New budget tackles trouble spots

The $36.5 billion plan would boost spending for DCF and put new money toward drug addiction treatment.

// MGH to screen all patients for substance abuse

The mandatory screening program is part of a broad plan to improve addiction treatment.

Senator Elizabeth Warren backed Senate hopeful Alison Grimes, a Kentucky Democrat.

Patrick L. Pfister

Warren takes populist message to GOP-dominant South

Elizabeth Warren has backed Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell?s Democratic opponent.

Numbers bring a rise in home equity loans

Borrowers are once again using their homes as a quick source of cash.

Keolis Commuter Services will take over the state?s commuter rail system on July 1.

Keolis readies for rail service switch

Company officials say their primary goal will be a smooth transition.

Development encroaching on Mass. lands at fast pace

Construction has contributed to the loss of nearly 50,000 acres of forest ? at a pace of 13 acres a day ? between 2005 and 2013.

David Ortiz hit his 450th career home run, his 19th this season.

red sox 8, yankees 5

Ortiz, Pedroia lift Sox over Yankees

The Red Sox banged out 12 hits to support John Lackey, who picked up his ninth victory of the season.

Adrian Walker

Lexington nursing home workers at unsettling impasse

The pay cuts at the Lexington Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation came as a shock to the longtime employees.

The Rev. Terrence P. Devino gave an orientation talk to parents of incoming freshmen at Boston College.

College orientations for parents help ease separation pains

Special orientations for parents, once a rarity, have in recent years become common on campuses.


// How to paint van Gogh?s ?Sunflowers,? in 20 steps

A standard-size painting can be completed by a Chinese master copyist in two to three hours.