State?s bond rating downgraded despite growth

S&P Global Ratings said it is lowering the state?s rating one notch because Beacon Hill leaders have failed to replenish the state?s rainy day fund.

Jacob Geanous

Child struck, killed by commuter rail train in Salem

The incident occurred around 8 p.m., officials said.

// House will remove 1-word impediment to pregnancy rights legislation

The House, facing blowback over a controversial one-word change in a pregnant workers? rights bill, has backed down.

The Trump presidency


// ?It?s a disaster zone,? says presidential historian

Donald Trump is only four months into his young presidency. He?s politically wounded and faces a minefield of Russia-related investigations ahead.

// Trump says he would deny under oath pressuring Comey

President Trump reacted to James Comey?s comments in a news conference Friday with the president of Romania.

Ground Game

// At Romney?s elite summit, the establishment could strike back

On one level, it?s a gathering of the rich and powerful. On another, the gathering in Utah is America?s establishment acting like it?s supposed to act.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson spoke at a public hearing on Friday.

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Officials, residents pack State House hearing to debate immigration bill

The hearing focused on a controversial immigration bill called the Safe Communities Act.

// Softbank bets on Boston robotics firm

With Boston Robotics in its portfolio, Softbank might someday offer walking robots that could stock store shelves.

// Boston professionals kick for a cause

Nearly 300 Boston professionals participated in a kickball tournament to raise money for Playworks New England.

// ?I love you. Kill yourself.?

To prosecutors, Michelle Carter transformed words of affection into a brutally cold directive to Conrad Roy III.

Girls at an after-school program in Gambia run by Starfish International reacted as they watch a video message from Natick High School students telling them they?re coming to the US.

Change The World Club

For Natick?s Change the World Club, a sobering lesson

A group of idealistic high school students wanted to bring five Gambian girls to Natick for a benefit concert. But the US State Department denied the girls? visas.

// No medical evidence that stomach blow killed Bella Bond

The biological father of Bella Bond also resumed testifying Friday about how he learned from Rachelle Bond that the toddler was dead.


// Provincetown community rallies around seasonal workers

When a restaurant fire left three dozen workers unemployed, many from overseas, the Cape Cod community stepped up to wash the anxiety away.

Starts & Stops

// MBTA is looking into late-night service?again

The T is taking steps that could bring late-night service back ? albeit in a very different format.

Quick Study | Evan Horowitz

// Winners and losers in Thursday?s UK election

Pundits and participants are still trying to gauge the full fallout from the vote, but here are some preliminary thoughts.

Ideas | James S. Murphy

// ?Free college? shows how big ideas always get sanded down

How ?free college? turned into a modest scholarship plan.

Guests gathered inside the Waterfront Pavilion during a Thompson Island event open house earlier in June. Thompson Island Outward Bound hosts a variety of events, including weddings, corporate gatherings, and conferences, to financially support it?s Outward Bound programs. (At left) Melisse Hinkle, Margaret Lombard, Baron Lombard, and Pearce Lombard took a tour of the island.

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?You come out for a wedding and maybe you want to become a donor?

In the polarizing Trump era, less political non-profits are watching revenues cautiously, and in some cases, finding increasingly creative ways to raise money.


// Jackie Bradley Jr.?s homer in eighth lifts Red Sox

His two-run blast to right field capped a three-run rally that knocked off the Tigers.

// On the Cape, baseball is more than just a game ? it?s a community thing

The Cape Cod Baseball League games are a lot cheaper than the ones at Fenway: They?re free.


// Can a revival of labor unions reverse income inequality? Not a chance

Do you lie awake at night fretting over income inequality? Don?t count on a union revival to do anything about it.

Love Letters

// Snap judgments hamper this relationship

Now it?s been a week and he hasn?t contacted me at all. Should I take this as him distancing himself from me and move on?

// $1M lottery prize split 42 ways? About $16K a piece

Persistence has paid off for a group of Massachusetts factory workers who have been purchasing lottery tickets together since 1999.

Confidential tips

// Have an investigative news tip?

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

Opinion & Ideas

Opinion | Douglas Murray

// Britain?s young vote for the future by voting for the past

The young were the future once. Not anymore.

Special reports

Spotlight follow-up

// Whistle-blower files suit over alleged double-booked surgeries

A former MGH anesthesiologist charges in a lawsuit that orthopedic surgeons at the hospital put patients at risk and defrauded the government.


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// Advice on taking real estate photos from a Pulitzer-winning photographer

In America, everyone who has a cellphone thinks they are a professional photographer. They are not.


// Documenting Hate: Submit an incident you know about

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


// ?Part of the new reality?: Despite confusion, Zika warnings are here to stay

Public health authorities are grappling with how to get the message about the risk the virus poses out to pregnant women.

Real Estate

An exclusive sneak peek at the South End Garden Tour

The Trustees of Reservations will hold its 24th annual South End Garden Tour on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Artists will be painting in the gardens this year and will sell their works at the reception after the tour.