The solar eclipse

Getting a ?safe look? at today?s eclipse

For those viewing the celestial event outside the path of totality, special safety lenses are recommended to prevent eye damage.

People set up cameras and telescopes to watch the solar eclipse at South Mike Sedar Park in Casper, Wyo. on Monday.

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Live Updates

Country gears up for nationwide celestial event

Follow live updates from our reporters as the partial solar eclipse passes over Boston.

Here?s what to expect in Boston today

In New England, a partial eclipse will be visible, beginning just before 2 p.m.

Hopkinsville, KY -- 8/19/2017 - Doug Gallagher, of Cincinnati, (R) runs with a kite for his two year-old daughter, Joy, down Sun Street at a makeshift campground in Hopkinsville city nearest the point of greatest eclipse. Gallagher and his family are camped out with others to watch tomorrow's eclipse. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 21EclipseNashville Reporter: Nestor Ramos

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In Eclipseville, USA, it?s showtime

The long-awaited crowds are trickling into Hopkinsville, Ky., the closest city to what astronomers call the point of greatest eclipse.

Dave Epstein

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Neither cirrus clouds nor smoke from Canadian wildfires will block out the sun enough to prevent viewing, but will make it a bit hazy.

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Here?s a visual explainer of Monday?s rare astronomical event.

Graphic

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A complete understanding of the sun?s magnetic field, including knowing how it is generated and its structure deep inside the sun, has not yet been mapped out.

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Dave Nilson of Wareham had long planned to go to Bowling Green. Not to see the eclipse, but to see the National Corvette Museum.

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Jon?s plot in the most recent episode of ?Game of Thrones? was a bizarrely illogical maneuver.

LAST WEEK TONIGHT

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Oliver?s comment was a brief aside in an episode that focused on the Trump administration, yet it won?t endear him to local viewers.

(FOR FUTURE PUBLICATION.) Seneca, South Carolina, 08/09/17, Jim Graham, son of a Catholic priest, holds his father's crucifix at his home. Spotlight story on the children of priests. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

spotlight | part 1

Children of Catholic priests live with secrets and sorrow

A Globe review finds the children are often denied love and support and pressured to keep the scandal secret. And the church has done little to help.

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Police have not confirmed the capture, reported by La Vanguardia, but did say they were conducting an operation in the area.

STAT

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Activist Robert Kennedy Jr. says that it has been months since he has talked with White House officials about chairing a commission.

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They argue allowing more establishments to sell alcohol could water down the value of their existing licenses.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/RinaldiNASCAR05.jpg Among NASCAR fans, there?s a divide over Trump

Many in the crowd at a race said they feel more permission to be outspoken on issues once viewed as sensitive, like race.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/21/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/AFP_RQ0B6.jpg 10 sailors missing after Navy ship collision

The damaged destroyer USS John S. McCain has now arrived in port in Singapore.

THE FINE PRINT | CONSUMER ADVOCATE

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The state needs better rules for determining if a utility customer is elderly.

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After Bannon made comments undercutting US policy toward North Korea, President Trump concluded he was too much of a liability.

'Free speech' rally in Boston

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Only 33 people from the more than 40,000 who showed up on the Common Saturday were arrested.

The Big Picture

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/wiggs_Freespeech_16-9910.jpg Scenes from the rallies in Boston

Thousands took to the streets and parks of Boston Saturday to make their voices heard.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/17/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Chin081717BullLoose_Met5.jpg Owner unhappy after police shoot runaway Littleton bull

Terry Den Besten said he wanted the bull, found Sunday in Littleton, tranquilized when authorities came across it,? but this liberal state won?t allow it.?

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Jessica Eisnor and her two children had not been seen since Friday.

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Special reports

part 1

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A Globe review finds the children are often denied love and support and pressured to keep the scandal secret. And the church has done absolutely nothing to help.

Crossword

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Puzzled? Keep trying and see if you can triumph.

Opinion & Ideas

Alex Beam

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Here is the dispiriting problem with President Trump?s disjointed rants: Sometimes he is right.

Confidential tips

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Do you know about wrongdoing that needs to be exposed? Call the Globe Spotlight team: 617-929-7483 or spotlight@globe.com.

Investigations

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If you have been a victim or witnessed a hate incident, share your information here so we can investigate.

STAT

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/21/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/Robert%20Kennedy.jpg Plans for White House vaccine commission appear to have stalled

Robert Kennedy Jr. says that it has been months since he has talked with White House officials about chairing a commission.