A man battling addiction dies in jail, and his mother remembers and remembers

Shayne Stilphen died after an arrest the morning of July 14. In a powerful display, his mother brought three poster boards filled with photos of him to the lobby of the Suffolk district attorney’s office, in an effort to get answers.

State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack.

RMV oversight hearing halted when two officials don’t show up to testify

Lawmakers voiced anger that two officials weren’t available to testify about operations at the agency, which remains mired in questions about how it failed to track errant motorists for months, if not years.

Mayor Marty Walsh.

Mayor Walsh may be called to testify in City Hall corruption case

If Walsh were called, it would be the first time that a sitting mayor in Boston has taken the stand in a criminal trial in nearly 100 years.

Janice Buziak-Smith (left) hosted her classmates at Roxbury Community College (left to right), Linda Pascal, Krystle Callender, and Latoya Brown-Stewart, to discuss the school’s closing.

Roxbury nursing program plagued by high turnover, lack of qualified personnel

A series of problems led the state to pull the accreditation of Roxbury Community College’s nursing program last month.

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More than 100 cases of foodborne illness cyclospora in Massachusetts

The cause of the outbreak is unknown and most cases occurred in greater Boston.

A second Democrat will challenge Markey for US Senate seat

Steve Pemberton, a former foster child from New Bedford turned businessman and author, will become the second Democrat to directly challenge US Senator Ed Markey in a Democratic primary next year.

Tornado warning briefly issued for parts of Cape Cod

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for several towns on Cape Cod for just over an hour Monday night.

Man injured after car crashes into liquor store in Bridgewater

The injured man, a Bridgewater resident, was taken to South Shore Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Dominican national charged with using US citizen’s Social Security number, stealing government benefits

Prosecutors said Noemi Mejia, 51, used the identity of a US citizen from Puerto Rico to get federal housing assistance benefits.

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The house at 212 Forest St.

He bought the fencing coach’s house. Then his son got into Harvard

The Needham house was assessed at $549,300, but sold for nearly a million dollars. The buyer, who never lived a day there, would sell it 17 months later at a substantial loss in what may become the next chapter in the national debate over fairness in college admissions.

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Wellesley man charged with taking inappropriate recording of minor

Police received a report earlier this month that a man may have photographed a child from a shower at a Wellesley gym.

Stoneham man charged with trafficking fentanyl

A Stoneham man was charged with fentanyl trafficking in federal court in Boston, the US attorney for the District of Massachusetts said in a statement Monday.

An actor waited behind a sign during the Fund Our Future Day of Action, an education advocacy initiative, at the State House in Boston in May.

Education advocates see progress on Beacon Hill

Many education advocates are characterizing the state’s new budget as a big step toward overhauling school funding, but they are still eager for Beacon Hill to pass a separate and more comprehensive remake of the state’s 26-year-old funding formula.

Protesters filled an MBTA board meeting to call for a reduced fare for low-income riders.

MBTA protesters call for low-income fare

Advocates want the T to institute a fare for riders of modest means, similar to the reduced fares for some middle- and high-school students.

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission will be closed for a second day Tuesday.

Cannabis Control Commission office closed after flood

Water leaks above the agency’s leased office space prompted concerns about air quality.

Kevin Cullen

There’s no sending back Birukti Tsige, because she’s already going places

Birukti is many things: an immigrant from Ethiopia, a brilliant Malden High graduate, and a believer in speaking her mind, even before this president moved into the White House.

Person shot in Roxbury; ballistics recovered at scene

Officers responded to the shooting around 2:22 p.m. in the area of Vine Street and Mt. Pleasant Avenue, a police spokeswoman said.

One arrested in Cambridge park after naked bike ride after-party

A 37-year-old man was arrested at a park in Cambridge Saturday night after Massachusetts State Police broke up an after-party for the World Naked Bike Ride, State Police said.

Firefighters battled a 9-alarm fire in Natick on Monday morning.

Several businesses destroyed in 8-alarm Natick blaze

Heavy smoke poured from a building containing several downtown businesses as officials closed surroundings roads to allow firefighters to knock down the blaze.

FBI-sponsored forensic lab in Chelsea will analyze digital evidence from cellphones, computers

The New England Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory is the 17th such lab in the US.

The hot air balloon New Horizon sailed Monday before making an emergency landing.

Hot air balloon makes emergency landing on Andover roadway

The balloon landed on Route 125 Monday morning, officials said.

Installation photo of “Gordon Parks: Selections From The Dean Collection,” at The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University.

Jeneé Osterheldt

Black history is for sale in Chicago. Whoever owns the culture, controls the narrative

Ebony magazine’s archives are on the auction block, putting 4 million images and 70 years of history up for grabs.

Police release video clips of suspect who left Holocaust denial flyers at Marblehead synagogue

In one clip, a suspect places a flyer on a sign located at Temple Emanu-El and then appears to photograph it with a cellphone.

Suna Bayrakal of Natick (left) embraced her son, Kadrik Young, 11, as they watched firefighters battle a 9-alarm fire in Natick.

Photos: Scenes from the 8-alarm fire in Natick

Firefighters from Natick and other surrounding communities worked for hours to control the downtown blaze.

Woman charged with drunken driving in Lowell after allegedly striking bicyclist

The driver of the vehicle who hit the biker was identified as Jacquelyn Hopkinson, 26, of Dracut, Lowell police said.

High-energy dog returns to shelter a record four times after overwhelming adopters

A dog is back at a Jamaica Plain animal shelter because of her boundless energy, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention for Cruelty to Animals said.

There are about 400 North Atlantic right whales left.

Lobstermen, Maine lawmakers push back at limits on lobster lines

The plan to remove half of the vertical trap lines from the Gulf of Maine is intended to protect the North Atlantic right whale, which is among Earth’s most endangered species.

Somerville, MA - 7/22/19 Accompanied by his defense attorney Patrick Hanley, left, Zewdu Abate Gedamu gets to a waiting car, after his arraignment in Somerville District Court. He is charged with a hit and run Saturday that left a woman dead. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 23hitrun Reporter: Emily Sweeney

Roxbury man accused in fatal hit-and-run in Somerville pleads not guilty

The driver charged in the deadly hit-and-run crash this weekend that killed 52-year-old Cheryl Pauline Richards was arraigned Monday morning.

Emma Paven, 19, has Sunflower Syndrome.

Mysterious sunflower syndrome is spotlighted at MGH

Patients are compulsively drawn to bright light, which triggers an unusual type of seizure.

No parole for man who killed his roommate in Mashpee for selling him low-quality cocaine

Troy Ashley, 49, pleaded guilty in 2003 to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Frederick Brown two years earlier at the residence they shared.

Milo Maimone, 8, and his father, Tony Maimone, rest after working out at the McCarren Park track Sunday morning in New York, July 21, 2019. New York, like much of the country, has been in the grip of a heat wave, pushing officials in the city to declare a state of emergency lasting through the weekend. (Gabriella Angotti-Jones/The New York Times)

Dave Epstein

It was the humidity that made it so miserable

All that water vapor combined with all the heat gave us temperatures that felt well over 100 degrees for most of the daylight hours this past weekend.

N.H. man helped down White Mountains trail after suffering heat-related injuries

A man and his father were attempting to hike 16 miles on the Glen Boulder Trail in Sargent’s Purchase, N.H., when they ran into trouble.

Man’s body pulled from the Charles River

Troopers were notified around 7:45 a.m. Monday of “a body in the Charles River in the area of Magazine beach on the Memorial Drive side,” the agency said in a statement.

Small fire reported at West Roxbury police station

The fire in the rear exterior of the Centre Street station was reported at about 8:45 p.m., Boston police said.

Male dies after being pulled from water in Swansea

The victim was taken to Charlton Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, police said.

Three killed when car registered in Mass. rolls over on I-89 in N.H.

The victims, who were not identified, were not wearing seat belts, New London Fire Chief Jason Lyon said Sunday night.

Sunday was a perfect day for a backwards somersault off the dock at Marina Bay in Quincy. With temperatures almost reaching 100 degrees, these boys tried to beat the heat by staying in the ocean.

It’s officially a heat wave with temperatures above 90 degrees again

Boston reached an official heat wave Sunday, with the third straight day of 90-plus degree weather. But cooler temperatures are on the way.

Boston, MA--04/05/2019--The Gold Star Wives Flag waves over the Massachusetts State House on Friday afternoon. (Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe) Topic: 06goldstarpic Reporter:

Deal struck on $43 billion state budget, drug price controls

State budget negotiators reached a compromise Sunday, three weeks into the new fiscal year. The full House and Senate are expected to vote on the deal Monday.

Confirmed shark sightings briefly closed two Cape Cod beaches Sunday

Race Point Beach in Provincetown and an unidentified beach in Orleans were each closed for an hour, according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

Boston/Newton, MA., 07/18/2019, Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite is the Medical director at Riverside Community Care. This is a story about various people of color in Boston talking about how the President's racist rhetoric affects them on a daily basis, in terms of anxiety, stress, f Medical director at Riverside Community Care Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

‘Why don’t they go back’: the increasing psychological toll of racism in the Trump era

Minorities say they’re feeling more emotional strain caused by President Trump’s frequent overt hostility.

Firefighters assess the damage to the top floor of a home that caught fire late Sunday afternoon on Quincy Street in Dorchester.

Firefighters battle extreme heat in 5-alarm Dorchester fire

A fire on Quincy Street spread to two adjacent homes and displaced 30 residents, officials said.

Barbara J. Ward of Dorchester walked in Sunday’s parade, shielded from the sun by her paraol.

Roxbury residents celebrate their neighborhood with Unity parade

The second annual event was held Sunday, despite the overwhelming heat blanketing the city.

Nearly a third of high school students with disabilities experience cyberbullying, report says

More than a third of those victims reported that they had suicidal tendencies due to the harassment they encountered on social media, the report said.


Week Ahead

Daylilies are in glorious splendor now

The New England Daylily Society is putting on an exhibition and sale on Saturday of some of the most spectacular, best-groomed daylilies grown by enthusiasts all over the region.

The bobolink travels 6,000 miles to nest in the pastures of New England. Its population has been dwindling.

In Vermont, hopes for the bobolink’s return

The small bird with a golden voice has declined in New England over the past 50 years, but a program is working to repopulate dwindling grasslands with the effervescent creature.

Man arrested for stabbing at Dorchester park

Bernardino Baran-Garcia, 26, allegedly stabbed a person he knew and robbed them at a park near 695 Columbia Road, State Police said.

A pedestrian crossed Mystic Avenue on Sunday. A woman was struck and killed in that same crosswalk one night earlier.

Roxbury man arrested in connection with fatal Somerville hit-and-run crash

Zewdu Abate Gedamu, 64, was charged with leaving the scene of the crash on Mystic Avenue that left 52-year-old Cheryl Pauline Richards dead, State Police said in a statement.

In a dramatic close call, a big shark grabs a fish and surprises boaters in Cape Cod Bay

The shark launched itself at a fish mere feet behind a boat, giving the people on board a sudden scare.

One person hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after rollover crash in Shelburne

State Police responded to the scene of the one-car crash early Sunday.

Kelsi loves to sing.

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Kelsi, 13, has a great sense of humor

She loves being the center of attention and is also a talented singer. She recently auditioned for the school’s talent show.