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President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Trump to invite Putin to Capital; key aide stunned

Trump’s director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, acknowledged frustration at being kept in the dark about the meeting in Finland.

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Parking has long favored the people who own the spots. But now parking apps are empowering parkers.

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Two key state lawmakers are urging a crackdown on municipalities demanding excessive payments from marijuana companies seeking to sell locally.

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Health care industry groups warn that proposals by state lawmakers to raise millions of dollars for struggling community hospitals would send costs soaring.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/06/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/wiggs_Moses_02.jpg These startups want to buy a share of your house. Is that a good idea?

Home equity investors are offering cash now in exchange for a cut of the growth (or loss) of a home’s value. Consumer protection advocates warn that it raises complex questions.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/11/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Bostonstreets4-1840589.jpg One of the city’s oldest byways, frozen in time

Brian Schweizer has worked in Pi Alley for 12 years, but how the downtown shortcut got its name is a mystery to him. “I have no idea,” Schweizer said. He’s not alone.

The Nation

Trump to invite Putin to Capital; key aide stunned

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

By Mark Landler

Trump’s director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, acknowledged frustration at being kept in the dark about the meeting in Finland.

Even US intel chief in the dark about Trump-Putin talks

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats

By Deb Riechmann

Even Donald Trump’s intelligence chief doesn’t know what was said in the president’s one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week in Helsinki.

Republicans block rebukes of Trump before Senate approves anti-Russia resolution

Senators Jeff Flake and Chris Coons presented the failed bipartisan resolution to the Senate on Thursday.

By Nicholas Fandos and Sheryl Gay Stolberg

The resolutions would have put the Senate on record as being in support of intelligence agency conclusions that Russia interfered in the 2016 election after President Trump’s remarks.

Editorial & Opinion

Renée Loth

Trump declares victory in war on poverty in order to punish the poor

epa06094893 Republican Representative from Georgia Rob Woodall holds a copy of the Republican's 2018 budget plan in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 18 July 2017. The Republican's proposal would slash more than $200 billion (173 billion Euros) from programs such as food stamps and student aid and push for a tax code overhaul. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

By Renée Loth

President Trump is pushing new work requirements on aid recipients, many of whom are elderly or children.

Opinion | Peter Rothstein

A crucial next step for Mass. clean energy

A crucial next step for Mass. clean energy

By Peter Rothstein

Increasing the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard, or RPS, is the missing key.

SCOT LEHIGH

Let’s give Trump the credit he deserves

RETRANSMISSION FOR IMPROVED QUALITY--President Clinton sits in the Map Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, August 17, 1998, before making a statement to the American people about his relationship with former intern Monica Lewinsky. Clinton acknowledged to a grand jury and the nation that his relationship with Lewinsky was 'not appropriate.' (AP Photo/Greg Gibson) CLINTON/LEWINSKY SEX SCANDAL Library Tag 12162002 Living Arts

By Scot Lehigh

Trump has now officially surpassed Bill Clinton at linguistic legerdemain.

Metro

Are cities and towns demanding too much from marijuana operators?

Senator Patricia D. Jehlen of Somerville in March 2017. Jehlen is one of two state lawmakers urging a crackdown on municipalities demanding excessive payments from marijuana companies seeking to sell locally.

By Dan Adams

Two key state lawmakers are urging a crackdown on municipalities demanding excessive payments from marijuana companies seeking to sell locally.

Still paying full retail for downtown parking? The car next to you might be getting a better deal

Government Center Garage.

By Beth Teitell

Parking has long favored the people who own the spots. But now parking apps are empowering parkers.

Charlie Baker to decide on new fee for law enforcement training

This week, the Massachusetts Legislature sent legislation to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk that would create a new $2 fee on car rental transactions across the state, sending up to $10 million toward training for local police.

By Matt Stout and Joshua Miller

A new bill pits two of Baker’s strongest GOP tenets — supporting law enforcement and his pledge against new fees — against each other.

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Business & Tech

SHIRLEY LEUNG

With new Martin’s Park, plans for more ferries, things are happening on the waterfront

A boat that will be placed in the Seaport arrived in Boston. The site (above) is under construction but the park, in memory of a victim of the Boston Marathon bombings, is expected to be finished soon.

By Shirley Leung

Not everything on the Boston waterfront is fraught with friction. Here’s a roundup of what’s progressing along.

These startups want to buy a share of your house. Is that a good idea?

John Moses, 39, of Chelmsford, was looking for a way to free up about $50,000 to invest in a health care startup without going into debt. After a series of discussions with his wife, the two decided to sell a piece of their home to a firm called Unison.

By Andy Rosen

Home equity investors are offering cash now in exchange for a cut of the growth (or loss) of a home’s value. Consumer protection advocates warn that it raises complex questions.

Influenceher event is all about workplace change

About 280 people attended events ranging from speeches by women entrepreneurs to networking spin classes.

By Allison Hagan

Amy Quigley, president of the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange, has spearheaded planning for the nonprofit’s first day Influenceher Week.

Obituaries

Tom Stephens, part of the first Patriots team in 1960, dies at 82

As athletic director at Curry College in Milton, Mr. Stephens was credited with introducing women’s sports.

By Marvin Pave

Mr. Stephens later served as Curry College’s football coach and athletic director.

Gary Beach, Tony winner for ‘The Producers’

By Neil Genzlinger

Gary Beach, a Tony Award-winning actor who could enliven a stage whether wearing a lavish gown, dressed as King Arthur or decked out as a candelabra, died on Tuesday night at his home in Palm Springs, California. He was 70.

John Stormer, whose ‘None Dare Call It Treason’ was a landmark of conspiracy literature, dies at 90

By Paul Valentine

John Stormer, whose ‘None Dare Call It Treason’ was a landmark of conspiracy literature, dies at 90

Sports

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

In the end, Celtics made a Smart investment

PAPER CAPTION: Marcus Smart, who made a key follow to tie the score at 109-109, is pumped after a late Philadelphia turnover. Boston, MA: 5-8-18: After the play late in the game when the Celtics Terry Rozier III (not pictured) knocked the ball out of the hands of the 76ers Joel Embiid (not pictured) and the ball went off of Embiid and Boston had possesion, calls for the crowd to react. IN the backround 76rers head coach Brett Brown pleads the call with a referee. The Boston Celtics hosted the Philadelphia 76ers for Game Five of their NBA Eastern Conference Semi Final Playoff series at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Christopher L. Gasper

The Celtics wanted Marcus Smart more than they wanted to win the deal (four years, $52 million).

NFL halts implementation of new national anthem policy

Houston Texans players knelt and stood during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in Seattle in 2017.

By Mark Maske and Des Bieler

The league announced an agreement with the Players Association in a joint statement, which said the sides are working on a resolution.

Brittany Lincicome shoots 6-over in PGA’s Barbasol Championship

LEXINGTON, KY - JULY 19: Brittany Lincicome lines up a putt on the 11th green during the first round of the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club on July 19, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

By Gary B. Graves

The LPGA Tour pro’s goal of making the cut on a PGA event appears out of reach after her first-round 78.

Weekend

Is rock dead, alive, or what?

Dave Grohl and his band Foo Fighters bring their heavy rock sound to Fenway Park for two nights.

By Maura Johnston

Loyal fans and live shows are sustaining the likes of Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, and Panic! At the Disco, even as mainstream bands have floundered in the digital age.

★ ★ ★ ½ | Movie review

‘Eighth Grade’ is a middle school marvel

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

By Ty Burr

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

Stage REview

A ‘Cyrano’ with panache at Gloucester Stage

Andrea Goldman as Roxane and Jeremiah Kissel as Cyrano.

By Don Aucoin

Jeremiah Kissel tackles the title role with gusto in an adaptation of the classic play.