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“This kind of uncertainty is really very bad,” said Tom O’Brien, managing partner of HYM Investments,  which is planning an office tower (rendering above) atop the Government Center Garage.

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Tariffs are making it more expensive to build in Boston — and that could push rents even higher

On a major project, the difference of a few percentage points in the price of goods can amount to millions of dollars.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/11/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/AFP_17H3C4.jpg Trump signs NATO defense pledge while taking aim at allies

President Trump escalated his campaign of criticism against European allies Wednesday, accusing Germany of being “captive to Russia” and demanding all NATO members double their military spending targets.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/11/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/529940b90c9e4461b0824c582ac9eaae-529940b90c9e4461b0824c582ac9eaae-0.jpg With Kavanaugh’s nomination, the focus is on precedent — and on Roe v. Wade

With Roe v. Wade a hot-button issue, Brett Kavanaugh’s views on judicial precedent will get great scrutiny as he moves through the Supreme Court confirmation process.

Nestor Ramos

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/29/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/kreiter_northendmonica1_lfstyl.jpg Weep not for Starbucks. But in the North End, what comes next?

The North End uprising that drove the coffee giant away has some troubling implications.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/04/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/60millville02.jpg Welcome to Millville, where budget fight means dark streets, no trash pickup, and a growing deficit

Millville residents lost municipal trash service and will see more street lights go dark after voters rejected a $1 million override in June.

The Nation

With Kavanaugh’s nomination, the focus is on precedent — and on Roe v. Wade

Judge Brett Kavanaugh (right) met Wednesday with Senator Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah, on Capitol Hill.

By Mark Arsenault

With Roe v. Wade a hot-button issue, Brett Kavanaugh’s views on judicial precedent will get great scrutiny as he moves through the Supreme Court confirmation process.

Trump signs NATO defense pledge while taking aim at allies

(First row LtoR) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, US President Donald Trump, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (second row LtoR) Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Poland's President Andrzej Duda, French President Emmanuel Macron (third row) Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama, Czech Republic President Milos Zeman and Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez watch a helicopter fly-past while they pose for a family picture ahead of the opening ceremony of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit, at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, on July 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL AND AFP PHOTO / LUDOVIC MARINLUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis

President Trump escalated his campaign of criticism against European allies Wednesday, accusing Germany of being “captive to Russia” and demanding all NATO members double their military spending targets.

Trump administration takes major step to help Chinese firm ZTE

By Damian Paletta

Trump administration takes major step to help Chinese firm ZTE

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Marc C. McGovern

We’re writing a new law on noncompetes — let’s get it right

Noncompete agreements hurt the economy and are unfair to employees.

By Marc C. McGovern

Better protections for workers from noncompetes are overdue in Massachusetts.

Alex Beam

Is it any surprise that Donald Trump’s son knows Anthony Kennedy’s son?

FILE - In this April 10, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy participate in a public swearing-in ceremony for Justice Neil Gorsuch in the Rose Garden of the White House White House in Washington. The 81-year-old Kennedy said Tuesday, June 27, 2018, that he is retiring after more than 30 years on the court. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

By Alex Beam

The Kennedys and the Trumps are all members of the American nomenklatura.

Opinion | Richard North Patterson

Democrats must favor electability over ideology

A woman places her purse at her feet as she prepares to vote at a polling place, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Silver Spring, Md. Former NAACP President Ben Jealous and Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker lead a crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary field to win a nomination to face popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the fall. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

By Richard North Patterson

To take back Congress, Democrats must focus on mainstream electability rather than ideological purity.

Metro

Mass. Legislature could strengthen Charlie Baker’s hand with budget delay

If the Democratic-controlled Legislature takes too long to send Governor Charlie Baker a budget, he could veto certain items of the budget without giving the Legislature a chance to override his veto before the end of the formal legislative session on July 31.

By Joshua Miller and Matt Stout

The Democrat-controlled House and Senate have taken longer to finalize a budget than lawmakers in any other state.

Baker’s plan to cut State Police OT spending faces major hurdles

Massachusetts State Police headquarters is seen in Framingham.

By Matt Rocheleau

In early May, the governor and the head of the State Police promised a crackdown on overtime spending, including a decrease of up to 40 percent in one of its most costly units.

Lawyers for Rosenberg, Hefner say releasing accuser’s name would level ‘playing field’

Bryon Hefner, left, and former Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg.

By Matt Stout

Bryon Hefner and Stanley Rosenberg’s moves to unmask one of Hefner’s accusers drew a stiff rebuke from the man’s attorneys.

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Yvonne Abraham

Women in law paint picture of harassment

By Yvonne Abraham

Business & Tech

Banks are offering higher interest rates for savings accounts. But you still need to be smart

By Katheleen Conti

Risk-averse people who have the means to sock away some cash are now able to earn a decent guaranteed return from bank savings, money market, and CD accounts.

Japanese drug maker signs $430m deal to buy Waltham-based Visterra

A scientist at work at a Visterra lab.

By Jonathan Saltzman

It’s the latest example of a foreign pharmaceutical company establishing a presence in the white-hot Massachusetts biotech cluster.

Harbor Towers residents sue to stop Don Chiofaro’s 600-foot tower on garage site

An artist’s rendering of a plaza that could be part of developer Don Chiofaro’s Harbor Garage project.

By Tim Logan

Some residents in Boston’s downtown waterfront are trying to block the skyscraper from being built, saying it’s too “grandiose” for the area.

Obituaries

Bill Watrous, trombonist and bandleader, dies at 79

A Connecticut native, Mr. Watrous was heard on studio recordings by artists including Quincy Jones, Prince, and Frank Sinatra.

Oliver Knussen, composer of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ opera, dies at 66

Boston-4/10/13-Conductor Oliver Knussen rehearses the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(lifestyle)

By Bryan Marquard

The British composer had a long affiliation with the Tanglewood Music Center.

Sports

Here’s everything you need to know about the Brandon Browner attempted murder case

FILE--This July 8, 2018, file photo provided by the La Verne (Calif.) Police Department shows Brandon Browner. Browner, a former NFL cornerback, has been charged with trying to kill his ex-girlfriend after breaking into her Southern California home. The LA County District Attorney's Office says the 33-year-old was charged Tuesday, July 10, with attempted murder, first-degree residential robbery and other counts. Arraignment is scheduled for July 30. (La Verne Police Department via AP, file)

By Owen Pence

Browner allegedly assaulted and threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend over the weekend in La Verne, Calif.

Dustin Pedroia unlikely to play again this season

Boston, MA--5/27/2018-- Dustin Pedroia reacts after striking out during the eighth inning of the Red Sox v. Braves at Fenway Park. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

By Peter Abraham

The Red Sox second baseman said when he returns, he’ll be better than ever, but that appears to be in 2019.

Red Sox 4, Rangers 2

Chris Sale was feeling it, and the Red Sox won their ninth straight

Chris Sale picked up his 10th win of the season after throwing seven shutout innings in Wednesday night’s victory over the Texas Rangers.

By Peter Abraham

In his last start before the All-Star break, Chris Sale got his 10th win of the season after striking out 12 batters in seven shutout innings.