Challenging the Electoral College?s winner take all system in Massachusetts

A Harvard Law professor, former governor William F. Weld, and Al Gore?s onetime attorney argue that the Electoral College system encourages presidential candidates to devote all their time to a handful of swing states and ignore the vast majority of the country.


// Blue Jays rough up Rick Porcello again, end Red Sox? streak at six

Porcello got knocked out in the fifth; Mookie Betts hit for the cycle for the Red Sox.

// Bill Murray involved in dispute with photographer at Martha?s Vineyard restaurant

Actor and comedian Bill Murray was involved in a dispute with a photographer at a Martha?s Vineyard restaurant Wednesday night, according to a police report.

Inbound traffic on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

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Can traffic be an election issue? Two Democrats running for governor hope so

The two Democratic candidates for governor, Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie, are keying in on transportation in their bids to unseat Charlie Baker.

// Roads are closed, power goes out at as powerful storms hammer Cape Cod

Streets flooded and trees and wires were brought down as severe thunderstorms rolled through Cape Cod on Thursday.

Boston, MA - 8/09/2018 - (2nd quarter) New England Patriots running back Jeremy Hill (33) runs for a first down during the first quarter. The New England Patriots host the Washington Redskins in a pre-season exhibition game at Gillette Stadium. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: James M. McBride, Topic: 10Patriots-Redskins, LOID: 8.4.2791165379.

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Live Updates

Patriots beat Redskins, 26-17, in preseason opener

Follow along for insight from the Globe?s team at Gillette Stadium.

// Kris Kobach?s lead in Kansas governor?s race falls to 91 votes

The move comes after election officials discovered a mistake in the listing for one county?s results in the state?s tally of votes.

// Another day of limited parking at Alewife T station after concrete fell on car

About 500 spots will be off limits as the T continues to make ?spot repairs? to the garage.

// Judge threatens to hold Jeff Sessions in contempt over deportation of mom and daughter

The federal judge, who learned Thursday that the pair were on a plane headed to Central America, said any delay in bringing them back would be intolerable.

// Swansea man charged with ordering ketamine from Africa to Carver group home

Two packages sent from Cameroon and addressed to the man?s Swansea home and the place where he works in Carver contained liquid ketamine.

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts hits a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)

Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP

Mookie Betts becomes 3rd Red Sox leadoff hitter to ever hit for the cycle

Mookie Betts has done just about everything for the Red Sox this season.


// Mitt Romney spotted at Logan Airport ? with frozen yogurt

It doesn?t appear that Romney was in a rush as he strolled past an airport Wahlburgers.


// What Spike Lee said to Barack Obama on a Martha?s Vineyard golf course

?I could see on his face ? that shock,? Lee said in the latest Time cover story. ?It was Aug. 12, year of our Lord, 2017.

// State?s new marijuana ads strike friendly tone

A new public awareness campaign takes a no-scolding approach as officials work to educate residents on the state?s cannabis laws and decrease youth use rates.

Wanted: someone with good pipes and a love of one song. Every night, before the Bruins game

They arrived at TD Garden on Wednesday night facing an admittedly Herculean task: Trying to replace the Boston Bruins? decidedly irreplacable Rene Rancourt.

// Striking sheet metal workers want bigger piece of the building boom

After making concessions during the recession, Local 17 members look to share in the wealth

FILE - This Tuesday, April 17, 2018 file photo shows the Wayfair website on a computer in New York. The company said it its first brick-and-mortar location will open by early 2019 in Florence, Ky., a suburb about 12 miles from Cincinnati. A Wayfair spokeswoman says the 20,000-square-foot outlet store will sell items that have been returned but are in good condition. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

Capitalizing on Supreme Court?s Wayfair decision could be tricky for Mass. tax collectors

The US Supreme Court ruled in June that states could tax online sellers that do not have brick-and-mortar stores within their borders. But that?s not the end of the story.

// First openly transgender candidate for Congress in Mass. seeks to boost fall ballot initiative

The state?s first openly transgender candidate for Congress, Alexandra Chandler, says she intends to put another voice to November?s closely watched ballot measure on transgender rights.

// Charlie Baker signs automatic voter registration bill

The Republican governor also signed a veterans bill that repeals the state?s controversial Valor Act and replaces it with a far more narrow measure.

// Prospects murky for bill to address campus sexual assault

Advocates say they?ll continue their push for college surveys.

Opinion | Diane Hessan

// Joe Biden?s humanity could be his edge in 2020

Both Democrats and Republicans could back Biden in 2020.


// In Boston this weekend, it will be super to be a fan

Fan Expo Boston takes over the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center starting Friday for three days of nerding out.

// Swampscott school demolition crews unearth 124-year-old time capsule

The capsule is dated April 28, 1894, the day the former Swampscott middle school was dedicated.

// Number of opioid-addicted women who delivered babies quadrupled in 16 years

In Massachusetts, the rate went up more than sixfold from 1999 to 2013, the most recent year measured.

// The only known photo of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe is up for auction

No photo was believed to have been taken of Monroe and Kennedy together the night she sang her unforgettable rendition of ?Happy Birthday? ? or ever.

// How to be a better subway passenger

On the MBTA, some bad etiquette will merely make a trip less pleasant, but other poor manners could even delay or interrupt your commute.

Opinion & Ideas


//[1]-18944.jpg Driving stoned: Massachusetts standard needed

State public safety officials see the problem of stoned driving coming at them like a freight train.

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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// Inducing labor at 39 weeks is safe and linked to lower risk of C-section

The large study?s findings could change the way some women in the U.S. choose to give birth.

Globe event

// 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.

The Big Picture


The Big Picture

Summertime festivals around the world

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


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