Acclaimed college contends with soaring costs

Olin College spent nearly $100 million more than it took in from 2008 to 2011, among the biggest losses for any college its size.

Kathy Niedbala of Greenfield, who lost her daughter, Kara, to a drug overdose nearly two years ago, is pictured at her home in Greenfield.

Lack of programs adds to struggles for addicts

Residents in Franklin County, and other rural areas, face a problem in a lack of nearby treatment facilities even as addiction has soared.

Pope Francis spoke during a press conference on his plane on the way from the Middle East to the Vatican.


Pope to meet abuse victims with Boston’s O’Malley

Pope Francis said Monday that he plans to celebrate a Mass with a small group of victims of sexual abuse in the coming weeks.

// Veterans honored around the region

An hour-long Memorial Day ceremony at Cedar Grove Cemetery Monday commemorated service men and women.

There finally was reason for smiles from David Ortiz, Koji Uehara, and A.J. Pierzynski.  Dale Zanine-USA TODAY

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Debunking some myths about the 2014 Red Sox

On myth is that the Red Sox have been losing because of injuries.

Red Sox 8, Braves 6

// Red Sox end losing streak

The Red Sox rallied for seven runs in the fifth and seventh innings to overcome a shaky start by Clay Buchholz.

Maureen Murray released a snowy owl on Plum Island

After injury and rehabilitation, snowy owls fly free

Two snowy owls were released into the wild on Plum Island after being treated by Tufts veterinarians.

Avery Miraglia, 13, of Ashfield takes aim at a turkey (he missed on this shot, though). Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

State program gives teens an early shot at turkey hunt

MassWildlife’s Young Adult Turkey Hunt gives teens — with adult supervision — a two-day headstart on turkey hunting season.



// Walden Pond: How to save open swimming

Officials and swimmers must find a way to legalize the thriving open-water community, while also building in more safeguards.


Book Review

//,Edward(C)TimothyAllen.jpg ‘Lost for Words’ by Edward St. Aubyn

Edward St. Aubyn leaves Patrick Melrose behind, focusing instead on the inner workings of the Elysian Prize, an annual fiction award resembling the Booker.