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Boston, MA: 7-11-18: After every strikeout that Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale chalked up, fans above the centerfield wall held up a

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Alex Speier

What’s up with all the strikeouts in Major League Baseball?

For 13 straight seasons, the strikeout rate has increased. Here’s why.

// At NATO, Trump claims allies make new defense spending commitments after he upends summit

President Trump put his brand of confrontational and disruptive diplomacy on full display Thursday, unsettling NATO allies with a blustering performance in Brussels.

Tech Lab

// Tech community wrestles over working with government

Some entrepreneurs and employees of tech firms object to their technology being used by surveillance and enforcement agencies.

Donald Trump has long obsession with the British royal family

Trump likes the idea of permanent power and celebrity, a Rice University professor said, “and nothing screams that more than the British royal family.”

Globe editor did not violate anti-harassment policy, investigators find

Investigators hired by The Boston Globe have concluded that Brian McGrory did not violate the newspaper’s anti-harassment policy in text exchanges with a former writer and editor.

// With family grown apart, historic farm is in the middle

An auction Thursday attracted hundreds of family members, neighbors, and bidders to watch the old farm be sold.

The Nation

Donald Trump has long obsession with the British royal family

Britain's Prince Charles (left) talked with Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, during a reception at the Museum of Modern Art in November 2005 in New York.

By Annie Linskey

Trump likes the idea of permanent power and celebrity, a Rice University professor said, “and nothing screams that more than the British royal family.”

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Gary Samore and Alex O’Neill

Trump and Putin face an urgent arms control deadline in Helsinki

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, in New York. Security and trade will loom large during President Trump’s first official visit to Asia, which gets underway Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Japan. North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons program is likely to dominate the first part of his trip, which includes stops in Seoul and Beijing as well as Tokyo. Trade will figure throughout, both in North Asia and at stops in Southeast Asia for the annual APEC summit in Vietnam and the ASEAN leaders’ meeting in the Philippines. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

By Gary Samore and Alex O’Neill

The framework that has stabilized the US-Russian strategic balance is in danger of collapsing.


Senate unanimously backs automatic voter registration; bill may reach governor soon

By Matt Stout

Eligible residents who interact with the Registry of Motor Vehicles or MassHealth would have to opt out if they don’t want to join the state’s voter rolls.

In packed courtroom, lawyers spar over fate of ‘protected’ immigrants

By Akilah Johnson

The case could affect the ability of some 300,000 immigrants to remain in the country.

Family of slain Haverhill teen recalls boy’s ‘legacy of love’ as alleged killer arraigned

Bryce Finn.

By Travis Andersen and Jerome Campbell

The grieving mother of Bryce Finn said her son “brought happiness and love” to many people.


Jenny Phillips, writer and award-winning filmmaker, dies at 76

Mrs. Phillips sought Fidel Castro’s help in securing documents of Ernest Hemingway.

By Bryan Marquard

Mrs. Phillips wrote and directed several documentaries, including “The Dhamma Brothers.’’



With good fortune on their side, Red Sox extend win streak to 10

Boston-7/12/2018 Boston Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays- SoxMookie Betts scrams as he runs past first base after hitting a grand slam in the 4th inning. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

By Julian Benbow

Mookie Betts hit a grand slam in the fourth inning as the surging Red Sox upped their season-high streak.

Peter Abraham | On baseball

Mookie Betts’s epic at-bat was pure baseball magic

Boston-7/12/2018 Boston Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays- Sox Photo Mooki Betts celebrates his 4th inning grandslam at homeplate with Eduardo Nunez(left), Jackie Bradley Jr. and SSandy Leon(RT).by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

By Peter Abraham

The Red Sox outfielder’s fourth-inning grand slam was the decisive blow of an epic 13-pitch showdown with J.A. Happ.