For parents of autistic kids, 22nd birthday often arrives with dread

Joe Cabral watched out the window while waiting for his mentor to arrive at his home in Bolton.

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That?s the day publicly funded special education programs in Mass. and most states come to an end.

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

// Are Orioles this good, or Red Sox this bad?

If you are what your record says you are, then Baltimore is perfect and Boston is sub-.500.

Perspective | Globe Magazine

// It?s 2016. Why are men still paying for women on dates?

More than two-fifths of women say they?re bothered if men expect them to help pay. One single man asks, what?s going on here?

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/File 2015

Marathon metrics: A closer look at the 2016 Boston field

What are the most popular names? How many runners are from Texas? We took a look at that and more.

Top Spots to Live | Globe Magazine

// In a hot market, should you just build an addition?

Amid bidding wars, trying to buy can break your heart. But there?s another way to get more space.


// What we know about ?Ghostbusters? from CinemaCon

The crowd at CinemaCon in Las Vegas got to check out some new footage of ?Ghostbusters? on Tuesday.

// Ben Affleck to direct Batman film, Warner Bros. chief says

It?s been rumored for a while, but it?s now official that Affleck will direct and star in the next Batman movie.


// Chris Evans, Danny Amendola walk red carpet for ?Captain America? premiere

Sudbury?s Chris Evans was flanked by his superhero friends at the premiere of ?Captain America: Civil War? in Hollywood on Tuesday.

Audrey Yap, co-owner of Noodle Lab, served up a dish at the Boston Public Market.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Tensions flare over Boston Public Market?s future

In the months since the food hall opened, vendors have developed competing visions for its future.

// Cloud of discord remains at Suffolk University

Recent events raise more questions about the besieged school?s future, and about how long Margaret McKenna will lead it.

// Burlington day care provider insists she had no part in baby?s death

Pallavi Macharla faces a murder charge, even though a medical examiner no longer believes it was a homicide.

// Rosenberg calls for better fostering of high tech in Mass.

The state Senate president said he hopes to help industries like cybersecurity, photonics, and big data to ensure the economy remains competitive.

// Transgender rights bill gets bigger push from Mass. businesses

GE and Suffolk Construction are among the companies throwing their support behind the measure.

// FBI employs hackers to retrieve cellphone data

The FBI cracked a San Bernardino terrorist?s phone with the help of professional hackers.

Somerville ?Tiny Tall Ships? organizers told to drop the ?Tall Ships? ? or else

The Rhode Island organization wants organizers of the ?Tiny Tall Ships Festival? to immediately change the event?s name.

Verizon workers went on strike Wednesday along the East Coast, including Massachusetts. Picketers were seen outside the company?s offices in downtown Boston.

David L. Ryan/Globe staff

Verizon workers on East Coast go on strike

The strike Wednesday includes more than 5,000 workers in Massachusetts.

Ground Game

ground game

// Paul Ryan, the GOP?s white knight? Maybe not

One problem: The House speaker would have had to go from zero to 1,237 delegates supporting him in a matter of days.

The Big Picture

Wild Chernobyl

What happens to the environment when humans disappear? Chernobyl, site of a nuclear disaster 30 years ago, gives us part of an answer.