration at Williams School.

By Milton J. Valencia and Evan Allen

Against the backdrop of unrest in Ferguson, Mo., officials acknowledge they have struggled for years to diversify local departments.

Students’ old gear gets a recycling push

Students Avdit Kohli, Yan Olshevskyy, and Yajur Gulati carried mattresses down Commonwealth Avenue to their new apartment in Allston Monday.

By Matt Rocheleau

Programs are springing up at local colleges to sell former students’ leftover furniture to incoming students.

As primary vote nears, many unsure who’s on ballot

Voters just don’t seem to know the Democrats and Republicans who are running for statewide office a week from today, sans one — governor.

By Akilah Johnson

Voters just don’t seem to know the candidates who are running for statewide office a week from today.

Business

Spending on health care rises in Mass.

Partners plans to reduce costs by delivering more coordinated care in lower-cost community settings instead of its big academic hospitals, Massachusetts General (above) and Brigham & Women’s.

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

The state’s efforts to control rising costs met mixed success, according to a report.

3 colleges say they’re owed $17m in tax credits

By Sarah Shemkus

Northeastern University, Boston University, and Wellesley College claim the state denied tax credits for environmental clean-up work.

Depositors reject local bank’s Wall Street plans

“It was a little bit of a surprise,” said Michael Wheeler, chief executive of the 126-year-old bank, which has four branches.

By Jay Fitzgerald

Depositors at tiny Beverly Bank blocked a plan by executives to convert to public ownership.

Obituaries

Adrienne Wilson, 80, community planning activist

Ms. Wilson encouraged people to get involved in their communities.

By Kathleen McKenna

Ms. Wilson, of Chestnut Hill, served on the boards of Urban College of Boston and Temple Reyim in Newton. She died Aug. 17.

Carol Vadnais, 68; NHL defenseman with Bruins, Canadiens, Rangers

The six-time All-Star battled Bobby Clarke for the puck.

By Richard Goldstein

Mr. Vadnais was a six-time NHL All-Star who played for Stanley Cup championship teams with the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins.

Yves Carcelle, executive who made Louis Vuitton a status symbol, dies at 66

Mr. Carcelle was named a chevalier, or knight, in 2004 for his contributions to French cultural life.

By Nicola Clark

Mr. Carcelle, who transformed Louis Vuitton into one of the world’s most iconic luxury brands, died Sunday in Paris.

Sports

Boston hoping to draw top runners to city

Abbey D'Agostino, a seven-time NCAA champion, recently signed with New Balance and moved to Newton.

By Shira Springer

With elite team initiatives underway at the Boston Athletic Association and New Balance, Boston is re-emerging as a running mecca.

DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP

Chris Kirk captures Deutsche Bank title

Chris Kirk shot a 5-under-par 66 Monday, good for his third career win — and perhaps a Ryder Cup spot. Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

By Michael Whitmer

Kirk shot a flawless 66 Monday at TPC Boston in Norton to clinch his third career win on tour.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Rory McIlroy’s frustrating day ends in tie for fifth

A missed putt on 15 was typical of Rory McIlroy’s day. Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

By Christopher L. Gasper

McIlroy’s putter betrayed him this time, as he shot a final-round 70 at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

G: Living

A friend’s elegy for James Foley

James Foley and Daniel Johnson met shortly after each had graduated from college, when they signed up for Teach for America in Phoenix.

By Bella English

Poet Daniel Johnson began writing a piece for Foley after his friend was taken captive. Now it is set to be published.

Book Review

‘What I Know for Sure’ by Oprah Winfrey

By Meredith Maran

The book’s contents span 14 years, lending a sense of evolving consciousness to the dozens of short essays.

Album Review | POP

Nick & Knight, ‘Nick & Knight’

By Sarah Rodman

Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys and Jordan Knight from NKOTB team up for a mini-boyband summit on their new album.

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Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Love Letters

Dating as a minister

Names

Donnie Wahlberg marries Jenny McCarthy, Mark Wahlberg explains absence

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Gandalf appears at Boston Tattoo Convention

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Cary Elwes will visit the Brattle for ‘As You Wish’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Around town: Mark Zuckerberg and Tom Brady

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein