How Boston changes in summer — by the numbers

Vidhya Nagaragan for The Boston Globe

Each June, a bustling student metropolis gives way to a warmer, sleepier city. Here’s a look at the anatomy of the change.

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How to get your house cool this summer

There are more air-conditioning options than ever — from so-called ductless split systems to high-efficiency models. We help you choose what’s best for your family.

Ian Santiago of Yankee Steeplejack worked on the finishing touches to steeple repairs on the Old North Church in the North End.

Photo gallery

Globe photos of the week

A worker repaired the steeple on the Old North Church, the annual June Day ceremony took place on Boston Common, and more of the week’s best images.

Daphne Kalotay sets her story amid Boston’s classical music scene.

Book Review

‘Sight Reading’ by Daphne Kalotay

The Cambridge author sets the story of four interconnected characters amid Boston’s classical music scene.

John Biggers’s “Shotgun, Third Ward #1,” a 1966 tempera and oil, is among the works that have come to Salem from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Art Review

Modern African-American art gets the spotlight

“In Conversation” comes to the Peabody Essex Museum as interest in African-American art is — belatedly — bubbling to the surface in New England.

Latest news


// Obama defends secret surveillance

‘‘It’s important to recognize that you can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience,’’ President Obama said.

The Trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Prosecutors deny claims that witness got special treatment

A federal prosecutor became emotional as he defended a State Police detective whose integrity was under attack by lawyers for James “Whitey” Bulger.

MIT commencement

Wendy Maeda / Globe Staff

A wet start to the weekend

The remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea doused southern New England this afternoon, as forecasters warned of minor flooding.


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A Doughnut Bacon Sandwich.

Dunkin’ doughnut sandwich debuts

The combination of fried egg and bacon between two slices of glazed doughnut tastes like “pancake and eggs,” one customer said.

Special Reports

Special report

Bitten by Uncertainty

With tens of thousands of people contracting Lyme disease in Mass. each year, the Globe is taking an in-depth look at the disease, the patients, the debate, science and testing.