A descent into opioids ended in tragedy

Out of Middle America comes a harrowing story of best friends, addiction ? and a stealth killer. By David Armstrong

// Heading to Martha?s Vineyard? So are the Obamas

Expect to face tight security as the first family spends two weeks on the island.

// Too close of a shave: 3 nicked in scheme to sell blades

The men allegedly sold $200,000 worth of Gillette blades stolen from the company?s South Boston plant on eBay.

Kevin Cullen

// Judge not lest ye be judged

Every once in a while, Providence?s bishop comes up with another ecclesiastical dope slap.

// Tom Brady pitches in at Kevin Faulk?s Hall induction

It was Faulk?s night, but Brady crashed the party ? and he nearly brought the house down.

// Maine police officer records encounter with ?mad cows?

?I thought it would be cute to make a video of me dealing with the cows,? said Windham officer Ernest MacVane.

?There comes a point when things are so important in the environment that you can?t sit back and say nothing,? says the New England Aquarium president and CEO.

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Aquarium chief on a mission to save the seas

Nigella Hillgarth has been spreading awareness about the dangers to oceans since taking over at the New England Aquarium.

// For Mass. farmers, the ongoing drought is no joke

For many, it means brown lawns and warnings on water use. For farmers, the stakes are much higher.

// Despite vacancies and buyouts, MBTA considers layoffs

The transit authority may still lay off workers as the agency faces a potential $110 million deficit.

// Some rode T for free when fare machines failed, union says

An MBTA official responded that full machines are not unusual.

// Judge orders ATM theft suspects held on $500,000 bail

Two men were charged in what authorities called a sophisticated region-wide operation targeting stores and ATMs after hours.

// Miss Teen USA keeps her crown despite purported racist tweets

Screenshots claim to show that 18-year-old Karlie Hay made tweets that included a racial slur before she made her Twitter account private.

Cab drivers say ride-hailing bill drives them out of business

The measure, one of the most heavily contested in the session, has a number of critics, including Boston?s police commissioner.

// It was (last-minute) business as usual on Beacon Hill

Lawmakers had little time to review the bills, and many advocates were sidelined in the final decision-making.

Shirley Leung

// Who won, who lost in the late-night circus

College kids don?t have anything on the Beacon Hill crew when it comes to procrastination.

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GOP piles on Donald Trump for ripping fallen GI?s family

Trump responded Monday by saying: ?I?m afraid the election is going to be rigged.?

// Trump offers praise for Wis. candidate ? Paul Ryan?s opponent

Paul Nehlen is challenging the House speaker in the Republican primary.

Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts was pumped up after his ninth-inning home run that proved to be the game-winner.

Red Sox 2, Mariners 1

Mookie Betts? late homer lifts Red Sox

Craig Kimbrel, fresh off the DL, earned the save in his first appearance since July 6.


// Red Sox stick with the team they?ve got

There were no blockbusters at the trade deadline, only tweaks.

A rendering of the new headquarters General Electric plans to build along the Fort Point Channel.

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The spectacle that will be GE?s new Boston headquarters

The Fort Point complex will combine two old brick warehouses with a new 12-story building.

Sponsored by Rockland Trust

Pro golfers turned business pros

Professional golfers Joe and Jennifer O?Connor took a blind shot with a small business loan and ended up owning a successful Cape Cod golf club.

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Globe investigations

Private schools, painful secrets

// The unexpected price of reporting abuse: retaliation

The Globe found 15 instances of retaliation at New England private schools against students or employees who raised concerns about sexual abuse by staffers.

The story behind 'Spotlight'

// Boston Globe coverage and the movie ?Spotlight?

?Spotlight? is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

The Big Picture

A bicyclist is reflected at sunset in a large puddle in the parking lot of Scusset Beach in Sandwich.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Globe photos of the month: July 2016

From the July Fourth celebration to the start of Patriots training camp, a look at some of the best images last month.