New lawsuit targets the Electoral College

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 13: Protestors demonstrate against President-elect Donald Trump November 13, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Republican candidate lost the popular vote by more than a million votes, but won the electoral college. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

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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.

// 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.

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

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

// 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.

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.

// 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.

// 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.

// NYC foundation needs to raise $23k to pay off mortgage for slain Weymouth officer

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which honors the memory of a New York City firefighter who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, hopes soon to close the fund-raising gap.

// South Boston residents push for traffic safety improvements

Just two weeks after a toddler was struck and killed by a van that went over a curb, hundreds of South Boston residents demanded the city improve safety in the neighborhood.

// 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.

// 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.

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Now hiring: teenagers (and anyone else willing to work)

After years of falling employment rates, the share of teens with jobs has been rising in a historically tight labor market where the number of job openings exceeded the number of job seekers for the first time on record this year.

// 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.


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

The Sox had a six-game win streak snapped with their second loss in 12 games. With the Yankees winning, their lead in the American League East was trimmed to eight games.


// Still some good things on a rare off night for Red Sox

Rick Porcello stumbled again against the Blue Jays, but Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez delivered more entertainment.

Boston, MA - 8/09/2018 - (2nd half) New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) during the second half. 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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Patriots beat Redskins, 26-17, in preseason opener

New England rattled off 26 unanswered points in a 26-17 victory.

// Tom Brady dealing with sore back but gets nice raise

He will soon have his contract adjusted to bring his compensation more in line with the salaries of other elite QBs.

Photos: Jimmy Buffett performs at Fenway Park

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed Thursday night at Fenway Park, the band?s first time back since they played two gigs there in 2004.


// 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.

// 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.

// 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.

// 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.

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.


// 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.

// 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.

// 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.

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Opinion | Martin F. Nolan

//[1].jpg The road to the White House runs through the Ivy League

Many potential 2020 contenders graduated from Ivy League schools. Historically speaking, that?s not unusual.

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.

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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

Recent home sales west of Boston (Aug. 8)

WELLESLEY: 12 Nantucket Road; One-family Colonial, built in 2017, 6,101 square feet, 11 rooms, 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, on 21,110-square-foot lot.

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// 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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Summertime festivals around the world

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


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