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A 15-year-old mental health patient waited for a room in the emergency room at South Shore Hospital in 2016.

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Long ER waits persist for children in mental health crises

A backlog in emergency departments slows treatment for mentally ill patients and creates stress for doctors and nurses, who are generally not well-trained to manage patients who might be psychotic, violent, or suicidal.

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Under unrelenting pressure from congressional Republicans, his own advisers, and his allies on Fox News, President Trump abruptly reversed course on Tuesday and contended he had misspoken during a news conference with President Vladimir Putin about whether Russia tried to influence the 2016 presidential election.

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On any given night, about 360 unaccompanied youths and young adults are believed to be homeless in Boston. The city won $4.9 million in federal funding to combat the problem.

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After 40 years and 40,000 miles on their bicycle, two Sharon women continue on an epic cycling quest thanks to a little voice that told them it was time to go electric.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/greenhouse_12SalvadorBrothers-1_metro-U832996319084wSC--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg Two teens wait in Boston after being separated from their father at the border

Like thousands of families separated by the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy, two teenage boys are facing a discouraging bureaucratic maze to reunite with their father.

The Nation

Passengers overhear teacher talking about low-income students, give her more than $500 in cash

Kimberly Bermudez, shown in a selfie, teaches in Chicago.

By Allison Klein

A stranger handed her a stack of cash and said, “Do something amazing.”

Lawmakers warn Trump tariffs threaten local newspapers

About a dozen members of Congress warned Tuesday that newspapers in their home states are in danger of reducing news coverage, laying off workers or going out of business if the United States maintains recently imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint.

Charlottesville parks aren’t ready for new names

Charlottesville’s leaders have decided their city’s parks aren’t ready for Emancipation and Justice.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Andrew J. Bacevich

Curb the paranoia, anti-Trumpers

Anti-Trumpers have allowed their understandable dismay with the president to become an all-consuming mania.

By Andrew J. Bacevich

President Trump’s opponents have allowed their dismay with the president to become an all-consuming mania.

SCOT LEHIGH

Things get stinky in Helsinki

The Great Trumpkin’s Helsinki heresy may even test the faith of his cult.

By Scot Lehigh

The Great Trumpkin’s Helsinki heresy may even test the faith of his cult.

JEFF JACOBY

You don’t have to be a transgender man to play one in the movies

US actress Scarlett Johansson poses on the red carpet for the European premiere of the film 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in London on April 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

By Jeff Jacoby

To demand that only transgender actors be cast in transgender roles is to deny the legitimacy of acting as a profession.

Metro

Adrian Walker

Proposed big hospital merger shouldn’t come at the expense of low-income patients

By Adrian Walker

It may fall to Attorney General Maura Healey to make sure the merger doesn’t come at the expense of community hospitals and the patients they serve.

State shortchanges public schools by $1 billion a year, report from research group says

A $1 billion shortfall is the consequence of the state’s failure to update its 25-year-old formula for doling out aid, according to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

By James Vaznis

The shortfall is the consequence of the state’s failure to update its 25-year-old formula for doling out aid, according to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

Two teens wait in Boston after being separated from their father at the border

Everett, MA - 7/11/18 - In their attorney's office, Jorge Armando Diaz Savala (cq), 17, left, and his brother Cesar Julio Diaz Savala (cq), 15, talk about their separation from their father Jose Vicente Diaz Bermudez (cq), at the Arizona border. The Salvadoran brothers are staying with relatives in Boston. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 12SalvadorBrothers Reporter: Cristela Guerra

By Cristela Guerra

Like thousands of families separated by the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy, two teenage boys are facing a discouraging bureaucratic maze to reunite with their father.

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Business & Tech

Shirley Leung

Harvard lawsuit is about affirmative action, not Asian Americans

The lawsuit over Harvard’s admission practices was not filed by Asian Americans, but by a white guy, Ed Blum, who lost a court challenge to race-based admissions at the University of Texas involving a white student, Abigail Fisher. Blum (center) and Fisher (left) are pictured above in 2013.

By Shirley Leung

The case has divided Asian Americans. Some of us want to keep affirmative action to ensure diverse campuses. Others say race-blind policies ensure Asian American applicants don’t experience bias.

When President Trump makes news, flight searches to US tumble

Travelers arriving at the international terminal of O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on April 25, the day the Supreme Court began hearing arguments to determine if President Trump's limited travel ban overstepped his power because it singles out several mostly Muslim nations.

By Christopher Muther

Analysts at the airline search app Hopper looked at 6 billion flight searches and found that when foreign policy problems arise, world travelers tend to lose interest in the US.

Legislative session comes to a close without action on noncompete reforms

Senator Will Brownsberger said the House version of a noncompete compromise “moves the ball forward.”

By Jon Chesto

With two weeks of formal legislative sessions remaining for the year, time has apparently run out on efforts to limit noncompete agreements in Massachusetts.

Obituaries

William McBride, doctor who warned of thalidomide’s risks, dies at 91

By Neil Genzlinger

William McBride’s later career was marred by accusations of falsified research results and other misconduct.

North Carolina Democratic powerbroker Bennett dies at 97

Bert Bennett Jr. was a powerbroker in North Carolina Democratic politics for 40 years who helped guide the careers of former governors Terry Sanford and Jim Hunt while pressing a forward-thinking mantra among state leaders.

Milton Edgerton, trailblazing plastic surgeon for children and transgender patients, dies at 96

Dr. Edgerton was one of the foremost practitioners at Johns Hopkins and Virginia universities.

By Harrison Smith

Dr. Edgerton was widely recognized as one of the most daring and influential plastic surgeons in America.

Sports

AMERICAN LEAGUE 8, NATIONAL LEAGUE 6 (10 innings)

Red Sox enjoy the All-Star Game as the AL outslugs the NL

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox and the American League is introduced before the 89th MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nick Wass - Pool/Getty Images)

By Peter Abraham

The teams combined for an All-Star Game-record 10 home runs.

BEN VOLIN|ON FOOTBALL

Former Patriots aren’t worried about team’s current state of affairs

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20: Tom Brady #12, Danny Woodhead #39, and Sebastian Vollmer #76 of the New England Patriots look on against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

By Ben Volin

Sebastian Vollmer, Wes Welker, and Rob Ninkovich all downplayed Tom Brady’s absence from voluntary workouts.

Alex Speier

Mookie Betts ‘locked in’ on futures of Manny Machado and Bryce Harper

Boston- 04/27/18- Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays- Sox Mookie Betts signals to J.D. Martinez at first base after Martinez hit an rbi single in the 8th inning to bring Betts home. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

By Alex Speier

Both Machado and Harper are free agents after the season, and how they fare will set the stage for Betts when his time comes in 2020.

Wednesday Food

Is stoner food evolving?

Boston, MA - 7/12/2018 - Stoner food at the Gallows: Stoner's Delight (peanut butter mousse, chocolate ganache, banana, brulee'd Fluff. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Lifestyle, Reporter: Devra First, Topic: 18pot, LOID: 8.4.2514162865.

By Devra First

We don’t talk about cannabis when we talk about cuisine, but the stoned appetite has helped shape restaurant menus.

Congdon’s Donuts built a food truck park, and people are eating it up

The scene at Congdon’s After Dark Food Truck Park includes people sitting at tables and walking among the trucks

By Alexandra Hall

If you’re a food lover, the Wells, Maine, destination feels an awful lot like a carnival.

What She’s Having

What is she having? Anything she wants at the Cheese Shop in Concord.

Staff members assemble sandwiches at the deli counter during the lunch rush at the Cheese Shop in Concord.

By Kara Baskin

This place rewards eccentricity. Nobody will look askance if you concoct your own odd combination. Usually, the cashiers simply smile and look amused.