Fantasy sports scores, winning legalization and a Mass. tax break

Other states levy taxes on fantasy sports games, in which players can win money based on the performance of real-life athletes they select. But not Massachusetts.

Many of us walk the sidewalks of Boston only thinking about ourselves.

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Hey Boston, let?s try to be a little nicer to one another

It?s as if the way we treat each other online has seeped into our face-to-face lives.

?Pressure to work in pain.? A quarter of opioid deaths are in construction

Construction workers, farmers, fishermen, and others employed in workplaces where injury is common die of opioid overdoses at rates five or six times greater than the average worker.

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// We?re going to be sweltering until we get a brief break on Friday

Unfortunately, the humid stuff will lurk just offshore and likely come back later this weekend.

// 500 parking spots at Alewife closed Thursday after concrete falls on car

The entire second floor of the garage will be closed for parking on Thursday as crews complete the repairs.

Lowell, Massachusetts - 4/29/2018 - (Left to right) Jeff Ballinger, Beej Das , Leonard Golder, Patrick Littlefield, Bopha Malone, and Keith St. John take part in a debate between the Democratic candidates for the third district congressional seat in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 29, 2018. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Even as donations flow, Third District candidates turn to their own checkbooks for help

Candidates in the Third Congressional District have put from $50,000 to $325,000 of their own money into their campaigns, a sign many said of their seriousness.

Video captures bloody aftermath of shark attack on seal

Last week, researchers spotted a shark eating a seal off Wellfleet and found themselves up close with the bloody aftermath.

// Are Mass. elections safe from hackers? It depends on whom you ask

Warnings that Russia could attempt to influence the 2018 election have prompted reviews of voting security across the country, including in Massachusetts.

// Dog abandoned in South Boston condo building

The dog, which a medial team named Matt, was covered with fleas and maggots, indicating he had been neglected for a considerable amount of time.

// Suffolk DA candidates face police officers after focusing on criminal justice reform

During a forum Wednesday the six candidates responded to inquiries on a range of topics, including dangerousness hearings and police body cameras.

Alleged drug dealer bites Boston cop?s thumb while being booked

Police said the suspected drug dealer explained his behavior by stating, ?He got too close so I bit him.?

TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 8: Rafael Devers #11 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by Eduardo Nunez #36 after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on August 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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110 wins? 115? The ceiling is high for these Red Sox

Given the state of baseball, there?s no doubt the Red Sox could break the club record for victories in a season.


// Red Sox pound Blue Jays in Toronto

Rafael Devers hit a home run in his first game back off the disabled list.

// Jerry Remy says latest cancer diagnosis ?hit me hard?

The NESN analyst was blindsided because his recent checkups had yielded good results.

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Mookie Betts and his girlfriend are expecting their first baby

Mookie Betts of the Red Sox and his girlfriend Brianna Hammonds are expecting in mid-November.

// Amrheins in Southie up for sale; could go for $20 million

The iconic property on West Broadway has been on the market for about a month and is expected to fetch a pretty penny once a buyer closes on the site sometime in the fall.


// Among Russia?s Twitter trolls, Senator Warren?s a favorite target

Donald Trump is not the only American politician with a big following in Russia. Senator Elizabeth Warren is also a favorite in St. Petersburg ? for all the wrong reasons.

// Boston Beer boss tells Trump that tax cut helps his company ?kick ass?

Jim Koch and a number of other CEOs met with President Trump in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Hopedale, MA--7/29/2018-- A bicyclist passes by Draper Mill in Hopedale, which the town has targeted for redevelopment after many previous failed attempts. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 31hopedale Reporter:


A small town?s big eyesore: Hopedale officials again seek to develop vacant factory

Hopedale was once a mill town, and in some ways, still is. The giant mill in the center of town, built in the 19th century, just won?t budge, despite longtime efforts to redevelop it.

// Charles W. Collier, a philanthropic adviser who considered adversity ?a gift,? dies at 70

The former philanthropic adviser at Harvard University made public his diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer?s to encourage discussion about the illness.

This photo provided by Beaufort County Detention Center shows Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw.

Woman charged with drunk driving tells police she?s a ?clean, thoroughbred, white girl?

A woman seen speeding through a stop sign at 60 mph told South Carolina officers they shouldn?t arrest her because she?s a ??very clean, thoroughbred, white girl.??

// Clinic to pay back patients illegally charged cash for Suboxone

The owners of the Center for Psychiatric Medicine, a North Andover mental health practice, will pay $612,000 in restitution to 232 patients.

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// In Spike Lee?s latest, the KKK gets hoodwinked

Historical fact is stranger than racial fiction in ?BlacKkKlansman.?

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The Oscars are adding a new category to honor popular films and promising a brisk 3-hour ceremony on a much earlier air date of Feb. 9, 2020. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Ty Burr

An Oscar category for ?popular?? Bad idea.

Every couple of years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences does something so deeply screwy that those of us who care find ourselves doing a classic spit-take.

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Barack Obama wasn?t the only celebrity visiting Martha?s Vineyard

A pair of actors was also spotted on the island recently.

LODOGA, CA - AUGUST 07: Firefighters monitor a back fire as they battle the Medocino Complex fire on August 7, 2018 near Lodoga, California. The Mendocino Complex Fire, which is made up of the River Fire and Ranch Fire, has surpassed the Thomas Fire to become the largest wildfire in California state history with over 280,000 acres charred and at least 75 homes destroyed. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Epic California fire is 10 times the size of Boston

The wildfire raging in California ? the largest in that state?s history ? has burned more than 457 square miles.

// Bostonians read 1.6 million minutes . . . and counting

Bostonians of all ages have collectively read 1.6 million minutes so far this summer, surpassing the goal of 1 million minutes the Boston Public Library set for its summer reading program.

Love Letters

// Do I tell my dates about my toddler?

A lot of men seem turned off when they find out I?m a single mom.

Opinion & Ideas


// Fatal encounters with police should be documented nationally

Four years after protesters filled the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, to protest police violence, a database shows that about three people a day are killed by police nationwide.

Special reports

// TSA tracking travelers like terrorists in secret surveillance program

Air marshals are conducting a new domestic surveillance program, tracking people as they fly and move through airports. It might be illegal.


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// Drug prices could be a winning issue for Dems ? if only they had a plan

With the midterms ahead, candidates still haven?t figured out the best way to talk about high drug prices.

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// Seattle?s mayor talks growing pains that offer some lessons for Boston

Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan spoke at a Globe event on how innovation is shaping our world, and she?s in high demand among the hundreds of mayors gathered in Boston.


// More about Last Seen: The Largest Unsolved Art Heist ever

A true-crime podcast about the most valuable ? and confounding ? art heist in history: the theft of 13 irreplaceable artworks from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Real Estate

Small indoor greenhouses let apartment dwellers grow veggies

You don?t need a green thumb to grow vegetables indoors. On the contrary, there are plenty of indoor greenhouses that take the work out of growing plants, from the amount of water they get to the right dosage of light.

Love Letters: The Podcast

// Getting over a breakup

Meredith Goldstein explores how to move on when a relationship ends.

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//$medium.jpg Spring House Hunt: Should parents buy property in a college town?

As the spring house hunt gets underway and National College Decision Day nears, thoughts are turning to campus housing.

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The Big Picture

Summertime festivals around the world

Photographers capture communities gathering at events organized to celebrate a variety of cultural observances.


// Play the crossword

Puzzled? Keep trying your hand at our interactive crossword and see if you can triumph.