Troubled Massachusetts nursing home chain in ?dire? straits, court monitor warns

Two of Synergy Health Care?s Massachusetts nursing homes are on a federal list of worst nursing homes in the country, as the company?s financial woes mount.

Orleans-08/31/18-A shark flag blows in the wind at an entrance point to Nauset Beach. Shark sightings are almost a daily occurence on the Cape and especially at Nauset Beach, where beach life goes on as usual. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

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?There have always been great whites down here, just not this close to the shore?

On the beaches along the outer Cape, this summer of the shark has seized attention and captured imagination like something out of a Steven Spielberg movie.

// Justice Department lawyer says he was told Russia had ?Trump over a barrel?

Bruce Ohr says a former British spy told him at a breakfast meeting two years ago that Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump ??over a barrel.?

Former secretary of state John Kerry.

CBS: Former secretary of state Kerry not ruling out 2020 bid

CBS News says former secretary of state John Kerry is not ruling out a 2020 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

// Trump to stump for Ted Cruz, who he once said ?has accomplished absolutely nothing? for Texans

President Trump says he?ll ride to the rescue of one-time bitter rival Ted Cruz this fall, the strongest indication yet that the Texas conservative firebrand is getting nervous about his challenger.

// Trump volunteer blocks news photographer's shot of protester

A volunteer member of the advance team for President Trump blocked a photojournalist's camera as he tried to take a photo of a protester during a campaign rally in Indiana.

Dr. Dallas Reed, an obstetrician-gynecologist and medical geneticist, uses a new software program to help diagnose kids with rare genetic diseases.

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Facial recognition zeroes in on genetic disorders

A facial recognition app called Face2Gene, developed by Boston-based digital health startup FDNA, is making diagnoses easier for specialists in genetic disorders.

// Problems persist with missing, delayed Boston school buses

As the Boston school bus drivers contract was set to expire Friday, problems with school buses stretched into a fourth day.

// Local drivers among country?s worst, insurer says

Out of 200 cities nationwide, the 2018 Allstate America?s Best Drivers Report ranks Boston 199th, Worcester 197th, and Springfield 195th.

Body found on Mass. Pike in Auburn ID?d as Norwell man

The body of Johannes Songdahl III was found near Exit 10 in what first responders initially believed was the result of an ejection from a vehicle following a crash.

// Saugus man arrested after allegedly being pulled over three times

Joshua Thomson was first stopped by State Police on Route 1 in Revere for driving a truck with an unsecured load of scrap metal.

29-year-old Florence man killed in single-car crash in Worthington

The man was driving northbound on Route 112 at about 8:45 p.m. when he lost control of his truck, crashed through a guard rail, and was ejected.

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 31: Visitors place candles at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in honor of former Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) during a candlelight vigil held for the late Senator on August 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. McCain will be buried at his final resting place at the U.S. Naval Academy on Sunday. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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Washington prepares to give McCain a presidential farewell ? but without the actual sitting president

President Donald Trump was told to stay away, but he won?t be far. The president is expected to remain in Washington this weekend.

This combination photo shows former President Bill Clinton speaking at the funeral for Aretha Franklin in Detroit on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, left, and the flag-draped casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., lies in state at the U.S. Capitol, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 in Washington. CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC each tried to keep viewers caught up on people paying respect to McCain as his body was lying in state in the U.S. Capitol, as well as the lengthy service for the Queen of Soul. (AP Photo)

McCain, Franklin tributes show 2 Americas and cultures

The contrast between the two events was striking, coming at a time when the country is experiencing extreme divisions on politics and race.

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 31: Ian Kinsler #5 of the Boston Red Sox argues a call with umpire Will Little #93 after being called out on strike against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning on August 31, 2018 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

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Red Sox? bats go quietly in a soggy loss to White Sox

With the Yankees beating the Tigers in New York, the Red Sox saw their lead in the American League East drop back down to 7½ games.


// Michael Kopech?s big night is curtailed by rain, not Red Sox

The former Boston prospect who was part of the Chris Sale trade threw three shutout innings against his former team before the rains came.

// Local candidates for Congress talking up impeachment

With just days to go before the Sept. 4 primary election, congressional candidates in Massachusetts are jumping on the impeachment bandwagon.

// The Democrats? gubernatorial candidates hit the road seeking voters

Days before Democratic primary voters head to the poll to pick their nominee, Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie spent Friday making some of their final pitches.

Work continued at the site of GE?s new headquarters in Fort Point in August.

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As GE shrinks, will its 800 jobs deal shrink too?

GE is in quite a different place than it was in January 2016, when it picked Boston as its new home.

// CREST gives students lay of the land in real estate

Over the past two summers CREST has placed 91 local students in internships within the commercial real estate industry, learning disciplines that range from engineering to construction management to hospitality.


// It?s his prerogative: Bobby Brown prepares to tell his story his way

The singer talks about his BET biopic, the legacy of New Edition, and why he?d welcome a return of new jack swing.

Ty Burr

// In movies as much as theater, Neil Simon was a conquering showman

Neil Simon was a master craftsman, taking lessons he had learned in the trenches of live and scripted 1950s TV and applying them to New York theater, American commercial cinema, and right back to television.

// Restoring Hilltop Steakhouse cactus sign has been a tall order

A sign company has spent hundreds upon hundreds of hours restoring the vintage sign, piece by piece.

Charlestown, MA - August 28, 2018: Josiah Saint Cyr plunges into a pool while playing with friends at the Boston Housing Authority's Charlestown Development in Charlestown, MA on August 28, 2018. Forecasters say it?s going to feel hotter than 100 degrees outside, and this hazy, hot, and humid weather is expected to stick around until Wednesday night. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning that will remain in effect from 10 a.m. Tuesday until 9 p.m. Wednesday, because heat index values could reach as high as 105 degrees in some places. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Metro reporter:

August was a scorcher ? but the high temps aren?t over yet

There were 19 days in August with dew points at or above 70 degrees. All this added up to the warmest August on record.

// In Arlington, a better bus ride may be on the way

The town is working with Cambridge, the MBTA, and state officials on a bus priority pilot program this fall.

// Gisele Bundchen met her doppleganger at the Boston wax museum

"Look who I saw in Boston today. Another me!" Bundchen captioned her Instagram post.

// What to do if your dog bites someone

What happens after the family pet bites someone? Veterinary clinicians and animal control officers in Boston say knowing what to do next is valuable.

Opinion & Ideas

Editorial Board Endorsement

// Endorsement: Katie Forde would bring new energy to Suffolk Registry of Deeds

The Globe editorial board endorses Katie Forde in the Suffolk Registry of Deeds race.

Editorial Board Endorsement

// Endorsement: Stephen Lynch, and his independent streak, deserve another term

The Globe editorial board endorses Stephen Lynch in the Eighth Congressional District primary.

Love Letters: The Podcast

// Until next year, my sweetheart

In a special bonus episode, Meredith Goldstein explores what happens to summer romance when the summer ends, and ?Wet Hot American Summer? creator David Wain shares a girl-crazy memory from his own camp days.

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Real Estate


//$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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// 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.

The Big Picture

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The Big Picture

A home, but for how long?

The Trump administration canceled the program that had allowed Patricia Carbajal to create a life as a mother, a construction worker, and a budding activist.


// Play the crossword

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