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Restaurateur Garrett Harker (above at Row 34 in 2015) closed Les Sablons last week. The Cambridge restaurant had been open about a year.

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Shirley Leung

Are there too many restaurants in Boston and not enough diners?

The closing of Cambridge’s Les Sablons sent chills through the industry as a growing list of experienced owners call it quits on some spots.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/07/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/ryan_bridge11_biz.jpg The Northern Avenue Bridge is being replaced, and the city is debating just who will be allowed to use it

Should a new Northern Avenue Bridge in Boston have car access, or would that only worsen traffic in the Seaport?

The Mass. Legislature is not diverse, and that’s probably not changing next year

The status quo is especially stark compared to other states: Massachusetts is already near the bottom for racial diversity in its Legislature.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/08/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/200_capuano_pressley(3).jpg Michael Capuano, Ayanna Pressley touch on race, seniority in debate

Representative Michael Capuano and City Councilor Ayanna Pressley ventured into touchy issues of race and seniority during a tense debate Tuesday.

Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/02/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/wiggs_Luggage_03.jpg Should airline reimburse couple who waited for lost luggage?

Neil and Maureen Ferris planned a two-week trip of a lifetime in Europe to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. But they did not plan that the airline would lose their luggage.

The Nation

Ohio, Kansas races are deadlocked, but Trump claims Ohio victory

Preliminary results from the House special election in Ohio show Republican Troy Balderson (above) with a narrow lead over Democrat Danny O’Connor.

By Steve Peoples and Julie Carr Smyth

Two high-stakes races that tested President Trump’s clout and cost both parties millions of dollars were too close to call early Wednesday.

Paul Manafort’s lawyers rip into Rick Gates’s credibility

The prosecution’s star witness, Rick Gates (at right), faced withering cross-examination from Stephen Downing (second from left). Defendant Paul Manafort is at far left.

By Rachel Weiner and Matt Zapotosky

The courtroom showdown between Manafort and his former right-hand man grew painfully personal during Tuesday’s cross-examination.

USC president steps down in wake of sex-abuse scandal

University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias said Tuesday he was stepping down.

By the Associated Press

C. L. Max Nikias resigned amid a scandal in which school administrators faced criticism they ignored decades of complaints about a campus gynecologist.

The World

US, EU seek details of Saudi arrests but dodge Canada spat

A man stood outside the Canadian Embassy in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Tuesday, one day after Saudi Arabia said it was expelling the Canadian ambassador and recalling its envoy while freezing all new trade, in retaliation for Ottawa's vigorous calls for the release of jailed activists.

By Lorne Cook

They sidestepped a sensitive diplomatic dispute over the crackdown between the ultraconservative kingdom and Canada.

An Indonesia quake buried him in a mosque. He dug out with a chunk of debris

Narto Aryadi, who spent more than 12 hours digging his way out of the Jabal Nur mosque after it collapsed from a major earthquake, in Lading-Lading, Indonesia, on Tuesday.

By Richard C. Paddock and Muktita Suhartono

Narto Aryadi was in the front row praying with his brother-in-law when the mosque began to shake. He clutched his arms around a large column and held tight.

Zimbabwean soldiers beating up opposition, rights group says

Journalists took cover behind a car as shots were fired by Zimbabwe policemen at protesters in Harare on Aug. 1.. Protests in Zimbabwe's historic elections turned bloody as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud.

By Christopher Torchia

The Human Rights Watch allegation contradicts assertions by the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa that it has abandoned the state-sponsored violence and intimidation.

Editorial & Opinion

EDITORIAL

For better elections, give ranked-choice voting a chance

Maine has adopted ranked-choice voting.

Ranked-choice voting has been praised as a fairer, more democratic alternative to the status quo.

JEFF JACOBY

At Smith College, the racist incident that wasn’t

Students walked through Smith College’s campus last week.

By Jeff Jacoby

Americans are exhorted repeatedly: If you see something, say something. More often than not, “something” turns out to be nothing — just a kid having her lunch, for example.

Renée Graham

Putin and Russian trolls aren’t the biggest threat to American democracy

Facebook ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process were released by members of the US House Intelligence committee in 2017.

By Renée Graham

For centuries, American racism has metastasized. Now it sits comfortably in the White House.

Metro

US Senate hopefuls use Trump to draw debate distinctions

Geoff Diehl, Beth Lindstrom, and John Kingston.

By Matt Stout

President Trump loomed large over a debate between Geoff Diehl, Beth Lindstrom, and John Kingston, three Republicans hoping to challenge Elizabeth Warren for US Senate.

Everyone into the pool!

By J.D. Capelouto, Marek Mazurek, Thomas Oide and Emily Williams

As brutal heat enveloped the area yet again, the quest for comfort took top priority, drawing people to pools, fountains, museums, and movie theaters in search of cooler temperatures.

Gross lists neighborhood crime as key priority for Boston Police

“Criminals love when police and the community are at a disconnect,” said new Police Commissioner William G. Gross in an interview.

By Milton J. Valencia

In his first sit-down interview since he was sworn in as the city’s 42nd commissioner Monday, Police Commissioner William Gross listed a range of priorities.

Business & Tech

Shirley Leung

Are there too many restaurants in Boston and not enough diners?

Restaurateur Garrett Harker (above at Row 34 in 2015) closed Les Sablons last week. The Cambridge restaurant had been open about a year.

By Shirley Leung

The closing of Cambridge’s Les Sablons sent chills through the industry as a growing list of experienced owners call it quits on some spots.

The Northern Avenue Bridge is being replaced, and the city is debating just who will be allowed to use it

The Northern Avenue Bridge has been closed to vehicles since 1997 and to pedestrians since 2014.

By Tim Logan

Should a new Northern Avenue Bridge in Boston have car access, or would that only worsen traffic in the Seaport?

Photo Essay

Crews top off Boston’s newest skyscraper, One Dalton

Construction workers signed a wall in the basement of One Dalton.

By Tim Logan

Workers, developers, and local officials gathered to mark a milestone in the construction of the Four Seasons One Dalton.

Obituaries

Paul D. Laxalt, Nevada governor and influential Reagan adviser, dies at 96

Mr. Laxalt served as governor of Nevada and two-term senator.

By Steve Friess

Mr. Laxalt was one dubbed President Reagan’s “first friend.”

Tomasz Stanko, ruminative jazz trumpeter, dies at 76

By Giovanni Russonello

Mr. Stanko’s even-toned, languorous trumpet playing endeared him to experimental musicians on both sides of the Atlantic.

Stan Mikita, who led Blackhawks to 1961 Stanley Cup title, dies at 78

Mr. Mikita shielded the puck from the Detroit Red Wings’ Ted Lindsay.

By Richard Goldstein

Mr. Mikita and fellow Hall of Famer Bobby Hull teamed up to revive a long-floundering franchise in the 1960s.

Sports

RED SOX 10, BLUE JAYS 7 (10 INN.)

Red Sox looked vulnerable, tired even, but pulled through in the end

Mookie Betts (center) celebrated the victory with Xander Bogaerts during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesdsay.

By Peter Abraham

Moreland and J.D. Martinez each drove in four runs.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

Bill Belichick seems to have found a work/life balance

Foxborough-08/07/2018 The New England Patriots held training camp at their practice fields at Gillette Stadium. Coach Bill Belichick during practice.Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

By Ben Volin

No days off? It’s a catchy T-shirt slogan, but Belichick is still going strong specifically because he doesn’t let himself burn out.

Jerry Remy is facing another battle with cancer

By Chad Finn

NESN announced Tuesday that Remy will be absent from its Red Sox broadcasts while he receives treatment.

Wednesday Food

Dining Out

The art and the deal at Talulla

Squid ink fettuccine at Talulla in Cambridge.

By Devra First

What’s on the plate here? Precision and prettiness.

Getting Salty

Devin Adams on Hawaii, Hemingway, and why simpler is better

Devin Adams, owner of Quincy’s Townshend and Belfry.

By Kara Baskin

Adams owns Quincy’s Townshend and plans to open Belfry in the city this fall.

America’s Test Kitchen welcomes kids into the kitchen

From left: Jad Torres, Zoe Bates, Ella Maher-Santarpia, and Suriya Keshava conduct a test at America’s Test Kitchen.

By Kara Baskin

The brand officially debuts with the ATK Kids Fest on Sept. 16, featuring cooking demos, food-related science experiments, and samples.