FILE - In this June 15, 2016, file photo, former Miss Universe Alicia Machado speaks during a news conference at a Latino restaurant in Arlington, Va., to criticize Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Machado became a topic of conversation during the first presidential debate between Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on Sept. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Luis Alonso Lugo, File)

Machado hits back at Trump after candidate?s outburst

The former Miss Universe responded to Donald Trump?s recent taunts about her sexual history.

// Ride at ?Big E? festival gets stuck midair

It took firefighters 90 minutes to remove 14 occupants from ?The Wipeout,? one by one, using a ladder truck.

In a photo provided by William Sun, structural damage is seen at the train station in Hoboken, N.J., after a New Jersey Transit commuter train crashed into the station during the morning rush hour, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. The crash caused an unknown number of injuries and witnesses reported seeing one woman trapped under concrete and many people bleeding. (William Sun via AP)

William Sun via AP

NTSB recovers black box recorder from N.J. train wreckage

Investigators hope the recorder will tell them how fast the New Jersey Transit commuter train was going when it slammed into the Hoboken Terminal.

Did NASA just change your zodiac sign?

NASA says astrology is not astronomy. But the space agency?s take on changes to the zodiac still set off a Twitter storm.

Education | Magazine

// How to find the right kindergarten for your child

Lots of places in Massachusetts let parents pick schools, but finding the right one takes some homework.

Bella English

// To die with dignity, he left the US

Danny exercised a right every American should have: to end one?s life in a peaceful and humane way. But to do so, he had to leave the country.

// Controversial program brings immigrants? children here

So far about 10,000 people have applied for the Central American refugee program, which critics say sidesteps Congress.

Lawrence, MA., 09/16/16, At the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children RuthEmely Rivera, cq, uses a doll with a clear plasteic head to teach young mothers about Shaken Baby Syndrome. She is a home visitor for first time teen parents. Suzanne Kreiter\Globe staff

A talk new mothers aren?t having: Shaken-baby syndrome

The state?s once-robust prevention efforts around this issue have weakened, relegated to pamphlets or a topic only faintly touched upon.

Love Letters

// The move affected their relationship

Not only did we just move in together, but we moved to another state.



How student loan debt causes a chain reaction in the housing market

America?s student loan debt has reached $1.3 trillion, surpassing every type of consumer debt except mortgages.

FILE-- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump take the stage for their first presidential debate, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Sept. 26, 2016. As Election Day approaches in the United States, the Chinese are paying closer attention to the selection of the next president. Government censorship, the language barrier and an unfamiliarity with American political conventions have left many Chinese confused about the process. (Damon Winter/The New York Times)


If character matters, electing either Clinton or Trump would be a moral disaster

You wouldn?t entrust your personal affairs to someone manifestly devoid of ethics and good character.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

// If there are no damning secrets in Trump?s tax returns, why hide them?

Donald Trump seems to be making a straightforward political calculation in refusing to release his returns.

// Before loss at sea, boater?s family clashed over money

Nathan Carman is at the center of two mysteries: The fate of his missing mother and the unsolved murder of his wealthy grandfather.

Children?s gets key backing amid Prouty Garden fight

Boston Children?s Hospital?s proposed expansion received a key recommendation, despite concerns over the garden and a possible increase in medical costs.

Here?s what GE CEO Jeff Immelt thinks of Boston so far . . .

He had some high praise for his new city.

// Tom Brady, Robert Kraft among investors in UFC ownership group

The Patriots quarterback and owner joined other sports and entertainment celebrities in the $4 billion purchase.

// Bottle flipping becomes the rage with middle schoolers

It?s not hard these days to find kids flipping bottles: at bus stops, at middle-school lunchroom tables, inside Little League dugouts.

scott kirsner | innovation economy

// What could possibly be bad about unlimited vacation time?

A growing number of companies allow employees to take as much time off as they want. But the policies can create problems.

Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis star in ?Masterminds.?


The Weekender: Punks, rebels, and dancing b-boys

A guide to everything fun to do in Boston and beyond.

Connections | Magazine

// My mom?s gone, but her music isn?t

She?s not gone, as long as we have the music to connect us.

Globe investigations

The desperate and the dead

// The broken covenant

Behind the fragmented state of mental health care lies a political system failure that spans decades ? and continues.

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

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Oktoberfest 2016

The taps are open at the world?s biggest beer festival in Germany that runs until Oct. 3.